Kesler Science Membership
School and District FAQ
We’ve compiled a list of the most common administrator questions in the sections below. If you have additional questions, please click the button below to choose a meeting time, or contact our Account Manager, Theresa Clark, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS THE KESLER SCIENCE MEMBERSHIP?
The Kesler Science Membership gives 4th-8th grade science teachers access to ALL the Kesler Science resources – including updates and new releases of classroom materials – for the duration of the subscription. Finding high-quality lessons has never been easier for science teachers.
There are two levels of Membership: Kesler Science Core, which allows teachers to download and print the lesson materials in PDF and PPTX or Google Slides format. The materials can also be distributed through your own LMS.
The upgraded Membership, Kesler Science Pro, includes all the downloadable files of Core, but also gives teachers access to our browser-based portal. The portal--a premium channel on the popular Notebook app--allows teachers to assign interactive lessons directly to students, monitor their progress, and give feedback. The interactive lessons feature drag-and-drop, drawing, group collaboration, class discussions, and other online activities.
IS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INCLUDED IN THE MEMBERSHIP?
Kesler Science members will have access to six hours of live and recorded professional development with Steve Spangler throughout the year. Steve is "a best-selling author, STEM educator, and business leader branded by TIME Magazine as one of their 'most influential people of the year' because of his passion to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers."
HOW DO TEACHERS ACCESS RESOURCES?
Teachers will access their resources from within the Notebook app using a unique login.
WHAT TECHNOLOGY IS NEEDED?
A web browser is needed to access the resources. The downloadable resources are PDFs, PPTs, DOCs, or Google Drive format files. Those resources can be imported into learning management systems like Google Classroom, MS Teams, Canvas, and Schoology. For the Pro Membership, students can be anonymously rostered manually or through Google Classroom and ClassLink.
"Whenever I get observed doing the station labs I get high marks for student involvement."
- Alison H., via email
"The resources that I have used from my membership have increased student productivity."
- Michelle H., via email
"My admin has loved how I converted for online learning. My classroom learning did not change."
- Kristel C., via email
WHO USES KESLER SCIENCE?
Tens of thousands of middle school teachers use Kesler Science curriculum. Kesler Science got its start as a best-selling resource on TPT and has been peer-reviewed there by fellow teachers over 50k times.
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT IS INCLUDED?
Members will have access to “members-only” professional development videos which explain the resources and how to implement them most effectively. We have live chat support during business hours, and we are just an email away to help with any support issues. We offer live, remote curriculum implementation sessions as well.
IS IT RESEARCH-BASED?
All of the lessons and activities from Kesler Science have been tested in classrooms across the country. The foundation of the resources is the 5E method, which is one of the most recognized, respected, and researched teaching strategies for science.
ARE THERE SAMPLE LESSONS I CAN VIEW?
Absolutely. Contact our Sales Team for a demo or trial at email@example.com.
DO YOU HAVE DATA TO SUPPORT THE EFFICACY OF KESLER SCIENCE RESOURCES?
The monthly attrition rate of Kesler Science subscribers is less than 5%, which speaks volumes considering many teachers are paying out of their own pockets. Teachers are seeing results in their classrooms and we hear feedback from them on a daily basis.
From Our Members
Real, unsolicited stories from Kesler Science classrooms
I wanted to let you know that I have been a member since January of 2017. I was recently hired on as an assistant principal.... I am really going to push and see if I can get this material for my science department that I will be leading. I wanted to let you know that this material literally saved my life!
I have used it for the last three years, and I have seen more success each year. I worked in a very low income school (78% economically disadvantaged population), and over the last three years, we have seen a 7%-9% increase on STAAR scores each year!
Before I purchased my membership we had a 59% passing rate, and after 2019 we were at 77%. The amount of material the membership gets you and the ease of use is easily the best science material for middle schools! I am so glad I was part of everything, and I can't thank you enough.
Justin R. (via email, used by permission)
Thank you, Chris Kesler, for what you’ve done for me, and for what you’ve done for my students this year.
We’ve been stuck in virtual learning all year long, and the community I serve has been unbelievably hard hit by this pandemic.... I spent the first quarter scrambling to adapt a hands-on curriculum for online learning, and while I was successful during that first quarter, I was also burning my candle on both ends.
That’s when I discovered that you’d overhauled the entire Kesler curriculum for online learning. With the Kesler materials, my students have almost universally made huge growth in their science scores. So much so, in fact, that my benchmark data comes with an exclamation point warning and the statement “Expected Growth Exceeded (change is statistically significant)." They’ve grown in ways people thought was going to be impossible in this virtual world.
It wasn’t just my students who did better this year as a result of your help. My own teaching practices improved. I’ve always been proud of the work I do in the classroom, but this is the first year I’ve been given -across the board- Highly Effective ratings from my admin. You played a major role in that. Every time an admin popped into my online class, they saw the students working through Kesler materials. My attendance was high, the interaction and engagement with the content was high, and the quality of the learning environment was evident and obvious
And it was easy. IT WAS EASY.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much time I’ve saved by using the Kesler materials. You’ve allowed me to do the work of TWO teachers this year, teaching 7th and 8th grade, and your lessons made the work easy and fun. All the planning was done. All the adjustments for online learning were done. All the differentiation was done. Flat out, you’ve changed the way I approach this entire profession. I’m happier, my students are succeeding, and I’m able to close down my ZOOM window at the end of the school day with zero concerns about what we’re doing tomorrow. While so many teachers around me are fighting for survival, I feel like I’m tiptoeing through the tulips over here.
Nathaniel C. (via Facebook, used by permission)
Meeting Your Needs
DOES THE CURRICULUM INCLUDE DIFFERENTIATION?
Yes, our materials include support for differentiation. Some examples include three levels of inquiry labs for modified and independent learners, leveled reading passages, sentence stems for answers, and different versions of the station labs for on-level and developing learners.
IS THE CURRICULUM DISTANCE-LEARNING FRIENDLY OR 1:1?
Yes. In both Core and Pro, we have created distance-learning versions of the Complete 5E Lessons, Interactive Notebooks, Station Labs, Science Reading Comprehension Passages, Sub Plans, Escape Rooms, Spangler Phenomenon Lessons, WIKI Tickets formative assessments, Writing Prompts, and more.
DOES IT ALIGN WITH MY STANDARDS?
Our materials align with 4th - 8th NGSS and Texas TEKS standards.
HOW DOES THE CURRICULUM SUPPORT ELA?
The Kesler Science curriculum is student-centered and requires them to obtain information through reading. Specifically, there are resources like the writing prompts, science reading comprehension passages, station labs, and sub plans within the curriculum that focus on comprehension and drawing inferences.
"When the district's science scores decreased across the board, I was contacted because my students had actually improved. Administration wanted to know what I was doing in my classroom. When I modeled it for them, I received plenty of positive feedback.
On walk through observations, central office left notes about how the students in my class are always engaged and participating. They loved seeing them up and moving about the room and still learning. It was clear to them that procedures were clearly established in my class. The district eventually purchased the memberships for all middle school teachers."
- Alisha C H., via email
"I had an evaluation done with my administrator while my students were doing the stations for the 5E lessons. He commented on how well organized the learning was while at the same time the students were independent learners. I monitored and answered questions but the students were in charge of their own learning. I got an excellent on the evaluation!"
- Nancy R., via email
ARE THERE DISCOUNTS FOR SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS?
There are discounts for more than 10 licenses and multi-year discounts. Email here
HOW DOES LICENSING WORK?
Each teacher will need their own license. The license covers one teacher and all of their students of record.
DO YOU TAKE PURCHASE ORDER (PO'S)?
Yes. Purchase orders are accepted.
ARE YOU AN APPROVED VENDOR?
A W-9, sole-source, or required vendor information can be obtained by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will gladly fill out any paperwork necessary to become an approved vendor.
HOW DO I OBTAIN A QUOTE?
Please fill out a quote request here. We will email you back with a quote within 24 hours on normal business days.
"The lab stations and escape rooms have been commented on as a great student-centered learning opportunity and brought up in SIP meetings."
- Ranae P., via email
"My administrators have noticed the collaborative efforts and problem solving that occurs using many of the activities."
- Nancy R., via email
"My administrator has commented that every time she has walked in to my room the students are always actively engaged in learning.."
- Dorothy S., via email
"My administrator enjoys coming in and talking and listening to the students' thoughts and ideas as they are working together. She was a former science teacher and state testing admin so her feedback is genuine for me."
- Mary Ann G., via email
"I used an inquiry lab during an observation. My principal was beyond impressed, loved the interaction with the kids and the use of the CER on their lab sheets."
- Misty G., via email
"The county office asked me to film my students in lab stations for beginning teachers!!!"
- Wendy W., via email
"My AP appreciates that my lesson plans are well thought out and there is rigor in activities."
- Neliza C., via email
"Administrators in my school were impressed with the engagement of students throughout each unit. With each and every step of a unit when administrators visited my classroom students were able to tell the objective and purpose of their activity for the day regardless if they were working together or on their own."
- Mary Ann G., via email
Kesler Science is the curriculum of choice for schools and districts all over the country.
At Kesler Science, your school isn't just another order number. When you're a Kesler Science school, your success is our first priority. Get to know our teacher-led sales team and find out how our solutions can help you retain and support your science teachers. With our simple implementation and budget-friendly plans, Kesler Science is an easy choice.