The New Jersey Department of Education, in collaboration with the Business Coalition for Education Excellence and the New Jersey Education Association, has awarded stipends to 21 educators across the state to develop curriculum modules that implement the Cross-Content Workplace Readiness Standards in their classrooms.
The $4,000 stipends were awarded under a program called Workplace Readiness I.D.E.A.S. (Incentive for Demonstrating Excellence in Academic Standards), which was announced in May. Teachers and school counselors were encouraged to submit their proposals to develop instructional packets that can be used to help students achieve the Cross-Content Workplace Readiness Standards.
"Our high school students need to know the elements for success in the world of work," said Governor Christie Whitman. "I applaud the efforts by the Business Coalition for Education Excellence and the NJEA for assisting the Department of Education in reaching out to local educators to identify programs and practices that can achieve this goal."
The Cross-Content Workplace Readiness Standards, adopted by the State Board of Education in May 1996, describe competencies in five areas for success in the workplace: career planning, use of information and technology, critical thinking, self-management and safety.
Educators who applied for the stipends submitted a brief application that described the general curricular concept, its relevance to the integration of the Cross-Content Workplace Readiness Standards into one or more academic content standards, its potential for replication by others, and proposed expenditures.
All applications were evaluated and ranked in a two-phase process. The first phase involved review by the local Workforce Investment Board. Following this review, each application was forwarded to the sponsoring committee for review by representatives from the Business Coalition, the NJEA and the Office of School-to-Career and College Initiatives in the Department of Education.
The 21 educators awarded stipends are:
Lizabeth Buoro, Cape May County Special Services District
Mary Jane Kowalczyk, Wallington High School
Jane Garnes, Northern Highlands High School
Jo-Ann Hein, Bogota High School
Bob Zentmeyer, Egg Harbor Township
K. Michelle Perry, Paterson Public Schools
Mary M. Coombs, Salem County Vocational Technical Schools
Beverly M. McGowan, Pittsgrove Township Schools
Janis Voo, Bloomfield Public Schools
Leslie McGioney and Geraldine Carroll, Clayton Public Schools
Lina Miceli, Piscataway High School
Dena Nisivoccia, Sondra Ernst and Jaime Abbott, Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Schools
Janice McCarthy, Ocean County Vocational Technical School
Karol Bucci and Joanna Gabris, Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District
Elizabeth Alber, Oldmans Township Middle School
Lisa Klein and Mary Ann Brown, Lyndhurst High School
Bridget Clark and Larry Carroll, Blackhorse Pike Regional School District
Jenny Carroll, Hopewell Valley Regional School District
John Gannaio, Haledon Public Schools
Sandra Antoine and Peter Nicholson, Paramus High School
Whilla White, Memorial High School, West New York
For more information, call the Office of School-to-Career and College Initiatives, 877-652-2733.