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Attention Elementary Educators!

You are invited to participate in a study that looks at the systems and processes that were/ are in place for primary school teachers to support teaching and learning of primary-level maths during the COVID-19 crisis.  
The purpose of the study is to gain more detailed insights into the experiences of primary school teachers and parents and families of primary school-aged children with online and remote learning of maths content during this time. This research hopes to develop avenues for more effective online maths learning for teachers and families. 
Who are we?  
The study is being conducted by Dr Kelly Johnston, Professor Rebecca Bull, Professor Garry Falloon and Dr Emma Burns who specialise in primary mathematics and technology in the School of Education at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Dr Johnston can be contacted by email ( 

If you can, please complete the survey found here: SURVEY

Thank you!

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Dear MSUNER Members,
Below you will find the Distance Learning Instructional Playbook created by teachers for teachers and shared with us during the ASCD summer conference.
I hope this helps.
Warm regards,
The Distance Learning Instructional Playbook:  every Thursday teachers got together from around the world to create this playbook to help teachers. Courtesy of ASCD
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ASCD Virtual Conference - Resources

Dear Colleagues,
I would like to share with you an article and workshop shared at ASCD Virtual Conference last week.  Dr. Gorski works with school districts on race matters and recently worked closely with districts in southern New Jersey.  While he did not provide a powerPoint he did provide an article of interest. "Avoiding Racial Equity Detours"
 "Although racial identities inform cultural identities, race is not culture. Racial inequities aren’t predominantly cultural misunderstandings." - Gorski
I would also like to share the following presentation from the ASCD Virtual Conference:  Distance Learning, Online Learning and Students with Disabilities:  How Do We Do It?  (Powerpoint and Resources)
Warm regards,
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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.

Join us inside CRE by Design! [or copy and paste the URL in your browser: ]

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“In presenting the sweeping narrative of American history, African Americans have for too long, been cast in minor roles far from events, personalities and themes that become engrained in every student’s memory. In New Jersey, that is all changing ... ”

The Amistad Commission Virtual Summer Institute Professional Development Course

The wait is over! The Amistad Commission - NJ Department of Education is excited to launch our inaugural on-line class, our virtual Summer Curriculum Institute Course for Educators and Administrators. Please join us.


Our virtual professional development course will launch on Tuesday, August 18th -  Saturday, August 22nd , 2020


The American Paradox:
An Analysis of Special Topics for NJ Schools on the Legacies of Structural Racism, Systemic Disparities, Self-Government, Enslavement, Native Dispossession,

Democracy, Civil Liberties and Civic Engagement throughout our American Narrative in the Classroom

Course Information and Registration is available now at:


Deadline to register is Sunday, August 16th, 2020


*Virtual Sessions Tuesday-Thursday at 10:00 am and at 2:00 pm*

*Virtual Sessions Friday-Saturday at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm & 6 pm*


*Daily uploads to our YouTube Channel of PD materials for the following day’s lecture preparation*


*Lecture schedule and daily log-in credentials meeting ID and passwords will be emailed to registered participants only- no one will be admitted into the virtual sessions without registering in advance via this event form.  Please subscribe to our YouTube channel in preparation for the professional development course - TheNJAmistad Channel


We hope that you will join us to learn on August 18th for this free PD opportunity for New Jersey Schools!

Course Description:

August 2019, marked the 400 year anniversary in Tidewater Virginia, where at the banks of the Jamestown River, American democracy and American enslavement emerged hand in hand. That marriage of ideals had consequential offspring, which have provided a complex inheritance for every generation of this nation’s citizens for the last 400 years. 2020 has catapulted our national attention and our family discussions, national news, social media platforms, and timelines have been filled with the remnants of these consequential offspring. We currently find ourselves in conversations involving our current global pandemic with its ever-climbing fatalities and evidenced medical disparities among communities of color; economic upheavals; federal and state’s rights debates and clarifications; constitutional and civics education reviews; political party infighting and polarizations; voting disenfranchisement concerns; questions of medical bioethics; conversations regarding reforms after the witnessing of police brutalities; civil rights and racial injustice; economic upheavals with the possibility of impending foreclosures and evictions; and finally the explications of structural racism, social justice, and policy changes.

This summer our proposed institute topic selection has been identified and abridged based on both our current national and global events. Our current realities and circumstances have created increased inquiries from teachers across the state, to the Amistad Commission for a multitude of areas for historic understanding, resources for students, and suggested learning approaches; most especially with the transition to online and remote learning. In response, we have crafted a late summer  professional development session before our Educators begin their school year that will provide content lectures, resources, as well as student engagement and classroom strategies.

Our goal is to assist NJ Educators and Administrators who tackle issues ripped from our headlines that are embedded throughout the NJ Learning Standards and Progress Indicators for Social Studies and district curriculum maps. At this moment, a space has been created for an indispensable teaching moment to educate our teachers and administrators, on the historic legacies at the root of our daily conversations that will no doubt continue to extend to our classrooms. It is a history that is only understood by telling the full story of our often-difficult American narrative. This must be part and parcel of all school curricula and professional development trainings nationwide.

This professional development online course will include virtual experiential learning, primary and secondary resources, lectures, multimedia presentations, curriculum development, and teaching strategies, lesson plan writing and methodology structuring sessions, we invite  NJ K-12 teacher, content specialist, administrators, and community stakeholders together  for these conversations while enlisting experts scholars in the varied topic areas of each lecture.




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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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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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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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