One step closer to appearing on November ballot
NJEA was out in force as the Assembly Judiciary committee held a required public hearing on ACR-109, the resolution to place an amendment on the November ballot that would amend the state constitution to require responsible quarterly pension payments. Read More

June 2016

29

NEA PRESERVICE Program Summer Leadership Conference (Ends 7/2)

29

NEA Retired Annual Meeting (Ends 6/30)

July 2016

20

NJEA Evaluation Information Session

INSIGHT & OPINION
NEWS
FOCUS NJEA

Social justice a hallmark of labor unions

On The Table

Social justice has been a hallmark of labor unions, including NJEA, since their inception. After all, the fundamental issue of unionism is to improve the lives of its members through collective action and, through our action and activism, to improve the lives of all working men and women, their families and their communities.

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EDITORIAL

For years, politicians of both parties have failed to fund New Jersey’s pension systems. After nearly two decades of neglect, the systems are in a dire position: they need regular, responsible payments from the state in order to remain stable and to provide public employees with the secure pensions they have earned. Read More

NJEA CONFERENCES

NJEA Summer Professional Learning Institute
NJEA Summer Institute

Join us on Tuesday, July 12, for the 2016 Summer Professional Learning Institute being held at the Holiday Inn of East Windsor. This professional development session will engage teacher leaders in activating their classroom experiences into conversations around cultural competence. Learn more

Techstock 2016

A celebration of technology and learning in the classroom

Join us on Wednesday, July 13, for Techstock, a celebration of technology and learning. Stockton University will host the event, which is co-sponsored by Stockton University and the Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center (SRI&ETTC), and Stockton University Master of Arts in Instructional Technology Program. Learn more

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Improving the academic achievement of their students is the goal of all educators. NJEA’s Teaching and Learning Symposium, held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Hilton East Brunswick, will help you do just that. Learn more

Evaluation Resources

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Brown

NJEA has partnered with Thunder 106 and B 98.5 to recognize the significant contributions our members make in the lives of their students. Read why Allison Brown, a teacher from Southern Regional Middle School, was chosen as the Thunder 106 School Spirit Award winner for May. Read more

Giving students a national view

NJEA and BEN-FM have partnered to educate the public about the important role Educational Support Professionals play in our schools and in our communities. Joann Houck is the 6th grade Administrative Assistant to the guidance counselor and the principal at Maurice and Everett Haines 6th Grade Center in Medford Township. As the front desk receptionist,  she is the first person the children, parents and public meet when they come to school. Read More

Edison Twp. EA member receives California Casualty athletics grant

Edison High School is the recipient of $1000 from the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program thanks to Edison Twp. EA member and Bowling Coach Tracie Smith. Edison High is one of 86 public high schools in 34 states to receive a total of $102,500. Read more

PARTNERSHIPS

Nominate All-Pro Teachers!

The Philadelphia Eagles and Axalta Coating Systems are teaming up again to recognize outstanding 6th through 12th grade teachers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware for their contribution to their students, school and community through the Axalta All-Pro Teachers program.  A teacher can be nominated by a principal, fellow teacher, student or parent of a student. Ten (10) teachers will be chosen by a selection committee based on education drive, innovative teaching methods, use of STEM education and commitment to students beyond the classroom.  Read more


NJEA salutes Scholar Athletes

NJEA and News 12 held its 19th Annual Scholar Athlete Awards Luncheon on June 18, 2016, at the Pines Manor in Edison. Zavion Bell of Willingboro High School in Burlington County (center, pictured with his girlfriend, Athletic Director Leon Owen, Burlington County President Mary Steinhauer, and NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer) was named Scholar Athlete of the Year. Read more

Students can honor school heroes

Trenton Thunder logoThe Trenton Thunder baseball team and the New Jersey Education Association are once again sponsoring a student essay contest open to all New Jersey public school students.

The topic of the contest is “My hero works at school.” Students are encouraged to write a short, but thoughtful essay about a school employee who has positively impacted them. Essays should be no more than 250 words. Submissions must be received by June 3. Learn more

Activate Your Soul

The Philadelphia Soul arena football team, based in Voorhees, are Philadelphia’s winningest team since 2004. In partnership with NJEA, the Soul are visiting schools with their “Activate Your Soul” school program and they invite every school in New Jersey to join them in helping keep our children active and healthy. Learn more

SnappShots
Have you submitted a photo using the NJEA app? Check out the SNappSHOTS gallery to see if your photo made the cut!

Other Blogs/Sites

Headline News

On the Web

Snapchat

Teachers are using Snapchat in the classroom
A small but growing group of teachers is using the social media app as a way to push more learning outside of the classroom and onto students' smartphones. What educational value could it possibly have? Check out these ways teachers are using Snapchat for instruction. Learn more More On-the-web resources

Pension Lobby Day
Our constitutional amendment has been scheduled for a floor vote in the Assembly on June 27. The voting session is scheduled to start at 1 p.m., but NJEA will be lobbying legislators before they caucus at 11 a.m. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Bill takes millions from Lakewood public schools to pay for busing for ineligible private school students

Take Action
Under current law, Lakewood public schools are required to provide transportation for approximately 17,000 private school students. For students whose busing costs are too expensive (above $884), State law allows the district to provide parents of those students with aid (currently $884) instead of transportation. S-2049 (Singer)/A-3652 (Rible, Kean) would direct the Lakewood school district, which is already underfunded in the current year by almost $5 million, to overpay a consortium of private schools to bus private school students. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

NJEA: School funding scheme would turn back clock

Most vulnerable children would be harmed most

Wendell Steinhauer

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement regarding Gov. Christie’s proposal to abandon New Jersey’s school funding formula: “Governor Christie’s school funding proposal is a transparent attempt to deflect attention from the abject failure of his education policies. Having never once funded the state’s existing formula, he has no basis for assessing its effectiveness."

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MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Assembly Education Committee passes School Temperature Control Bill, A-1030

Take action to support this bill!

Marie Blistan
NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan today testified in favor of A-1030, the school temperature control bill that would require each board of education to establish temperature control guidelines and standards for school district facilities. Trenton Education Association President Naomi Johnson-LaFleur also testified in favor of the bill. Click through to read Blistan’s testimony. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

NJEA opposes school funding bill

Ginger Gold Schnitzer
Earlier today, NJEA Government Relations Director Ginger Gold Schnitzer testified before the Senate Education Committee in opposition to S-2372, which would establish a commission to propose changes to how New Jersey funds public schools. Click through to read Schnitzer’s statement. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

NJEA stands with Traffic Safety Coalition

Supports bill to add cameras to buses

Marie Blistan
On June 16, lawmakers, educators and advocates stood side by side calling for expanding safety precautions for school buses.  The press conference, led by the NJ Traffic Safety Coalition, called for support of a bill that calls for more cameras on school buses. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Steinhauer: repealing the estate tax is bad for NJ, unfair to taxpayers

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer spoke at a Better Choices NJ press conference on June 15 to criticize a proposal that would repeal the estate tax at a time when New Jersey is facing a significant budget shortfall. Click through for Steinhauer’s statement. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Court’s COLA ruling a “theft, plain and simple”

“Despicable” decision reinforces need for constitutional amendment

TPAF Letters
This morning, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its ruling in Berg and New Jersey Education Association v. Christie, a case that challenged the state’s right to take away the earned Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), which has long been an integral part of New Jersey’s public employee pension systems.  In a 6 to 1 vote, the court ruled against the plaintiffs. NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement regarding the Court’s ruling: "I am outraged that the Court has condoned the actions of Gov. Christie and the New Jersey Legislature in taking away the COLAs that our members have earned over the course of their careers. This is theft, plain and simple." Read More

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NJEA stands with NJ for Health Care Coalition; supports “Out-of-Network” Bill

Wendell Steinhauer
Earlier today, NJ for Health Care Coalition, a diverse coalition of organizations that represent health care consumers, held a press conference to call attention to the rise in surprise health care costs that burden too many New Jersey families. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Congressman becomes a teacher for a day

Congressman Tom MacArthur
On June 7, Scott Alfano’s U.S. History students at Bayville’s Central Regional Middle School experienced a rare opportunity when they welcomed Congressman Tom MacArthur as their Teacher for a Day. Read More

MORE PARENTS & COMMUNITY

NJEA congratulates 2016-17 county teachers of the year

2016-17 NJ County Teachers of the Year

NJEA is proud to join with students, school employees, parents, and others in congratulating the 2016-17 New Jersey County Teachers of the Year. They are an impressive group of educators; we applaud their achievements inside and outside the classroom and we thank them for making their careers in public education. 

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MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Parents, educators: Time to stop PARCC damage

Oppose PARCC as a graduation requirement

Standardized testing
On June 1, the NJ State Board of Education heard the final round of public testimony regarding the use of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests as a high school exit exam. Parents, educators and school board members stood in unity, delivering a powerful message against the proposed regulation.   Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

NJEA on Caride appointment

Will be a strong advocate for great public schools

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer this afternoon congratulated Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, who earlier today was appointed Chair of the Assembly Education Committee.  Steinhauer lauded her strong pro-public education voting record and respect for educators and said that NJEA looks forward to working closely with her in her new role.  His statement follows: "NJEA is very pleased that Asw. Caride has been named to such an important position  Her long record of support for public education makes us confident that she will be an advocate in the Legislature for students and educators."

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NJEA seeks apprentices

NJEA Apprentice Program
Are you looking for a new challenge? Would you like to develop skills to prepare for an association leadership role? Have you thought about what it would be like to join the NJEA staff? Consider applying to be part of the 2016-2018 NJEA Bolivar L. Graham Practicing Apprentice Program. NJEA created the apprentice program to provide ethnic-minorities and women with the opportunities, knowledge, and skills needed for association governance roles and potential NJEA staff employment.  Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Gloucester City's Bright New Future

A new middle school in Gloucester City will soon provide students there with better educational opportunities. The state-of-the-art facility will replace the long-serving Mary Ethel Costello School.

High-stakes testing

FEATURED

Emerge

NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan and NJREA member Bob Blistan congratulate NJEA members Colleen Curren (far left) and Marie Battist Celestin (second from left) during their Emerge NJ graduation ceremony on June 11. Emerge NJ is the premiere political training program for Democratic women in the Garden State.

DON'T MISS

Freedom Fest State Fair

Freedom Fest 2016

Don’t miss big discounts on Freedom Fest State Fair July 13-17 at the Horse Park of NJ! All week long NJEA members get in free and guests of members get in at a $10 rate (regular price is $15). Opening night is "NJEA Night"- first 500 guests get in free. Admission  includes all rides, attractions , and parking. See flier for details.

NJEA Summer Fellowship
NJEA Summer Organizing Fellowship Program

This July, NJEA will be launching its first-ever paid summer fellowship program. Those selected to serve as NJEA Summer Fellows will gain firsthand experience in political organizing and will have the opportunity to work with NJEA staff and fellow members on this year’s Constitutional Amendment campaign. Learn More

Mercer County College offers student retention conference. 

Don’t miss this higher education conference dedicated to teaching & learning at Mercer County Community College.  Learn more

Edcamp - Reimagining Learning: The time is now!

Join members of NJPSA/FEA, NJASCD, and The Madison Institute on Wednesday, July 27 at the NJPSA/FEA Conference Center  in Monroe Township for this exciting professional learning opportunity for teachers and school and district leaders in New Jersey. Learn more

The Legacy Project

The next issue of the NJHOF Legacy Project celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of Dionne Warwick, New Jersey’s Music Ambassador.

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SPOTLIGHT

Olson

WBCB spotlights NJEA members

Trenton radio station WBCB 1490AM has been interviewing NJEA members during high school baseball games in Mercer County. The station caught up with special education teacher Heidi Olson at a recent game.  HeadphonesListen

Chester language arts teacher selected as 2016 NJAMLE Educator of the Year

CLASSROOM CLOSE-UP, NJ

Classroom Close-Up, NJ

Classroom Close-up, NJ is a half-hour television program that features innovative projects in New Jersey public schools. The 14-time Emmy® award-winning show is in its 22nd season and airs on NJTV every Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 11:30 p.m.; and Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. Visit classroomcloseup.org to learn more and search the video library to see thousands of stories that have aired over the past two decades.

MEMBER BENEFITS

Office Depot Office Max

Office Depot and OfficeMax are now one company! NJEA Members can save up to 80% on over 93,000 products. Great for your printing, cleaning and office needs. Shop online or in any Office Depot or OfficeMax store. Enjoy FREE next-day delivery on online orders over $50! Click here to shop online or print off a FREE Store Purchasing Card.

Six Flags

Save on Six Flags tickets

NJEA members receive discounted tickets for Six Flags admission tickets and season passes. Learn more

NEA Complimentary Life Insurance

Did you know that all NJEA members have free life insurance through NEA? All you have to do is identify your beneficiary! You may also purchase additional life insurance through NEA.


Switch to AT&T and Get a $200 bill credit

Thinking of switching your wireless carrier? NJEA members can take advantage of a limited-time offer from AT&T for customers in PA, DE, and NJ.  Get a $200 bill credit when you buy a smartphone with AT&T Next. Details

NEA Savings Program

BankMobile

BankMobile is a new member benefit for NJEA members and families.  You can now have all of your banking services available on your mobile device.  The big difference is that BankMobile does not charge any fees – at all. Learn more

NEA Cash Rewards Card
Member Benefits

MEMBER DISCOUNTS

Your NJEA membership card is your ticket to discounts on merchandise, insurance, entertainment, travel, and personal legal services.

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TOOLBOX

Toolbox June

RebelMouse: Let your content roar!

The work that education professionals do inside of a school extends well beyond classroom instruction. Every adult in the school building teaches, even if it’s just in the brief interactions we have with our students in the halls, but we don’t always do it in the same way. Nurses teach. Bus drivers teach. Library media specialists teach too.

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NJREA

NJREA Today

NJREA gives back
Monmouth County Retired Educators Association (MCREA) is proud to work together to make a difference in the community. Click through to learn how. Read more