innovateNJ: Initiatives

innovateNJ Initiatives are innovative programs and projects that are happening within New Jersey schools and districts with the support of the New Jersey Department of Education.

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Innovative Initiatives

SPOLIGHTING HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION PARTNERSHIPS:
The A. Harry Moore School and New Jersey City University

History

History of the Relationship Between NJCU and AHM

In 1963, Jersey City State College assumed control of A. Harry Moore School from the Jersey City School District and designated it as the College’s demonstration school.  The special education department of the College was already nationally recognized, and because of the partnership between A. Harry Moore and the College, college students were able to receive a B.A. in special education, leading to a Teacher of the Handicapped Certification.  The close association between the partners resulted in housing the College’s Department of Special Education in the AHM building.  This provided a real-time learning laboratory for college students, giving them the opportunity to collaborate with—and learn from—the demonstration faculty working directly with students with multiple disabilities. 

An example of the contemporary collaboration between NJCU and A. Harry Moore is the Moore Variety Club and the Green Screen Program, which is the brainchild of Dr. Chris Shamburg, Professor in the Doctoral Program in Educational Technology.  Dr. Shamburg uses green screen technology to simulate what it would be like for special education students to be able to walk, swim, or fly.
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Under the auspices of the Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education of New Jersey City University and the leadership of President Dr. Sue Henderson, Provost Dr. Dan Julius, and Dean Dr. Allan DeFina, this educational relationship has continued to the present with what is now New Jersey City University.  In more recent years the affiliation evolved to include additional partnerships with many different departments of the University.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • A. Harry Moore faculty members serving as adjunct professors at NJCU
  • Sororities and fraternities  performing Community service and working on special projects.
  • Work-study students assisting within the classrooms.
  • Cooperative education interns working in various roles
  • Volunteers from the University reading to children on Read Across America Day
  • Highly collaborative relationships with the following departments:  Educational Technology, Counseling, Literacy Ed, Nursing, Education, Special Education, Exercise Science, Educational Leadership,  and Art

A letter from President Roosevelt written to our student  population

A letter from President Roosevelt written to our student population in the 1930’s.

Partnerships

Partnerships with Other Schools

Affiliates
In addition to our relationship with NJCU our faculty and therapists act as mentors for students in a variety of disciplines at many other higher education institutions, including:

Hudson County Community College - pre-service teachers receive training with the special education department; students come to do observations

Essex County Community College – pre-service physical therapy assistants complete  30 hour internships and attend workshops with the physical therapists

Dr. Jill Conlon and Dr. Audrey Kaplonski, two of our physical therapists conduct a clinic for physical therapy students from Essex County Community College.
Dr. Jill Conlon and Dr. Audrey Kaplonski, two of our physical therapists conduct a clinic for physical therapy students from Essex County Community College.

  • In addition, Dr. Conlon and Dr. Kaplonski give an in- service yearly at AHM to all the first year students at their Physical Therapy Assistant program.  For the students at Essex County Community College this in- service allows them the opportunity to observe a therapeutic interaction between a physical therapist and  children with various disabilities, as well as demonstrate the correct usage of the equipment we have.

St. Peters University – Last year 40 nursing students came to AHM for field work experience.  They observed tube feedings, seizure procedures as well various different clinics.

Seton Hall – Graduate students in the speech pathology program do internships with us.  In the spring of 2012 AHM Speech Therapists Janice Treubig and Shelia Balasa had an intern who completed 110 direct contact hours.  During the 2012-13 school year and 2013-14 school year, Marissa Krakowitch, Janice Treubig, and Shelia Balasa all had interns from the speech program at Seton Hall. 

Janice Treubig and Marissa Krakowitch conduct a group
Janice Treubig and Marissa Krakowitch conduct a group
therapy session.

Kean University – occupational therapy internships with our therapists
Occupational therapist Kirsten Kotraba works with
Occupational therapist Kirsten Kotraba works with
a student in the A. Harry Moore Sensory Room.

Rutgers University – interns from their social work department as well physical therapy interns; Dr. Diamond brings in medical students

  • Our Physical Therapists have an active affiliation relationship with Rutgers, both in Newark and Camden, and frequently have their students here.  This year we had one from the Newark campus for 10 weeks, and two from Camden, one for 10 weeks and one for 14. 

Montclair State University
Our music therapist Alyssa Casazza at A. Harry Moore is a formal
Our music therapist Alyssa Casazza at A. Harry Moore is a formal
Mentor for undergraduate students at Montclair State
University.  She currently has 3 undergraduate music therapy
practicum students from MSU.  They are required to come 10+
days during the semester to lead music therapy sessions under
her advisement, and observe her work as well.  They have each
averaged over 30 hours internship hours in our school. 

A. Harry Moore Music Therapist Alyssa Casazza mentors a music therapy practicum

  • A. Harry Moore Music Therapist Alyssa Casazza mentors a music therapy practicum

student from Montclair State University in a therapy session.

  • Also, in the Fall of 2014 Speech and Language Pathologists Deepa Joseph and Janice Treubig had an intern from Montclair State University.

Adelphi – Our social worker Ms. Rebecca Vicente has students who do program internships at  A. Harry Moore.

Mercy College – During the 2013-14 school year, AHM Speech and Language Pathologist Deepa Joseph had an intern from Mercy College.

Touro College – During the 2013-14 school year,  AHM Speech and Language Pathologist Deepa Joseph had an intern from Touro College.

Contact us: innovation@doe.state.nj.us.

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