If you want better schools...
For the 175,000 active teachers and school employees represented by NJEA, a new school year offers ample opportunity to assess exactly what’s needed in the coming year. Despite obstacles ranging from inadequate budgets to excessive standardized testing to growing concern about state standards and how to fairly evaluate teachers, New Jersey’s public schools continue to rank among the very best in America. However, if you ask teachers and school employees what our public schools could do better, several things jump out.
This fall, election action is pension action
It’s understandable that some public school employees feel a sense of helplessness when it comes to the pension crisis. NJEA members were initially optimistic that the Legislature would obey the law and meet the state’s pension obligations in the state budget. But members’ hopes were dashed when not a single Republican voted for that budget, which contained the very pension payment to which they committed themselves only four years ago. For NJEA members, that sense of helplessness must be transformed into a wave of political action.
The NJEA Urban Education Committee is hosting this overnight symposium Oct. 16-17 at the East Brunswick Hilton to support teachers and educational support professionals (ESP) who work in urban schools and other similar schools.
NJEA Higher Education Collective Bargaining Summit
Hands on Strategies for Bargaining Success. You are invited to attend the NJEA Higher Education Collective Bargaining Summit which was developed by a volunteer committee of your peers, the Higher Education Professional Development Committee for NJEA. The Summit will be held on October 14 at NJEA Region 29 – Higher Education Golden Crest Corporate Center in Hamilton Square, and is funded by a NJEA Regional Empowerment Project Grant. It is being held to address the unique issues pertinent to higher education members by empowering and engaging our members. Details and registration information
Collective Bargaining Summit
A well-prepared collective bargaining team ensures the strength of the local association. That’s why local leaders, bargaining teams, and any other member involved in the bargaining process should make attending the NJEA Jim George Collective Bargaining Summit on Oct. 23-24 a priority.
Winter Leadership Conferences
NJEA brings its popular Winter Leadership Conferences to three locations throughout the state, beginning with WLC Central at the Hilton East Brunswick on Dec. 11-12 (Registration deadline: Oct. 26). All levels of association leaders - from seasoned veterans to new members - will benefit from the specialized training and networking opportunities offered at these conferences.
Keith Mason, teacher of Italian at New Providence High School, has published an article titled "Such Spirit Through the Years: Guaraldi's Peanuts Music Turns 50" in the September 2015 issue of School Band & Orchestra. (Photo: nj.com)
Mark Mautone, a science teacher at Wallace Elementary School in Hoboken, will receive the 2016 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of public education’s most prestigious awards. Mautone is among 42 public school educators who will be honored. Read more
News 12 New Jersey seeks the best and brightest seniors from New Jersey high schools for its SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK. News 12 New Jersey is currently accepting nomination applications from high school athletic directors and/or coaches, detailing the accomplishments of their nominees. Read more
Every day is a new adventure.
Elizabeth Baird Jones is a paraprofessional at Bankridge Regional High School in the Gloucester County Special Services School District. She works one-on-one with a student with special needs and provides in-class support. For Lizz, every day is a new adventure – she never knows what is in store for her when she gets to school. She loves the energy of her students and attends most of their after-school extracurricular activities to show them that she cares about them and supports them.
Stomp Out Bullying with the NY Jets
The New York Jets have teamed up with STOMP O
ut Bullying to tackle all forms of bullying. The Jets are committed to raising awareness, providing tools for educators and preventing bullying for kids and teens. Through this collaboration we are offering free Jets branded STOMP O
ut Bullying Educator’s Prevention Toolkits to the first 1,000 schools in the tri-state area that register. Learn more
Have you submitted a photo using the NJEA app? Check out the SNappSHOTS gallery to see if your photo made the cut!
OpenEd.com is an online catalog of educational assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans aligned to every Common Core standard and several other standards. The site offers the ability for teachers to assign resources to their students online, allowing students to take assessments, do homework, etc. on their own computers or tablets. Resources are free, but a premium subscription is offered that grants access to content from leading publishers. More On the Web resources