Since the adoption of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science (NJSLS-S) in 2014, educators have been looking for high-quality instructional materials that will support student instruction toward the goals of the science standards. In response to this demand, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is working in collaboration with a group of state education agencies, school districts, classroom educators, experienced science curriculum developers and the science education community to create research-based, open-source science instructional units that align to the NJSLS-S. Once field tested, the materials will be free to use.
The NJDOE is seeking 12 teams comprised of three science teachers, one each from grades 6 to 8 to field test two of the new science instructional units. Each team will participate in four days of professional development in August 2018 and then ongoing sessions throughout the year. The initial trainings will focus on how to utilize the instructional materials. The focus then shifts to providing ongoing support for the pilot teachers.
A comprehensive description of the pilot project, answers to frequently asked questions, and a nomination form can be obtained by emailing Michael Heinz, NJDOE Science Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be submitted by 4 p.m. on June 8, 2018.