“The data speaks for itself! There’s renewed enthusiasm that you can feel walking through the school…Teachers are commenting on how much background knowledge students are coming to them with, and they are able to take them farther than they ever have before.”
-- Science coordinator, California charter school
Rigorous independent evaluations of Seeds/Roots shows that it has substantially raised students’ knowledge of science as well as their performance in reading and writing. One independent study found that 3rd and 4th graders receiving Seeds/Roots improved three times as fast as other students in the strength and clarity of their writing on science.
The Seeds/Roots program is designed to be a core science program that addresses broad aspects of science proficiency while serving as a supplementary literacy program focused on non-fiction comprehension, vocabulary development, and fluency. The Seeds/Roots program takes on an equivalent number of learning goals in literacy and science, and it provides students with explicit instruction, opportunities to practice, and increasing independence in using literacy strategies to make sense of and communicate about the natural world.
Though the Seeds/Roots program targets all students in public school classrooms nationwide, it also aims to address the needs of the fastest growing sector of the K-12 student population, English Language Learners.
Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading is an integrated science and literacy curriculum program for students in Grades 2 through 5. The program was developed jointly by the University of California-Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science and Graduate School of Education.
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.