Curriculum & Student Achievement

PiscatawayREADS – Piscataway School District (Middlesex County)

February 12, 2016

District officials and community donors celebrate PiscatawayREADS. The magic of reading is rooted in the bond that’s created between the reader and the story. But for that adventure to begin, the book must first be opened. The Piscataway district opened books for students through its PiscatawayREADS program, a community-based initiative that promotes reading and the … Continued

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Peer Mentoring Program – Manchester Township (Ocean County)

For struggling school students at Manchester Township High School, help and support come from a nearby source: Namely, other students. Students entering ninth grade who failed multiple academic classes in eighth grade, as well as rising sophomores who failed two or more classes during their freshman year, are identified as being at-risk of not earning … Continued

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LEGO Robotics – Barnegat Township (Ocean County)

Third- and fourth-graders in Barnegat Township are learning about science, technology, engineering and math – STEM – with something most children are very familiar with: LEGO blocks. But while LEGOs are known as a common toy, working with the plastic building blocks is more than child’s play in Barnegat. The Gifted and Talented Program students … Continued

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Launch Program – Eastampton (Burlington County)

The Launch Program is part of the Eastampton School District’s K-8 STEM program, known as Project Lead the Way. The program’s name is based on the goal of “launching” the district’s youngest students, in grades K-5, onto the path of learning in Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The Launch Program empowers children to solve … Continued

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Intergenerational Partnership Program – South Brunswick (Middlesex County)

The preamble to the South Brunswick school district’s mission statement begins as follows: “South Brunswick Schools will prepare students to be life-long learners.” This idea – that learning is ongoing, and occurs both within school and outside – led to an innovative program that fosters cross-generational exchange. To better connect with the township’s seniors, the … Continued

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Instrumental Music – New Brunswick (Middlesex County)

In the New Brunswick School District, many parents have dreams for their children, but not the economic ability to provide the “extras” that often make these dreams reachable. Many students come from cultures where music is an integral part of their lives. And, research also shows that the connection between music and school is a … Continued

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How is this Good for Kids? A Collaborative Approach to Student Achievement – South Bound Brook (Somerset County)

This diverse one-school district has become a dynamically interconnected community hub, where student achievement, staff participation, and parent involvement combine to result in the ultimate success of all students. Presented at NJSBA’s Centennial Workshop 2014, this program has forged an all-stakeholders-together mentality of leadership and a school environment that encompasses a “WOW!” factor. The culture … Continued

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High Quality PreK–2 Kingwood Township (Hunterdon County)

New Jersey is one of 35 states that received federal Race to the Top grant money for early learning. A movement toward high-quality early education is beginning to gain the attention of policy-makers and school leaders as a vehicle to put students on the right track to achieving the rigor within the Common Core State … Continued

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