Survey: Most Americans know very little about CRT

More than 35 percent of participants in a recent University of Southern California survey say they have never heard of critical race theory, and around the same amount say they only know a little about CRT.

“Consistent with our findings of low levels of CRT knowledge, most subgroups showed neither majority support nor majority opposition to teaching CRT in schools,” write the five authors in the accompanying report.…

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Survey: Early childhood educators struggle with mental health, stress from staff shortages

A U.S. survey by Teaching Strategies shows that 45 percent of early childhood educators struggle with mental health and burnout, while 43 percent report staffing shortages are affecting their stress level.

The 2,300-plus respondents were also asked about professional development and career preparedness. For more, click here.…

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HPAE leads rally against union busting at Rutgers

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera, New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charlie Wowkanech and state Sen. Linda Greenstein were among the featured speakers Oct. 11 in New Brunswick at an outdoor rally organized by HPAE against union-busting actions by Rutgers University.

HPAE President Debbie White set the tone for the speakers to follow by calling out Rutgers to “stop outsourcing union work.…

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Murphy marks N.J.’s progress toward achieving universal access to free preschool

Gov. Phil Murphy on Oct. 6 visited Betty McElmon Elementary School in West Long Branch to highlight his commitment to early education and the goal of providing universal preschool programs across New Jersey.

“These children [at BME] are among the more than 2,100 three- and four-year-olds in 27 districts statewide who now have access to free, full-day PreK thanks to the state budget’s investment of $26 million dollars in PreK expansion aid,” said Murphy.…

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NMAI program highlights indigenous voices in K-12

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, the National Museum of the American Indian on Oct. 10 will present an online program highlighting native youth who incorporate indigenous voices into K-12 education and promote inclusive conversations in U.S. classrooms.

The “Indigenous Peoples Day: Transformative Teaching” program is part of the NMAI’s Youth in Action: Conversations About Our Future series.…

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U.S. DOE to launch mental health learning series

On Oct. 4, join the U.S. Department on Education for the start of a three-part series promoting mental health for students.

According to the U.S. DOE, the series “will tackle pressing issues facing the field and will highlight ways to support student mental health, increase access to services and support the whole child.”

The schedule is as follows:

• Oct.…

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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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