Education

Warren Township Students Inspired at Career Expo 2014

4badeddb5a06746112d2_image.jpg
Credits: Warren Township Schools
d15769adc120a7c85f0c_image.jpg
Credits: Warren Township Schools
e0a5ada7d9a59db0bc19_image.jpg
Credits: Warren Township Schools
4badeddb5a06746112d2_image.jpg
WARREN, NJ - Research demonstrates that providing students with career education at an early age is beneficial for several reasons. It opens doors for students by presenting an array of options, motivating them to research and pursue new interests.  It allows children to set individual goals for new learning.  Additionally, it relates school studies to real world experiences.  As part of an enrichment opportunity, Warren Township educators PJ Jones, Susan Kline, Wendy Piller, and Jill Zimmer planned a 21st century learning career experience. The Career Expos were open to fourth and fifth grade students throughout the entire district on Thursday, November 20.
 
Prior to the 2014 Career Expo, the teachers assembled a well–represented assortment of careers. To prepare for the evening, students were allowed ownership over their selection choices as they ranked their preferences from the diverse list of workshops offered. As each individual session began, the guest speakers provided significant background knowledge about their chosen careers as well as the education and training involved; they detailed how subjects taught in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms do have relevance in their day-to-day work lives. Presenters engaged the student audience with high level questions to evoke analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Following that, students were tasked with a career related problem to solve and the children were eager to dive in.
 
 
Across the district, over 40 volunteers planned for, and presented at, the evening Expo events.  From graphic design to law, journalism to polymer engineering, actuarial to medical careers, and computer programming to entrepreneurs, it was an eye-opening experience.
 
At Central School, students were able to design an avatar by manipulating computer code, evaluate risk factors related to medical insurance candidates, deliberate as jurors during a trial, arrange solar panel arrays on a model building, mix polymers to create a toy, and much more. At Mt. Horeb School, a Marketing Director challenged students to invent an original superhero to appeal to a certain demographic. An American Sign Language interpreter encouraged students to welcome a new hearing impaired student to the school.  What are the ramifications of an oil spill? A geologist asked students to ponder how they would assess and solve this multifaceted problem. “By offering Career Expos yearly, we can begin to introduce career education,” said Piller. “We want the information which is taught on a daily basis to be information that doesn’t exist in a vacuum.  Career education helps students connect everyday learning and apply it to the relevancy of the real world.”

 
Comments overheard by students reinforced how positive and rewarding the students’ experiences had been. For example, after attending the detective's workshop, Isabella Paganini said, "Can I please bring home my name tag that I'm wearing tonight?  I want this to serve as a reminder that tonight was the night I figured out what I wanted to be when I grow up…a detective."
 
At Angelo L. Tomaso and Woodland, numerous experts shared their passion.  A robotics scenario offered a glimpse into this challenging, cutting edge profession that involves designing, building, and programming machines. IT professionals explained how they develop and maintain E-trading systems to provide instantaneous buying and selling capability. Scenarios in the fashion and food industries were presented as well. Successful fashion merchandising requires that product lines include a diversity of products to appeal to varying tastes and preferences. Similarly, students learned how providing food service requires generating a menu to appeal to a wide range of tastes, as well as careful financial planning to ensure profitability. Another scenario had participants completing a task for a fictitious business acquaintance in Japan using a web-chat program, wherein they had to account for the language barrier and negotiate time-zone differences.  
 
While the children were focused on their own problem solving challenges, their parents were invited to partake in the evening by attending a parallel workshop geared towards teaching adults about 21st century learning.   In comparable fashion to the students, the adults were given a career scenario which included a problem to solve.  Through this hands-on method, parents viewed firsthand how 21st century learning impacts their children. The four educators who designed and organized this evening experience acted as mentors as well. They trained the career professionals to host their workshops using 21st century lesson plans, allowing them a solid structure based on best practice, through which to disseminate information, raise the bar, and most importantly, inspire children.
 
This was the second year of the Career Expo and it grew from one elementary school, to offerings at all four. The event originated when five Rider cohorts had to accomplish a project for graduate school. So with the support of Warren Township Schools, of their educational leadership program, Piller and her colleagues Andrew Ahimovic, Michelle Cebula, Kara Miletic and Jill Ziobro devised the first Career Expo in 2013 to align with curriculum goals and 21st century learning.  “Seeing it expand so significantly, and benefit so many more students this year, was exciting,” said Superintendent Dr. Tami Crader. What a memorable and successful experience it was for all. 
 
Special thanks to the following individuals who donated their time and talents to strengthen the school and community partnership: Julie Gnoy, Lillian Wang, Byron Salazar, Stephen Schneider, Christine Gubitosi, Rosemarie and Andy Logan, Mimi Tom, James Bodajlo, Stephanie Setzer, Frank Nuzzi, Cheryl Taylor, Caitlin Riccio, Bruce Levin, Daniel Foley, Martin Samelson, Cecilia Fontana, Tracy and Brian Kramer, Sidneia Sharif, Dan Madinabetia, James Simonelli, Lou Ducceschi, Mike Degen, John Kaiser, Sandip Mehta, Jim Standridge, Nim Sethi, Li Zhang, Christine Hong, Shilpu Gupta, Kim MacConnell, Danielle Scala, Cindy Percario, Dhruti Trivedi, Kathy Bond, Janet Milita, Scott Cook, Jeff Heaney, Brian Kilroy, Susan Leonard, Dorothy Stolfi, Anne Frank, Mary Ann McGann, Jenny Kaniuka, Danielle Porchetta, Nancy Andrews, Mary Lynch, Deanna DeRoner, Kathy Boraski, BethAnn Figueria, Cristina Ulloa, Mary Balkonis and Meghan Madden, as well as numerous custodians and PTO members.
 
 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Warren

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

July 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

Do You Recognize These Dogs?

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Two dogs were found in Plainfield near the fire station on Central Avenue on Saturday. 

The dogs are currently with a family in South Plainfield.  If you recognize the dogs, please email TAPinto Plainfield at jpopper@tapinto.net.

A Hidden Gem in the Suburbs – Spring Academy Montessori Pre-School helps children reach their full potential by fostering an innate love of learning!

July 16, 2018

Located on a quiet residential street in Warren, NJ, Spring Academy Montessori Preschool opened its doors to the public in late November 2016.  Spring Academy wanted to fill a niche that was missing in the community -- a pre-school with a Montessori philosophy combined with an emphasis on language immersion.  Since then, parents have been coming from all over to enroll their children in ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sings Conclude with Verdi ...

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, October 3, 7:00 PM

SCLSNJ's Warren Township Library branch, Warren

A History of the Old Presbyterian Graveyard in ...

Government Other

Obituaries

Jul 28, 1955 - Feb 8, 2018
Owner/Chef of Jaret’s Stuffed Cupcakes  Beloved Husband, Father, Brother and ...
Read more

Get Ready Warren: Fireworks, Food and Family Fun At Mt. Carmel Feast

July 13, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. – It’s time again for the annual Mt. Carmel Feast, a four-day festival full of food, music, games, rides, fireworks, and other family fun, located at Mt. Carmel Field in Berkeley Heights.

The fairgrounds will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 13 through Monday, July 16. Those four nights will include concerts, games, and ...

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

Danielsen Sponsors New Medical Marijuana Bill

July 22, 2018

SOMERSET, NJ - Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D), who represents the 17th District in New Jersey State Assembly, recently unveiled his sponsorship of Assembly No. 10, a bill revising the requirements to authorize and access medical marijuana.

This announcement comes in response to Governor Phil Murphy’s plans to open six more dispensaries claimed to help better serve New Jersey’s ...

White Supremacist Actions Denounced

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Two groups denounced Identity Evropa, a white supremacist group posting of fliers in multiple Central New Jersey towns. Both statements lay blame on President Donald Trump.

The New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and the Somerset County Democratic Committee issued statements today. 

"The promotion of a racist and ...

White Supremacist Fliers Found in Central New Jersey Towns

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents of Bridgewater, Somerville, Morristown and surrounding communities are mobilizing for action after they found posters around town promoting Identity Evropa, which the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has labeled a white supremacist group.

According to Bridgewater resident Stacey Friedlander, a member of the “Not In Our Town – Bridgewater/Raritan” ...

Viewing and Funeral Mass Set for 1-Year-Old Boy Killed in July 7 Crash, Fundraiser Established

RARITAN, NJ - A viewing for the 1-year-old Raritan boy killed on Anderson Street July 7 will be held this week at St. Ann Church in Raritan, according to an obituary released by the Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Matias Ortega-Rosales was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit two cars and then his family as he was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, Domitila Rosales.

3rd Annual Meadowlands BBQ Battle a Smokin’ Success

July 18, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Seven competitors battled it out at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment's 3rd Annual BBQ Battle on Saturday, July 14, all vying for $2,000 in prizes and most importantly, bragging rights. 

The BBQ categories of best Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, and Pulled Pork, came with a $500 prize to the winner of each category. A panel of five judges conducted a blind ...

3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ set to Celebrate Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

Make the Call, Save a Life

July 10, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - There is much focus on preventative opioid abuse education. Rightfully so. However, the goal in addressing the opioid epidemic is saving lives. Even if that means just saving one life. While people are becoming increasingly aware of resources relating to rehabilitative services, support groups for friends and family of addicts, and training parents for signs of opioid and ...