Archive for August, 2014

YOU’RE INVITED: GlassRoots’ Teachers Open House for Fall 2014

Friday, August 29th, 2014

YOU’RE INVITED: GlassRoots’ Teachers Open House for Fall 2014 – 9/22 & 10/16

Click here to learn more and RSVP!
* RSVP is required.

GlassRoots works diligently to counter the challenges youth face by providing a safe environment, positive role models, and rigorous program and skill development opportunities through the creation of glass art. Our 13-year history has successfully proven that it is possible to marry art and entrepreneurship through real life application of talent, interest and skills. 

GlassRoots core programs, offered for teens and young adults, include STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and are offered as in-school residencies, after-school and summer arts programs, and as workshops, using competency in handling molten glass as a pathway to personal development. GlassRoots also engages adults in “art for art’s sake” workshops held on evenings and weekends.

Monday, September 22 & Thursday, October 16

4:00pm – 5:30pm
10 Bleeker Street in Newark 
(between Halsey and Washington Streets)
Just one block south of The Newark Museum
  • Earn 1.5 hours of professional development credit hours
  • Try your hand at melting glass to create beads on a torch heated to 2000 degrees
  • Find out about our exciting classes and workshops in flameworking, kilnforming, glassblowing, mosaics, glass casting, jewelry design & sandblasting
  • Hear about our entrepreneurial programs for high school students
Attendance is FREE but RSVP is a must!
RSVP by calling 973-353-9555 or email:

The first FIVE educators to RSVP and schedule a school visit after the event get 10% off! Light refreshments and door prizes for all educators in attendance!

GlassRoots’ goal is to build a supportive, creative environment, in which teachers/staff and artists work together to offer students new knowledge and experience in the arts. We aim to teach the skills, techniques and concepts in glassmaking while building students’ self-confidence and self-expression. Our programs require students to collaborate, think critically and creatively. GlassRoots will customize workshops that fit your needs as well NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Call for Nominations – Ninth Annual Professional Development Awards – nominate by 9/1

Thursday, August 28th, 2014


Click here to download the nomination form!
* Nominations are due by Monday, September 1, 2014.

Professional Impact NJ (formerly New Jersey Professional Development Center for Early Care and Education) promotes and coordinates systems for the educational development of early childhood and primary education, family child care, and afterschool program professionals. The center advocates for policies and standards that result in high-quality care and education for the children and families of New Jersey.

Brought to you by Professional Impact NJ and the NJ Association for the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC,) the 9th Annual Professional Development Awards is a program that recognizes excellence in professionals working in the early childhood, afterschool and extended day fields. Each year, 3 awards are given! Help us by nominating someone who:

  • Works in an early childhood program, afterschool program or family child care home that follows accreditation standards.
  • Participates in The NJ Registry for Childhood Professionals Serving Children Birth Through Age Thirteen.
  • Is a member of the NJ Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • Invests in personal professional development.
  • Supports the professional development of others through CDA advisement, offering trainings, mentoring others etc.
  • Demonstrates advocacy and leadership for children and families (e.g. follows the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct).
  • Contributes through community involvement (e.g. participation on local, county, state, or national level governing or advisory boards, community coalitions, NJAEYC membership, local NJAEYC affiliate activities, NAFCC, etc).
The award recipients will be determined by the Professional Development committee. Deadline for Nominations is September 1, 2014.
The three awards are as follows:

  • The Becker Brothers Professional Development Award for a child care program director/administrator or school age director/administrator who recognizes and promotes professional development within his/her program.
  • The Lakeshore Professional Development Award for a child care program staff member or school age staff member who exemplifies dedication and determination in advancing his/her own professional development.
  • The Kaplan Professional Development Award for a family child care provider who exemplifies dedication and determination in advancing his/her own professional development.
Click here to learn more about Professional Impact NJ!


Save the Date for New Jersey’s Exciting Annual Conference on Afterschool Fri-Sat Nov 21 & 22, 2014

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014


Conference Fees:

Members: $251/2 days – $151/1 day
Non-Members: $296/2 days – $196/1 day
Fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch

Conference Location and Accommodations:

The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal
100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540
Room Rates: $119 per night

Room Reservations:
Reservations must be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at (800) 228-9290 or (609) 452-7800.

Room reservations must be made on or before Friday, November 7, 2014.

When you call make sure to mention the NJSACC Conference and the dates of the conference in order to receive the conference rate.

Please Note: Full conference program will be posted at in early September in a downloadable format. For more information, contact NJSACC via phone at: 908-789-0259 or via the web at:

This conference is funded in part by the:

  • NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development as part of a Federal CCDF Block Grant Earmark
  • Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (Title IV, Part B of No Child Left Behind), 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant funds awarded to the NJ Department of Education

Liberty Science Center receives $35,000 grant to fund program for underprivileged children

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Written by Nicolas Fernandes
Liberty Science Center has been granted $35,000 from the Charles Lafitte Foundation that will go towards their free, recurring event for less fortunate children during the school year.

LCS has been holding Community Evenings since 1998. The three-and-a-half-hour sessions provide IMAX films, 3D shows, family programming, live demonstrations and hands-on activities for students in the 31 low-income school districts statewide, which include Jersey City, Harrison, West New York, Hoboken, and Union City.

CLF supports organizations working in education, children’s advocacy, medical, and arts.

LCS submits request forms to about 100 foundations each year to fund the $100,000 program. Some years they receive the entire amount and other years they get a smaller amount. If they are not granted the full amount, the science center, a non-profit organization, pays for the remaining costs.

“Science and technology education is increasingly important for our students’ futures – that’s why we are so excited and proud to support the Liberty Science Center, CLF President Jennifer Vertetis said.

This is the second time CLF has awarded the center with a grant for the program. This is the first grant they have received for the upcoming school year and LCS Director of Grants Jessica Ortiz expects one or two more by February.

“Charles Lafitte Foundation’s support of Liberty Science Center’s community evenings provides opportunities for learners of all ages to gather at the Center and experience the range of exhibitions and special programs presented here,” said Daniel Menelly, LCS vice president of STEM education.

Click here to read from this article’s source.

Join us Thur 11/20 for Institute on Expanded Learning: Opportunities for Student Success!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014


NJSACC, NJ’s Statewide Afterschool Network in partnership with the NJ Department of Education and the NJ Principals and Supervisors Association presents:
Institute on Expanded Learning: Opportunities for Student Success

Click here to learn more and register!
* Registration closes on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Registration at 8:30am.

Who Should Attend: School leaders including Chief School Administrators, Charter School Lead Persons, Building Administrators

Location: The Marriott Princeton Hotel and Conference Center at Forrestal in Princeton, NJ

Cost: $149 includes materials and lunch

Registration: Please visit for more information and to register.

Registration closes on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Research shows that high-quality expanded learning opportunities (ELOs) – such as afterschool and summer learning programs – have a positive impacts on student attendance, behavior and coursework. Please join us for an engaging conversation about how school districts can utilize ELOs to support student success.

The Institute is designed for school leaders to learn how to:

  • Use time differently to make positive impacts on students;
  • Align activities with the school day;
  • Effectively engage community partners; and
  • Utilize available funding streams to support expanded learning programs.
Keynote: Dr. Terry Peterson is director of the Afterschool and Community Learning Network is senior fellow for policy and partnerships at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Peterson serves on the executive committee of the National Center for Summer Learning at John Hopkins University, the Council for Corporate and School Partnerships, and the Mayor of Charleston’s School Reform Committee. Dr. Peterson served as the chief education advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education for eight years.


9:00am — Welcome
9:30am — Keynote: Dr. Terry Peterson
11:00am — Assistant Commissioner Susan Martz, NJ Department of Education
12:00pm — Networking Lunch
1:00pm — Plenary session featuring innovative ELO programs from in NJ
2:30pm — Closing Remarks