Center for Instructional Support

OpenSciEd in Massachusetts

OpenSciEd brings together multiple partners, including Massachusetts as one of 10 partner states, a consortium of curriculum developers, and many other science education leaders and experts, to create a complete set of robust, research-based, open-source, K–12 science instructional materials while addressing demand for science instructional materials designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

Middle School

Since 2018, Massachusetts has supported and contributed to the development of these open-source middle school science instructional materials through collaboration on a scope and sequence, design specifications, and instructional model of the instructional materials. Massachusetts districts and middle school science teachers have field tested the materials and provided feedback to improve them.

Many of the OpenSciEd units are available with the release of the complete middle school curriculum in 2022. Released units have been evaluated by NextGenScience's EQuIP Peer Review Panel and have received a high quality rating.

Massachusetts completed the 3-year field test of the OpenSciEd middle school instructional materials. The OpenSciEd Field Test in Massachusetts Report summarizes feedback on the OpenSciEd instructional materials provided by middle school Massachusetts teacher participants through two focus groups and one survey.

High School

Beginning in 2020, Massachusetts agreed to participate as a partner state in the development of materials for three full-year High School courses. Teachers in 5 Massachusetts districts have signed on to field test and provide feedback on units in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Materials for public use are expected to be released beginning in November 2022. For questions about the high school field test in Massachusetts, reach out to Casandra Gonzalez .

Elementary School

OpenSciEd plans to begin the development of elementary materials in 2022, with the field test tentatively scheduled to begin in the 2023-2024 school year. If your district is interested in participating as a field test district, please complete this interest form.

Middle School Adoption and Implementation Support Resources

Grant Support

In partnership with the One8 Foundation, schools can apply for grants to help support implementation of the program, access in-state training, and receive additional support and complimentary programming from the OpenSciEd Equitable Instruction Initiative. The school grant application will re-open in Fall of 2022. To learn more, visit MassSTEMHub.

Professional Learning

High quality instructional materials require substantial pedagogical shifts in the classroom. We highly recommend using a certified OpenSciEd PD provider to support your implementation. You can find a list of certified providers that work with teachers in Massachusetts at Teacher Professional Development Provider - OpenSciEd.

Unit Specific Instructional Guidance

Last Updated: August 15, 2022

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