Archive for November, 2011

Final day to register for Free Event: Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement and Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement
and
Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom

The Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic is happy to announce the following FREE professional development opportunity in New Jersey. The goal of this event is to increase participants’ understanding of researched-based recommendations in the Institute of Education Sciences’ Practice Guides and to improve the overall research literacy among education practitioners.

 NJSACC: The Network for  New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities is proud to co-sponsor this event.

When:   Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 8 am( Registration) -2:45 pm
Where:  Rutgers University, Labor Education Center , New Brunswick, NJ

This dual-topic session will focus on research and recommendations presented in the two Practice Guides Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement and Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom.
Practice Guide co-authors Jessica Taylor (Structuring Out-of-School Time), Krista Kutash (Reducing Behavior Problems), and Robin Weaver (Reducing Behavior Problems) will present an overview of the recommendations offered in these Practice Guides.

Speakers:

Ms. Jessica Taylor
NASA Langley Research Center

Dr. Krista Kutash
University of South Florida

Ms. Robin Weaver
Harmony Hills Elementary School (MD)

Cost: This is a FREE event.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PRACTICE GUIDE

 

 

 

 

It is our continuous duty to educate the public about our shared responsibility to protect children by reporting suspected child abuse and neglect to the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, and also to assure our communities that we are prepared and trained to respond to these reports in a timely and professional manner.

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Colleagues,
Recent events have caused me to reflect on our continuous duty to educate the public about our shared responsibility to protect children by reporting suspected child abuse and neglect to the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, and also to assure our communities that we are prepared and trained to respond to these reports in a timely and professional manner.

In New Jersey we are fortunate to have an established commitment to a multi-disciplinary approach to child abuse investigations, particularly sexual abuse. Our DYFS staff and investigators from county and local law enforcement agencies are trained in forensic interviewing techniques aimed at reducing trauma to victims and family members, while assuring evidentiary standards are upheld. We are also fortunate to have a network of child advocacy centers across the state which provide a safe and child friendly environment for interviews with children and family members to occur. And, unlike most states, we have four regional diagnostic and treatment centers whose sole mission is assessment and treatment of child abuse and neglect. These centers are hospital based and assure that our children are provided with expert medical and clinical treatment. And we have many, many more professionals, trained in trauma, and therapeutic interventions, prepared to provide treatment for these children.

However, a report must be made to the child abuse hotline before this system can intervene and provide the services we have developed to serve and protect our state’s children and families. In New Jersey the law requires all citizens to report suspected child abuse or neglect immediately to DYFS – it is not the responsibility of institutions or private citizens to screen information to determine its veracity before making the report. Making that determination is the responsibility of the trained professionals charged with protecting our state’s most vulnerable.

The next time you discuss current events with your family members or neighbors, remind them how important that phone call to the child abuse hotline can be.

To report suspected child abuse and neglect in New Jersey call 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873).

Respectfully,
Allison Blake
Commissioner
NJ Department of Children and Families

 

IMPORTANT ! Take Action by November 9th- comment needed on NJ’s 21st CCLC Funding!

Monday, November 7th, 2011

 NCLB Waiver Application – Request for Comment from NJ DOE

On September 23, the US Department of Education announced that the federal government would invite states to apply for flexibility from the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). States would be granted flexibility in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive state-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction.  The first application deadline is November 14.Over the past month, the New Jersey Department of Education has solicited input from educators and community members across the state on the federal government’s guidelines. We collected comments through our website over two weeks in October, and met with both educators and the leadership of teachers unions and professional associations to solicit recommendations.

Before finalizing the application, the Department is soliciting additional comment on the draft outline of our application. This document captures the findings from our initial outreach and additional work done by the Department.

Because such changes would have a major impact on our state’s educators and families, we are soliciting input from K-12 stakeholders and the broader public on this draft outline.

A copy of the draft outline and the form for public comment can be found at the link below.  Submissions will be received through November 9, 2011.

https://education.state.nj.us/esea2/

 

NJSACC, the Network for  New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities is recommending that the language in Section 1 of the Comment  link, https://education.state.nj.us/esea2/ be changed  .

NJ DOE Language :
11. The requirements in ESEA sections 4201(b)(1)(A) and 4204(b)(2)(A) that restrict the activities provided by a community learning center under the Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program to activities provided only during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (i.e., before and after school or during summer recess). New Jersey requests this waiver so that 21st CCLC funds may be used to support expanded learning time during the school day in addition to activities during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session.


Should you wish to comment, feel free to cut and paste NJSACC’s recommended wording!
But this must be completed by November 9, 2011.

NJSACC: The NJ Afterschool Network feels that this wording will preserve the existing dollars for afterschool with a possibility of broadening the Expanded Learning Time Opportunities in NJ, funded by 21st CCLC dollars.

 Recommended verb-age  to cut and paste in BOX #1:

The requirements in ESEA sections 4201(b)(1)(A) and 4204(b)(2)(A) that restrict the activities provided by a community learning center under the Twenty-First Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program to Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) provided only during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (i.e., before and after school or during summer recess).

New Jersey requests this waiver so that 21st CCLC funds may be used to support expanded learning time during the school day.
This is not to supplant 21st CCLC  but is in addition to Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) during non-school hours or periods when school is not in session.

 



 

 

Lights On @ NJ After3 !

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Dear Friends & Supporters of New Jersey After 3,

 New Jersey After 3 is delighted to share that it will see the light of another day!

Yesterday, during our 11th hour of final operations – Governor Christie announced that the state will work with us to build a new public-private partnership – committed to supporting our mission to expand afterschool opportunities for New Jersey’s youth.

The state has asked New Jersey After 3 for help with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver application – which will provide us with an opportunity to work with the state, federal government, local school districts and others to support the expansion of high quality expanded learning time programs for tens of thousands of children around the state.

While there is an expectation of public funding once funds have been secured through the NCLB and a new partnership is developed, New Jersey After 3 will have to work with its core supporters and potential new donors to secure the funds necessary to sustain its operations through this interim period.

We are grateful for this opportunity to stay true to our mission to expand and improve afterschool opportunities for New Jersey’s youth and look forward to the time when we can serve New Jersey families once again.

Sincerely,

Mark Valli
President & CEO
New Jersey After 3, Inc.


Does your afterschool program serve children or wish to serve children with with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Does your afterschool program serve children  or wish to serve children with  with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities? KIDZ CONNECT  can be a wonderful gift to assist your program in making accommodations!

 KIDZ CONNECT   can provide after school staff  FREE specialized training and support to successfully integrate these students into existing program typical after school programs, giving them an opportunity to spend time socially with their peers.

If your program currently serves these children and  the children are eligible for Developmental Division services in the following counties your program will qualify for assistance:

  • Mercer
  • Monmouth
  • Ocean
  • Hunterdon
  • Middlesex

Through this program , Autism Family Services of New Jersey will provide :

  • After school staff are given FREE specialized training and support to successfully integrate these students into existing program typical after school
  • Daily stipend to offset any additional costs to those locations trying to meet the needs of any additional costs to those programs trying to meet the needs of any child with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities. ( this money could pay for an Aide)
  • All children  who are applicants must be registered and eligible for services with the Division of Developmental  Disabilities, and request a referral from  their Case manager

Contact :

Lauren McAllister , BCaBA
Autism Family Services of New Jersey
LMcAllister@familyresourcenetwork.org
732-262-8020