NMPED: OpenSciEd Middle School Expansion (Cohort 2)
The Math and Science Bureau (MSB) of the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) continues to support high-quality science instruction in middle schools (grades 6–8). The MSB is excited to expand the OpenSciEd initiative and invite New Mexico middle schools to apply to participate in a cohort of school teams leveraging high quality, open-source, science curriculum units. The units are fully aligned to the New Mexico STEM Ready! Science Standards.
This initiative is supporting middle schools in implementing high quality science instruction materials designed for the NM STEM Ready! Science Standards. Support includes on-going professional learning for district science leaders aligned to the open-source-instructional materials and cost-sharing, starting in school year 2022–23.
This three-year initiative includes the following program expectations:
- Full adoption of all six OpenSciEd units at each grade level
- 100% of science teachers in grades 6–8 participating
- All participating science teachers fully engage in all professional learning (PL) activities (e.g., foundational training, unit-specific trainings, after school meetings)
- School/district resources identified to cover costs (i.e. consumable workbooks/printing costs, stipends for teachers participating in PL outside work hours, kit and/or lab equipment costs, consumable materials cost)
Amount: Awards will be granted to school teams in the amount of $1700/teacher/year to offset training and materials (kit and lab equipment) costs.
Note: It is expected that districts/schools will also contribute an average cost of $1,400/teacher/year, for kits, consumables, lab equipment or teacher stipends.
Eligibility: District or school building administrators must complete and submit an application. Eligibility criteria include:
- Opportunity is open to all public middle schools in New Mexico
- Schools must be utilizing the recommended Middle School Integrated Course Map
- Signed MOUs and development of a three-year implementation plan that leads to whole school participation and full OSE curriculum adoption
- Competitive preference for teams that demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to OpenSciEd’s instructional approach
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