Grant boosts Holocaust education
The Press of Atlantic City

- June 11, 2001 - 12:21 AM

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and the Atlantic County Educational Technology Training Center have received a $145,000 grant to work with middle school teachers in Somers Point and Mullica Township on Holocaust and genocide education.

The Schools for a New Millennium grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities is one of 12 awarded nationally and the only one in New Jersey.

The goal of the program is to engage educators in sustained study with professors at area colleges. The project must include innovative technology, transform curriculum and reach all students.

The local project, called “Open Heart, Open Mind,” will be a two-year program to help teachers, students and the communities to deepen their understanding of the Holocaust and its relevance to how communities function today. It will include two graduate courses customized for the schools, a monthly discussion group for teachers, parents and the community, and a pilot project on curriculum implementation at both schools.

The project will be run by Paul Lyons, Stockton professor of social work, and Anu Vedantham, ETTC director. Professor Chris Long will be associate director and eight master teachers will lead activities.

The first graduate course, “The Holocaust and the American Experience,” will be offered this summer.



MORRISTOWN

Dodge Foundation grants go to 2 area groups

Two southern New Jersey educational groups are among 68 that received $5.5 million in grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to elevate teaching.

The Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City will receive $35,000 for teacher workshops and the revision and replication of an educational program for fourth-graders, especially those in Atlantic City.

The Delaware Bay Schooner Project in Port Norris, Cumberland County, will get $100,000 over two years for the Cumberland Project Rural Initiative, a project designed to help teachers and communities along the Delaware Bay shore enhance their sense of place.



BRANCHBURG

Oakcrest teacher wins Holocaust education award

Doug Cervi of Linwood, a social studies teacher at Oakcrest High School, is among seven New Jersey educators to receive the Honey and Maurice Axelrod Award for Holocaust Education from the Anti-Defamation League.

He and the other recipients were honored at a dinner Sunday at the Holocaust Resource Center at Raritan Valley Community College. The award goes to educators who have demonstrated their commitment to ensuring that students do not forget the lessons of the Holocaust.

Cervi this year worked with Scholastic Inc. on a special issue of their magazine on the Holocaust and hate.



TRENTON

Rowan professor named to state panel

Christine Johnson, an associate professor in the College of Education at Rowan University, has been named by acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco to the New Jersey Commission on Early Childhood Education.

Johnson is director of Rowan’s Center for the Advancement of Learning. She also developed the Let Me Learn Process, a system that helps identify learning behaviors in children.



Area students named to All-State Academic Team

Several area students have been named to the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges.

They are: Concetta Burzo of Absecon and Barbara Somers of Oceanville, students at Atlantic Cape Community College; Elsie Bohren of Richland and Albert Price of Millville, students at Cumberland County College; Elisa Joo of Brick and Jacquelin Ward of Jackson, students at Ocean County College; and Candice Dupre of Pennsville and Theresa Heibel of Hancock’s Bridge, students at Salem Community College.



— Education writer Diane D’Amico