Before Beverly Plein was the the Social Studies Coordinator, Division of Academics, for the New Jersey Department, she was a technology resource teacher at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Teaneck, a position she held since 2004. Previously, Plein was a family and consumer science teacher and technology facilitator at Cresskill Junior-Senior High School in Cresskill. Plein utilizes hands-on, problem-based instruction in which technology is naturally integrated into the classroom. One of Plein's innovations was "Amerimix," in which her students created, marketed and packaged quick bread mixes and raised more than $2,000 to donate to aid children whose family members died in the 9/11 attacks. A recipient of a Milken Festival for Youth grant, Plein developed the FRESH (Fostering Respect for Education with Senior [Citizens' Help) Project. Approximately 175 sixth grade students were involved in creating an outdoor classroom and meeting monthly with senior citizens. Plein and several other Milken Educators are working on the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards Clarification Project under the direction of Grant Wiggins. She is a contributing author for two books in the "What Award Winning Teachers Do" series.
1980 Montclair State University, B.A.
1998 Long Island University, M.S.
2018 Montclair State University, Ph.D. in Teacher Education / Teacher Development