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The Center of Pedagogy & the Agenda for Education in a Democracy


“Gender and Education”

The Annual Advance

June 27, 2014 at 4pm

The Conference Center - 7th Floor University Hall

Montclair State University

This year’s program features the viewing and discussion of “Valentine Road.”  “Valentine Road” is a documentary about the 2008 murder of Larry King in Oxnard, California. King, a gender variant youth of color, had publicly announced he had a crush on Brandon McInerney, a male classmate, who shot King twice in their classroom.  The film focuses on issues of race, class, gender, micro-aggression, and our acceptance of difference in our schools. Join us for a fruitful discussion of the film and how this event affects all of us.

To Register  RSVP at:

For additional information please contact
Leslie Wilson @
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Montclair State University
Educators’ Exchange

Save the Date

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


The Center of Pedagogy and CEHS Career Services at Montclair State University will be hosting their annual Educators’ Exchange on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.


This event provides a valuable resource for your organization as you will have the opportunity to interact with and screen for potential hires.  In addition, students will gain real-life interview and job search experience.  Your organization will be assigned a table to set up displays, distribute handouts, and speak to students.


Registration is free of charge to all the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal (MSUNER) member school districts.  The event will take place from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Lunch and parking will be provided. 

You are eligible for priority registration. Last year we reached capacity for this event, and registration for all districts will open up on January 9. Register soon to reserve your spot.

Register online at:

For questions regarding this event, please contact CEHS Career Services at 973-655-7866 or

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The Center of Pedagogy and the MSUNER invites teachers from our partner districts to consider serving as a cooperating teacher in the Co-Teaching Initiative Cohort 3, for placements in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Please note that submitting the survey does not constitute a commitment to participate in the program nor does it guarantee a placement.

Teachers who are interested-

Please complete and submit the Co-Teaching Cooperating Teacher Interest Survey at:

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Connie Donvito: or Caroline Murray at

Thank you!

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Dear MSUNER Colleagues,

Here is the live link to the letter CEHS Dean Tamara Lucas wrote to the editor of the New York Times regarding President-elect Trump's choice for Secretary of Education in Betsy DeVos.  The letter speaks to our need to uphold public education.  It is online Monday and Tuesday and also in the print edition of Tuesday's paper.  Here's the live link:

Please feel free to share this with your colleagues.


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The Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal (MSUNER) of the Montclair State University Center of Pedagogy welcomes you to apply for a Teacher Study Group Grant (TSG) for the 2013-2014 academic year.  A TSG is meant to provide an opportunity for teachers to take responsibility for their own professional development and renewal by engaging in collaborative learning and inquiry that will advance the goal of simultaneous renewal of the schools and the education of educators.  In other words, it gives a group of educators a chance to work and learn together about a topic of mutual interest.

Administrators and faculty from partner schools, faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and faculty from the College of Education and Human Services, are eligible to apply for this type of grant.  We encourage any and all combinations of educators to work together on a topic of mutual interest.  Since the possibilities are endless for the design and mission of the grant, let your imagination, interests, and needs guide your thinking when writing a proposal.  The study group context provides a wonderful vehicle for collegial professional development to assist in and redesign teaching and learning. 

Some sample topics from the past are:

  • Common Core Standards and 21st Century Learners
  • Peer Professional Development
  • No More Bullying!
  • Be Keen, Go Green!
  • Everything Tech But the Kitchen Sink
  • Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation in the Elementary School
  • Environmental Challenges: What We Can Do
  • Building Critical Thinking Strategies to Strengthen the Link Between Reading and Writing
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

Topics must relate to at least one of the following strands: Pedagogy, Content, Diverse Learners, Mentoring/Induction, Technology, or 21st Century Skills

This request for proposals (RFP) outlines the requirements for MSUNER funding of a teacher study group. 

Each member district is entitled to $1,000 in funding for the 2013-2014 academic year, as is the University.  For each district, funds will be divided among the number of study groups that are accepted and by the nature of the project.  The maximum funding for any one study group grant is $500.  Special funding arrangements will be made should a study group include teachers from multiple school districts


SUBMIT PROPOSAL ONLINE at:  Teacher Study Group Proposal


(Proposals will not be accepted after this due date)



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Giving Voice To Democracy in Music Education

June 20 – 22, 2014


This conference will present ideas and forward thinking teaching practice about developing young musicians in a democratic society. How we design spaces for democratic participation in the profession and in the classroom contributes not only critical thought about music but also to the place of music in a broader social context. Featured speakers will be Dr. David Elliott, celebrated author of Music Matters, Dr. Nicholas Michelli, international spokesperson and author for education as democratic practice, and Dr. Paul G. Woodford, distinguished author of Democracy and Music Education.



Carla E. Aguilar & Mark Harris, Metropolitan State University of Denver

            Cultivating Democracy Through Student Guided Learning


Krystal Prime Banfield, Berklee College of Music

Rays of hope: Empowering Youth to Find Their Voice Through Applications in Popular Music Education


Adam Patrick Bell, Montclair State University         

Can We Afford These Affordances? Digital Audio Workstation Design and Democracy


Mary Ellen Junda, University of Connecticut

            Broadside Ballads: Social Consciousness in Song


Frank Martignetti, University of Bridgeport, CT & New York University

Negotiating Democracy, Diversity and Community in an Urban High School Classroom.


Michael Patrick Wall, Paramus Public Schools, NJ & Jennifer Kingma Wall, Montclair State University

Improvising to Learn: A Democratic Framework for Music Education


Connie Devivic Nokes, University of Arizona

Invisible No More: Democracy for Sexual Minority Students in the Culture of the Music Classroom


Daniel John Shevock, Jason B. Gossett, Yo-jung Han, Darrin H. Thornton & Lindsay Fulcher, The Pennsylvania State University

Democracy in Public School Ensembles:  A Descriptive Survey of Current Practice

Amy Spears, Arizona State University & Dr. Danelle Larson, Eastern Illinois University

Using Small Ensembles to Promote Democratic Learning in Band


Allison L. Thorp, Eastman School of Music

Music Education in Cultures of Poverty: A Review of Literature



Location:  The John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Upper Montclair, New Jersey.  The university is 25 minutes from Newark airport and 15 minutes from either hotel.

Registration:  Registration is ongoing and available during the first two days of the conference.  Early bird registration with a conference discount ends April 1st, 2014.  See accompanying registration form for further details.

Hotels: La Quinta Hotel, 256 Route 3 East, Clifton, NJ  07014  

  Conference room rate per person:  $99/night before 5/30/14

  For Reservations call: (800)642-4239 Option 1

                Ask for Montclair State University


Courtyard Marriott West Orange, 8 Rooney Circle, W. Orange, NJ 07052        Conference room rate per person: $139.99

  For Reservations call: (973)669-4725

          Ask for Montclair State University


Airport:  Newark International Airport (EWR)


Clairidge Taxi Transportation (973-746-2600)

Newark Aiport to hotels:  $72

Hotels to conference site: $36


For Further Information:  Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo, Conference Coordinator at or click the “Democracy Conference” link on the John J. Cali School of Music web page at


(See Registration Form On Next Page)

Giving Voice To Democracy in Music Education

June 20 – 22, 2014






Mailing Address:




University or School District:




Registration Rates (Please reserve by June 10)


Please indicate one of the options below:


        ____ Entire Conference         $225

            (Includes Friday dinner, Sat & Sun light breakfast, Saturday lunch)

____ Early Bird Rate  by 4/1/14  $195

   (Includes Friday dinner, Sat & Sun light breakfast, Saturday lunch)

____ Saturday Only                $  95

 (includes light breakfast and lunch)


MSU Undergraduates   $ 25 (for Friday dinner add $30)


Indicate if you prefer vegetarian meals:   YES  _____


Please send registration form and check (made out to  Montclair State University Foundation) to:


Dr. Lisa DeLorenzo, Conference Coordinator, John J, Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ  07043.



Please Note That Registration Fees Are Non-Refundable

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The ADP Center is offering a number of exciting after school and full day workshops.  Please see our online catalog for course offerings and descriptions.  You can register for all of our events by visiting and clicking on the Workshops & Conferences section at the top of the page.

Please note there are fees associated with some of our events, payment details are listed in the individual events.  

Visit The ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies at:

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A new University procedure has been initiated for all University Faculty and Staff to obtain MSU Parking Permits.

This includes MSUNER Clinical Faculty.

All vehicle registration for MSU Parking Permits must be done online.  

Please DO NOT go to Parking Services to apply for a Parking Permit.


Here are the steps you must take as MSUNER Clinical Faculty:

1. Complete and submit the MSUNER CWID Application (Found under the "Clinical Faculty" tab) to the MSUNER Office (Choose your method):

           By Mail:         MSUNER                                       By Fax:  973-655-5227                                 

                                 University Hall, Suite 1180  

                                 Montclair State University   

                                  Montclair, NJ 07043         


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2.  CWID Applications are then submitted to the University by the MSUNER. MSUNER is notified of approved applications by e-mail and will forward the CWID to Clinical Faculty member with instructions and information on how to activate the NET ID. Please note: This process may take several weeks.

3. Once you have obtained your NET ID and your password is created you can go to: and follow the on-line instructions:

  • Select “Obtain a Permit” under Permit Services
  • You will be asked to enter your NET ID and password
  • You will be asked to enter your vehicle information (make, plate information, etc.)


4. PLEASE NOTE: If you already have an appointment as Clinical Faculty and are currently enrolled as an MSU graduate student, please inform the MSUNER by contacting Sabina Wasonga-Gitau, MSUNER Program Assistant, at (973) 655-5231 or send an email to:


5. Once the information is submitted online you will receive a confirmation from University Parking Services and will have a Part-time Staff Surface Lot Permit, which allows you to park in all general (yellow) surface lots on campus at any time and all restricted (orange) employee surface lots after 3:30pm.


Should you experience any difficulty with this procedure, please contact Sabina Wasonga-Gitau, MSUNER Program Assistant, at (973) 655-5231 or send an email to:


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PRISM 2016 Math Workshops

Certificates provided for PD hours

$150 per workshop/person


10% discount for MSUNER districts




Date                        Topics

Dec. 20          Navigating 2016-17 Mathematics Standards: Teaching for Understanding with a Focus on Instruction and Assessment Updates, Grades 7-10
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.
Facilitator:  Deborah L. Ives, Ed.D., K-12 Educational Consultant

Jan. 10           Teaching for Understanding fractions: Content knowledge, instruction, and assessment, Grades 4-6

This session will engage the participants in active learning of fractions and fraction operations concepts.  The high cognitive demand of all session activities will surely enhance every participants’ existing library of effective fraction tasks.  Common student misconceptions and instructional approaches to address them will be discussed.  In particular, this session will focus on the development of conceptual knowledge of fraction multiplication and division, and present activities that can help students make sense of algorithms like “invert and multiply” or “divide across.” State grade level curriculum and assessment expectations will be addressed. 

Facilitator: Eliza Leszczynski, Ed. D., K-12 Educational Consultant

Jan.  13          Teaching for understanding ratios and proportions: Content knowledge, instruction, and assessment, Grades 6-8

In this session, we will delve deeper into concepts related to the teaching and learning of ratios and proportions. Across-the-grades development of procedural fluency from conceptual understanding of ratios will be presented using performance tasks and applications.  The participants will examine multiple representations of ratios (e.g., ratio tables, double number lines, graphs, tape diagrams) and explore how each representation develops students’ multiplicative reasoning.  Teaching practices focused on sense making of procedures like “cross multiplication” will be discussed.  State grade level curriculum and assessment expectations will be addressed.  

Facilitator:  Eliza Leszczynski, Ed.D., K-12 Educational Consultant

Jan. 20           Measurement:  How do your students measure?, Grades 2-5

Do your students struggle with measurement (length, area, and volume)?  Discover research-based and classroom­tested tasks you can use to help students think about geometric measurement (length, area and volume) in a meaningful way. Explore a learning trajectory approach to students’ conceptual development of measurement.  Take aways include how to conduct formative assessments that elicit and interpret student work on measurement tasks as well as unique instructional suggestions to use in the classroom. Topics will incorporate new standards and aligned classroom practices. 

Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou, PhD, Assistant Professor Department of Mathematical Sciences


Jan. 27           Cognitive Power & Problem Solving Potential Using Addition & Subtraction

Grades K-2

Don’t miss this informative workshop!  Use the basic underlying structure of addition and subtraction word problems to develop students’ problem solving abilities.  Discover Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI math), an approach to teaching mathematics that uses students' own mathematical thinking as the basis for instruction. CGI will help you know when to push, when to hold back, and how to make a problem easier or harder.  Learn to conduct formative assessments that use information from each child’s own solutions and how to best use student data to individualize instruction. Support your students’ ability to make sense of problems in their own ways! 

Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou, PhD - Assistant Professor Department of Mathematical Sciences

Feb. 3             Early Algebra Teaching Strategies for New Standards, Grades 4-6

Join us for a hands-on exploration of how you can help your students develop their functional thinking skills!  Did you know the CCSS-­M calls for students to express functional relationships between patterns by Grade 5?  Explore pattern relationships with different representations such as tables, double number lines and graphs.  Inform your teaching using real examples from classroom videos and investigations of current student work.  Discuss relationships between patterns, such as covariation and correspondence, that can help your students develop a robust early understanding of functions.

Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou, PhD - Assistant Professor Department of Mathematical Sciences


Feb. 10           Equal Groups and Fair Sharing: Developing Students’ Early Multiplicative Thinking

 Grades K-2

How can students develop multiplicative thinking before formal instruction on multiplication and division?  Investigate the hidden richness of fair sharing and equal groups by exploring a variety of tasks and students’ strategies. Discover ways you can help students make multiplicative comparisons and build strong foundations for their learning of multiplication and division, as well as fractions! All workshop material will incorporate state standards and current best practices.

Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou, PhD – Assistant Professor Department of Mathematical Sciences

May 5             Subtraction Woes: The Old Way and the New Way of Regrouping, Grades 1-3

Are you, your students, and their parents overwhelmed with the new way of regrouping?  It’s not just crossing out and moving numbers around, as many of us learned.  Discover effective ways to develop your students’ understanding of regrouping and investigate helpful strategies to teach regrouping for both addition and subtraction.  Look at common core and curricular standards and learn how to help your students make sense of regrouping with an army of strategies in the “new way.” 

Facilitator: Nicole Panorkou, PhD – Assistant Professor Department of Mathematical Sciences



 Location: PRISM – Blanton Hall

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning

Montclair State University



Dr. Jacalyn Willis, director of PRISM and research biologist, is a member of the NJ State Leadership Team that advised the NJDOE and the Governor on the adoption; she has been a participant in national trainings in NGSS-aligned curriculum development, as well as trainings in teaching pedagogical practices crucial to implementation of the NGSS. The PRISM team has been closely involved in the development of the NGSS and the design of effective PD that follows on 12 years of US Department of Education Math-Science Partnership programs and National Science Foundation initiatives directed by Dr. Willis. 

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