Would diminish accountability, benefit only charter operators
At its regularly scheduled meeting today, the State Board of Education took a first look at the new charter school regulations proposed by Governor Christie. The proposed regulations are disconnected from best practices and diminish the teaching profession. NJEA does not support these proposed changes. Read More

October 2016


NJEA Minority Leadership/Women’s Leadership Conference (ends 10/30)

November 2016


NJEA Executive Committee Meeting - CPC


NJREA Convention (ends 11/10)


Early Career Networking Event


NCSEA Fall Confence (ends 11/14)


SOGI Brunch


NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting


NJEA Member Family Involvement Conference


American Education Week (ends 11/19)


Educational Support Professionals Day


Online Pension Webinar


NEA Student Connections Conference (ends 11/20)


NCUEA Fall Conference (ends12/3)

December 2016


NJEA Executive Committee Meeting - CPC


NJEA founded, New Brunswick, 1853



We’ll stack our record against the governor’s any day

I know, I know. You’re tired of hearing it. You’re tired of the governor’s near constant attacks on NJEA, educators, public employees, unions and equitable school funding. You’re tired of the headlines, the radio broadcasts, the Facebook posts and the tweets telling you that the governor has done it again. He’s gone back to his same-old, played-out, tired tactic of blaming NJEA and its members for the state’s ills. Read More

NJEA Conferences

Winter Leadership Conference

NJEA brings its popular Winter Leadership conferences to three locations throughout the state. These overnight conferences are dedicated to developing association advocates. All levels of association leaders—from seasoned veterans to new members—will benefit from the specialized training and networking opportunities offered at NJEA’s Winter Leadership conferences. Learn more

Collective Bargaining Summit

The Jim George Collective Bargaining Summit will be held Oct. 28-29 at the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center, 200 Atrium Drive, Somerset. See this form for seminar descriptions and to register. Registration deadline is Oct. 7, 2016.



Somerville second grade teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award

When Somerville's Van Derveer Elementary School second grade teacher Lindsay Frevert walked into a school-wide assembly on Thursday, Oct. 20, she had no idea she would be walking out with a prestigious Milken Educator Award, recognizing her commitment to her students and their families. Frevert is the newest recipient of the $25,000 cash Award, hailed by Teacher magazine as the "Oscars of Teaching." She is the sole recipient in New Jersey this year and the first from Somerville Public Schools. Learn more

Union City science teacher selected to explore the ocean Aboard titanic shipwreck discoverer

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 selected as a Science Communication Fellow and sailed aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus during its 2016 expedition in August. Learn more


NJEA, local radio honor NJEA members

NJEA has partnered with Thunder 106 and B 98.5 to recognize the significant contributions our members make in the lives of their students. Read why Gina Foss, a teacher from Ridgeway Elementary School, was chosen as the Thunder 106 School Spirit Award winner for September. Read more

Frank Kristen

Keeping schools safe through technology

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. Frank Giffone is in his 14th year as the telecommunications technician for the Lawrence Township Public Schools. He is responsible for the phone and surveillance systems in all seven of schools and the media and technology center. Read more


Meet the NJEA, Eagles All-Pro Educators

NJEA and Eagles Radio are pleased to announce the NJEA/Eagles Radio All-Pro Educators of the Week. NJEA and Eagles Radio partnered to recognize some of the dedicated professionals who make New Jersey Public Schools great for every child. Learn more


NJEA, NY Jets announce Educators of the Game

NJEA and the New York Jets have partnered to honor outstanding New Jersey educators and Educational Support Professionals. After reviewing the countless nominations from colleagues, family members, students, and community members, the following outstanding educators were selected to receive four Club-level tickets to a Jets home game and will be recognized during the NY Jets game day radio broadcast on ESPN Radio 98.7 FM. Read more

The Prudential Center is pleased to offer discounted tickets to NJEA members for Disney On Ice: Follow Your Heart Nov. 16-20.  Save $5 or more on select tickets by using promo code NJEA. See flier for details.

Win a Rutgers Pep Rally at your school!

Are your elementary school students college ready? NJEA and Rutgers Athletics have partnered to encourage elementary students to think about college early. It’s never too early to dream of a bright future and the key is a college education. Rutgers athletes must show academic achievement in order to play. Even non-athletes must work hard and stay focused on achieving their college and career goals. Read more

NJ Devils

NJ Devils offer NJEA Discount 

The New Jersey Devils are offering NJEA members special ticket offers for select games in October and November. Each ticket includes a Devils gift! The Devils will donate $2 from each ticket sold to the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education which provides grants to help educators bring their innovative ideas to life. Learn more

Thank Teacher

News 12

Nominate scholar athletes for NJEA/News 12 program

NJEA and News 12 New Jersey are seeking high school students who excel both academically and athletically. The NJEA/News 12 Scholar Athlete Recognition Program honors New Jersey high school seniors who are successful not only in the classroom, but on the court or on the field. Learn more

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Headline News

On the Web


Teachers are using Snapchat in the classroom
A small but growing group of teachers is using the social media app as a way to push more learning outside of the classroom and onto students' smartphones. What educational value could it possibly have? Check out these ways teachers are using Snapchat for instruction. Learn more More On-the-web resources


NJE A Sept 2016 Newsleter

We got a facelift!

NJREA’s award-winning publication, the NJREA Newsletter, has always been the source for retirees to get information on the latest advocacy opportunities and find out more about the issues that affect them.  Now it has a new look to match its straight-talk attitude, with more action photos, a cleaner layout, and unique quarterly features .  Be sure to check out yet another reason why folks call NJREA “the daytime face of NJEA.” 

BREAKING: Sweeney pulls bad health insurance bill

No vote taken as Senate considers amendments

Wendell Steinhauer Osomo Thomas
Following an intensive lobbying effort by NJEA members who sent over 1,500 emails and showed up in Trenton today with NJEA leaders and staff to speak to senators directly, Senate President Steve Sweeney cancelled a scheduled vote on S-979. That bill contained language that would have infringed on NJEA members’ collective bargaining rights. Read More


NJEA lobbies to protect collective bargaining

Lobby Day S-979

NJEA members, leaders and staff descended upon Trenton today to convince senators to reject S-979, a bill that seeks to eliminate the right to bargain health insurance waivers.

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Bill that would limit collective bargaining posted in Senate

Tell your Senator to vote NO

Take Action
In March, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee released S-979 from committee. This bill, sponsored by Senators Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21), infringes upon public employees’ right to collectively bargain. S-979 is scheduled for a floor vote by the Senate this Thursday, Oct. 20. NJEA OPPOSES THIS BILL because it interferes with the collective bargaining process! Write to your Senator and ask him or her to vote NO on S-979. Read More


Steinhauer testifies on ESSA

Proposes student success index, community schools

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer testified before the Joint Committee on Public Schools today. As the committee seeks input on the implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Steinhauer took the opportunity to discuss issues that will have the most significant impact on educators and their daily lives in the classroom. Read More


NJEA endorses Phil Murphy in the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary

Phil Murphy Endorsement
The New Jersey Education Association’s 125-member political action committee (NJEA PAC) today unanimously endorsed Ambassador Phil Murphy for the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary.
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Schools and communities working together in Camden

Brimm’s Chowhound House hopes to build community relationships

Brimm’s Chowhound House
This past weekend, members of the Camden Education Association (CEA) convened at the Brimm Medical Arts High School to work with community leaders as they organized services to assist local pet owners. The event, known as Brimm’s Chowhound House, attracted more than 200 attendees throughout the day. Brimm’s Chowhound House provided wellness visits for pets and pet food for all pet owners in attendance. CEA members, community leaders and students volunteered their time to help make the event a success. Read More


Argine Safari named 2016-17 NJ Teacher of the Year

Argine Safari
Argine Safari, a high school music teacher at Pascack Valley High School in the Pascack Valley Regional School District in Bergen County, has been named the 2016-17 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. Read More


NJEA praises announcement of new Camden High School

Long overdue project will benefit students

NJEA praised today’s long-overdue announcement that students in Camden will finally get a new public high school. NJEA has worked for several years with the Healthy Schools Now (HSN) coalition to highlight the terrible conditions in too many of New Jersey’s public schools. An event in front of the Statehouse on October 13, 2014 drew attention to the plight of students and educators who are forced to attend and work in schools that are inadequate, outdated and, in many cases, dangerously unhealthy. Read More


Better Choices Coalition challenges TTF deal

Ed Richardson
NJEA Executive Director Ed Richardson joined the Better Choices Coalition today as the group warned against the proposed Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) deal. The deal increases the state’s gasoline tax by 23 cents and eliminates the estate tax, among other revenue reductions that harm the state’s poorest residents and benefit the wealthiest. The proposed deal could damage New Jersey’s budget for years to come. Read More


Join Team NJEA and Race for the Cure!

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Once again, NJEA will participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey Race for the Cure on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ. It’s a great day to raise funds for a great cause, honor the memory of those we’ve lost, and celebrate the survivors. Team NJEA welcomes all runners, walkers, and even sleepers! That’s right, you can join Team NJEA and Sleep in for the Cure! Read More


Promising bill passes in Assembly

A-4122 passes, awaits Senate introduction

A-4122 passes Assembly
A-4122, a bill that seeks to eliminate student standardized test scores from teacher evaluation, passed the Assembly by a vote of 52-11-8 today. Read More


NJEA’s television show wins 15th Emmy

2016 Emmy Awards
NJEA’s television show, Classroom Close-up NJ, won its 15th Emmy during the 34th Annual Mid-Atlantic Gala on Saturday, Sept. 24. Read More


Paterson Education Association unanimously votes no confidence in school superintendent

The members of the Paterson Education Association (PEA) have voted to take a vote of no confidence in superintendent of schools, Dr. Donnie Evans. The unanimous decision of the membership comes after seven years of tumult in the district. Read More


2016 NJEA Convention

Join us Nov. 10-11 for more than 300 seminars and workshops, entertainment, exhibits, and more! Visit njeaconvention.org for details.


California Casualty accepting applications for athletics grants

Public High Schools and Middle Schools in need of financial help for their sports programs are urged to apply for a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. Qualifying teams can score up to $3,000. Applications must be received at www.calcasathleticsgrant.com by January 15, 2017 for consideration for the 2016/2017 year.

LupusWalk to End Lupus Now

The Lupus Foundation of America, New Jersey Chapter is holding a walk to End Lupus Now on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016at Nomahegan Park in Cranford, NJ. Check in begins at 9 am with step off at 10 am. Visit lupus.org for more information and to register.

STEM Contest

Parents and teachers: Varsity Learning Academy is hosting "It All STEMS From This: Competition and Festival." If you have children in grades 3-12, they are eligible to participate in this statewide STEM competition where over $10,000 worth of scholarships and prizes will be awarded. The festival will also feature activities, music, vendors, and refreshments. To register or find out more, visit www.itallstemsfromthis.com.

Nomination forms and documentation for the NJEA Human Rights Award are due Dec. 1, 2016. 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. Click through for more information and nomination form. Learn more

Kids Club Logo

Looking for some family fun? 

Looking for some fun shows to enjoy with your kids like Disney on Ice, The Harlem Globetrotters, or Monster Truck events? You can enroll your children in the free Sun National Bank Center Kids Club presented by NJEA for exclusive access to VIP Experiences, Ticket Discounts, Special Offers, and much more! Learn more

Have your school join the 2016 Students Change Hunger challenge

Students Change HungerThe New Jersey Federation of Food Banks invites your school to join Students Change Hunger, a statewide initiative to engage and mobilize students to address hunger in their local communities and throughout the state. Last fall, 234 schools participated in the program’s fourth year. More than 174,000 pounds of food and $44,000 were donated.  Learn more


New Jersey Hall of Fame and New Jersey Education Association renew scholarships challenging students to realize their best

The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) together with the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announces the renewal of the “Arête Scholarship” which each year grants a $5,000 scholarship to a male and a female New Jersey high school graduate. The recipients are recognized at the annual New Jersey Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony. Scholarship applications are due on Feb. 28, 2017. Learn more

Sustainable Jersey

Grants to fund New Jersey school sustainability projects now available

Sustainable Jersey for Schools announces new grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association

Applications are due on October 28, 2016 for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant program, which provides opportunities for New Jersey public schools and school districts to implement sustainability projects. Learn more

The Legacy Project

The next issue of the NJHOF Legacy Project celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of Dionne Warwick, New Jersey’s Music Ambassador.

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Egg Harbor Twp. EA’s organizing pays off with new contract

The members of the Egg Harbor Township Education Association (EHETA), which represents 1,075 teachers, secretaries, paraprofessionals, and custodial and maintenance staff, know how to go the distance. In 2014, more than a year after their contact expired, the association culminated a multiyear effort that included wearing buttons and T-shirts, handing out informational fliers, working to the contract, packing board meetings and opening a crisis office, before finally settling their contract in superconciliation. Learn more


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


Office Depot Office Max

Office Depot and OfficeMax are now one company! NJEA Members can save up to 80% on over 93,000 products. Great for your printing, cleaning and office needs. Shop online or in any Office Depot or OfficeMax store. Enjoy FREE next-day delivery on online orders over $50! Click here to shop online or print off a FREE Store Purchasing Card.

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

Member Benefits


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



Liven up your lessons with Google Classroom

It’s October and your school year is well underway. You have perfected your workflow in Google Classroom, so now is a good time to think about ways to live up your lessons as you use it with your students.

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