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 JULY 5 – 14, 2023

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Are you ready to reflect deeply about teaching, learning and well-being from a unique educational, cultural and historical perspective? Join us for this unprecedented mindfulness and education experience, carefully designed to intimately engage us with the exquisite land, culture, traditions, and people of Bali

Created with educators in mind, psychologists, therapists, leaders, and other practitioners will also delight in this captivating adventure which promises to awaken a deeper sense of inquiry, insight and imagination.  The lasting effects of this magical retreat are sure to transform our own reflective and teaching practice and will also touch the lives of students that we care deeply about.

Expect to spark playfulness and elevate well-being in body, mind and spirit. 


Program Price:

Double Occupancy – $2,945

Single Supplement – $850

*Special early bird rate of $2,795 if you register and pay deposit by December 15, 2022.

–> If you are not traveling with someone you would like to share a room with, we will pair you with another solo traveler, if no one is available, single room occupancy fee may apply. Each traveler will have their own bed unless you have indicated otherwise.

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Dr. Harper Keenan
Robert Quartermain Professor of Gender & Sexuality in Education at the University of British Columbia


Boxed in: Trans Life and the Struggle for Self Determination at School 
with an opening performance by Per Sia, 
Educator & Drag Performer with Drag Queen Story Hour 


Thursday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m. EST via Zoom


This event is free and open to the public. 

ASL interpretation and live transcription will be provided. 

This event will not be recorded.  

What are the conditions currently facing trans and gender non-conforming children and teachers in PK-12 public schools, and what might those conditions reveal about the role of school in society? This talk will begin by addressing the current political context of mounting hostility against trans people in education, and then present data drawn from two studies: first, a mixed-methods study of nearly 400 trans-identifying workers in PK-12 schools across the United States and Canada, and second, from a two-year ethnographic project examining the struggle for gender self-determination in primary education in a large urban school district in Northern California. Taken together, the findings from these studies offer insights into how schools serve to teach the public about the social meaning of gender, including how gender interacts with race.

Dr. Harper B. Keenan was appointed as the inaugural Robert Quartermain Professor of Gender & Sexuality in Education at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education in 2019. In that role, he serves as the faculty director of SOGI UBC, which is a program supporting self-determination in gender and sexuality throughout PK-12 education. His work has been accepted at a variety of peer-reviewed academic journals and edited volumes, including Educational Researcher, Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Curriculum Inquiry, Theory & Research in Social Education, Teaching Education, and Gender & Education. He has also written for or been interviewed by a number of popular press outlets like NPR, NBC National News, Reuters, Slate, and EdWeek. In 2022, he was awarded a NAEd/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Per Sia is currently a regular performer in the Internationally acclaimed "Drag Queen Story Hour" as well as an educator in residence at the Children's After School Arts (CASA) program in the San Francisco Unified School District which was recently profiled on KQED Arts and National Public Radio. With a pedigree from weekly performances at the late, iconic Esta Noche, Per Sia's trajectory has gone on to include art curation, stand-up, television, and maybe a quinceañera or two, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and México. 

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The Annual 2022 MSUNER Summer Conference
The 2022 MSUNER Summer Conference is hosted by the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal.  This virtual event will take place on June 27th from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM, and feature keynote speaker Michael D. Hannon, PhD, LAC (NJ), NCC, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Montclair State University, Editor, Black Fathering & Mental Health. The MSUNER's goal this year is to shift the agenda to look at “Equity” realities through the lens of mental health in P-12 education settings. In the academic year 2022-2023, in addition to race, class and culture, the MSUNER will highlight special professional development opportunities in: Speech & Language Applications for the General Education Classroom; NeuroDiversity; Mental Health/Trauma Response; Self-Care for Teachers and Students; and Supporting/Addressing STEM Student Anxiety.
Conference Schedule:
  • 8:30 - 9:00 AM: Welcome, Introductions, Land Acknowledgement 
  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM: Keynote Address: Your Role in Advocating for Mental Health Equity in Your Schools, Dr. Michael Hannon 
  • 10:00 - 11:00 AM: The Inclusive Classroom, Dr. Jessica Bacon 
  • 11:00 - 12:00 PM: Equity Oriented Leadership, Dr. Patricia Virella, with Panel Members from: Paterson, Leonia, and Roselle 
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Dear teachers and counselors -

Every year at this time of the year we reach out to you to kindly ask you to promote this early college program among your students. We'd be really grateful if you could support this effort by also reaching out to other teachers and counselors you know. This so far remains the only program in Italian in the U.S. that allows high school students to experience college life, earn credits in advance and be more prepared for AP and advanced courses. We thank you for your help at a time in which joining forces to support Italian (and foreign languages at large) at any level of the education system is more important than ever.

Please reach out with questions and comments.
Cordiali saluti e grazie!
Teresa Fiore

Full Professor of Italian and Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies - Montclair State University, New Jersey


Do you know any high school students interested in an early college experience in Italian? The 2022 edition of the Italian Intensive Program for High School students takes place at Montclair State University (July 5-21) and features a combination of in-class instruction, tours, workshops and guest speakers, as well as special activities for residential students. Limited scholarships still available! APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN!

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Montclair State University's Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project is pleased to invite all MSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, community partners, and K-12 educators to:


Decolonizing the Curriculum

Indigenous Perspectives on Teaching Native American History in New Jersey


Wednesday, May 4, 2022

3:30 – 5:00PM

Free & Online

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Join Montclair State University faculty and Ms. Trinity Norwood of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation to learn how to revitalize, decolonize, and vastly improve lessons on Native American history and culture. Free and open to the public, please encourage MSU students to attend!

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In the News: Teacher Shortages

In the News: LPI Research on Teacher Shortages

The United States has experienced persistent and deepening teacher shortages for decades. Kickstarted by the 2008 Great Recession, the steady decline in fully prepared teachers has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the need to address teacher shortages becomes more urgent in the wake of the pandemic, news outlets continue to turn to LPI for insights on policy and program solutions. Below are some key LPI resources and recent news articles featuring LPI researchers that shed light on the teacher shortage crisis.

Students With Disabilities Have a Right to Qualified Teachers — But There's a Shortage

April 20, 2022—Teacher shortages are impacting students with disabilities as schools struggle to overcome the special educator shortage. In this interview with NPR’s All Things Considered, Desiree Carver-Thomas offers solutions for reducing teacher turnover, including improved pay, recruitment, preparation, and working conditions.

Solutions for America's Teacher Shortage

April 05, 2022—In a radio interview with WBUR’s On Point, Linda Darling-Hammond explores the teacher shortage crisis at length and offers program and policy solutions for what can be done to recruit and retain more educators as outlined in an LPI blog.

How to Reverse the Teacher Crisis Exacerbated by the Pandemic: Experts

April 3, 2022—The teacher shortage crisis, exacerbated by the pandemic, has been driven primarily by low pay and poor working conditions. Desiree Carver-Thomas shares perspective with ABC News about declining teacher compensation over the years and also highlights California investments that are strengthening the teacher pipeline.

A Major Shortage of Substitute Teachers Has Some Districts Training New Subs in 1 Day

March 15, 2022—"It begs the question of how much learning can really happen when the person in the classroom may not have subject matter competency." Desiree Carver-Thomas joins NPR’s All Things Considered to discuss the impact that substitute teacher shortages has had on schools and students.

How to Convince People to Become Teachers

March 9, 2022—This FastCompany interview with Desiree Carver-Thomas explores key problems and possible solutions to the teacher shortage crisis. Potential solutions include subsidizing teacher preparation to address high debt and low pay, implementing "grow your own" programs, and offering more flexible ways to teach to reduce student and teacher stress. 

Arizona Has Had a Teacher Shortage for Years. But Some Policies Have Been Successfully Curbing It

March 8, 2022—Thirty-one percent of teacher vacancies in Arizona are unfilled, while nearly half of teaching positions have been filled by underprepared teachers. Desiree Carver-Thomas joins the KJZZ 91.5 radio show to discuss what has and hasn’t worked for teacher recruitment and retention.

New Threat to COVID-Era Education: Black and Latino Teachers are Leaving the Profession

Feb 10, 2022—Citing research from several LPI reports, this Los Angeles Times article explores the increase in Black and Latino teachers who are leaving the teaching profession and the effect this is having on students, especially students of color. Tara Kini discusses how schools are hiring underprepared replacements, which negatively impacts students’ learning experiences.

How School Districts and States Are Trying to Attract Teachers During the Pandemic

February 4, 2022—"Teacher surveys have shown that during this time stress has been a major factor driving teachers leaving the profession." This ABC News article featuring perspective from Desiree Carver-Thomas explores conditions created by the pandemic that have caused significant teacher shortages as highlighted in this California-focused LPI report.

Half of Teachers Say They’re Thinking About Quitting, But Will They?

February 3, 2022—In an interview with U.S. News & World Report, Linda Darling-Hammond discusses how teacher shortages that predated the pandemic, particularly in math, science, and special education, are now being exacerbated by not only the pandemic but a shrinking pipeline into the profession and increased student loan debt.
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