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Partnerships: The Sky is the Limit

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Hopefully in your educational career, you have heard of  partnerships with some type of group. It can be as local as a store in town and as international as a for-profit business. Regardless of whom it's with, the goal of the partnership should be beneficial to the learners you serve. 

Note: this is not that "shared-partnership" nonsense. If a Board President ever contacts you with that concept, contact the board attorney immediately. 

While I have been fortunate enough to see many partnerships, I'm always a fan of seeing state organizations partnering in schools. Recently, Liberty Science Center has agreed to come to my current district to "push in" a series of science lessons, experiments, and curriculum. Better yet - we might be having Camden County College  pick up the tab. Why is this great? Two reasons; every district loves the word free, and it's great for our students who never get the chance to get there. We are about 45 minutes from Philadelphia; not to knock any Philly museums, but this is the go-to spot for most in our area. Having additional exposure to other programming is really nice.

The second partnership is with Montclair State University and their gifted and talented program. MSU is working hard to inject their courses, programming, and activities into all schools, not just local. Again, students  getting exposure  from other external opportunities? Fantastic!

Don't think it can't be done where you work? Start exploring options. Most places would be more than willing, and it won't break the bank either.  Poke around and see what's out there - your students will thank you.

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Jay Eitner is a proud product of the New Jersey public schools. A graduate from Union High School in 1997, Jay attended The American University in Washington DC with a BA in interdisciplinary studies. He began his teaching career in Roselle, NJ teaching a variety of subjects including social studies, computers, and digital literacy. Known for being ‘outside of the box’ and for strong technology infusion, Eitner strived to make a learning environment that was student-centered, data-driven, and technology infused. Jay received his Master's Degree from Kean University in 2004 and was hired to teach 8th-grade social studies in the nationally recognized East Brunswick Public Schools. During his time in East Brunswick, Eitner has written & received over $140,000 in grants for his students. Grants ranged from podcasting equipment to creating a fully-interactive gold-rush experience, where students dug for gold during their westward expansion unit. Jay obtained his supervisor, principal, and school administrator certificates from the NJPSA NJ-EXCEL program in 2009. Administratively, Eitner has served as a middle school Assistant Principal in the Washington Township Schools, a K-12 Supervisor of Social Studies in the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, and a Superintendent of the Lower Alloways Creek School District. Jay currently serves as a Superintendent of Schools for the Waterford Township School District. He has presented a series of workshops on digital leadership, technology infusion, and student achievement. Recent awards include the 2015 national Educators Voice Award in the category of Superintendent, the White House MakerSpace distinction, and named to the National Academy of Arts & Sciences as a 2016 Educator To Watch.

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