NEWARK, NJ  - New Jersey educator Danielle Mastrogiovanni, a Newark resident who is a supervisor of Humanities for New Brunswick Public Schools, will co-host an upcoming nationwide webinar on race and LGBTQ issues.

The Discomfort Zone: Creating Space for Teaching Complex Topics will be provided by the publication Education Week, in partnership with the online instructional content platform Newsela. It will feature Detroit-based educator Patrick Harris as Mastrogiovanni’s co-host.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. Registration can be completed here.

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 “Incorporating societal awareness and cultural competence into our classrooms is a point of emphasis in New Brunswick schools,” says Mastrogiovanni. “Complex topics should be embraced, explored, and openly discussed, so we can reframe the traditional narrative in education to foster an accepting educational environment for all our students.”

As supervisor of Humanities for New Brunswick Public Schools, Mastrogiovanni collaborates with district and building leaders to ensure high levels of learning and instruction. She develops progressive means of assessing students and provides professional development around best practices for teachers throughout the district.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Naropa University, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College, and anticipates receiving her EdD in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University in 2020. A member of the New Brunswick Leadership Association, Mastrogiovanni has more than two decades of experience in education and administration.