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Upcoming OAPL Professional Learning Sessions 

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Next Generation Science Exemplar System (NGSX) Science Professional Learning Opportunities for MA Educators
(Spring-Summer 2023)

Stipends and PDPs are available for all courses for eligible MA educators. See course-specific information for details.

Becoming a Next-Gen Science Teacher (or BNGST) 

Becoming a Next-Gen Science Teacher (BNGST) prepares teachers to engage their students in the core science practices of modeling, argument, and explanation about puzzling phenomena in the world around them.  Participants learn how to build a classroom culture for robust sensemaking, student agency, and equitable participation. Through collaboration in doing science and exploring rich video cases, participants gain a variety of tools and resources to take back to their classrooms – to learn with and from their students. This course is highly interactive and collaborative, and it centers equity and agency for students and teachers.


  • Target audience: PreK-12 teachers, STEM coaches, science department chairs, district science leaders, informal science educators

  • Dates: August 15-18, 2023  (45 PDPs)

  • Location: in person, Clark University, Worcester MA

  • Stipend: $300


Virtual Becoming a Next-Gen Science Teacher (V-BNGST)

The fully virtual version of BNGST, Virtual Becoming a Next Gen Science Teacher (V-BNGST) is as collaborative and interactive as its in-person counterpart.  As in the in-person pathway, teachers are immersed in doing science as adult learners for portions of the session. Science materials are sent directly to participants.  (See BNGST above for more information.)


  • Target audience: PreK-12 teachers, coaches, district science leaders, informal educators

  • Dates

    • Session 1: June 26-28, plus August 21-23, 2023  (45 PDPs)​


Session 2: July 26-28, plus July 31 - August 2, 2023  (45 PDPs)

  • Format: Virtual, synchronous facilitated study groups.

  • Stipend: $450

Virtual PLANS: Principals Learn and Network for Science  

The PLANS course is professional learning for instructional leaders and administrators – coaches, curriculum supervisors, teacher leaders, principals, assistant superintendents, etc.  It introduces instructional leaders to the new vision for science teaching and learning – as set forth in NGSS and in the MA Frameworks.  PLANS is a 1.5-day highly collegial and interactive experience.  Participants build their understanding of the essential elements of “Next Gen Science” teaching and learning, and what teachers will need in order to make this new vision a reality for all students.


  • Target audience: Instructional leaders, coaches, and administrators. Teachers also love this course!

  • Dates:  August 17-18 (11 PDPs)

  • Format: Virtual, synchronous facilitated study groups.

  • Stipend: $150

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Oceans, Climate Science, and Big Data (OCSBD)

The Oceans, Climate Science, and Big Data Pathway supports middle and secondary teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum supervisors and administrators in growing their knowledge about oceans and big data as part of climate science. The course promotes data literacy – the use of big data sets and visualization tools – which helps scientists, educators, and students understand the extraordinary interactions between oceans and climate. Participants are introduced to CODAP and Ventusky, tools that scientists use in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting ocean data. Teachers can use many of these tools in their classrooms, to build students’ data literacy and understanding of major climate issues. Participants will work in small groups to develop initial ideas for an instructional unit on oceans and climate for their students.

  • Target audience: Middle & high school teachers, administrators, coaches, informal educators

  • Dates:  June 19-22, 2023 (45 PDPs)

  • Format: Virtual, synchronous facilitated study groups.

  • Stipend: $300


  • Eligible Massachusetts educators may take these courses at no cost. Specifically, these courses are open to any currently-employed Massachusetts public and charter school educator whose work relates to science in grades PK-12. This includes general education teachers, special education teachers, ESL or language support teachers, principals, coaches, and other school or district administrators whose work relates to science. 


Stipends and PDPs 

  • Stipends and PDPs will be awarded upon course completion*. 

  • Amount of stipends and number of PDPs varies by course. Please see course-specific information above. 


*Course Completion Requirements: 

  • Per DESE guidance, course completion requires that participants: 

  1. Attend and participate in course sessions 

  2. Complete brief pre & post assessments 

  3. Complete brief DESE-created end of course survey 

  • Note: Only participants who meet these requirements will be eligible for PDP certificates and stipends. 


Graduate credit:

  • These courses are not offered for graduate credit.

For more information about these courses, please email

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