Learn best practices in moving forward with higher education

Join The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Ian Wilhelm on Oct. 5 as he leads the virtual forum “Making Change in Higher Ed.”

Wilhelm and a panel of experts will look into best practices for leading change at institutions of higher education to achieve such strategic goals as increasing enrollment and improving student success.

The webinar begins at 2 p.m.…

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AFT partner Hungry for Music makes a sound offer

Through Oct. 15, music teachers, social workers and paraprofessionals at Title I schools working in music or music therapy can put in an instrument request with AFT partner Hungry for Music to assist children unable to participate due to financial hardship.

“We want to increase our outreach of supporting students in school and after-school programs with musical instruments, giving them an opportunity that they would not otherwise have,” says Jeff Campbell, Hungry for Music’s founder and director, in a story by Annette Licitra.…

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Leveraging student surveys to cultivate a better classroom

Veteran elementary school teacher Tara Olagaray uses surveys to learn more about her students, then subsequently makes adjustments “in the way information is shared in my classroom to become a more culturally responsive teacher.”

“As I administer the survey, I assure students that their answers are confidential,” she writes for Edutopia. “I let my students know that I heard them without singling out any one particular response.…

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Chiera joins Menendez, Pascrell in Garfield for recap of CARES, ARP use in N.J. schools

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera joined U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell and others Sept. 19 at Thomas Jefferson School No. 9 in Garfield to see how federal funds have been put to use in the district during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Today is a proud moment,” said Menendez, who visited a class in session prior to delivering his remarks from another classroom.…

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AFT, other unions attend rally in Trenton opposing planned increases to health insurance

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera joined AFT members from around the state Sept. 13 for a mass union rally in Trenton opposing proposed increases to health care costs for public employees.

Among the speakers during the hour-plus event outside the New Jersey State House Annex was HPAE Local 5089 President Banita Herndon, who led a chant of “All day, all night / health care is a human right.”…

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Murphy signs bills to reduce N.J. students’ food insecurities

Gov. Phil Murphy on Sept. 9 signed two bills that address food-insecurity issues for New Jersey students.

A2368 requires schools to provide free breakfasts and lunches to students from working-class, middle-income families, while A2365 requires the development of promotional materials for educating parents and guardians about existing and expanding school meal program options. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate Majority Leader M.…

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Kamenetz sees ‘chance for recovery’ during 2022-23 school year

In an interview about her new book, “The Stolen Year: How COVID Changed Children’s Lives, and Where We Go Now,” education reporter Anya Kamenetz says she thinks it’s possible for 2022-23 to be the first post-COVID year.

“But in order for that to happen, we need to be clear-eyed about what has already happened,” she tells The 74’s Kevin Mahnken.…

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Virtual forum will address strain on college students’ mental health

Join Chronicle of Higher Education staff reporter Kate Hidalgo Bellows and others Sept. 7 for the virtual forum “Trends in College Students’ Mental Health.”

Topics will include the looming effects of COVID-19 on the mental health crisis and the future of mental health services on campus.

The session begins at 2 p.m. ET on Sept. 7.…

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School climates are key to students reporting potential threats

Having strong relationships between school personnel and students “are essential to building trust and robust reporting cultures” when it comes to disclosing potential threats in K-12 schools, a RAND Corp. study reveals.

Among the recommendations in “Supporting Individual Willingness to Report School Safety Concerns”:

  • Increase opportunities for teachers and staff to interact informally with groups of students outside the classroom, and ensure that security personnel receive training to help them work and communicate effectively with the school community.
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Murphy earmarks $6.5M in ARP funds for school safety initiative

Gov. Phil Murphy on Aug. 30 revealed details to use $6.5 million in remaining American Rescue Plan funds to outfit about 1,500 school buildings around New Jersey with mapping technology that can assist first responders during emergencies.

“An important part of school safety is ensuring that first responders have the tools they need to answer any emergency of any size and at any time,” Murphy said from East Brook Middle School in Paramus.…

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