Articles and Books

Academy in session”:  “The Academy for Education and Learning ignites a passion for teaching in Morris County School of Technology high school students through field exposure and preschool instruction.” The Learning Center at Morris County School of Technology (MCST) in Denville is a hub for enrichment at many levels.  It’s one of few places where preschoolers and high school students collide in a single educational environment that triggers development for both age groups.  The role students take on in this classroom is, in a way, determined by the door they enter through.  At 8:30 a.m. 3- to 5-year-olds are dropped off by their parents through the exterior door of the Learning Center.  They hang their jackets in little wooden cubbies and take a seat to learn their ABCs.  As the morning session is about to begin, another set of students enters for class, this time through a doorway of a separate classroom that connects to the high school.” To learn what happens next in this very special environment that develops future teachers, read the full Classroom Spotlight article in the April 2017 issue of “New Jersey Teachers”.

Stockton Academy gives prospective teachers glimpse of urban schools: ATLANTIC CITY — Teaching in an urban school requires more than just knowledge of reading, writing, math or science. It takes an understanding of the challenges students also face outside the classroom. Six area high school students considering a career in teaching spent two weeks learning about the city and its schools at the first Urban Teacher Academy sponsored by Stockton University. Read the full article here.

Majority of U.S. Public School Students are in Poverty: For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data.  Read the full article here.

Effective Classroom Management – Dr. Tracey Garrett, Program Director and contact person for the Tomorrow’s Teachers College Credit program at Rider University, has authored a new book, Effective Classroom Management – The Essentials.  Due for release on August 8, 2014, “This user-friendly resource will help K-12 teachers become more effective classroom managers. Tracey Garrett provides a new perspective that has been well received by thousands of pre-service, novice, and veteran teachers. Each chapter of the book concentrates on a key area (physical design, rules and routines, relationships, engaging instruction, and discipline) and focuses on the importance of that particular area in relation to a teacher’s overall classroom management plan. Examples of specific techniques and strategies are presented through three classroom teachers, each representing a different grade level. In addition, four students share their beliefs and experiences related to the different aspects of classroom management and provide unique insight into the lived experience of students in real classrooms in a variety of contexts, including urban and suburban schools. Effective Classroom Management is a concise guide designed to prevent problems that require active discipline before they arise. Book features include classroom examples, case studies, and study questions. There is also an app, Classroom Management Essentials, available from the iTunes store featuring videos of the author and other teachers discussing classroom management strategies and experiences addressed in the book.”  [Description from]

Homeless Children Article Series:  There are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York, the highest number since the Great Depression.  Below are links to a 5-part article about one of those homeless children. It is a story that is both troubling and provocative. The information in this article has important implications for future teachers due to the growing number homeless children in our schools.This is one of their stories.

Part 1 – Invisible Child – Girl in the Shadows: Dasani’s Homeless Life

Part 2 – A Future Rests on a Fragile Foundation

Part 3 – A Neighborhood’s Profound Divide

Part 4 – Finding Strength in Bonds of Family

Part 5 – Reasons to Dream

See the Online Universities blog article naming the 14 Best Books About Global Education.

“Top 25 Education Activists in the U.S. Today,” Read it here.

“12 Ways Parents Can Contribute to Education Reform, ” Read it here.

“Teachers Want to Lead the Transformation of their Profession,” January 26, 2012 issue of “Homeroom,” the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education.  Read it here.

Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers Today” – The August/September 2011 issue of “Go teach,” the official magazine of the Future Educators Association, featured this article. Also, take the “Go teach” Pop Quiz to find out if teaching is right for you!

CFE Featured on the Cover of the NJEA Review – The February 2011 issue of the New Jersey Education Association Review features the Center for Future Educators at The College of New Jersey in a cover story article entitled:  “Growing Tomorrow’s Teachers – The Center for Future Educators helps teenagers learn about and prepare for the profession.”  See feature article online.

NJEA and Future Teachers – “The NJEA has taken the lead in supporting today’s students who aspire to become future teachers. Thanks to NJEA funding, several initiatives are currently being coordinated by the Center for Future Educators (CFE) at The College of New Jersey to reach out state-wide to high school and middle school students who aspire to become the next generation of teachers.”   See the full article.

Encouraging the Next Generation – NJFEA Launches “Sponsor a Future Teacher” — Center for Future Educators Executive Director and NJFEA State Director, Larry Fieber, authored the a feature article entitled: “Encouraging the next generation – NJFEA launches ‘Sponsor a Future Teacher,’” which appeared in the September 2012 issue of the NJEA Review.  Mr. Fieber writes, “NJFEA members are invited to encourage and recruit the next generation of teachers by participating in “Sponsor a Future Teacher,” a new initiative being launched this fall.  This program reaches out to current high school and middle school students who are considering careers as future teachers.”  Read the full article here.

Other Important Articles:

School Data Finds Pattern of Inequality Along Racial Lines

“Autism Diagnoses Surge by 30 Percent in Kids, CDC Reports”

“Share This With All Schools, Please”

“Do Parents Care Enough About Schools?”

Reading gap widens between wealthy and poor students, study says.

Missing from Science Class: Too Few Girls and Minorities Study Tech Subjects NY Times OpEd, 12/11/13

International Education Rankings Articles, Huffington Post

Study: Poor children are now the majority in American public schools in South, West

No Rich Child Left Behind

With Police in Schools, More Children in Court

The First Race to the Top

K-5 Teacher overload: Too many trained, not enough jobs

Ex-Schools Chief in Atlanta is Indicted in Cheating Scandal

Teacher tenure, evaluation regulations introduced at state BOE

14 Best Books About Global Education

Focus: Teaching in an Urban School Article

Focus: Teaching in an Urban School Guide (color version)

Focus: Teaching in an Urban School Guide (black and white version)

FEA Case Statement – Making the Case for Teacher Recruitment

Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, NY Times

Get your students in action

Being a Teacher is More Than Just a Job

Homelessness Comes to School

Poverty Facts and Figures

When Will We Learn

Pop Quiz – What Does it Mean to be a Professional