JERSEYCAN FELLOWSHIPS LAUNCH WITH SUPERPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM NEW JERSEY SENATORS GOPAL, O’SCANLON AND SINGLETON

JERSEYCAN FELLOWSHIPS LAUNCH WITH SUPERPARTISAN SUPPORT FROM NEW JERSEY SENATORS GOPAL, O’SCANLON AND SINGLETON

[New Jersey – November 21, 2022] JerseyCAN, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality schools for all New Jersey students, recently launched two scholarship programs for parents and teachers who want to do more for New Jersey students and their local communities. To support the launch of this year’s programs, State Senate Education Chairman Vin Gopal (D-11th) addressed the Teachers’ Scholarship participants, while State Senators Declan O’Scanlon (R-13th) and Troy Singleton (D-7th ) shared valuable insights with them for Parent Scholarship participants to provide a deeper understanding of New Jersey policy making.

“At JerseyCAN, we know that children’s best advocates are the people they see and interact with every day: parents, guardians and teachers. We know that many in the community are looking for opportunities and information to empower students and achieve better student outcomes as we discover the long-term impact of the pandemic on our education system. We are so grateful that Senators Gopal, O’Scanlon and Singleton were able to join us and show their commitment to educational equity for all New Jersey students,” said Paula White, Executive Director of JerseyCAN.

“The parenting training provided by JerseyCAN covers a number of valuable topics,” said Dana Yedwab, a participant in both Parenting Fellowships. “The featured speakers were seasoned professionals in the fields of education, advocacy and communications. I have been able to successfully integrate many of the points learned during the program into my own journey as a parent advocate. As a fellow parent, I hope to continue to work with other parents to support all students in our school district to meet their needs and goals.”

“I applied for the JerseyCAN Teachers’ Scholarship after my principal gave me the information,” said Claudia Lagos, JerseyCAN Teachers’ Scholarship. “I shared with her my interest in education policy and advocacy, particularly in relation to policy changes that would support the recruitment and retention of diverse educators, as well as quality bilingual education programs for our students. Our kick-off session was empowering! I look forward to learning and growing with this amazing team of passionate educators striving for a better future in this field.”

The Parent Fellowship is a newly created initiative that builds on the positive momentum of last summer’s parent education initiative. Parent champions for strong schools. This year’s inaugural scholarship includes the participation of 15 parents and guardians from across the state.

Beginning its third cohort of 10 dedicated educators, the New Jersey Teacher Leader Policy Fellowship was founded with the hope of empowering New Jersey teachers to positively impact state and local educational policies.

For more information about the JerseyCAN Fellows, please follow JerseyCAN on social media @jerseyCAN and visit jerseycan.org.

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