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The Montclair Public Forum is an interdisciplinary discussion series on pressing social and political issues. Our next event, on March 24, at 5:30pm, is centered on the question 'How Do We (Mis)Understand Critical Race Theory In The Classroom?' The panel of scholars, educators and journalists will consider this question from a New Jersey perspective. Please see the attached flyer.
Our Montclair State hosts for this event will be Dr. Tanya Maloney (Teaching and Learning) and Dr. Kirk Johnson (Justice Studies).
The event is open to the public, but people must register first (the link can be found on the flyer as well): 
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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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Dr. Carla Shalaby


Author of Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School

with DJ Justis 

and featuring Poet Florence Faison


Thursday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. EST via Zoom



If classroom management is a curriculum – a series of lessons students learn from us – this talk invites us to ask: what do we teach now through our classroom management, and what we might want to teach instead? We will consider the troubling relationships between traditional classroom management approaches and carcerality, and begin to wonder how intentionally shifting our models of power and authority in the classroom might instead support the teaching and learning of freedom. By seeing our troublemakers as a resource to leverage instead of a problem to solve, this talk invites us to imagine classrooms as a space in which we might practice the world we want by rejecting disposability in favor of the struggle for love, justice, care, and healing. Purchase the book here.


This event is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation and live transcription will be provided.


The Transformative Education Network (TEN) at Montclair State University prepares, supports and develops teachers who teach toward antiracism and social justice. A part of TEN, the Critical Urban Education (CUE) Speaker Series is a bi-annual event bringing leading national scholars to Montclair State University. 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. Learn more and watch previous talks here.



Critical Urban Education Speaker Series

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Instagram: @transformativeeducationnetwork

Facebook: @cuespeakerseries

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Reimagine Your Classroom Contest


Contest Terms & Conditions

1. dancker’s Reimagine Your Classroom contest is open to public, private, charter and magnet schools serving students in grades K– 12 (with enrollment over 125 students total) in New Jersey.

2. Teachers submitting to this contest must have approval of building administration before submitting an entry.

3. dancker reserves the right to tour the winning classroom a minimum of 1-2 times a month for 1 year. Tours will be scheduled at least 1 week ahead, and time will be agreed upon by both parties.

4. Each classroom may submit only one entry. Schools can submit multiple entries.

5. A panel of judges from the design and educational community will be solely responsible for selecting the winning and consolation prize entries. No members of the dancker team will vote in the selection process. Decisions made by the selection committee will be final.

6. The winning school will be given the opportunity to meet with the dancker and Smith System team to select final products and colors in June 2022. If the teacher is unable to meet, our team will make selections based upon our best knowledge of the classroom and school in which the furniture will reside.

7. Winners of the grand prize and consolation prizes consent to having their name, image, school name and location used in dancker and Smith System promotional materials in accordance with current New Jersey data protection legislation.

8. Rights to all the contest entry materials, award and reveal videos and photos will become the property of dancker. If students are shown in your submittal materials, please ensure that there is school/parental approval to share their image.

9. Disposition or storage of existing furniture at the awarded school will be the responsibility of the school. dancker’s disposition/storage services can be provided for a fee.

10. Names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers or other personal information of contest entrants will not be shared with organizations outside of dancker.

Click Here to Enter

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Announcing TEN Honors

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Dear Colleagues,
The Transformative Education Network (TEN) at Montclair State University prepares, supports and develops teachers who teach toward antiracism and social justice. TEN’s three programs, The Urban Teacher Residency (UTR), The Newark Teacher Project (NTP) and the Critical Urban Education Speaker Series (CUE) have a shared mission of advancing racial justice in education, offering critical professional development, and actively creating an expanding network of anti-racist educators across our partner districts. We are happy to announce the TEN Honors as a way to recognize our alumni and partner district teachers who are advancing racial and social justice within their classrooms.

We invite any educators who teach in the Newark Board of Education or Orange Public Schools, or who are alumni of Montclair State University’s Transformative Education Networks teacher ed programs, UTR, NTP, or WWTF, to submit artifacts exemplifying how they promote racial or social justice in their curriculum. The deadline for submitting artifacts using this Google form is April 15, 2022.

If you would like to nominate someone else you know who is doing racial and/or social justice teaching in their classroom and meets the eligibility requirements, please complete the nomination section of the Google Form by March 1, 2022 so that we can reach out and invite them to submit artifacts.

TEN will honor two educators at our 2022 June Gathering where they will each share their project, be featured in the TEN Newsletter, and receive a special gift.

In the spirit of collaboration and to continue to grow the network of educators within the TEN community, selected entries will be added to a shared Google drive so that teachers have access to the lessons created and we can continue to inspire one another in this work.

> February 1 - April 15: Accepting submissions
> March 1 - Nominations Due
> June 1 -  Educators notified
> June 17 - TEN end of year celebration

> Currently teaching within the PK-12 grade span

> Are in a NBOE or OPS school, or an alum of MSU’s UTR, NTP, or WWTF

> Available to present at program or willing to record a video presentation if selected

Submission Requirements:
> Submissions should provide the committee with robust evidence as to what teaching for social and/or racial justice looks like in your classroom and may include any combination of the following: lesson plans, unit plans, curriculum overviews, instructional materials, short video recordings, and/or student work.

> Teaching artifacts must have been implemented within the last three years. Artifacts that are not created by the applicant should be properly cited (i.e. a Rethinking Schools lesson or a lesson from NJ’s Amistad curriculum)

> Complete the Google form to submit your artifacts and complete application

The TEN Team
Transformative Education Network (TEN)
Center of Pedagogy, Montclair State University
Main #: 973-655-6893 | University Hall - Suite 1160
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CARE-ED_EdTech_Equity Blind Spots/Trends

Dear Colleagues,
I thought this might be of interest to you.
Presented as part of the CARD-ED webinar today.

CARE-ED_EdTech_Equity Blind Spots/Trends

Marilyn R. Davis|Director | Holmes Scholar 
Network for Educational Renewal | Montclair State University

Center of Pedagogy |1st Floor, Suite 1160 | 973.655.7641 (Office)
MSU Goal #5 "Collaborating to Strengthen & Sustain the Education Community"
(We either Win as a Team or Lose as Individuals - Any Given Sunday or M - F)
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