|5-14-18 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--NJ and Legalized Marijuana: National Model or Petri Dish?
At NJ Spotlight roundtable on marijuana reform, participants say get ready for discussions to break out into the open — and look for legalization sooner rather than later
New Jerseyans should “assume” legalization of marijuana is coming and sooner than most think, according to experts and lobbyists at an NJ Spotlight roundtable on Friday.
Carly Sitrin | May 14, 2018
Star Ledger--New effort launched to spot early warning signs that your child may be thinking about suicide
These weren't "weird" kids. They had friends, played sports and seemed fine. Until they killed themselves.
"I think that's what parents think - my kid is safe because she's a cheerleader, they are popular, they are active," said Dianne Grossman of Rockaway, whose 12-year old daughter committed suicide after being bullied last year. "I want people to know their children think this (suicide) is an option."
Susan K. Livio| Updated May 12; Posted May 12
Star Ledger--The average teacher pay in all 50 states, ranked
For teacher appreciation week, let's appreciate how much — or how little — secondary school teachers are paid.
The 4.2 million teachers across the country earn an average wage of $58,780, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's not too far off from the average American's earnings, but studies have shown teachers earn 17 percent less than college-educated professionals with similar degrees.
Erin Petenko | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| Posted May 12, 2018 at 06:01 AM | Updated May 12, 2018 at 06:04 AM
Education Week-- Who Is Taking Care of Teachers?
The emotional drain of teaching too often goes unacknowledged
I have been conducting professional development with teachers in schools for about 16 years. Most of that work has taken place in urban and rural communities—places where students and their parents may live below the poverty line, where schools are seeing increasing racial, ethnic, and religious diversity, and where more and more students' first language may not be English. Most of my professional-development sessions focus on curriculum and instructional practices that teachers might consider to more closely align with students' cultural practices and needs.
Although many of the issues educators (and students) raise are similar to those I heard in 2002, what I hear and observe among teachers now points to their psychological and emotional strain.
H. Richard Milner IV| May 8, 2018
Garden State Coalition of Schools