Next Generation Science Standards Workshop Series 2022-2023


The Science Education Institute at Raritan Valley Community College offers a series of workshops for K-12 teachers and supervisors on how to help students investigate and make sense of phenomena in the classroom. Through these workshops, participants will explore all aspects of effective teaching aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The workshops will be led by Dr. Wil van der Veen, author and nationally recognized expert on NGSS and science education. The workshops will take place at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg. Each workshop starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The fee is $125 per workshop per teacher. Participants will receive five Professional Development Units for completing each workshop.

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

This series of workshops is supported by a grant from the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium.

November 2: Using fundamental ideas to construct explanations of scientific phenomena

Develop productive phenomena to guide instruction and explore how students can explicitly use basic ideas when making sense of these phenomena.

December 7: Engage Students in Practice Using Performance Tasks

Use NGSS practices to develop meaningful sequences of three-dimensional performance tasks that guide and support students in their understanding of phenomena.

February 8: Explain cross-cutting conceptsyou

Explore the connection between NGSS practices and cross-cutting concepts and use cross-cutting concepts to frame questions and target three-dimensional performance tasks.

March 1: Using explanations and arguments to assess student learning

Explore the difference between explanations and arguments and how they can be used to assess student learning. Discuss Proof of Claim (CER) reasoning and how to use it more effectively with NGSS.

March 29: Defining Problems and Designing Solutions for Engineering Phenomena

Explore how engineering is different from science and use the fundamental ideas of science to define engineering problems and design solutions to engineering phenomena.


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