William Paterson professors speak at BOT meeting in support of saving jobs, programs

William Paterson University professors spoke March 5 during the WPU board of trustees meeting in support of jobs and programs that are in danger of being eliminated, and they also explained what would result from those losses.

Here are excerpts from select speakers:

Dr. Danielle Wallace: “This academic year, William Paterson has been faced with a significant fiscal hurdle.…

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Kean, Montclair State plan in-person graduations

Kean University and Montclair State University have plans to hold in-person graduation ceremonies on their respective campuses this spring.

Kean’s commencements will take place May 12-16; Montclair State’s are set for June 7-19.

Meanwhile, Rowan University will have a virtual ceremony May 8, followed by small in-person ceremonies May 10-14. Rutgers University will present a virtual ceremony for the second consecutive year.…

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Principal delves into ‘warm demander’ concept

Finding a balance of warmth and demandingness “is a perennial challenge in education, and it’s even more challenging in this pandemic,” according to Illinois high school principal Chris Kubic.

“Because of the disruption to the ways in which we usually transmit warmth and know what demands to make of students, we’ll have to be more deliberate and creative in doing both,” Kubic writes in a March 3 post for Edutopia.…

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Biden: One coronavirus vaccine shot for every educator by end of March

President Joe Biden on March 2 issued what he called a “challenge” — for “every educator, school staff member, child care worker to receive at least one shot by the end of the month of March.”

He added, “Let’s treat in-person learning like an essential service that it is, and that means getting essential workers [who] provide that service — educators, school staff, child care workers … vaccinated immediately.”…

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Principal connects with students through his videos on social media

Colorado elementary school principal Nick Holtvluwer has used social media to share his passion for education, and during the pandemic, he’s posted videos intended for his students that are meant to “provide encouragement through humor.” 

“They see what I post regarding my struggles and observations about being a school principal,” he writes for SmartBrief. “It helps me seem more real to them.”…

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Vaccine eligibility for N.J.’s PreK-12 educators, support staff begins March 15

Starting March 15, New Jersey’s prekindergarten through 12 educators and support staff will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Phil Murphy said March 1 during his media briefing.

Among the others who will be eligible for vaccines on March 15 are childcare workers as well as public and local transportation workers.

“We expect this to be a total of several hundred thousand workers and residents,” Murphy said.…

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Weingarten agrees to join Kean discussion about pandemic’s impact on N.J. women

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Kean University will present the virtual roundtable discussion “Supporting Women at Work and at Home” on March 5 at 10 a.m. ET.

AFT President Randi Weingarten has agreed to join state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (the Senate Education Committee chair) and other New Jersey officials to discuss the impact of the pandemic on women professionally and personally as well as solutions and strategies to mitigate those issues in the state.…

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Register now for this year’s Share My Lesson conference

Registration is open for the 2021 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference, taking place March 23-25.

This event for PreK-12 teachers and school staff will feature more than 40 free sessions covering such topics as increasing civic engagement and incorporating trauma-sensitive practices.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Murphy signs Community College Opportunity Grant Program into state law

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Feb. 26 signed the Community College Opportunity Grant Program into state law during an appearance at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City.

Prior to the signing, Murphy acknowledged that New Jersey’s 18 community colleges play “a vital role” in the educational lives of many residents “but also in our economic future.”…

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O’Connell: Rutgers’ priorities need realignment

The Coalition of Rutgers Unions held a virtual press conference Feb. 25 to discuss recent and anticipated layoffs and cutbacks throughout Rutgers University.

Among the participants was Rutgers URA-AFT (Local 1766) President Christine O’Connell, who addressed the situation of high-paying administration positions being filled during a hiring freeze.

“I think it’s a question of priorities,” O’Connell said.…

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