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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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U.S. DOE webinar to delve into improved kindergarten readiness

Join education leaders and practitioners June 27 for the webinar “How Family Engagement Supports Kindergarten Readiness/Early School Success.”

Presented by the U.S. Department of Education, the 90-minute session is expected to explore why engaging families early matters for the long-term success of children, as well as how technology can be leveraged to support families.

This free webinar starts at 1 p.m.…

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Belfer conference supports accurate Holocaust teaching

The 2023 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators is scheduled for June 26-28.

Over the course of the free, three-day virtual conference, participants will access accurate, classroom-ready Holocaust lessons and resources based on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s collections.

All content is available to registrants for up to six months after the event’s conclusion.…

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SML kicks off Summer of Learning ’23

As the 2022-23 school year winds down, AFT’s Share My Lesson has already rolled out its Summer of Learning ’23 resources.

Among the offerings:

• Father’s Day Lesson Plan and Activities
• Teaching Juneteenth: Lesson Plans and Resources
• Baseball Lesson Plans and Activities for PreK-12

• Practical Approaches to Advance Original Thinking in a World With ChatGPT

• Self-Care and Communal Care for Ourselves and Our Students (webinar)

To view all 52 resources, click here.…

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U.S. DOE, NASA aim to boost efforts advancing STEM, space education

The U.S. Department of Education and NASA recently signed a memorandum of understanding that involves increasing student and school access to STEM and space education.

“From the groundbreaking Apollo mission to today’s Artemis program, which will land the first woman and first person of color on the moon, NASA’s work has long galvanized the world to raise the bar and reach for new heights,” U.S.…

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N.J. DOE Amistad Commission’s inaugural Summer Curriculum Institute begins July 17

All Garden State educators are welcome to apply for the New Jersey Department of Education Amistad Commission’s inaugural Summer Curriculum Institute for Teachers, which will take place July 17-20 at William Paterson University.

The event’s theme is “Moments in African American History,” and participants will experience lectures by esteemed scholars, breakout sessions with colleagues and networking opportunities while earning 33 hours of PD credit.…

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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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Energize students by collaborating on course creation

There’s power in co-creating courses with students, according to international educator Aimée Skidmore.

“Inviting students to co-create the curriculum shifts ownership and accountability to learners and fosters democratic teaching practices, without sacrificing the objectives and goals that align learning experiences,” she writes for Edutopia.

Read Skidmore’s full post here.…

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OSEP initiative addresses transition services for children with disabilities

An initiative designed to improve postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities is set to launch virtually May 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

“Expect, Engage, and Empower: Successful Transitions for All!” supports Education Secretary Dr. Miguel A. Cardona’s mission to improve school equity nationwide. As described by The Office of Special Education Programs, this effort “will challenge the field to join OSEP to raise expectations, engage families earlier, and empower all who support transition services to measurably and significantly improve postsecondary outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and their families.”…

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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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Survey: Student misbehavior has climbed while morale has dropped

According to a recent EdWeek Research Center survey, 70 percent of educators said there is more student misbehavior in their classes, schools and districts now than there was in fall 2019.

In December 2021, when the research center previously asked educators about it, “66 percent of them said their students were misbehaving a little more or a lot more compared with fall of 2019,” writes Education Week’s Arianna Prothero.…

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