News from Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator, NJ Dept. of Education
The NGSS were adopted by the State Board of Education on July 9, 2014. The implementation timeline is as follows:
Resources, including professional development, will be available beginning in September 2014. Information will be posted on the science webpage as it becomes available and through the science list serve.
UPDATE (11/23/15): The link originally posted here has been archived, as it is over 1 year old. See the following page for current information: http://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/science/
The consensus among states that have adopted the NGSS is that it is essential for teachers of science to become experts on the Frameworks for K-12 Science Education (NRC, 2012) before making any changes to the local curriculum. The department has established a timeline that provides sufficient time to make the transition, but the work needs to be sustained, intensive, and begin during the fall of 2014.
The NJDOE's professional development plan is to focus on district level administrators during the fall 2014. Building level administrators will be the target of professional development offerings in the spring of 2015. Professional development for teachers of science will begin in late spring 2015 and focus on the model science curriculum and ancillary unit assessments.
-Kathy Ernst, NJSTA President
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