Partners in Education (P.I.E.) - Building a Bridge Between Home and School

(Original Hipp Grant Awarded in 1997-- based upon a project of the same name)

In 1997 Kenilworth School District (Union County) teachers Angela Marinaro, Deborah Brunette, and Marti Tisch created a unique program centered on students and parents at Harding School. Funded by a grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, that innovative project will continue thanks to a $4,400 grant from Verizon.

The Partners in Education Project (P.I.E.) strives to serve parents, educators, and students and is committed to building upon the strengths of all. The program encourages interaction among all participants, forms links between home and school, and welcomes insights and personal strengths that parents bring to a school setting.

The P.I.E. Project involves parents through parent workshops, a family night workshop, guest speakers, newsletters, lending parent library, home-school projects, take-home bags for students and the addition of a parent web site.

The Verizon grant will enable teachers to create training materials for educators through workshops or conferences hosted by NJEA, local school districts, or providers approved by the New Jersey State Professional Teaching Standards Board. Members of the P.I.E. Project will develop valuable information for early childhood educators that will be disseminated through a Partners in Education web site.

In addition to the Verizon grant, The Partners in Education Project (P.I.E.) teachers will keep the program going through future funding from the local PTO and businesses participating in the School Foundation Fund.

For more information about this project, contact:

Angela Marinaro
(973) 567-8461