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 the cohort, 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
To participate, schools develop a three-year implementation plan that ensures:
  • Full OpenSciEd curriculum implementation
  • Whole school participation – 100% of students and science teachers
  • District will provide robust teacher training – all science teachers train in 6 units each


Application Details

Criteria:
  • 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 
Expectations:

District:
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 2021–22 (first year only);
  • Training to district-identified facilitators (1 to 3 per district), stipends for off-contract training in units and any facilitator materials.
Timeline:
  • February 2021: Informational Webinars
    • Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 9–10am: Informational Webinar
    • Monday, March 1, 2021, 3–4pm: Informational Webinar (Repeat)
  • February 24, 2021: OpenSciEd Middle School Expansion Application Released
  • March 23, 2021: OpenSciEd Middle School Expansion Application Due
  • March 29–April 2, 2021: 1-on-1 conversation (Admin and Team)
  • April 5, 2021: Acceptance/Denial Notification
  • April 7–June 16, 2021: District Facilitator Training
  • Summer 2021: Teacher Training TBD
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 8:00 am, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. 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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