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How to blend tech trends into higher ed course design

Join Chronicle of Higher Education deputy managing editor Ian Wilhelm on Aug. 23 for the virtual forum “Preparing Today’s Students for a Tech-Driven Tomorrow.”

Wilhelm and a panel of experts will discuss ways in which institutions of higher education can incorporate technology into course design to benefit college students of all ages.

The session begins at 2 p.m.…

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AFTNJ Activist Conference recap: adjunct unemployment, Rutgers LEARN and more

A captive crowd of PreK-12 and higher education faculty and staff gathered Aug. 16 for the AFTNJ Activist Conference at the Rutgers Labor Education Center in New Brunswick.

“If I had to pick a theme for this meeting today,” AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera said in her opening remarks, “a lot of it’s going to be political [and have to do with] where we’re going to be in the next couple of years.”…

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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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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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Weingarten, Chiera and Hildner renew the call for state to fund NJCU

As the New Jersey Legislature reconvenes to finalize the state’s fiscal year 2024 budget, AFT leaders are reminding the state Senate and Assembly about the urgent need to address New Jersey City University’s well-documented financial crisis.

“New Jersey City University hands first-generation students their diplomas and gives them a shot at a secure, middle-class life,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a press release issued June 1.…

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AFTNJ 2023 Legislative Conference in pictures

Gov. Phil Murphy noted the need for teacher recruitment and retention in New Jersey. Sen. Andrew Zwicker, who sits on the Senate Higher Education Committee, said the state has an obligation to fund higher education. And Sen. Vin Gopal, the chair of the Senate Education Committee, expressed his appreciation for educators and pledged his support.

They were among the many elected officials who spoke May 20 at the AFTNJ 2023 Legislative Conference in East Brunswick.…

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Chiera talks public education’s past, present and future at ELC event

On May 4, the Education Law Center marked its 50th anniversary with the panel “Promise and Perils in Public Education: Past, Present, and Future” at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.

Among the panelists was AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera. When asked by panel moderator and ELC Executive Director Robert Kim how the teaching profession has changed, she said that in the years since the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, schools transitioned from “teaching all subjects [and] looking at the whole child” to “if it’s not tested, it’s not important.” …

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Chiera closes N.J. Legislature’s meeting on state of higher ed with call for funds, oversight

For many months, whenever she’s talked about higher education in New Jersey, AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera has emphasized what’s lacking on the fiscal side: transparency, accountability and oversight (TAO).

On May 1, Chiera spent several minutes on TAO and other topics during the N.J. State Legislature’s Special Meeting on Higher Education at the State House Annex in Trenton.…

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