Keansburg School District

December 19, 2014

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District breaks ground on new Caruso Elementary School

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Meet our 2015 Whole Child Conference Keynote Speaker - Sean Slade of ASCD



I am pleased to announce that educational advocate, author and international presenter Sean Slade, Director of Whole Child Programs at ASCD will be the keynote speaker at out conference on January 30th.

ASCD's description is as follows - Sean Slade is the director of Whole Child Programs at ASCD. The Whole Child Initiative is part of a broad, multiyear plan to shift public dialogue about education from an academic focus to a whole child approach that encompasses all factors required for successful student outcomes. The Whole Child Initiative strives to enhance learning by addressing each student's social, emotional, physical, and academic needs through the shared contributions of schools, families, communities, and policymakers.

During his more than two decades in education, Slade has written extensively on topics related to the whole child and health and well-being, and he has been at the forefront of promoting and using school climate, connectedness, resilience, and a youth development focus for school improvement. He has been a teacher, head of department, educational researcher, senior education officer, and director. He has taught, trained, and directed education initiatives in Australia, Italy, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Since joining ASCD, Slade has directed the Healthy School Communities program; led the development of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model; hosted the Whole Child Symposium; and been a regular columnist for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and ASCD's Inservice blog. His latest work is an ASCD Arias publication titled School Climate Change: How Do I Build a Positive Environment for Learning?, which he coauthored with Peter DeWitt.

Slade currently serves as vice president of advocacy for the International Union of Health Promotion and Education–North American Region and is on the steering committees for several alliances and organizations, including the International School Health Network, National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety, National School Climate Council, Coalition for Community Schools, Human Rights Campaign's Welcoming Schools Program, and Let's Move in School. He has also participated in both the U.S. Department of Education's Bullying Summits and the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention.

Read Sean's Blog on

Pre-Whole Child Conference Contest Announced

Any Keansburg School District teacher who has or creates a Twitter Account and Tweets at least once to #2015KTWholeChildConf will be entered into a drawing for special SWAG and prizes. On your Tweet, please use the hastag #2015KTWholeChildConf to enter.

Join our Teach Like A Pirate PLC

The PLC Book Club runs Mondays (February 2, 9, 23 March 2, 9, 16) - Limit 10 people

Open to all PreK-12 Teachers on first come first serve basis

Each session runs from 3:15-4:15


  • Learn effective teaching strategies/techniques from the author
  • Discuss with colleagues and reflect on teaching
  • Share insights and perspectives concerning the topics being covered in the text


  • Will have the ability to learn from author/teacher Dave Burgess by reading his book- Teach Like a Pirate. Participants will discuss with colleagues and reflect on their own daily teaching practices.
  • Understand the nuts and bolts that will support participants in developing engaging lessons and light a fire within their classrooms
  • Reflect on the current reality of their classrooms
  • Discuss and identify each participant’s passion for teaching



Interested in attempting to become a USDE Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellows?

Dear Colleagues,

As teacher leaders, principals and other leaders in education from whom our Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellows have been privileged to learn in the past several years, I wanted to make a special effort to let you know that the applications for the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 Teaching Ambassador Fellowship (TAF) and Principal Ambassador Fellowship cohorts will be released shortly.

Please look for it in the coming week and share the news with great teacher leaders and principals that you know! The applications should be available before the end of next week and will close in mid-January. If you or colleagues wish to be notified when they are official released, please sign up for our Teaching and Principal mailing lists.

The application criteria, format, and process are similar to previous years, so candidates may wish to review or in preparation. We are making some minor modifications that are largely designed to reduce burden for applicants and peer reviewers. (All applications are reviewed by current and former Fellows and Department staff who have taught or work on related topics.) The changes include:

  • Combining the Full-Time Washington Fellowship and Part-Time Classroom Fellowship applications. Candidates will simply indicate to which of the programs they are applying.
  • Revising and reducing the submission questions to better reflect the selection criteria.
  • Requiring just one letter of recommendation with the initial application. (Note: This letter must come from an employer indicating an understanding of the requirements of the position for which the candidate is applying and recommending the person for the position. Official sign-off on an agreement is not required when at the written application stage. The recommender should indicate a willingness to assist the candidate in gaining official approval, should s/he be selected. Also note that we may request additional letters of recommendation should s/he progress to the interview stage.)

Thank you again for all of the learning that we have gained through conversations with you and others in your community. We look forward to hearing from you and your colleagues!


Gillian Cohen-Boyer, on behalf of the Department’s Educator Engagement team.


"It really, actually changed my life."


Wiki in Education - Uses, Advantages and Practices

By Santosh Bhaskar ELEARNING

Wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. It supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages on the fly. It’s a fully editable website whose content can be edited by anyone who has access to it. Wiki is a great tool to use in education because of its numerous features. Let’s learn about it.


Wiki is a “collaborative workspace in which information can be gathered, shared, evaluated, organized or used to produce something new.”

Advantages of Wiki in Education:

Free: Most of the Wiki hosting platforms are for free.

No Need to Learn Coding : Creating and editing Wikis are very easy and user friendly. They do not require HTML or other programming languages.

Anyone from Anywhere: Anyone can access as well as manage Wikis from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Collaboration: Students and educators from all around the world can collaborate and work on the same document.

Instantaneous: As Wikis can be modified by anyone, students always get instantaneous information through them.

Encourages Non Technical Users: Non technical users can also create and publish content with ease. There are people who have a great expertise in a particular area of interest but they can’t showcase their skills due to lack of technical knowledge. Wiki encourages all such users and widens their Web usage.

Connects Multiple Resources: Wiki is a combination of Web pages linked together. Educators can provide students with as many resources as they can. It helps them learn in a detailed way.

In addition to the above mentioned advantages, Wiki can be used in many applications in the educational field. Let’s learn how educators and students can use Wiki.

Create a Wiki for your Classroom:

As we know many educators create blogs for their ideal classroom to encourage online presence of students and their parents, Wiki is a much more effective way to engage students. Select a great Wiki host, create a Wiki and explain to your students its usage.

Share Resources:

Educators can use Wiki as an online resource platform where they can share numerous links relevant to the current lesson topic. Students can also suggest their researches here.

Educators can provide students with docs, media, and PDF files on their classroom Wiki.

Students and educators can share their presentations using Wikis.

Post Lesson Activity:

Ask students to write summaries on Wiki for every lesson they’ve learnt. Allow students to share feedback on every lesson. By reviewing them, educators can assess students’ performance and design individualized instructions.

Wiki for Editing:

Wikis can be used for peer editing, for example, students can edit each others work for spellings, grammar, or anything else educators want them to learn. This helps them learn better by helping each other.


Wiki is a great collaborative platform for many of the students and educators involved in a learning process. Ask students to post their works and allow others to give feedbacks on them. Students can collaborate with other students to exchange and explore information. Educators can also use Wikis for professional development, to connect with other educators from other places to discuss, share and learn from each other.


Teachers use Wikis to motivate their students to get involved in a learning process. Wikis enable students to collaborate with others on class assignments and activities. As learning through Wikis is a new way, students will surely be excited about it.

Turn students into experts:

The ideas and opinions that are written by students are accessed by many people, gradually students improve their writing, learning, communication and research skills. Wikis allow students to teach others about what they know about a topic.

We'll discuss about the best tools to create Wikis in our next post. We hope this information is useful for you to know about a few benefits and the ways of using Wiki in a classroom. We’d like to hear from you more ways of using Wikis in education. Please feel free to share with us in the comment box.


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