'No' to further pension reform
NJEA members want to elect legislators who are willing to fund their pensions. That fact seems to confound legislators like Jon Bramnick, the Assembly Republican leader and a potential gubernatorial candidate, and Declan O’Scanlon, another Republican assemblyman, both of whom say the state can’t afford to fund public pensions and are calling NJEA and other unions to “negotiate” further pension reform. Read NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer's op-ed in the Asbury Park Press to learn why that’s not going to happen.
Teacher leader law an important step toward taking back the profession
On its surface, a new state law that creates a teacher leader endorsement to the instructional certificate may not seem like a big deal. But to a profession beleaguered by a misguided accountability movement and victimized by corporate education reform, New Jersey P.L.2015, c.111. could be a very, very big deal. In fact, it is a critical step toward returning teachers to an exalted position in our schools.
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.
The 2016 NJEA Central Regional Health & Safety Conference will be held on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at New Jersey Education Association Headquarters in Trenton NJ. The conference is open to all NJEA members in the central region at no cost and is limited to the first 70 participants. Learn more
Nominate a human rights advocate
Nomination forms and documentation for the NJEA Human Rights Award are due Dec. 7, 2015. Awards will be presented at the NJEA Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Dinner next January. Nominees may be an individual, group or organization working in the area of civil rights, and if eligible, NJEA members. Learn more
NJ teacher wins national teaching award
Health sciences teacher Kimberly Moreno from Union City High School was recently honored as an outstanding New Jersey educator and received the $25,000 Milken Educator Award at a surprise schoolwide assembly. The prestigious award recognizes the exceptional work of this educator as a model for the state and the nation. Read More
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: nj.com)
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
Teacher appreciation from Seton Hall Athletics. Each year Seton Hall Athletics likes to honor the teachers who are making a difference in the surrounding area. This year, Seton Hall Athletics will be honoring 10 teachers and the students who nominated them during an on court ceremony when the Men’s Basketball team hosts Georgia on November 28. We are asking current and former students to nominate their favorite “Teacher All Stars.” The nominations need to be made before November 20. Read more
Nominate an educator who is making a difference in your life
NJEA and Z100 have partnered to recognize the important work educators have in the lives of their students. Students - with the help of a parent - can nominate an educator to be recognized. The student who writes the winning entry gets two tickets to the Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York, the educator wins $1,000, and the parent wins a spa day! For details, visit z100.com. Listen
News 12 New Jersey seeks the best and brightest seniors from New Jersey high schools for its SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK. News 12 New Jersey is currently accepting nomination applications from high school athletic directors and/or coaches, detailing the accomplishments of their nominees. Read more
The sky’s the limit
Nancy Cogland is a paraprofessional in Old Bridge at the Jonas Salk Middle School. She helps her middle school students navigate the complexities of adolescence. She instills a sense of self-confidence in her students so they know that the sky’s the limit.
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