The New Jersey Science Teachers Association (NJSTA) announces the 14th annual Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award Summer Institute. The five-day institute, titled “3D Learning in Today’s Science Classroom: Lessons that Develop Skills and Create Connections,” will investigate implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards and explore what is meant by three-dimensional learning.

Twenty-four educators will explore science lesson planning from a new perspective, including opportunities for skill development, making connections to real-world phenomena, and the implementation of educational technology.

The institute is scheduled for June 25 through June 29 on the Busch campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway.

Throughout the dynamic sessions, teachers will be offered opportunities to collaborate and enrich their ideas. The productive goal is to transform learning experiences into lessons. Educators will uncover new and innovative ways to craft student centered experiences that prepare all students for the future.

Daily light breakfast, breaks and lunch will be included.

The institute is supported by the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Scholarship Fund of NJSTA and all costs will be covered. Information and online applications are available at

Successful applicants will be notified around April 15 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. After April 15, any additional remaining spaces will be filled on a rolling basis. All science teachers of grades 6 through 8 are welcome to apply, but teachers who are accepted for the Institute must become NJSTA members in order to participate.

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