Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Gap Analysis Project

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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, has been working with a total of 27 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.  This project was developed and delivered through generous support from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.

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

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
[email protected]

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

Princeton University, Program in Teacher Preparation

Anne N. Catena, Ed.D.
Director of Professional Development Initiatives and Alumni Network
[email protected]

The NJ Astronomy Center for Education at Raritan Valley Community College

Wil van der Veen, Ph.D
Director, NJACE Science Education Institute
[email protected]

Educational Consultant

Mary Yeomans
Retired Hopewell Valley Regional School District Science Supervisor
[email protected]

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