Montclair State University K-12 Partnerships Highlighted in AACTE “Day on the Hill”

Montclair State Program Featured at Briefing on Turning Around Low-Performing Schools Through Educational Partnerships

Washington, D.C. – Montclair State University educators participated in a congressional briefing, entitled “Partnerships That Work: Turning Around Low-Performing Schools,” on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 19. Hosted by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the briefing highlighted examples of partnerships between higher education institutions and K-12 school districts from around the country that have had a major impact on student learning.

Montclair State’s award-winning program with the Newark Public Schools, The Partnership for Instructional Excellence and Quality (PIE-Q), was put forward at the briefing as a model of a program that is successful in meeting educational needs in some of the nation’s most challenging classrooms.  Ada Beth Cutler, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State, and Jennifer Robinson, director of the Center of Pedagogy at the College participated in the presentation of the program together with Roger León, assistant superintendent of the Newark Public Schools.

Since 2004, PIE-Q has been a model of a partnership that effectively links all aspects of teacher preparation and development, resulting in a continuous cycle of school, university, and teacher renewal. The partnership has been successful in affecting the recruitment, preparation, retention, and professional development of urban educators so that renewal of the schools and teacher education occurs.

Ada Beth Cutler and Jennifer Robinson are available to the media to discuss PIE-Q and the other educational programs at Montclair State University. To arrange an interview, please contact Minne Ho, director of Communications and Marketing at 973-655-4333.

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Released: June 19, 2008