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Course Information

Member districts are eligible to host the two tuition-free graduate courses for their educators and administrators.  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 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  Bayonne, Linden, No. Brunswick Twp., Ocean Twp., Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 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.

Locations for Course Offerings 2015-2016:

The following districts will host the courses for the school year. Please contact the section instructor to find out about registering for the course.  Both courses must be completed by participants.

Kean                            Wednesdays 4:30 - 7:15          Janice Kroposky                                  Bayonne                      Tuesdays 4:30 - 7:15               Rebecca Novalis                            
Linden                         Thursdays 4:00 - 6:45            Bernard Flashberg              
No. Brunswick           Thursdays 4:00 - 6:45            Karen Stark            
Ocean Twp.                Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:45         Rosemarie Wilkinson
Scotch Plains-Fanwood
                                       Thursdays 4:00 - 6:45            Connie Donvito      

For further questions, please email Joy Prescott at