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The Reggio Emilia Approach:

A Panel on the U.S. School System's Response to an Italian Educational Method

Tuesday March 15, 2016 - 6.30-8.30pm
Feliciano School of Business Auditorium, Room 101

Co-Sponsored by the Dept. of Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education

and Dr. Teresa Fiore from the Italian and Italian American Department

RSVP required here by Fri. March 11, 2016

This program grants Professional Development credit hours
For more info click here

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy focused on infant-toddler, preschoolers and now also primary school children. It was developed in Italy by the visionary teacher Loris Malaguzzi (1920-94) and the parents of the villages around Reggio Emilia after World War II. 

The program is based on the support of the potentials of children, as well as the principles of respect, responsibility, and community. Learning takes place through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children as observed, documented and sustained by the teachers. The assumption that animates the approach is that the children are knowledge-makers; that their learning is an autonomous process that occurs inside the social environment created together by educators, children, and their families; and that this takes place through dialogue and exchange made visible by documentation of practices.

The Reggio Emilia Approach identifies in creativity a way to produce and convey knowledge, as well as a tool for the children to express and build their personal and shared learning through their "hundred languages," as Malaguzzi defined the children's plurality of views and infinite potential for searching and being surprised.

This panel will explore the Reggio Emilia Approach, its history and growth in Italy, as well as its use in the U.S. school system, through presentations that embrace the perspectives of scholars, teachers, school directors, and parents. 
Some of the questions that this panel will address include:

  • What is the role of the Italian cultural legacy in the Reggio approach today? How has the approach evolved from its local beginnings in a relatively small Italian town to its international diffusion today?

  • How can the Reggio approach be useful in the specific context of U.S. families’ lives, where full-time working parents may not have the time to be as involved as this approach expects?
  • How can the Reggio approach respond to the needs of special education children in the U.S. system?


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       Music Composed By Children During The Holocaust

K-12 Interdisciplinary Holocaust Education Workshop for Music Teachers, K-5
classroom teachers and 6-12 Social Studies and Language Arts teachers.

       Dr. Tamara Freeman

             Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
         John J. Cali School of Music (Chapin Hall), Room G55

The youngest victims of the Holocaust (1939-1945) boldly chronicled their
unspeakable hardships through their original melodies and poems while interned
in ghettos and concentration camps.  It is up to us to inspire our students to
strive for social justice by learning the stories, prose and music of Hitler’s
must vulnerable prisoners.  Dr. Freeman will provide pedagogical strategies
and lesson plans that weave together citizenship, English, social studies and
archival Holocaust music.


Fees and Online Registration:  https://goo.gl/forms/3NAykGd9VImgY79f2 Free
for faculty who register.
Questions?  Contact Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo, delorenzol@mail.montclair.edu

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The Critical Urban Education (CUE) Speaker Series is a bi-annual event bringing leading national scholars to Montclair State University. Open to all community members, CUE provides a forum to develop attendees' racial and political analysis through a series of lectures and workshops focused on social and cultural issues influencing urban schools and communities.

The summit will kick off with a performance by Newark elementary school students, local  youth spoken word poets and DJ Justis.   The keynote, The Racialization and Reimagination of Teachers of Color: Resisting Pushout from K-12 Schools, will be delivered by Rita Kohli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of California-Riverside. Even teaching in predominantly student of Color spaces, teachers of Color are often minoritized professionally.  Building on the narratives of justice-oriented teachers of Color, this talk will shed light on racialized struggles of working in a predominantly White profession, the toll it can take on their mental, emotional and physical well being, and how it can lead to pushout from the profession.  Kohli will also outline the strategies teachers of Color have used to collectively cope, heal from, and resist racism; thus, reclaiming their deserved place as educators in K-12 schools.
 
Following a communal lunch, participants will have the opportunity to attend two rounds of workshops lead by urban education scholars.  Topics will include: ethnic studies; trauma and healing; supporting teachers of color; social justice STEM, Teaching with Hip hop and spoken word and teaching critical theory.  The day will close with an opportunity for reflection, networking and the return of DJ Justis.
DATE: April 18, 2018
TIME: Registration 10:00 AM -6:00 PM

LOCATION: 7th Floor Conference Center, University Hall, MSU

Please read all of the following information carefully and follow directions for registration.

*Conference sign-in will be from 9:30-10:00 am.

*Conference activities will begin promptly at 10:00 am.

10:00-10:30 Opening and Performances Nelly and The Loud Project and DJ Justis Lopez

10:30-12:30 Morning Keynote and Discussion

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:00 Workshop Block 1

3:15-4:45 Workshop Block 2

5:00-5:30  DJ Justis, Raffle, and Networking

 
PLEASE NOTE:

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE

- LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED

- FREE TICKETS FOR AN EXCITING RAFFLE!

 ********** PLEASE REGISTER BY: April 1, 2018 ***********

We look forward to your participation in the 2018 CUE Summit!

 
Thank you!
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Facing History and Ourselves

This workshop introduces our new resource, Teaching Mockingbird, which incorporates civic education, ethical reflection, and historical context into a literary exploration of Harper Lee's beloved novel. We offer a fresh approach that integrates multimedia resources, historical sources, and Common Core-aligned strategies that deepen students' understanding of the novel and illuminate fundamental questions of human behavior.

Recommended for 6-12th grade English Language Arts, social studies, or humanities educators teaching the novel.

In this workshop you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skill
  • Receive a free copy of Teaching Mockingbird

After this workshop you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

Space is limited; registration does not guarantee admission.

For further information and to register, please click HERE

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Too often in these days, words like "humanities" and "languages" are associated with the word "crisis." Yet, it is by looking at innovation in the field of education that we can identify new paths to attach renewed meaning to these disciplines. Such innovation rests on synergies across education levels, disciplines, and public and private entities.

Join us on Thur Nov. 15 at 4pm for a roundtable of educators, representatives of organizations and governmental offices, as well as students, to learn about new summer projects launched two years ago in Italian in order to respond to the current challenges -- an intensive on campus course for high school students and two internships (in Business and Translation) with an international component. We are truly pleased that MLA (Modern Languages Association) Executive Director, Paula Krebs, will give the introductory speech to place these efforts in the larger context of innovative initiatives in education.

Once again, Italian functions as a use case to illustrate projects that can be adopted in many different directions as part of collaborations. While geared towards people active in the humanities to address issues of enrollment, retention, outreach, and employment opportunities, the program aims at reaching a broad and mixed audience since education is at the core of any social and economic endeavor.

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The Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal is pleased to announce a request for proposals for the Action Research Team Approach to Professional Development for the 2014-2015 academic year.

We invite your application for participation and recommend that you carefully review the following guidelines, since the scope of the program and the requirements have changed. Please Note: Due to current funding constraints, fewer grants will be awarded than have been in the past.

The 2014-2015 Action Research Project will involve teams of up to 5 educators from up to 3 member schools in a year-long intensive action research professional development experience using data-driven research to study a topic that has the potential to impact student achievement and the quality of teaching practice. Team members can be from different or same grade levels or departments in a school. The major criteria in forming a team should be a willingness and capacity to work together to investigate and improve teaching and learning.

Each team will decide on the focus of its inquiry, which should revolve around an authentic issue that engages the team members. The investigation should result in a long-term change or transformation of practice. Some possible topics include: Integrating the Common Core Standards, using technology to enhance instruction, co-teaching for inclusion, or any of a myriad of possibilities that relate to the Agenda for Education in a Democracy. The four dimensions of the Agenda are:

1. STEWARDSHIP OF BEST PRACTICE:
It is the responsibility of teachers to become models of best practice in their schools and professional communities. This means understanding the nature of school change, exercising leadership among peers and colleagues, and modeling best practices for teaching and learning.

2. ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE FOR ALL STUDENTS:
Teachers and school communities must find the means for all students to "join the human conversation," by providing all students with the opportunity to reach their highest potential. This has implications for curriculum, teaching and assessment strategies, classroom organization, scheduling, etc.

3. NURTURING PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICE:
Educators must possess a broad repertoire of pedagogical skills and knowledge, know their students as individuals with varied learning needs, and exhibit caring and respect for all learners.

4. DEMOCRATIC PRACTICE:
Schools are the primary institutions in our society charged with preparing students for participation in our political and social democracy. This includes teaching students how to use critical thinking to make good judgments, to respect the rights of others, to tolerate differences, and how to engage in civil discourse. It also means finding ways to promote democratic practice in schools.

All applications will be evaluated using the criteria listed on the rubric

(See link below):

Action Research Team Rubric

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE ALL FIVE ITEMS BELOW:

1. EACH TEAM must complete and submit ONE Action Research Team On-line Application:

2014-2015 Action Research Team Online Proposal

2. EACH TEAM must complete and submit ONE Signature Page:

SIGNATURE PAGE

3. EACH TEAM MEMBER must complete and submit the following required forms by fax, scan, email or mail:

1) W-9 form

2) Resume

3) On-line Clinical Faculty Application (If not yet Clinical Faculty)

4. Please fax, scan, email, or mail ONE letter of support (see information above) from the Building Principal supporting the Action Research Team application, including:

  • Willingness to provide release time
  • Substitute coverage for the 3 on-campus meeting dates (TBD)
  • Brief summary of how this project will support overall school renewal

5. Please fax, scan, email, or mail ONE letter of support (see information above) from the Superintendent supporting the Action Research Team application.

 

FAX, SCAN, EMAIL, OR MAIL TO:

Dr. Connie Donvito, MSUNER

Montclair State University

University Hall, Suite 1180

Montclair, NJ 07043

(Fax) 973-655-5227

donvitoc@mail.montclair.edu

Completed Applications Must Be Received by June 15, 2014

ACTION RESEARCH GUIDELINES/REQUIREMENTS

1. Each team must include a minimum of four people, including one administrator, with a maximum of five people per team. At least one of the members must be a Clinical Faculty member at the time the application is submitted. All other team members should submit their Clinical Faculty applications by September 2014, if they are not clinical faculty. The team should designate one teacher as the coordinator who will be the team contact person. Administrators and supervisors are expected to contribute to the work of the teams, but may not serve as team coordinator.

2. During the course of the 2014-2015 school year, team members will participate in 3 all-day retreats for professional development with the other Action Research Teams. Retreats will be jointly planned by team members and MSU faculty.

3. The team members commit to the goal of the Action Research Project, which will be to study, better understand, and transform teaching and learning in the classroom, based on the topic of importance to the team members. Team members may conduct joint or collaborative action research projects. Ultimately, these projects should have a long-term impact on teaching practice.

4. Teams will be required to disseminate their findings in a formal presentation, including visuals, at the MSUNER 2015 Summer Conference, to be held on June 26, 2015. Team members will be encouraged to share their work through local or regional presentations, district professional development workshops, as well as professional publications. It is assumed that all team members will share their learning, new expertise and insights with their other school colleagues.

5. Each team will be required to submit a final report which will be reviewed for approval by the facilitator(s) of the Action Research Teams. After the final report is accepted and the presentation is completed, each team member will receive a $500 stipend (This is usually awarded in the summer after all paperwork has been completed.) Team members must complete and submit a W-9 form upon initial approval of the award.

6. Each team will have a budget of $1,500 to buy books, materials, videos or other resources to aid in their work. This will be administered through the school district.

7. Each school district must agree to cover the cost of substitutes for the 3 all-day joint retreats.

8. PLEASE NOTE: Grant recipient teams will be required to attend an initial meeting at the 2014 MSUNER Summer Conference to be held on June 27, 2014 and an after school meeting from 3:45-5:45 pm to be held in late September or early October 2014, the location to be determined. At that time, they will receive all books and materials and an overview of their work for the academic year.

9. COMPLETED APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY JUNE 15, 2014.
Applications will not be accepted after this due date. Early applications are encouraged.

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The MSU Network for Educational Renewal and the Center of Pedagogy in the College of Education and Human Services are featured examples in a report published by NEA titled "Teacher Residencies: Redefining Preparation Through Partnerships," http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/Teacher-Residencies-2014.pdf.
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NEPC Launches Third Year of Schools of Opportunity Recognition Project: Public High Schools Encouraged to Apply

Key Takeaway: 2017 Schools of Opportunity Application NOW OPEN. Applications due May 1, 2017.

BOULDER, CO (January 30, 2017) - The 2017 Schools of Opportunity application cycle launched today at www.SchoolsofOpportunity.org. Building on the success of the past two years, the National Education Policy Center at CU Boulder will again recognize public high schools that are creating remarkable opportunities to learn for all their students. The application deadline is May 1, 2017.

Schools that apply are asked to demonstrate how they work to close opportunity gaps across a range of key areas. The NEPC derived this set of opportunity measures from the expertise shared by top researchers in Closing the Opportunity Gap, the 2013 book published by Oxford University Press.

Two criteria are required of all applying schools: (1) broadening and enriching learning opportunities and (2) creating and maintaining a healthy school culture. Applicants also select, from a menu of eight additional criteria, four that best represent how their school is responding to its unique local needs. All ten criteria are described on the Schools of Opportunity website, along with the scoring rubric used by the evaluation teams.

NEPC designed the Schools of Opportunity project as a way to highlight the nation’s best schools and practices, shifting away from the nation’s imbalanced focus on standardized test scores. “Even in the face of stark inequities across our social and economic systems, as well as our education system, every school can adopt research-based best practices,” says Project Co-Director, Dr. Linda Molner Kelley. “The 37 Schools of Opportunity recognized over the first two years of the project illustrate how all schools can work to provide great opportunities for their students.”

Along with Dr. Kelley, who is the former Assistant Dean of Teacher Education and Partnerships at CU Boulder, the project is led by Dr. Adam York, the Project Manager, and by NEPC director and CU-Boulder School of Education Professor Kevin Welner. The Ford Foundation and the NEA Foundation both provide funding to support the project.

Each school’s application will be reviewed by a team of evaluators from across the nation, including educational researchers and current and former school leaders. Finalists are selected based on narrative responses as well as data and other evidence submitted. Site visits to top schools are also a vital part of the project. Educators have found that the application process provides a rich opportunity for high school teams to work together to reflect on their strengths, assets and areas of potential improvement.

Recognized Gold and Silver schools will be announced in winter 2017 in the Washington Post Answer Sheet blog and other media outlets. Applications are welcomed until May 1, 2017, with all nomination information and forms available online at: www.SchoolsofOpportunity.org

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PRISM Science & Math Workshops

10% discount for MSUNER Districts:

Belleville, Bloomfield, Caldwell/West Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Clifton, East Orange, Elizabeth, Englewood, Fair Lawn, Glen Ridge, Hillside, Kearny, Little Falls, Livingston, Maywood, Montclair, Newark, Nutley,

Parsippany/Troy Hills, Pascack Valley Regional, Passaic Valley Regional, Paterson, Randolph, Rockaway Township, South Orange/Maplewood,

Teaneck, Tenafly, West Orange.

 

$150 per teacher

8:30a-2:30p (parking & coffee)

                               Reserve NOW at:  Workshopregistration form

SCIENCE:

  1. February 3, 2016
    NGSS Curriculum Planning
    Grades 6-12

    Wondering how to integrate the Practices, Core Ideas, and Cross-cutting Concepts of the NGSS for effective curriculum planning? Learn how to plan effective units that align with the    standards.    This workshop will provide the fundamentals of planning effective curriculum that will engage students while they gain deeper understanding of the science concepts.
  2. February 9, 2016
    Next Generation Science Standards "Fundamentals"

    Grades K-12
    The NGSS must be implemented September 2016 for grades 6-12 and 2017 for K-5.  Changing how Science is taught can be overwhelming.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity to better understand the foundation of the standards; the 3 dimensions and the performance expectations, as well as how to start preparing for their implementation.  This workshop is for those to whom the NGSS are new and need to better understand the basics.
  3. March 16, 2016
    Engineering Design is Elementary
    Grades K-5
    Children seem to be born with a creative urge to design and build things. As teachers, we need to channel this tendency to help students use this creativity to solve problems. Participants will be engaged in investigations that will help them get a deeper understanding of the NGSS and the Engineering Process in elementary grades.
  4. May 18, 2016
    NGSS Using Formative Assessment Tools

              Grades K-8
              The emphasis on processes in the NGSS makes formative assessment more necessary than ever                              before. Questions like: When? How? Where? students are assessed will be some of the questions answered in this workshop. As teachers are engaged in investigations, they will have the opportunity to   discuss the importance of formative assessment as part of the NGSS implementation.

  1. May 26, 2016
    Using Mathematical Modeling to Integrate Mathematics and Science
    Grades: 6-12, Math and Science teachers

    Presenter:  Eileen Murray, Assistant Professor, Mathematical Science
    Scientific disciplines ranging from electromagnetic theory to cryptography use mathematics to understand our world because relationships between quantities form the foundation of every day life. In this workshop, participants will identify real-world situations connected to mathematics and science school curriculum and be guided through the mathematical modeling process. Participants will work on (and develop) tasks that can be used to integrate science and mathematics in their classrooms. Come and learn how to use the power of the Common Core Standards of Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards to make mathematics and science come alive in your classroom.

MATH:

  1.   February 11, 2016
      Title: Navigating 2015-16 Mathematics Standards: Teaching for Understanding with a Focus on Instruction and Assessment ~ Problem Solving and Performance Tasks

Grade Levels:  6-8

Presenter:  Deborah L. Ives, Ed.D., K-12 Educational Consultant
Description:  Come and participate in active learning about the Standards and Mathematical Practices for middle grades math, with a focus on an across the grades look during a hands-on session.  Using a balanced approach for all students, a link between Instructional Strategies, Grade Level Curriculum Expectations and the State Assessments will be addressed using online simulations, performance tasks, and real world applications/modeling.

2.       February 19, 2016

Title: Navigating 2015-16 Mathematics Standards: Teaching for Understanding with a Focus on Instruction and Assessment ~ Fractions

Grade Levels:  3-5
Presenter:  Eliza Leszczynski, Ed.D., K-12 Educational Consultant
Description:  Participants will engage in an across the grades look at the Domain of “Number and Operations – Fractions” in lessons involving operations with fractions, comparison of fractions, and fraction equivalence, including meaningful strategies for connecting concrete and pictorial models of improper fractions and mixed numbers.  Ready-to-use, hands-on activities, including fraction-decimal connections, and instructional strategies incorporating the use of physical manipulatives with fractions will be emphasized. Formative and summative assessment of fraction skills with be addressed.

3.       March 9, 2016

Title: Navigating 2015-16 Mathematics Standards: Teaching for Understanding with a Focus on Instruction and Assessment ~ Problem Solving and the Use of Digital Tools

Grade Levels:  3-5

Presenter:  Deborah L. Ives, Ed.D., K-12 Educational Consultant
Description:  Participants will engage in an across the grades look at the Domain of “Number and Operations – Fractions” that will highlight expectations of problem solving and Performance Tasks.  Ready-to-use, hands-on lessons and instructional strategies, differentiation and accommodations, and the use of multiple assessment and questioning techniques will be emphasized, including easily accessible digital tools.

4.       March 23, 2016

Title: Navigating 2015-16 Mathematics Standards: Teaching for Understanding with a Focus on Instruction and Assessment Updates

Grade Levels:  7-10

Presenter:  Deborah L. Ives, Ed.D., K-12 Educational Consultant
Description:  Come learn updated information through a hands-on look at lessons and Performance Tasks with instructional strategies that focus on algebraic reasoning and sense making for middle and high school students.  Real world applications will be provided through multimedia resources that help students and teachers meet the current  Mathematics Standards and State Assessment expectations.

5.       May 26, 2016

Title: Using Mathematical Modeling to Integrate Mathematics and Science
Grade level: 6-12, Math and Science teachers

Presenter:  Eileen Murray, Assistant Professor, Mathematical Science

Scientific disciplines ranging from electromagnetic theory to cryptography use mathematics to understand our world because relationships between quantities form the foundation of every day life. In this workshop, participants will identify real-world situations connected to mathematics and science school curriculum and be guided through the mathematical modeling process. Participants will work on (and develop) tasks that can be used to integrate science and mathematics in their classrooms. Come and learn how to use the power of the Common Core Standards of Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards to make mathematics and science come alive in your classroom

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The New Jersey Future Educators Association (NJFEA) Middle School Conference will be hosted at Montclair State University on Tuesday, June 7th between 9am and 2pm.
This program is planned for students in grades 6 through 8 who aspire to become future teachers.


We are looking for interested presenters to facilitate a 1-hour session on a topic relevant to middle school students interested in teaching (e.g., leadership in education, teaching special populations/subjects, diversity and inclusion, college exploration, bullying, STEM, etc).

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please go to:  tiny.cc/NJFEAProposal.


Proposals will not be accepted in email format. The deadline for submitting a proposal is February 5, 2016.

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