Archive for January, 2009

Asthma Training ! FREE

Friday, January 30th, 2009

The weather is cold- and Asthma is on the rise.  If you have children or youth who have asthma this training is for you.
Asthma Training

When: February 18th at 9:30 am till 11 am

Where: The Cranford United Methodist Church (on the corner of Walnut Ave. and Lincoln Ave., next door to the community center and          library)
201 Lincoln Ave. E.
Cranford, NJ 07016

Cost: FREE you still need to register!
Presented in partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Rahway , the Christian Connection, Cranford and NJSACC

Topics covered include  what is asthma, effects and symptoms of asthma, what can cause asthma, treatment for asthma, use of Peak Flow Meters and their importance in monitoring a child, and how the teacher can assist a child who has asthma and what the teacher needs to get from the parent and doctor.

Presenter is Paul Schroeder ,Community Health Educator at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Rahway

Cut off is Friday Feb. 13th.

Please fill out the registration form below FAX to 908.789.4237

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NJ 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Available $$$$

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Please read this announcement!
Please read this important GRANT INFORMATION!

21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Competitive Grant: Cohort 6 – Year 1/5
Division: Student Services
Office: Educational Support Services
View Published NGO Document (Microsoft Word)

Purpose: The vision for New Jersey’s 21st CCLC Program is to develop high quality out-of-school time programs through community learning centers that provide services not just to the child but to the entire family unit. Additionally, in support of the Governor Corzine’s Safe Streets and Neighborhoods initiative announced in September 2007, this funding supports localities interested in implementing the strategies found in the Governor’s initiative. The provision of services through 21st CCLC Programs throughout the state will: Increase students’ academic achievement by offering high-quality supplemental services in core academic areas such as reading and mathematics, and enrichment activities including arts and culture, youth development, and physical activity; Increase positive student behavior by infusing character education into the program; Engage adult family members of participating students through participation in an array of parental involvement activities; and Establish and maintain partnerships and collaborative relationships to ensure participants’ access to all available resources through coordinated efforts.

Eligible Agencies: The 21st CCLC Program is a limited competitive grant program open to all public or private agencies, local education agencies (i.e. charter schools, educational service commissions, jointure commissions and special services school districts), non-profit organizations, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations (including religious private schools), institutions of higher education and for-profit agencies, but limited to the those that will serve students in any grade level between 4th and 12th who primarily attend schools eligible to participate in Title I schoolwide programs or schools that serve a high percentage of students from low income families. Additionally, the families of those students must also be served through the community learning center. The applicant agency may submit only one application. Applicants must serve schools that satisfy either the schoolwide eligibility or the high percentage of low-income eligibility. Those agencies with 21st CCLC grant agreements terminated by the NJDOE, or whose continuation eligibility was denied, are ineligible to apply.

Approximate Number of Awards: 22 Grant Program Type: Limited Competitive
Total Amt. Available: $12,000,000 Application Due Date: 4/7/2009

A New Day for Learning: How to Cultivate Full-Time Learners

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Great Opportunity !

Join us for our first webinar in 2009!

A New Day for Learning: How to Cultivate Full-Time Learners
Thursday, February 12
7 P.M. EST/6 P.M. CST/4 P.M. PST
You’ll walk away from the webinar with lesson-plans, best practices, and tips that you can implement in your school, your district, or your afterschool community.


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Dear Edutopia Friend,

Things are beginning to change — everywhere.

I just got back from the inauguration in Washington, DC, and I couldn’t be more excited about the moment we’re in right now. Let me tell you, the groundswell of support for changing what’s possible in teaching and learning is being heard loud and clear.

Here at Edutopia, we’re continuing to redefine learning and have just unveiled some of our most innovative and practical resources yet at It’s part of our continuing A New Day for Learning   initiative that provides a deeper look into after-school and full-time-learning programs. I’d like to personally lead you through this new material during our webinar on Thursday, February 12.

Support for this coverage was provided in part by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. As a special guest, please provide the following code when registering: ECMPCSM

I’m thrilled to host this engaging session where educators will connect with leading experts to talk about how to foster learning opportunities during, and beyond, the school day by creating programs that inspire and excite students.

I’ll be joined by Hillary Salmons and Karen Dvornich — both of whom contributed to our new series of in-depth, multimedia stories packaged together as A New Day for Learning at CLICK HERE Together, we’ll take you on a guided tour through these resources.

Salmons is executive director of the Providence After School Alliance   (PASA), a leader of and model for cities across the nation in developing citywide campus centers that keep students in stimulating, safe environments with caring adults during the after-school hours. Dvornich coordinates NatureMapping , a program that provides workshops and resources to help students collect and analyze scientific field data, inspiring young scientists through class projects and field trips.

I hope you’ll join us for our first webinar of 2009 — RSVP today.   You’ll walk away from the webinar with access to lesson plans, best practices, and tips you can implement in your school, your school district, or your community — and you’ll get them straight from the experts.

Everything we do here at Edutopia comes back to providing you with practical resources and innovative ideas that help you bring the best to your classroom, your school, or your school district. That’s why I hope to connect with you during our upcoming webinar exploring model programs that engage students in the array of learning opportunities inside, and outside of, the classroom.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for believing in, Edutopia.


Milton Chen, Executive Director
The George Lucas Foundation

Write Your Senator!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Passes In House!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009
Obama to Keep Fighting for Economic Stimulus Plan

29 January 2009


U.S. President Barack Obama says he hopes an economic stimulus plan passed by the House of Representatives can be improved before he has a chance to sign it into law.The House approved the $819 billion economic recovery plan Wednesday without a single Republican crossing party lines to vote for it.  Mr. Obama had been hoping to win broad bipartisan support for the plan.

Republicans said the package contained too much wasteful spending and not enough tax cuts.

The Senate is crafting its own version – which includes an additional $70 billion in tax cuts – and will debate the measure next week.

The two chambers of Congress will have to resolve the differences between their two versions of the plan before President Obama can sign it into law.

Mr. Obama has said most of the money in the package will be used immediately and go directly to efforts to save or create three million to four million new jobs.   The legislation offers funding for numerous domestic projects, and includes billions of dollars in tax cuts.