Teacher Recruitment for Place-Based Learning for Elementary Science at Scale (PeBLES2)

PeBLES2 – a project of MMSA and BSCS – aims to design and investigate locally adaptable three-dimensional instructional materials and professional learning for elementary science. We work with teachers, scientists, and researchers to co-design locally adaptable units of instruction and professional learning to dig deeply into the science sensemaking and localization process. PeBLES2 teachers will be able to confidently “choose-their-own adventure”, making small or big tweaks to unit instructional bases to root science sensemaking into their “place”. 

We are looking for fourth-grade teachers who are willing to implement a unit designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as well as participate in ongoing professional learning over the next two school years (2022-2023 / 2023-2024). Preference will be given to teacher teams.


  1. In order to learn about how teachers grow with the unit, we are asking teachers to commit to teaching the unit twice – over two years. Implementation and associated professional learning will take place over the following time span:
    1. Round 1: January 2023 – May 2023
    2. Round 2: January 2024 – May 2024


We are looking for interested teachers that..

  1. Will be teaching fourth-grade earth science ( weathering, erosion, deposition, and engineering content) in the Spring of 2023 / Spring of 2024
  2. Have some background and familiarity with the NGSS 
  3. Have the ability to obtain principal/district consent work

Main Expectations of Enactment Teachers:

  1. Implementation of Unit.
    1.  Implement an approximately 6-week science unit designed for fourth grade between January and May 2023 and 2024.

Note: duration of the unit will depend on how much time is allotted to science instruction weekly. Ideally, teachers would budget approximately 3 hours a week for science instruction.

  1. Professional Learning. Attend and participate in all professional learning (Note: Sub Reimbursement available)
Enactment Phase 1 - 2022/2023 School Year
Immersion Institute1/5 (Thurs) 11-5 (EST)
1/6 (Fri) 11-5 (EST)
Localization Roundtables1/23 (Mon) 12-4 (EST)
2/27 (Mon) 12-4 (EST)
3/27 (Mon) 12-4 (EST)
4/24 (Mon) 12-4 (EST)

Enactment Phase 2 - 2023/2024 School Year
Immersion Institute

1/4 (Thurs) 11-5 (EST)
1/5 (Fri) 11-5 (EST)
Localization Roundtables1/22 (Mon) 12-4 (EST)
2/26 (Mon) 12-4 (EST)
3/25 (Mon) 12-4 (EST)
4/22 (Mon) 12-4 (EST)
  1. Collection of Research and Classroom Materials. Commit to approximately 4 hours per month of asynchronous work (including but not limited to: pre/post teacher surveys, collecting student consent forms, collecting and submitting student questionnaires and artifacts, and participating in teacher end of unit interviews).


  1. Ongoing professional development around NGSS implementation, curricular design, and localizing place-based curriculum.
  2. Growing a national network of teachers and researchers.
  3. Keep all unit materials and resources.


  1. Participating teachers will be compensated for their time in installments ($2,000) at the completion of each phase. Total compensation will be $4,000

Please complete this APPLICATION and submit any questions to Rhonda Tate, PeBLES2 Project Manager,

Project Funder


This project is funded by the National Science Foundation, grant #2009613.  Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation

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