Month: February 2023

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Hundreds gather for Take Back Rutgers rally on Newark campus

Like they did at their Dec. 6 rally in New Brunswick for new contracts, Rutgers University unions endured raw weather Feb. 28 for the centerpiece of their Take Back Rutgers actions on the Newark campus.

Following the first of two scheduled indoor discussions about solidarity, an estimated 200 people gathered for an outdoor rally on the steps of the Paul Robeson Campus Center. Eric…

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AFTNJ NewsNewsPerth AmboyPre-K to 12 News

Perth Amboy Federation, citizens elevate call for school safety after Shull student is stabbed

Nine days after Perth Amboy Federation members met to discuss safety concerns at Samuel E. Shull Middle School, 11-year-old Smailyn Jimenez was stabbed Feb. 22 by a fellow Shull student, prompting PAF to ramp up its efforts for change and accountability in the district.

Perth Amboy authorities say the attack, which occurred while Jimenez was on his way home, stemmed from an argument at the school, reports WABC’s Janice Yu.…

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Family Engagement Learning Series begins Feb. 28

The U.S. Department of Education has teamed with Carnegie Corporation of New York and Overdeck Family Foundation to present the virtual Family Engagement Learning Series, which begins Feb. 28.

“Research tells us that engaging families helps overcome obstacles to learning and that students are more apt to succeed in school when those closest to them are deeply involved,” U.S.…

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New Jersey Department of EducationNewsPre-K to 12 News

N.J. DOE to present session on group instruction in K-3 math

New Jersey math educators are welcome to sign up for the hourlong virtual learning session “Flexible Small Group Instruction in K-3 Mathematics,” taking place Feb. 23 at 3:15 p.m.

Among the training objectives of the New Jersey Department of Education session are ways to effectively organize students into groups based on shared needs and offer them intentional, differentiated instruction.…

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Perth Amboy Federation begins effort to improve Shull school’s climate

About 20 Perth Amboy Federation members met Feb. 13 at Samuel E. Shull Middle School to discuss safety concerns and unruly student behavior in the building and ways in which to address these issues.

The nearly hourlong afternoon meeting at Shull was led by PAF President Pat Paradiso, who was joined by district representative Lynn Audet and treasurer Josiah Santamaria.…

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Microsoft introduces Learning Accelerators

At its Reimagine Education event on Feb. 9, Microsoft introduced a category of no-cost tools called Learning Accelerators that are part of Microsoft 365 Education.

These tools are meant to “help support and streamline the creation, review, and analysis of student progress and development across academic subjects,” according to writer Paige Johnson.

The Coach tools “provide students real-time coaching and opportunities for self-directed learning,” Johnson explains, while the Progress tools “are designed to help teachers personalize assignments as well as feedback and instruction assisted by actionable insights.”…

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AFT Local 4277, AFTNJ take action related to discharged TESU dean’s civil case

A civil lawsuit filed Jan. 25 by former Thomas Edison State University employee Joseph Youngblood II against TESU, President Merodie Hancock and others has prompted AFT Local 4277 and AFTNJ to speak out in support of TESU’s AFT members, the school’s reputation and the legal process.

In his suit, Youngblood alleges that over the course of his employment at TESU, which began 2003, he was “subjected to an ongoing campaign of blatant discriminatory practices and an environment of fear and intimidation.”…

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Biden calls for teacher raises, preschool access in SOTU address

President Joe Biden on Feb. 7 devoted about two minutes of his State of the Union address to a handful of education-related issues.

“You know, when we made public education — 12 years of it — universal in the last century, we became the best-educated, best-paid nation in the world,” Biden said. “But the rest of the world has caught up.”…

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