Collaboration isn’t just something we want to see students doing, it is something we continuously and consciously practice throughout the development process of our curriculum. OpenSciEd brings together leading science researchers and educators to create a curriculum that is aligned to how students learn best. As a result of these partnerships, our curriculum fosters deep, engaged science learning AND is free for anyone, anywhere — and can be shared, redistributed, and adapted into customized curriculum.
OpenSciEd’s beliefs about science learning and vision of the classroom are embodied in our Design Specifications. Specifications describe what we want science learning to look like for every student, and therefore guide our materials development process and implementation support. The topics addressed range from equitable science instruction and the centrality of asking questions to meeting the practical needs and constraints of a classroom. These specifications are based on A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the resulting Next Generation Science Standards, including the emphasis on three-dimensional learning that integrates science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas.