Accelerating Science: Open Access Professional Learning Courses
for Massachusetts Educators

The Wade Institute is offering Approved Courses for Accelerating Science: Open Access Professional Learning (OAPL). Eligible Massachusetts educators may take these programs at no cost. Please visit the DESE OAPL website to learn more.

Read on to learn more about our current OAPL Programs, or visit our Past OAPL Programs page to learn more about past offerings!

Do you qualify for an OAPL course?

OAPL courses are open to any currently-employed Massachusetts public school educator whose work relates to science in grades preschool through 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. OAPL courses are not open to higher education faculty or administrators.

If you are not sure if you are eligible for an OAPL course, please visit DESE’s OAPL page for more information and contact info for further questions about qualifications.

Early Access Enrollment:

Educators in the following districts or on emergency licenses will receive priority during the first three days of enrollment.

Priority School Districts

Educators who hold an emergency license and are currently employed in an eligible role in one or more of the following fields may enroll during the Early Access period: Early Childhood; Elementary; Moderate Disabilities; Biology; Chemistry; Earth & Space Science; General Science; MS Math/Science; Physics; Technology/Engineering.

Course Completion Requirements:
Per DESE guidance, course completion requires that participants:
1. Attend course sessions.
2. Complete pre and post-knowledge assessment.
3. Complete an end of course survey.
4. Graduate credit will be available for most courses and will involve additional work. There is a fee for the graduate credit which is not covered by DESE.
Note: Only participants who meet these requirements will be eligible for PDP certificates and stipends/substitute funds.

Stipends and PDPs:
Substitute Pay: If the participant attends the PD during a scheduled school day, the district will receive a payment of $150 per day for the substitute upon course completion.
Stipend: If the participant attends the PD when school is not in session, the participant will receive a stipend of $150- $450, depending on the length of course upon course completion.
PDPs: A certificate for PDPs based on the length of the course will be awarded to participants upon course completion.

Wade Institute OAPL Courses:

You may enroll in as many Wade Institute OAPL courses as you choose, but you may only enroll in one (1) course where you receive free tuition per Fiscal Year (June 30th, 2023 – July 1st 2024). This is so that as many individuals as possible have access to these opportunities. If you have taken an OAPL course with free tuition during this Fiscal year and want to take another course, you will need to pay the non-OAPL-qualifying rate for any subsequent courses until the Fiscal year resets. Please select the courses that best fit your interests and availability.

This course is offered as part of Accelerating Science: Open Access Professional Learning Courses for Massachusetts educators. Eligible Massachusetts educators are able to take this course for free with a $300 stipend.

Engaging Students in the Engineering Design Process Using Sensors: Level 2

for Grades 6-12 Educators

Wednesday, June 26th and Thursday, June 27th, 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)

Join us for an advanced workshop focused on reverse engineering and problem based learning. Build and program a robot capable of carrying a variety of data collecting sensors. Explore what the engineering practices look like in the classroom as you experience inquiry investigations and phenomena-based learning. Receive an advanced Arduino kit to take back to your classroom. Included in the kit is an autonomous INR robot, multiple sensors and camera module. You will design and create working autonomous robot prototypes. Reverse engineering will be used to identify improvements you want to design. Improvements can include mechanical, programmatic, and/or sensor design.

For those schools who have restricted cell phone use, we have you covered! We will be giving you an infrared robot that has its own controller. No cell phones needed!

  • Plan out and program a robot using either Arduino C or Block Programming
  • Incorporate sensors into the robot design
  • Use sensor data to create autonomous robots
  • Gain a better understanding of engineering design concepts
  • Investigate strategies for problem-based learning
  • Identify and solve a community problem using robotics

Participants will receive an Arduino kit to take back to their classroom. We recommend taking the first level sensor workshop prior to enrolling in this workshop.

Registration Information

Dates: Wednesday, June 26th and Thursday, June 27th, 2024 (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET)
Location: Massasoit Community College, Canton Campus, Canton, MA
Cost: FREE for eligible MA educators that qualify through MA DESE’s OAPL program and includes a $300 stipend. Registration cost is $350 per educator from non-qualifying schools.
PDPs and Optional Graduate Credit: 14 PDPs available without graduate credit. 22.5 PDPs and 1 graduate credit available from Cambridge College for $75. Graduate credit requires additional work.

Register Online

Visit our Past OAPL Programs page to learn more about past offerings!