The Vision Behind the NGSS
The vision behind the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to use the science they learn in school to make sense of the natural world outside the classroom. NGSS-aligned lessons are driven by natural phenomena, observable events that can be explained using science. Students learn how to use Crosscutting Concepts to guide their thinking about these phenomena. They engage in Science Practices and use Core Ideas to investigate how and why these natural phenomena occur and support their explanations with arguments. In addition, the NGSS includes Engineering Practices so that students learn to define engineering problems and develop, test, and optimize solutions for them.
What You Should Know About Our Professional Development
We offer a combination of in-person and online professional development. Based on teacher feedback and our experiences of the past year, we have concluded that we can offer high quality professional development online that meets our rigorous standards. Read more about what teachers have said about our online workshops. Therefore, we will continue to offer online workshops for those who prefer the online format, don’t feel safe attending in-person workshops, or live far from RVC College.
All workshops whether in-person or online follow recommendations of the latest National Academies Reports on "Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center" and “Teaching K-12 Science and Engineering During a Crisis”. In addition, we continue to incorporate what we are learning about NGSS implementation through our work with thousands of teachers in New Jersey and across the nation.
We recommend sending leadership teams of 3-5 teachers to at least three one-day workshops to develop a solid foundation for the NGSS. Dates, online registration, logistics, and detailed information about these professional development offerings are provided below.
NGSS Workshop Series for the 2021-2022 school year
We offer a series of workshops for K-12 teachers and supervisors on how to support students as they investigate phenomena. Through these workshops, we will model what NGSS-aligned instruction may look like. All workshops are for grades K-12 and include interactive presentations, investigations, small group discussions, practice, and planning by grade level.
Each workshop can be attended in-person or online. The in-person workshops at RVC College are from 9AM-3PM and include a light breakfast and lunch. The online workshops consist of two 2-hour sessions (4-6PM) with investigations done off-line at home. The workshops will be led by Dr. Wil van der Veen, author and a nationally recognized expert on the NGSS, and supported by NGSS Teacher Leaders. Participants will receive 5 PDU’s for completing each workshop.
Workshops Cancellation policy: If you are unable to attend a workshop for which you are registered, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible – but within five (5) business days. Cancellations received within less than five (5) business days from the date of the workshop will not be eligible for a credit or refund and will be billed. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.