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  • Interview: NJ’s Milken Educator Award Winner, Maria DeBruin

    NJ Teachers’ Lounge was lucky  to catch up recently with Maria DeBruin, a Brick, NJ science teacher who was recently awarded the prestigious Milken Educator Award. The award, dubbed the “Oscar of teaching” by Teacher magazine is a $25,000, one-time prize given to early- to mid-career educators in recognition...
  • Welcome to The Teachers Lounge (South): Our NJEA Conference Recap

    The NJ Teachers’ Lounge crew took a trip to Atlantic City to the NJEA Conference. The conference took place November 9-10 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, located just outside the downtown region of AC. We had our booth set up, and it was such a blast. Teachers came...
  • A Student-Curated Reading List to Combat Learning Loss

    With the holidays just around the corner, most teachers are gearing up for some time off and some much needed rest and relaxation. While these breaks can a wonderful time to re-charge for both teachers and students, sometimes progress made throughout the semester can be lost. For example, in 2015,...
  • 5 Strategies to Help Shy Students Succeed in Classroom Discussions

    In my early years of teaching, I spent much of my time and energy focused on classroom management. Included in this was teaching students how to have a productive classroom discussion. I would plan mini-lessons about appropriate interjections, how to respond to someone who disagrees with your viewpoint (without...
  • NJEA answers to members – and no one else

    New Jersey Governor-Elect Phil Murphy, is promising to push back against President Donald Trump’s administration. The Democrat promised to stand firm against what he called “an assault on American values and our constitution.” Read the source article at Latest South Jersey News...
  • The Case of the Shrinking Education Department

    This year has been challenging for teachers for a myriad of reasons. Research shows stress, PTSD, and mental/emotional health issues are running rampant for teachers around the country. Faced with the Trump Effect, many teachers are not only faced with the stresses and fears of students, but with their...
  • NJEA “greatly diminished” after failed bid to oust Steve Sweeney, experts say | Education

    Buy Now Senate President Steve Sweeney takes a tour of the $220 million DEVCO Gateway redevelopment project in Atlantic City, which includes a new campus for Stockton University and a new South Jersey Gas headquarters at the site of Atlantic City High School. Wednesday October 26, 2016. Read the...
  • What Can Higher Ed Learn from Precision Medicine?

    First, it was about access. Then completion. Now, it’s about wellness. Over the last few decades, discussions in higher-education reform have evolved from the concept of getting as many students through the doors of colleges, to making sure they complete their intended pathways. Now, the conversation appears to be...
  • What a Horse With Heartburn Taught Me About Developing Student Passion and Autonomy

    Most educators would agree that for learning to be meaningful, students need to find personal connections that help them make the content they’re learning relevant to their own lives. In an English Language Arts class, this might mean reading a book and feeling a connection to a character through...
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