Monday, September 16, 2019

The Canfield Avenue School Achieves Sustainability Certification

We are pleased to announce that the Canfield Avenue School met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification silver status.  CAS joins a group of 108 schools that achieved the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in 2019.
Mr. Nittel stated, “We are thrilled to have moved to silver status, and I commend all of the staff and students that continue to participate regularly in the district’s sustainability efforts.” 
Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a program for pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade public schools in New Jersey, is voluntary, but achieving certification takes commitment and collaborative effort. Each school that is certified at the bronze level must submit documentation to show it has completed a balanced portfolio of the program’s sustainability actions, attaining a minimum of 150 points. This year, ten schools achieved certification at the more advanced silver level which requires a minimum of 350 points of sustainability actions.
Review the complete list of schools that achieved certification in 2019: 2019 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certified Schools. Currently, a total of 872 schools and 337 school districts are participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program overall.
“I commend the teachers, administrators, staff, parents and students for their hard work and dedication—it’s truly paying off,” said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. “The 2019 schools that have achieved Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification are leading the way to a more sustainable New Jersey. I’ve seen time and again, when schools and our young people are given direction and support, they’re powerful catalysts for change. Becoming certified with Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a significant achievement.”
To date, 5,079 sustainability actions were completed by schools and districts participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program - from performing energy audits and boosting recycling efforts to integrating sustainability into student learning and promoting student and staff wellness.
“Sustainable schools provide a healthy environment, conserve resources and improve the well-being of the community,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) executive director.  “Attaining certification is a significant accomplishment that reflects the leadership of the boards of education and their superintendents, as well as the contributions of principals, teachers, education support professionals and parents in this effort.” On October 22, 2019, the certified schools and their districts will be celebrated at a reception held during NJSBA Workshop 2019 in Atlantic City.

CAS is officially Future Ready Certified!

We are proud to announce that the Canfield Avenue School has officially been awarded The NJ Future Ready Schools Bronze Tier Certification.
Future Ready Schools – New Jersey is a certification program designed to promote transformational change in schools and districts throughout New Jersey. Whether they are public, private, or charter, FRS-NJ provides the guidance, support, direction, and resources schools need to achieve “Future Ready” goals, while fostering inclusive collaboration within schools and districts, and between them throughout the state.

The program is a coalition of the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). It is based on the work of the national Future Ready Schools initiative, and the structure and success of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification Program.
The national Future Ready Framework, developed by the Alliance for Excellent Education, serves as an organizational umbrella for all discussions and decisions related to the use of technology in the classroom and the technical, professional, and leadership support needed to ensure the most effective and efficient Future Ready practices.

The FRS-NJ certification program started with the foundation of the Future Ready Framework, and “New Jersey-ized” it so the state’s districts, schools, educators, and leaders have a local support structure and framework .

The state model of the national framework has been created by FRS-NJ task forces, made up of hundreds of educators, leaders, and stakeholders, who dedicate their time and expertise to create the New Jersey Indicators of Future Readiness. These indicators help guide schools and districts towards future readiness by providing them with the knowledge of what successful Future Ready practices look like in a given “gear,” or section, of the national framework. At the same time, they provide guidance, support, and connections to resources that can help them achieve success.