About the Better Education Institute
New Jersey’s disadvantaged children and low-income communities need a portfolio of high quality educational programs to level the playing field. The Better Education Institute (BEI) was created to address precisely this challenge.
Better Education Institute is a non-profit that supports the empowerment of families throughout New Jersey by providing beneficial programs and resources to communities that face educational and economic challenges.
What We’ve Done
Jersey City Public School Leadership Institute
BEI committed up to 3 million dollars to fund an integrated best in class leadership development program designed to train transformative leaders to serve the Jersey City Public Schools (JCPS). JCLI provides support such as specific credentialing model programs, Principal residency opportunities, providing professional coaching and mentoring for teachers and leaders, and on-going professional development. JCLI has been designed to create a strong continuum of talented teachers and leaders to serve the students of Jersey City.
BEI planned, supplied, and funded yearly backpack drives in NJ’s low- income areas every year since 2011. We’ve given away over 120,000 backpacks to students in those districts filled with various school supplies necessary for a successful start to the school year.
Winter Weather Warm up
BEI, with the help of local organizations like PC2E, were able to give away 6,000 hats, scarves, and gloves to children in Newark to keep warm in the frigid winters NJ has been facing.
After super-storm Sandy hit NJ, thousands of families were left homeless across the state. BEI, with the help of local communities, personally went to those hardest-hit areas and passed out over 20,000 100$ gift cards to those families to get some necessities they needed to survive and ease the stress of Christmas fast approaching.
Partnering with Perth Amboy public schools, BEI was able to purchase books of their choice to students, spending nearly $25,000.