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 SCIENCE EDUCATION INSTITUTE   

 Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 

New Jersey is one of 16 states to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  the growing list of states that have adopted NGSS includes Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, DC 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  re 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 2015-2016 school year:  

  • NGSS Summer Institute for Grades 6-12 - Monday July 25 - Friday July 29, 2016
    Register soon - there are still spaces available but the workshop is filling up quickly

     
  • NGSS Summer Institute for Grades K-5 - Monday August 8 - Friday August 12, 2016
    Register soon - there are still spaces available but the workshop is filling up quickly
The Science Education Institute is offering the following NGSS professional development during the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Asking Questions/Planning and Carrying Out Investigations - Wednesday September 28, 2016

  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data - Tuesday October 18, 2016

  • Engineering Design and Technology - Wednesday November 16, 2016

  • One Day Starlab Training - Wednesday November 30, 2016

  • Developing and Using Models - Wednesday December 14, 2016

  • Crosscutting Concepts - Wednesday January 25, 2017

  • Constructing Explanations/Engaging in Argument from Evidence - Wednesday February 15, 2017

  • Planning NGSS-Aligned Lessons for Grades 6-12 - Wednesday March 8, 2017 (New Date!)

  • Planning NGSS-Aligned Lessons for Grades K-5 - Wednesday March 15, 2017
 
    
 
 Workshop 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 refund or credit and will be billed.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.     

 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  K-12 teachers 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 Institutes

Our week-long NGSS Summer Institutes are 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.
This year, we will be offering 2 Institutes - one in July for grades 6-12 and one in August for grades K-5  

   More Information - Grades 6-12  
 
  More Information - Grades K-5


  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 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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Starlab Training 

One Day Starlab Training - Wednesday November 30, 2016

 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.   

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In-District Starlab Training

Customized training is also available on-site at your district for up to five teachers per day. 

 More Information 

  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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