Slow down and get it right
A lot has happened around Common Core, evaluation, and testing in New Jersey in the last few weeks. On Feb. 10, I testified at a hearing held by the Assembly Education Committee. I made the case that New Jersey needs to slow down its implementation of Common Core, the new evaluation system and the planned PARCC tests because if we don’t get them right, they are all likely to fail.
Getting it right
More than 150 NJEA and NJ School Boards Association members recently attended a joint meeting of the Passaic County School Boards Association and the Passaic County Education Association (PCEA). NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller was part of a panel discussion and debate on the new teacher evaluation system, AchieveNJ.
When it comes to the Common Core and PARCC, let’s follow New York’s lead
It must have been music to their ears. When the New York State Board of Regents announced last month that it was delaying the impact of Common Core-related state assessments, parents, students and teachers around the Empire State celebrated a return to common sense in the efforts to reform our schools. Perhaps even more remarkable than what was done in New York was what was said. “We have listened to the concerns of parents and teachers," Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said. She also acknowledged regret for policies that “caused frustration and anxiety for some of our educators, students, and their families.”
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Faculty Spotlight: Annie Pecorelli
Ridgewood News Faculty Spotlight shines on Annie Pecorelli, Ridgewood Elementary general music teacher. When asked the most challenging part of being a teacher, Annie recounted that, "even after 10 years of teaching, I still struggle with wanting to 'do it all.' Mostly in one day! Teaching — and teaching well — is a complex undertaking that requires effort and forethought. It is extremely important for me to do my best every single day." Read more about Annie and her Ridge School classroom here.
New Jersey Hall of Fame essay contest announced
Win a Mobile Museum Visit for your School!
Who belongs in the New Jersey Hall of Fame? The New Jersey Hall of Fame wants your students to participate in the decision making process. New Jersey public school students are invited to participate in the Hall of Fame Essay Contest. Students are asked to nominate potential inductees – living or deceased – to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Read more
NJEA, Phillies sponsor student essay contest
The New Jersey Education Association has teamed up with the Philadelphia Phillies to sponsor a student essay contest open to all New Jersey public school students. The topic of the contest is “The people who build our great public schools.” Students are encouraged to write a short, but thoughtful essay about a school employee who builds morale and makes a difference in their school.
Caring for kids
For the past 16 years, Dottie Grieb has been a specialized teaching assistant for the Gloucester County Special Services School District. Dottie works with students with all kinds of special needs including autism, hearing impairment, behavioral challenges, and multiple disabilities on a reading program. She is featured in an NJEA ad running on BEN-FM this month.
Edcamp STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) is an “unconference,” an opportunity for educators to work together to provide free, participant-driven professional development in a conversational format.
There are some fantastic, free iPhone apps that are perfect for teachers who are looking to enhance instruction, find a quick tip to make everyday tasks easier, or simplify what you're already doing. Check out this list on
edutopia.org, as well as suggestions from other educators who have joined the discussion.
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