Thanks to a new law, New Jersey teachers will be able to earn a teacher leader endorsement to their instructional certificates. Teacher leadership provides a model for schools that will allow teachers to lead from their classrooms. Teacher leaders are not doing the job of administrators; they will be advocates for the profession and student learning.  They will serve in positions where they help improve teacher practice and create a collaborative culture where decisions about schools and learning can be made with teachers, not above them. Read More

October 2015


NJEA Executive Committee Meeting


NJEA Member Family Involvement Conference

November 2015


NJEA Executive Committee Meeting


NJREA Convention (ends 11/5)


NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting


NJEA Family Involvement Conference


Educational Support Professionals Day


If you want better schools...

On The Table

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.

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Editorial October 2015
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. Read More

NJEA Conferences

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. Read More

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.  Read More

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. Read More

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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: Read More

Mautone NEA

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 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

Elizabeth Baird
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. Read More

Jets Tackle Bullying

Stomp Out Bullying with the NY Jets

The New York Jets have teamed up with STOMP Out 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 Out 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!

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On the Web

NJWell 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

Retirees to recoup prescription overpayments

In the ongoing battle against rising medical costs, NJREA members have been handed a victory.  The School Employees Health Benefits Program Design Committee (SEHBPDC) has come to an agreement on how to recoup the overpaid retiree prescription copayments for Plan Year 2015 as a result of the NJ Division of Pensions and Benefits’ unilateral decision to increase copayments at the beginning of the year.  This victory will bring relief to tens of thousands of former public school employees.

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Chelsea Collins named 2015-16 NJ Teacher of the Year

Chelsea Collins

Chelsea Collins, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Woodstown Middle School in the Woodstown-Pilesgrove School District in Salem County, has been named the 2015-16 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.

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Jersey City schools one step closer to local control

The State Board of Education today adopted a recommendation by Commissioner of Education David Hespe to move Jersey City’s public schools one step closer to local control. Jersey City, which has been under state control for 26 years, longer than any other district in New Jersey, has been moving toward regaining full local control in recent years.  Having already regained the right to local governance and management of its own budget, the district was today granted control over personnel and operational decisions as well. Read More


The NEA Foundation names Maryann Woods-Murphy to Board of Directors

NJEA member and 2009-10 NJ Teacher of the Year

Maryann Woods-Murphy
NJEA member Maryann Woods-Murphy, a Gifted and Talented Specialist at Nutley Public Schools in Nutley, NJ, has been named to the NEA Foundation Board of Directors. Woods-Murphy was the 2009-10 New Jersey Teacher of the Year. She joins five other new board members, each serving a three-year term. Read More


Meet New Jersey’s 2015-2016 County Teachers of the Year

Michael C. Martirone
NJEA is proud to join with students, school employees, parents, and others in congratulating the 2015-2016 New Jersey County Teachers of the Year. Their achievements inside and outside the classroom make us all proud that they have chosen to make their careers in New Jersey’s public schools. Read More


With Duncan resignation, a chance for change

“Listen to parents and educators”

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued this statement following today’s announcement that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will step down in December. “I wish Secretary Duncan well as he ends his tenure as Secretary of Education.  I also call on President Obama and the US Department of Education to use this transition as an opportunity to change course. It is well past time to move away from current USDOE policies that are harming public education." Read More


All NJEA members invited to Fall Focus meetings

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


NJEA: No presidential endorsement at this time

PAC Operating Committee votes to wait

NJEA's PAC Operating Committee voted at its September 18 meeting not to endorse any candidates for president at this time. As a result, NJEA president Wendell Steinhauer will not support  any proposal to make an endorsement in either presidential primary contest should the issue be raised at the upcoming NEA PAC Council meeting or brought before the NEA Board of Directors.

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Classroom Close-Up, NJ picks up 14th Emmy

Sean Spiller, Marie Blistan and Mark Mautone
NJEA’s Classroom Close-up, NJ, now in its 22nd season, has won another Emmy Award. The award – for Show 14 of the 2014-15 season - was won in the category of Education/Schools - Program Feature/Segment and was presented at a ceremony by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of NATAS on Sept. 19 in Philadelphia. This is the 14th Emmy Award in the show’s illustrious history. Read More


NJEA files Supreme Court petition

Seeks review of pension funding ruling

United States Supreme Court
NJEA earlier today, in conjunction with other public sector unions, filed a petition with the United States Supreme Court seeking a review of whether the New Jersey Supreme Court failed to enforce Article I, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution when it ruled against public employees in the Burgos case last spring. Read More


NJDOE seeks your input on state’s ELA and math standards

NJ Standards Review
Got something to say about the Common Core State Standards in New Jersey? Now’s your chance to be heard. Because of Gov. Chris Christie’s recent flip flop on the Common Core, the N.J. Department of Education (NJDOE) had to create a plan to review the Common Core standards and develop standards that are specific to New Jersey. Read More


NJEA members march in South Plainfield Labor Day Parade

Governor a no-show

Labor Day Parade 2015
Sept. 7 was a beautiful day to honor organized labor as over 20 of NJEA’s local associations sent delegates to march in the South Plainfield Labor Day Parade and hold a rally. Traveling from eight counties, members joined NJEA leadership and staff to celebrate the holiday specifically designed to honor their work, and the efforts of those who made and keep our country strong. Read More


Phanatic About Learning

Winners of the NJEA/Philadelphia Phillies student essay contest “Phanatic About Learning” were honored at NJEA Day with the Phillies on Sept. 13. Students were encouraged to write a short essay about a teacher or ESP that makes learning fun.

High-stakes testing


Marie Blistan

“It’s always about priorities,” said NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan, who attended a Roxbury Education Association rally prior to a September Roxbury Board of Education meeting. “This board of education has sent a message: It’s priority is not the teaching staff.” Full story


LTEA members rally for a fair contract

The temperature reached 92 degrees on Wednesday, Sept. 9, but that didn’t stop members of the Lawrence Township Education Association (LTEA)  from demanding what they deserve: R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Wearing black and carrying signs and balloons, hundreds of LTEA members—who have been working under an expired agreement since June of 2014—convened at the Lawrence Township Board of Education office to support their negotiations team in advance of its last mediation session prior to a formal fact finding hearing. 

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Invite the Cat in the Hat to your school
The Cat in the Hat comes back…and he’s just in time to help your school celebrate NEA’s Read Across America!  NJEA members can now request a visit from the Cat himself right online.  The first 50 members who register for a visit will receive an authentic red-striped stovepipe hat.  Visits begin in early February and continue through the middle of March.

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Riversharks Back to School Week

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 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 to learn more and search the video library to see thousands of stories that have aired over the past two decades.


Disney on Ice tickets available

The Prudential Center invites NJEA members to purchase discount tickets for Disney on Ice, 100 Years of Magic November 18, 19, and 20. NJEA members, their families, and friends are welcome to take advantage of this special offer. Click here for details.

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 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
Member Benefits


Your NJEA membership card is your ticket to discounts on merchandise, insurance, entertainment, travel, and personal legal services.



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



Vote to help promote quality health and physical education programs in New Jersey's schools.

Help NJAHPERD win $10,000 so that it can continue to promote quality health and physical education programs in New Jersey's schools. How would NJAHPERD win the $10K? By getting enough votes for its past president, JoAnn Doherty, so that she is named The Barclays Volunteer of the Year.

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