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The Central Jersey Consortium for Excellence and Equity

2021-2022 Topic of the Year

Embracing a Transformative Approach: Challenging Racial Inequity

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

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, former dean of the School of Education and Associate Professor Emeritus, along with Dr. James Stefankiewicz, Superintendent of Township of Ocean School District, the CJCEE has been in operation since 2012. Dr. Tina Paone, 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

Meet This Year’s Speaker

Paul Gorski photoPaul Gorski is the founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange. He has more than 20 years of experience helping educators, nonprofit workers, and others strengthen their equity efforts. He has worked with educators in 48 states and a dozen countries. Paul has published more than 70 articles and has written, co-written, or co-edited twelve books on various aspects of educational equity including Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap and Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education (with Seema Pothini). He is the author of the Multicultural Pavilion, an online compendium of free resources for educators. Paul earned a PhD in Educational Evaluation at the University of Virginia. He was a teacher educator at several universities for 15 years. He is also a published poet, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and is the biggest fan of his cat Buster.

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.

Information about our 2021-2022 sessions
The CJCEE sessions will be two-and-a-half hours (9:30-12 PM) to accommodate the virtual setting. Sessions are organized to facilitate the work of district teams to accomplish specific goals for the district. Therefore, the overarching purpose is to apply what is learned in the CJCEE sessions to your work with diversity in the schools. CJCEE flyer 2021-2022

2021-2022 membership options

Standard Membership: The membership fee for the CJCEE for the 2021-2022 academic year is $2,000 and includes a free membership to either the Principals’ Academy or the Superintendents’ Academy.  The membership includes fifteen (15) adult team members (administers, teachers, counselors, staff, etc.) and ten (10) student participants.

Complete Membership Package: A complete one-year membership package that includes the CJCEE, Superintendents’ Academy, Principals’ Academy and Special Services Academy, all for $2,250.

To learn more about our academies, please visit our School of Education Academies page.

Team Session Dates (Virtual)

  • Session 1: Monday, September 20, 2021
  • Session 2: Monday, November 15, 2021
  • Session 3: Monday, December 13, 2021
  • Session 4: Monday, January 24, 2022
  • Session 5: Monday, March 7, 2022

Student Conference Dates (Virtual)

  • Fall:  Wednesday, October 6, 2021
  • Spring:  Wednesday, June 8, 2022

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Participating Districts 2021-2022

  • Academy Charter High School *
  • Barnegat Township School District *
  • Brick Township Public Schools *
  • Deal Borough
  • Hazlet Township Public Schools *
  • Howell Township Public Schools *
  • Lakehurst School District *
  • Long Branch Public Schools *
  • Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District
  • Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District *
  • Monmouth County Vocational School District
  • Middletown Township Public Schools *
  • Monmouth Regional High School *
  • Mullica Township School District *
  • Neptune City School District *
  • Neptune Township
  • Northern Highlands Regional HS
  • Old Bridge Township Public Schools *
  • Point Pleasant Beach
  • Rumson Borough School District *
  • Shore Regional High School District *
  • South River Public Schools
  • Toms River Regional Schools *
  • Township of Ocean *
  • Woodbridge Township School District
  • West Long Branch School District *

* denotes Complete Membership Package

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