Seven creative special education programs were honored at the Innovations in Special Education Awards on May 8. The awards are sponsored by the New Jersey School Boards Association and ASAH, which serves the private special education community.
The ceremony featured an exhibition of the winning programs, when students, teachers, school leaders and parents could view all the programs, and share ideas and strategies for special education.
“There is so much we can learn from each other,” noted state Senate President Steve Sweeney, who visited the exhibition and spoke with the groups. “Sharing is a wonderful way to improve the education of our children. The collaboration and cooperation is great and makes all the difference in the world.”
Acting Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington also attended the awards. “These programs are extraordinary, whether it’s a program where students hold luncheons for senior citizens, or a percussion program for the deaf,” she said. “These are incredible opportunities to reach out to our students, recognize them as individuals, and make sure that whatever it is they are dreaming, we can get them there.”
The exhibition was followed by a luncheon awards ceremony that was sponsored by several private companies.
The Innovations Award winners include:
- 21st Century Careers, Benway School, Passaic County
- Coding and Robotics Club, Bright Beginnings Learning Center, Education Services Commission of New Jersey, Middlesex County
- Kindness from the Heart, Benedict A. Cucinella Elementary School, Washington Township School District, Morris County
- LHS Transition Students / Career Exploration, Lawrence High School, Lawrence Township School District, Mercer County
- Percussion Workshop for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Governor Livingston High School, Berkeley Heights School District, Union County
- Senior Citizen Luncheon, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Hunterdon Central Regional School District, Hunterdon County
- Sustainability in the Classroom, Archbishop Damiano School, Gloucester County