Valuing learners for a phenomenal future
OpenSciEd was launched to improve the supply of and address demand for high quality, open-source, full-course science instructional materials, while at the same time supporting the implementation of middle school science instructional units.
The goals of OpenSciEd are to ensure any science teacher, anywhere, can access and download freely available, high quality, locally adaptable full-course materials. Because all of our materials are open-source, also known as open educational resources, they are free for all educators and students to use, customize, and share.
OpenSciEd aims to create a set of exemplary science instructional materials that are:
- designed and aligned to the Framework and NGSS;
- based on research regarding how students learn, what motivates learning, and the implications for teaching;
- developed with educators and extensively tested by teachers and schools;
- designed to be used with low-cost, standard laboratory equipment and materials amenable to large-scale deployment; and
- improved over time based on feedback from teachers and field-testing.
To give teachers the materials, support, and power to get kids excited and curious about the world around them and confident in their ability to figure it out through questioning, investigating, and solving problems.
Our Core Values
We believe that:
- All students can excel in science
- Historical practices and entrenched cultural perceptions of science education need to be challenged
- The science education community, together, can solve problems in science classrooms
- High quality science materials should be freely available and customizable
- Science teachers feel empowered when allowed to use their expertise and creativity in the implementation of the materials
- Professional learning is key in unlocking the power of great materials
- Teachers and students need equitable and exciting learning experiences
We provide teachers the materials and support to get ALL students excited and curious about the world around them and confident in their ability to shape it through questioning, investigating, and solving problems.
Too many teachers know the reality of the opportunity gap, and too many students live that reality. In addition to existing and systemic educational inequities, COVID-19 has exacerbated the crisis disproportionately affecting Black and Brown students as well as traditionally marginalized populations. OpenSciEd exists to change the status quo and remove the predictability about who succeeds and shows affection for the STEM fields.
The high cost of quality science materials often prevents districts from adopting the best curricula, and those who invest in good programs do it at the expense of adequate professional learning that helps teachers make necessary instructional shifts. Being freely available, OpenSciEd creates an environment where districts don’t need to make this compromise.
We believe that the best materials are rooted in the standards; created, reviewed, and approved by the science educator community; and field-tested to ensure their equity, efficacy, and usability. Our materials carry a creative commons license, which helps foster equal access to excellent, flexible materials that teachers can customize and adapt to meet the needs of their students. Our work is guided by the vision for science literacy described in the Next Generation Science Standards and supported by 10 partner states in the development of the materials.
Jim has over 25 years of experience working to improve STEM education for all students. As executive director, Jim leads day-to-day operations, partner relationships, finance, strategic planning, and oversees Advisory Board meetings. Previously, he was the STEM Executive Director for San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) where he oversaw the development and implementation of core curricula in math, science, and computer science. Prior he served in several leadership roles at Key Curriculum Press, a leading publisher of mathematics and science tools and curricula, where he led the creation of a new division focused on supporting the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics. Jim also worked as an analyst, programmer, and team lead for Apple Computers. He started his education career as a high school teacher and site administrator.
Sarah Delaney brings over 18 years of experience as a middle school science teacher, professional learning facilitator, curriculum reviewer, instructional coach, and communications specialist. As curriculum director, Sarah leads the collaboration and communication with core partner states and developers consortia and oversees the communications release strategy for completed materials. Previously, she led the development and implementation of an NGSS-aligned K-12 Science Core Curriculum for San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). She has been involved in state-level work through leading professional learning for science teachers across all grade bands on a variety of science education topics and was a committee member for California’s development of an Environmental Literacy Blueprint. Sarah started her career as a science teacher in San Franscisco where she taught middle school science for six years.
Matt Krehbiel has worked to revolutionize science education and empower teachers for the past two decades. As outreach director, Matt supports the use of OpenSciEd materials and professional learning across the globe. Previously, Matt was the director for science at Achieve where he coordinated efforts to develop the supply of and demand for high quality instructional materials designed for the NGSS. He also worked with the Kansas State Department of Education as the state science supervisor where he led Kansas’ participation as a lead state in developing the Next Generation Science Standards. In this role, he managed the standards adoption process that led to Kansa becoming one of the earliest adopters of the NGSS. Matt coordinated the state-wide effort to use the implementation of NGSS standards as an opportunity to advance science education for all students. He was awarded the Kansas Association for Teachers of Science Outstanding Contributions to Science Education Award in 2013, was elected President of the Council of State Science Supervisors in 2014, was selected by Bethel College for their Young Alumnus Award in 2015, and served on the Board on Science Education at the National Academies for Science, Engineering, & Medicine from 2013 through 2019. Matt began his career in science education as a high school science teacher where he taught for over ten years.
As the Operations Associate, Theresa is responsible for the general operations of the organization. She will play a vital role in orchestrating the growth of OpenSciEd as a market leader in science education.
Theresa is deeply committed to her work in education and helping at-risk communities. Her most recent role in education was supporting Project Based Learning at PBLWorks as the Publications and Production Manager. For ten years she brought her project management skills to their publications department, while also meeting the e-commerce demands of a continually involving education community.
Prior to her current work in education, Theresa has an extensive history of supporting non-profits in the areas of humanitarian aid, physical disabilities, criminal justice, and homelessness. In her role as executive assistant, she mastered the art of office management, system implementation, teamwork, and customer service.
In addition to being passionate about providing a high quality education to marginalized communities, Theresa is excited about challenging her own limits and trying new experiences. She especially enjoys traveling to new destinations with her camera in hand to capture the land and people she meets along the way.
Yanira has over 20 years of experience working to improve student educational STEM outcomes. As the special initiatives project manager, Yanira manages projects for the organization and moves special initiatives forward. Previously, she was the state supervisor for math and science in New Mexico, where she oversaw the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards and the NM Computer Science Standards, and supported professional learning for educators in all areas of STEM. Under her leadership, the state added teacher license endorsements for elementary math specialists and computer science for secondary educators, and supported implementation of high quality math and science instructional materials. Yanira was the New Mexico state representative in the OpenSciEd State Steering Committee. Before joining the state agency, Yanira spent over 10 years working at the district level as an elementary school teacher, instructional coach, and school administrator.
Daniel comes from a long line and family of educators and has spent over 10 years improving educational outcomes for all students. Daniel will manage OpenSciEd’s partnerships with commercial entities that support the widespread usage and distribution of the OpenSciEd curriculum. Daniel served as a founding partnerships team member for Classkick, an Ed-tech platform and in various revenue-facing leadership roles at Activate learning, a leading publisher of K-12 STEM programs. Daniel was a Director of Sales for a post series-A startup called Trace, a AI driven video-platform. He was a volunteer committee member for Colorado’s science teacher conference for 5 years, and led afterschool STEM initiatives through Colorado States extension program. Daniel started his career as a middle science teacher working in schools in Ohio and Colorado. He loves following and staying up to date on new trends and emerging technologies in both formal and informal education and is excited to expand OpenSciEd’s impact through our partners. Daniel is also interested in areas in science and technology that will have a profound impact on the next generation of students including but not limited to computer science and AI ethics.
Our Commitment to Antiracist Action
We remain committed to acknowledging and taking on systemic racism in education. We recognize that the education system has often been a tool of oppression against people of color, specifically Black people, recreating power hierarchies and inequities. As science educators, we endeavor to develop science instructional materials and professional learning resources that provide equitable learning opportunities for historically disenfranchised students, with the goal to support their long-term self-determination. Our development process seeks to surface and address inequities in the engagement and participation of Black and Brown students in science learning, as well as other students who have been seen through a deficit lens rather than as knowledge builders in classrooms. Part of our work towards equity and justice involves recognizing the insidious ways racism has operated in science and rooting it out of science education. We strive to implement approaches that de-settle inequitable systems, routines, and assumptions that are in place in too many science learning environments and educational institutions.
We call on all curriculum developers to provide materials that bring forward and value all students’ voices and surface the conversations that will empower students to own their education and their futures.
Our work as educators is central to the elimination of racism, Anti-Blackness, and white supremacy in science education and we dedicate our organization to advocate for and work toward a more just society.
OpenSciEd Brand Guidelines
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