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OpenSciEd Equitable Instruction (OEI) Initiative

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Who we are

The OEI Initiative, in partnership with the One8 Foundation, recruits, selects, provides grants, and supports schools in Massachusetts as they adopt OpenSciEd. OEI is structured to build sustainable implementation communities through curriculum-based professional learning, school-based coaching, and learning communities. Our ongoing professional learning allows for cycles of planning, enacting, and reflecting. Our team includes experienced educators, leaders, and educational researchers with extensive experience in the design and implementation of HQIM.

Our team

21–50 facilitators/coaches

11-25% are non-white

Where we work

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Types of districts that we have experience working with

  • Traditional District
  • Charter
  • Private
  • Parochial
  • Urban
  • Rural
  • Suburban
  • Fewer than 2,500 students
  • 2,500 to 10,000 students
  • 10,000 to 50,000 students
  • 50,000 to 100,000 students
  • More than 100,000 students
  • Greater than 60% of economically disadvantaged students
  • Greater than 20% of English language learners
  • Greater than 20% of students with disability
  • Greater than 80% students of color

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This partner's approach and services

How we provide curriculum-aligned PL


OEI offers immersive Curriculum Based Professional Development workshops for teachers and leaders designed to challenge and support equitable science instruction through engaging in student hat, analysis of classroom artifacts, and reflection. Each day centers on a focal problem of practice with most time in grade level unit specific breakout rooms.


Our School Support Specialists are experienced teachers and leaders who develop and nurture relationships with schools and teachers and work with the school leaders (teacher, building, and district) to determine the support model for each school. Their work involves school visits, the development of tools, and long-term planning.


We offer Teacher Learning Network meetings and Leader Learning Network meetings which allow educators to come together and support each other as they address challenges of implementation. Additionally, we share resources and support ongoing collaboration through google groups and resources shared on our website.


We work closely with schools as they consider how OpenSciEd supports their equity vision and help them develop a sustainable implementation plan including identifying teacher, building, and district champions. We meet with the schools to help prepare for the kick off including preparing participants to attend the Launch PD sessions.

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