OpenSciEd Released Units Training

Thermal Energy, Metabolic Reactions, & Sound

Preparing to Teach OpenSciEd, an OER NGSS-Designed Curriculum

This course will prepare teachers with the practical elements of enacting a curriculum for the first time and provide a vision for the long term goals of the OpenSciEd Project and the implementation of A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


The blended learning platform includes two face-to-face days that occur in between three independently completed online learning sessions. The face-to-face days focus on facilitating key investigations and practicing student-centered instructional strategies unique to the curriculum. A "big picture" overview that highlights the coherence of the unit and use of anchor phenomenon is included in the learning.


Each unit training may be taken for one license renewal credit. Registration in the course will occur on day one of the face-to-face session. The units will be co-facilitated by OpenSciEd unit pilot teachers from Prairie Lakes AEA. To register for the unit training and read an overview of each unit, click the corresponding link in the section below.

Face-to-Face Learning Days

All face-to-face days will be 8:30am - 3:30pm with one hour for lunch on your own.


Thermal Energy, 6th Grade (Design Badge Unit)
  • Day 1: Friday, 11/22/2019, Pocahontas PLAEA
  • Day 2: Monday, 1/6/2020, Pocahontas PLAEA


Metabolic Reactions, 7th Grade (High Quality NGSS Design)

  • Day 1: Tuesday, 12/17/2019, Storm Lake PLAEA
  • Day 2: Thursday, 1/23/2019, Pocahontas PLAEA


Sound Waves, 8th Grade (Design Badge Unit)

  • Day 1: Tuesday, 12/3/2019, Storm Lake PLAEA
  • Day 2: Thursday, 1/9/2019, Pocahontas PLAEA

For More Information

Contact Hope Brown, PLAEA Science Consultant

hbrown@plaea.org

@Hope_PLAEASci