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Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 

New Jersey has adopted the  Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at its July 9th Education Board Meeting.  New Jersey is the 12th State to adopt these new standards after California, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

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: 

 All workshops will be held at Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch, NJ (centrally located near Bridgewater/Somerville). Workshops begin promptly at 9 am and end by 3:30 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 Dave Allison at dallison@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. 

 

Starlab Programs

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) integrate science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas as students investigate natural phenomena. Our seven Starlab portable planetariums can serve as an “observatory” for such phenomena in astronomy, earth science, and life cycle (the cell).  

 We offer training and rental of our 7 Starlab portable planetariums:  

 The training certifies K-12 teachers to rent one of our 7 Starlab Portable planetariums. For more information about Starlab Rental, click here.  

 
For general information about our programs, please contact:
 


 David Allison at 908-526-1200 x 8942; dallison@raritanval.edu

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Summer Science Institute: Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards  

Our Summer Science Institute is designed to help teachers prepare for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards emphasize eight science practices and seven crosscutting concepts that are integrated with the learning of science content. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate how these science practices and cross-cutting concepts can be integrated in each of the disciplines: physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect on the investigations and practice creating sample lesson plans that are aligned with the new standards.  

Next Date Offered: Monday through Friday, July 28-Aug 1 (9am - 3:30pm)
Fee: Fee: $400 - Only $200 with RVCC scholarship (available for any NJ educator) 
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Asking Questions 

This *NEW* 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 that are integrated with the learning of science content. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate how one of these Practices (Asking Questions) 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.

Next Date Offered: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (9am - 3:30pm)
Fee: $100 
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Planning and Carrying out Investigations  

This *NEW* 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 that are integrated with the learning of science content. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate how one of these Practices (Planning and Carrying out Investigations) 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. 

Next Date Offered: - Thursday, November 13, 2014 (9am - 3:30pm)
Fee: $100 
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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 that are integrated with the learning of science content. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate how one of these Practices (Analyzing and Interpreting Data) 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. 

Next Date Offered: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 (9am - 3:30pm)
Fee: $100 
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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 that are integrated with the learning of science content. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate how one of these Practices (Engaging in Argument from Evidence) 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.

Next Date Offered: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (9am - 3:30pm)
Fee: $100 
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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 that are integrated with the learning of science content. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate how one of these Practices (Developing and Using Models) 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. 

Next Date Offered: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (9am - 3:30pm)
Fee: $100 
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 Constructing Explanations 

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 that are integrated with the learning of science content. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate how one of these Practices (Constructing Explanations) 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. 

Next Date Offered: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (9am - 3:30pm)
Fee: $100 
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Connections between the NGSS and the Common Core in ELA and Math  

This *NEW* 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 that are integrated with the learning of science content. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate the connections between the NGSS and the Common Core. 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 and Math. 

Next Date Offered: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (9am - 3:30pm)
Fee: $100 
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Engineering Design and Technology 

This *NEW* 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 that are integrated with the learning of science content. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate Engineering Design and Technology. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect on the investigations and practice modifying their existing lesson plans to emphasize Engineering Design and Technology.  

Next Date Offered: Thursday, February 26, 2015 (9am - 3:30pm)
Fee: $100 
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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 that are integrated with the learning of science content and crosscutting concepts. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate how the Practices and Crosscutting concepts 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 crosscutting concepts. 

Next Date Offered: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 (9am - 3:30pm)
Fee: $100 
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Summer Science Institute 

Our Summer Science Institute is designed to help teachers prepare for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards emphasize eight science practices and seven crosscutting concepts that are integrated with the learning of science content. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations that illustrate how these science practices and cross-cutting concepts can be integrated in each of the disciplines: physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect on the investigations and practice creating sample lesson plans that are aligned with the new standards. 

Next Date Offered: Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31, 2015 (9am - 3:30pm)
Fee: $x00 
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One-Day Starlab Training 

The Starlab Training Workshops are designed to help teachers make science and astronomy exciting for their students. Abstract ideas such as the Earth's daily and annual motions, moon phases, constellations and the reason for the seasons are easily presented in Starlab. During this one-day workshop, participants will practice setting up and taking down Starlab and practice operating the projector. This one-day workshop is also suitable for any teacher who has previously been trained in Starlab, and needs a “refresher”.

Next Date Offered: Tuesday November 18, 2014 (9am-4pm) 
Fee: $100 
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Two-Day Starlab Training   

The Starlab Training Workshops are designed to help teachers make science and astronomy exciting for their students. Abstract ideas such as the Earth's daily and annual motions, moon phases, constellations and the reason for the seasons are easily presented in Starlab. During this two-day workshop, participants will practice setting up and taking down Starlab and practice operating the projector. On the second day they will design, practice and present their own Starlab presentation.

Next Date Offered: Wednesday/Thursday, July 8/9, 2015 (9am-4pm)
Fee: $300 *Only $150 with New Jersey Space Grant Scholarship for the first 13 registered participants 
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The New Jersey Astronomy Center at Raritan Valley Community College is the NJ SSI Specialty Site for Astronomy and registered as a professional development provider by the State of New Jersey under provider ID # 273.

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