Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Jersey School Board Elections-4/27/11-VOTE


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Annual School Board (and School Budget) Elections

Call your School BOARD for Polling Times

More Information at http://www.vote411.org

Don’t forget to Vote on the Public Questions TOO!




Information for Jersey City Residents

Candidate Links

( Scroll down for Jersey City )

Six 2011 Board of Education candidate interviews from Talking

JCBOE forum at Historic Paulus Hook Association April 7, 2011

All of the candidates are on Facebook


Framing equal opportunity : law and the politics of school finance reform / Michael Paris.
KFN2190 .P375 2010

Other people's children : the battle for justice and equality in New Jersey's schools / Deborah Yaffe.
KFN2190 .Y34 2007

Church and school in the immigrant city : a social history of public education in Jersey City, 1804-1930/ Barbara Burns Petrick.
LA333.J4 .P48 2000

Putting the children first : the changing face of Newark's public schools / edited by Jonathan G. Silin, Carol Lippman ;foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings.
LA333 .N4 P88 2003

The wasted years : American youth, race, and the literacy gap / James McCabe.
LC151 .M274 2003

In plain sight : simple, difficult lessons from New Jersey's expensive efforts to close the achievement gap / Gordon MacInnes.
LC213.22 .N5 M33 2009

Thursday, April 14, 2011

2010 ALA "Banned Books List"

The ALA’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010 include the following titles; each title is followed by the reasons given for challenging the book:

1. "And Tango Makes Three" by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2. "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language, Racism, Sex Education, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group, Violence

3. "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: Insensitivity, Offensive Language, Racism, Sexually Explicit

4. "Crank" by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: Drugs, Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit

5. "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group, Violence

6. "Lush" by Natasha Friend
Reasons: Drugs, Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group

7. "What My Mother Doesn’t Know" by Sonya Sones
Reasons: Sexism, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group

8. "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America" by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: Drugs, Inaccurate, Offensive Language, Political Viewpoint, Religious Viewpoint

9. "Revolutionary Voices" edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit

10. "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint, Violence

For more information on book challenges and censorship, please visit the Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books Week Web site at www.ala.org/bbooks.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Jersey City Library featured on Wendy Williams and Who Do You Think You Are? faces 800K budget cut, Happy National Library Week!

National Library Week will be celebrated April 10-April 16, 2011

Jersey City Public Library in New Jersey may not be celebrating.

The Jersey City Public Library is facing $800,000 in budget cuts.

This would mean:-

  • closing branches

  • laying off staff

  • termination of the Bookmobile program

  • no computer access for teens, seniors, and the unemployed

  • no new books

Interested Jersey City Public Library supporters are asked to call the City Clerk at 201-547-5150 to go on the speakers list for the next City Council Meeting, April 13, 2011, at 6pm at 280 Grove street.

Suggested talking points:

  • Why do you oppose Jersey City Public Library budget cuts?

  • Why is the Jersey Public Library important to you?

Please support the Jersey City Public Library ( and all public libraries) during NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK.

(Note to fans of Who Do You Think You Are?- The main branch of the Jersey City Public Library has been featured on several episodes, especially the Rosie O'Donnell episode. http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/episode-guide/

The staff of the library was featured on the Wendy Williams show. http://educationservicesnews.blogspot.com/2009/10/jersey-city-public-library-staff-on.html

It was also featured in the movie, Party Girl http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114095/)

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Sister Souljah at Newark Public Library, 4/19/11-6:30pm

Sister Souljah

Newark Public Library

5 Washington Street

Newark , NJ

Tuesday, April 19, 6:30pm

(Booksale begins at 5:00 pm,

Book Purchasers get Priority seating!

General Searing begins at 6:15pm)

Free and Open to the Public)

Teachers, Librarians apply for NJ Council for the Humanities 2011 seminars

From: NJ Council for the Humanities
Attn: School Librarians and K-12 Educators in NJ

Each year the NJ Council for the Humanities offers school librarians and K-12 educators in NJ the opportunity to earn professional development and graduate credit by attending a six-day residential seminar exploring a humanities topic.

Held on the campus of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, this year’s seminars are :

  • Race in American History and Culture: New Perspectives, lead by Dr. Clement Price (July 10-July 15);

  • Narratives of Immigration: Latino/a Lives, lead by Dr. Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui (July 17-July 22);

  • Poverty, Affluence and the American Dream, lead by Dr. Matt Ruben (July 24-July 29); and,

  • Adolescent and Young Adult Literature, lead by Dr. Cheryl McClean (July 31-August 5).

These seminars provide a stimulating immersion experience with ample time for discussion, writing and curriculum workshops, field trips, and conversation with colleagues. These summer courses in the humanities are designed to inform teachers about recent scholarship in their fields and to help them incorporate new knowledge into their classroom teaching.

Books, materials, and room and board are included in this tuition-free program. A $100 registration fee is required of all accepted applicants

In addition to the possibility of earning 45 hours of professional development credit, $250 for completing a curriculum project, or 3 graduate credits and $250 stipend for completing a research paper, teachers and librarians leave the seminar invigorated and inspired. As one participant from last year’s Teacher Institute raved, “This seminar is just like other NJCH seminars: wonderful! It is a shame that I can’t find other workshops like these. NJCH knows the recipe for exceptional PD – please keep offering them!” Applications are due by June 1, but admissions are on a rolling basis, so please apply as early to possible to insure that you will be able to have a space in the seminar of your first choice. For more information about the Teacher Institute, contact NJCH at (888) 394-6524 or e-mail njch@njch.org. Information is also available at www.njch.org/teacher.html.

Monday, April 04, 2011

NJ Center for the Book honors Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers honored by the NJ Center for the Book

2:30 to 4:30 pm

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Rutgers University Zimmerli Art Museum

New Brunswick campus
Walter Dean Myers will receive the Rutgers School of Communication and Information Award for Distinguished Literature for Children and Young Adults at an open event, free to the public, on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in the Rutgers University Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick campus. The award ceremony commemorates the tenth anniversary of the New Jersey Center for the Book. Mr Myers is considered a towering presence in service to youth who has, through his fiction, nonfiction and poetry, redefined young African American males in literature by opening their confrontation with urban life and their survival with pride and belief in the future. Mr. Myers is called, “one of today’s most important authors of young adult literature,” “a giant among children’s and young adult authors,” and "one of the most important writers of children’s books of our age.” Mr. Myers' work has earned many accolades. His first book, “Where Does the Day Go,” was selected by the Council on Interracial Books for its Children's Award. Other works have also won on seven occasions a place among the American Library Association (ALA) Notable Books for Children and five times among the ALA Best Books for Young Adults. The Child Study Association of America has twice awarded his fiction the Children’s Book of the Year. He has six times received the Coretta Scott King Award, was a Newbery Honor Book recipient twice; and, with his illustrator son Christopher, a Caldecott Honor Book recipient twice. The author was honored with two Lifetime Achievement Awards for the entire body of his work, the first sponsored by School Library Journal, and the second by the Margaret A. Edwards Foundation.