Educators, students can groove to Stax music watching ‘Soul of America’ film

In celebration of Black History Month, the Soulsville Foundation on Feb. 3 will debut the film “Soul of America: The Evolution of Soulsville” online.

Geared toward educators, students and schools, “Soul of America” is about the youth efforts to revitalize the neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee, known as Soulsville USA, where the legendary Stax Records and its recording studio were based.…

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AFT 1839 NJCU’s Mooke is in tune with SXSW EDU

SXSW EDU 2023 recently rolled out its initial performance lineup, and among those scheduled to play in Austin, Texas, during early March is electric violist Martha Mooke, a member of AFT 1839 New Jersey City University.

Mooke, a full-time professor at NJCU, will present “Igniting the Imagination: Music & Creative Process” on March 8 at the Austin Convention Center.…

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Survey: Faculty, staff and student mental health on campus worsened during past year

More than 70 percent of surveyed National Association of Student Personnel Administrators members said campus mental health — faculty, staff and students — worsened over the past year.

“College leaders increasingly acknowledge the critical need to address mental health on campus, especially as more students open up about their struggles with issues like anxiety and depression,” NASPA President Kevin Kruger says in the resulting report “Current State of College & Student Mental Health,” done in partnership with Uwill.…

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Murphy awaits bills to increase fiscal oversight in higher education

Gov. Phil Murphy on Jan. 19 pledged his support for three bills aimed at ensuring fiscal accountability at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities.

Those three bills are:

A4970/S3406: Requires public institutions of higher education to submit annual fiscal monitoring report; authorizes Secretary of Higher Education to appoint State monitor of these institutions

A4971/S3407: Requires public institution of higher education to post certain information on institution’s website

A4967/S3436: Revises training requirements for governing board members of public institutions of higher education

“And when these bills come to my desk, I will sign them,” Murphy said during a visit to Union High School’s library.…

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Survey looks at schools’ struggles with student misbehavior

About 75 percent of survey respondents said they felt stifled by a shortage of “alternative placements or programs” for students who are disruptive, according to data released this month by the School Pulse Panel.

Responses to the survey, which focused on school safety and security personnel, came from more than 1,000 K-12 public schools nationwide in November.…

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Everside Health to hold open houses in January

Learn about Everside Health’s care and services at two upcoming open houses:

Everside Health is another option of primary care AFTNJ members covered by the State Health Benefits Plan can take advantage of where there are no copays for any of their primary care visits, including in-person and virtual appointments.…

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AFT rolls out TEACH-ify webinar series

The AFT’s Professional Learning program will launch its TEACH-ify: A Great Teaching Strategy Playlist webinar series on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. ET.

The purpose of these free Zoom sessions (one per month through May) is for AFT members to interact and discuss great teaching strategies for supporting K-12 students.

For the complete playlist of topics and to register, click here.…

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