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Posted on: August 7, 2020

Next Bloomfield Community Conversation on Race to Take Place Wednesday, August 12 via Zoom

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BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- Following a string of previously successful community conversations on race this summer, the township will hold another one on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00pm via Zoom.

This conversation is going to focus on how to build equity in education and will include guest speakers Dr. Maureen Gillete, Dean, College of Education, Seton Hall University, Dr. Jennifer Robinson, Executive Director, Center of Pedagogy, Montclair State University and former Assemblyman Bill Payne. Councilwomen Jenny Mundell and Dr. Wartyna Davis will moderate the conversation.

“Building off of the productive and informative conversations we have had this summer regarding race, I look forward to learning more about how we can build equity in our education system,” said Mayor Venezia. “Both the Council and myself have gained valuable insight from these conversations and we look forward to applying what we have learned to make our community a more equal and inclusive place for all.”

This will be a broad discussion on equity in education and will include data on national trends as well as general definitions. Both resources and assessment tools for parents, educators and decision makers will be discussed and provided to the community.

To join the webinar, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87044654009?pwd=VHdIOVFBNlhEWW5hOVV5UDdOUll6Zz09 and use Passcode: 735323 or call +1 312 626 6799 and use Webinar ID: 870 4465 4009 and Passcode: 735323.

Dr. Jennifer J. Robinson, is Professor and Executive Director of the Center of Pedagogy, the institutional unit at Montclair State University that coordinates initial teacher preparation and the simultaneous renewal of teacher education and the schools. A career educator, Robinson has directed more than $14 million in externally funded grants to recruit, prepare and sustain beginning and experienced educators for school districts in New Jersey. She has made numerous professional presentations, conducted research and written about teacher recruitment/retention and sustaining school/university partnerships.

Dr. Maureen Gillette is currently the dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Seton Hall University. Originally from the Chicago area, she was an elementary and middle school teacher for twelve years prior to completing a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She began her career in teacher education at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York. She served for six years as Associate Dean in the College of Education at William Paterson University, and was Dean of the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL for eleven years.

For more information about the topics that have been covered in this series, visit https://www.bloomfieldtwpnj.com/1538/Community-Conversation-Resource-Links.

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