Tests don't teach...we do!
For the second month in a row, the cover of the Review highlights the growing concern over the explosion of high-stakes standardized testing in our public schools. I won’t rehash all the reasons that parents, students and educators alike are frustrated by this development. This month’s and last month’s issues do that in great detail. But I want to highlight one problem with the testing-all-the-time approach that especially bothers me: the lack of respect it demonstrates for the women and men who work in our public schools.
Pension funds RIGHT to sue governor
It may have come six months after NJEA and other public employee unions filed their lawsuit to compel the governor to fund the pension system according to a law he signed, but it is welcome news that the boards of trustees of three of the state’s employee pension funds have filed their own lawsuit asking for the same thing. Read more
Have you submitted a photo using the NJEA app? Check out the SNappSHOTS gallery to see if your photo made the cut!
NJ library media specialist selected as emerging leader
The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL), the professional organization for school librarians in the state of New Jersey, has announced that Christina Cucci, Library Media Specialist at Reynolds School in Upper Saddle River, NJ, has been selected to participate in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 class of Emerging Leaders.
Photo credit: Steve Hockstein, NJ Advance Media
NJEA member wins Milken Educator Award
Tracy Espiritu, a teacher at the Dr. Albert Einstein Academy - School 29 in Elizabeth, and a member of the Elizabeth EA, recently received the Milken Educator Award, a $25,000 prize given to exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers, principals and specialists.
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. Each month, BEN-FM features an NJEA ESP member in a 60-second radio ad talking about the contributions they make in their students’ education.
Digital Learning Day
Imagine traveling the world and connecting with experts on a multitude of topics without leaving the classroom. Thanks to Google Hangout, students at Edith Ort Thomas Elementary School in Frenchtown participate in Digital Learning Day.
ClassWish.org is a nonprofit organization that lets anybody make tax-deductible contributions to fund any resources for any school or any teacher in the country. Teachers, administrators and officers of teacher-parent organizations can create a Wish List of the resources their students need to succeed, and supporters can contribute toward school-wide needs at any K-12 school or towards specific teacher needs. More On-the-Web resources