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School of Education

The Central Jersey Consortium for Excellence and Equity

2020-2021 Topic of the Year
Equity in Education: How Pandemics Reveal Racial Inequities

“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, Professor,  and 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

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.

2020-2021 Membership information 
The membership fee for this upcoming academic year will be $2,000. Membership this year also includes a free membership to either the Principals’ Academy, a $250 savings or the Superintendents’ Academy, a $300 savings. To learn more about our academies, please visit our School of Education Academies page.  Since we will be working together on a virtual platform, this entitles each member district to have fifteen (15) participants (administrators, teachers, counselors, staff, etc.) working as two teams of five (5). Ten students from each member district will also be able to attend the student events.

Information about our 2020-2021 sessions
The CJCEE sessions will be two-and-a-half hours long 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.


Session 1: Monday, September 21, 2020

Session 2: Monday, November 16, 2020

Session 3: Monday, December 7, 2020

Session 4: Monday, January 25, 2021

Session 5: Monday, March 22, 2021


Session 1:  Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Session 2:  Wednesday, June 9, 2021


Photo of Dr. Ali Michael: Click to visit her web site

Dr. Ali Michael

Our speaker for this year is a well-known and highly regarded speaker on race and education.

Dr. Ali Michael works with schools and organizations across the country to help make research on race, Whiteness, and education more accessible and relevant to educators. Ali is the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (Teachers College Press, 2015), winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015, Stylus Press) and the bestselling Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys (2017, Corwin Press).

Ali sits on the editorial board of the journal Whiteness and Education. In addition to her work as the Co-Founder and Director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, Ali teaches in the Diversity and Inclusion Program at Princeton University as well as the Equity Institutes for Higher Education from the University of Southern California.

Ali’s article, “What do White Children Need to Know About Race?,” co-authored with Dr. Eleonora Bartoli in Independent Schools Magazine, won the Association and Media Publishing Gold Award for Best Feature Article in 2014.

When she is not writing, speaking, or training, Ali is striving to be an anti-racist co-parent to two amazing young kids.