Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Hoboken, Hudson County, NJ

The Hoboken Board of Education is searching for an outstanding educational leader with a vision for academic and co-curricular excellence and a commitment to closing achievement gaps. The successful candidate will have proven success in the areas of curriculum, finance, personnel management, communications, and meeting the needs of all children. Hoboken is a richly diverse community in Hudson County. Our preK-12 school district has a high school, an alternative secondary school, three K-8 elementary schools, and an early childhood center serving over 2,500 pupils with a current operating budget of approximately $60 million.


  • NJ School Administrator or Certificate of Eligibility required.
  • 5 years superintendent or assistant superintendent experience preferred
  • 5 years principal experience preferred
  • 5 years classroom teaching experience preferred
  • Experience in an urban setting a plus
  • Pre-K-12 experience preferred
  • Earned Doctorate a plus

Position available on or before July 1, 2010. Send written request for application by 5:00 PM, October 23, 2009 to:

New Jersey School Boards Association

413 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08618

Phone 609-695-7600     Fax 609-695-1577


Susan McCusker, Search Consultant 

An Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer

Friday, September 25, 2009

Hola- Faith Will Be Rewarded: State OKs Dual Language School

Congratulations to the Hola team on the awarding of their new Charter School. An incredible accomplishment but not surprising to anyone associated with this program. The following article was published in The Jersey Journal. -Dr. Petrosino


HOBOKEN - The Hoboken Dual Language Charter School has been approved as a charter school by the New Jersey Board of Education and plans to open its doors next September.

The new school, dubbed "HoLa," is one of eight new charter schools in the state Gov. Jon Corzine announced yesterday will be coming on line next year.

HoLa co-founder and Hoboken resident Barbara Martinez said the news is especially meaningful for children in the city.

"The amazing thing about children is their ability to pick up language. (Adults) can't even fathom that," said Martinez, who has spent the last couple of years pushing for the school along with her co-founders Jennifer Hindman and Camille Korschun.

The school plans to follow a "two-way immersion" approach, in which children of both English and Spanish language backgrounds will learn together in both languages.

In kindergarten and first grade, the students will be immersed primarily in Spanish, with English slowly incorporated into the curriculum.

During its opening year, the school will teach 132 students in kindergarten, first and second grades, and each year thereafter the school will add a grade until it reaches its projection of 264 students, kindergarten through Grade 5.

"We know the demand is there," said Martinez, referring to waiting lists at Hoboken's two other charter schools, Elysian and Hoboken Charter.

The school plans to open at the Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken, 123 Jefferson St., which is largely not in use during the day. Six classrooms will also be renovated to accommodate the new school.

Last February, the Hoboken Board of Education voted 4-3 not to implement the HoLa model. One month later, Hindman and Korschun filed the application for charter status.

HoLa, Martinez said, is "another option in a vibrant, diverse city, for young families who don't want to have to move out."...

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)






Division of Research on Learning in

Formal and Informal Settings

Presidential Awards for Excellence in

Mathematics and Science Teaching


September 23, 2009



Dear Anthony  Petrosino,


On behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF), we want to express sincere appreciation for the expertise that you provided as a panel reviewer for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. Expert panelists are integral to the NSF’s merit review process.  Your advice and recommendations are critical components in the selection of teachers who are worthy of a Presidential Award. 


We recognize that the review of the PAEMST applications is particularly time consuming and sensitive.  While we hope that you enjoyed the process, we do know and appreciate how much time and effort it took. The quality of the discussions and the written reviews were excellent.


Again, thank you so much for your invaluable service to the PAEMST program.






Celeste Pea

Program Director, DRL


Elizabeth VanderPutten

Program Director, DRL


Sent on behalf of Celeste Pea and Elizabeth VanderPutten

by Nancy Spillane, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow