Montclair State University College of Education and Human Services and the Office of Alumni Relations hosted an event at Nico’s at NJPAC this past Monday, October 23, to celebrate the dynamic partnerships between the University, Newark Public Schools, and other Essex County school districts. Specific partnerships highlighted were the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal, the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, and the Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency, among others.
Dean Tamara Lucas made opening remarks, followed by Guest Speaker Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson, a Class of ‘74 MSU alum. Baskerville-Richardson is currently the Chief Education Officer for Newark Mayor Baraka’s Office of Comprehensive Community Education after an accomplished career in education.
Student Tiffany Soares, a three-time James Patterson Scholarship Recipient, spoke about her personal connection to ESL education and how she hopes to help others in the future. She is in the beginning of her graduate year in the five year Dual Degree Dual Certification Program for certification in K-12 English as a Second Language and Teaching Students with Disabilities.
Jack Shannon, the Vice President for University Advancement, made closing remarks, noting the success of the event and the hope to celebrate these partnerships on an annual basis.
Notable attendees were Chris Cerf, Superintendent of Newark Public Schools, as pictured here with Baskerville-Richardson (far left), Director of the Montclair State University Center of Pedagogy Jennifer Robinson, and Dean Tamara Lucas (right).