UNION, NJ – Union schools has been accepted into the “Strengthening Teaching, Leading, and Learning” grant project, offered and funded through a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Education, the Overdeck Family Foundation, and the Foundation for Educational Administration. 

The project’s objective is to engage selected school districts across New Jersey that are committed to utilizing specific grade levels of the newly released NJDOE Instructional Units in ELA (English Language Arts) and/or Math, within the framework of the Connected Action Roadmap (CAR) process. According to a press release, the pilot is intended to build the capacity of educators in New Jersey schools to work effectively in professional learning communities (PLCs) and to ensure that every student has access to a viable standards-based curriculum, in keeping with Commissioner Repollet’s call for “Equity in Action.”

Teams of educators from across the state worked with the NJDOE Office of Standards and Assessment staff over several months to unpack these standards into clear specific learning goals and place them into suggested units of study. This grant will help districts improve teaching and learning by utilizing these new tools. The Township of Union School District will also receive professional learning and coaching throughout the three-year period of this grant in order to create a sustainable cycle of continuous improvement. 

“We are thrilled to have The Township of Union School District be a part of the grant to strengthen teaching, leading, and learning,” said Donna McInerney, CEO of the Foundation for Educational Administration. “The Connected Action Roadmap is a proven, systemic process to empower teachers and improve climate and culture, leading to the ultimate destination of improved student learning, and we look forward to continuing this journey with the great educators in The Township of Union School District.