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New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
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ST. PETER'S COLLEGE

Project Director:  Dr. Elnardo Webster
2641 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: (973) 390-3430
Email: ewebsterllc@aol.com

County:  Hudson

Servicing School District: Jersey City

CLC Sites: Jersey City Public School #34

Partners: Jersey City Department of Recreation, African-American Museum, Jersey City Library, Boy Scouts of Northern NJ, Liberty Science Center, Jersey City Public School District

Serving Grade Level: 4-8

No. of Students to be served: 210

No. of Adults to be Served: 158

Times of Services:  Afterschool: 3:00-6:00 PM, starting on October 1, 2012 and ending on June 14,    
                                 2013; Summer from 8:30-12:30 PM, starting on July 8 and ending on August 2,
                                 2013
                                
Abstract:
Saint Peter's College and Jersey City Public Schools Partnership for Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centers. Saint Peter's College and Jersey City Public Schools has formed a strategic partnership to operate a Twenty-First Century Community Learning Center at Public School #34 in Jersey City. (School #34 is designated as a "Schools in Need of Improvement.") The selected theme of the center is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy.  The STEM theme provides an effective vehicle for reaching a multitude of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.  It also fits very well into the strengths and areas of expertise the Saint Peter's College faculty and students who can deliver to the participating school children enhancements to the instruction they will receive from their teachers.  Most schools still remain highly departmentalized, stratified, and continue to teach subjects in isolation, with little to no attempts to draw connections among the STEM disciplines. In our after school program mathematics, science and technology teachers will work collectively with the students in support of their research.  Language arts instruction will focus on assisting students with their writing and reading skills to further support the theme.

Our program will provide a rich array of activities for students in a motivating learning environment. The project will serve 210 children in grades 4 through 8 and their parents. The Jersey City Library, the Boy Scouts, the Liberty Science Museum, The Jersey City Department of Recreation and the Jersey City School District will collaborate with Saint Peter's College and the Jersey City Public School District to bring academic remediation, enrichment and character education activities to the students in a secure and supportive environment. During all after-school and summer activities, whether academic, recreational, cultural or artistic, all children will be placed in groups based on their academic and emotional needs. Services to families will conclude parenting skills, financial education, computer applications, and other services adults request.