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The Male Education Network (MEN) is a national collective working to advance and support male education professionals and male scholars within the educational system. This new initiative is geared for men who work in education (PreK- 20+) or desire to work in education. 

The inaugural meeting will take place on Friday, March 11, 2016 from 8:45am-3:00pm at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Goals of the organization include professional development, increasing college completion rates, career advancement and resource sharing. The inaugural meeting will include a keynote address, administrator panel, breakout sessions, and roundtable discussions. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited and registration will close once we reach capacity.

Please complete the form below to register to attend:

Dr. Daniel Jean (Proud EOF Alumnus)

Executive Director

Educational Opportunity Fund Program and Academic Development
1 Normal Ave, Montclair NJ, 07043
Phone: (973) 655-3039
"The Road To Graduation Continues...."

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New Jersey Future Educators Association (NJFEA) Middle School Conference will be hosted at Montclair State University on Tuesday, June 7th between 9am and 2pm.

This program is planned for students in grades 6 through 8 who aspire to become future teachers.

We are looking for interested presenters to facilitate a 1-hour session on a topic relevant to middle school students interested in teaching (e.g., leadership in education, teaching special populations/subjects, diversity and inclusion, college exploration, bullying, STEM, etc). If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please go to:

Proposals will not be accepted in email format. The deadline for submitting a proposal is February 5, 2016.

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The Reggio Emilia Approach:

A Panel on the U.S. School System's Response to an Italian Educational Method

Tuesday March 15, 2016 - 6.30-8.30pm
Feliciano School of Business Auditorium, Room 101

Co-Sponsored by the Dept. of Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education

and Dr. Teresa Fiore from the Italian and Italian American Department

RSVP required here by Fri. March 11, 2016

This program grants Professional Development credit hours
For more info click here

The Reggio Emilia Approach is an educational philosophy focused on infant-toddler, preschoolers and now also primary school children. It was developed in Italy by the visionary teacher Loris Malaguzzi (1920-94) and the parents of the villages around Reggio Emilia after World War II. 

The program is based on the support of the potentials of children, as well as the principles of respect, responsibility, and community. Learning takes place through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children as observed, documented and sustained by the teachers. The assumption that animates the approach is that the children are knowledge-makers; that their learning is an autonomous process that occurs inside the social environment created together by educators, children, and their families; and that this takes place through dialogue and exchange made visible by documentation of practices.

The Reggio Emilia Approach identifies in creativity a way to produce and convey knowledge, as well as a tool for the children to express and build their personal and shared learning through their "hundred languages," as Malaguzzi defined the children's plurality of views and infinite potential for searching and being surprised.

This panel will explore the Reggio Emilia Approach, its history and growth in Italy, as well as its use in the U.S. school system, through presentations that embrace the perspectives of scholars, teachers, school directors, and parents. 
Some of the questions that this panel will address include:

  • What is the role of the Italian cultural legacy in the Reggio approach today? How has the approach evolved from its local beginnings in a relatively small Italian town to its international diffusion today?

  • How can the Reggio approach be useful in the specific context of U.S. families’ lives, where full-time working parents may not have the time to be as involved as this approach expects?
  • How can the Reggio approach respond to the needs of special education children in the U.S. system?

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The MSU Network for Educational Renewal and the Center of Pedagogy in the College of Education and Human Services are featured examples in a report published by NEA titled "Teacher Residencies: Redefining Preparation Through Partnerships,"
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