Cardona outlines his vision for education system

In a Jan. 27 speech, U.S. Education Secretary Dr. Miguel A. Cardona spoke in detail about his vision for education in America.

Here are some highlights from his speech:

• “First, we must make sure our students thrive during, and as we recover from, the pandemic. As I noted earlier, safely reopening schools is the baseline, but it’s not good enough. …

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Survey: U.S. parents give top marks to teachers, public schools

A recent national survey by Hart Research Associates and Lake Research Partners shows that 78 percent of parents feel that the quality and performance of their children’s teachers is excellent or good.

The survey was conducted online Dec. 15-22, 2021, with 1,308 public school parents who are registered to vote. Among the other findings: 72 percent say their school provides excellent or good-quality education, while 83 percent say schools are keeping students and staff safe from COVID-19.…

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New Share My Lesson webinar series tied to AFT’s literacy campaign

The AFT literacy campaign Reading Opens the World has a companion Share My Lesson webinar series that begins Jan. 27 and runs through late April.

These webinars are available for one hour of professional development credit. Each session is grounded in the science of reading and is taught by an AFT national trainer. The focus of each webinar will be on an important aspect of reading instruction and improving student literacy. …

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Malinowski hears from AFTNJ, HPAE leaders about COVID concerns

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera and HPAE Vice President Barbara Rosen were among the participants in a Jan. 24 virtual roundtable with U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski about COVID-related challenges and strategies.

Rosen spoke first and delved into staffing shortages: “It’s horrendous in our nursing homes; it’s horrendous in our hospitals. And it’s not a safe situation for our patients at all, and it needs to be addressed.”…

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Forum examines students’ freedom of expression on campus

Join Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth and other experts Jan. 25 for the virtual forum “Students and Freedom of Expression on Campus.”

Roth and company will examine the issue as well as share ideas for how colleges can establish an inclusive and diverse environment that also promotes free expression. 

The session, presented by The Chronicle of Higher Education with support from the Knight Foundation, begins at 2 p.m.…

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U.S. DOE offering how-to webinars on K-12 COVID testing

The U.S. Department of Education will present three how-to webinars to assist school districts with starting and strengthening their school-based COVID-19 testing programs.

The webinar dates and times are 1:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 21, 1:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 28 and 1:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 4.

Personnel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be on hand for a 20-minute Q&A session following each webinar.…

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Jill Biden, Cardona visit N.J. as $198M in ARP funding heads to higher education

First lady Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Education Secretary Dr. Miguel A. Cardona on Jan. 20 visited Bergen Community College in Paramus to put a spotlight on $198 million in American Rescue Plan funding that’s been designated for higher education, with a focus on supporting the needs of community colleges.  

“It was refreshing to listen to speeches about education supports from people who actually work in the education field and understand what students, faculty and staff truly need,” said AFTNJ President Donna M.…

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New law allows retired N.J. teachers to work through 2022-23 sans TPAF reenrollment

Gov. Phil Murphy on Jan. 18 signed S3685/A5576. The new law permits teachers and professional staff members retired from the Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund who provide special services to work during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years without TPAF reenrollment.

Also on Jan. 18, Murphy signed S4021 and S3764. The former requires school districts to provide instruction on history and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as part of implementation of New Jersey Student Learning Standards in social studies. …

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Study: Blended-hybrid learning is worst way to teach

Combining in-person and remote learning at the same time is the least preferable teaching option “because it’s exhausting for teachers … and all students appear to learn less this way,” writes The Hechinger Report’s Jill Barshay, citing a study published Jan. 6 in the Educational Researcher.

“Every teacher in our study was clear that being asked to teach in a blended-hybrid manner was the worst way to be asked to teach,” said Lora Bartlett, an associate professor of education at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in Barshay’s story.…

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