The Massachusetts OpenSciEd Cohort Program provides schools with financial resources and on-the-ground support for the OpenSciEd middle school science curriculum. Schools can apply for a school grant that provides funding for a three-year implementation plan for professional learning and curriculum enactment. School applications are typically due in February for the following school year.
The OpenSciEd curriculum is a set of high-quality, rigorous, research-based instructional materials that is freely available. Since 2018, Massachusetts has supported and contributed to the development of these open-source middle school science instructional materials through collaboration on a scope and sequence, design specifications, and instructional model of the instructional materials. Massachusetts districts and middle school science teachers have field tested the materials and provided feedback to improve them.
“I feel like it is better, because it is a higher level of science. We are the scientists. We have to figure out stuff.”
Benefits & Requirements
As a member of the cohort, schools are provided:
Grant funding to offset PD and durable equipment costs
Priority access to in-state OSE PD
Additional professional learning resources & student programming
To participate, schools develop a three-year implementation plan that ensures:
Full OSE curriculum adoption (all 18 units across grades 6–8)
Whole school participation—100% of students and teachers
Robust PD—all science teachers train in 4 units each
Teacher leader champions lead the work at the school level