Honored for Public/Current/Community Affairs Program/Special

Classroom Close-up, NJ, NJEA’s television show featuring the outstanding work of NJEA members across the state, was honored this weekend with its 16th Emmy by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The show, currently in its 25th season, won in the category of Public/Current/Community Affairs Program/Special for Episode 13 of the 2017-18 season, featuring the segments below. It was one of a record six nominations the show received this year.

Civil Rights Cold Case – Hightstown High School students are learning first-hand how laws are made through a memorable civil rights lesson. The AP Government and Politics class is in its third year lobbying for a federal law called the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act.

What’s in Your Suitcase? – Ocean County art teacher Rita Williams believes people of all ages need to be aware of the Holocaust, and the lessons should not be limited to history. Williams teaches her second graders at Dr. Gerald H. Woehr Elementary School in Plumsted Township about the Holocaust through art.

Search for Conscience – Vineland High School educator Terry Kuhnreich teaches social consciences focusing on tolerance and acceptance. In a powerful exchange via Skype, her students interview Benjamin Ferencz, an investigator for the Nuremberg trials.

It Takes a Village RBB – Educators from Red Bank Primary School team up with the community to turn a once failing school into a successful thriving learning environment. They rely on community partners to meet the needs of the students, including Count Basie Theater which provides teaching artists, YMCA swimming lessons, seniors reading to the students, and free dental and optical care.

Congratulations to staff and crew of Classroom Close-up, as well as all the educators featured in the award-winning segment.

Classroom Close-up NJ won its 16th Emmy from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of NATAS. Attending the ceremonies were (from left) Rita Williams, Larry Glaser, Terry Kuhnreich, Elizabeth Elko, NJEA VP Sean M. Spiller and Stuart Wexler. These educators were featured in the Emmy winning show. Glaser is the Executive Director of the NJ Holocaust Commission.

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