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Member districts are eligible to host the two tuition free graduate courses in their district.  A letter or e-mail from the Superintendent requesting the courses is all that is required and the district will be placed on the list for the next opening.  Requests should be sent to Janice Kroposky, Director, at jkroposk@kean.edu or sent to Kean University Diversity Council, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey 07083, to the attention of the Director.

Districts Scheduled to Host Courses: 

2012-2013    East Brunswick, Livingston, Red Bank Regional HS, Watchung Hills Regional HS, West Orange, Kean University

2013-2014  Bloomfield, Cranford, East Windsor Regional, South Orange-Maplewood,  Kean University

2014-2015  Bogota, Elizabeth, Hazlet, Plainfield, Roselle Borough, Kean University

2015-2016  Kean University

Course Descriptions: 

EMSE 5342 Teaching the Holocaust (3 credits - Fall Semester)

This course is designed to prepare K-12 teachers to teach the Holocaust and Holocaust-related themes in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:-1 et seq.  University instructors will teach students pedagogy for teaching historic information.  Using various texts and media, students will explore teaching strategies, course content, and curricular materials that meet age-appropriate learning objectives.  Instructors will also teach strategies for reading complex historic text and creating evidence-based writing samples in accordance with the Common Core of State Standards.


  EMSE 5343 Teaching Prejudice Reduction (3 credits - Spring Semester)


Students will develop strategies for teaching prejudice reduction by examining topics such as race, ethnicity, discrimination, bullying, and preconception.   University instructors will emphasize approaches that will reduce the role of prejudice in their students' lives to prepare them for 21st Century life and careers.  Students will learn methods of incorporating prejudice reduction into daily instruction and curriculum development.