Murphy sees college professors, students in ‘same bucket’ for COVID-19 vaccines as those in Pre K-12

Near the end of his Jan. 22 media briefing, New Jersey Gov. Murphy was asked where college professors and students fit in with the coronavirus vaccine priority schedule.

“I think college professors and students are going to be in the same bucket as educators and students from Pre K through 12, and we want to get there ASAP … It is also a fact that different universities are pursuing a very specific plan for their own campuses,” Murphy said.…

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Tardi looks to prevent layoffs at William Paterson

As many as 100 faculty positions could be eliminated from William Paterson University, said professor Dr. Susanna Tardi, president of Local 1796, on Jan. 21 during a meeting of the state Senate Higher Education Committee.

Preliminary negotiations are underway to save the faculty jobs, said Tardi, AFTNJ’s executive vice president-higher education. She was informed by university officials that William Paterson is dealing with a $20 million budget deficit for the upcoming academic year.…

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Jill Biden, Weingarten seize the moment at event honoring teachers

In a virtual event Jan. 21 honoring teachers, first lady Dr. Jill Biden spoke about President Joe Biden’s plan to safely reopen schools nationwide and that working together will be part of the process.

“He’s following the science and best practices, and he will be engaging with educators, all of you and your unions,” she said.…

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Trump’s 1776 Commission terminated, its report withdrawn

By way of an executive order, President Joe Biden on Jan. 20 terminated the 1776 Commission, and its controversial report has been removed from the White House website.

The report — released in the final days of President Donald Trump’s term — was intended to be used as a resource for teaching “patriotic education” in classrooms nationwide.…

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Authors discuss ESL teaching strategies in new book

In their new book, “Reading & Writing With English Learners: A Framework for K-5,” authors Valentina Gonzalez and Melinda Miller write about some of their favorite instructional strategies.

One is QSSSA (question, signal, stem, share, assess), which they say “ensures total participation.” 

“QSSSA supports English learners as they work with peers in a group, listen to each other’s responses, and give their own responses,” they explain in an interview with Education Week’s Larry Ferlazzo.…

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Biden references schools in his inaugural address

In his wide-ranging inaugural address, President Joe Biden on Jan. 20 talked about achieving “great things, important things” through unity, among them to “teach our children in safe schools,” as well as overcome the coronavirus, rebuild the middle class and deliver racial justice.

“My fellow Americans, in the work ahead of us, we’re going to need each other,” Biden said.…

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Educators, historians slam 1776 Commission report

A report by The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission, released Jan. 18 by the White House, has been met with criticism from educators and historians.

Among them is New York University professor Thomas Sugrue, who wrote on Twitter, “The biggest tell in the 1776 report is that it lists ‘Progressivism’ along with ‘Slavery’ and ‘Fascism’ in its list of ‘challenges to America’s principles.’…

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Diversity Dialogue: Inside the socially conscious music and mind of Devon Gilfillian

By Chris M. Junior

It’s been common lately for entertainers to capitalize on an awards-show audience by weaving societal commentary into their acceptance speeches.

You won’t hear any of that from singer-guitarist Devon Gilfillian at this year’s Grammy Awards on CBS (recently postponed to March 14 due to COVID-19 cases surging in Los Angeles). That’s because Gilfillian hasn’t been nominated for a golden gramophone — although his full-length debut for Capitol Records, “Black Hole Rainbow,” is a contender in the category Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, but that honor goes to an engineer, not an artist.…

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Weingarten, Baraka emphasize thorough teaching of black history in K-12 schools

It was a Martin Luther King Jr. Day “probably like no other,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten, who spent the holiday at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall as part of a panel discussion about teaching African American history in New Jersey’s public K-12 schools.

“First and foremost, we need to teach fact versus fiction — fact versus propaganda,” Weingarten said.…

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Weingarten to visit Kean for MLK Day livestream event

Join AFT President Randi Weingarten, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Kean University President Dr. Lamont O. Repollet for a Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service livestream panel Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. ET.

Weingarten, Baraka and Repollet will gather at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall to discuss the importance of teaching African American history in K-12 classrooms.…

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Online summit looks at COVID-19’s impact on teaching math

The Education Week online summit “Teaching Math in a Pandemic,” set for Jan. 21, will answer questions about how COVID-19 has affected achievement, instruction, assessment and engagement in math.

Areas of discussion will include how to make remote math tests and quizzes meaningful and ways to provide feedback and collaboration when teaching math remotely.

The 90-minute session begins at 1 p.m.…

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Chiera: Smokers getting COVID-19 vaccines before teachers sends ‘mixed message’

Regardless of whether New Jersey’s smokers having access to coronavirus vaccines ahead of teachers is akin to “mixing up apples and oranges,” as New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy put it Jan. 15, this decision has captured the attention of educators.

“It’s a mixed message from the state,” AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera said in an interview with Yahoo Life writer Korin Miller.…

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Federal financial aid made available to higher ed

On the same day the Department of Education made $21.2 billion in COVID-19 relief available to colleges and universities, President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 14 shared the details of his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan, which would include another $35 billion for higher education. (Biden has also earmarked $130 billion for public schools.)

Inside Higher Education has more.…

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