NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued the following statement following the release of the governor’s Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessments in New Jersey’s final report: "The long overdue report from the Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessment in NJ is a real disappointment to parents and educators concerned about the misuse of standardized testing in New Jersey." Read More

February 2016

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NJEA Pride in Public Education Conference (Ends 2/13)

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting

INSIGHT & OPINION
NEWS
FOCUS NJEA

Mopping up the pension mess

NJEA members are willing to do the work
On The TableWhen it comes to New Jersey’s pension funding crisis, there are a few things just about everyone agrees on.  It’s been a long time in the making.  Governors and legislatures of both parties share the blame for a long series of bad choices.  And there are no easy fixes for two decades of state funding failures that have led New Jersey to this point. But when it comes to solutions, the consensus breaks down because not everyone is willing to make the hard choices and do the hard work to get New Jersey back on track.  And that work is going to be hard on every level. Read More

EDITORIAL

The  other empty seat

For NJEA members and other public employees, Gov. Christie’s most well-known lie is the one he told them during his 2009 campaign: “Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor. In fact, in order to ensure your retirement savings are safe, I believe we must prioritize the protection of pension fund dollars.” Read More

FEATURED

Equality Champion Award

NJEA is accepting nominations for the 2016 Equality Champion Award, which honors members who have been champions in defense of human and civil rights that have significantly affected education and the achievement of equal opportunity for those facing discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Award criteria and a nomination form are available at njea.org/EqualityChampion. Nomination deadline is March 1.

Image Award

NJEA is accepting nominations for the 2016 Ethnic Minority Affairs & Leadership Image Award, which honors members who have been champions of ethnic minority rights/issues and have significantly affected education and the achievement of equal opportunity for those facing discrimination due to their ethnicity. Award criteria and a nomination forms are available at njea.org/imageaward. Nomination deadline is March 1.

NJEA CONFERENCES

NJEA ESP Conference

The NJEA Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year will be honored at the 42nd annual NJEA ESP Conference held Feb. 5-7 at the Hilton East Brunswick. NJEA will also confer the ESP Career Achievement and Friend of ESP awards there. Register by Jan. 8 to reserve your spot.

Legislative conference

What happens in the schoolhouse is affected by what happens in the Statehouse. That’s why when it comes to legislation and politics,  it’s vital that NJEA members get educated, get organized and get involved.  The 2016 NJEA Walter J. O’Brien Legislative and Political Action Conference provides you with an opportunity for all three. Learn more

Exceptional Children Conference

Mark your calendar to attend the NJEA Exceptional Children Conference on Saturday, April 9 at the East Brunswick Hilton. The theme of this year’s conference is “Creating Learning Environments for All Students.” Register by Feb. 24 for a 50 percent discount.

Winter Leadership Conferences

NJEA brings its popular Winter Leadership Conferences to three locations throughout the state. All levels of association leaders - from seasoned veterans to new members - will benefit from the specialized training and networking opportunities offered at these conferences. Read More

Health & Safety Conference

The 2016 NJEA Northern Regional Health & Safety Conference will be held on Saturday, April 9 at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe in Teaneck, NJ. The conference is open to all NJEA members in the northern region at no cost and is limited to the first 100 participants. Register by April 4. Read More

Evaluation Resources

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

NJ educators receive NEA Foundation grants.  Sharon Galt, a foreign language educator at Sterling High School in Somerdale has received a $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grant from the NEA Foundation to improve her Spanish linguistic and cultural knowledge by traveling to South America. Galt will make her Spanish classes more lively and challenging and present a more authentic experience to her students upon her return.  Read more

Chrissy Kosar
Washington Township bus driver honored by county teacher's union

Chrissy Kosar, a bus driver in the Washington Township School District for nearly a decade, was recently named the Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year by the Gloucester County Education Association. Kosar received her award at a ceremony at Nicolosi's Catering in West Deptford on Nov. 18.  Read More

PARTNERSHIPS

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. 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

News 12 New Jersey seeks the best and brightest seniors from New Jersey high schools for its SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE WEEKNews 12 New Jersey is currently accepting nomination applications from high school athletic directors and/or coaches, detailing the accomplishments of their nominees. Read 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

NJWell

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

NJEA joins call for $15 minimum wage

Steinhauer: “this is an education issue; this is a social justice issue”

Wendell Steinhauer
At a press conference at the Statehouse today, NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer joined Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, Assemblyman Gary Schaer, Senator Ray Lesniak, other unions and anti-poverty advocates to call for a $15 minimum wage in New Jersey.  Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Helping kids discover new adventures, one book at a time

Read Across America
It’s that time of year again! That’s right, NJEA members, it’s time to don your red and white stovepipe hats and join the nationwide celebration of reading.  Wednesday, March 2, is Read Across America Day, and for the 16th year running, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) is working to promote reading and literacy through Read Across America-NJ. Read More

MORE PARENTS & COMMUNITY

NEA RA self-nomination form available online

NEA-RA 2016
Online nominations are now open for NJEA members who wish to self-nominate for state delegate positions to the 2016 NEA Representative Assembly in Washington, D.C. Go to https://njeaElections.org/nominations to submit your nomination. The deadline for nominations is midnight on Thursday, Feb. 25.

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Parents’ testing rights expanded

New laws promise more information for families

Testing Commission hearing
Earlier this week, two laws were signed to provide greater transparency for parents regarding standardized assessments. The first law ensures that students and parents will receive critical information from their districts regarding standardized assessments. The other law grants parents access to information regarding third-party test vendors and the services they perform. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

NJEA responds to State of the State

Steinhauer: Governor offers finger-pointing, not solutions

Christie Bad for NJ

In response to Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State address, NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued this statement: "True to form, the governor used today’s speech for name-calling and finger-pointing, instead of real solutions to the tough problems facing our state. And, once again, he attacked NJEA – the teachers and school employees who have made New Jersey’s public schools among the best in the nation."

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MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Join educator group in tour of Holocaust sites

Holocaust Tour
As a result of a contribution from NJEA, the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education is able to coordinate a trip for educators to the infamous sites of the Holocaust, Aug. 2-17. The total grant will be utilized to provide partial scholarships to members for their participation. Participants will travel to Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and Holland. Learn more and register.

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

NJEA officers, members call on state BOE to change course

Marie Blistan Sean Spiller Joseph Fisicaro
Dozens of NJEA members, leaders and education advocates descended on the State Board of Education’s (SBOE) monthly meeting this afternoon to voice a variety of education-related concerns and implore the board to reconsider the current course of education policy in New Jersey. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Plan Design Committee approves new option for SEHBP

Voluntary pilot program to improve care, control costs

The School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) Plan Design Committee today approved a long-awaited pilot program to give some members the opportunity to utilize Direct Primary Care Medical Homes (DPCMH).  The pilot program grows out of an effort spearheaded by NJEA, in partnership with a coalition of other public sector unions, physicians and health care policy experts.  The effort also garnered legislative support, including an endorsement by Senate President Steve Sweeney. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

NJEA funds dozens of sustainability grants

Sustainable Jersey
At an awards ceremony held last month, Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced the 46 New Jersey schools and school districts selected to receive Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA.) Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

The Legacy Project

Inspiring New Jersey’s Next Generation of Leaders

The Legacy Project
The NJ Hall of Fame (NJHOF) celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of great Garden State citizens in hopes of inspiring New Jersey's next generation of leaders. NJHOF inductees have overcome obstacles to reach the pinnacle of their chosen field, and they provide hope to young people who dare to dream, despite adversity. This is the inspiration for the Legacy Project, a monthly series of interviews with NJ Hall of Fame inductees made for student viewing and integration in the school curriculum. Read More

MORE PARENTS & COMMUNITY

State to correct reimbursement error

If you noticed a little less money in your pension check this week, you are not alone.  Due to a programming error in the Division of Pension and Benefits, some retirees may not have received the full Medicare reimbursements in their pension checks recently sent and dated January 1, 2016.   The division has acknowledged its mistake and corrected the error. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Steinhauer denounces Christie’s attack on responsible pension funding

Wendell

At today’s New Jersey Business and Industry Association Public Policy Forum in East Windsor, Gov. Chris Christie once again attacked the efforts of the state’s public employee unions to secure responsible funding for the state’s pension systems.  NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued this response:

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MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Sean Spiller on the State of the State

NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller responds to Gov. Christie's State of the State address on the topic of education in NJ.

High-stakes testing

Don't Miss

Make the choice - go paperless!

The 2016 NJEA Election will feature the added option of online voting. Members can make the choice of voting by mail or registering to vote online. Learn more  Sign in to request an electronic ballot.

NJEA Choir

The NJEA Choir is being sponsored by the NJEA Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Committee and directed by Terron Singletary. It is open to all New Jersey Education Association members who would like to volunteer their voices. Learn more

Together We Can Make a Difference

Across the country, NEA members are working to do their part to help fight the growing problem of hunger in the classroom. In support of your efforts, Bank of America will make a $1 contribution on your behalf, up to $50,000. Just log in or register to make your click count. Proceeds will go to the Challenge to End Student Hunger.

Riversharks Back to School Week

SPOTLIGHT

The Outsiders and The Law – Chester Public Schools (Morris County)

Like many adolescent students, seventh-graders in Chester’s Black River Middle School read the “The Outsiders,” the classic teen novel by author S.E. Hinton. But after that, Chester students delve more deeply into the book and its themes, by working with their teachers Joseph S. Pizzo and Doreen Aiello and local police officers. Learn more

The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announce the establishment of the Arête Scholarship Fund, which will present an award to one deserving male and female high school student graduating in 2016. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship from the New Jersey Hall of Fame. 

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Win a school lounge makeover

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

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.

Save on Dell Computers

Members enjoy early access to savings this Presidents Day. Doorbusters start at 11am EST, February 8, 9 and 10. Details

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

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

PBS has named five NJ teachers, and NJEA members, among the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. This diverse group of 100 tech-savvy educators from across the country was selected for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom. Over the next year, these tech-savvy educators will take part in a yearlong professional development program, preparing them to act as digital learning ambassadors in their local schools and communities. Read More

NJREA

NJREA TodayNJREA featured in neaToday

NJREA members continue to give new meaning to the phrase “active in retirement.”  The retired public school employees’ association was featured in the Fall 2015 NEA Today magazine for their activism and dedication to fighting for both active and retired members’ rights.  Learn more about the why these retirees are more than just the “daytime face of NJEA”—they’ve quickly become the face of what advocacy is all about. 

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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