CLARK — Second grade teacher Jenna Stafford from Valley Road School in Clark was selected to present her innovative programming proposal at the New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop’s “Celebration of Curriculum” on Oct. 24. Stafford’s program, titled “Literacy and Diversity” was selected as one of 30 best practices in the field of education by the New Jersey School Boards Association Professional Development Committee.
In this “Literacy and Diversity” Program, nonfiction books about celebrations as resources, students work with partners as researchers taking notes. After sharing notes and choosing four of their favorite celebrations, the students apply what they learn and write about the traditions they celebrate in their own homes. Students are guided through the drafting, editing, and the revising process. After finishing the writing process, the students have the opportunity to publish their work, and create a book with illustrations. All members of the class are able to learn more about the different cultures and traditions that fellow students observe. Parents are invited to a classroom celebration of the students’ accomplishments and students are encouraged to bring in food or symbols that are related to the celebrations they write about.
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