Following two years of intense educational technology usage, educators are not impressed with “shiny, new ed tech,” writes EdTech’s Rebecca Torchia, adding they are now “seeking tools and learning models that are as impactful as they are sustainable.”
Torchia takes a look at five ed-tech trends worth considering in 2022. Read about them here.…Read more
The Hunt Institute-led campaign One Million Teachers of Color in November received $1.25 million from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the funding will be used to drive the campaign’s primary goal: “to grow the ranks of our nation’s teachers by 1 million in the next decade.”
In a recent story for Education Week, Denisa R.…Read more
Gov. Phil Murphy on Dec. 21 signed A2455/S2204, which establishes a pilot program to support robotics programs in school districts.
Murphy also signed the following education-related bills into law this week:
S108/A169: Concerns speech rights of student journalists at public schools and public institutions of higher education
S2834/A5312: Mandates training on culturally responsive teaching for all candidates for teaching certification
A4433/S2715: Creates grant program to encourage school districts to partner with institutions of higher education in training school-based mental health service providers
A4435/S2717: Requires Department of Children and Families to give priority to certain school districts with student mental health counseling centers in awarding grants under School Based Youth Services Program…Read more
By unanimous vote, the full New Jersey Assembly on Dec. 20 passed A2455, which establishes a pilot program to support robotics programs in school districts. Under this bill, up to 12 school districts would be chosen by New Jersey’s education commissioner to take part in a three-year pilot program that would encourage schools to set up robotics programs and enter into robotics competitions.…Read more
Witnessing more violence and behavioral issues at their schools as well as reaching a degree of mental exhaustion are among the issues U.S. teachers have experienced so far this school year, write CNN’s Alisha Ebrahimji and Christina Zdanowicz.
Many of the 700 educators who responded to CNN’s inquiry about how they’re coping said “this has been the toughest year for teaching they’ve ever had,” write Ebrahimji and Zdanowicz.…Read more
Per updated state guidelines, students in New Jersey who’ve had close contact with COVID-positive classmates or teachers now only need to quarantine for seven days, provided they test negative on the fifth through seventh day. If no test is taken, then it’s 10 days.
N.J. Advance Media’s Kelly Heyboer takes a closer look at the rule changes.…Read more
The AFT on Dec. 16 launched a 23-member national task force “to tackle widespread educator and support staff shortages imperiling the future of public schools and public education,” according to a press release.
“Teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said in the release. “Even before COVID, nurses, guidance counselors, teachers, support staff and bus drivers were facing daunting workloads and a lack of respect.…Read more
“I want to normalize the pursuit of knowledge in this culture,” Burton told The Associated Press. “Not just making stuff up and calling it a fact.…Read more
AFT President Randi Weingarten on Dec. 14 visited Malcolm X Elementary School in Washington, D.C., for the launch of Reading Opens the World, a literacy initiative to distribute 1 million free books to children nationwide.
“We gotta make sure in the aftermath of this pandemic that all kids have books at home, and that’s part of what this is,” Weingarten said.…Read more
On Dec. 15, The Chronicle of Higher Education will present the virtual forum “Next Steps for the Inclusive Classroom,” featuring a panel of experts in teaching and learning talking about the future of the inclusive classroom in traditional and hybrid settings.
The forum begins at 2 p.m. ET on Dec. 15. To register, click here.…Read more
Three train-the-trainer courses are available as part of Winter Educator Academy 2022, taking place in late January at the AFT headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The dates and courses are as follows:
- Content-Area Writing Instruction in the 6-12 Classroom (participant only)
- Meeting Writing Expectations K-5 (train-the-trainer)
- Creating a Supportive Learning Environment Through Social Emotional Learning (train-the-trainer)
- Universal Design for Learning: Everyone Learns Differently (train-the-trainer)
More information on the schedule and programming can be found here.…Read more