2014-15 New York Award: Education/Schools

NJEA’s Classroom Close-up, NJ, now in its 21st season, won its 13th Emmy Award. The winning show features the following schools:  Alan B. Shepard Elementary School in Old Bridge (Middlesex County), Haddonfield Public Schools (Camden County),  and Hooper Avenue Elementary School, Toms River (Ocean County).

Number the Stars – Fifth-grade students at Alan B. Shepard Elementary School in Old Bridge work on a holocaust education project that incorporates character education, art, and language arts. Students read the book Number the Stars and then create paneled works of art called triptychs using historical photos to show how their lives were transformed.

Rewind: Science – Over the past two decades, New Jersey educators have found creative ways to not only teach science, but to inspire children to want to become scientist. From Marsville to the Liberty Science Center, see how teaching science has changed over the years. Classroom Close-up has featured stories on dozens of rocketry and robotics programs, in addition to lessons on Bread Science, Project Egg , archaeological digs, and dozens of science programs that bring the parents back to school. Don’t miss the mad science lab, Buehler Challenger, Culinology, Girls Rock Science and Zombie Apocalypse.

Authors & Educators – Many educators are also authors. Former Haddonfield teacher and author of “The Silver Linings Playbook,” Matthew Quick joins current and retired educators to discuss balancing writing with teaching and how each inform the other.

Take a Vet to School – There is no better way to learn about Veteran’s Day than to spend time with a real veteran.  The students at Toms River’s Hooper Avenue Elementary School celebrate Veterans’ Day by inviting veterans into their school to share their stories of service. The program begins with students and veterans participating in a flag-raising ceremony. Then the veterans – who have served in World War II, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom, among other conflicts – visit classrooms to tell their stories and answer students’ questions.

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