New Units Have Launched!
March 20, 2023 - We are excited to announce the launch of a new high school Biology, Chemistry, and Physics curriculum, developed with our partners BSCS and the NextGen Storylines group at Northwestern with support from OpenSciEd. The first units of these three full-year courses were released just three weeks ago, with the inquiryHub team at the University of Colorado Boulder leading the OpenSciEd Development Consortium for High School.
We have built on many parts of the inquiryHub model and curriculum development processes in these new curricula. The storyline instructional model is the same, and, following the same iHub process of gathering interest data from students, we have chosen exciting new anchors for some of our units. The materials have been further enhanced through our rich partnerships with Denver Public Schools, BSCS Science Learning, Northwestern University, and the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas Austin. Additionally, all materials are being extensively field tested in schools from ten partner states to ensure they meet high standards for student engagement and learning.
If you love inquiryHub, you will be excited to see the OpenSciEd HS units as new and improved versions of many of our units.
We know you’ve invested energy and time to adapt inquiryHub to your local contexts: the new materials will allow you to build on and continue that effort. Through a collaboration with the Learning in Places Collaborative, we have integrated ethical decision making supports into phenomena and design challenges. Additionally, an integral component of the development process has been external validation of alignment to the NGSS by NextGenScience’s Science Peer Review Panel using the EQuIP rubric.
While the current iHub materials will remain available to you, we’ll be supporting the OpenSciEd versions in the future as a certified professional learning partner. There are no plans to take down the existing materials, at least through the end of 2027. All of our professional learning offerings will shift to supporting the OpenSciEd units after July 2023.