A computer/technology laboratory class called Synergistics builds problem solving, communication and team building skills. Synergistics is part of Saddle Brook Middle/High School teacher Howard Weinberg’s approach to better prepare students at for the 21st century. A Synergistic Suite is based around team challenges that include forensic science, intelligent systems, engineering, and multi-media components.
Seuss Day is the culmination of a week-long celebration of Read Across America at Wanaque Elementary School. The day starts with a green eggs and ham breakfast sponsored by the PTA. Guest readers visit the classrooms and the library is turned into Mulberry Street mall. Older students lead Seuss-centered activities for the younger children. The entire school is involved in this event, and this year the theme is “Reading is a Shore Thing.” The goal is to raise money for Superstorm Sandy recovery. The day ends with an assembly where the Cat in the Hat makes a surprise visit.
From digital photography to websites to printing presses, students participating in the Tech Prep program at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School in Brick learn about design and visual communications. The intensive program emphasizes preparation for both employment and continuing education at a post high school institution, while offering Tech Prep agreements for possible college credit upon examination or portfolio review. OCVTS students traditionally attend a two and a half-hour session per day while the second part of their day is spent completing academic requirements at their sending school.
Burlington City High School teacher John Russell is the New Jersey Humanities Teacher of the Year. A product of New Jersey public schools, Russell takes his inspiration from his own teachers and he hopes to inspire future teachers in his position as a professor at the College of New Jersey. Russell uses the humanities to engage students, strengthen their thinking and to create self-guided learners.
Students at Hunterdon Polytech Career Academy in Raritan Township take pre-veterinary classes that give students hands-on experience with large and small animals. The students run a dog grooming business, an educational opportunity which has led to careers for many of their graduates.
School can be overwhelming for a five year old, but with the help of a buddy, life can be so much easier. Sixth graders at Ft. Lee’s School No.4 buddy with kindergartners for activities once a month. The buddies go on field trips together and work on a variety of projects. At the end of the year, the older students present journals to share with their little buddies.
Sen. Barbara Buono spoke to 250 NJEA members at their Delegate Assembly meeting in Trenton on March 16, 2013.
Nearly 100 parents, educators, and education activists packed the March 6 State Board of Education meeting yesterday to voice their concerns about the changes to proposed special education regulations.