Following the adoption of the Michigan Science Standards (NGSS), the Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network (MLSN) brought The Next Gen Science Exemplar System (NGSX) to the state. It has become the foundational professional learning experience on which nearly 7,000 Michigan teachers learned the vision for instruction under the new standards. A commonly heard refrain from NGSX participants goes something like this, “It was amazing! I learned so much…Now, where do I get materials to support this vision for instruction in my classroom?“
The OpenSciEd middle school resources are ready for adoption following the award of the NGSS-Design Badge for each of the units.
OpenSciEd and its professional learning partner organization, the Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network (MMSLN), aim to build an equitable foundation for K12 science education by ensuring that all teachers have access to high-quality, research-based professional learning and resources designed for the NGSS. Through field studies in 10 states, the OpenSciEd Middle School Development Consortium, including; BSCS, the University of Colorado Boulder, Boston College, the Charles A. Dana Center, and the NextGen Science Storylines Team at Northwestern University, have ensured that these materials are effective in the classroom when used with associated high-quality professional learning for teachers. The MMSLN supports this work by leveraging the knowledge of its professional learning facilitators and the experience of implementing OpenSciEd teachers to prepare new teachers in several states throughout the country, including Michigan.
Three units have been released in each grade, 6, 7, and 8. Each released OpenSciEd unit has met the highest standards of alignment and quality by receiving the NGSS Design Badge. By the Winter of 2022, it will be the only complete 6-8 resource to have achieved this honor for all of its units. The completed resources will ensure students have access to all middle school NGSS standards (see the Scope and Sequence). Design specifications for the three courses will ensure engagement, cohesiveness, consistency, and growth throughout students’ middle school science experience.
Schools can now access these materials for free and implement them as they are intended with high-quality professional learning.
It will take two years to learn to implement the full suite of 6 units per grade. The cost for 2021-22, which includes approximately 8 days of PL for 3 units, and 4 supporting PLCs, is $3120/teacher or $6,420 including kit materials (without teacher stipends). Possible sources of funding include, Title II, ESSER, and because MMSLN is an ACCOMPLISHED STEM education program on STEMWORKS, this professional learning program is eligible for state grant funds through MiSTEM.
I would love to talk more with you about this if you think there are schools/teachers in your region who would be interested. We have held successful information sessions too, let me know if you would like to schedule one.
Please feel free to reach out to Mary Starr with any additional questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.