Show #5 –Dec. 1
School Garden - Students and staff at Eugene A. Tighe Middle School in Margate find ways to use their school garden year-round. During the school year the garden is used to teach science and math concepts and students sample the food it produces through the Garden Gourmet program. Over the summer, students volunteer to work in the garden and to sell the fresh produce at a local farmers' market. Unsold produce is donated to the NJ Food Bank.
Rewind: Envirothon 20th Anniversary – For 20 years, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture has conducted the Envirothon, a dynamic, hands-on statewide environmental education program for high school students. Teams of students compete in challenges related to soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife ecology and current environmental issues. As a result, students become better-informed, active participants in natural resource management decisions and problem-solving.
Mosaic Mural - Students at Glen Rock’s Richard E. Byrd School make a permanent mark on their school with a student-driven mosaic mural commemorating their school’s namesake, Antarctic explorer Richard Byrd. Students researched Byrd and his travels before putting together individual mosaics that – placed together on the side of the school building – creates a cohesive picture of Byrd’s exploits. With matching funding from the Artists in Education grant program, students and teachers worked with New Jersey artist Kit Sailer to complete the project.
Bow Wow Biscuits - Autistic students in two Life Skills programs at Vernon Township High School learn how to run a business from beginning to end through the Bow Wow Biscuits program. Through the program, the students, who range in age from 16 to 21, and from higher functioning to more severely disabled, take orders, prepare the ingredients, bake dog biscuits, and either sell them to students and staff or donate them to animal charities.
Show #6 – Dec. 8
A Feast for Every Season - Students at Montclair’s Mt. Hebron Middle School are learning that communities build gardens – and gardens build communities. Thanks to a continuation grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation’s Leonard Koch Grant for Mathematics, the students have access to a free-standing greenhouse and the resources to design and build a cold frame addition to the greenhouse where cold-tolerant vegetables will be planted.
Voices of Veterans - Every year, students at North Warren Regional School District in Blairstown spend a day with local veterans to learn more about their experiences. The day begins with an assembly for the entire school, followed by lunch on the lawn where military equipment is displayed. Finally, veterans - escorted by students - visit classrooms to teach a lesson and share their stories.
Field of Flags - Southern Regional High School students place more than 6,600 flags to commemorate American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan for Memorial Day. The project, now in its third year, provides students – and the community of Manahawkin – with a clear representation the Memorial Day holiday and gives them an opportunity to honor the sacrifice of those in the armed forces.
Rewind: NJ Center for Teaching & Learning - Founded by NJEA in the fall of 2006, the Center for Teaching and Learning is a not-for-profit foundation that was established to empower teacher-led school reform with the goal of dramatically improving student achievement. The Center's first major program was the Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) which has led to dramatic gains in student achievement in science. In 2011, the Center won a Gold Award in a worldwide education competition at the IMS Global Learning Impact Awards.
Show #7 – Dec. 15
Cardboard Regatta - Honors engineering students at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale compete in the annual Cardboard Regatta Boat Race. Students must design and build boats out of cardboard and plastic that will hold two students. The students then take their boats down to the lake by the school and race each other approximately 50 meters across the lake.
Rewind: Parental Involvement – In this Rewind segment we take a look at how parental involvement programs have changed over the past 20 years. Research continues to stress the impact parental involvement has on student achievement and self-esteem.
They are Heroes Too - For the past five years, military spouse and Roland Rogers Middle School teacher Terry Dougherty has run a tutoring program for the children of military families who move into the Galloway Township community. Terry began the program when she encountered the children of military families who were transferring into the school but who were not at grade level. Terry organized her colleagues from Atlantic County and students at nearby Stockton State College to tutor students over the summer to help ensure that they are ready to learn when school starts in September.
Cooking with Culture - Students and their families celebrate their cultures through food at Florence Riverfront School's Heritage Day. Fifth-grade students work with their families to learn more about their own cultures by preparing a cultural dish that is shared with their classmates. Families come in to help serve the food and talk about their cultural heritage.
Show #8 – Dec. 22
EdCamp - Edcamp STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) is an “unconference,” an opportunity for educators to work together to provide free, participant-driven professional development in a conversational format. EdCamp was created by New Jersey teachers who wanted to get more out of their professional development opportunities. Each EdCamp also provides participants with an opportunity for hands-on learning.
Building Kids Program - Students at Haleyville-Mauricetown Elementary School are building boats to apply the concepts they are learning in math, science, language arts, art, and other subjects. The students in Commercial Township are part of a self-contained special education class for third through fifth grades. Under the guidance of their teacher and through the Building Kids Program, students use power tools to build two canoes that they will launch and race on the township's Lake Audrey in June.
Music Integration – Fort Lee’s School No. 1 is using music to extend concentration among general education and special education students in kindergarten through second grade. In addition, working one-on-one using dials to analyze a student’s response to various genres of music, educators are studying the impact the music has on a student’s ability to focus, which will help to improve and enhance student learning.
Rewind: Educational Support Professionals – In this Rewind segment, we take a look at the role of Educational Support Professionals in New Jersey public schools. They make sure the buildings are clean and safe and they assist in the classroom, the hallways and the playgrounds. They drive school buses and run cafeterias and the front office. Educational Support Professionals (ESP) include maintenance workers, custodians, security guards, school secretaries, paraprofessionals, cafeteria workers, and many more job titles but their goal is the same: to make schools safe, caring places in which children can learn.
Show #9-Dec. 29
Milken Award - Patrick O’Neill has one goal for his fourth-grade students at Ocean Township Elementary School in Oakhurst - to love coming to school. He uses technology to grab their attention and track their learning. O’Neill pilots new programs and his students’ assessments are showing impressive gains.
Rewind Holocaust - Twenty years ago New Jersey became the first state to mandate a holocaust/genocide curriculum. Since then educators across the state have developed powerful lessons ranging from the holocaust to modern day genocide, and most recently the 911 curriculum.
Sign of Distinction – Juliana Frankenfield teaches American Sign Language at Vineland High School. She was nominated by one of her students for a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars. The organization was founded by Claes Nobel, a nephew of Alfred Nobel, who established the Nobel Peace Prize.
Señor Solis – His students at Eisenhower Middle School know him as Merced Solis, but his fans know him as World Wrestling Federation Champion Tito Santana. From a migrant worker as a child to a Spanish teacher in Roxbury, Señor Solis shares his gratitude for education.