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12-10-18 Education in the News
Star Ledger--One of the best teachers in the country is in N.J. And, she just won $25,000 for it. Nicole Silva thought she was in a dream or some kind of movie when she heard her name called. Colleagues and students at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Carteret were cheering wildly for their third grade teacher in the gymnasium. It was as loud as if they had won the lottery...'

Star Ledger--6 N.J. schools targeted with bomb, gun threat hoaxes in same day Six New Jersey schools were locked down and searched Friday after bomb and shooting threat hoaxes were made by phone, officials said...'

Education Week--Special Education a Growing Priority in Teacher-Training Circles Lisa Nelson earned a master's degree in middle school education and taught for five years. But she never learned much about dyslexia until her own daughter began struggling in school...'

NY Times—OP-Ed: The Misguided Priorities of Our Educational System We spend too much money on college students and not enough on everyone else...'

Washington Post--The best — and worst — education news of 2018 Every December veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo looks at the year in education news and makes his list of what he thinks the best — and the worst — of it was...'

12-7-18 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJEA president: How increasing the minimum wage to $15 would help children, too. If you need a reason to support a $15 minimum wage, step into a New Jersey classroom...'

Associated Press (via Philadelphia Inquirer)—More Democratic Governors, More Skepticism About Charter Schools Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor's race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country's highest concentration of for-profit charter schools...'

Education Week--Teachers: I Trust My Students, I Trust My Principal, But Trust Me, You Don't Want My Job America's teachers remain committed to their students, but take an increasingly dim view of the future of the profession, according to the 2018 Schooling in America survey...'

Education Week--What It Takes to Make Co-Teaching Work In Lauren Eisinger and Kara Houppert's co-taught 5th grade classroom, every instructional choice requires a lot of planning...'

NY Times--A Ban on Parents in the School Lunchroom? Everyone Seems to Have an Opinion DARIEN, Conn. — Beth Bonanno had always looked forward to her special lunch date. She would leave the office to sit with her son, a second-grader, on his birthday and maybe three other days a year...'

12-6-18 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Let’s Help Charter Schools Continue to Thrive As the Department of Education carries out a review of New Jersey’s charter schools, it should note the tremendous public support for them. It’s time for officials to match that support...'

Star Ledger--What we could do to train schools in trauma to improve students’ future Cole: Given that children spend a bulk of their waking hours in a school environment, it seems crucial that school become appropriately sensitized to the inevitability that large numbers of their students have endured at least a certain degree of trauma in their lives...'

Education Week--Shortage of Special Educators Adds to Classroom Pressures The number of special education teachers nationally has dropped by more than 17 percent over the past decade, a worrisome trend in a career path that has seen chronic shortages for years...'

12-5-18 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Educators to Trenton: Go Back to School on School Monitoring System State DOE officials get an earful on the administrative burden imposed by a system designed to provide oversight and accountability in public schools...'

Asbury Park Press—Op-Ed: NJ Pensions: Trenton’s Third Rail The biggest burdens facing New Jersey spending are increasing pension and health-benefit commitments and continued increases in school aid...'

Asbury Park Press—Freehold Boro Schools: From Cardboard Walls to New Classrooms The construction project increases the district’s capacity from 1,148 to 1,589...'

Education Week--When Hiring Teachers, District Leaders Prioritize 'Cultural Fit.' That Can Be a Problem When hiring teachers, district leaders prioritize "cultural fit" above all else, including training and experience. But most are unable to measure what exactly that means...'

12-4-18 Education in the News
Education Week--Students Learn to Put the 'Civil' in Civil Discourse Some students are learning the art of civic discourse Aurora, Colo. Inside this high school at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, teenagers are immersed in a project with the potential to temper the divisiveness that is consuming U.S. politics. They're learning to have calm, balanced conversations about controversial issues...'

Education Week--'Learning Styles' Aren't a Reliable Way to Categorize Students, Study Says For years, psychologists and neuroscientists have questioned the idea of "learning styles"—the theory that students can process information best when teachers tailor instruction to students' strengths. These frameworks often rely on grouping students into categories, like auditory, visual, or kinesthetic learners, or concrete versus abstract learners...'

NPR: Teachers Turn Lessons Into Instagram-Worthy Photos When she's trying decide which art supplies to buy for her class, Tennessee art teacher Cassie Stephens hops on Instagram. She'll post the question on her Instagram story, and within minutes, other art teachers will send her ideas and videos...'

12-3-18 Education in the News
Olive Branch or Stick? — Sweeney Calls on Murphy to ‘Get in a Room’ and Talk New Jersey’s Democratic leaders are at odds over landmark legislative issues. When will they talk things out?...'

Star Ledger--Hateful graffiti, swastikas found at 3 N.J. schools just miles apart Two middle schools and a high school just a few miles apart in Union County spent Friday grappling with incidents of hateful graffiti allegedly scrawled onto school property by students...'

Associated Press (via Philadelphia Inquirer)--Bezos' preschools come as rich get richer, more generous Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos' plan to fund preschools in poor communities puts him in the company of America's richest people who have dedicated some of their wealth to education, a legacy that has long challenged the role of poverty and capitalism in philanthropy...'

Princeton Packet--School district, charter school begin working on path of cooperation

The leaders of the Princeton Public Schools and the Princeton Charter School are looking to put their acrimonious past behind them, a move toward collaboration and not litigation...'

The Atlantic--The Controversy Over Parents Who Eat Lunch With Their Children at School Schools claim it’s disruptive for parents to eat in the cafeteria. But parents crave the quality time, and some say it’s a good thing for them to be involved with their kids’ place of learning...'

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The Special Education Task Force Report was released  in November 2015. GSCS, a Task Force member,  looks forward to discussion on this important topic under the Murphy administration.  See below for a link to the report.

Final Report of NJ Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students


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