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Virtual and In-Person Meeting Calendar for 2022-2023
All Meetings, starting in September 2021...'
GSCS--2022-2023 CRITICAL ISSUES SHEET
Every year GSCS puts together a “Critical Issues Sheet” to help define focus areas for the school year...'
Latest Testimonies and Letters
Testimony on delayed learning from Rachel Goldberg, letter on cessation of SBYSP and more...'
GSCS Statement Condemning Violence Motivated by Race, Ethnicity or Sexual Orientation
With the recent spate of violent bias-based crimes and other incidences of hatred based on perceived characteristics of individuals or groups, the Garden State Coalition of Schools wants to reaffirm our support of all those who advocate for the changes that will put an end to those expressions of hatred and promote increased understanding and peaceful resolution of conflict in our communities.
2-3-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--New program to raise teen awareness of mental health issues...' Star Ledger--N.J. doubles its rate of expanding charter school spots...'

The Record--The COVID pandemic inflamed a worrying trend — girls leaving sports...'

NY Times--Congress Expands Scrutiny of Junior R.O.T.C. Programs...'

The Atlantic--ChatGPT Is About to Dump More Work on Everyone...'

Chalkbeat--Advanced Placement debate feels high-stakes for teachers of African American history...'

Education Dive--Unmet child care needs put $122B strain on the economy, report finds...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Early screening and intervention can help young children get much-needed post-pandemic support...'

2-2-23 Education in the News
Philadelphia Inquirer--ChatGPT is a wake-up call to revamp how we teach writing...' NY Times--Inside the College Board’s Revised African American Studies Curriculum...'

Education Week--College Board Releases AP African American Studies Framework, Runs Into Anti-CRT Laws...'

Education Week--Education Secretary: Standardized Tests Should No Longer Be a ‘Hammer’...'

Education Dive--How to ensure Holocaust education remains grounded in historical fact...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Federal funds to combat pandemic learning loss don’t reflect need...'

2-1-23 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Despite criticism, N.J. Board of Education to continue to meet only online...' New York Times--How Parenting Today Is Different, and Harde...'

NPR--It's Black History Month. Here are 3 things to know about the annual celebration...'

Chalkbeat--How to grade schools post-pandemic? States must decide....'

1-31-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--NJ autism rates soar, straining services Advocates say wait time for diagnosis can be up to two years...'

Star Ledger--Despite criticism, N.J. Board of Education to continue to meet only online...'

Education Week--6 Lawsuits That Could Shake Up How States Pay for Schools...'

1-30-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Ensuring education on Holocaust at a time of rising antisemitism...'
Star Ledger--Could county vo-tech schools help end New Jersey’s teacher shortage? These educators say yes.    Opinion...'

The Record--NJ schools can now apply for $350 million in state grants for building and repairs...'

Education Week--Teaching the Holocaust Is Daunting—But Critical...'

Education Dive--FBI foils ransomware network that targeted school districts...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Can we please stop talking about so-called learning loss?...'

1-27-23 Education in the News
NPR--'Everybody is cheating': Why this teacher has adopted an open ChatGPT policy...' NPR--Critics say Florida aims to rewrite history by rejecting African American studies...'

Education Week--Teachers Are First Responders in an Ugly Partisan Divide...'

Education Dive--Educational institutions among 3 most common mass shooting sites...'

The Hechinger Report--I wish a bot were smart enough to write this column...'

1-26-23 Educatoin in the News
NJ Spotlight--Students push NJ lawmakers to help curb high school dropout rate...' Education Week--Majority of Parents Say Kids Are Dishonest, Disrespectful, and Lazy...'

Education Dive--Cardona urges education community to ‘raise the bar’ on student achievement...'

1-25-23 Education in the News
Education Week--Gone to the Dogs? Schools Use Therapy Animals to Boost Mental Health, Academics...' Chalkbeat--Deep breaths: NYC to roll out breathing exercises for all students, Banks says...'

Education Dive--Staffed Up: Higher ed partnerships shine light on school mental health workforce solutions...'

1-24-23 Education in the News
The Atlantic--Are Standardized Tests Racist, or Are They Anti-racist?...' NPR--Florida's AP African American studies ban should raise alarm elsewhere, lawmaker says...'

Education Week--ED’s Research Chief: We Don’t Understand Our Most Struggling Learners...'

Chalkbeat--Teach For America to cut a quarter of staff in latest shakeup...'

Education Dive--How states are trying to solve the special educator shortage crisis...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: One expert on what students do wrong...'

1-23-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--David Sciarra to retire from Education Law Center after 26 years...' Star Ledger--Teens tell N.J. lawmakers young drivers need more mandatory practice behind the wheel...'

NY Times--When Students Change Gender Identity, and Parents Don’t Know...'

The Atlantic--Why We Need Civics...'

NPR--Florida says AP class teaches critical race theory. Here's what's really in the course...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: One expert on what students do wrong...'

Education Dive--Teachers prefer these 3 practices for encouraging student engagement...'

Education Week--More Schools Are Offering Student Mental Health Days. Here’s What You Need to Know...'

1-20-23 Education in the News
New York Times--6-Year-Old Accused of Shooting Teacher in Virginia Has ‘Acute Disability,’ Family Says...' Education Week--Supreme Court Seems in Favor of Deaf Student’s Right to Sue School District Under the ADA...'

Chalkbeat--After COVID paused Regents exams, graduation rates for NYC’s English language learners surged...'

Education Dive--SCOTUS hears case that could change IDEA dispute resolution...'

1-19-20 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--As Murphy promotes health insurance for undocumented kids, doubts about outreach...' Education Week--How Does Writing Fit Into the ‘Science of Reading’?...'

Education Dive--Ed Department webinar shares risks, solutions for teen fentanyl use...'

1-18-23 Education in the News
Morristown Daily Record-- ‘I can do more’: NJ kids with physical disabilities struggle to play, compete...' Education Week--Science Skepticism Has Grown. Who’s to Blame?...'

Chalkbeat--NJ isn’t tracking school district compliance with COVID-related law for students with disabilities...'

Education Dive--Should students have to change clothes for PE class?...'

1-17-23 Education in the News
Chalkbeat (via NJ Spotlight)--NJ isn’t tracking school district compliance with COVID-related law for students with disabilities...' Asbury Park Press--After Damar Hamlin, here is what New Jersey does so young athletes can survive cardiac arrest...'

NY Times--If Affirmative Action Ends, College Admissions May Be Changed Forever...'

Education Week--Why Districts’ Initial Learning Recovery Efforts Missed the Mark...'

Chalkbeat--Pa. high schools could start offering students K-12 education training next school year...'

Education Dive--Confidence key to bridging math learning gaps...'

Edutopia--A Research-Backed Tool Kit of What Works—and Doesn’t Work—in Education...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: The life of an online tutor can resemble that of an assembly line worker...'

1-13-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: A broader perspective on the teacher shortage...'
Star Ledger--A new AI tool can write essays, even poems. How should we teach students to use it?    Opinion...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Student behavior at every grade level has changed over the last three years. Here’s how educators have adjusted the way they teach...'

NY Times--Panic Buttons, Classroom Locks: How Schools Have Boosted Security...'

Education Week--Bipartisan Civics and History Guidelines Get a Dose of Federal Funding...'

Education Dive--Just 24% of public schools feel ‘very prepared’ for active shooters...'

1-12-23 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. School Board learns of test results, mental health aid, and volunteer shortage...' Education Dive--HMH to acquire nonprofit NWEA...'

Education Dive--5 Ways to Implement Equity-Centered Leadership Practices...'

1-11-23 Education in the News
NY Times--Murky Legal Path The teacher who was shot was in stable condition on Saturday, the police said, but details surrounding the gun remained unknown....'

NPR--3 key takeaways on the Seattle schools lawsuit against big tech...'

Education Week--Students Are Viewing Porn at School. How Educators Can Stop Them...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: The lesson the arts teach...'

1-10-23 Education in the News
StarLedger--Coming soon to all N.J. students: Lessons in debunking...' NY Times--After 6-Year-Old Is Accused in School Shooting, Many Questions and a Murky Legal Path...'

Education Week--I Study Breastfeeding Behavior. Here’s Why Nursing Teachers Have It So Tough...'

Chalkbeat--New York City schools blocked ChatGPT. Here’s what other large districts are doing...'

Education Dive--Nearly all ed tech apps share students’ personal information...'

1-9-23 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. schools got millions in COVID relief funds. Most hasn’t been spent yet, list says...' The Record--What NJ students think about the books they're required to read...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Want to restore civics education? Let’s start as we prepare for America’s 250th birthday. Opinion...'

MyCentralJersey.com--NJ's statewide problems with student support services demand statewide solutions    Opinion...'

NY Times--As Historians Gather, No Truce in the History Wars...'

The Atlantic--Why Some Students Are Skipping College...'

NPR--A college student created an app that can tell whether AI wrote an essay...'

Education Week--What’s In, What’s Out for Student and Educator Wellness...'

Chalkbeat--Why is partisan education conflict on the rise? Blame ‘political sorting.’...'

Education Dive--Counselor caseloads decrease to lowest level in over 30 years...'

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: New research review questions the evidence for special education inclusion..."

1-6-23 Education in the News
Education Week--Cardiac Arrests Can Happen to Student-Athletes, Too. How Schools Can Be Ready...' Chalkbeat--Goodbye, Regents? A New York commission mulls high school graduation requirements...'

Education Dive--Obtaining Medicaid billing consent burdensome to staff, concerning to parents...'

1-5-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Emergency departments seeing more kids with mental health issues...' The Record--'What is true?': Gov. Murphy signs information literacy education law...'

The Record--Invisible Pain Day: NJ mom fighting rising Black suicide rates in her son's memory...'

Asbury Park Press--Cases of young kids eating legal weed edibles skyrocketing, researchers say...'

Education Dive--8 K-12 trends to watch in 2023...'

1-4-23 Education in the News
NY Times--Is A.I. the Future of Test Prep?...' Education Week--What Does SEL Mean Anyway? 7 Experts Break It Down...'

Education Week--4 Ways to Make Your School Better for Black and Brown Teachers...'

Chalkbeat--NYC education department blocks ChatGPT on school devices, networks...'

Education Dive--Lessons In Leadership: 5 key takeaways from a year of school leader conversations...'

The Hechinger Report--NAACP targets a new civil rights issue—reading...'

1-3-23 Education in the News
NY Times--The Key to Success in College Is So Simple It’s Almost Never Mentioned...' NPR--Author Jerry Craft: Most kids cheer for the heroes to succeed no matter who they are...'

Education Week--Media Literacy in Schools: 7 Ways the Subject Has Evolved...'

Chalkbeat--Rising inflation adds $800M to cost of fully funding New York’s main school aid formula...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: Why the national teacher shortage is really a distribution problem...'

1-2-23 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--One of the biggest policy fights of 2022 involved NJ’s youth mental health services...' Star Ledger--More N.J. schools requiring ‘psych clearances’ for kids to stay in the classroom...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Progressives are organizing to monitor Pa. school boards in pushback to book bans, ‘harmful’ actions...'

NY Times--Strife in the Schools: Education Dept. Logs Record Number of Discrimination Complaints...'

Washington Post--Perspective    2022 saw conservative gains on education issues. But they may be short-lived...'

Education Week--What’s In, What’s Out for Education Technology...'

The Hechinger Report--Do protocols for school safety infringe on disability rights?...'

12-23-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--PlayStations, Pac-Man and games fill ‘SWAG’ rooms at N.J. schools to reward kids for hard work...' InsiderNJ--New Bipartisan Holocaust Education Legislation Introduced in House...'

Education Week--2022’s 10 Biggest Education Stories, in Photos...'

Education Dive--Staffed Up: The push and pull of strategic pay as a teacher shortage solution...'

The Hechinger Report--COLUMN: There’s a lot of new federal money for greening K-12 education. This is how schools could use it...'

12-22-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Sex ed in New Jersey falls short — especially for girls, researchers say...'
The Record--These Chinese American teachers believe diversity can serve NJ students    Op-Ed...'

The Record--NJ schools would teach students media literacy to discern fact from fiction under new bill...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Camden schools will require masks for two weeks after the holiday break...'

InsiderNJ--U.S. Attorney’s Office Reaches ADA Settlement with Educational Testing Service...'

Washington Post--You Tube is pushing editorial kids’ videos. Can parents trust them?...'

Education Week--5 Things We Learned About Student Mental Health in 2022...'

Chalkbeat--Summer meals, funding for high-poverty schools: What the federal spending bill means for students...'

Education Dive--School shootings reach unprecedented high in 2022...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: We must address Covid-related grief and other pandemic impacts on children...'

12-21-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Holidays — not the happiest time of year for some friends, family...' Star Ledger--N.J. school district reinstates mask mandate as COVID cases rise...'

Education Week--Screen Time Can Raise Children’s Chance of OCD. Educators Can Help Prevent That...'

Chalkbeat--As school gets back to normal, things are better — and worse...'

Education Dive--‘Tripledemic’ upends school operations, requires adjustments...'

The Hechinger Report--While white students get specialists, struggling Black and Latino readers often get left on their own...'

12-20-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Capturing finer-grained picture of students’ pandemic performance...' NJ Spotlight--Teaching troubles: Worrisome signs in NJ and possible solutions...'

Star Ledger--Education advocates to Gov. Murphy: Update N.J. Board of Education...'

The Record--After six-year delay, state Education Department releases key special education report...'

NY Times--In Public Schools, the N.R.A. Gets a Boost From Junior R.O.T.C...'

Education Week--Students Are Addicted to Screens. What It Means for Learning...'

Chalkbeat--Schools on track to meet COVID relief deadlines as spending surges, experts say...'

12-19-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. education department releases school-by-school test scores...' Star Ledger--N.J. teachers among the highest paid in nation. Here’s where they rank...'

Chalkbeat--With rise in COVID cases, Philadelphia schools will return to mandatory masking after winter break...'

Education Dive--With universal school meals gone, districts and families take on more debt...'

12-16-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--A more pressing issue than sex ed: The lack of science taught in New Jersey    Opinion...'
NY Times--There’s a Reason There Aren’t Enough Teachers in America. Many Reasons, Actually...'

NPR--Literature ambassador Jason Reynolds knows young people have a story of their own...'

Education Week--The Heavy Cost of Ignoring the Science of Reading for Teachers and Students...'

Education Dive--Survey: Most high school graduates don’t feel prepared for college, career decisions...'

12-15-22 Education in the News
Philadelphia Inquirer--A N.J. school is getting armored shields to protect students and teachers in a mass shooting. Will others follow?...' Education Week--Superintendent turnover escalates, women still underrepresented...'

Education Dive--A Decade Later, How the Newtown Shooting Changed the School Safety Conversation...'

12-14-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--The challenge to make school lunch menus tasty and healthy...' Education Week--Equity Scorecard: Assessing Equity in 4 Critical Areas...'

The Atlantic--The End of High-School English...'

Chalkbeat--As COVID, flu, and RSV cases spike, NYC school officials recommend masking indoors...'

The Hechinger Report--Pods live on: School districts are using the pandemic-era invention to help kids recover from ‘learning loss’...'

12-13-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Can volunteer tutors help NJ kids overcome pandemic-related learning loss?...' Star Ledger--Raising informed kids starts here: A Q&A with media literacy maven Olga Polites...'

NY Times--A Fast-Growing Network of Conservative Groups Is Fueling a Surge in Book Bans...'

Education Week--Do Holidays Belong in Public Schools? It’s a Controversial Question in December...'

Education Dive--Completion higher for alternative teacher prep programs affiliated with higher ed...'

12-12-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Advocates urge state to ensure schools address students with disabilities who missed services during pandemic...' Philadelphia Inquirer--‘Grow your own’ programs train high schoolers to become teachers. West Chester is joining the movement to combat the teacher shortage...'

Education Week--Schools Are Spending Big Bucks on Online Tutoring. Here’s What They’ve Learned...'

Education Dive--Ed Dept updates ESSER FAQ as spending reaches halfway mark...'

The Hechinger Report--One state is poised to teach media literacy starting in kindergarten...'

12-9-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Gov. Murphy names members to his Task Force on Public School Staff Shortages...' Star Ledger--N.J. school board salutes award-winning educators...'

The Record--NJ responds to a big drop in K-12 test scores with a tutoring 'call to action'...'

MyCentralJersey.com--The horrors of Sandy Hook were 10 years ago. We can still do more    Opinion...'

Education Week--Here’s How the Pandemic Changed School Discipline...'

Chalkbeat--Pandemic learning loss has affected students. Should we push to lower standards?...'

12-8-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J.’s spring school test scores show widespread losses during pandemic...' Education Week--‘Gas’ Is the Latest App to Catch Fire With Kids. What You Need to Know About It...'

Chalkbeat--Half of NYC students are behind in reading. More than 800 CUNY tutors are trying to get them on track...'

12-7-22 Education in the News
The Record--NJ's special education ombudsman has not filed annual reports, as required by law...' Washington Post--‘Blue’ suburban moms are mobilizing to counter conservatives in fights over masks, book bans and diversity education...'

Education Week--11 Critical Issues Facing Educators in 2023...'

Chalkbeat--Schools across the U.S. have turned to Paper’s online tutoring. Some worry it’s falling short...'

Education Dive--NWEA: Full academic rebound likely 5 or more years away...'

12-6-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. district with $7,500 signing bonuses has hired 115 teachers in 11 weeks...' Education Week--All That Ed Tech Schools Bought During the Pandemic Won’t Improve Equity. Here’s Why...'

Chalkbeat--Fall test scores show a slow, uneven academic rebound...'

Education Dive--8 strategies for districts looking to add or expand internship programs...'

The Hechinger Report--OPINION: American classrooms urgently need more tutors, so why not mobilize teachers in training?...'

12-5-22 Education in the News
South Jersey Times-Ensure that N.J. school districts have anti-hacker plans    Editorial...'
The Record--Universal free lunch for NJ students? Officials asking Congress for funding...'

Philadelphia Inquirer--Fighting to keep social studies...'

NY Times--Applying to College, and Trying to Appear ‘Less Asian’...'

Education Week--Sports Coaches Want More Training on How to Address Young Athletes’ Mental Health...'

Chalkbeat--We don’t have to choose between academic recovery and social-emotional learning..."

The Hechinger Report--PROOF POINTS: Does growth mindset matter? The debate heats up...'

12-2-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Education advocates frustrated over delayed test scores...' Star Ledger--Newark reveals post-COVID standardized test scores while many others wait...'

Paterson Press--Paterson hires 115 new teachers with $7,500 signing bonuses...'

Education Week--COVID Hurt Student Learning: Key Findings From a Year of Research...'

12-1-22 Education in the News
Philadelphia Inquirer--Are kids still behind? 3 takeaways from Pa.’s latest standardized tests...' Washington Post--The Magic of Bilingual Education...'

NPR--School principals say culture wars made last year 'rough as hell'...'

Education Week--Property Taxes Fuel K-12 Budgets. How Well Does That Work?...'

Chalkbeat--‘The hardest years of my career’: Principals say political combat has engulfed schools...'

Education Dive--Higher youth suicide rates linked to mental health staff shortages...'

11-30-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Delayed student test scores hamper efforts to recover from learning loss, advocates say...' Education Week--Schools Are Resegregating. There’s a Push for the Supreme Court to Consider That...'

Education Dive--Applications open for $84.5M in Energy Dept school infrastructure grants...'

The Hechinger Report--As enrollment falls and public skepticism grows, some colleges are cutting their prices...'

11-29-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--N.J. may soon set standards for students to learn how to separate fact from fiction on social media...' Education Week--What Schools Can Do to Ease Students’ Anxiety...'

Chalkbeat--National charter school enrollment flat after early pandemic gains, according to report...'

Education Dive--Nearly half of voters say trust in public education declined since pandemic...'

Edutopia--Showing Students Career Pathways to Teaching...'

11-28-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Newark teachers will get $1M in COVID backpay, union says...' NY Times--Sizing Up the First ‘Normal’ School Year...'

Education Week--Principals Give Thanks—and Shoutouts—to School Support Staff...'

Chalkbeat--NJ families have until Dec. 31 to request services for students with disabilities missed during the pandemic...'

Education Dive--Survey: Secondary students warming up to school meals...'

11-23-22 Education in the News
NJ Spotlight--Some NJ schools move to ban LGBTQ gender identity books...' Chalkbeat--New Jersey school counselors say student mental health needs have ‘increased tremendously’...'

Washington Post--Opinion    Talk of learning loss misses the humanity at the core of education...'

The Atlantic--How Much Alone Time Do Kids Need?...'

Education Week--A Thanksgiving Reading List (With Extra Gravy)...'

Education Dive--Holiday ransomware attacks hit education harder than other sectors...'

Edutopia--The Importance of Teaching About the Holocaust...'

The Hechinger Report--Schools can’t afford to lose any more Black male educators...'

11-22-22 Education in the News
The Record--'It's way out of line': With ad spending up 1,000%, sports betting firms entice NJ kids...' Education Week--What Educators Say Are the Biggest Barriers to Effective SEL...'

Education Dive--Common App expands program that offers automatic college admission...'

Edutopia--4 Strategies Administrators Can Use to Respond to Negative Comments on Social Media...'

The Hechinger Report--The path to a career could start in middle school...'

11-21-22 Education in the News
Star Ledger--Bring back virtual learning for N.J. kids, these parents say as they rev up fight for remote option...' Star Ledger--N.J. schools should teach about grief — because somebody has to, lawmakers say...'

The Atlantic--Rethinking ‘Run, Hide, Fight’...'

Education Week--Later School Start Times Could Help Teachers, Too...'

Chalkbeat--School psychologist, counselor hiring lags nationwide even as student mental health needs soar...'

Education Dive--Ed Dept outlines school violence prevention options under $1B Stronger Connections grant program...'

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