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Raritan Valley Community College NGSS workshops

5 Oct 2019 8:00 AM | NJSTA (Administrator)

To support educators with the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards,
the Science Education Institute is offering
a series of one-day NGSS workshops.
These workshops are continuously updated
based on national best practices.


Making Crosscutting Concepts


Grades K-5: Tuesday November 12, 2019

      Grades 6-12: Wednesday November 13, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Fee: $125;   Credits: 5.5 PDU Hours


More Information

  • Participants will be engaged in NGSS-aligned investigations that are driven by natural phenomena in a variety of science content areas to deepen their understanding of Practices and Crosscutting Concepts and how they mutually support each other.
  • Participants will learn how to use Crosscutting Concepts to frame questions for class discussions and to focus student thinking about natural phenomena. They will take away strategies to help students define systems related to the natural phenomena they are investigating. Specifically, they will investigate how to trace the matter and energy into, within, and out of these systems, and consider how these systems are changing and on what scale.
  • Participants will experience and reflect on how Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas are meaningfully integrated in instruction and assessments using Performance Tasks.
  • There will be time for reflection and to plan NGSS-aligned lessons.
  • The workshop leader, Dr. Wil van der Veen, is a nationally recognized expert in science education and a member of the New Jersey State Leadership Team for the NGSS. Participants will work in small groups that are facilitated by experienced classroom teachers from our NGSS Teacher Leader Program.

 Register Online


We recommend sending leadership teams of 3-7 teachers to at least three one-day workshops or the Summer Institute to develop a solid foundation for the NGSS.


Register soon - workshops fill up quickly!



             Visit  www.raritanval.edu/ngss 
        for more information and to register for our

NGSS Professional Development Workshop Series
for 2019-2020


Using Systems and System Models

to Make Sense of Phenomena

Tuesday December 10, 2019 (Grades K-5)

Wednesday December 11, 2019 (Grades 6-12)


Constructing Explanations Supported by Arguments

Tuesday February 4, 2020 (Grades K-5)

Wednesday February 5, 2020 (Grades 6-12)


Planning NGSS-Aligned Lessons and Assessments

Tuesday March 10, 2020 (Grades K-5)

Wednesday March 11, 2020 (Grades 6-12)


This workshop series is supported by generous grants from the New Jersey Spacegrant Foundation.



Other Professional Development Workshops offered by the Science Education Institute


Starlab Training

Wednesday November 20, 2019 (Grades K-12)

Fee: $150;   Credits: 6 PDU Hours


To discuss long-term NGSS professional development plans contact Dr. Wil van der Veen a wil.vanderveen@raritanval.edu

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