Archive for August, 2014

ICYMI: Next Generation Science Standards Adopted by New Jersey’s Department of Education

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Through a collaborative, state-led process, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.

Recently, the NGSS were adopted by the State Board of Education of New Jersey on July 9, 2014. The implementation timeline is as follows:

  • Grades 6-12 to implement by the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Grades K-5 to implement by the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Resources, including professional development, will be available beginning in September 2014. As it becomes available, information and updates will be posted on the science webpage here and through the science list serve.

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.

Click here to learn more about NGSS.

Applications open on 9/3 – Announcing the Trust Challenge, the fifth HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition!

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Join the Trust Challenge and solve some of the thorniest issues facing connected learning today.

Trust, privacy, and safety are critical to learning in an open online world. How can learners exercise control over who sees and uses their data? What tools do they need to navigate, collaborate, and learn online with confidence? What solutions will foster greater civility and respect in online learning environments? How can open technical standards create more opportunities to share and collaborate online in a spirit of trust?

The Trust Challenge is the fifth Digital Media and Learning Competition — an open, international invitation to museums, libraries, school districts, schools, community organizations, afterschool and out of school programs, app developers, researchers, colleges and universities, and other institutional/organizational partners willing to create collaborations or alliances that address existing real-world challenges to trust in online learning environments.

Successful applicants will develop digital tools — apps, badge systems, data management platforms, online learning content, etc. — that engender trust, safety, and privacy in connected learning environments, and that empower learners to connect and learn anywhere, anytime in ways that are equitable, social, participatory, and interest-driven.

Full information is available on

The Trust Challenge will award $1.2 million to institutions and organizations that tackle these questions in real-life learning contexts.

Click here to learn more!

New Jersey’s Exciting Annual Conference on Afterschool is Coming Fri-Sat November 21 & 22, 2014

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014


Conference Fees:

Members: $251/2 days – $151/1 day
Non-Members: $296/2 days – $196/1 day
Fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch

Conference Location and Accommodations:

The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540
Room Rates: $119 per night

Room Reservations:
Reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at (800) 228-9290 or (609) 452-7800.

Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, November 7, 2014.

When you call make sure to mention the NJSACC Conference and the dates of the conference in order to receive the conference rate.

Please Note: Full conference program will be posted at in early September in a downloadable format. For more information, contact NJSACC via phone at: 908-789-0259 or via the web at:

This conference is funded in part by the:

  • NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark
  • Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (Title IV, Part B of No Child Left Behind), 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funds awarded to the NJ Department of Education

Got STEM? Let us Know How You’re Supporting STEM in Afterschool!

Monday, August 11th, 2014


NJSACC: The Statewide Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities promotes and supports the development, continuity and expansion of quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school time.

NJSACC knows that a lot of great things are being achieved through STEM education in afterschool programs, but we need to know more. Help us make a difference by pinpointing STEM activity taking place in your programs and let’s find out what is being accomplished!

With that in mind, please take a moment and fill out our quick survey to express your interests in incorporating STEM into your programs or how you are currently implementing STEM.

We encourage as many programs to respond as possible, whether or not you have strong involvement with STEM.

Thank you, in advance, for your help.

Click here to access the survey and begin!

Join us Thur 11/20 for Institute on Expanded Learning: Opportunities for Student Success!

Friday, August 8th, 2014


NJSACC, NJ’s Statewide Afterschool Network in partnership with the NJ Department of Education and the NJ Principals and Supervisors Association presents:
Institute on Expanded Learning: Opportunities for Student Success

Click here to learn more and register!
* Registration closes on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Registration at 8:30am.

Who Should Attend: School leaders including Chief School Administrators, Charter School Lead Persons, Building Administrators

Location: The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal in Princeton, NJ

Cost: $149 includes materials and lunch

Registration: Please visit for more information and to register.

Registration closes on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Research shows that high-quality expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) – such as afterschool and summer learning programs – have a positive impacts on student attendance, behavior and coursework. Please join us for an engaging conversation about how school districts can utilize ELOs to support student success.

The Institute is designed for school leaders to learn how to:

  • Use time differently to make positive impacts on students;
  • Align activities with the school day;
  • Effectively engage community partners; and
  • Utilize available funding streams to support expanded learning programs.
Keynote: Dr. Terry Peterson is director of the Afterschool and Community Learning Network is senior fellow for policy and partnerships at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Peterson serves on the executive committee of the National Center for Summer Learning at John Hopkins University, the Council for Corporate and School Partnerships, and the Mayor of Charleston’s School Reform Committee. Dr. Peterson served as the chief education advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education for eight years.


9:00am — Welcome
9:30am — Keynote: Dr. Terry Peterson
11:00am — Assistant Commissioner Susan Martz, NJ Department of Education
12:00pm — Networking Lunch
1:00pm — Plenary session featuring innovative ELO programs from in NJ
2:30pm — Closing Remarks