Inquiry-Based Science Program Recognized in the Whole Curriculum Category

GREENVILLE, Wis. (June 5, 2013) –School Specialty’s science division, Delta Education, announced today its Full Option Science System® (FOSS) is the winner of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Education Publishers (AEP) in the Whole Curriculum Category, Science.

The AEP Awards honor excellence and innovation in the educational resource community and spotlight the best resources for teachers, parents and students. Each submission undergoes a rigorous three-round review by a panel consisting of educators and education professionals. Only products with high scores and comments from each round of judging are recognized as finalists and winners, with just 25 percent of overall entrants advancing to the finals. The largest of the AEP Awards, the Distinguished Achievement Awards honor the widest range of educational content available for use in educating learners of all ages.

“At a time when educators are focused on taking science education in our schools to the next level, we are particularly proud to have FOSS Third Edition earn this prestigious honor,” said Mike Lavelle, president & CEO of School Specialty. “When they learn with FOSS Third Edition, elementary students will truly become scientific thinkers, building critical thinking and creativity skills, while learning science.”

FOSS is the leading inquiry-based science program in America. Developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and published by Delta Education, this research-based curriculum for elementary school students is the first program to reflect the national vision described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (National Research Council, 2012). An all-new elementary program, FOSS Third Edition is based on the belief that students learn science by doing science. Research supports that the best way for students to understand the scientific process, learn important scientific and engineering concepts and develop creative thinking skills is to participate actively in scientific practices through their own investigations and analyses.

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School Specialty, Inc. is a leading education company that provides innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to help educators engage and inspire students of all ages and abilities to learn. The company designs, develops and provides preK-12 educators with the latest and very best curriculum, supplemental learning resources and school supplies. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help educators, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential.

Delta Education, CPO Science, and Frey Scientific, all part of School Specialty’s Science division, deliver the best of hands-on, inquiry-based science education to K-12 students. Trusted brands include FOSS, Delta Science Modules (DSM), Delta Science Content Readers, CPO Science, and Inquiry Investigations. For more information about School Specialty Science, visit or


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