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ESPA is now NJ ASK (Assessment of skills and knowledge)
Services offered to educators
Class Handouts

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NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards
New Jersey's Core Curriculum Content Standards address two critical education priorities. The revised standards, for 21st-century outcomes, align with the knowledge and skills needed by all students for post-secondary opportunities. In addition, the standards by necessity reflect a framework for teaching and learning that responds to the needs of 21st-century digital learners by incorporating the 'new literacies' required in an innovation economy.
Copyright(c) State of New Jersey, 1996-2010
Links to these standards are located on the NJ Department of Education: NJ Core Content Standards.
Copies of this guide are available at all OCL locations.

NJ Dept. of Education
From the home page of the NJ Department of Education, you can link to educational statistics, administrative code and school law, professional development, and much more that will help you in your career.

Learning Express Library
where your students can take practice tests online

The tests include, 5th Grade Practice, 8th grade Practice, ACT, Adult Basic Skills Success, Catholic HS, GED, GMAT, SAT, Skills Improvement, ESL (Spanish) Courses and much more. These standards are direct links to questions found on the PARCC Test (PARTNERSHIP FOR ASSESSMENT OF READINESS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREERS)

Universal Class for Libraries
Free Continuing Education Courses for Adults

24/7 access to real instructors and CEU's for over 500 classes.

Ocean County Library is now a registered provider of professional development with the NJ Dept. of Education, and certificates for credit hours will be issued to educators who attend these sessions.

PLEASE NOTE: Ultimately it is an educator’s supervisor who determines if their attendance at any program/workshop will be applicable to their Professional Improvement Plan.  OCL cannot guarantee that the credits will be accepted or be responsible beyond providing the program or workshop.  


All branches participate in this service by providing classes on using library resources, and programs of interest to local educators. Customized content as well as standard training modules are offered.

Examples of classes include Best Books workshops, multicultural programs, financial aid resources, etc. Call your local branch for more information or visit the OCL Website and click on the tab for "Events & News"  

OCL Workshops that can be offered in the Schools:

In-service training on OCL’s Catalog, free databases and other "unique" library resources.
School Staff Development Day programs about literature, etc.
Book talk visits for staff and/or students.  


OCL will gladly work with any school district’s Curriculum Coordinator or Professional Development Coordinator about opportunities for library staff to offer workshops or instruction on staff development days or as an after school in-service.   Check THIS PAGE frequently for news of upcoming programs for Professional Development credits.  

For further information try the following webpage: Education: School Resources k-12



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Researched and Compiled by:
Phyllis Yodowitz
Senior Librarian
Youth Services
Toms River, NJ

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