About

The goal of the OpenSciEd Equitable Instruction (OEI) Initiative is to help disrupt inequalities in science education by supporting schools and teachers in instruction that begins with the interests and curiosities of students and empowers student voice to support more equitable learning opportunities for all students. In partnership with One8 and MassSTEM Hub, the OEI Initiative will recruit, select, provide grants, and support schools through professional learning and on the ground support as they implement the OpenSciEd curriculum. 

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Meet the Team

Kate McNeill
Kate McNeill
Co-Director
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Kate McNeill

Kate McNeill

Co-Director

Kate is a Professor at Boston College’s Lynch School for Education and Human Development. For the past twenty years, she has worked on projects designing and researching curriculum, professional development and resources to support students, teachers and instructional leaders in scientific sensemaking. The past three years has led the development of the OpenSciEd Professional Learning materials and is excited to now be the Co-Director of the OEI Initiative. 

Kate holds a B.A. in Biology and a B.A. English and American Literature (Honors) from Brown University. Kate also has the following degrees from the University of Michigan; M.S. in Science Education, M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a Ph.D. in Science Education.

Renee Affolter
Renee Affolter
Co-director
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Renee Affolter

Renee Affolter

Co-director

Renee has been supporting K-12 teachers in science education for over 20 years. For the past three years, she has worked with Kate McNeill on the design of the OpenSciEd middle school science curriculum and professional learning experiences for teachers. Renee serves as Co-Director of the OEI Initiative with a particular focus on the ongoing professional learning. Renee holds a B.A. in Biology from Drake University, a M.A. in Science Education from UC Berkeley , and a Ph.D. in Education from UMass Amherst.


Jana Brinkhaus
Jana Brinkhaus
Senior Financial Administrator

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Jana Brinkhaus

Jana Brinkhaus

Senior Financial Administrator

Jana Brinkhaus joins OEI from Boston College’s Center for Work and Family, with a mission of enhancing the employee experience, increasing employee productivity, and improving the quality of employee lives. As the Senior Financial Administrator, Jana will be working with districts to provide grant funds and manage the operations of the OEI Initiative. Jana holds a B..S in Marketing and Human Resource Management from the Boston College Carroll School of Management and a MBA with a concentration in Finance from Babson College.

Marianne Dunne
Marianne Dunne
Middle School Support Specialist

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Marianne Dunne

Marianne Dunne

Middle School Support Specialist

Marianne Dunne joins the OEI team from Boston Public Schools (BPS) Science Technology and Engineering department as a senior project director during the field test, adoption and implementation of the OSE middle school curriculum. Marianne has been a science educator for 30+ years in both informal and formal settings. Her passion is facilitating professional learning experiences with science educators that promote student engagement and accessibility for all learners. She developed her skills and expertise as Manager of Student & Teacher programs at the Boston Museum of Science, 7th grade science teacher and K-8 science instructional coach with Cambridge Public Schools, STE specialist at MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Marianne holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern University, and graduate work from UMass Boston and Salem State University. She enjoys outdoor teaching and learning and collaborating with educators and leaders on projects that promote science education.

Sarah Fogelman
Sarah Fogelman
Doctoral Student

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Sarah Fogelman

Sarah Fogelman

Doctoral Student

Sarah has taught science for 12 years in New York City public schools as well as in the Boston area. Prior to that, she worked as a research scientist for Kraft Foods doing product development.  Sarah is energized by the work the OEI team is doing around science teaching and equitable sensemaking. She is excited to be involved with this initiative as she pursues her PhD with Kate McNeill as her advisor. Sarah holds a B.S. in Food Science from Cornell University and an M.A. in Science Teaching from Columbia University Teachers College.

 

Ji-Sun Ham
Ji-Sun Ham
Middle School Support Specialist

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Ji-Sun Ham

Ji-Sun Ham

Middle School Support Specialist

Ji-Sun joins the OEI team after serving as a middle school science teacher and a children and families program director for a Boston non-profit.  She has implemented OSE in her 7th grade science classroom and is excited to work with district and school leaders, and classroom teachers as an OEI School Support Specialist.  Ji-Sun holds a B.A. in Child Development from Tufts University and a M.Ed in from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Bruce Kamerer
Bruce Kamerer
Middle School Support Specialist

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Bruce Kamerer

Bruce Kamerer

Middle School Support Specialist

Bruce brings 18 years of teaching experience in Boston Public Schools, teaching middle math and science. He has also worked in inclusion classroom settings.  He was part of the 3 year field test of OpenSciEd, focusing on the 6th grade units.In his role as School Support Specialist, he will work with the district and school champions, as well as classroom teachers, to support the implementation of OpenSciEd at the district, school and classroom levels.  Bruce has a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from University of Delaware , a MBA from University of North Carolina, and a JD from the  University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

 

Grace Lugo
Grace Lugo
School Support Specialist

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Grace Lugo

Grace Lugo

School Support Specialist

Grace joins the OEI team after serving as a Kindergarten through Eighth grade instructional science coach in the New Brunswick Public Schools District in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In her role, she implemented reflective coaching practices to support teachers in planning NGSS aligned lessons, as well as actively engaged with the department of curriculum and instruction to develop three dimensional assessments and support the implementation of high quality instructional materials in third to fifth grade. Her experiences with OpenSciEd (OSE) are associated with the district wide piloting program for middle school where she engaged teachers and school leaders in reflections around the instructional model of OSE. Grace was initially a high school Biology teacher in Passaic, New Jersey and she holds a B.S in Biology and Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey.

Regan McKinnon
Regan McKinnon
High School Support Specialist

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Regan McKinnon

Regan McKinnon

High School Support Specialist

Regan began his teaching career through the Boston Teacher Residency after serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer in an elementary school. He went on to teach both middle school science and high school physics for five years in Boston Public Schools. He was a part of the middle school OpenSciEd field test and taught it during the pandemic. He then went on to pilot the high school OpenSciEd Physics curriculum. He will leverage his experiences with both curriculums to support high school teachers with instructional implementation, as well as school and district leaders. Regan has a B.S. in Chemistry from Boston College and a M.Ed from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Hillary Paul Metcalf
Hillary Paul Metcalf
Program Manager

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Hillary Paul Metcalf

Hillary Paul Metcalf

Program Manager

Hillary Paul Metcalf joins OEI from supporting the OpenSciEd field test as a Science and Technology/Engineering Support Specialist with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Prior to her time at the state, Hillary was a high school science teacher. Hillary would absolutely use OpenSciEd in her own classroom and is excited to support the implementation of the OpenSciEd materials across the state. Hillary has a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology and a M.A. in Science Teaching and Supervision from Columbia University Teachers College.

Patricia Remigio
Patricia Remigio
Middle School Support Specialist

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Patricia Remigio

Patricia Remigio

Middle School Support Specialist

Patricia began her teaching career through Teach For America New York, and then returned home to continue her work in Lawrence, Massachusetts. In her 9 years in the classroom, Patricia has taught both middle school and high school, and mostly taught ELA, and science. Her passion for education has led her to take on the role of school support specialist. At the district, school, and classroom level, she will work alongside with and support the district, school leaders, school champions, and teachers in implementing the OpenSciEd curriculum. Patricia has a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Northeastern University, and her Masters degree in Education with a concentration in Special Education from Brooklyn College.

Sarah Ridder
Sarah Ridder
Elementary/Middle School Support Specialist

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Sarah Ridder

Sarah Ridder

Elementary/Middle School Support Specialist

Sarah is thrilled to join the OEI team after relocating from the Denver-metro region of Colorado. While in Colorado, Sarah served as her school district's Secondary Science Coordinator when the state adopted new science standards, which were an adaptation of the Next Generation Science Standards. She also used the OpenSciEd middle school curriculum materials as a classroom teacher and modified them to work within the alternative learning model of the district's first blended learning school. Sarah has a passion for supporting teachers as they implement high quality instructional practices and materials, like OpenSciEd, and is eager to do this work as a School Support Specialist. Her experience as a member of OpenSciEd's and inquiryHub's national facilitation teams, as a science teacher, and Science Coordinator will help her provide effective support for Massachusetts teachers. Sarah completed her undergraduate and graduate work at Wright State University in Ohio.

Nicole Ruttan
Nicole Ruttan
Middle School Support Specialist

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Nicole Ruttan

Nicole Ruttan

Middle School Support Specialist

Nicole brings 15 years of teaching experience in Boston Public Schools, predominantly in the Sheltered English Instruction setting. She was part of the 3 year pilot of OpenSciEd, focusing on the 8th grade units. In her role as School Support Specialist, she will work with the district and school champions, as well as classroom teachers, to support the implementation of OpenSciEd at the district, school and classroom levels.  Nicole has B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago and an M.Ed from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

 

 



Funding

The One8 Foundation

The One8 Foundation propels and supports outstanding leaders with compelling ideas that deliver scaled, sustainable social impact. The One8 education team identifies, supports and scales high impact programs and approaches that help schools and teachers prepare students for success in a rapidly changing, high tech world. One8 education focuses on applied learning opportunities, oriented around STEM and 21st century skills, that make learning relevant, stimulating and rewarding for students while amplifying understanding and interest.

One8 Applied Learning Hub

One8 Applied Learning Hub is a program of the One8 Foundation and its mission is to provide schools with access to and support for applied learning that builds knowledge and skills students need to succeed in a rapidly changing, data-rich world. One8 Applied Learning Hub currently supports four programs in the Commonwealth: OpenSciEd, Project Lead The Way, STMath, and PBLWorks. 

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