Princeton Board of Education Profile: Beth Behrend

PRINCETON, NJ — Incumbent Princeton Board of Education President Beth Behrend is running for another term this coming election.

A product of public schools, Behrend emphasizes on the importance of a good public education. She says her focus has always been on putting students first while dealing with the various challenges brought on by the pandemic.

Read below to learn more about Behrend and her platform for the upcoming elections in Princeton.

Name – Beth Behrend

Age (as of Election Day) – 52

Position Sought – Board of Education, Princeton Public Schools

Family – I live in the Riverside neighborhood of Princeton with my husband, Robert, and our three children, ages 14, 16 and 18, and our dog, Truffles, and four finches. My children attend/have attended Riverside Elementary, the Princeton Unified Middle School, The Pennington School and PHS. Our oldest (PHS 2020) is a freshman at Princeton University.

Does anyone

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New “Testing America’s Freedom” Podcast from NWEA Examines Equity in Education

NWEA, the not-for-profit educational assessment provider, announced today the launch of its new podcast, Testing America’s Freedom. Hosted by Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs & Partnerships at NWEA, the episodic series explores the role of race and assessment in American public education through thought-provoking interviews with current and future leaders in education.

Testing America’s Freedom delves deep into the lesser-known history of laws and policies that have perpetuated and exacerbated racial inequities within the education system. Samuel and her guests explore topics such as school funding, the importance of diversity in the education workforce, assessment purposes and design, and their link to modern-day systemic racism, discussing the challenges and opportunities presented by these urgent issues.

“The inequities within our public education system do not exist by accident, they are the result of carefully orchestrated policies that used tools like school funding, divestment and testing to perpetuate

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Becky Hamman, Stamford Board Of Education

STAMFORD, CT — The 2020 election is heating up in Connecticut and there are plenty of races with candidates eager to serve in elected office. Eyes are primarily focused on the presidential election, but every state representative and senate seat is up for grabs. All five of Connecticut’s congressional seats are up for grabs as well.

There are 151 seats in the state House of Representatives and 36 in the state Senate. Democrats currently hold majorities in both chambers with a 91 to 60 lead over Republicans in the House and a 22 to 14 lead in the Senate.

Connecticut Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as election day draws near.

Becky Hamman, a Stamford resident, is running for re-election to the city’s Board of Education.

Age: 58

Party affiliation: Republican Party

Family: My husband, Dale, and I have resided in

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Edison Board Of Education Profiles: Shi, White, Patel

EDISON, NJ — Thirteen candidates are vying for three seats to the Edison Board of Education come Nov. 3. Incumbent Jerry Shi is running with Mohin Patel and Virginia White on Edison First slate.

Read below to learn more about Shi, White and Patel and their platform for the upcoming elections in Edison.

Name – Jerry Shi

Position sought – Member, Edison Board of Education

Campaign website –

Education – I received my Bachelor’s in systems engineering, and my Master’s in computer science and MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Occupation – I am currently employed as a project manager for clinical operations at a major pharmaceutical company. Some of the clinical areas I work on include oncology, cardiology, respiratory, women’s health, and vaccines.

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office – Current school Board member

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?

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US Dept of Education Supports Initiative to Give Educators More Power in Edtech Decision-Making

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — LearnPlatform, which is now used by schools and districts serving more than 4 million students to organize, streamline and analyze their edtech, today announced that it has received a second federal grant to expand a program that helps educators share information, and make better-informed decisions, about the education technology tools they use in their classrooms.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, through the research-focused Institute of Education Sciences (IES), has awarded $874,803 to the Learn – Implementation in Context (Learn-IXC) initiative, a project led by LearnPlatform, to understand the context in which technologies work best. LearnPlatform, whose edtech effectiveness system is widely adopted by educators, districts and states, is a for-benefit research organization committed to expanding equitable access for all students to the teaching and technology that works best for them.

This is the second time IES

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Special Education Students Speak to Vet For Employment Program

OAK FOREST, IL — Students in Bremen High School District’s Transitional Employment Program (TEP) participated in a virtual question and answer session with veterinarian, Dr. Abigail Roeters, from Mill Creek Animal Clinic in Palos Park.

On Sept. 24, students from district 228 met with Roeters virtually where they were able to ask questions and learn soft workplace skills, according to the district.

Students in the program are junior and senior special educations students who are preparing to graduate and enter the workforce, the district said. Teacher Christina Botica says her students have been learning about various soft skills in the workplace, such as communication, teamwork, listening, respect and responsibility.

The district said this opportunity gave students the chance to practice those soft skills, learn more about the veterinarian career and also learn about animals, such as own pets they may have at home.

“I am trying to introduce the students

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New Zealand Initiative calls for revamp of ‘unscientific’ curriculum and child-led philosophy

The New Zealand Initiative is calling for a revamp of New Zealand’s curriculum

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The New Zealand Initiative is calling for a revamp of New Zealand’s curriculum

A Wellington-based think tank has called for a revamp of New Zealand’s curriculum, describing the current system as unscientific and the cause of a decline in student achievement.

The New Zealand Initiative argues the curriculum should be evidence based rather than based on the “philosophy” of child-centred learning.

Author Briar Lipson said despite a rise in per-pupil spending, New Zealand’s international achievement rates had been falling.

According to the report, New Zealand’s Education Delusion: How bad ideas ruined a once world-leading school system, in the year 2000 the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), ranked New Zealand 15-year olds as third in the OECD for reading and maths, and sixth for science literacy.

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How Philanthropists Can Support Transformative and Equitable Change in Education

In the United States, philanthropy plays a large role in shaping education, with investments meant to impact and make a change for future generations.

The racial divide, when it comes to education opportunities for students in the United States, has existed historically, and is now more amplified as a result of COVID-19. A recent study by EdBuild suggests that about 20 percent of students are enrolled in districts that are both poor and nonwhite, and stats show that just 5 percent of students live in white districts that are equally financially challenged.

The racial and economic disparities in schools provide a crisis at hand for future generations who will bear the brunt of the inequities as adults. Which is why it’s crucial now more than ever for philanthropists and investors to be part of the solution that could help remove those barriers and create more equitable school structures.

According to

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Microban 24 Introduces New 24-Hour Science Experiment to Help Students Learn about Bacteria, No Matter Where They’re Learning

A New Survey from the Brand Reveals the Need for Ongoing Science Education

More than 9 in 10 of parents of school-aged kids (91%) feel that having the whole family learn about how to prevent the spread of bacteria would result in a healthier household, according to a new survey from Microban 24, a revolution in home sanitizing that protects surfaces against bacteria for 24 hours*. As children across the country settle into their new school year routines – whether in person or virtually – there is no better time to teach them about bacteria, and how to protect against them.

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To download the Microban 24 24-Hour Science Experiment, please visit (Graphic: Business Wire)

Microban 24 commissioned a survey** conducted online by The Harris Poll in September 2020 amongst over 500 parents of school-aged children (ages 6-17) to

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iD Tech is Revolutionizing STEM Learning with Fun, Personalized Online Math Lessons | News

CAMPBELL, Calif., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — iD Tech, the global leader in STEM education, has launched online math tutoring as part of their popular Online Private Lessons—live, one-on-one remote instruction customized to students’ interests, skill levels, and goals. Sessions are led by subject-matter experts – who serve as mentors as much as they do teachers – and are being rolled out to meet the growing need for new and dynamic learning experiences that are also relevant and personal in nature.

The best-in-class tech education company revolutionized summer back in 1999 by blending fun STEM learning with the traditional camp experience, and then again by bringing that entire experience online when COVID arrived.

Both the in-person and virtual programs have been tremendously successful given the desire for quality STEM education, yes, but also because the programs are built around student interests in order to maximize inspiration and engagement.

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