Fuel Your Science Curriculum with Flexibility and Precision
by The Propello Crew on Jan 25, 2024 10:44:24 AM
What comes to mind when you hear the word "booster?” Does it conjure images of a mighty force propelling an object upwards? Others may think of it in relation to a positive uplift in their mood or perspective—a pep in their step, if you will. Whatever your personal association with the word may be, all of them are applicable to Propello’s newest, exciting offering.
At Propello, we are committed to providing educators with innovative tools to enhance the learning experience for every student. With 55% of our team of former educators, we know that teaching science can be a rewarding yet challenging endeavor requiring flexibility, adaptability, and organization. That’s why we are thrilled to introduce our latest product: Inquiry-Based Science Booster Packs!
What Are Booster Packs?
Booster Packs are the latest addition to our lineup of high-quality instructional materials. They offer a flexible and targeted approach designed to give you support where you need it—whether that means supplementing your existing curriculum with more hands-on learning, introducing inquiry-based learning to your classrooms, or finally testing the waters of project-based assessments. Each of Propello's Booster Packs serves as a unit, rooted in inquiry, containing a curated collection of:
- Phenomena videos
- Hands-on activities and exploration
- Expert-written articles
- Formative and summative assessments
- Project-based assessments
Every Booster Pack is 100% standards-aligned and student-centered. The best part? Every Propello Booster Pack includes our embedded student supports like:
- 100+ language translations
- Adjustable reading levels
- Picture dictionary
- Line isolation
- And many, many more
One of the key benefits of our Booster Packs is their flexibility. We understand that no two classrooms are the same, and teachers often find themselves in need of additional resources to fill gaps in their existing curriculum.
With Booster Packs, teachers have the power to pull in these supplemental units whenever they need them—and administrators can rest assured that the content is high-quality, standards-aligned, and consistent. Whether you require extra support for a specific topic or want to enrich your science lessons to incorporate more inquiry-based learning, our Booster Packs provide the perfect solution.
Propello has smartly organized our inquiry-based Booster Packs into bite-sized units, making it easy for teachers and districts to integrate them seamlessly into their existing curriculum. You can "drop-in" a Booster Pack whenever and wherever it fits best in your curriculum, ensuring you maintain a cohesive and standards-aligned learning experience for your students.
Why Teachers Love Propello’s Booster Packs
Teachers: how many hours have you spent outside of your contract hours building out lessons? How many hundreds of dollars have you spent out of your own paycheck purchasing supplemental resources because you simply didn’t have enough time to make them on your own? In the fast-paced world of teaching, time is a precious commodity.
We know teachers often find themselves stretched thin, juggling hundreds of tasks simultaneously (more than half of the Propello team is comprised of former educators).
Our supplemental curriculum units have ready-made resources, including articles, engaging activities, assessments, and accommodations. With Booster Packs, you no longer need to spend hours searching for quality content or crafting activities from scratch. Everything you need is conveniently packaged, ready to use, and 100% standards-aligned.
Student Engagement and Learning Outcomes
In December of 2022, Edweek surveyed 630 teachers. Of those participants, a staggering 63% cited low student engagement as the biggest challenge facing education. The burden of creating engaging content no longer needs to fall on the shoulders of the teacher.
By enhancing the quality and variety of resources available to teachers, Booster Packs can help to increase student engagement. When teachers have the tools to deliver dynamic and engaging lessons, students are more likely to be active participants in their learning.
This engagement, in turn, often leads to improved learning outcomes. Booster Packs provide teachers with the means to keep their students curious, excited, and eager to explore the world of science. And this is, at our core, what Propello is all about.
Why School and District Administrators Turn to Booster Packs
Data-Driven Decision Making
Booster Packs come with assessments that align with NGSS and state standards. Administrators can leverage the data generated from these assessments to gain insights into student performance and areas of improvement. This data can inform discussions between administrators and teachers, allowing for targeted interventions and support strategies to enhance student learning outcomes.
Providing Teachers with Extra Resources
One of the (many) key responsibilities of administrators is to ensure that their teaching staff has access to high-quality resources that align with standards. Booster Packs offer a seamless solution to this challenge.
These supplemental curriculum units are designed to enrich and support the existing curriculum, providing teachers with additional materials, activities, and assessments that are engaging, vetted, and standards-aligned.
Fostering Teacher Comfort, Confidence, and Support
When teachers feel adequately equipped with resources that support their instruction, they gain confidence in their teaching abilities. Booster Packs' flexibility ensures teachers feel more comfortable and supported in their classrooms. They no longer have to navigate the challenges of curriculum gaps or unexpected changes in their schedules alone. This ultimately ensures a more equitable learning experience across all classrooms, regardless of a teacher's experience or tenure.
Aiding Teacher Retention Efforts
Teacher retention is a critical concern in education. When teachers feel supported, valued, and equipped to excel in their roles, they are more likely to stay in the profession. By providing Booster Packs as a means of additional support, administrators contribute to teacher satisfaction and retention efforts.
When educators have access to resources like Booster Packs, they are better equipped to address the diverse needs of their students and adapt to changing educational requirements—while saving time and decreasing burnout. This, in turn, leads to a more rewarding and less stressful teaching experience, ultimately aiding in the retention of skilled and passionate educators.
By incorporating Booster Packs into the educational toolkit, administrators empower teachers with extra resources and support that not only enhance their teaching, but also contribute to a thriving and satisfied teaching workforce. As we navigate the challenges of modern education, it's clear that by investing in the support and confidence of teachers, administrators lay the foundation for a brighter future in education.
Ready to Boost Your Science Curriculum?
With Propello's Booster Packs, you now have the power to customize your science curriculum with precision and flexibility. Elevate your students' learning experience, incorporate more inquiry-based learning into your science classrooms, and confidently address any gaps in your curriculum with our standards-aligned resources.
Ready to explore our Booster Packs? Learn more and discover a world of possibilities for enhancing your science education. Propello is here to support you on your journey to creating engaging and effective science lessons that inspire young minds. Together, the sky’s the limit!