State’s most comprehensive teacher academy launches in Newark

NJBiz Staff

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger León, Montclair State University President Susan Cole, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, Newark Teachers Union President John Abeigon, legislators, educators, and students took the first step toward creating a pipeline to educate, train and prepare future teachers – and to diversify the teacher workforce – with the launch of Newark Public Schools Teacher Education Academy on Tuesday.…

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Opinion: Rutgers lagging in attracting qualified, diverse faculty

Mary Hawkesworth

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Rutgers faculty are calling for an investment from the university to promote real diversity. The faculty union has called for the establishment of a $15-million fund for recruitment and retention of faculty from historically underrepresented groups. Further, the union has proposed the creation of an additional 100 minority graduate fellowships.

When graduate workers have the opportunity for study and scholarship, it deepens the pool of candidates for faculty positions.…

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Students Who Attend This Newark High School Could Soon Graduate As Substitute Teachers

Rebecca Panico, TapIntoNewark

NEWARK, NJ – Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger Leon is guaranteeing full-time teaching jobs to East Side High School students who begin their journey to become teachers at a new academy that prepares students to become educators.

The promise would apply to students who complete the new Teacher Education Academy at East Side High School and go onto to graduate with a teaching degree from Montclair State University.…

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We don’t have enough black and Spanish teachers. This will change that, district says.

Barry Carter, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Michelle Pena has known since kindergarten that she wanted to be a teacher, even though she didn’t have many, if any, who shared her Hispanic heritage as she moved throughout the Newark school district.

A senior at East Side High School, Pena, 18, is still set on working in the classroom, and being a role model for kids, whom she said rarely get to see a teacher that looks like them.…

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Perth Amboy school administrator criticized for characterizing union president as “Henny Penny” in district heat debate

Suzanne Russell, MyCentralJersey.com

PERTH AMBOY – Cold temperatures in some district classrooms are being addressed, but the way the subject was discussed at a recent Board of Education meeting has sparked a new issue for the Perth Amboy Federation – AFT.

The Executive Board of the Perth Amboy Federation – AFT is calling for Assistant Superintendent of Administration Richard Chromey to publicly apologize to Patricia Paradiso, the federation’s president, for characterizing her as a “Henny Penny” in allegedly alarming others about the heat problem.…

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