The Kean Institute for the Common Core Statewide Teacher Conference was designed for NJ teachers by NJ teachers who share similar concerns. As committed educators, they realize the need for:
- A forum for K-12 educators who want to learn more about the CCSS and how to successfully implement them beyond any professional development they may/may not have received to date.
- Sustained, practice-focused professional development relevant to the specific grade level and the content areas they teach in order to make the shifts in instructional and assessment practice called for by the Common Core.
Such professional discussions, facilitated by Lauren Marrocco, 2013 State Teacher of the Year, resulted in the creation of a Statewide Teacher Conference and a grassroots initiative to begin in fall 2013 centered on the development of Common Core Communities of Practice.
Lauren Marrocco graduated from Kean University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 2003 and a master's degree in educational administration and supervision in 2009. In 2009, she also received National Board Certification in reading and language arts literacy. She began her teaching career in 2003 at the Edward J. Patten Elementary School in Perth Amboy, N.J.