NJEA members star on NJTV

Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Six NJEA members will be highlighted on upcoming segments of NJTV’s “One-on-One” with Steve Adubato.

Each will showcase programs that have been covered by NJEA’s Emmy Award-winning TV show, “Classroom Close-up, NJ.”  Topics range from a gender-based program in Newark to an alternative education college prep program in Westfield.  

Carl Botti, a Jersey City music teacher at the Frank R. Conwell Middle School, started a rock band at the school thanks to a grant from VH-1 Save the Music Foundation.  The $30,000 grant paid for keyboards, headphones and a master control – and a new music teacher in the district. Botti’s interview can be seen on Oct. 3 at 12:30 a.m. on WNET, and at 7 & 11:30 p.m. on NJTV.

Peter Horn leads a team of teachers at Westfield High School who work with kids who were not thriving in a traditional setting, by engaging them in college prep classes involving individual interests and learning styles. “Project ’79” is an alternative academic program that has a proven track record. Horn’s interview will air Sept. 28 at 12:30 a.m. on WNET, and 7 & 11:30 p.m. on NJTV.

Natalia Sigmund is not a typical vocal teacher. When you walk into her class at Rush Elementary in Cinnaminson, you don’t see students lined up singing – but they are dancing around the room to feel the music. Watch for this segment on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. on WNET.

Because boys and girls learn differently, Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark runs a gender-based program called SELECT (Scholars Electing Lifelong Education Character and Transformation). Teacher Shanel Sommers allows the students in her all-male classroom to move around more than a typical class. The program was initially established to bridge the achievement gap for African American boys as well as strengthen girls’ proficiency in science and math. This story can be seen on Oct. 4 at 12:30 a.m. on WNET, 7 & 11:30 p.m. on NJTV, 5:30 p.m. on WHYY, and 11:30 p.m. on WLIW.

Statistics show that boys in grades four through six are more interested in sports than books, so basic skills teacher Marilu Bicknell came up with a plan. Boys at Thomas E. Bowe Elementary School in Glassboro are the focus of a program called the “Real Men Read Literacy Project.” Male role models in the school and community participate in a kickoff breakfast, pose for posters that are displayed at the school and the local library, and serve as examples of strong men who love books. To watch this story, tune in on Oct. 5 at 12:30 a.m. on WNET, and at 7 & 11:30 p.m. on NJTV.

Retired educator George Morgan loves teaching so much that he volunteers at Marsh Elementary in Absecon to teach children about the environment. Morgan is part of the Friends of Forsythe, a group of volunteers who visit schools in Atlantic County. Tune in on Oct. 17 at 12:30 a.m. on WNET, and 7 & 11:30 p.m. on NJTV.

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