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    New Superintendent? Welcome to the Shark Tank

    If you didn't know, I'm from Jersey (New Jersey for all of you formal folks out there). I'm not related to the Sopranos, have no relationship to the cast of the Jersey Shore, and had Governor Christie put our state on the national spotlight for 8 years. Most of us in the Garden State go 'down the shore' at some point during the summer...and when we go, we (sadly and naturally) think of sharks. With JAWS on three different channels a day, recent news stories of NJ shark sightings, and Discover ...

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    by Jay Eitner | @Jay_Eitner
    Sunday, 04 August 2019
  • Rule #1 as a Superintendent: SAFETY. Rule #2 as a Superintendent: SAFETY. Rule #3 as a Superintendent: SAFETY.

    Serving as an Armed Special Police Officer, I had to shoot twice a year in order to carry my weapon.  Someone asked me recently why I am different from other Superintendents. I shared that I have a 13-year law enforcement background serving as an armed Special Police Officer. In New Jersey, officers have to shoot twice a year to “qualify” and carry their gun. The qualification process features a myriad of situations that one could face. That being said, hundreds of hours are spent practici ...

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    by Jay Eitner | @Jay_Eitner
    Sunday, 04 August 2019
  • That Kid at the Back! Scholar In Waiting, Now Scholar!

    Back-To-School 2019 Best Year, Ever!  “That Kid at the Back”  There is always a kid at the proverbial back, that one kid. The one who needs us most for a variety of reasons, maybe social, emotional, academic or human to human.  There's always one, sometimes, more than one, a lot more. That kid who makes us laugh, maybe shed tears of frustration at the emotional burden. So many to teach, so many needs. How far does love go? Really far. We are blessed with courage and ability to ...

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    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Thursday, 01 August 2019
  • Little Differences

    When I was a school administrator, one of the interview questions I always asked prospective employees was, “Why do you want to be a teacher?”  The most common response:  “I want to make a difference in the lives of my students.”   Obviously, this is the response I wanted…I mean, who wants a teacher who wants anything less? We go into this line of work with grand expectations that we will be able to dramatically change the life trajectory of every child who enters our classrooms ...

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    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Wednesday, 31 July 2019
  • Cultivating Aggression: Something We Should Never See on an Infant's Daily Report

    A recently published study in the Journal of Child Development, found that adults who express negative emotions towards infants or handle them in a rough manner may be causing significant and lasting psychological harm. The research study included 260 mothers and their children, from birth to 5, initially, and then continued for 30 years. A correlation was found between callous or harsh interaction during infancy and children who displayed defiance and aggression as Kindergartners. Furthermore ...

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    by Debra Pierce | @easycda
    Friday, 26 July 2019
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How Does Our Political Climate Impact Our Classrooms and Schools?

 Tom Whitby, Nancy Blair, and Harvey Alvy

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This week we look at how our political climate impacts education and more directly the discussions taking place in our classrooms.

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Why Is It So Hard to Change Our Education System? Three Guesses

Tom Whitby, Nancy Blair, and Shawn Thomas

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We've been trying to reform education for over 100 years. Why is it so hard to make changes that are so clearly necessary.  Join us as we try to unpack what's standing in the way of progress. If we could make a single change what you propose?


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How Can We Reconcile the Different Interpretations of "Successful Learning"?

 Nancy Blair, Shawn Thomas, and Jim Hirz

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This week we try to reconcile the different views of successful learning and assessment in search of common ground.


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Stop Teaching to the Test, Start Teaching to the Culture

Rae Pica with David Freeman, Geneva Gay, Karen Nemeth

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Our guests assert that to be more engaging and effective with students we need to connect to the various cultures of the students in our classes. They suggest that teaching to the culture increases interest, comprehension, and student achievement. So what does this mean in practice? Learn more...

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Success with Newcomers and English Language Learners

Dr. Chaunte Garrett with Dr. Margarita Calderon and Shawn Slakk

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Join us for a discussion on the best ways to support students who are new to the country or still struggling with learning in English.

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@drncgarrett @bamradionetwork

 

 

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