Learningbeginswith the learner.

True learning is inherently an internal process.

Responsibility begins with the learner.

So the question is:

Are your students owning their learning?

The SOS System

Foundations Formula For A Student-Owned Science Classroom

Build your classroom on a foundation of curiosity and internal drive, learning partnerships, and student empowerment. Create flow and ease, while bringing joy back into education, through co-constructed learning journeys.

As a middle and high school science teacher, I struggled with student engagement. I wondered why my students didn’t seem to care? Why weren’t they curious? Why didn’t they get how cool this stuff really was!?

I burnt myself out with late nights of lesson planning, endless grades to “hold students accountable,” and long days in class as I fought to keep their attention, stretch their motivation, and push my students to learn.

I didn’t realize there was a path with less resistance.

Student-owned science classrooms.

"Joining [the iExploreScience] community has been the best professional development I have ever done! I have learned so much about the NGSS and how to implement them in my classroom. I have been able to shift the way I teach to the point that my students don't even know they are learning... My kids love it... I have really been able to transform things "we have always done" into the NGSS way."
Mercedes G.
Middle School Teacher, Wisconsin

It's time to put the work of learning on the learners.

In student-owned science classrooms, 

Foundations Formula Objectives


Reevaluate how we launch science learning in order to better engage and motivate our students to step up and into their own learning journey.


Rethink how we get our students from “A to Z” in order to reach curriculum goals while empowering students to take more responsibility for their experience and meet their own needs.


Transform our role in the classroom from teacher to guide to create space for exploration and discovery in order to deepen learning and improve understanding and retention

What IsIncluded?

Program Dates: February 7 - March 4, 2022
Program Cost: $97

Cultivating CuriosityWorkshopSeries




What are phenomena?


How do we choose phenomena?


How do we engage our students with it?



What are learning journeys?


How do we help students get from the anchor to the end-goal?


How do we plan for learning but remain responsive to students?




What is exploration?


How do we create exploration experiences?


How do we guide discovery and help students achieve their “aha!”?

I invite you to be a part of a team that supports you.

I am Project Lead The Way certified, have a reading endorsement, and nothing has come close to what I am learning [through Nicole] and [in this] community. This has been the absolute best professional development I have ever participated in. My students are more engaged and thriving with the implementation of the 5E model and NGSS. Students are being challenged to be critical thinkers, engaged learners and effective communicators. They are now looking at the world and asking, "I wonder...." or "I noticed.." They are curious about the world around them. I am excited about the progress that my students are showing, and yes, we are virtual as well! The community support is valuable as I can bounce ideas off teachers from around the world and provide support to them as well…
Debbie J.
Middle School Teacher, Ohio

By being part of a cohort, you will create yourfoundation for student-owned sciencein collaboration with a community of like-minded teachers. We can work together to inspire the next generation of science learners and leaders.

Frequently Asked Questions

This program is for upper elementary, middle, and high school teachers who are willing and able to consider new ideas and approaches. You aren’t in “survival mode” – you are ready and able to grow! More than that, you believe there is room for your students to grow, too. You believe there is an opportunity for greater student success in your classroom, and you are driven to help your learners achieve it. Finally, you have some freedom (and maybe even encouragement) to adapt your curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of your students and your situation. 

This is a short-term program designed to help teachers launch their student-owned science journeys and establish the basics of the SOS approach.

Program participants will be supported through a live coaching call, a breakout session, and the digital community for one month. However, teachers will have ongoing access to the on-demand workshop series.

There is no commitment to participate in any live components of this program. Feel free to complete the workshop materials at your convenience.

The program involves a one-time cost. You will not be charged any sort of ongoing subscription or any additional fees.

If at any point within the first fourteen days you decide the program is not for you, you can request a full refund (minus $5 processing fee) by emailing support@iexplorescience.com.

Just ask! Most schools reserve funds for professional development programs, and The SOS System fits the bill! If you aren’t sure how to talk to your school decision-makers, check out this guide. Then, contact nvantassel@iexplorescience.com for an estimate or invoice to provide your administrators.


The way Nicole has presented the material has clicked with me more than any other resource I have found so far.
Kim G.
High School Teacher, Illinois
I am currently rolling your materials out in my classroom and so far experiencing success. Thank you for being so responsive as I feel confident jumping into the lessons knowing that you are close by to help.
Martin M.
Middle School Teacher, Illinois

The SOS System

Foundations Of A Student-Owned Science Classroom

Reimagine science teaching to create classrooms filled with wonder and ease through co-constructed learning journeys.