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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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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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4QUjVccsJrDG1HDGsdqONDSwF097nWqiv0RWKOoric-X-PQ9wHSfh6w9XD9_gGoTY-tRmO63GIOnJOQ3HCVsUWZe9--I9wTQqz5bvUIJlQIRc3milGsaTt8VH7PB8yHdBFS1pTZT3kwYGNmlSVne7MahSQBncizg4AY_ujeKOL42DTwWVBo=s0-d-e1-ft#%3Ca%20href=The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (WHIEEAA) housed at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) invites you to attend the upcoming virtual roundtable titled Reimagining Opportunities for African American Students with Disabilities on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The event is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.

WHIEEAA established the African American Education (AfAmEd) Connector Roundtable Series in June 2020 to address gaps and opportunities for African Americans students and families, and to highlight programs, policies, and practices that accelerate the learning and development of Black students of all ages. The topic for this roundtable is Reimagining Opportunities for African American Students with Disabilities. In commemoration of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), WHIEEAA would like to highlight the importance of meaningfully supporting African American students with disabilities for academic success.

This discussion, moderated by newly appointed Executive Director Terris Todd, will enable participants to have access to information, resources, best and promising practices from ED, other federal agencies, and the field. Register today.

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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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Dear All,

Those of you with school-age children and those in programs related to P-12 education might be interested in this 6/25/2020 document from the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Tamara Lucas, Ph.D.
College of Education and Human Services

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