Making a Maker Event: A Model for Collaboration – Toms River School District (Ocean County)

January 22, 2018

Maker events celebrate doing. Fusing art, science, education, and imagination, they bring together authors and environmentalists, builders and ‘bots, cooks and crafters, hackers and horticulturalists– people who engage in and solve the world’s problems through creativity and collaboration. When the Toms River Regional Schools superintendent and board approved the creation of the first Jersey Shore … Continued

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Building Your AP Program – Jackson Township School District (Ocean County)

January 22, 2018

Practical ideas and high-impact changes led to the Jackson School District being recognized on the College Board’s National District AP Honor Roll in 2013 and 2014. By reprioritizing Advanced Placement courses and teachers, and meeting their unique needs with regard to resources and professional development, the district has been able to increase both participation at … Continued

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Success Through Collaboration – Bloomfield Public Schools (Essex County)

January 22, 2018

Three Bloomfield entities – the Bloomfield Public Schools, the Bloomfield Department of Recreation, and Bloomfield College – have partnered to create positive effects for Bloomfield students. The partners created positive learning environments, shared professional collaboration and classroom learning space. The collaboration helps each student, pre-K through high school, achieve success in an individualized program. Local … Continued

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Materials Engineering in Principles of Engineering – West Orange High School (Essex County)

January 22, 2018

A “Car Crash” simulation project is used in West Orange High School’s materials engineering unit as a culminating performance-based challenge in the Principles of Engineering course. As a STEM project, it integrates all four disciplines – science, technology, engineering and math — to help solve an important real-world problem: improving car safety technology. Students must … Continued

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Asbury Park Wellness Initiative – Asbury Park School District (Monmouth County)

January 22, 2018

Wellness, mindfulness and social-emotional learning, as well as character development and skills such as conflict resolution, are part of a new focus in the Asbury Park school district. The district is encouraging a healthy environment for teaching and learning by cultivating students’ and teachers’ inner lives. The mindfulness-based approaches are helping students hone the skills … Continued

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Amazinators – Linwood School District (Cape May County)

January 22, 2018

Teachers in the Linwood district saw a need in the community for kids who don’t like traditional after-school sports activities. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) is fun and exciting for many children – as the teachers involved with the Amazinators like to say, the “nerds of the world.” A summer STEAM camp … Continued

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LHS Transition Students/Career Exploration–Lawrence Township School District (Mercer County)

January 22, 2018

Students in the Lawrence High School Career Exploration program participate in activities, events and service learning projects that bring the community into the schools–and the schools into the community. With a goal of developing students’ workplace readiness skills, and cultivating a sense of entrepreneurship and service, the Career Exploration class operates a business that does … Continued

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