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Straight Talk with Rashon K. Hasan, Chair, Newark Public Schools Advisory Board

The Newark Trust for Education is back with another season of Straight Talk, a series of insightful interviews focused on education in the city of Newark. This season's Straight Talk series will focus on educational leadership—essential components for high performance, support needed, and benefits to children and the community.

Our first installment of Straight Talk features Rashon K. Hasan, chairperson of the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board, who discussed a path to district local control and fostering community involvement. Watch it now and stay tuned for future installments featuring policy makers in education, thought leaders, parents, students and more.

Rashon K. Hasan from Newark Trust on Vimeo.

Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program Receives $6.2M in Federal Funding

RossDanis_MontclairThe US Department of Education announced that Montclair State University will receive $6.2 million in federal funding to continue the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program, an apprenticeship-based study program for educators interested in urban teaching.

According to a report on NJ.com, Montclair State is one of 24 colleges across the country that will share in $35 million "meant to develop and foster programs that recruit and train teachers in high-need districts." The grant money will train 11,000 science, technology, engineering, and math teachers over the next five years as part of President Barack Obama's Teacher Quality Partnership grant competition.

In 2013, Newark Trust President and CEO Dr. Ross Danis gave the program's graduation ceremony the keynote address, remarking that the teachers are prepared "because they've been living it, teaching in Newark, understanding the district and learning what works and what doesn't."

Newark Trust Welcomes the Hon. Ras J. Baraka to its Board of Trustees

Ras_September2014_NewsletterThe Newark Trust formally installed Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka to its Board of Trustees this month, filling a position specifically reserved for the mayor of Newark.

Baraka, along with NPS Advisory Board President Rashon K. Hasan, serve in an ex- officio capacity, filling the seats reserved for the mayor and school advisory board president. Baraka named Dr. Lauren Wells, the mayor's education advisor, as his official board designee. Dr. Wells was in attendance at the Trust's September 24 board meeting.

"Over time and through changing education and political landscapes, the Newark Trust for Education's mission remains constant and our work consistent with our core values. Our sole focus is to ensure that all Newark's young people have access to a quality public education," said Newark Trust President and CEO Ross Danis.

Expanded Scope Supports Smooth Transitions: Funders' Collaborative for High-Quality School Options

Funders_collaborativeThe Funders' Collaborative for High Quality School Options represents a unique collaboration of local and regional funders who are committed to ensuring that all Newark students have access to high-quality school options that will put them on a path to college readiness

In September 2014, the Trust, in partnership with the Governance Committee of the Funders Collaborative (an initiative of Newark Education Funders) was excited to expand the scope of the program and support those schools most impacted by the education reform efforts currently underway. The purpose of the funding is to provide schools with the necessary support to ensure a smooth transition into the 2014-15 academic year. Click below to find out about this year's recipients.