2021 OpenSciEd Massachusetts Grant Application

OpenSciEd School Grant Application

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Welcome and thank you for your interest in OpenSciEd (OSE). The school grants and cohort program was created in partnership with Boston College’s OpenSciEd Equitable Instruction (OEI) Initiative and the One8 Foundation. Funding for school grants is provided by the One8 Foundation and schools will receive additional programming and support from the OEI Initiative and Mass STEM Hub, a program of the One8 Foundation. 
Application Instructions
  1. Please review the program overview & FAQs. Feel free to reach out to Hillary Paul Metcalf (paulmetc@bc.edu) at the OEI Initiative with any questions.
  2. Complete one application per school.
  3. Submit all applications by February 10, 2022. 
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Please visit this page for more information and helpful resources, such as implementation guidance and the option of downloading a PDF copy of the application for your reference.

Please note: Public schools in MA that have students in grades 6, 7, and/or 8 AND are in districts with at least 15% of students designated as economically disadvantaged are eligible to apply.
Important Dates
January – February 2022
Program Informational Session & Grant Office Hours 

February 10, 2022
Grant Application Due 

March 10, 11, 14, and 15 (note: dates may be added as needed)
School Interviews

March 30, 2022
Award Notification 

April 13, 2022 (snow date TBD)
Cohort Kickoff Convening

Summer 2022 Training
Teachers will choose one of the following three dates for the four-day Launch PD
  • June 27-30
  • July 11-14
  • Aug 8-11
High Level Programming Expectations
A competitive application will include a plan to achieve the following program expectations over the three years of grant implementation.

Full adoption of all 6 OpenSciEd units at each grade level (6 through 8) offered in the school by year 3
  1. 100% of students at each grade level participating by year 3
  2. 100% of science teachers in grades 6-8 participating by year 3
  3. All participating science teachers complete the OSE Launch PD and three additional unit-specific PDs
  4. Grade level champion(s) completes training for all six units
School/district resources identified to cover additional costs (e.g., consumables)

Note: grant funding is intended to support high-quality adoption of OpenSciEd curricular resources and more specifically to offset the costs associated with launching the program. Schools will be provided three payments over three years and schools will pay vendors directly. Grant award sizes are determined by school sizes and based on two key start-up costs:
  1. teacher training: all teachers trained in up to four units each
  2. durable equipment kits: schools can receive up to $400 per unit per teacher, for all six units (NOTE: Durable kit prices from providers have been fluctuating.  If the average kit price next school year is significantly higher than $400, grants will be increased to help offset)
Grant awards are automatically calculated in the grant application and the average grant size is approximately $30,000-35,000. Grants sizes will vary based on school size and will generally exceed the average for large schools.

School Information

1) Please select your district and school.

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2) Please provide the name and contact information of the primary grant contact.






Note: if the grant is awarded, the superintendent will sign the cohort participation and grant agreement.





8) How many science teachers are there for the following grades?  (If a teacher is teaching multiple grade levels please use a fraction/FTE to indicate)




Science Vision and Goals







Staffing Program

Staffing and Program Champions

Please identify teacher-leader, school-level, and district-level “champions” of the program.
In this context, a champion is an educator who is knowledgeable of OpenSciEd and the grant requirements, as well as someone who is committed to high-quality implementation. These champions will be included in the April 13, 2022 cohort kickoff convening. Additionally, grant champions will also be included in cohort quarterly meetings.
Teacher-Leader Champion
Teacher-Leader Champions are science teachers who will be implementing OSE and helping lead the work with their colleagues. These champions should be knowledgeable about OSE and excited to lead the work with other science teachers. All participating teachers will be trained in 4 units, and the teacher-leader champion(s) commit to be trained in all units at the grade level (i.e. units 5 and 6) and help support their colleagues with these units. Additionally, the teacher-leader champions will be included in the quarterly cohort meetings.






Note: a champion is needed for all grade levels.  This application will allow you to enter multiple champions.

Teacher-Leader Champion #2






Note: a champion is needed for all grade levels.  This application will allow you to enter multiple champions.

Teacher-Leader Champion #3





Note: a champion is needed for all grade levels. 

School-Leader Champion
The school leader champion is a school leader (e.g., Principal, Assistant Principal, Department Chair) who leads the OSE implementation at the school level. Ideally, this champion will be in a leadership position and have the ability to inform common planning time/department meetings, observe teachers, review data, and make budgeting/scheduling decisions. These champions should be knowledgeable about OSE and excited to lead the work. These champions are encouraged to attend a training to learn about OSE but are not required to. Additionally, the school-leader champions will be included in the quarterly cohort meetings.




District-Level Champion
The district champion is a district leader (e.g., CAO, Assistant Superintendent, Science/STEM Director) who leads the OSE implementation at the district level – across schools. Ideally, this champion will be in a leadership position and have the ability to inform common planning time/department meetings, observe teachers, review data, make budgeting/scheduling decisions, and hold a cross school view. These champions should be knowledgeable of OSE and excited to lead the work. These champions are encouraged to attend a training to learn about OSE but are not required to. Additionally, the district champions are required to attend the quarterly convenings.











23) CHECK THE BOX BELOW TO CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE REVIEWED THE SUMMER TRAINING DATES AND UNDERSTAND THAT ALL TEACHERS IN YOUR BUILDING ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FOUNDATIONAL TRAINING AND THREE UNIT-SPECIFIC TRAININGS BY YEAR 3 OF THE PROGRAM. LAUNCH PDS ARE OFFERED IN THE SUMMER; UNIT PDS ARE OFFERED IN THE SUMMER AND IN JANUARY. 

Implementation Plan

Please use the following tables to outline how you will roll out OpenSciEd in your school. Which grade levels will participate when? How many teachers will be included? What units will be offered? Remember that as grant recipients and members of the cohort program, schools are expected to offer all 6 OpenSciEd units to 100% of students at each grade level by Year 3 (2024-25). 

PLANNING TIP! Not sure how to think about which units and teachers to start with? Check out the recommended MA implementation path in this planning document here.
Table A1: Please enter the estimated number of students participating in OpenSciEd by grade level over time. 
Year 1: 2022-23 Year 2: 2023-24 Year 3: 2024-25
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

(Note: The numbers should represent the discrete number of participating students in that school year.  It should not indicate new students or be cumulative over years.)

Table A2: Please enter the estimated percentage of students participating in OpenSciEd by grade level over time. 
Year 1: 2022-23 Year 2: 2023-24 Year 3: 2024-25
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Table B: Please enter the estimated number of teachers participating in OpenSciEd by grade level over time. 
Year 1: 2022-23 Year 2: 2023-24 Year 3: 2024-25
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

Implementation Plan (Continued)

Table C: Please indicate which units will be offered at each grade level over the three year rollout. * Please click here to view the MA specific OSE scope and sequence.

All grade levels need to start with the first unit in the MA sequence, as that is the unit offered in the Launch PD in the summer:

  • Grade 6: MA 6.1) Light & Matter 
  • Grade 7: MA 7.1) Thermal Energy (OSE 6.2)* 
  • Grade 8: MA 8.1) Weather (OSE 6.3)*

To meet the grant requirement that all units are being taught by Year 3, all units should have check marks next to them by Year 3 of the program. 

Note: asterisks denote units that appear in a different grade level in the standard OpenSciEd scope and sequence.

Grade 6



Grade 7



Grade 8




Budget

Use the tables below to calculate the grant funding request:
  1. Teacher training: by year 3, all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science teachers in a building need to participate in OpenSciEd, and each grade level needs to offer all 6 OpenSciEd units. Funds can cover training for up to 4 units per teacher (with the exception of the teacher-leader champion[s]), meaning that schools will either need to self-fund training for units 5 and 6 or utilize other training tools.
  2. Durable equipment: schools can receive a one-time $400 durable equipment allowance for each unit offered per teacher.
Grants are based on the number of science teachers being trained. The "average" middle school in Massachusetts would receive roughly $30,000-35,000 over three years, based on a student enrollment of 450 and 6 science teachers. Larger schools will exceed the average amount.

A housing option will be available through BC for the training.  There will be limited availability for participants in teacher training to reside overnight at the training site. Signup and grant support for this residential housing option will be handled outside of the grant application, closer to the time of training.

Note for pilot districts: please only include needs below that have not already been funded by the pilot. If you have durable equipment linked to a unit in beta testing but need to purchase durable equipment for the finalized unit, this is an allowable expense.

Confused? That's okay! Reach out to Hillary Paul Metcalf (paulmetc@bc.edu) for help and/or consult this budget guidance document.

25) Teacher Training

Please indicate the number of teachers requiring PD over time.

Do not include training for teacher-leader champions to train in units 5 & 6 as that will be factored in automatically. 

If there are no teachers training in a particular unit in a particular year, enter a 0.

Funding is intended to cover up to 4 units per participating teacher. Launch PD includes training for unit 1.

Year 1: 2022-23 Year 2: 2023-24 Year 3: 2024-25
Launch PD (including unit 1, 4 days total)
PD for unit 2 (2 days)
PD for unit 3 (2 days)
PD for unit 4 (2 days)

26) Durable Equipment
Please indicate the number of new durable kits needed. 

(NOTE: Durable kit prices from providers have been fluctuating.  If the average kit price next school year is significantly higher than $400, grants will be increased to help offset)

If correct, the sum of the numbers in the grid should equal the number of teachers x 6. If there are no teachers implementing a unit for the first time in a particular year, enter a 0. Funding includes a one-time $400 allowance for durable equipment per unit per teacher.

Year 1: 2022-23 Year 2: 2023-24 Year 3: 2024-25
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

Budget and Narrative

Funding Request
The tables below contain calculated grant amounts corresponding to the worksheet you filled out on the previous page. If you wish to make adjustments to the amounts, please return to the previous page and edit your estimated teacher training and implementation numbers.

Note: total grant award will be paid in three disbursements:
50% of total grant award in year 1
30% of total grant award in year 2
20% of total grant award in year 3

Costs of teacher training (in dollars)

Cost assumptions

  • Launch PD: $700 (per teacher)
  • Unit PD: $500 (per teacher)
  • Teacher-leader allowance: Set amount per school up to $3,000 depending on grades offered 
  •  New teacher allowance: Set amount per school up to $2,800 depending on school size
Year 1: 2022-23 Year 2: 2023-24 Year 3: 2024-25
Launch PD (including unit 1, 4 days total)
PD for unit 2 (2 days)
PD for unit 3 (2 days)
PD for unit 4 (2 days)
Costs of durable equipment (in dollars) (NOTE: Durable kit prices from providers have been fluctuating.  If the average kit price next school year is significantly higher than $400, grants will be increased to help offset)
Year 1: 2022-23 Year 2: 2023-24 Year 3: 2024-25
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Cost totals
Year 1: 2022-23 Year 2: 2023-24 Year 3: 2024-25
Durable equipment subtotals
Teacher training subtotals
Teacher-leader training allowance
New teacher allowance
Grant award totals

Finance Contact






To whom do we make out the check?




Interview and Submission

Interview Scheduling
As part of the grant application process, schools may be invited to participate in a 45 minute interview. We are asking all applicants to schedule a tentative interview time now and the team will confirm the interview at latest one week prior to the date and time selected.  

We suggest including the primary grant applicant, as well as the district-level, school-level, and teacher-leader champions as appropriate and possible.

Please schedule your team for an application interview by visiting the Calendly scheduling page.  

Programming Expectations

Note: Shortly after submitting the application, the primary grant contact will receive a confirmation email. If they do not see that email within a few hours, please check your junk mail or reach out to connect@mass-stemhub.org.