The Next Generation Science Standards Gap Analysis Project

The Next Generation Science Standards Gap Analysis Project, funded by a generous grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb, is a year-long program that leads K-12 administrators and teachers through a guided planning process to prepare their districts for the anticipated adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards in New Jersey.

Rider University’s Science Education and Literacy Center (SELECT), in partnership with Princeton University’s Teacher Prep Program and the Science Education Institute at Raritan Valley Community College, is working with 13 New Jersey districts to conduct a gap analysis of their K-12 science programs to determine what it will take to effectively implement the NGSS. The result of this planning effort is a customized District Action Plan that details both the short- and long-term strategies required to address gaps and prepare for the anticipated adoption of NGSS.

Results from this work have recently been published in the NJEA Review.

Through generous support from Bristol-Myers Squibb, we are pleased to announce that our NGSS gap analysis program will be offered to a second “cohort” of district teams beginning this July and continuing through the 2014-2015 school year.  Applications have already been reviewed and the second cohort has been selected and finalized.

If you have any questions about the 2014-2015 NGSS Gap Analysis Project, please contact Cathlene Leary-Elderkin ( or 609-896-5000 ext. 7257).

Upcoming NGSS Professional Development Opportunities

  • Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards: Monday, June 9, 2014
    Educators are eager to learn more about the Next Generation Science Standards and how they will impact teaching and learning in the science classroom.  This one-day workshop will provide a broad overview of the three dimensions—Disciplinary Core Ideas in science and engineering, Crosscutting Concepts, and the Science and Engineering Practices—described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and discuss the vision for how they should integrated. We will also review the Next Generation Science Standards, with specific emphasis on understanding Student Performance Expectations.   Teachers will explore the Disciplinary Core Ideas in Engineering as well as the Science and Engineering Practices firsthand and learn how they may be incorporated into your science lessons.
    • Workshop Brochure
    • We are at maximum capacity for this workshop.  Please check back for future offerings.
  • CONNECT-ED Summer Institute: July 14 – 18, 2014
    Science involves constructing explanations of natural phenomena through analysis and interpretation of data and engaging in argument from evidence. During this week we will explore different ways to organize data to create the best possible “picture” of the phenomena. We will engage in argument from evidence about the possible interpretations of the data and the best possible explanations. We will reflect on how the practice of engaging in argument from evidence, which is emphasized in the NJCCS and the Next Generation Science Standards, helps students deepen their understanding of science. Held at Rider University with Dr. Wil van der Veen, Raritan Valley Community College.

Collection of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Resources

NGSS Leadership Team

Rider University, Science Education and Literacy Center (SELECT)

Cathlene Leary-Elderkin, MS, MTSC
Associate Director for Grants Development and Science Literacy, Teaching & Learning Center
Director, Rider SELECT
609-896-5000 Ext. 7257

Kathy Browne, Ph.D.
CONNECT-ED Project Director; Associate Professor, Department of Geological, Environmental & Marine

Carrie Tretola
CONNECT-ED Project Manager, Teaching & Learning Center
609-896-5000 Ext. 7016

Princeton University, Program in Teacher Preparation

Anne N. Catena, Ed.D.
Director of Professional Development Initiatives and Alumni Network

The NJ Astronomy Center for Education at Raritan Valley Community College

Wil van der Veen, Ph.D
Director, NJACE Science Education Institute

Educational Consultant

Mary Yeomans
Retired Hopewell Valley Regional School District Science Supervisor