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U.S. DOE rolls out K-12 cybersecurity efforts

The U.S. Department of Education on Aug. 7 unveiled plans to establish a Government Coordinating Council that it says “will coordinate activities, policy and communications between federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments that strengthen the cyber defenses and resilience of K-12 schools.”

“Let’s face it: In today’s digital age, our students and their teachers will increasingly use technology in the classroom. ……

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Chiera attends Menendez roundtable on PSLF

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera on Aug. 1 was among the participants in a roundtable discussion about public service loan forgiveness held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

The roughly 45-minute event was led by Sen. Bob Menendez, who in his opening remarks mentioned the PSLF Payment Completion Fairness Act, a bipartisan bill he’s behind that was introduced in late April.…

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ASCD’S EL Meetup is set for Aug. 14-15

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) will hold its Emerging Leader Meetup on Aug. 14-15 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch.

Among the scheduled speakers is Monmouth professor Maria Paradiso-Testa, whose session on Aug. 15 is titled “Above & Beyond: Exceeding the Limitations & Expectations of the Status Quo.”

To register for this free event, click here.…

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Murphy signs S3406, enacting fiscal accountability measures in higher ed

Gov. Phil Murphy recently followed through on his pledge in January to sign S3406 once it crossed his desk.

The legislation requires public institutions of higher education in New Jersey to submit an annual fiscal monitoring report, and it authorizes the secretary of higher education to appoint a state monitor of these institutions.

“Promoting fiscal accountability among our public institutions of higher education will not only benefit students and employees, but will also help the schools themselves avoid financial crises that could put their entire operation at risk,” Murphy said in a press release issued July 24. “This…

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AFT launches Real Solutions for Kids and Communities, partners with Reading Universe

In her AFT TEACH keynote speech July 21, AFT President Randi Weingarten unveiled Real Solutions for Kids and Communities, a $5 million yearlong campaign addressing ongoing mental health and achievement crises.

“These are strategies that will address loneliness and learning loss and literacy,” Weingarten said, “and we can and will do everything to spread and sustain them.”…

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AFT-partnered report delves into social media’s impact on students, schools

In their recently released report titled “Likes vs. Learning: The Real Cost of Social Media for Schools,” the AFT and four partners list five key principles for companies that design and deliver their products to students.

“Today we are calling on social media platforms to make fundamental changes to their products that could dramatically improve the day-to-day experiences of millions of students and educators — both online and in schools,” the opening text page reads.…

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Target’s Teacher Appreciation Event runs through Aug. 26

Teachers and school staff can take advantage of a one-time 20 percent discount at Target through the retailer’s free Target Circle loyalty program.

The discount can be applied to one order — in store or online — through Aug. 26.

All K-12 teachers, homeschool teachers, teachers working at day care centers and early childhood learning centers, university or college professors and vocational/trade/technical school teachers with valid identification are eligible.…

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Murphy waives certification fees for educators, expands school employee sick leave

Gov. Phil Murphy on July 1 noted that New Jersey’s fiscal year 2023-24 budget includes $5 million devoted to the implementation of an Educator Certification Fee Holiday, which runs through June 30, 2024.

This initiative allows individuals seeking certification “to waive the customary fees associated with educator certification applications, renewals and related services,” per a July 1 press release.…

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Webinars cover appropriate Indigenous images for classrooms

The National Museum of the American Indian will present free webinars July 11 and 18 with celebrated contemporary graphic artists Michael Sheyahshe (Caddo) and Dr. Lee Francis IV (Laguna) about using their imagery from NMAI’s NK360° lessons and visuals from other sources in classroom settings.

The hourlong webinars begin each day at 4 p.m. ET. To register, click here.…

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Apply now to speak at SXSW EDU 2024

Speaking proposals for SXSW EDU 2024 can be submitted for consideration until July 23 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Use the education conference-festival’s PanelPicker Guide to review the session tracks (among the themes are teaching & learning, equity & justice, and future of tech) and format options (solo presentation, panel discussion, instructional workshop, etc.), as well as the steps involved when submitting a proposal.…

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