Education K-12

Mon
04
Mar

Zimmerli Art Museum to Celebrate Storytelling in PNC-funded Events for Children, Educators

Len Cabral acting out a story to preschoolers

Internationally acclaimed storyteller Len Cabral will conduct the Zimmerli Art Museum’s seventh annual Celebration of Storytelling for preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday, March 19 and 21. On March 19, Cabral also will conduct a Preschool Educators Workshop from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Space is limited at both events and registration is required by calling (848) 932-6766 or emailing education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

The Celebration of Storytelling is open to preschool-age classes, as well as individuals. Children who are not part of a school group must be accompanied by an adult.

The Preschool Educators Workshop is limited to 35 educators. Each participant will receive three professional development credit hours for attending the program. Refreshments will be served.

Thu
31
Jan

Learn, Teach, Create: Repeat

Zimmerli Art Museum

Artist, instructor, and Rutgers alumna Patricia Brace practices what she teaches: expanding communal awareness and access to art, through the combined acts of viewing, making, and learning about art.

“As an artist I am committed to building community, contributing to society, and collaborating with other artists and professionals. As a teacher it is important for me to role model these beliefs to my students,” Brace says. 

During the spring semester, Brace is the instructor for Passport to Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers New Brunswick. The program, which has been offered for more than 15 years, provides opportunities for families to be creative together. Each workshop begins with an exhibition tour, followed by a project related to an aspect of the artwork on view.

Tue
30
May

Video: Rutgers Math Teachers' Circle

Teachers solving problems in a circle

At Rutgers, math teachers are looking at problem solving from entirely new angles, and having exponentially more fun in the process. Rutgers Math Teachers' Circle formed as a collaboration between the Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education and the Rutgers Math Department. Learn more about Math Teachers' Circle and other educator workshops at cmsce.rutgers.edu.

Tue
21
Feb

Q&A With Governor Tom Kean

Governor Thomas Kean

Reflections on the 30-Year Success of the Alternative Route Teaching Program

Before this program “Einstein could not have taught math in New Jersey” on the K-12 level"

Just over 30 years ago, Governor Tom Kean proposed landmark education reform through the Alternative Route Certification Program, which radically changed existing teacher training and certification laws.  The legislation allowed those with a bachelor’s degree in key subject areas to shorten the route to teacher certification and eliminate many education course requirements. This program is now an integral part of not just the New Jersey teacher employment system, but also is employed in many states nationwide.

Kean, who was the state’s 48thGovernor and is known worldwide for his role as chairman of the 9/11 Commission, reflects on the success of the Alternative Route Certification Program.

How did you know that this idea and the resulting legislation would be so successful?

Tue
21
Feb

30 years later the Alternate Route Certification Program for Teachers is still a New Jersey Success Story

Governor Kean working with students

Thirty years ago, with little idea of what career path to choose, Mike Harris felt his life resembled a scene from the movie, The Graduate.

“I was Dustin Hoffman floating in the pool,” he said, referring to the iconic scene that is so relatable to many recent college graduates. After graduating from Kenyon College as a religion major, Harris considered applying to law school but only because he had no clear idea of what he wanted to do. He was working in the insurance industry, but was miserable there.  “I was thinking every day ‘if I stay in this job for too much longer, I’m going to die,” he recalls.

Tue
10
Jan

A Q&A with Rutgers Online Learning Conference Keynote Speaker Mindy Hintze

Mindy

Students today are digital natives, and if we do not meet them where they are, in that digital space, we are going to lose them, says Mindy Hintze, upcoming keynote speaker for the Rutgers Online Learning Conference to be held on March 13, 2017. “Online learning is here to stay,” she relates. Hintze speaks from experience; she completed her own master’s degree coursework entirely online, which allowed her to study anytime, anywhere, while still working and caring for her family.

Only 10 percent of students were enrolled in online learning in 2002, but that figure jumped to 30 percent by 2010, Hintze says. About 5.8 million students were enrolled in at least one distance learning course in fall 2014, according to Online Report Card:  Tracking Online Education in the United States,´ in a report by Babson Survey Research Group.

Fri
02
Dec

Retired Teacher Goes Back to School to Update Tech Skills for New Career

Nancy Lukas presenting at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp

By Padraig Ryan

Nancy Lukas, who retired in 2015 after spending 20 years as a teacher, always loved technology. She was one of the first teachers to have her own website, loved using a SmartBoard and made her fourth grade students create podcasts about important environmental issues.

Still, Nancy, who has always liked a good challenge, never thought this lifelong interest would take her on a totally different career path. That was until her daughter told her about the

Rutgers Coding Bootcamp, a six-month intensive program offered by the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies that provides the skills needed to become a “full stack” software coder.

“There’s no way I ever pictured myself going in a different direction,” said Nancy, 52, who taught high school, middle school and elementary school students, both English and math. “I imagined teaching for 20 more years but I decided that I had other talents that I needed to explore.”

Fri
16
Sep

Youngest Summer Scholar Ever, 9-Year-Old Ennyn Chiu, Finds a Perfect Fit at Rutgers

Enna Chiu and Ennyn Chiu at Rutgers Summer Scholars Program 2016

Of the 145 students in Rutgers’ summer scholar classes in New Brunswick, the majority are high school juniors and seniors. Ennyn Chiu, along with her 11-year-old sister Enna, are both enrolled in the same class, making them youthful standouts among the teenagers in the room.

Read the Rutgers Today article here

Thu
15
Sep

Rutgers Partnership Prepares Teachers to Support Children’s Character Development

Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools, a partnership of Rutgers University and the College of Saint Elizabeth

Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools Expands Certificate Program with Additional Online Sections and New Live Workshops

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (Sept. 7, 2016) — Success in school isn’t just about grades or test scores. It’s also about learning how to work well with others, manage one’s feelings, and become a responsible, caring adult. But in their efforts to foster such learning, even the best teachers face a perennial question: how?

Mon
05
Oct

Gifted Education’s Future Will Be Explored Nov. 19 At Rutgers Conference For Educators, Parents

Visit gifteded.rutgers.edu for more information

Keynote speaker Joyce VanTassel-Baska to describe challenges facing field in an ‘age of standards and accountability’

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers will explore the unique challenges of educating the most gifted students in a classroom at the second annual Gifted Education conference for education professionals and parents on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Conference keynote luncheon speaker Joyce VanTassel-Baska, professor emerita and founding director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary, will describe “Challenges Facing Gifted Education in this Age of Standards and Accountability.”    

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