Cardona provides road map for conquering educational challenges

While acknowledging that the collective effort to address educational disparities throughout the pandemic “has been nothing short of inspiring,” U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel A. Cardona realizes more work needs to done and that “this next chapter in our country’s education history must dwarf those efforts.”

In a recent column for EdSurge, Dr. Cardona takes what he calls “a deeper dive” into the values and priorities of the U.S.…

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Virtual conference on school safety begins April 22

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government will present “A Safe Place to Learn: A Virtual Conference Series on School Safety” from April 22 through June 3.

“As students have returned to in-person learning following the COVID-19 pandemic, school staff are now reporting dramatic spikes in physical assaults and mental health issues,” Harvard Kennedy School writes online.…

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Marten, Ingram salute ARP’s mark on education in joint Newark visit

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten and AFT Secretary-Treasurer Fedrick Ingram visited Newark’s Oliver Street School on March 29 to highlight how American Rescue Plan funds have been implemented in the city’s public schools.

“Right here in your school district, you’ve used these ARP funds to provide extra tutoring to students, and that’s accelerating learning, and that’s accelerating recovery,” Marten said.…

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Carr: NAEP scores likely to drop

Peggy Carr, the commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, is anticipating a drop in National Assessment of Educational Progress scores as fourth- and eighth-grade students take national math and reading tests for the first time in the COVID-19 pandemic era.

“The likelihood that the scores would be anything but down is pretty small,” Carr said in a story by The 74’s Linda Jacobson.…

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Report: Mental health is big concern for 2022-23 K-12 school year

Recent research by Rave Mobile Safety has found that student, faculty and staff mental health is a major concern heading into the 2022-23 K-12 school year.

Based on the responses of more than 800 K-12 and higher education professionals, other issues for 2022-23 include staff retention, bullying/cyberbullying and crime.

“Though COVID-19 will have a lesser direct influence over K–12 schools in the 2022-2023 school year, there are still major challenges ahead,” write the report’s authors.…

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‘New normal’ can mean making better versions of ourselves

By Robert Barbier

The HPAE-AFT “Moving Forward. Getting Stronger.” workshop series, designed to meet the mental health needs of our members and conducted by the presentation faculty of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, began this month.

One of its coping-resiliency sessions was held March 16, and the opening question posed by workshop host Dana Rahmel was, “Is this the new normal?”…

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Cardona aims to ‘bring people together around education’

The work ahead for the U.S. Department of Education “is going to get different,” said Education Secretary Dr. Miguel A. Cardona in a recent interview with K-12 Dive.

By that, Dr. Cardona means a shift from educators’ “heroic work” during the pandemic “to transformative change, to innovation, to really boldly addressing inequities.”

“And the challenges now are different than they were three years ago,” he added.…

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NTU thanks its members with pizza party

The Newark Teachers Union expressed appreciation for the pandemic-era work of its educators and support staff by sponsoring a district-wide pizza party March 9-11.

More than 1,000 pizzas from neighborhood pizzerias were delivered to Newark’s public schools, among them the Ann Street Annex (above), during staff lunch hours over the course of the three-day celebration.

“The members were all very excited — not just by the pizza, but by the reminder that things are finally getting closer to normal,” says NTU President John M.…

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HPAE aims to address the well-being of all workers

The Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) and the AFT have joined forces to provide virtual emotional-support workshops for workers from all industries.

“Too often we focus on the physical ailments associated with COVID-19 and fail to address the emotional and mental strain the virus has had on everyone’s well-being,” said HPAE President Debbie White.

The “Moving Forward.…

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Art educators share positive experiences from pandemic-era remote teaching

Throughout the pandemic, art classes have been “a welcome escape” for some students, while for others, they’ve been “a critical release — an opportunity for self-expression at a time of extreme stress and isolation,” writes Daniel Lempres for EdSurge.

“At the forefront are art teachers themselves, who juggle these competing perspectives as they help guide students through a particularly challenging time,” he adds.…

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N.J. DOH issues updated COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools, child care settings

With the school masking mandate set to expire March 7, the New Jersey Department of Health on Feb. 22 updated its public health guidance for K-12 schools and child care settings.

“While masks will not be required by the state, they remain an important part of a layered approach against COVID-19 and are recommended in certain circumstances,” said Judith Persichilli, New Jersey’s health commissioner, in a release.…

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Cardona outlines his vision for education system

In a Jan. 27 speech, U.S. Education Secretary Dr. Miguel A. Cardona spoke in detail about his vision for education in America.

Here are some highlights from his speech:

• “First, we must make sure our students thrive during, and as we recover from, the pandemic. As I noted earlier, safely reopening schools is the baseline, but it’s not good enough. …

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Survey: U.S. parents give top marks to teachers, public schools

A recent national survey by Hart Research Associates and Lake Research Partners shows that 78 percent of parents feel that the quality and performance of their children’s teachers is excellent or good.

The survey was conducted online Dec. 15-22, 2021, with 1,308 public school parents who are registered to vote. Among the other findings: 72 percent say their school provides excellent or good-quality education, while 83 percent say schools are keeping students and staff safe from COVID-19.…

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