1. Introduction

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 wrapping up the last year of the OpenSciEd field test; as a result of New Mexico teacher participation, a coherent curriculum will be available for public use across the country. The released units have received the Achieve Badge of High Quality.

This initiative is designed to support schools to go beyond just downloading curriculum and instead support teachers and leaders adopting and implementing this cutting-edge innovative science curriculum. Support includes on-going professional learning for district science leaders aligned to the open-source instructional materials and cost-sharing for materials.

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. As you are aware, the NM STEM Ready! Science Standards are composed of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the NM six specific standards.

As a member of Cohort 2, schools are provided:
  • Cost share to offset training and materials (kits and lab equipment) costs
  • On-going implementation support for district science leaders supporting school sites
PED Financial  Commitment District/School Financial Commitment
Provide an award letter of $1,700/teacher/year that may only be used on lab equipment, consumables or kits for the year

Year 1 (SY22–23) of the initiative, the PED will provide the first kit for all teachers

Training to district-identified facilitators (1 to 3 per district), stipends for off-contract training in units and any facilitator materials every year of the initiative.
Average cost of $1,400/teacher/year

Costs could cover kits, consumables, lab equipment or teacher stipends.
Please note: A complete kit has enough materials to support six classes averaging 30–35 students.
To participate, schools develop a three-year implementation plan that ensures:
  • Full OpenSciEd curriculum adoption (all 18 units across grades 6–8)
  • Whole school participation – 100% of students and science teachers
  • District will provide robust teacher training – all science teachers train in 6 units each
  • Teacher leader champions lead the work at the school level
Application Details

  • Open to all public middle schools in New Mexico
  • Schools must be utilizing the recommended Middle School Integrated Course Map
  • Signed memorandum of agreement (MOU) and development of a three-year implementation plan that leads to whole school participation and full OSE curriculum implementation
  • Competitive preference for teams that demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to OSE’s instructional approach 

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, 7, and 8 participating
  • All participating science teachers fully engage in all professional learning (PL) activities
  • 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)
  • Identification of 1 to 3 facilitators that will receive on-going curriculum training on units by the Math and Science Bureau. These facilitators will train teachers in the units being implemented at the district level.

The PED will provide: 
  • Annual award letters, dependent on funding, to districts based on the number of educators participating
    • Awards can only be used on lab equipment, consumables or kits for the year;
  • Kits (Unit 1) for all participating teachers starting in SY 2022–23 (first year only);
  • Training to district-identified facilitators (1 to 3 per district), stipends for off-contract training in units and any facilitator materials.
  • December 15, 2021: OpenSciEd Middle School Expansion-Cohort 2 Application Released
  • January 11, 2022: OpenSciEd Middle School Expansion-Cohort 2 Office Hour Session
  • February 1, 2022: OpenSciEd Middle School Expansion Application Due
  • February 2–11, 2022: 1-on-1 conversation (Admin and Team)
  • February 14, 2022: Acceptance/Denial Notification
  • February 22–May 17, 2022: District Facilitator Intensive Training (Virtual)
  • Summer 2022: Teacher Training TBD
If your school team would like to setup a call with MSB staff before starting the application, please fill out this sign up sheet for a 30 minute block of time between now and January 30, 2022.

If you are interested, please complete the following application which will take you 20–25 minutes to complete. You may view a copy of the application. District or school building administrators must complete and submit an application. Please submit your completed application by midnight on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. If you have any further questions, please reach out to Yanira Vazquez, Director of the Math and Science Bureau at yanira.vazquez@state.nm.us.

Please click 'Next' to begin the application.
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