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High School Field Test – Administrators

High School Field Test – Administrators 2022-05-03T14:54:13-06:00

This page contains information for high school district/school administrators participating in the National OpenSciEd High School Field Test project.

Benefits to Participating

Participation and input on a research-based national project intended to transform high school science teaching and learning

Benefits to Districts
Field Test Teacher Benefits
  • Ongoing PL for your field test teacher(s), conducted by
    nationally-trained, NM OpenSciEd facilitators during the school year (approximately 9–10 days)
  • Receive field test materials (i.e unit kits, printed materials) that will belong to the school at no cost
  • Supports middle school coherence if utilizing the OpenSciEd Middle School high-quality units
  • Ongoing PL for field test teacher(s), conducted by nationally-trained, NM OpenSciEd facilitators during the school year (approximately 9–10 days)
  • Field test high quality units aligned to the NM STEM Ready! Science Standards
  • Receive field test materials at no cost
  • Network with science teachers in New Mexico and nationally
    National recognition in the final teacher materials
  • There will be an opportunity for any Field Test Teacher to participate in co-revision on the units.
    This would entail about 5 days of a workshop and 2-3 days of writing work. (Teachers would be compensated for this work by OpenSciEd.
    This participation should prioritize educators from specific nondominant groups and communities: Black, Latinx, Native American, female and gender nonbinary, queer, disabled, and emerging multilingual students and their communities.)

The table below includes the dates for upcoming unit curriculum trainings and unit implementation. The column for “Unit Curriculum Convening Windows” indicates when we will meet virtually to learn about the next unit for implementation. The column “Unit Implementation/Field Test Window” indicates when the unit should be completely implemented and data submitted.

UNITSUnit Curriculum Convening DatesUnit Implementation/Field Test Completion
BIO Unit 1, CHEM Unit 1, PHYS Unit 1July 2021 (Completed)By 11/30/2021 (Completed)
BIO Unit 3December 10–11, 2021 from 8:00am–4:00pm MTBy 3/31/22
BIO Unit 4, CHEM Unit 4, PHYS Unit 5March 4–5, 2022, from 8:00am–4:00pm MTBy 6/18/22

Please hold these dates in your calendar. More information is forthcoming in January 2022.

KEY:

Completed
Currently Implementing
Upcoming Unit

The table below includes the dates for upcoming unit curriculum trainings and unit implementation. The column for “Unit Curriculum Convening Windows” indicates when we will meet virtually to learn about the next unit for implementation. The column “Unit Implementation/Field Test Window” indicates when the unit should be completely implemented and data submitted.

UNITSUnit Curriculum Convening DatesUnit Implementation/Field Test Completion
BIO Unit 2, CHEM Unit 2, PHYS Unit 2July 18–19, 2022, from 8:00am–4:00pm MTAfter Unit 1 (by 11/4/2022)

Please hold these dates in your calendar. More information is forthcoming in June 2022 on the remainder of Year 2

KEY:

Completed
Currently Implementing
Upcoming Unit

Educators  would be asked to teach the courses in the order identified each year. In year 1, this involves 2–3 units (depending upon the course). In year 2, teachers would be asked to teach the full course in order with data only being collected from units in black.

SY 2021–22SY 2022–23
Biology

5 units

  • Unit 1: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, Dynamics
  • Unit 3: Inheritance & Variation of Traits
  • Unit 4: Natural Selection and Evolution of Populations
  • Unit 1: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, Dynamics
  • Unit 2: Matter & Energy in Organisms
  • Unit 3: Inheritance & Variation of Traits
  • Unit 4: Natural Selection and Evolution of Populations
  • Unit 5: Common Ancestry & Speciation
Chemistry

5 units

  • Unit 2: Structure & Properties of Matter
  • Unit 5: Chemical Reactions and Energy Choices
  • Unit 1: Atomic Interactions
  • Unit 2: Structure & Properties of Matter
  • Unit 3: Chemical Reactions & Carbon Cycling
  • Unit 4: Properties of Water and Climate Impacts
  • Unit 5: Chemical Reactions and Energy Choices
Physics

6 units

  • Unit 1: Energy Flow from Earth’s Systems
  • Unit 5: Electromagnetic Radiation
  • Unit 1: Energy Flow from Earth’s Systems
  • Unit 2: Energy, Forces & Earth’s Crust
  • Unit 3: Collisions & Momentum
  • Unit 4: Meteors, Orbits, & Gravity
  • Unit 5: Electromagnetic Radiation
  • Unit 6: Earth’s History and the Big Bang

The PED Expectations:

  • Provide the following materials for the OpenSciEd field test:
    • Specialized materials – Those specialized non-consumable materials needed to enact the units
    • Basic materials – consumable materials needed per unit.
  • Provide participating teachers a stipend of five hundred dollars ($500.00) each semester for a total of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for completing the requirements of the field test as outlined in “Field Test Teachers” section.
  •  Pay the costs of the venue for the PL, mileage and lodging (if the teachers are traveling more than 60 miles one way).
  • Provide curriculum support convenings each semester for all field test teachers to attend

District/School Expectations:

  • Participate in this initiative from the SY2021–22 to SY2022–23.
  • Provide participating field test teachers stipends/substitute costs for attending all professional learning events during the two-year field test:
    • Summer Curriculum Support Convening: Up to 16 hours (four ½ days) of interactive, virtual professional learning on July 19–22, 2021. This is for all teachers field testing Biology, Chemistry and Physics units.
    • Fall Curriculum Support Convening: Up to 16 hours (two full days) of interactive, virtual professional learning on December 10–11, 2021. This is for all teacher field testing the second Biology unit.c) Winter Curriculum Support Convening: Up to 16 hours (two full days) of interactive, virtual professional learning on March 4–5, 2022. This is for all teachers field testing Biology, Chemistry and Physics units.
  • Ensure that the participating teachers have release time for up to 80 hours of face-to-face/virtual professional learning during the school year (including the Summer, Fall and Winter Curriculum Convening).
  • Ensure that the participating teachers have release for time after school for up to nine (9) of ten (10) state collaborative meetings during the school year.
  • Ensure teachers are implementing units as follows:
    • Biology field test teachers are implementing two instructional units in the Fall semester of 2021 and one instructional unit in the Spring semester of 2022. Each unit is designed to take 4–6 weeks to implement.
    • Chemistry field test teachers are implementing one instructional unit in the Fall semester of 2021 and one instructional unit in the Spring semester of 2022. Each unit is designed to take 4–6 weeks to implement.
    • Physics field test teachers are implementing one instructional unit in the Fall semester of 2021 and one instructional unit in the Spring semester of 2022. Each unit is designed to take 4–6 weeks to implement.
  • Support the teachers in field testing the pilot units with fidelity. This may include, but is not limited to, instructional coaching support. In year 2, participants must teach the full year of the course.
  • Work with the project researchers to provide access and permissions for observations and classroom data collection associated with field tests. This will involve helping the researchers navigate any district-specific Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes.
  • Provide field test teachers student printed materials
  • Ensure students can complete surveys/assessments online (minimum of 1 device per 3 students needed)
  • Ensure field test teachers are providing feedback through a variety of methods, for an estimated time commitment of no more than 3 hours across both units, including but not limited to surveys, end of unit interviews, instructional logs, student work samples, and student exit tickets.
  • Ensure focal field test teachers are providing feedback to OpenSciEd using a variety of data collection instruments including the following:
    • End of unit surveys.
    • Share student work examples for each unit.
    • Administering 1 student exit ticket per unit to students.
    • Administering pre/post assessments to students (in year 2 of the field test).
    • Administering a student end-of-course survey (in year 2 of the field test).

Field Test Teacher Expectations

  • Attend all days of PL for the 5 field test units (9–10 days)
  • Field test OpenSciEd units with fidelity
    • In year 2, participants should teach the full year of the course
  • Participate in any state collaboration requirements
  • Provide feedback to OpenSciEd using a variety of data collection instruments including the following:
    • end of unit surveys
    • share student work examples for each unit
    • administering 1 student exit ticket per unit to students
    • administering pre/post assessments to students (in year 2 of the field test)
    • administering a student end-of-course survey (in year 2 of the field test)
    • interviews/learning logs

Page last updated May 3, 2022