College employees reevaluate their professional, personal priorities

Through recent interviews with about 60 current and former higher education professionals regarding the pandemic, the fall semester and their attitudes about work, The Chronicle of Higher Education was alerted to “a desire for long-established dynamics that have governed the relationship between colleges and their employees to change in ways big and small,” writes Lindsay Ellis.…

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Tutoring can serve as a bridge to teaching

Prior to being a tutor, Keven Tell says he had “never given a serious thought to a career in education.”

“Full- or part-time tutoring experiences could have a similar impact on others,” writes Tell, a public school teacher in Minneapolis since 2014, for The Hechinger Report. “In fact, tutoring might be one solution to help address the teacher shortage following the pandemic, while providing meaningful work for new college graduates looking to make a positive difference in the world — and helping students learn.”…

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Murphy humbled and honored by AFTNJ’s endorsement

On behalf of its leadership, AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera on Aug. 24 formally announced the union federation’s endorsement of Gov. Phil Murphy for reelection during a gathering held at City Hall Circle in Perth Amboy.

“Rights for workers, rights for voters, rights for immigrants: That is what Gov. Murphy stood for and stands for,” said Chiera, after pointing out Perth Amboy’s connection to the Bill of Rights and its replica of the Liberty Bell.…

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Survey: Increasing diversity, fostering equity among college faculty’s top strategic priorities

Improving and increasing diversity placed as the top strategic priority among college faculty in a survey recently published by the Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Finishing second was fostering and ensuring equity and inclusion, followed by expanding and fostering global and community learning.

More than 700 higher education professionals from various campus roles and institution types participated in the survey.…

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Murphy issues vaccination, testing requirement for PreK-12, higher education personnel

New Jersey’s prekindergarten though grade 12 personnel and all employees at the state’s public colleges and universities must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 or undergo regular COVID-19 testing, Gov. Phil Murphy said Aug. 23 during his media briefing.

“As we move forward over the coming weeks to implement this order, we expect that district leaders will work collaboratively and directly with local union leadership on smoothing out operational or other logistical aspects, especially if there’s a need for larger-scale testing of workers over the next couple of months,” Murphy said.…

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Forum covers ways to support college students

Beckie Supiano, a senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, will be among the speakers Aug. 25 at a virtual forum about supporting student learning in the fall.

Topics of discussion will include the ways in which the pandemic has reshaped how faculty should approach assignments, assessments and grades.

To register for this Zoom session, which starts at 2 p.m.…

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Culturally inclusive texts can stimulate learning

Jaren Maynard, a fourth-grade teacher in Virginia, encourages her fellow elementary educators to put aside tried-and-true skill books in favor of something new.

“There are tons of great culturally inclusive texts being published every year that need to be read and discussed in our classrooms,” she writes for Edutopia. “These texts do more than just allow students to make character connections and develop comprehension skills.”…

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HELC members stress safety concerns in latest AFTNJ-OSHE meeting

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera and Dr. Susanna Tardi, AFTNJ’s executive vice president/higher education, spoke at length Aug. 13 about faculty COVID-19 safety concerns at colleges and universities during a virtual meeting with New Jersey’s Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.

Standing in once again for Secretary Dr. Brian Bridges was chief of staff Sandra Gilot West, who spent most of the roughly 50-minute meeting listening as Chiera, Tardi and other Higher Education Leadership Council members addressed key issues as the fall semester approaches.…

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Back to School for All tour makes a stop in Perth Amboy

The AFT’s Back to School for All campaign rolled through Perth Amboy on Aug. 11, with AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera and Perth Amboy Federation President Pat Paradiso distributing educational books to individuals who received a COVID-19 vaccine that day at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA.

More than 30 people were vaccinated during the three-hour event, according to Rebecca Pauley, the Raritan Bay Area YMCA community health coordinator.…

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Takeaways from the pandemic make their way into teaching programs

The COVID-19 pandemic “is already leaving its fingerprints on the education of future teachers,” writes Kantele Franko of The Associated Press, and that’s evident in the teaching programs that “are giving more emphasis on how to plan and implement quality virtual learning.”

“Changes are happening not only in what aspiring educators learn, but how,” Franko writes.…

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