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Black History Month Celebration

Sponsored by: MSUNER District Operations Coordinators


"Introduction to the Author and Reading"

Readings by people of color who have authored children's books, once each week

(this Friday, February 5th, 4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.)


“Nuri’s Tinkle Collar” by Ms. Jasmine Johnson



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Philosophy in Children's Literature

The Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children at Montclair State University (IAPC) is proud to announce three new, important resources for engaging in thoughtful dialogue with children and teens. One is the revival of Thinking in Stories: Reviewing Philosophy in Children’s Literature as an active weblog ( Each post in the weblog summarizes a popular children’s story and reflects on how it raises philosophical questions intriguing to adults and children alike—questions that invite playfully serious, inter-generational dialogue. Thinking in Stories began in 1979 as a column written by the late American Philosopher Gareth B. Matthews for Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children. With support from Montclair State’s College of Education and Human Services, the column has been recreated as a weblog with Dr. Peter Shea as contributing and commissioning editor. 


The second resource is the curriculum series Wise Owl: Talking and Thinking about Children’s Literature( that Matthews developed with educators in Amherst public schools in the 1980s. The series is designed to use children’s literature to provide primary school students the opportunity to explore philosophical questions while developing critical and creative thinking skills. Each Wise Owl packet includes a Teacher’s Guide to the philosophical issues in a children’s book and to facilitating philosophical discussions with young people, along with reproducible Activity Cards with philosophical discussion questions based on the book. Similar guides to other children’s books can be found at Matthews’ Philosophy for Kids website (


The third resource, valuable for researchers, is a webpage about Gareth B. Matthews under the IAPC Fellows rubric(, which includes links to the above pages, as well as a link to the first-ever complete curriculum vitae of his publications in the three sub-fields he helped to initiate: philosophy in children’s literature, philosophy of childhood, and philosophy for/with children. 

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“But I know somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”

     Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Teacher Education Program Community,

Looking for a way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the virtual space this Monday? Consider attending the  Virtual MLK Day of Service Forum sponsored by the New Jersey Collaboration and Partnership Schools (NJCAPS).

Monday, January 18

10 am- 12 pm

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NJCAPS states: For educators around the globe, teaching through a pandemic has been daunting. Even so, stars among us have emerged. In order to showcase and highlight the stellar work of our peers, the  is delighted to announce a virtual MLK Day of Service: Progress in a Pandemic. This Day of Service will afford educators an opportunity to enlighten others about their progress in a pandemic as they share classroom success stories.

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