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School of Education

The Central Jersey Consortium for Excellence and Equity 2019-2020

“Preparing Each and Every Student for Success in School Achievement, in Post-Secondary Education, and in Life”

2019-2020 CJCEE Topic of the Year - Bias and Inequality in Education: Implications on the Social-Emotional Development of Students

2019-2020 Topic of the Year
Bias and Inequity in Education: Implications on the Social-Emotional Development of Students

The Central Jersey Consortium for Excellence and Equity (CJCEE) is an evolving collaboration of administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and elementary and secondary students that are collectively committed to learning and working together to enhance the achievement and well-being of all students, as well as increasing the academic performance, engagement, and future success of traditionally underachieving students. CJCEE focuses on inter-district collaboration and shared learning for continuous improvement in eliminating the disparities in achievement and
school engagement among students.

Founded by Dr. Lynn Romeo, Professor Emeritus and Dr. James Stefankiewicz, Superintendent of Township of Ocean School District, the CJCEE has been in operation since 2012. Dr. Tina Paone, Associate Professor of Educational Counseling, coordinates the program for the School of Education. For information on the consortium, contact the School of Education, Certification, Field Placements, & School Partnership Office at 732-263-5473 or

After much consideration and input from participating districts, the CJCEE is set to make some major changes in 2019-2020 which is outlined below.  The topic of the year will be Bias and Inequity in Education: Implications on the Social-Emotional Development of Students. Registration for 2019-2020 is now closed.

Team Concept
This year, each district will be sending a team to each session. The team members will work together the entire year. It is highly recommended that the team remain the same each session.

Who should be on our team?
Your team should consist of administrators, classroom teachers, specialists, school counselors, school social workers, and support staff. Team members should be interested in the topic of social justice and come ready to work. These team members will also serve as the individuals mentoring and assisting the students in the work they will do over the year.

Which students should we send?
Your students should be leaders who are committed to and interested in social justice work. These students will work with the adult team that will be representing your district. Students will be expected to attend two conferences (October and June) and implement district set goals at the student level.

How it will work?
In September, the teams will attend a planning session where the team will determine their specific goals for implementation during the academic year. In October, the students will attend their conference event (along with the team) where they will learn about the districts’ goals and how they, as students, can help bring those goals to fruition. Students will work with the adult team members from their district throughout the year.
Each adult session during the academic year will build upon the previous session. The sessions will intertwine the goals set in September into action throughout the year. Finally, in June, the students will return (along with the team) for the culminating event of the year.

Session Information
This year, we will utilize a team concept. Please be certain that members of your team are committed to social justice and will attend all sessions.

Registration for 2019-2020 is now closed.

Student Sessions

Session 1:  Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Session 2:  Monday, June 1, 2020

Team Sessions

Session 1: Monday, September 23, 2019

Session 2: Monday, November 11, 2019

Session 3: Monday, December 9, 2019

Session 4: Monday, January 27, 2020

Session 5: Monday, March 23, 2020 Postponed


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