Meet your local, county and state leaders
What's the right place to meet and greet and start the year off right? At NJEA's County Fall Focus meetings, members are able to meet their local, county and state association leaders and learn about important issues facing public school employees. Read More

September 2016

16

NJEA Executive Committee Meeting - CPC

17

NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting

22

NJREA Fall Luncheon Meeting

October 2016

14

NJEA Executive Committee Meeting/CPC

22

NJEA Teaching and Learning Symposium

28

NJEA Minority Leadership/Women’s Leadership Conference (ends 10/30)

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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NJEA Conferences

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

Curren

Colleen Curren elected Northeast Regional Director at NEA RA

Black Horse Pike EA member Colleen Curren has been elected to the Executive Committee of the NEA’s Young Professionals Caucus as its Northeast Regional Director.  Read more

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

PARTNERSHIPS

Nominate All-Pro Teachers!

NJEA and Eagles Radio have partnered to recognize some of the many dedicated teachers and educational support professionals who make New Jersey Public Schools great for every child. NJEA members can nominate a fellow teacher or educational support professional to be the NJEA/Eagles Radio All-Pro Educator of the WeekRead more


Be an NJEA/NY Jets Educator of the Game

Win Jets tickets!

New Jersey’s public schools are among the very best in the nation thanks to the hard work and dedication of NJEA members. They work tirelessly on behalf of their students without fanfare or recognition. That’s why NJEA and the New York Jets have partnered to honor outstanding New Jersey educators and Educational Support Professionals. Learn more

Thank Teacher

Special promotion for 2016 Jets home opener

Don’t miss the Jets season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Sept. 11 at MetLife Stadium. This special offer includes five different seating options to choose from starting at $55 per ticket and discounted parking. The first 50 tickets purchased through this offer will receive post-game field access following the game! Details

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

Governor once again attempts abuse of power and members’ rights

While Gov. Christie’s name-calling and attacks on NJEA and its members are nothing new, his latest tirade is an outright attack on retired educators’ health benefits and a blatant disregard of the law.

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8-8-16: Decision day for Steve Sweeney

Pension Rally 8-8-16
Hundreds of NJEA members gathered at the Statehouse today, the last day for Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, to keep his promise to post and pass SCR-2. That is the resolution that would put a constitutional amendment to mandate responsible pension funding on the ballot this November. The protest, organized by NJEA's Summer Fellows, sent a clear message to the New Jersey Senate: Post the bill! Pass the bill! Read More

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NJEA supports Louisiana flood victims

Last week, Louisiana was devastated by what some are calling the worst flooding in the United States since Superstorm Sandy. Thousands have been left with nothing. Homes have been destroyed, neighborhoods have been devastated, and countless individuals are left picking up the pieces. NJEA, along with the National Education Association (NEA) and the Louisiana Education Association (LEA), is calling for monetary donations that will benefit the victims of the flood. Read More

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NJEA PAC announces 2016 Congressional endorsements

The New Jersey Education Association’s 125-member political action committee has voted to recommend to the National Education Association’s (NEA) Fund for Children and Public Education the endorsements of 11 candidates for election to the U.S. Congress, including three Republicans and eight Democrats. The endorsements in congressional districts three, four, five, and seven join those that had previously been approved in April. Read More

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NJEA: Sweeney betrays public employees, taxpayers

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued this statement following the press conference in which Senate President Steve Sweeney announced that he intends to break his promise to post and pass SCR-2, a resolution that would place a constitutional amendment on pension funding on the 2016 ballot: “Senate President Steve Sweeney has betrayed every New Jersey public employee. His excuses, rationalizations and shifting positions don’t change the fundamental fact that he lied. He made a promise and now he says he is going to break his promise." Read More

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“Post the bill, pass the bill!”

NJEA demands action on SCR-2

Marie Blistan
Hundreds of NJEA members descended on Senate president Steve Sweeney’s West Deptford office to urge him to keep the promise he made to NJEA members five months ago.  After jamming the phone lines of his office on the previous day, members went to his office to ensure that their voices were heard. Read More

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NJEA: Legislators earn our support; it is not an entitlement

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer today released the following statement: “NJEA vehemently rejects Sen. President Sweeney’s assertion that any of our leaders or staff have done anything illegal or unethical. NJEA has been very clear that the pension amendment is our members’ number one priority. Our members are extremely angry that once again, politicians are failing to keep their promise to secure the financial security of their pensions after twenty years of playing games with their retirement funds." Read More

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NJEA members call on Sweeney to pass the pension amendment

Hundreds attend Lobby Day

Pension Lobby Day
More than 300 NJEA members, staff, and leaders lined the halls of the NJ Statehouse today, calling on Sen. Sweeney to post SCR2, the pension bill that would place a constitutional amendment to ensure quarterly pension payments on the ballot Nov. 8. Read More

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PARCC wastes time, resources

Earlier today, Gov. Christie and Commissioner of Education, David Hespe, held a press conference to discuss this year's PARCC scores. Despite an apparent improvement in test scores, the PARCC itself remains deeply flawed, overly time consuming and a financial burden on many schools districts. Wendell Steinhauer responded to the press conference: "We don't need a costly, controversial high-stakes test to tell us what we already know. New Jersey's schools perform at a very high level, and students living in poverty have greater challenges than their wealthier peers." Read More

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NJEA statement on Christie’s tenure and retirement lies

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released the following statement regarding Gov. Christie’s dishonest statements about teacher tenure and the retirement benefits of school employees at a recent town hall meeting in Fair Lawn: 

“Gov. Christie’s appalling ignorance and dishonesty regarding pensions, benefits and teacher tenure show that after more than a year out of state he is completely out of touch with New Jersey." Read More

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Paterson EA, NJEA and AFT members protest governor’s unfair school funding formula

Paterson Protest
Gov. Chris Christie’s “fair funding” publicity event at the Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology was met with a force of “red shirts” on Thursday, June 30. Paterson Education Association President John McEntee organized nearly 200 members of PEA, along with parents and community residents, to send Christie a clear message about his proposal to cut funding from urban districts in New Jersey. Read More

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Busy Lobby Day but no action on pension amendment

Bad Lakewood busing bill passes

Lobby Day 6-30-16
More than 50 NJEA members, leaders, and staff participated in a Lobby Day on June 30 to advocate for posting the Senate version of the constitutional amendment on pensions, SCR-2, and to convince the Assembly to reject a bill that would siphon funds away from public school students in Lakewood. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

What does the Unity Symbol mean?

NJEA members proudly display the unity symbol on sweatshirts, stickers, posters, stationery, and pins. Yet few know what the symbol really means. In 1966, the NEA Executive Committee adopted the symbol as the "collective membership mark" of the unite

DON'T MISS

Join the Trenton Thunder for a Labor Day weekend full of fun against the Reading Fightin Phils!

Special NJEA $8 Promo Offer

The Labor Day Weekend of fun will let fans use any unused tickets from the 2016 season and exchange them for seats during the series against the Fightin Phils. The Family Fun Zone will also have a special discount for the weekend, as kids can enter for just $2.See flier for details. Learn more

Sustainable Jersey

Grants to fund New Jersey school sustainability projects now available

Sustainable Jersey for Schools announces new grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association

Applications are due on October 28, 2016 for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant program, which provides opportunities for New Jersey public schools and school districts to implement sustainability projects. 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

Asbury Park Red Carpet
(Photo: Courtesy Maureen Casey and Zahava L. Friedman)

Red Carpet Event at Bradley Elementary School

On June 15, students from Bradley Elementary School in Asbury Park participated in an exciting Red Carpet Event.  The children came in their Sunday best along with their families.  This event, sponsored by NJEA, (Pride Grant funded) was held to celebrate the accomplishment of a group of students who participated in the Friends Club, a social skills group housed at Bradley Elementary this year. Learn more

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.

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


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