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  • New Brunswick Public Schools chosen for NJ Second Language Learning Regional Model Programs Initiative

    Posted by Eshaya Draper on 6/16/2020 6:00:00 AM

    District to serve as a resource for other schools throughout state

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (June 16, 2020) – New Brunswick Public Schools has been chosen as a 2020-2022 participant in the New Jersey Second Language Learning Regional Model Programs Initiative. The honor recognizes New Brunswick’s SIFE (Students with an Interrupted Formal Education) program for outstanding contributions in meeting the educational needs of English Language Learners (ELLs), and designates New Brunswick as a resource for other districts throughout New Jersey for a two-year period. 

    Developed by the New Jersey Department of Education, the initiative will provide educators with firsthand access to exemplary second language practice for ELLs. As representatives of a model program, New Brunswick Public Schools administrators and teachers are authorized to engage in dialogue about issues of mutual concern and discuss the potential for future collaboration regarding curriculum development projects and professional development initiatives. 

    “This award is particularly gratifying, because it recognizes the efforts both of our district’s outstanding ELL teachers and our diverse student community – which includes speakers of 29 different languages,” says Director of Bilingual & ESL Dr. Andrea Fonteñez. “It’s exciting that we’ll be able to take our successes and share them directly with other school districts across the state.” 

    To recognize New Brunswick Public Schools and other districts selected for inclusion in the program, the New Jersey Second Language Learning Regional Model Programs Initiative held a virtual ceremony on June 15 via Skype.

     

    About New Brunswick Public Schools
    The New Brunswick, NJ public school district consists of two high schools (New Brunswick High School and Health Sciences Technology High School), a middle school (New Brunswick Middle School) and nine elementary schools (Lincoln, Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling, McKinley, Redshaw, Roosevelt, Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts, and Woodrow Wilson schools). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public-private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field.

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  • Food Service Workers — Our Unsung Heroes

    Posted by Eshaya Draper on 6/1/2020 6:00:00 AM

     Food service worker at high school

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    UNSUNG HEROES (June 1, 2020) – Since mid-March – when New Brunswick Public Schools began virtual learning in response to the coronavirus pandemic – the district’s 35 food service workers have played an essential role in providing thousands of students with nutritious breakfasts and lunches. While a total of nearly 4,000 students were initially being fed during weekdays, the program now includes weekends as well. To manage this remarkable effort, food service workers and support volunteers hand out packaged meals twice weekly (on Tuesday, to cover Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – then on Friday, to cover Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) from distribution points in four city parks.

    In all, the food service team is spearheading a program that prepares and serves about 55,000 meals per week.

    “Continuing to educate our young people while school buildings are closed has posed many challenges, including how to ensure they’re still eating properly,” says Dr. Aubrey Johnson, school district superintendent. “Our food service workers have done a truly exceptional job of adapting to an unprecedented environment. They’re on the front lines of keeping our students healthy while we all navigate this difficult situation.”

    About New Brunswick Public Schools
    The New Brunswick, NJ public school district consists of two high schools (New Brunswick High School and Health Sciences Technology High School), a middle school (New Brunswick Middle School) and nine elementary schools (Lincoln, Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling, McKinley, Redshaw, Roosevelt, Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts, and Woodrow Wilson schools). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public-private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field.


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  • New Brunswick Public Schools superintendent recognized as 2020 New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy Superintendent of the Year

    Posted by Eshaya Draper on 4/28/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Dr. Aubrey Johnson honored for active support of biliteracy education 

    The Superintendent of Schools

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (April 28, 2020) – New Brunswick Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Aubrey Johnson has been named “2020 New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy Superintendent of the Year” by the New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages / New Jersey Bilingual Educators, Inc. (NJTESOL/NJBE). The honor recognizes Johnson’s active support for those who are learning English and his understanding of how they contribute to their schools and communities. 

    In particular, the NJTESOL/NJBE celebrates Johnson’s commitment to developing a district-wide pathway to biliteracy through bilingual and dual language programs. This includes the school district’s implementation of the New Jersey State Seal of Biliteracy, a New Jersey Department of Education designation that recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, listening to and writing in one or more world languages, in addition to English. 

    “New Brunswick is a vibrant, diverse community, and our students speak more than 40 different languages,” said New Brunswick Board of Education Vice President Dr. Dale Caldwell. “This award is a testament to Dr. Johnson’s ongoing efforts to ensure that those students of ours who are in the process of learning English have the resources and support they need to succeed.” 

    In addition to providing employers and universities with an ideal way to identify individuals with outstanding biliterate skills, the Seal of Biliteracy also helps students to development crucial, 21st century communication abilities, while encouraging the overall study of languages and affirming the value of diversity. 

    “It’s an absolute honor to receive this award,” Johnson added. “I’m certain – given the ongoing support of our school district and the New Brunswick community – that we can continue providing opportunities that will ensure that our graduates are college, workforce, and career ready.” 

    Appointed superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools in 2015, Johnson earned his doctorate from Seton Hall University in 2017. He holds a bachelor’s from Northeastern University, and a master’s from New Jersey City University.

     

    About New Brunswick Public Schools
    The New Brunswick, NJ public school district consists of two high schools (New Brunswick High School and Health Sciences Technology High School), a middle school (New Brunswick Middle School) and nine elementary schools (Lincoln, Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling, McKinley, Redshaw, Roosevelt, Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts, and Woodrow Wilson schools). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public-private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field.

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