Join the NGSS Summer Institute for K-12 Students


From Monday July 18 to Friday July 22

Raritan Valley Community College Science Education Institute is offering its in-person NGSS Summer Institute beginning Monday, July 18. The week-long summer institute provides K-12 teachers and administrators with practical ideas and tools for implementing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Each year, the organizers update the Summer Institute to incorporate what they learn about classroom implementation through their work with thousands of teachers in New Jersey and across the country.

During the Institute, participants will learn to:

  • Identify, select and refine phenomena and relate them to the fundamental ideas of NGSS.
  • Turn NGSS practices into 3D performance tasks to guide student learning.
  • Make NGSS cross-cutting concepts explicit in questions and performance tasks.
  • Use explanations and arguments to assess student learning.
  • Help students define engineering problems and design solutions for them.
  • Support students in their research on physical phenomena, life and earth sciences.
  • Plan their own NGSS-aligned investigations.

Access and use a database of over 600 NGSS-aligned surveys.

The Institute will be led by Dr. Wil van der Veen, author and nationally recognized expert on NGSS and science education. Participants will work in small groups facilitated by experienced teachers from the NGSS Teacher Leader program.

The week-long institute will be held July 18-22, 2022 at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ. Each day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The fee is $350.

To register, go to For more information, contact Tina Gandarillas at [email protected] or 908-526-1200 ext. 8942.

This summer institute is supported by a grant from the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium.


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