CESP Hosts Common Core Academy 2013 Supported by New Jersey Department of Education
This summer, Dr. Cindy Blitz, Director of the at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education (
The Common Core Academy 2013 ( 2013) program involved intensive, informative, and interactive activities, which informed participants about expected shifts in standards and assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics education for various student populations. Participants engaged and trained in practical strategies for shifting curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Among many other presenters were Kimberley Harrington, Director Office of Standards at NJDOE and Dr. Dorothy Strickland, Professor Emerita of the GSE. 2013 offered ample opportunities for building professional learning networks within and across schools and enabled educators to work productively in collaboration with colleagues on making the changes that full implementation entails. Continuing progress has been made through the use of the online project management software, Basecamp, where participating educators are able to connect with each other, share resources, and collaborate on new ideas and practices.
The 2013 ran from August through August 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, School, Red Bank Catholic High School, and Saint James Grammar School. The goals and objectives of 2013 were developed in close collaboration with the participating schools and districts to meet their educators’ needs, as well as the .