After sitting on the assignment for four months, Governor Christie finally appointed the 9-member Commission on the Use of Student Assessments in New Jersey, leaving it with a scant 7 weeks – including the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks – to issue a preliminary report. Whether it will be possible for the commission to hold public hearings, take and digest expert testimony and research, and actually issue a report that fulfills its mission is uncertain. There’s certainly a lot of skepticism among the education community.
It's time for action to match rhetoric
At its Oct. 7 meeting, the Bloomfield Board of Education took a stand on the side of parents when it comes to state-mandated standardized testing. Bloomfield’s explicit policy for parents wishing to have their children opt out of state testing is a rarity in New Jersey. The state does not have an opt-out policy, so individual districts are left to their own devices, which can leave parents confused.
Have you submitted a photo using the NJEA app? Check out the SNappSHOTS gallery to see if your photo made the cut!
On Veterans Day, NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer was honored as the Man of the Year by The GI GO Fund at their annual gala at the Newark Club. The GI GO Fund is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides assistance to all military veterans, with a focus on veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, by helping them find employment, access housing, and secure their educational and health benefits.
NJEA is a major supporter of The GI GO Fund through a direct donation from the Association and an annual NJEA staff fundraiser.
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.
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.
RUTGERS TEACHER APPRECIATION
Rutgers Athletics would like to invite all teachers and their families out to the men's basketball game against Penn State on Saturday, Jan. 3. Learn how to get your discounted tickets.
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.
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.
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