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Culturally Responsive Education by Design


The Culturally Responsive Education by Design PLC is your online equity-focused learning community to help you get to impact.

Let’s disrupt inequity by design together.

I can’t wait to welcome you inside the CRE by Design PLC, and I know how transformative it’s going to be for your instructional practice.

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Together, we continue to serve our communities.

In continuing to provide resources and support to our communities in this time of great uncertainty, RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery (IFPR) is offering a new professional development series with an emphasis on the needs of educators.


Registration is first-come, first-serve and is open to all community members. New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development credits will be provided to educators who attend the live webinar sessions. Register today to reserve your spot!

Self-Care / Maintaining Work-Life Balance for the 2020 Educator

Change presents an opportunity to reevaluate and enhance self-care practices to support a more balanced life. This is even more true today as we all adjust to the new normal during this unprecedented time. Work-life Balance is essential to living life more fully. This presentation will provide a framework for participants to examine their current situation and tools, resources and concrete exercises to make personalized changes to support your work life balance.

Monday, August 17th at 1:00 PM

Friday, August 21th at 11:00 AM

Returning to School After COVID-19

Returning to School After COVID-19 will discuss the collective trauma that educators and students have experienced, signs to look for in-person and in virtual classrooms, and when and how to reach out for help, for yourself and students.


Tuesday, August 18th at 11:30 AM

Current Drug Trends

Current Drug Trends will educate participants on substance use related trends, specifically impacting our youth, including vaping, underage drinking, and prescription drug abuse. Part of this webinar will include information tailored to young athletes that can be implemented in school districts across Ocean County. Additionally, we will look at how substance use trends may be changing as a result of COVID-19.


Wednesday, August 19th at 11:00am

Monday, August 24th at 3:00pm

Changing the Script: Sports Injuries and Exposure to Opiates

Among Young Athletes

Intended for athletic directors, athletic trainers, school nurses, coaches and parents, this presentation focuses on the intersection between youth sports injuries and exposure to prescription opioids among student athletes.


Thursday, August 20th at 1:00 PM

Understanding the Impact of Teen Social Media Use

Have you seen teens try to master choreographed dances lately and are wondering what it is all about? Or are you wondering what GenZers are up to on TikTok, Snapchat, Insta, or Houseparty? This webinar will explore, the social, emotional, and physical impacts of teen social media use and what you can do to provide guidance.


Monday, August 24th at 10:30 AM

Wednesday, August 26th at 1:30 PM

Cultivating Resiliency in the Classroom by Promoting

Positive Behavior and Strength-Based Feedback


This training will dive into different psycho-social interventions that touch on trauma-informed care while promoting kindness and respect in the classroom. These techniques will help cultivate meaningful teacher/student relationships that support a safe and happy learning environment.


Tuesday, August 25th at 9:30 AM


Thursday, August 27th at 11:30 AM


Understanding Social and Emotional Learning


Social Emotional Learning (SEL) involves children’s ability to learn about and manage their emotions, knowledge, and interactions in ways that benefit themselves and others. It helps youth to succeed in school, the workplace, and in forming long-term relationships. In this webinar we will discuss how developing youth’s SEL, can help them to become more empathetic, better decision-makers, and develop healthier relationships in life with recommendations for the classroom.


Tuesday, August 25th at 1:00 PM


Friday, August 28th at 10:30 AM

Stress, Anxiety, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

in the Classroom – Effects and Providing Support


What stress and anxiety might students face? What complications do Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) bring? This webinar focuses on the impact that these have on students, what difficulties it brings to the classroom environment, and what you can do to provide support.


Wednesday, August 26th at 9:30 AM

Friday, August 28th at 1:00 PM

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Montclair State University's Graduate K12 Computer Science teaching certificate program information session has been rescheduled to:
7 p.m. -  8 p.m. Tues 2/8
7 p.m. -  8 p.m. Wed. 2/9
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sun 2/13
4 p.m. -  5 p.m. Wed 2/16
Please complete this RSVP FORM to attend.
An email with a zoom link will be sent to confirm your attendance.

Note: If you are interested in starting this spring 2022, our first course, TLRN 500 Computational Thinking will start 2/28. 
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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

Remote Learning graphic

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.      
Please click on the link below:
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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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Gentili docenti-

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

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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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