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The Wade Institute for Science Education

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Who we are

Our programs tap the expertise of educators and scientists from research, cultural and educational organizations, and colleges and universities to model inquiry-based science, engineering, and technology curriculums. To be able to successfully teach inquiry-based science, teachers need to be immersed in model programs as both “students” themselves and educators. By participating in Wade Institute programs teachers learn how to develop and implement hands-on, minds-on, inquiry-based curriculum supported by trained and experienced PL providers.

Our team

11–20 facilitators/coaches

Less than 10% 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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How we provide curriculum-aligned PL


Full OpenSciEd implementation requires at least 4 days of PL conducted in intensive or individual sessions. We offer 4-day OpenSciEd Launch PL incorporating a unit specific deep dive, and can build on this foundation with additional programming on specific elements of the OpenSciEd model, or deep dives into additional Units.


Post delivery of OpenSciEd Launch PL, small group coaching in minimum 2 hour sessions, targeting specific OpenSciEd elements, are available. Based on teacher or administration needs and interests, these sessions can include expanded learning and/or planned structured work time, and can be delivered before or during an OpenSciEd Unit’s implementation.


Our PLC-based programs center on student achievement through analysis of student work and subsequent instructional responsiveness. As such these sessions are best delivered during an OpenSciEd Unit’s implementation, and center on analysis of student notebooks and progress trackers for formative assessment, and mid-point or end unit summative transfer tasks.


Consultation is driven towards administration supporting teaching staff in delivery of OpenSciEd units. Topics include interpretation of MA DESE OpenSciEd Scope & Sequence, development of customized Launch programs, unit delivery timelines, and access to unit materials.

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