The NJ Center for the book is pleased to announce that Kimberley DeNaples. School Librarian at the H. Russell Swift Elementary School, will be receiving the Miss Rumphius award for 2019. The award will be presented at the NJASL conference to be held at the Hilton East Brunswick December 8-9, 2019. Ms DeNaples will be receiving the award for her program: Character Education Across the Curriculum (CEAC)
Seven units of the CEAC program are taught throughout the school year during a library class held in the school library. Students learn to become world travelers through reading the literature, while at the same time they also learn how to become compassionate citizens who exhibit positive character traits. The program provides a curriculum that teaches literacy skills important for all aspects of the students’ lives. All seven units are adapted according to a student’s learning needs using the Marsh Media Character Education units.
The program is delivered in collaboration with the Guidance Counselor; classroom teachers and staff, as well as individuals from the community invited as speakers who can provide first- hand knowledge of customs, languages, art, science, literature from particular places. The program is very creative and innovative in that it incorporates literacy across the curriculum in literature, science, social science, and involves life skills at the same time; it uses numerous types of media for illustration and learning. The most important aspect of the CEAC program is that it is imbedded in the school’s curriculum.
Ms. DeNaples and her colleagues have established lesson plans, proven activities, and suggested speakers that can be shared to replicate the program at other schools.