Localizing Science Working Group

Will you or your district be implementing K-8 Amplify Science or 6-12 OpenSciEd next year? Would you like to work with others to enhance student engagement with connections to student’s lived experiences and communities? Would you like an opportunity to earn a $600 stipend and STEM/Equity clock hours?

We are looking for experienced elementary school teachers, middle and high school teachers, TOSAs and district science leads to be a part of a year-long working group that will continue the development of materials to support local connections to science units. Working group members will be developing and testing a localizing guide for a specific science unit. It will provide teachers and districts who have adopted Amplify Science or OpenSciEd ideas for incorporation of localized content, students’ own personal and cultural identities, regional data sets, and relevant climate science.

Monday, August 12th

(optional – participants can choose to arrive Tuesday morning)





Relaxation and Recuperation Options: Guided Nature Walk to Marsh and Bird Blind or Free Time on Trails
6-6:30pm Reception with cash bar (2 free drink tokens provided)
7:30-8:30pm Camp “Fire” with treats


Tuesday, August 13th  


7am Coffee Available
8-9am Breakfast (optional)
9-11:55am Session One – Overview, Equity & Amplify
12-1pm Lunch
1-1:30pm Break – Siesta with trails available for walking (optional)
1:30-4:30pm Session Two – Personal & Family Connections
4:45-6 pm Optional Relaxation and Recuperation Options: Yoga, Guided Nature Walk to Pond and Bridge, Free Time on Trails, or Art in Garden & Garden Tour
6pm Appetizers and Cash Bar (can use tokens)
6:30-7:30pm Dinner with Cash Bar
7:30-8:30pm Main Campus Tour


Wednesday, August 14th  

7am Coffee Service Available – Move out of lodges
8-9am Breakfast  – Drop off room keys at Dinning Hall
9-11:55am Session Three – Schoolyard & Community Connections
12-1pm Lunch
1-1:30pm Break – Siesta/Free time
1:30-4:30pm Session Four – Regional Connections & Closing
4:30-5pm Departure

“It’s the PLC I’ve always wanted to work with but never had access to at my school.  We have a group of folks all working towards the same vision, [there are] so many people to bounce ideas off of. This group has helped me hone my teaching craft and create more engaging lessons for kids, hopefully helping them appreciate science more.”

– Rachel Hall, 2022-23 Working Group Member