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New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs

New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
New Jersey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Soaring Beyond Expectations, Aferschool Programs

Saint Peter's University Institute of Excellence
Twenty-First Center Community Learning Center
Dr. Elnardo J. Webster: 
Saint Peter's University, 
Phone:  973-390-3430

County:  Hudson

Servicing School District:  Jersey City

CLC Sites:  Public School #34

Partners:  Jersey City Recreation Department, African American Museum, Jersey City Free Public Library, Northern Council of the Boys Scouts

Serving Grade Level:  4-8

No. of Students to be served:  210

No. of Adults to be served:  158

Times of Services: Afterschool: 3-6 PM: Summer: 8AM - 1PM

Saint Peter's University and Jersey City Public Schools Partnership for Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centers Saint Peter's University and Jersey City Public Schools have formed a strategic partnership to operate a Twenty-First Century Community Learning Center at Public School #34 in Jersey City. (School #34 is designated as a "School in Need of Improvement.") The selected theme of the center is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. The STEM theme provides an effective vehicle for reaching a multitude of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. It also fits very well into the strengths and areas of expertise the Saint Peter's University faculty and students who can deliver to the participating school children enhancements to the instruction they will receive from their teachers. Most schools still remain highly departmentalized, stratified, and continue to teach subjects in isolation, with little to no attempts to draw connections among the STEM disciplines. In our after school program mathematics, science and technology teachers will work collectively with the students in support of their research. Language arts instruction will focus on assisting students with their writing and reading skills to further support the theme. During all after-school and summer activities, whether academic, recreational, cultural or artistic, all children will be placed in groups based on their academic and emotional needs. Services to families will conclude parenting skills, financial education, computer applications, and other services adults request.