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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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Please consider registering for  the 2017 New Jersey Educational Technology Conference on Jan. 10 at Montclair State University. Our keynote is Alice Keeler, Google for EDU Guru and we have over 100 teacher led presentations and workshops on topics ranging from blended learning to MakerSpaces and includes two great strands focused on using technology in the library and the gifted classroom. The 2017 New Jersey Statewide Educational Technology Conference


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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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Survey About Masters of Reading and Reading Specialists


The Early Childhood, Elementary and Literacy Education Department at Montclair State University is conducting a survey to better understand the ways that schools and districts provide literacy-related training and coaching.  In particular, the department is interested in assessing employment conditions for Reading Specialists and teachers who have received a Masters of Reading.  The department is also exploring developing new literacy-related Masters and Certificate programs that are responsive to needs identified by those working in the field in New Jersey. In addition, the department would like to expand the type of professional development opportunities it offers, and so is interested in hearing about what types of topics and structures would be attractive to people working in different contexts.


If you are interested in sharing your thoughts about these topics and completing the survey, please click on This Link or go to the following address -


If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Erik Jacobson, Graduate Program Coordinator of the Masters of Reading, at


Thank you for your time.

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Hello everyone,

I am pleased to invite you to the New Jersey Future Educators Association (NJFEA) Conference at Montclair State University on Monday, January  9, 2017. This event will be held in University Hall, 7th Floor, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey, 07043, between 9:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m. We have planned an exciting day of activities, speakers, and break-out sessions.

This conference is sponsored for students in grades 9-12 who aspire to become future teachers. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students must be registered and accompanied to this conference by a high school faculty member or NJFEA adviser. Each high school is invited to bring 15-20 future teachers. Please register students for two break-out sessions. Break-out Session 1 is from 10:30-11:20 a.m., and Break-out Session 2 is from 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Advisers are invited to attend a special workshop from 10:30-11:20 a.m. You will be advised about the room location during the third week of December. Advisers do not need to register for this session.

There is no charge for attending this conference. A complimentary lunch will be provided. Dress is smart casual (which means neat and comfortable). Information about travel directions and parking at Montclair State University will be sent to advisers during the third week of December.

The flier for our conference is below for your reference. Our on-line registration can be accessed at

Funding for this conference has been provided by the New Jersey Education Association.

If you have any questions, please call Larry Fieber, NJFEA State Director at 609-771-2464 or e-mail


Larry Fieber

Laurence R. Fieber
Executive Director, Center for Future Educators
The College of New Jersey
State Director, New Jersey Future Educators Association
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