Murphy marks N.J.’s progress toward achieving universal access to free preschool

Gov. Phil Murphy on Oct. 6 visited Betty McElmon Elementary School in West Long Branch to highlight his commitment to early education and the goal of providing universal preschool programs across New Jersey.

“These children [at BME] are among the more than 2,100 three- and four-year-olds in 27 districts statewide who now have access to free, full-day PreK thanks to the state budget’s investment of $26 million dollars in PreK expansion aid,” said Murphy.…

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NMAI program highlights indigenous voices in K-12

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, the National Museum of the American Indian on Oct. 10 will present an online program highlighting native youth who incorporate indigenous voices into K-12 education and promote inclusive conversations in U.S. classrooms.

The “Indigenous Peoples Day: Transformative Teaching” program is part of the NMAI’s Youth in Action: Conversations About Our Future series.…

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U.S. DOE to launch mental health learning series

On Oct. 4, join the U.S. Department on Education for the start of a three-part series promoting mental health for students.

According to the U.S. DOE, the series “will tackle pressing issues facing the field and will highlight ways to support student mental health, increase access to services and support the whole child.”

The schedule is as follows:

• Oct.…

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Learn best practices in moving forward with higher education

Join The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Ian Wilhelm on Oct. 5 as he leads the virtual forum “Making Change in Higher Ed.”

Wilhelm and a panel of experts will look into best practices for leading change at institutions of higher education to achieve such strategic goals as increasing enrollment and improving student success.

The webinar begins at 2 p.m.…

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AFT partner Hungry for Music makes a sound offer

Through Oct. 15, music teachers, social workers and paraprofessionals at Title I schools working in music or music therapy can put in an instrument request with AFT partner Hungry for Music to assist children unable to participate due to financial hardship.

“We want to increase our outreach of supporting students in school and after-school programs with musical instruments, giving them an opportunity that they would not otherwise have,” says Jeff Campbell, Hungry for Music’s founder and director, in a story by Annette Licitra.…

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Leveraging student surveys to cultivate a better classroom

Veteran elementary school teacher Tara Olagaray uses surveys to learn more about her students, then subsequently makes adjustments “in the way information is shared in my classroom to become a more culturally responsive teacher.”

“As I administer the survey, I assure students that their answers are confidential,” she writes for Edutopia. “I let my students know that I heard them without singling out any one particular response.…

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Chiera joins Menendez, Pascrell in Garfield for recap of CARES, ARP use in N.J. schools

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera joined U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell and others Sept. 19 at Thomas Jefferson School No. 9 in Garfield to see how federal funds have been put to use in the district during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Today is a proud moment,” said Menendez, who visited a class in session prior to delivering his remarks from another classroom.…

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AFT, other unions attend rally in Trenton opposing planned increases to health insurance

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera joined AFT members from around the state Sept. 13 for a mass union rally in Trenton opposing proposed increases to health care costs for public employees.

Among the speakers during the hour-plus event outside the New Jersey State House Annex was HPAE Local 5089 President Banita Herndon, who led a chant of “All day, all night / health care is a human right.”…

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Murphy signs bills to reduce N.J. students’ food insecurities

Gov. Phil Murphy on Sept. 9 signed two bills that address food-insecurity issues for New Jersey students.

A2368 requires schools to provide free breakfasts and lunches to students from working-class, middle-income families, while A2365 requires the development of promotional materials for educating parents and guardians about existing and expanding school meal program options. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate Majority Leader M.…

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Kamenetz sees ‘chance for recovery’ during 2022-23 school year

In an interview about her new book, “The Stolen Year: How COVID Changed Children’s Lives, and Where We Go Now,” education reporter Anya Kamenetz says she thinks it’s possible for 2022-23 to be the first post-COVID year.

“But in order for that to happen, we need to be clear-eyed about what has already happened,” she tells The 74’s Kevin Mahnken.…

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Virtual forum will address strain on college students’ mental health

Join Chronicle of Higher Education staff reporter Kate Hidalgo Bellows and others Sept. 7 for the virtual forum “Trends in College Students’ Mental Health.”

Topics will include the looming effects of COVID-19 on the mental health crisis and the future of mental health services on campus.

The session begins at 2 p.m. ET on Sept. 7.…

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