Month: January 2023

Black History MonthNewsPre-K to 12 News

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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AFTNJ NewsNew Jersey City UniversityNewsSXSW EDU

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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Higher Ed NewsMental healthNews

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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Higher Ed NewsNews

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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NewsPre-K to 12 News

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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Health careNews

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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NewsPre-K to 12 NewsTechnology

ChatGPT usage by students has educators talking

Launched by OpenAI in late 2022, ChatGPT has been a hot topic of conversation lately nationwide in the education community regarding students’ usage of the software program in completing assignments.

“ChatGPT will not displace the root motive for writing: our human capacity for questioning,” said Brett Vogelsinger, a ninth-grade English teacher in Pennsylvania, responding to an Education Week query about how ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence will affect K-12 schools and the practical strategies teachers can use in response.…

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NewsPre-K to 12 NewsTechnology

Report: Nearly all apps used in schools expose student data

About 96 percent of apps used by K-12 students in U.S. schools “share children’s personal information with third parties … typically without the knowledge or consent of the users or the schools, making them unsafe,” according to a recent report by the nonprofit Internet Safety Labs.

More than a dozen New Jersey schools were among the 663 nationwide (612 of them public schools) that were analyzed for “2022 — K-12 EdTech Safety Benchmark: National Findings — Part 1.”…

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Higher Ed NewsNewsPre-K to 12 News

ACE continues webinar series on faculty, staff burnout

The American Council on Education will present “Faculty and Staff Burnout: What to Do About It, Part Two” on Jan. 18 at noon ET.

Like the first session (held Nov. 2), this webinar is free and will be moderated by ACE research and practice director Hollie Chessman. Among the topics of discussion will be the roles that power and positionality play in addressing burnout on campus and how low compensation contributes to burnout.…

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