NJCIE Inclusion Leadership Conference is June 28

A Q&A session with author Dr. Cheryl M. Jorgensen and a workshop about how schools can support family reading time are among the offerings at the NJCIE Inclusion Leadership Conference on June 28 in Kenilworth.

The event is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Montclair State University Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health. …

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Poll: K-12, higher ed are the industries with highest burnout rate

At 44 percent and 35 percent, respectively, K-12 education and college or university are the top two industries where employees feel most burned out at work, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February.

“K-12 workers have consistently been among the more burned out workers nationally, but the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing challenges — and introduced new ones to a profession already struggling,” write Stephanie Marken and Sangeeta Agrawal for Gallup.…

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Speeches by Chiera and others energize MFOL Newark

Hundreds showed up June 11 in Military Park to participate in March for Our Lives Newark, one of many rallies that day in New Jersey against gun violence held in solidarity with the national march in Washington, D.C.

Before and after the half-mile march that traveled in part along Broad Street, several featured speakers graced the stage, referencing recent mass shootings in America, citing personal experiences and calling for gun legislation.…

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AAC&U, PEN America speak out against bills restricting teaching, learning

The American Association of Colleges and Universities and PEN America issued a public statement June 8 opposing 70 bills drafted in 28 states since January 2021 that are intended to impose constraints on teaching and learning in colleges and universities.

“The majority of these restrictions are focused on concepts related to race, racism, or gender that legislators regard as divisive or otherwise objectionable,” the statement reads.…

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Vachon co-writes piece for American Educator

Rutgers University assistant professor Dr. Todd Vachon, an AFTNJ higher education vice president, is a co-writer of “Back to School for All: Helping Students Recover by Creating Safe and Welcoming Environments,” which is in the summer 2022 edition of AFT’s American Educator.

Dr. Vachon shares the byline with Kayla Crawley, a sociology Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers, and James Boyle, a master’s student in labor and employment relations at Rutgers who assists in research projects for the Vachon-directed Labor Education Action Research Network (LEARN).…

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March for Our Lives is taking action across N.J.

The anti-gun violence organization March for Our Lives will conduct a march June 3 in Montclair, followed by several across New Jersey on June 11 in conjunction with a centerpiece march that day in Washington, D.C., and others around the country.

Here are the details for the New Jersey events (schedule subject to change):

June 3 in Montclair: St.…

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Report: Higher education enrollment declines again

Higher education’s total enrollment for the spring 2022 semester fell 4.1 percent (685,000 students) compared to spring 2021, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

“Following a 3.5 percent drop last spring, postsecondary institutions have lost nearly 1.3 million students since spring 2020,” the research center wrote in a May 26 post on its website.…

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Virtual forum looks at shifting education landscape

Join The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Goldie Blumenstyk and a panel of experts May 25 for the virtual forum “The Changing Higher-Ed Ecosystem.”

Topics of discussion will include the potential impact of growing competitors to traditional college programs and how new innovations will affect students.

The session begins at 2 p.m. ET on May 25. To register, click here.…

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Murphy touts PSLF program’s availability, expanded eligibility

Gov. Phil Murphy on May 23 led a roundtable discussion about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, describing it as “a gem, but in many cases, a hidden gem.”

The PSLF program, Murphy explained, “allows people working throughout the public or nonprofit sectors to have that service credited against their outstanding federal student loans.…

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AAUP issues latest survey of tenure practices

In its 2022 survey of tenure practices, the American Association of University Professors says that 82.3 percent of colleges permit faculty members to extend their probationary period prior to being awarded tenure — a practice known as “stopping the tenure clock.”

“Of those that offer policies to stop the tenure clock, 92.5 percent make the option available to faculty members regardless of gender, in recognition that partners can be coequal caretakers of newborn or newly adopted children,” reads the report.…

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Local 1940 AFT, Middlesex College students engulf Chambers Hall for informational picket

About 100 Middlesex College full-time faculty, staff and students on May 3 participated in a Local 1940 AFT-led informational picket on the Edison campus in and around Chambers Hall.

The event served to put a spotlight on Local 1940 AFT’s two-year quest for a new contract.

Sign-toting participants walked outside and through Chambers Hall, then gathered in the lobby and on the second floor — where Middlesex College President Mark McCormick’s office is — chanting “Settle now!”…

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