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.
Wednesday, Oct. 22nd - Committee of Advocates: Bridging the Collaboration Gap
Wednesday, October 22nd, Time (tba)
Location: 494 Broad Street, Suite LL30, Newark, NJ
For: All Stakeholders
From October 2014 to June 2015, the Trust will host regular community engagement sessions designed to connect key stakeholders in education, including advocates, business leaders, funders and community members to discuss Newark's future and the importance of whole-child development factors in school success models. Through this committee we will discuss current needs and explore the power of collective action.
Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program Receives $6.2M in Federal Funding
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
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.