Keansburg School District

Weekly Roundup - October 23, 2015

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Why should educators become policy advocates?

I am just one classroom teacher that would like to make a difference in the big education world. I can connect to my fellow teachers, I can motive educators to action, and I can speak directly to legislators while policy is being crafted. I can make that difference, and so can millions of teachers around the world, but few actually do. Why?

Many teachers feel powerless. They feel isolated, uninformed, and all alone. They don’t realize the powerful impact one motivated person can have, but flip on the news – I bet you can tell me horrible acts and the one person responsible that happen everyday. Why not harness that power for good?

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New Leaders Take the Helm

Deputy Secretary of Education John King is set to take the lead of the U.S. Department of Education once Secretary Arne Duncan steps down from his position in December. Although educators outside of New York may be unfamiliar with King, he has been active—albeit somewhat polarizing—in education for years.

After losing both of his parents at an early age, King sought refuge in the comforts of his classroom. He has since devoted his career to ensuring that all students have access to great teachers and great schools. King’s policies, however, haven’t been without criticism. In 2011, King became the commissioner of education for the state of New York, a post he held until joining the Department in December 2014. During his tenure in New York, King ushered in practices such as teacher evaluations tied to student performance and supported the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments, all of which garnered a significant amount of public pushback. Because President Obama is not formally nominating King as secretary of education, he will serve as acting secretary for the final year of Obama’s presidency, bypassing the lengthy and potentially challenging Senate confirmation process. In his appointment announcement, President Obama said King “has been an educator all his life—a teacher, a principal, a leader of schools, New York State’s education chief. He is the right man to lead the Department.”

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Compliance Training 2015-2016


Once again this year we are working to make sure that we are compliant with the ever-growing list of mandated trainings we are required to complete. As most of you know, anyone who works in an educational setting must have specific amounts of training each year (or over several years) in different areas. For instance, teachers are required to go through HIB training and evaluation refreshers each year. These trainings usually are held within the buildings and directed by the principal.

To address this growing body of required trainings and the importance to find efficiency we developed an administrative guide for compliance training so that we can ensure that all staff are being provided the necessary training at the building level. Central office typically uses videos or modules from vendors to deliver training which is not provided at the building level. The full list of compliance training required can be found at .

This year, central office will be providing compliance modules for Suicide Prevention, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Substance Abuse Awareness (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention).

The training modules are delivered by the Global Compliance Network. Directions are below.

Some notes:

  • Training modules for all staff are due on April 8, 2016. Central Office directed PD time will not be provided for completion of the modules.
  • Anyone who comes in contact with the students should complete this training.
  • As you access the modules, please follow the directions below.
  • When you get to #2, please select that you are a new user and follow directions from there.
  • If you are not in the system and cannot log in you should email me so I can check your account.
  • If you need any assistance, please contact Dr. Tom Tramaglini at any time.
  • After April 8th, a record of your completion for these modules will be placed in MyLearningPlan.
  • Please feel free to print or save your certificates of completion, but as you complete the training modules we have a tracking system which will record your work.
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Some Homecoming Celebrations from Last Week! Good Work Titans!

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The 2015 Keansburg School District Fall Newsletter


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Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.

COLLEGE students tell me they know how to look someone in the eye and type on their phones at the same time, their split attention undetected. They say it’s a skill they mastered in middle school when they wanted to text in class without getting caught. Now they use it when they want to be both with their friends and, as some put it, “elsewhere.”

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