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Curriculum Selection - Curriculum Implementation

We are very excited to enter the next phase of the PSP project – piloting the selected instructional resources!  Based on the great work of the Curriculum Evaluation Task Force and the summer Teachers in Residence, selected teachers have begun piloting the Science Education for Public Understanding Project (SEPUP) and Project-Based Inquiry Science (PBIS) instructional resources in their classrooms this year. Twenty-three teachers from 11 schools are participating in the pilot program, with half of those classrooms exploring SEPUP with 6th and 7th grade, and half exploring PBIS with 7th and 8th grade.  Piloting teachers and schools are listed below.  In total, over 1,300 students in Maine public schools will have the opportunity to engage with the new instructional resources this year.

As part of the pilot program, participating teachers receive a class set of student textbooks, a digital copy of the textbook for each student, and all of the materials neccessary to facilitate the hands-on, inquiry-based science learning program.  All piloting teachers also received a week of professional development during June’s Summer Academy, and various professional development opportunities throughout the summer.  Any interested piloting teacher has been matched with a Teaching Partner, an undergraduate or graduate STEM/MST student or a STEM faculty/staff member from the PSP, to assist with preparation, reflection and classroom activities on a weekly basis.

Piloting teachers are asked to provide feedback on the instructional resources and their observations and evidence of student learning and engagement with the new materials. Teachers will also participate in research sponsored by the National Science Foundation to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.  With this feedback, the PSP will be in a position to improve on the pilot resources and build a robust program.  This iterative process is critical for successful scale-up and growth of the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership.

Link to map of pilot teachers and schools:



Project-Based Inquiry Science (PBIS)

Bruce Bailey (Troy Howard Middle School)

Jen Curtis (Troy Howard Middle School)

Kelley Littlefield (Troy Howard Middle School)

Megan McOsker (Conners Emerson)

Andrew Ford (Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School)

Carla Magoon (Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School)

Steve Haskell (Hancock Grammar School)

Bob Kumpa (Mountain View School)

Lori Matthews (Reeds Brook Middle School)

Rob Burke (Reeds Brook Middle School)

Cindy Moran (Samual Wagner Middle School)

Tom White (Mattanawcook Junior High School)


Science Education for Public Understanding Project (SEPUP)

Elizabeth Haynes (Troy Howard Middle School)

Linda Davis (Troy Howard Middle School)

Jane Stackpole (Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School)

Laurie Mattila (Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School)

Karen West (Hancock Grammar School)

Margaret Crosby (Mountain View School)

Judy Chase-Thompson (Brownville Elementary School)

Kathy Dixon-Wallace (Milo Elementary School)

Lauree Gott (Veazie Community School)

Heather Rockwell (Mattanawcook Junior High School)

Lori Lowell (Mattanawcook Junior High School)

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