School’s Out, Summer’s In – Let’s Make it Count

Summer 2022 is here and for many students, it marks the first time in a few years that they’ve been able to get out and have some real summer fun. But what will that fun look like? It might seem counterintuitive to plan how to play, but too often it’s a long, hot, and wasted summer if you don’t. Here are some just-in-time tips to keep your child grinning and growing this summer:


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Mental Health Month Shines Light on Importance of SEL

May is Mental Health Month, a time to focus on and recognize the importance of effective mental health supports and practices.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is one evidence-based, practical method of supporting mental health and helping students, educators, and families maintain balance and well-being.

As reported by CASEL, 213 SEL studies involving more than 270,000 students found that SEL interventions: increased students’ academic performance by 11 percentile points; improved classroom behavior; increased students’ ability to manage stress and depression; and promoted better attitudes about themselves, others, and school.

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From Tuesday through Thursday, May 10-12, leaders in the Newark education community will be coming together to focus on the most valuable members of our community: our children and families. Featuring local experts and advocates, who will speak to where we are and where we need to be when it comes to thriving in a healthy, supportive home, school, and community environment.

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It’s no surprise: children cannot learn and thrive on their own. Yet too often, we forget this basic fact and leave them without the support of an active, engaged, culturally relevant, multigenerational family and community network. And nothing is more important: this constellation of caring, informed adults is critical to the socio-emotional and academic development of a child. The good news is that in many cases, those resources are not too far away. With the help of experts to provide insights, educators to give practical instruction, and leaders to allow access to integrated community relationships, they can be activated in most cases. And there’s no question that is the case in Newark.

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Creating Emotionally Safe Spaces: Reserve a Spot at our Next Webinar!

Adults must not only learn how to recognize signs of mental health challenges in children, but they must also learn what they should do to address arising issues so they can create a safe and supportive learning environment for all. Through the “TODAY Matters: Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Present.” webinar series, the Newark Trust for Education has the goal of ensuring that every student comes to school ready to learn and is well supported.

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Trust Matters: 2022 School Board Election & More

The Newark Trust for Education is excited to announce this year's launch of Campaign Central, committed to serving as an independent source for information about the 2022 Newark Board of Education election scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th.

From now until April 19th, we’ll do all we can to ensure that you find the information needed to make your choice. The Trust is committed to creating a forum for the residents of Newark to hear and assess the candidates’ priorities and ideas.

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Let’s Celebrate SEL Day on March 11, 2022 – and every day!

March 11 is SEL Day, which brings recognition to the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL). This collaborative, behavioral approach is a proven way to promote the wellbeing of a child by teaching them how to identify their emotions, empathize with others, and engage with the world in a positive manner. It applies to children of all ages as well as to the adults who nurture their development and learning. SEL plays a huge role in the class- room, where it’s been proven to boost retention, academic accomplishments, graduation rates, and the overall wellbeing of the child. But it can’t take place there or in other areas of a child’s life unless it exists at home. That’s where SEL begins.

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