Teacher Created Curriculum Resources Project

Research attests to the importance of engaging students in learning that is authentic, relevant, and interesting to them. Infusing character-related content into the academic curriculum is one way to promote student engagement. Of even greater importance is that making these connections is an effective way to help students better understand, care about, and learn to apply core values in their lives. (Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education, Chapter Three: Infusing Character into the Curriculum. Character Education Partnership, Washington, D.C.)

As part of the Partnerships in Character Education Grant awarded from the US Department of Education to the NJ Department of Education in July 2006, the Center for Social and Character Development at Rutgers University worked with three statewide education professional associations to develop teacher created lesson plans that integrate or infuse character education into the curriculum consistent with the state Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Participating professional associations:

New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL)

Curriculum Resource: Maniac Magee

Contributors:  LaDawna Harrington, School Librarian
Avenel Middle School Library Media Center, Avenel, NJ

Nina Kemps, School Librarian
Rosa International Middle School, Cherry Hill, NJ

Lauretta Fernandez, Elementary School Librarian
Woodbridge Township School District, Woodbridge, NJ

Wendy Su, School Librarian
South Plainfield Middle School, South Plainfield, NJ

Contributors:  Nina Kemps, Sharon, Nadelbach and Kris Weigel,
Rosa International Middle School, Cherry Hill, NJ

New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NJASCD)

Curriculum Resource: Wizard of Was

Contributor:  Michelle Monaghan, 3rd grade teacher,
Washington Elementary School, in Chatham, NJ


New Jersey Family and Consumer Sciences (NJFCS)

Curriculum Resource: Nutrition on a Budget,

Contributor: Nancy H. Di Lauro, FCS teacher
Ocean Township High School, Oakhurst, NJ