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Providing freely available high quality science instructional materials aligned to college and career standards
The goal of OpenSciEd is to ensure any science teacher, anywhere, can access and download freely available, high quality, locally adaptable full-course materials that support equitable science learning.
FIELD TEST TEACHERS
7.5 Ecosystem Dynamics
How does changing an ecosystem affect what lives there?
6.5 Natural Hazards
Where do natural hazards happen and how do we prepare for them?
7.2 Chemical Reactions & Energy
How can we use chemical reactions to design a solution to a problem?
OpenSciEd instructional materials are robust, research-based, open-source science instructional materials designed to increase accessibility for all teachers and students.
The OpenSciEd materials include Teacher and Student materials for each instructional unit in addition to the corresponding professional learning materials designed to support the use of the units. Each unit fits within a Scope and Sequence that provides coherence within and across years.
Each OpenSciEd unit undergoes an 18-month development process that includes external reviews, a robust field test, and revision. After the materials are evaluated by NextGenScience’s EQuIP Peer Review Panel and have received a quality rating, we make the units freely available.
Professional Learning Materials
We have developed free professional learning materials for teachers using the units in their classrooms and facilitators leading professional development. Materials for teachers and facilitators include agendas, slides, videos, handouts and other resources needed to teach or lead professional development.
What educators and students say
“What I learned from this curriculum - and what will ultimately make my teaching better - is that the kids really can guide where they are going. [They] will be more invested as a result, and they will really come to realize how science works.” - OpenSciEd Field Test Teacher
“To me, this is the true way science should be taught. It really...this is the way we would like to see all of our classrooms become.” - Mark Lester, Principal, West Feliciana Middle School, St. Francisville, Louisiana
"I felt like the students really took charge of the discussion, took charge of where we were going with learning. And it was awesome! And it still is awesome! I think it really is hitting the goals of NGSS, of having students engaged in scientific practices while learning about certain things." - OpenSciEd Field Test Teacher
"But like in this, we were the ones who came up with it. So we were able to understand... We have similar ideas or different ideas. So we were able to come up with this one model that we could ALL understand. Because WE came up with it." - OpenSciEd Middle School Student