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Using the Environment to Build Capacity
for Science Education in New Jersey






    The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2014. In May, all of the core curriculum content standards were renamed the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Science is now called the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science (NJSLS-S).

    The NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education are working with the NJ Department of Education to help build capacity for NGSS delivery in schools statewide through the state's non-formal environmental education (EE) providers, such as nature centers, parks, museums, zoos, organizations, agencies, etc.

    In 2015, ten full-day EE-NGSS workshops were held at various non-formal EE locations and engaged almost 300 EE providers and teachers. The tips, guidance documents, resources, slides and sample lessons gleaned from these workshops are posted here. This website also serves as a platform for exchanging and showcasing new resources, re-designed lessons, models and best practices. This site is designed for all formal and non-formal educators who want to ensure that their environmental lessons and programs support the NGSS.

NAAEE Logo "The NGSS represent an unprecedented opportunity for the environmental and sustainability education community…
The good news is that NGSS is strong on environmental content, much stronger than what is being taught
now in the vast majority of schools throughout the nation."

- The North American Association for Environmental Education




Special Thanks to Mike Heinz and Missy Holzer for their Expertise, Leadership and Time
If you have questions or comments about this website please contact:

Tanya Oznowich, Environmental Education Supervisor
Office of Communications
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
(609) 984-9802
tanya.oznowich@dep.nj.gov


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