Issue 3                                                                                             February 2014

"Connecting Students to Success"   
March 17, 2014 
8:00 - 3:00 
Ramapo College of NJ
Keynote Speaker 
Dr. Peggy McDonald 
Director, New Jersey Department of Education Office of Special Education


Raytheon-EiE (Elementary is Engineering) 
Teacher Scholarship and PISA2 Grant 

Paulette Fox 

Special Education teacher, Lakewood, NJ & NJCEC Membership Chair  

If you enjoy learning about science there are grants available.

I was recently selected as a Raytheon-EiE (Elementary is Engineering) Teacher Scholarship recipient. It includes an all expenses paid trip to the Museum of Science in Boston. In addition, it includes an "Everyone Engineers" workshop and an EIE unit with materials for 24 students.

I recently completed 15 graduate credits through the PISA2 Science Grant.

This grant is aimed at increasing 3rd through 8th grade teacher's knowledge in the field of science. 

You do not have to be a science teacher to apply for these grants. 

The Raytheon Scholarship is available to all teachers and the PISA2 Grant is 
available in participating districts. 

Please contact Paulette Fox for additional information paulettefox12@hotmail.com 

Meet Barry Schwartz 

Special Education Teacher, Montclair, NJ & NJCEC Co-VP  


My name is Barry Schwartz and I am currently the co-VP for the NJCEC.  I have been a member of CEC for over 20 years and on the board for the last 15 in the capacity of Secretary, Student Advisor and Scholarship Chairman.  I currently teach at Glenfield Middle School in Montclair, NJ as an in-class support teacher and am also a team leader.  We actually teach the same students for their 3 years of middle school, so it actually becomes sort of a family atmosphere with each team.  Besides my teacher responsibilities, I organize and implement an enrichment and Student of the Month program for Special Education/Regular Education students in the building; I mentor other teachers; am subject matter leader and coordinate class field trips and administrate fundraisers for school activities.  I have been awarded the CEC Teacher of the Year in 1998, and in 2003 and 2012, as well as the Weston Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Montclair Board of Education.  I have also been the NJ Nets Teacher of the Year in  2007.


I have been presenting a workshop entitiled "Resource Center Teaching Strategies"  at our annual CEC conventions as well as at the NJ Science Teacher's Convention.


Some of my favorite things to do with my students is to make quarterly visits to an elementary school where we visit for Halloween, Christmas/Hannukah, Valentine's Day and Dr. Seuss day where we sing, make and deliver cards and read to the students.  It gives my current students a chance to enrich another student's life.  We also do plenty of community service projects in Montclair, and I take pictures of all of our activities and show a monthly slide show, so that the students can enjoy their successes. 


Personally, one of my favorite activities is to take older donated apple computers, clean them up and give them to student who may not be able to afford one. 


If you have one lying around, please contact me at bms17@verizon.net .
Read more about it in the Glenfield Middle School Principal's Newsletter below

NJCEC Annual Scholarship Program 
The NJCEC Awards Committee is please to announce the NJCEC Annual Scholarship Program! 

Each year, a number of deserving High School seniors are awarded scholarships ranging from $500 - $2000. The scholarships are available to students who have a diagnosed disability, are eligible for special education, and will be pursuing post-secondary education or training including 2 or 4 year colleges, technical schools, business schools, fine arts institutes, or other recognized programs.  


You can access the scholarship application via the link below:
 NJCEC Annual Scholarship Program 


Nominations Wanted

Teacher of The Year Award

The NJCEC Teacher of the Year Award was established to honor an outstanding Special Educator. The recipient of this award is honored each spring at our NJCEC Annual Conference and is then nominated to CEC as a candidate for the International CEC Teacher of the Year Award.
 NJCEC Teacher of the Year Award Application  


Student Chapters 
Are you Interested in starting a CEC Student Chapter? 
Do you already have a Student Chapter but want to get more connected with NJCEC and other Student Chapters? 
Dr. Lynn DeCapua
Student Chapter Advisor

NJCART is sponsoring Edcamp Access NJ to promote learning and sharing Assistive Technology supports for students with disabilities!

When: Saturday, March 8, 2014

Where: The College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown NJ

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: FREE!
 This event is not endorsed by the NJCEC, but is being provided for your information. 



Newsletter E-Blast 
Editor - Kim Diaz 
Co-Editor - Dr. Julie Norflus-Good
Copy Editor - Dr. Anne DeGroot
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