Classroom Close-up NJ, NJEA’s television show, recently received six Emmy nominations from the Mid Atlantic Chapter of NATAS.  This is a record for the 15-time Emmy winning show!  The nominated shows represent typical segments that feature the dedicated professionals who work in New Jersey’s public schools.

Many of these stories highlight programs that go beyond what is expected from our schools and showcase the creative, thought-provoking and life-changing projects created by our members.  From the STEM Stations in Howell, where regular and special education students delve into STEM, to students in Hightstown, Plumstead and Vineland making a difference in this world with social justice class projects. Take a look.

The nominations are:

Education/Schools – Program Special

STEM Stations – Memorial School in Howell runs STEM Innovation Stations for children with multiple disabilities, autism, and cognitive impairments.


Teen Drivers – Bordentown Regional High School students’ safe driving campaign includes “Don’t Text and Drive”. The New Jersey Manufactures Insurance provides interactive presentations where the students are quizzed on their driver safety knowledge.


Reach Before You Teach – Barnegat High School teacher Elizabeth Elko employs classroom strategies she learned during her graduate studies at The College of New Jersey that help her connect with her students. Her mentor Alan Amtzis joins the class.


Big History Project –Mullica Township Middle School is participating in The Big History Project, a world-class, ready-for-the-classroom resource available to everyone, everywhere—for free.

Education/Schools – News Single Story or Series

Battle of the Books – Fourth through sixth graders from Thomas E. Bowe School in Glassboro read books and compete in teams to show off their comprehension skills.


Education/Schools Program Feature or Segment

Historical Crime Scene Investigation – Demarest Middle School teacher Andrew Lefer engages his seventh-grade students in a historical crime scene investigation involving John Andrea from the American Revolution.


Public/Current/Community Affairs Feature/Segment

Naturalization Ceremon – Marlton Elementary School fourth-graders witness a naturalization ceremony as part of a social studies lesson on immigration.


Human Interest Program Feature/Segment

Play Unified – Alan B. Shepard Elementary School students in Old Bridge play unified, which connects student volunteers with special-needs students, to make them feel truly integrated in the school.


Public/Current/Community Affairs Program/Special

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 provides teaching artists, YMCA swimming lessons, seniors reading to the students, and free dental and optical care.

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