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The Franklin Lakes Education Association, through a PRIDE grant obtained by NJEA, sponsored a “Red Carpet” event at the Franklin Avenue Middle School on Wednesday evening, January 18, to honor past and present middle school students in Dr. Marcy Pryor’s “Beads ‘n Me” class who were recently featured on NJEA’s Emmy-award winning “Classroom Close-Up” television program.
Dr. Pryor began the program 10 years ago so that her students have an original, integrated, real-world learning experience through running a class business. Initial funding for the program was $100 teacher gift money from the Franklin Lakes PTA and it has since been self-funded with thousands of dollars donated to charities chosen by the students.
Along with making various original products such as lanyards, eyeglass chains and bookmarks, students complete hands on measurement lessons using beads, lanyards, and rulers. They use algebraic variables to solve profit/loss exercises and complete money lessons regarding purchasing supplies, using coupons, graphing sales and counting the money at the end of the day in addition to many other learning opportunities.
Parents, teachers, administrators and members of the Franklin Lakes Board of Education were in attendance to view the segment and honor the accomplishments of the students featured in the show. Their work was proudly displayed throughout the evening. The next airing of the show will be on NJTV on January 29 at 7:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 7:30 pm.
Congratulations to Ms. Eileen Antonison on her stellar accomplishments in our district! She continues to show what exemplary teaching looks like.
This October, Ms. Antonison was invited to give a poster presentation and a talk on the topic of effective integrated STEM education at this year’s Northeast Regional Conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education, held at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Teacher’s College Columbia University. She shared information about the middle school STEM Lab program and answered questions about the connections between the program, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Common Core. Ms. Antonison was part of a conversation with STEM education leaders from the Northeast and community partners about effective, innovative STEM education in all of K-12, higher education, and informal STEM Education.
Congratulations to our colleague and friend, Dr. Marcy Pryor! Check out Dr. Pryor and her students on Classroom Closeup on December 25, 2016 and January 29, 2017!