Curriculum & Student Achievement

Gateways to STEM – Bayonne (Hudson County)

February 12, 2016

Students in 7th and 8th grade in Bayonne are making a big commitment to build their skills in science, technology, engineering and math. They are taking time away from their regular weekend pursuits, and coming to classes on Saturdays, to learn computer coding, math enrichment and more. Classes are taught by certified math and science … Continued

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Galaxy Club – Clifton (Passaic County)

What if all elementary students earned a “gold star” for reading? In Clifton’s elementary School 11, they can and they do. Students in grades 2-5 who have access to the district’s online Accelerated Reading program strive to achieve individual goals, set by his or her teacher, using assessment results. Children who reach or surpass that … Continued

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Food Production and Preparation Through Community Partnership – Freehold Regional (Monmouth County)

One high school in the Freehold Regional District boasts a commercial kitchen, café, and culinary arts program. Another has greenhouses, and an animal and botanical science academy program. The two – Freehold Borough High School and Freehold Township High School – share a program, “Food Preparation Through Community Partnership,” that provides classroom and career experience … Continued

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Flipped, Gifted & Talented – Elk Township (Gloucester County)

Gifted and talented students at Glassboro’s Aura Elementary School have flipped! With the help of a 1:1 Chromebook initiative, the Flipped Gifted & Talented program operates through an online environment, consisting of weekly blogs and monthly thematic web-quests. Working in virtual groups, and using tools such as Penzu, Prezi and Voki, the fourth- through sixth … Continued

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Common Core and Family Fun Nights – Metuchen (Middlesex County)

Parents often ask how they can help their children succeed in school. Metuchen’s Campbell Elementary School has an answer to that question by providing Family Night programming that brings together and engages teachers, students and parents in active learning and dialogues. The Family Night activities are couched in fun, but the events have taught students … Continued

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Classrooms Without Walls – Boonton Town (Morris County)

Students jump for the joy of learning about the culture and lifestyle of France, in Boonton’s Classrooms Without Walls program. At Boonton High School, the world is a classroom. District officials believe it is essential to provide students with extended and unique learning opportunities, moving them beyond the traditional classroom to prepare them for the … Continued

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Assess Analyze Achieve – Somerville (Somerset County)

Three powerful words – Assess, Analyze, Achieve! – have led to improved quality of education in the Somerville School District. Student achievement in the foundational elementary grades was on a steady decline until this program was instituted for grades K through 5. The program consists of three basic steps. First – to assess – reading … Continued

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