This is a press release from Bloomfield Township. Press releases are official statements that have not been independently verified.

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: 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

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