ECA’s core business is managing science material kits for school districts. We store kits, prep them to a ready-to-use condition, deliver them to teachers as needed, provide live material if needed, pick up used kits and refurbish and replenish the kits between uses.
With the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and its emphasis on doing science and performance expectations, it is more important now than ever before that children are engaged with hands-on, project-based learning experiences. This requires lots of materials, prep time, and storage space. Teachers do not have the time to gather materials, prep the materials for the lessons, replenish and maintain material kits. Not to mention space for storage.
We are now offering new support services unique to pandemic needs and distance learning for all subject areas.
The same systems we use for managing science kits is perfectly suited for making individual distance learning at-home material packs for students, demonstration kits for teachers to use online and custom print packs (handouts, student workbooks and more) for at-home use. We can help with all subject area – Science, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, and others – by providing anything from basic essential school supply packs, customized take-home packs for any subject area, customized printing services, and delivery logistics to schools and/or direct to student homes.
Call us and tell us what you need. We can help.
“Science is boring and for boys!”
This is what Dennis Harlan’s first-grade daughter Heather said when he asked about her day at school. Prior to hearing this, his daughter was captivated by science and the lessons she learned by getting hands-on with nature. What turned her off to science? Why was she not curious anymore?
Dennis decided to find out everything he could about the status of science education. He received a grant from the National Science Foundation to visit school districts throughout the country (big and small) to discover the most effective practices necessary to arouse children’s curiosity and sustain science instruction in the classroom. He discovered that every teacher and administrator believed that the best way to teach science was to engage students with activities and the materials necessary to allow them to explore natural phenomena. But, to his surprise, and with only a few exceptions, virtually no one was teaching this way because it is difficult for teachers to do. The activities and experiments required a great deal of materials, prep time, storage space and out-of-pocket costs.
In those early days – and even now – districts buy science material kits from publishers as a solution. It turns out that buying the kits is the easy part of adopting a kit-based science program. The hard part is maintaining the kits and sustaining their use over time. If the management of the material is left to the teacher, the long-term implementation of the program fails because teachers do not have the time and space to manage all the materials necessary for effective science instruction.
Dennis realized that if teachers did not have to manage or store the kit materials and they could receive the materials on a schedule throughout the school year in a timely manner and in a ready-to-use condition every year, they would be able to focus on day-to-day teaching and learning instead of materials management and prep issues.
This was the genesis of ECA Educational Services – the desire to bring excitement and curiosity back to science classrooms.
Today, Dennis and his daughter Heidi have grown ECA into a one-of-a-kind educational support service that works with school districts across the country. ECA is a one-stop-shop for school districts struggling with materials management for all science curriculums and for making custom material kits for Open Education Resources.