CESP Announces New Jersey Department of Education Grant Award for the Common Core Academy 2013

The Center for Effective School Practices (CESP) at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education (GSE) is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant awarded by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by enhancing teachers’ content knowledge and teaching skills aligned to the CCSS and by supporting principals to led this effort in their schools.


The Common Core Academy 2013 (CCA 2013) program will involve intensive, informative and interactive activities, which will inform participants about expected shifts in standards and assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics education for various student populations. Participants will be accordingly engaged and trained in practical strategies for shifting curriculum, instruction, and assessment. CCA 2013 will offer ample opportunities for building professional learning networks within and across schools and will enable educators to work productively in collaboration with colleagues on making the changes that full CCSS implementation entails.

The CCA 2013 will run from August 5th through August 9th with participating educators from Plainfield City Public Schools, Red Bank Borough Public Schools, Central Jersey College Prep Charter School, Monroe Township Public Schools, South River Public Schools, Darul Arqam School, Red Bank Catholic High School, and Saint James Grammar School. The goals and objectives of CCA 2013 were developed in close collaboration with the participating schools and districts to meet their educators’ needs, as well as the NJDOE.

For more information on the Common Core Academy and other similar services, please contact the Center at cesp@gse.rutgers.edu.

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