NJTSS has a good read on the summer ahead

“Setting the Stage for Summer Success,” the next session of the Early Reading Family and Community Engagement roundtable series from the New Jersey Tiered System of Supports, is set for June 9 at noon.

In the online session — meant for educators, administrators and parent liaisons — panelists will discuss tips for avoiding the “summer slide” and strategies to engage families in literacy during the summer months.…

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Vachon co-writes piece for American Educator

Rutgers University assistant professor Dr. Todd Vachon, an AFTNJ higher education vice president, is a co-writer of “Back to School for All: Helping Students Recover by Creating Safe and Welcoming Environments,” which is in the summer 2022 edition of AFT’s American Educator.

Dr. Vachon shares the byline with Kayla Crawley, a sociology Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers, and James Boyle, a master’s student in labor and employment relations at Rutgers who assists in research projects for the Vachon-directed Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN).…

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Webinar has support strategies for educators, students in aftermath of gun violence

On June 8, join AFT President Randi Weingarten, two of the cofounders of Teachers Unify to End Gun Violence and others for the free Share My Lesson webinar “After the Shootings: How to Help Our Kids and Ourselves.”

The hourlong session begins at 6:30 p.m. ET. For more information and to register, click here.

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Deadline for AFT Pride of the Union Award entries is June 30

AFT locals meeting certain membership criteria have until June 30 to apply for the Pride of the Union Awards, which will be presented during this year’s AFT convention, taking place July 14-17 in Boston.

Applicants must meet one of the following three requirements:

• Membership is at a level of 90 percent or more of those eligible to join

• Net membership increased by at least 25 percent in either the 2020-21 or the 2021-22 membership year (between July 1 and June 30)

• Net membership increased by at least 100 members in either the 2020-21 or the 2021-22 membership year (between July 1 and June 30)

Presidents of locals successfully qualifying for the award will be notified in advance of the convention, and accomplishments will be recognized at an invitation-only reception on July 13.…

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Starting salary for Newark teachers raised to $62K

The Newark Board of Education and the Newark Teachers Union recently agreed to raise the district’s starting salary for new teachers to $62,000 per year.

“While teacher shortages across the nation have been exacerbated by the global pandemic, we in Newark are leveraging multiple strategies to attract and retain great teachers,” Newark superintendent Roger León said in a June 2 post on the Newark BOE website.…

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March for Our Lives is taking action across N.J.

The anti-gun violence organization March for Our Lives will conduct a march June 3 in Montclair, followed by several across New Jersey on June 11 in conjunction with a centerpiece march that day in Washington, D.C., and others around the country.

Here are the details for the New Jersey events (schedule subject to change):

June 3 in Montclair: St.…

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Report: Higher education enrollment declines again

Higher education’s total enrollment for the spring 2022 semester fell 4.1 percent (685,000 students) compared to spring 2021, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

“Following a 3.5 percent drop last spring, postsecondary institutions have lost nearly 1.3 million students since spring 2020,” the research center wrote in a May 26 post on its website.…

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Virtual forum looks at shifting education landscape

Join The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Goldie Blumenstyk and a panel of experts May 25 for the virtual forum “The Changing Higher-Ed Ecosystem.”

Topics of discussion will include the potential impact of growing competitors to traditional college programs and how new innovations will affect students.

The session begins at 2 p.m. ET on May 25. To register, click here.…

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Murphy touts PSLF program’s availability, expanded eligibility

Gov. Phil Murphy on May 23 led a roundtable discussion about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, describing it as “a gem, but in many cases, a hidden gem.”

The PSLF program, Murphy explained, “allows people working throughout the public or nonprofit sectors to have that service credited against their outstanding federal student loans.…

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NTU’s Snowden is set for honor at Princeton commencement

Newark Teachers Union member Lee Snowden, who teaches at the city’s University High School, will be honored May 24 as one of four Princeton Prize for Distinguished Secondary School Teaching recipients during Princeton University’s 2022 commencement.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized for the great work that is happening at University High School,” Snowden says.…

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