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What We Can Learn from Children About Mindfulness to Transform Our Learning Environments

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

What We Can Learn from Children About Mindfulness to Transform Our Learning Environments

Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Joy Erwin, Professor of Education, Montclair State University, NJ, Department of Teaching and Learning, Graduate Programs in Early Childhood and Elementary Inclusive Education
Hosted by Jennifer Lewis, President at Gryphon House, Inc.

Sponsored by Gryphon House

Attendance for the live presentation is limited to 1,000.


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It's my pleasure to invite you to a Collaborative Classroom professional learning virtual workshop. This live, virtual workshop will be hands-on and highly interactive. 

Accelerating All Readers to Address Literacy Learning Loss (Virtual Workshop)

Thursday, August 13 • 10:00 - 11:30 AM Eastern Time

What are the best practices that will effectively accelerate our readers who have fallen behind?With unprecedented numbers of students affected by the “COVID slide,” our instructional plans must be scalable, differentiated, grounded in the science of reading, and informed by data-driven assessments that place students at their precise points of instructional need.

In this virtual event, we’ll discuss best practices and considerations for accelerating all readers, through the lens of the research-based Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words (SIPPS) K–12 curriculum. To register or learn more, please click here.

To ensure the quality of our learning, space is limited. Please contact us with any questions. See below to find the contact in your area:

Anne Bartoszuk - Maine, East Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Joe Capogreco - jcapogreco@curriculumsolutions.orgNew York

Jonette Marcus - Delaware and Pennsylvania

Kim Still - Connecticut and West Massachusetts

Kristy Rauch - Illinois

Mimi Vatterott - Missouri

Lynda Zins Dixon - New Jersey

Wendy Sadd - Ohio

We hope to see you online!

Kind regards,

Katy Cortelyou

Regional Director of Educational Partnerships

Center for the Collaborative Classroom 

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REL Mid-Atlantic News

Tips for Supporting Student Engagement in Remote and Hybrid Learning Environments

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A new infographic from REL Mid-Atlantic and the New Jersey Department of Education can help educators promote and maintain student engagement in remote and hybrid learning environments. Most schools moved to fully or partially remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. The infographic reviews critical factors related to instructional delivery, staffing and professional development, extracurricular activities, technology access and use, family engagement, and social and emotional learning.


Read the infographic and listen to a related webinar.

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Featuring 20+ Mindful Leaders 
FREE 7-Day Series to Nurture your child's developing mind, turning the crazy into calm, curious play.
Register TODAY to gain access to FREE resources 
(Value: $2500) that will inspire you to PLAY and reduce stress and anxiety along the way. 
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The MSU/Educational Leadership Program has a Full-time, 12-month instructional specialist position in the Education Leadership Program starting July 2022. Appointment includes collaborative curriculum development and teaching in a variety of modalities, as well as the expectation of participating in department, college, and university committees and activities. This is a non-tenure track position which is eligible for multi-year appointments.

Our program mission is to prepare culturally competent professionals for leadership roles in preK-12 education. We prepare leaders who partner with communities, staff, and families, promote equity within schools, and advance a democratic vision for teaching, learning, administration, and leadership. We are looking for a colleague who centers equity and justice in teaching. We offer an academic and experiential graduate program to prepare leaders in the areas of administration; visioning; strategic planning; assessment & evaluation; law; finance; diversity; data analysis/action research; personnel/human resources; ethics; curriculum management; instructional leadership; and supervision. We seek a colleague who can help us in our work to centralize equity and justice in our curriculum.      
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PD Suggestions


Reaching out to share meaningful PD suggestions for our upcoming school year.  I know I've shared about Cornelius Minor before, but I'm passing along to you all because I still believe he could have a tremendous impact on our educators
I'm also sharing a video series (free) through the International Literacy Association that is also very timely even though it was recorded a few years ago  titled Disrupting a Destructive Cycle.  Cornelius does the introduction to this series.  I've only watched Part 1 so far but it is a very powerful commentary on the need to reimagine how we educate all children.
Please share with anyone who you think might be interested.

Thank you and be well,
Tammy Murphy

Tammy Murphy
4th Grade Language Arts Teacher
South Mountain Elementary School
District Coordinator MSUNER
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The 2021 edition of the Italian Intensive Summer Program for HS students is slated to take place in an “al fresco” version, leveraging the beautiful outdoor spaces of the Montclair State University campus, in accordance with current COVID-related guidelines.

We are currently collecting interest among students and families through a survey due April 20 (see Google Form). We would appreciate if you can circulate this announcement through your schools' lists and social media. We understand this is spring break, but we thought that this would be a better time for everybody to think about the summer without the pressure coming from school-related commitments.

For more information, see webpage:
For inquiries, please write to

We are very excited at the idea of offering the program again after last year's hiatus, and look forward to having students of Italian on the Montclair State University campus!

Teresa Fiore and Patti Grunther

Dr. Teresa Fiore

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

Recent Grant: NEH Award
Book: Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies
Profiles: MSU Page and
Inserra Chair website

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Decolonize Gender in Your Classroom Today!

Decolonizing Gender Is Available Now!

This mini-course is for elementary teachers who want to better understand how gender-based stereotypes show up in their classrooms, and how to create classrooms where all of their students can be themselves, regardless of gender identity or expression.

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What You Will Learn:

Lesson 1: Decolonizing Gender for Ourselves

Lesson 2: Gender in the Elementary Classroom

Lesson 3: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills about Gender Stereotypes and Gender Fluidity

Lesson 4: Teaching Trans, Two-spirit, and Nonbinary identity

Lesson 5: Putting It All Together

Bibliography and Resources: 

  • Participants will receive a mix of resources, lessons, and reflection tools.

About the Instructor:

Bex Mui (she/her) is a biracial, queer, cis femme organizer and consultant committed to the work of LGBTQ affirmation at the intersections of education, equity, and spirituality. She has studied, worked, and advocated for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the K-12 education system for the past 18 years. Bex started her journey studying systems of oppression with a queer femnist lens at the College of New Rochelle where she received a B.A. in English and a certification for Elementary Education.  Dedicated to progressive education and facilitated learning, Bex chose Bank Street College to receive her Master’s in Education with a specialization in Literacy.  She worked for ten years as an elementary classroom teacher, primarily at a social-justice inclusion school, where she taught and developed LGBTQ+ inclusive lessons as an out queer educator. Bex has supported school, district, and national LGBTQ-inclusion and social justice initiatives, and has developed equity-themed professional development workshops for faculty, administrators, and families.

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Our students will have unique and urgent needs in the 2020–21 school year. Since the spring, many have experienced fragmented learning, while others have endured varying levels of stress or trauma. When school begins, whether in-person or virtually, educators must be ready to address those needs and meet students where they are socially, emotionally, and academically. 

Acceleration of Learning: What Do Our Students Need Now?

We know that instruction and proficiency in foundational skills make it possible for students to develop as confident, fluent readers. Research has also shown that a safe, supportive learning community is crucial for academic growth. 

Although a robust classroom community and a strong understanding of foundational skills may seem unrelated, acceleration in both of these areas is necessary if we hope to attain academic success for our students. Learn more by reading our new blog post, Acceleration of Learning: What Do Our Students Need Now?.

Upcoming Webinars

Going Deeper with Acceleration: Strategic, Assessment-Driven, and Differentiated Instruction to Accelerate All Readers

July 29, 2020 • Register to receive the recording

As we prepare for the fall, educators must think about acceleration in a new and different way. In this webinar, we’ll do a deep dive into the work of accelerating all readers, considering the roles of foundational skills mastery, a safe and supportive learning environment, data collection and assessment, and the settled science of reading instruction.

How to Rebuild and Reconnect with Your Learning Community with Caring School Community

August 5, 2020 • Register now to receive the recording

This webinar will explore how schools can use the CASEL SELect Caring School Community program to reconnect with students, build community, and support students’ social and emotional needs. We will provide an overview of the program and hear how principals and teachers plan to use Caring School Community during this unprecedented time.  

For schools reopening with remote learning, we will close the webinar by sharing guidance for using Caring School Community virtually and discussing insights and key takeaways learned by our partner schools and districts this past spring. 

Introducing the Reconnecting and Rebuilding Toolkit: A Complimentary Resource for Educators

August 6, 2020 • Register now to receive the recording

Whether your school plans to reopen with in-person, blended, or fully remote learning, we can expect that many students will carry a heavy emotional load when they return. Educators must be prepared to support students, many of whom will have experienced trauma, and build a learning community. Concrete tools and resources will be required to help students reconnect and establish the safe, supportive learning context in which they can grow and develop. 

Collaborative Classroom’s new Reconnecting and Rebuilding Toolkit is designed to be a resource that teachers can use as they begin this vital work. This webinar will explore how teachers can use this newly-published complimentary resource to support students and build their learning community as the school year begins.

Learn about SIPPS

SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) for grades K–12 is an intervention and foundational skills program that may be facilitated virtually or in-person. Meaningful assessments allow teachers to meet students at their individual points of instructional need and accelerate them towards mastery of foundational skills. To download a sample of SIPPS, click here.

Stay in Touch

Stay informed about Collaborative Classroom resources, livestreams, webinars, and virtual workshops by liking our main Facebook Page or following us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

As always, we welcome your questions and feedback.


Peter Brunn

Vice President of Organizational Learning

Collaborative Classroom


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Hello Colleagues,

Please see below the Save the Dates for the Third Annual NJ Convening on Diversifying the Teacher Workforce.  This Virtual Conference will happen on 4 consecutive Wednesdays in October, 2020: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, and 10/28,  3:00- 5:00 pm.  This event is sponsored by the NJ Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the NJ Dept. of Education, and Rutgers University.

The call for proposals will follow soon.  


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Join ACNJ, First Lady Tammy Murphy, the NAACP of Atlantic City, Prematurity Prevention Initiative and Family Health Initiatives for a roundtable discussion of the launch and expansion of the Maternal Experience Survey. The survey focuses on the experience of Black and Brown mothers in New Jersey, with the goals of improving maternal and child health care and reducing inequities for birthing women of color.

The Maternal Experience Survey has already launched in Atlantic City, and now, will be released for other counties throughout the state. The event will share the innovative and powerful processes designed to collect the stories and experiences of Black and Brown pregnant and delivering mothers in NJ. Join us to hear how community leaders, health care providers, local stakeholders, elected officials and state leaders partnered to usher a robust and successful launch of the survey.

Register Today

If you have any questions about this e-newsletter, contact Eloisa Hernandez at or call 973.643.3876 x208

Advocates for Children of New Jersey | 35 Halsey Street Newark , New Jersey 07102

Questions? Email us at or call us at  (973) 643-3876.

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2021 Annual Conference welcoming educators committed to school-university partnerships,

clinical practice, and education in a democracy.

About This Event:  On the heels of a global pandemic, worsening climate crisis, and a broader realization of systemic racism, we return to a semblance of pre-pandemic activities yet find we are surrounded by new, emerging questions. Co-hosted by the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER) and the National Center for Clinical Practice in Educator Preparation (NCCPEP), our 2021 Annual Conference invites all educators to gather again to share common space affirmed by a common purpose. We’ve chosen to not flee from the harshness but to turn to our schools, universities, organizations, and communities and be honest and “open” to the courage and morality integral to the teaching profession.

Wednesday, November 3rd – Friday, November 5th, 2021

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Join us for an online screening & interactive discussion of the documentary: Resilience, The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

About this event

When: November 17, 2021, 4:00pm-5:00pm ET

You will receive the link to watch the film on your own between November 12-16. Then, join us for an interactive, virtual discussion about how New Jersey can address Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) in our children.


  • Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN - New Jersey School Nurse, New Jersey State School Nurses Association Legislative Co-Chair, and Author of The Relentless School Nurse
  • Angel Santiago, Elementary School Teacher, 2021 New Jersey Teacher of the Year
  • Mary Reece, Ed.D., Director of Special Projects at the Foundation for Educational Administration and New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association
  • Amanda Adams, Associate Director of Professional Development and Instructional Issues Division, and New Jersey Education Association Priority Schools Initiative Coordinator

Moderated by Dwana M. Young, MPA, New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Office of Resilience

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** The Agenda for Education in a Democracy is sponsoring five free slots for MSU and MSUNER faculty. If you plan to apply and would like to claim your free slot, please email MSUNER@MONTCLAIR.EDU **

The gravity and complexity of our time continue to build as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and more uprisings across the country unfold against massive racial disparities in police killings, use of force, arrests, imprisonment and more. Our current reality has compelled individuals across the nation to more intentionally examine education, often offering remarks along the lines of “education will never be the same.” 

We also know that public education is extraordinarily resilient and often resistant to change. Yet, it is evident that people’s lives depend on this change.  

For over 30 years, the National Network for Educational Renewal has promoted a compelling agenda, known as the Agenda for Education in a Democracy (AED), to ensure quality education for all and insist on educational renewal to ensure the vital role of education in a democracy. We are at a pivotal point in American history, and as educators, our role in this is integral. 


This point in time offers NNER, its member settings, like-minded individuals and organizations a necessary challenge but also another opportunity to even further clarify, renew and reimagine the AED and NNER’s four-part mission:

  1. Foster the skills, disposition, and knowledge necessary for effective participation of our nation’s youth in a political democracy;
  2. Ensure that our youth have access to those understandings and skills required for satisfying and responsible lives;
  3. Develop educators who nurture the learning and well-being of every student; and
  4. Ensure educators’ competence in and commitment to serving as stewards of schools.

The Summer Institute is one of NNER’s annual experiences that support educators and community leaders from across the country. The Summer Institute combines the here-and-now of school-university-community partnership work and the larger framework and long-range/historical perspective of the National Network for Educational Renewal. The Institute furthers the network of professional connections and friendships across NNER with the intention of deepening our partnership among each other as well as our local settings. 

Our overarching theme, Preparing Beyond Distress: How Do We Prepare Ourselves for Innovation?, encourages us to “Remember to imagine and craft the worlds you cannot live without, just as you dismantle the ones you cannot live within” (Ruha Benjamin). We more deeply examine four areas that compel us to imagine and create the worlds we cannot live without:

  1. From Small Scale and Whole System – What Makes NNER Distinct
  2. The Radical Imagination
  3. Teacher Academies: A Demonstration Site for School-University Partnerships
  4. The Fields That Imagine: The Role of the Arts and Humanities in K-12 and Teacher Education 

Click here for a detailed Agenda Overview, including presentation topics and essential/centering questions.

To register, please visit this website. If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Wolfe Bornhorst,

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Trauma Informed and Antiracist Workshops

uc?export=download&id=1r0w8uFSTbohHXzEOgW2M7GBpsV6Rei9F&revid=0B1bWnPjqPNf_TVh3a0ltSzBYSUUwWUpjWURrbmZ5VEkvWTMwPQ&profile=RESIZE_710xTrauma Informed Care: From Suicide to Social-Emotional Learning is FREE to Passaic County Educators and Passaic County residents (thanks to a Passaic Co. Board of Mental Health Grant) and open to others for a fee.    
(Runs for 7 sessions, every other week from 1/19 - 4/13/21 via Zoom and will be recorded for asynchronous learning.) For anyone wanting to better understand a trauma informed framework that brings all of our loose ends in mental health together in a way that makes sense.  From emergency risk assessments to building a sustainable community of care through restorative practices, SEL, and antiracism, we will explore a framework that puts solutions into practice.
If interested in a preview, will be presenting at NJSBA Virtual Workshop 2020 in October.
Antiracist Advocacy for Equity in Policy and Practice  from 1/11/ - 6/28/21 over 13 sessions every other week via Zoom.  For anyone interested in taking the journey to re-explore the origins of our racial divide, understand how trauma is passed down through generations, and learn the steps to stop racist policy and practice.
Both workshops are free to youth 18- to 24-years-old.
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Dear MSUNER community,
The flyer above is to promote the campus talk by Dr. Ebony McGee, titled "Black, Brown, Bruised: How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation” on Wednesday April 28th beginning at 1:30pm. We would like to promote this joint CSAM/CEHS event widely throughout the campus, and invite students, faculty and staff, STEM teachers in our MSU partner districts (and their students), and other members of the extended campus community to attend this exciting event.
Pre-registration is required for this Zoom event at:
Participants must be registered in order to attend the live talk or view the recording for one month afterward, but registration is open to the public. Please feel free to distribute this information widely.
Dr. Doug Larkin and Dr. Sandra Adams

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