Education alliance issues call for a continuum to support effective teaching

If a new consortium of education stakeholders has its way, New Jersey will soon see a significant change in the way it prepares and develops its teachers. At a symposium held on Saturday, Sept. 27, the Garden State Alliance for Strengthening Education (GSASE) issued a comprehensive report that identified specific recommendations on teacher preparation, induction into the profession, professional learning for teachers and teacher leadership. Read More

October 2014

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting

November 2014

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting

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NJREA Annual Meeting (ends 11/6)

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NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting

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NJEA Member Family Involvement Conference

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American Education Week (ends 11/22)

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Educational Support Professionals Day

INSIGHT & OPINION
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FOCUS NJEA

A union call to scale back school testing

On The TableDo you remember a teacher or other school employee who made a difference in your life? Perhaps someone who really brought an academic subject to life, or who simply helped you through a difficult time? How about a class or subject that thrilled you and made you want to learn more and more, even after you’d completed your assignments and passed the final exam? Now think back to all of the standardized tests you’ve ever taken. Remember that one SAT analogy question that set you on the course to your future career? The multiple choice math problem that gave you the courage to try something you’d always been afraid to attempt before? If you are struggling to come up with something, don’t feel bad. Neither of us can either, because while standardized tests have long been a part of public education, until recently, they’ve never been mistaken for its point and purpose. Read More

EDITORIAL

Camden's Corporate Con
New Jersey’s urban school districts have long been the targets of the corporate “reformers” who seek to privatize their funding. That’s been particularly true in the state takeover districts, with Newark and Camden singled out by the Christie administration for full frontal assaults. 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!

FEATURED

Kevin Williams, Joyce Beverly, Walter C. Farrell, Jr.
Camden's Unity Community Center recently honored NJEA UniServ Representative Joyce Beverly (center) and Dr. Walter C. Farrell Jr. (right), professor of public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for NJEA's community organizing efforts to save public education in Camden. Producer and director Kevin Williams was also honored for his NJEA sponsored documentary, "Tragedy to Triumph," which identifies the obstacles overcome by Camden City School students and the contributions made by Camden Education Association members to their success.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Trenton Thunder School Heroes
School heroes honored by NJEA, Thunder

True heroes don’t wear capes or possess superpowers. True heroes make a difference in the lives of children. That’s why NJEA and the Trenton Thunder teamed up to honor some students and their school heroes. Read More

Lisa Gaudio
NJEA members win EIRC gifted education award
The Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC) is pleased to announce the winners for this year’s “Take the Lead” Award: Lisa Gaudio from Lakeside Middle School of Millville Public Schools and Fran Cohen of Hoboken Public Schools. Read More

NJ State Teacher of the Year wins national award for teaching excellence
Kathleen Assini, an eighth grade social studies teacher at Delsea Regional Middle School in Franklinville, and the 2013-14 NJ Teacher of the Year, will receive the 2015 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of public education’s most prestigious awards. Assini is among 39 public educators who will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, DC on February 13, 2015. Read More

PARTNERSHIPS

Cherry Hill ESP

SPOTLIGHT ESP
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. Read More

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

Deciphering the code
Think understanding computer technology is just about learning how to use Word and Excel?  Think again!  These days, students are being taught coding, the language of computer science, to add to their 21st century skill set.  In fact, it’s estimated that one in every 10 schools in New Jersey now offers classes in coding for students at all grade levels. Read about how some NJEA members and their students caught the attention of Inside Jersey magazine and learn how their classrooms are joining the coding movement.

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On the Web

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

Camden County College support staff holds soup kitchen protest at freeholder meeting

The 47 members of the Camden County College Support Staff Association (CCSSA) who were fired with one day’s notice in June held a protest at the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting in Pennsauken on Oct. 16. Read More

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American Education Week
American Education Week - November 16-22 - presents a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Read More

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NJEA testifies on charter bill

Call for study commission, temporary hold on new charter schools

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA president Wendell Steinhauer testified before the Senate Education Committee on S-2319, a bill that would make changes to New Jersey’s existing charter school law.  While he thanked the committee for taking the issue seriously and highlighted some good elements of the bill, he also urged them to go further. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Can your district require tiered SGOs?

Is a district required by the N.J. Department of Education (NJDOE) to tier student growth objectives? The answer is no. But can a district require its staff to tier SGOs anyway? The answer appears to be yes. Read More

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Stand with Philadelphia

Show your support for teachers with a "solidarity selfie"


Last week, Philadelphia's state-controlled School Reform Commission (SRC) executed what can only be described as a sneak attack on teachers, and it demands a strong response from everyone who cares about teachers and their students. Go to reclaimourschools.org to find out what you can do to help.

Urban Education Symposium

Urban Education Symposium
The NJEA Urban Education Committee is hosting this overnight symposium Oct. 24-25 at the East Brunswick Hilton to support teachers and educational support professionals (ESP) who work in urban schools and other similar schools. Read More

MORE TEACHING & LEARNING

NJEA responds to benefit study commission report

“Time for a new direction and a new commitment”

NJEA today released a response to the preliminary status report of the NJ Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission appointed by Governor Christie. NJEA’s response lauds the commission for correctly identifying chronic state funding failures as the source of the current unfunded liability and for acknowledging the need for an “iron-clad” mechanism to compel the state to make its required contribution moving forward. Read More

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Make your voice heard!

Share your ideas on improving special education

Speak out!

NJEA is encouraging members to share their ideas and attend public testimony hearings sponsored by The New Jersey Task Force on Improving Special Education for Public School Students.

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MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Steinhauer testifies in support of paid sick leave

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer testified today before the Assembly Labor Committee in support of A-2354, a bill which would provide all workers in the state with paid sick leave. Although NJEA members already have paid sick leave, NJEA is advocating for this bill on behalf of the students we serve. Read More

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Assembly to take up GSASE recommendations

Coalition calls for a continuum to support effective teaching

Assembly to take up GSASE recommendations
Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, D-Hudson, and Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, D-Middlesex, announced today that the Assembly Education Committee, which Diegnan chairs, will take up recommendations that would significantly change the way New Jersey prepares and develops its teachers. Read More

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NJEA on PARCC testing proposal: “PARCC still not ready for prime time”

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer called the state Department of Education’s inclusion of the all-new PARCC assessments as an element of the graduation requirements for current high school juniors “a poorly-timed decision that has caused great confusion among students and educators.” Read More

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Call to Action

Are you fed up with all the demands made on public school employees? NEA President Lily Eskelsen García has some advice for NJEA members!

Evaluation Resources

NJREA

NJREA CONVENTION: CHANGE IN VENUE
Due to the unstable situation at the Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino, the NJREA Leadership Team and Executive Committee felt it imperative to change the NJREA Convention site to Resorts Casino-Hotel. Read More

DON'T MISS

LGBTQ: What does it all mean for NJEA members & leaders? Please join the NJEA Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Committee for a free brunch on Nov. 6, 2014 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the NJEA Convention. Learn what NJEA resources are available to members and leaders for self-education, member education and advocacy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) members and students. For questions, contact Yvonne Holmes at 609-599-4561 Ext. 2235. Sign in and register

Kids in Concert 2014

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 deadline to invite the Cat is Nov. 14.

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FALL SAVINGS
NEA members get 20% off and free shipping on orders of $25 or more when using the promo code NEAMB at smilemakers.com.  Now is a great time to order for the fall season.

SPOTLIGHT

Melissa Butler
NJ teacher wins national award
Melissa Butler, a 6th grade language arts teacher at South Orange Middle School, has been awarded the 2014 national Bammy Award for The Middle School Teacher of the Year.

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CLASSROOM CLOSE-UP, NJ

Classroom Close-Up, NJ

NJEA’s television show is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Visit the website to learn more about the Emmy-winning, 30-minute weekly series that focuses on the great things happening in New Jersey's public school. Visit the video library to see thousands of stories that have aired over the past two decades.

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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.

NEA Cash Rewards Card

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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SCHOOL BUZZ

Study shows weak correlation between student test scores and teacher performance
Sometimes who pays for a study is as telling as the results of the study.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded the research that generated the report, “Instructional Alignment as a Measure of Teaching Quality.” The researchers also used data from the Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching study to perform their work. Given the Gates Foundation’s support for using student test data to evaluate teachers, it’s interesting to note that this study concluded that how students perform on state assessments is only weakly connected to instructional content or quality.

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