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Newark Trust for Education Shares How Students Can Succeed During COVID-Era Learning

Going back to school for the 2020-2021 school year will look very different for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Education nonprofit Newark Trust for Education Executive Director Ronald Chaluisan participated in ABC New York’s “Back to School Town Hall,” an hour-long show on how to help children succeed in this new learning environment.

One of the central points Chaluisan made is that learning is a social activity and, whether going back to school or learning remotely, we should always be thinking of how to safely increase socialization for students so they can succeed emotionally and academically. He also commented that communication between parents and children is important, and having an open dialogue before going back into the classroom can be helpful. This means asking kids questions along the lines of what excites them about the new school year, their plans, and their concerns. He suggests having parents and children role-play situations, like the child seeing his or her friends at school again.

Another education-related issue Chaluisan brought up is anxiety. We need to acknowledge that the world has changed, and so have children’s relationships. Having activities like a peer-to-peer forum would allow these kids to either rebuild or build up new relationships with others. Parent-to-parent forums to discuss how they feel and what is working for them are also very helpful in easing parents’ anxieties.

He looks at this situation as an opportunity to better our education system and bring about more equity – in instruction, technology, socio-emotional learning, communication, and resources. He believes inequity in schools can turn into a front-burner issue that brings parents’, students’, and teachers’ voices together. Watch the Town Hall segment here: https://abc7ny.com/education/abc7nys-back-to-school-town-hall-your-questions-answered/6386869/.

Newark Public Library Names New Director

Recently covered by ROI-NJ and other New Jersey media outlets, Joslyn Bowling Dixon, who has more than 20 years of experience working in large urban public libraries, has been appointed as the Newark Public Library’s new director. Effective August 3, Bowling Dixon will oversee the Library and its community branches. She will also advance the Library’s initiatives by building partnerships with Newark’s cultural and educational communities, supporting fundraising efforts, and more. Ready to move through the challenges between the online and virtual world, she seeks to strengthen the ties the Library has to the community.

Newark Public Library’s President Lauren Wells says, “The board of trustees is excited to welcome Joslyn because we see in her someone who understands the needs of diverse communities, young people, and families. We are certain her leadership will enhance library partnerships, broaden access to funding, and drive breakthrough programming. I believe Joslyn’s experience, spirit of collaboration, and enthusiasm to become a part of our library and city make her the leader we need for these times, and beyond.”

The announcement has received such publicity as ROI-NJ, Spot On New Jersey, and Newark Newsbreak.

Newark Trust for Education Talks School Reopenings

We recently secured coverage on NJ.com for education thought leader Newark Trust for Education. The Trust’s Executive Director Ronald Chaluisan spoke about his thoughts on New Jersey schools reopening this fall after closing in March because of COVID-19.

Reopening schools after students have been learning at home for months comes with complications. Educators and school officials have conflicting thoughts on the state’s new back-to-school guidelines: are they too strict or are they too vague? Different school districts, whether urban or suburban, have different needs. For Newark, Chaluisan’s main concern is about the digital divide students face; many children may not have access to the internet or technology they need to succeed. The city has 55,000 students and one device is typically not enough for an entire household. The state’s guidelines also do not indicate how schools will know if their reopening strategy is effective or not.

In the article, Chaluisan is quoted, “We could talk about reopening, flexibility, local decision-making, but one of those guideposts needs to be — ‘We will be successful if…’ And since the state holds that definition, it’s important they make that explicit.”

You can read the full article here: https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/06/too-many-rules-or-not-enough-nj-plan-to-reopen-schools-has-district-leaders-scrambling.html 

Rose Parade Float To Honor 29-Year Old Tissue Donor From Newark

Local Resident One of Four New Jerseyans Recognized on the

2018 Rose Parade Donate Life Float

At the January 2018 Rose Bowl Parade, four New Jersey families will be in Pasadena to see the Donate Life Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. One of these families will be the Garcia family from Newark, NJ. Making its 15th appearance in 2018, the float serves as a memorial to organ and tissue donors and a platform for donor families, living donors and transplant recipients to inspire the world to save and heal those in need through the gift of life.

With support from Donate Life America and other affiliate organizations, NJ Sharing Network, the family and friends of Ezequiel and Iris Garcia will gather in The Learning Center at Clara Maass Medical Center, One Clara Maass Drive in Belleville on Thursday, November 30th at 6:00 PM to finish a floragraph – a portrait that is made from natural materials, such as flowers and seeds in the likeness of organ and tissue donor Reinaldo Garcia, who passed away suddenly in 2011.  Once the floragraph is complete, it will then travel to Pasadena to be placed on the Donate Life Float.

Clara Maass Medical Center is a hospital partner of NJ Sharing Network and where Ezequiel and Iris return to share their son’s story with staff.

García’s floragraph is sponsored by Bridge to Life Ltd, whose mission is to improve organ transplants through licensing and developing new preservation solutions and technologies and providing the highest quality of service to organ procurement organizations and transplant centers.

“It is an honor to partner with Bridge to Life as the Garcia family travels to California to celebrate Reinaldo and the lives he touched,” said Joe Roth, President and CEO, NJ Sharing Network. “The Donate Life Float is a remarkable tribute to the power of organ and tissue donation.”

García, who lived in Newark, NJ became a tissue donor at the age of 29. Growing up, García was a very healthy and active boy, who, early in life, demonstrated a high degree of intelligence, curiosity and ability to play sports. He finished his undergraduate degree in Education and became a Physical Education teacher at a local High School in Newark. He was beginning his sixth year as a teacher when he passed away in September 2011. García had a very pleasant personality and was passionate about everything in life. He loved to coach younger athletes and volunteer for all kind of events and activities. According to his family, offering Reinaldo’s tissue for donation is the most important decision they have ever made. His father, Ezequiel García, and his mother, Iris, are both volunteers of NJ Sharing Network and are passionate advocates of the organization’s mission. Ezequiel recently joined the Foundation Board of Trustees at NJ Sharing Network.

To date, there are over 120,000 people waiting for a transplant and 22 die each day while waiting for a transplant, but one donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can enhance the lives of over 75 people.  In New Jersey, there are over 4,000 people on the waiting list and one person dies every three days waiting.

New Jersey residents can help save lives by registering as organ and tissue donors at www.NJSharingNetwork.org, talking about it with their families and friends and joining NJ Sharing Network at its next event.

About NJ Sharing Network

NJ Sharing Network saves lives through organ and tissue donation. Located in New Providence, the organization recovers organs and tissue and belongs to a national network that helps the 120,000 people waiting for a transplant.  In 2016, more lives were saved than ever before. Thanks to the selflessness of New Jersey organ donors and their families who said yes to donation last year, 613 people are alive today. This year, the organization is celebrating 30 years of saving lives. To learn more, get involved and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org.

About Clara Maass Medical Center
Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass recently completed state-of-the-art campus expansion project featuring a new four-story 87,000 square foot building with a private, 32-bed Intensive Care Unit, new Main Entrance and Lobby, Retail Pharmacy, Patient Registration Area and designated new space to accommodate our future Emergency Department expansion. Clara Maass’ services include: The Cancer Center, Center for Breast Health and Disease Management, Radiation Oncology, Infusion Therapy, Cardiac Services Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Cardiac Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Lab, The Vein Center, The Wound Center, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation; Therapy Services which includes, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, Pediatrics, Center of Excellence for Latino Health, and the Health and Wellness Center. Clara Maass has been recognized nine Grade ‘A’ scores for patient safety and quality by The Leapfrog Group. It is listed by the American Hospital Association as one of Healthcare’s Most Wired hospitals. In 2016-17 Clara Maass has received the Healthgrades Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award and the Labor and Delivery Excellence Award. Clara Maass received Disease Specific Care Certification from the Joint Commission for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), Congestive Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Advanced Certification in Palliative Care. Clara Maass earned Clara Maass’ steadfast commitment to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves is exemplified through award winning programs including the nationally recognized HELP Volunteer program, recipient of the American Hospital Association 2017 HAVE Award, and the Wellness Assessment Van for Elders (WAVE) which was recognized as the New Jersey Hospital Association’s 2017 HRET Community Outreach Award. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit www.rwjbh.org/claramaass.