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 Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 

New Jersey is one of 14 states to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) including California, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, District of Columbia and West Virginia.

Adopting the NGSS moves New Jersey to the forefront of science education reform.  At the same time these new standards will pose significant challenges to educators as they will require that teachers make a major shift in the content and manner in which they have been teaching. “Teachers will need a thorough understanding of the Disciplinary Core Ideas and the Science and Engineering Practices they are expected to teach, how students learn them, and the range of instructional strategies that can support student learning. Teachers will need significant and long-term support to embrace this new vision in the implementation of the NGSS.”   (NSTA Position Statement, 2013) 

In response to these challenges, a consortium of three higher education institutions has been established: the 
Rider University SELECT Program , the  Princeton University Teacher Preparation Program , and the Science Education Institute at Raritan Valley Community College. Together, we have been planning for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards state wide and have designed a number of professional opportunities to support teachers' success in implementing the NGSS.    

The Science Education Institute is offering the following NGSS professional development during the 2014-2015 school year:

  • NGSS Summer Institute - Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31, 2015 (Fee:$250)
      
  • **NEW** NGSS Summer Institute - Monday August 10 - Friday August 14, 2015 (Fee $250)
    The online registration is closed, but there are a few spots left.  If you would like to attend, please contact Dr. Wil van der Veen at: wil.vanderveen@raritanval.edu
     

  •  Coming in the 2015/2016 School Year

    • Asking Questions/Planning and Carrying Out Investigations - Tuesday - September 29, 2015 
    • Analyzing and Interpreting Data - Thursday October 22, 2015
    • One Day Starlab Training - Wednesday November 11, 2015
    • Engineering Design and Technology - Tuesday November 17, 2015
    • Developing and Using Models - Thursday December 10, 2015
    • Crosscutting Concepts  - Wednesday January 27, 2016
    • Constructing Explanations/Engaging in Argument from Evidence -  February 24, 2016
    • Planning NGSS-Aligned Lessons - Tuesday March 15, 2016
    • Summer Science Institute - Monday August 10 - Friday August 14, 2016

    Scroll down for more information about each workshop  

        Register Online Here 

All workshops will be held at Raritan Valley Community College (Main Campus) in North Branch, NJ. 

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Workshops begin promptly at 9 am and end by 3:30 pm.  (Starlab workshop will end by 4:00 pm) Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

The workshop leader, Dr. Wil van der Veen, is nationally recognized expert in science education and is a member of the New Jersey State Leadership Team for the NGSS.  All workshops will be co-facilitated by several K-12 educators from the NGSS Teacher Leader Program (a collaboration between Princeton University, Rider University, and Raritan Valley Community College).  

For more information contact Mariel O'Brien at mariel.obrien@raritanval.edu or (908) 526-1200 x8942.
For customized training on the NGSS in your district contact Dr. Wil van der Veen at wvanderv@raritanval.edu or (908) 526-1200 x8566. 


             

     Description of our Professional Development Offerings


 

Customized training on the NGSS in your District

We can provide customized training on the NGSS in your district. After discussing the professional needs of the targeted audience, we will develop a customized training program of one-day or multiple-day workshops than can span an entire year or even multiple years. Please contact Dr. Wil van der Veen at wil.vanderveen@raritanval.edu to set up an initial phone call.


                                                                                        
NGSS Summer Institute

Our week-long NGSS Summer Institute is designed to help teachers prepare for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards emphasize eight Science and Engineering Practices and seven Crosscutting Concepts that are integrated with the learning of Core Ideas in science. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate how the Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas fit together and can be integrated in science and engineering lessons by using natural phenomena as a starting point. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect on the investigations and practice creating sample lesson plans that are aligned with the NGSS.  

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Asking Questions
Planning and Carrying out Investigations
   
 

This one-day workshop is designed to help teachers prepare for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards emphasize eight Science and Engineering Practices and seven Crosscutting Concepts that are integrated with the learning of Core Ideas in science. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations to deepen their understanding of two of these Practices (Asking Questions; Planning and Carrying Out Investigations) and how they can be integrated into science instruction. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect on the investigations and practice modifying their existing lesson plans to emphasize these practices. 

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Analyzing and Interpreting Data   

This one-day workshop is designed to help teachers prepare for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards emphasize eight Science and Engineering Practices and seven Crosscutting Concepts that are integrated with the learning of Core Ideas in science.  Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations to deepen their understanding of one of these Practices (Analyzing and Interpreting Data) and one of these Crosscutting Concepts (Patterns) and how they can be integrated into science instruction. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect on the investigations and practice modifying their existing lesson plans to emphasize this practice. 

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Engineering Design and Technology   

This one-day workshop is designed to help teachers prepare for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards emphasize eight Science and Engineering Practices and seven Crosscutting Concepts that are integrated with the learning of Core Ideas in science.  Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations to deepen their understanding of the Engineering Design Process and how it can be integrated in instruction. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect on the investigations and practice modifying their existing lesson plans to include the Engineering Design Process.  


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Developing and Using Models   

This one-day workshop is designed to help teachers prepare for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards emphasize eight Science and Engineering Practices and seven Crosscutting Concepts that are integrated with the learning of Core Ideas in science.  Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations to deepen their understanding of one these Practices (Developing and Using Models) and one of these Crosscutting Concepts (Systems and System Models) and how they can be integrated into science instruction. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect on the investigations and practice modifying their existing lesson plans to emphasize this practice.

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Crosscutting Concepts

This one-day workshop is designed to help teachers prepare for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards emphasize eight Science and Engineering Practices and seven Crosscutting Concepts that are integrated with the learning of Core Ideas in science.  Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations to deepen their understanding of three of these Crosscutting Concepts (Cause and Effect; Systems and System Models; Energy and Matter) and how they can be integrated into science instruction. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect on the investigations and practice modifying their existing lesson plans to emphasize the Crosscutting Concepts. 

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Constructing Explanations
Engaging in Argument from Evidence
    

 

This one-day workshop is designed to help teachers prepare for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards emphasize eight Science and Engineering Practices and seven Crosscutting Concepts that are integrated with the learning of Core Ideas in science. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations to deepen their understanding of two of these Practices (Constructing Explanations; Engaging in Argument from Evidence) and how they can be integrated into science instruction. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect on the investigations and practice modifying their existing lesson plans to emphasize these practices.  

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Planning NGSS-Aligned Lessons

 

This one-day workshop is designed to help teachers prepare for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards emphasize eight Science and Engineering Practices and seven Crosscutting Concepts that are integrated with the learning of Core Ideas in science.  This workshop will focus on planning a sequence of lessons that are aligned to the NGSS.  Participants will learn how to use natural phenomena as a starting points for their lessons and how to organize this lesson sequence across three stages: gathering, reasoning, and communicating. In each stage students will draw on a different set of Science and Engineering Practices, use Crosscutting Concepts, and apply Core Ideas to construct an explanation for the natural phenomenon under study. Most of the day will be devoted to planning and sharing such lessons.

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Connections between the NGSS and the Common Core in ELA and Math   

This workshop is not currently scheduled for the 2015-2016 school year but is available on request as an in-district workshop.

 

This one-day workshop is designed to help teachers prepare for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards emphasize eight Science and Engineering Practices and seven Crosscutting Concepts that are integrated with the learning of Core Ideas in science. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate the connections between the NGSS and the Common Core. The focus is on the Practices of Mathematics and Computational Thinking, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, and Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communication Information. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect on the investigations and practice modifying their existing lesson plans to emphasize connections between the NGSS and Common Core ELA/Literacy and Math. 

 

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One-Day Starlab Training

 Wednesday November 11, 2015  

Starlab is the prefect tool to make science come to life for students. It helps teachers prepare for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by allowing students to make observations, collect and analyze data, and construct explanations for natural phenomena in astronomy, earth science, and biology. Astronomical phenomena such as the daily and yearly motions of the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, and constellations are easily observed with Starlab.  Data from these observations presents students with the evidence to develop models and construct explanations for these phenomena. Starlab also includes projection cylinders related to Earth Science concepts such as Ocean Currents, Weather and Climate, and Plate Tectonics and Biology concepts such as the cell.

Participants will learn how to set up, maintain, and repack the Starlab system and become more familiar with the night sky and the many Starlab cylinders that are available.

The training certifies K-12 teachers to rent one of our Starlab Portable planetariums. 

Click here for online rental form

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 If you have questions about our Starlab programs, please contact: 

Mariel O'Brien at 908-526-1200 x 8942;  mariel.obrien@raritanval.edu


  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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