8-1-19 Education in the News

NJ Spotlight--Where Are Teachers of Color as Schools Try to Serve Students of Color?

A new approach called ‘social-emotional learning’ helps students form meaningful relationships with teachers, a key to improving grades and attitudes

If you’re caught misbehaving in class at Chaplain Charles Watters School - PS 24 in Jersey City, you’d be lucky to get sent to see the school disciplinarian: Janine Brown.

“When (students) get discipline referrals for wearing headphones, my first question is ‘what are you listening to?’” Brown said. “I have to use what they're doing and what they're interested in to engage them.”


Carly Sitrin | August 1, 2019



Star Ledger--Organization that gives away books for free just opened its first ‘store’ for teachers

Larry Abrams can finally see from one side of his two-car garage in Cherry Hill to the other.

That’s because more than 10,000 children’s books that were there are now gone.


Bill Duhart | For NJ.com| Posted Jul 31, 10:43 AM



The Record—SDA became “toxic” , then a scandal, before 30 were fired

The school’s agency’s former chief, who hired family and friends, looked to fill jobs even before she was in charge.  Now the authority is in limbo.


Dustin Raccioppi| August 1, 2019


The Atlantic--An Underhanded, If Legal, Scheme to Get Financial Aid

When families try to game higher education, the neediest students suffer the most.

As college admissions become more competitive, some families with means seem to be turning to underhanded methods of getting their kids into schools. For instance, the wealthy parents involved in the Varsity Blues admissions scandal earlier this year were charged with fraudulently boosting their children’s applications by obtaining fake athletics profiles and getting ringers to take their kids’ standardized tests, among other things. The parents at the elite D.C. private high school Sidwell Friends spread rumors about other students so their children might seem better in comparison. Now a new scheme described by ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal involves families seemingly machinating to get an unfair leg up in paying for a coveted seat at a university.

Yesterday, ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal reported on the legal—though ethically dubious—practice of parents in the Chicago suburbs turning over guardianship of their teenage children, typically in their junior or senior year of high school, to less well-off friends or relatives so that the children would qualify for need-based financial aid to help pay for college.


Adam Harris| Jul 30, 2019



Education Week--Why Teachers Should Write

Teaching is hectic. The combination of precision work and chaos theory can make the school year feel like an attempt to knit a sweater while riding a Tilt-A-Whirl. Most of us collapse on the couch at the end of another tumultuous day wondering, "What the hell just happened?"

Writing provides a way to clarify the daily jumble of triumphs, stumbles, joys, and miseries in ink on the page.


Justin Minkel| July 30, 2019

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