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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.

Wednesday, Oct. 22nd - Committee of Advocates: Bridging the Collaboration Gap

Wednesday, October 22nd, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Location: 494 Broad Street, Suite LL30, Newark, NJ

Join us this Wednesday to review and provide feedback on Newark's School enrollment process. During this session we will analyze the obstacles and roadblocks encountered, and identify opportunities for moving forward. Participants will include staff from the Newark Public Schools, as well as parents and stakeholders who comprised the recent Transportation review committee, and YOU.

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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.


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