Maitland P. Simmons Summer Institute for Science Teachers

Interested in shifting your science instruction from a place where students are just “learning about” to one where they are “figuring out” the how and why?

The New Jersey Science Teachers Association (NJSTA) announces the 16 annual Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award Summer Institute designed for teachers of science in grades K-12. This five-day institute titled “NGSX: Science Exemplar System for PD” is a system of professional development designed to help teachers learn about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and three-dimensional science teaching and learning that is described in the Framework for K-12 Science Education. NGSX brings the expertise of NRC Framework developers, experts in teacher learning, and expert professional development facilitators to science educators.

NGSX is organized into learning pathways structured to immerse participants in the three dimensions of learning: core ideas of science, scientific and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts called for in the framework. Using a web-based system of tasks, tools and resources in a study-group format, the NGSX experience combines firsthand science investigations, videotaped expert commentary and classroom case studies along with facilitated individual, small group and whole group discussions.

The Institute will be held at the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology, and Mathematics/STEM Building of Kean University in Union from July 13-17. Twenty-four teachers will be offered opportunities to collaborate and enrich their ideas.

Daily light breakfast, breaks, and lunch will be included.

The institute is supported by the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award Scholarship Fund of NJSTA which covers all costs for NJSTA members. Information and online Applications are available at

Successful applicants will be notified on a first-come, first-served basis and will be required to submit a $100 reservation fee within one week of notification to be refunded only upon successful completion of the institute. Applicants who are accepted must commit to attend each full day of the program. All teachers of science are welcome to apply, but teachers who are accepted for the Institute must become NJSTA members to participate.

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