Montclair State University and Newark Public Schools Honored with Education Award

November 11 2010--Montclair State University and the Newark Public Schools were recently named the recipients of the 2010 Dr. Shirley S. Schwartz Urban Education Impact Award for the Newark Public Schools-Montclair State University Partnership for Instructional Excellence and Quality (PIE-Q) program. The award was presented on October 22 by the Great City Colleges of Education, an affiliate group of deans who work with urban school leaders, at the Council of the Great City Schools’ Annual Fall Conference, held in Tampa, Florida.

The winners will each receive an engraved sculpture attesting to their contributions to urban education. The Council will also award a $2,000 scholarship to a student who has graduated from Newark Public Schools and/or is enrolled in the teacher education program at Montclair State University. The scholarship recipient will be announced in May 2011.

The annual Urban Education Impact Award honors the memory of Schwartz, the Council’s Director of Special Projects and staff liaison with the colleges of education, and recognizes an outstanding partnership between a university and an urban school district that has had a positive and significant impact on student learning.

“We are honored to receive the Dr. Shirley Schwartz Urban Education Impact Award, especially because she was a champion of school/university partnerships and a supporter of our work in particular. The Newark Public School district has been a terrific partner and we are very proud to receive the award with NPS Superintendent Dr. Clifford Janey and his staff,” said Jennifer Robinson, executive director of the Center of Pedagogy at Montclair State University.

Schwartz served as director of Special Projects at the Council of Great City Schools, a policy, research, and advocacy group for urban public school districts. She was also responsible for overseeing programs to help improve, train, and recruit teachers and was a member of the national Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Established in 2004, the PIE-Q program is a partnership model that effectively integrates all aspects of teacher preparation and development, and has been successful in affecting the recruitment, preparation, retention, and professional development of urban educators.

In the fall of 2009, Montclair State’s College of Education and Human Services received a $6.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program (NMUTR), which is part of the PIE-Q program. This innovative apprenticeship-based program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching was developed for individuals with a deep commitment to urban teaching.

Released: November 11, 2010