The Vision Behind the NGSS
The vision behind the New Jersey Students Learning Standards in Science (NJSLS-S) and the national Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to use and apply the science they learn in school to make sense of the natural world outside the classroom. Standards-aligned lessons are driven by 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 standards include Engineering Practices and Core Ideas so that students learn to define engineering problems and develop, test, and optimize solutions for them.
What You Should Know About Our Professional Development
All workshops follow recommendations of the latest National Academies Reports on “Science and Engineering in Pre-School through Elementary Grades” and "Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center". In addition, we continue to incorporate what we are learning about standards implementation through our work with thousands of teachers in New Jersey and across the nation.
More information about our professional development offerings such as descriptions, dates, fees, and how to register can be found here.
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.