Grant boosts Holocaust education
- June 11, 2001 - 12:21 AM
The Press of Atlantic City
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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