School Specialty Showcases FOSS Next Generation Middle School at ISTE 2016

Delta Education’s Active-Learning Science Program Geared Toward Students in Grades 6-8, Features Rigorous Standards-Aligned Content    
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DENVER – June 27, 2016 – Today at ISTE 2016, Delta Education, part of the School Specialty family of brands, unveiled its Full Option Science System™ (FOSS®) Next Generation™ Middle School curriculum. A continuation of the award-winning and renowned FOSS Next Generation K-5, the leading active-learning science program in the United States, FOSS Next Generation Middle School combines rigorous science content with real-world applications, providing students with rich and engaging learning experiences.

FOSS Next Generation Middle School focuses on students in grades 6-8 and features 12 total courses across the life, earth and physical science core science disciplines. Six full-length courses encompass a timeframe of 10 to 12 weeks, while six half-length courses span five to six weeks of course instruction. With new and updated investigations, along with revised and redesigned FOSS Science Resources student books, engaging online activities and teaching slides that educators can tailor to their classrooms, FOSS Next Generation Middle School provides students and educators with a powerful and dynamic science curriculum for 21st century classrooms. 

With comprehensive alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and supporting Common Core standards for literacy in science and technical subjects, FOSS Next Generation Middle School lays a robust foundation for course work in STEM fields as well as preparing students for college and career readiness.

“The early response to FOSS Next Generation Middle School has been phenomenal, and we are excited to expand the focus of our popular science curriculum to middle school and continue providing active science learning to students across the country,” said Bodie Marx, senior vice president of School Specialty Curriculum. “As career opportunities in STEM continue to soar, it is more important than ever to provide educators with innovative curriculum tools to prepare students for a successful future.”

Developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, FOSS Next Generation is an active learning science program for grades K-8, with modules and courses featuring comprehensive teacher support materials, informative student books, class access to online multimedia (via, and durable student equipment. The full program consists of 18 K-5 modules and 12 middle school courses, all aligned to the NGSS, focused on life, earth and physical science, including many opportunities for integrating engineering. The FOSS program seamlessly blends engaging, hands-on science investigations with developmentally appropriate science writing, language development strategies, reading in informational texts, online technology, real-world experiences and connections, and research-based assessment strategies. This multi-modal combination promotes the construction of increasingly complex understanding of science concepts over time.

The first three FOSS Next Generation Middle School courses – human systems interactions, heredity and adaptation and waves – will be available in time for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Six FOSS Middle School, Second Edition full-length courses are available now and include an automatic digital upgrade to the Next Generation edition when published.

About School Specialty, Inc.®

School Specialty (OTCQB: SCOO) is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. Through its SSI Guardian subsidiary, the Company is also committed to school, healthcare and corporate workplace safety by offering the highest quality curriculum, training and safety and security products. Through its recently launched SOAR Life Products brand, the Company offers thousands of products that sharpen cognitive skills and build physical and mental strength in fun and creative ways. From childhood through adulthood, they help individuals live life to the fullest – engaged, happy and well. SOAR Life Products is a customized offering for hospitals, long-term care, therapeutic facilities, home care, surgery centers, day care centers, physician offices, and clinics. For more information about School Specialty, visit

Delta Education, part of School Specialty’s family of brands, delivers the best of hands-on, inquiry-based science education to K-8 students. Trusted products from Delta Education include FOSS, Delta Science Modules (DSM) and engaging informational texts including Delta Science Content Readers. For more information about Delta Education, visit



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