Education Reform in Newark NJ

Newark, NJ, embarked on education reform that allows parents to choose a school from a network of traditional public schools and charter schools. The network of schools is called One Newark, and parents utilize a web based system to select the school of choice for their children. The Superintendent of Newark Public Schools is hand selected by the governor of New Jersey. Currently, Cami Anderson is the superintendent, and she has faced much opposition from parents and educators. John Mooney, founder and education writer for NJSpotlight.com, discuss Newark, NJ’s education reform.

Education Reform in Newark, NJ from Education Roundtable on Vimeo.

Common Core Math Standards

 

 

The Common Core’s math standards focus on the objective of depth of understanding and ability to solve problems in multiple ways. On the subject of math facts, the Common Core directly state fluency goals for first graders.

 

Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).

 

However, the Common Core does not state how to achieve it. Commonly and traditionally, rote memorization and timed assessments dominate schools across the United States as the approach to teaching children fluency in math facts. Schools use popular programs like Rocket Ship Math, which give timed assessments. However, new research from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics find that timed assessments are actually detrimental to students. Board Member of NCTM, Dr. Jennifer Bay Willliams, PhD, of University of Louisville and Gina Garza-Kling of Western Michigan University wrote an article entitled “Assessing Basic Fact Fluency” in the journal Teaching Children Mathematics.

On Wednesday, May 29, 2014 at 7pm, Dr. Bay Williams and Ms. Garza-Kling will discuss their research in highly effective methods of teaching fluency. Please watch by going to http://www.princetontv.org.

 

 

 

 

Happy 2nd Anniversary!

This post celebrates Education Roundtable’s Second Year Anniversary with Princeton Community TV. Two years ago, the first show spoke of the new assessments that will be heading for New Jersey and the rest of the nation as a result of the Common Core. This year, Education Roundtable celebrates the anniversary with a discussion about New Jersey’s participation in the pilot PARCC tests.

Smarter Balance, another standardized test aligned with the Common Core, and PARCC ask questions in math and English Language Arts that assess for critical thinking. However, the emphasis on the test has caused much concerns throughout the education arena. Educators complain the root of the emphasis on testing stems from Race to the Top, a federal level education program that gives states economic incentive to innovate education.

In 2010, 11 states and Washington, D.C. received funding under the Race to the Top program. An additional seven states
received a total of $200 million in 2011 to put their plans into motion. In states that won Race to the Top grants and in
states that did not, state leaders and educators embraced the challenge to bring forward their best ideas to improve education, with determination, courage and vision.

However, the Common Core created a national educational goal that allows for highly mobile families to receive relative consistency in education standards. Furthermore, for the first time, a national dialogue on what this nation needs and wants in education commenced. Educators, parents and students across the United States are blogging, commenting, writing and speaking about what is important to them. Education Roundtable and Princeton Community TV are proud to be a vehicle for the presentation of educational ideas from the standpoint of an independent voice.

This Wednesday at 7pm, please watch Brad Currie, New Jersey blogger and middle school Vice Principal of Chester School District, their participation in the pilot PARCC assessment.

Education Roundtable is now syndicated


Education Roundtable is now syndicated in New Jersey. The first show to be syndicated interviews John Mooney, founder and education writer of NJSpotlight.com. We discussed the topic of One Newark, a education reform program in Newark, NJ, lead by Superintendent Cami Anderson. Facebook’s Mark zuckerberg contributed $100 million to Newark’s education reform, but one of the strings attached is that Governor Chris Christie, Commissioner Chris Cerf and Superintendent Cami Anderson needs to stay in leadership roles. With the departure of Commissioner Education Chris Cerf, Facebook’s money is now in question. The show also discusses teacher seniority, charter schools’ academic outcomes and other pertinent reform issues. The show is currently broadcasting this week on Princeton TV (www.princetontv.org):

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7pm (Eastern)
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 7am (Eastern)
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 7:30am (Eastern)

Thank you for all the support you have given to Education Roundtable and Princeton Community TV!

Latest NJ Education News – May 1, 2014

Tenure charges filed against custodian whose cigarette lit inferno at James Monroe Elementary
Loyd Nelson, NJ.com
EDISON – Tenure charges have been filed against the custodian at James Monroe Elementary School in Edison charged with starting the fire that destroyed the building in March.

NJ education officials release 2015 school funding levels for all districts
Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger
TRENTON — New Jersey education officials released school aid figures today that show K-12 school funding would need to grow by $1 billion to meet the formulas spelled out in the 2008 School Funding Reform Act.

Students at Newark’s West Side High School protest teacher firing: report
By Star-Ledger Staff
NEWARK — The firing of a popular teacher was met by an afternoon protest by students at West Side High School, News 12 New Jersey is reporting.

 

 

School-Aid Formula Numbers Released by State Add Up to $1 Billion Funding Shortfall
John Mooney | May 1, 2014 | Education
Notices sent to districts bolster those who accuse Christie administration of ignoring legal mandate 3 Comments

 

Another State Task Force, Another Look at Special Education in NJ
John Mooney | April 30, 2014
Governor appoints panel authorized in wake of reports citing lack of consistent quality and standards in programs for kids with disabilities

 

Against Backdrop of Contention, State Releases Anderson’s Bonus Payments
John Mooney | April 29, 2014
State-appointed superintendent of NJ’s largest school district consistently hits majority of her targets

 

State Testing Sees Growing Movement of Families Planning to Opt Out
John Mooney | April 21, 2014
Confusion abounds about what happens next for those refusing to take standardized exams

 

Fine Print: State Lays Out Guidelines for Complying with New Dyslexia Law
John Mooney | April 25, 2014
Memo to school districts gives details of requirements for screening children, training teachers and staff

 

NJ Charter Schools: A Conversation About Their Place in Our State
John Mooney | April 15, 2014
In a special audio report, NJ Spotlight’s John Mooney discusses some of the problems and possibilities presented by charters

Interview with Dr. Ed Belbruno

In schools, visualization and graphic organizers help students approach math problems. In the world of Dr. Ed Belbruno, techniques taught to young learners expanded to intertwining art and science. The volume of a blank canvas became the vehicle to organize the information of complex chaos math challenges.  A documentary called Painting the Way to the Moon focuses on Dr. Belbruno, and it will be released this month. In this interview, audience can clearly see the complexity of the development of a child into an artist and researcher for Boeing, NASA and Princeton University, who solved the complex problem of leveraging gravitational fields to send rockets to the moon.