1-19-18 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Profile: Watching NJ Teacher of the Year At Work Is Beautiful

A hearing teacher, Amy Andersen has taught hundreds of mostly hearing students to be proficient in American Sign Language

Who: Amy Andersen

Age: 45

Hometown: Cape May Court House in Middle Township, Cape May

What she does: Andersen was just named New Jersey Educator of the Year and is currently in the running for the national title. As an American Sign Language teacher at Ocean City High School, Andersen has instructed hundreds of students in deaf language and culture. She teaches ASL as a world language in the same vein as Spanish or French. All students are welcome, and her classes are largely made up of hearing students.


Carly Sitrin | January 19, 2018


Star Ledger--N.J. is America's No. 2 state for education, ranking says

New Jersey remains one of the nation's top states for K-12 education, according to a national ranking released Wednesday. 

The Garden State ranks second in the annual Quality Counts report compiled by Education Week, trailing only Massachusetts. 


Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted January 18, 2018 at 07:27 AM | Updated January 18, 2018 at 07:28 AM


Star Ledger--N.J. lawmakers finally ready to tackle 'passing the trash' teacher bill

A proposed law to stop school employees accused of sexual misconduct from moving from job to job will go before a Senate panel next week, one month after an NJ Advance Media investigation revealed dangerous flaws in the way teachers are vetted. 

The Senate Education Committee on Jan. 25 will consider a proposal (S414) requiring school districts to ask job candidates and their former employers specific questions about sexual misconduct, according to a spokeswoman for Sen. Teresa Ruiz, D-Essex, the committee's chairwoman.


Adam Clark| Updated Jan 18, 10:19 AM; Posted Jan 18, 10:18 AM


Education Week--No, Students Don't Need Grades

Teachers should put the focus on learning, not letter grades

Technology and social media continue to disrupt education. Classrooms are morphing into maker spaces; STEM labs and media centers are filled with fascinating electronic gadgets. Teachers spend less time in front of the class and more time in the middle of the action. Schools, teachers, leaders, parents, and students across the country are embracing this brave new world.


Mark Barnes|January 10, 2018