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Discussion: Science Instructional Materials for Middle School: Informing Future Initiatives

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posted by: Joni Falk on August 13, 1999 at 11:38AM
subject: "Non-official" perspectives welcome!
I have recently heard a concern voiced from a few participants that
although they have opinions they may not represent the official view of the
project. In light of this I would like to clarify some of the ground rules
for this discussion.
* All opinions/perspectives posted to the list will be assumed to represent
ONLY the opinion of the submitter and not that of the entire project
(unless it is specifically stated that the submission is a consensus
* It is expected that multiple opinions and perspectives exist among staff
within a project and that agreement is not necessary.
* It would be great to hear perspectives from people in different roles. To
enable this we encourage you to subscribe curriculum coordinators, and
teacher leaders to the discussion (even if they are not currently listed on
the site.) It would be helpful for participants to state what their role is
on the project as that will provide context to their perspective.
* This discussion will not be used by NSF for accountability (as to what
curricula is being used officially by a project.) In fact, if you feel more
comfortable, you may address all your remarks to the types of new curricula
you would like to see developed. NSFs interest in this forum is only to
gain the perspective of leaders in the field and practitioners as NSF
considers moving ahead with an initiative for instructional materials.
* Last, but certainly not least, all opinions and perspectives are valued.
The tone of these discussions have always been friendly and helpful. Every
post is greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from all of you.

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