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Dear Network Member:
I would like to request your participation in a research project. Drs. Helenrose Fives and Nicole Barnes from Montclair State University are interested in understanding teachers’ beliefs about motivation and the purposes of assessment. They are attempting to gather responses from practicing teachers to better understand these beliefs.
Please follow the link below and respond to the questionnaire about your beliefs about motivation and assessment. The questionnaire is 60 items long and should take you about 10-20 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is completely anonymous and all findings will be reported in summarized form.

Link to questionnaire:

Please take the time to support this work. Thank you!

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The Genocide Education & Prevention Project (GEAPP) is a collaboration between Montclair State University and George Mason University dedicated to researching human rights issues and identifying innovative practices and methodologies that focus on genocide education, genocide prevention, and links between the two. From July 24-26, 2017 at Montclair State University, scholars and lawyers will present research on human rights and genocide for discussion. The research presentations are open to the public and the conference is an opportunity to bring together higher education humanities, law, and secondary education. 
Given the NJ mandate to integrate genocide and holocaust education into K-12 curriculum, the MSU Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project is extending a unique invitation to secondary school teachers as well as MSU undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to attending conferences sessions, teachers and students may apply for an all-expense-paid visit to the United Nations Headquarters and dinner with conference scholars in New York city on July 25. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, space is limited, and preference is given to applicants who indicate how the opportunity will benefit their professional career: see the attached/embedded flyer. For more information regarding the application process, contact Dr. Zoë Burkholder |

Research presentations will be in the MSU Machuga Heights Multipurpose Room, located at Webster Road, Little Falls, NJ 07424. The presentation schedule is July 24: 9am-4pm; July 25: 9am-11am; and July 26: 9am-12pmThe keynote speaker is scheduled for July 24 at 9am, Jocelyn Gergen Kestanbausm, JD. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Director of the Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic, and the Faculty Director of the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights. Please see the attached/embedded flyer. For more information regarding GEAPP contact Dr. Kate E. Temoney, Assistant Professor of Religion | or consult the GEAPP website, which will include a detailed schedule:

 Supported by the Montclair State University (MSU) Department of Religion | MSU Residence Life

MSU Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project | NJ Commission on Holocaust Education

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2016 Annual Conference of the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER) 

Hosted By: University of Texas Arlington

October 27-29, 2016

Arlington Sheraton Hotel, Arlington, Texas

Keynote Speakers:

  Dr. George Wright, President of Prairie View A & M University and Noted Historian

Shanna Peeples, 2015 National Teacher of the Year

Now accepting conference proposals associated with one of the four conference strands:

1. Partnering through Collaboration 2. The Agenda for Education in a Democracy 3. Leadership and Policy

4. Instruction and Assessment 

The Call for Proposals deadline is June 30, 2016 

For more information, go to:


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RELG 273                         


Wednesdays  5:30-8:00pm - January 18 - May 10, 2017

Dr. Kate Temoney, specialist in genocide studies, Department of Religion at Montclair State


This course examines the preconditions, perpetration, and prosecutions of the systematic extermination of Jews by the Nazi regime in Germany, 1933-1945.   The class will explore intimate portraits of both Holocaust survivors and the perpetrators of violence during this unprecedented period of human destruction.  Students will examine historical scholarship on the religious, psychological, and legal aspects of these mass killings. 

There are still available seats in the course and the Department would be happy to provide permits for visiting students to take it. See flyer below for further information. 

For pre-req or permit info, email


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

3:45 - 5:00 PM

University Hall, Lecture Hall Room 1050

This session is an opportunity for you to learn about this new NJDOE assessment requirement for certification for all student teachers in New Jersey.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Introduction to the edTPA
  • NJDOE Timeline for Implementation
  • Acceptable forms of support from Cooperating Teachers
  • Video Recording Safety and Security
  • Your questions and concerns

 Dr. Connie Donvito, Director of the MSUNER and Samantha Romano, edTPA Teacher Assessment Coordinator, will be facilitating the session.

Register here

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Rooted in the initial struggle of community members who staged a successful hunger strike to secure a high school in their Chicago neighborhood, David Omotoso Stovall’s Born Out of Struggle focuses on his first-hand participation in the process to help design the school. Offering important lessons about how to remain accountable to communities while designing a curriculum with a social justice agenda, Stovall explores the use of critical race theory to encourage its practitioners to spend less time with abstract theories and engage more with communities that make a concerted effort to change their conditions. Stovall provides concrete examples of how to navigate the constraints of working with centralized bureaucracies in education and apply them to real-world situations.


BORN OUT OF STRUGGLE: An Evening with David Stovall, Ph.D.
MARCH 23, 2017
6:00-8:00 PM
The Center for Environmental and Life Sciences, Room 120

Co-sponsored by: African American Studies, Center of Pedagogy, Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education, Montclair State University Network Educational Renewal, Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency, Woodrow Wilson Fellows Program

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10813981260?profile=originalTUESDAY- MAY 17, 7:00 PM


160 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Beyond Measure sets out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story. Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us all to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the purpose of school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven not by politicians but by students, parents, and teachers? In Beyond Measure, we went in search of those answers and found a revolution brewing in public schools across the country. From rural Kentucky to San Diego, and from bucolic Massachusetts to El Paso, Texas, we feature schools that are breaking away from our outmoded, test-driven education culture and pioneering a new vision for our classrooms. These are schools that are asking our students to invent, to make, to think beyond their school walls. These are schools that are asking students to imagine how they can effect change in the world. They’re transforming the roles of students and teachers, and putting more faith in the ingenuity of our children. They see critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity as the bedrock of a good education and the key to success after graduation. Best of all? They are dramatically and measurably improving outcomes for children of all backgrounds--becoming schools where practically every student graduates and goes on to finish college. Beyond Measure boasts a collection of scholars and experts who put our stories in context, including Sir Ken Robinson Ph.D., Linda Darling-Hammond Ph.D., Daniel Pink, Yong Zhao, Ph.D., Jo Boaler, Ph.D., and Alison Gopnik Ph.D.. Beyond Measure fills a void that too many other education stories have left empty, offering a positive picture of what’s innovative and possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change.




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