April is the cruelest month
T.S. Eliot famously called April the cruelest month, and for hundreds of thousands of New Jersey public school children who will be subjected once again to the PARCC, truer words were never spoken. PARCC of course stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career tests.
Share your story on the consequences of Chapter 78
When Gov. Chris Christie signed Chapter 78 into law on June 28, 2011, he and the Legislature set in motion a chain of events that would reduce the take-home pay of public employees. In addition to increases in pension contributions, Chapter 78 mandated that New Jersey’s public employees pay a percentage of their health insurance premiums. Depending on plan choices, level of coverage, and salary, mandatory premium sharing ranges from 3 percent to 35 percent of the premium.
Is your county newsletter newsworthy? Want to know what social media is and how to use it? Looking to make an interactive website? Then make plans to attend the NJEA Communications Tools Workshop on Saturday, May 7 at NJEA Headquarters in Trenton.
NJEA Summer Institute
Join us on Tuesday, July 12, for the 2016 Summer Professional Learning Institute being held at the Holiday Inn of East Windsor. This professional development session will engage teacher leaders in activating their classroom experiences into conversations around cultural competence. Learn more
Kearny EA members receive athletics grants from California Casualty
Kearny High School is the recipient of $2000 from the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program, thanks to Kearny Education Association members Frank Bifulco and Al Perez. Kearny High is one of 86 public high schools in 34 states to receive a total of $102,500, and is the only school in NJ to receive two grants in one year! Learn more
Metuchen social studies teacher honored for human rights activism
Evan Robbins, a Social Studies teacher at Metuchen High School, was recently awarded the 2016 Human Rights Activist Award from Kean University’s Human Rights Intstitute. In 2006, he and his students created the Breaking the Chain club in an effort to rescue trafficked children in the fishing industry in Ghana, West Africa. Read more
Union City science teacher receives accolades
Paul Orbe, a science teacher at the Academy for Enrichment and Advancement in Union City, and a member of the Union City Education Association, was recently awarded the NSTA-Bayer Fellowship from the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and the Urban Science Educator Development Award from the NSTA and Shell. 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. Anna Marie Cooney provides in-class support for students at Monongahela Middle School in Deptford Township. She raised her children in Deptford and has worked in the district since 1991. She and her husband have traveled to all fifty states.
Holly is an ESP Who Rocks!
Holly Hughes is a custodian C. Albert Bean School in Pine Hill (Camden County.) She always goes above and beyond for her students and that’s why she rocks! Holly visited WMGK radio station in Philadelphia to tell us what she likes best about her job. Listen
Students can honor school heroes
The 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
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
NJEA members invited to Rock vs. Jocks game
The Philadelphia Soul is coming to Trenton and they want NJEA member there to cheer them on! The Soul is offering NJEA members special pricing - $30 lower level tickets for just $20! The Soul usually plays at the Wells Fargo Cneter in Philadelphia, but since the venue will be hosting the Democratic National Convention, the Philadelphia Soul will play their Saturday, June 11 game at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, NJ. Kickoff for the game is set for 3 p.m. 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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