Help NJ women achieve wage fairness

S-992 strengthens the current Law Against discrimination (LAD) to make it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against employees on the basis of sex by paying a rate of compensation, including benefits, to employees of one sex less than the rate paid to employees of another sex.  The bill also prohibits employers from retaliating against an employee for disclosing information about job titles and salaries. The Legislature passed this law, but Gov. Christie vetoed S-992. Learn more and take action

March 2017

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NJ Student EA Preservice Conference

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NJEA Google Boot Camp

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NJEA Priority Schools Winter Conference

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NEA Higher Ed Conference (ends 3/19)

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting - CPC

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NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting

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NEA Retired Conference (ends 3/23)

INSIGHT & OPINION
NEWS
FOCUS NJEA

Editorial

Fighting for justice requires a daily decision to act.

Editorial Jan 2017Before there was Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, there was Hedgepeth and Williams v. Board of Education of Trenton. Before there was Rosa Parks there was Claudette Colvin. The names of Gladys Hedgepeth, Berline Williams and Claudette Colvin are not engraved in the nation’s collective memory in the way that Brown v. Board and Rosa Parks are. Read More

NJEA Conferences

Health & Safety Conference

Learn how to demand healthy schools at the Northern Regional Health & Safety Conference on April 1 at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth. Learn more and register

Google Boot Camp

The next Google Boot Camp will be held on April 8 at the Atlantic County Education Association headquarters in Egg Harbor City. Learn more

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

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Princeton

NJEA and Princeton football recognized three of the county teachers of the year on Saturday during halftime of the Princeton-Dartmouth game. Terry Kuhnreich (Cumberland County), Jennifer Schoepflin (Gloucester County), and Julie Wright (Camden County) were honored on the field. Princeton football offered all NJEA members four free tickets with their NJEA card.

Frevert

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

Foss

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

Paul

Coaching students to success

Paul Reagle is a paraprofessional at Sterling High School in Camden County. He’s also served as a baseball coach and football coach. When he’s not on the field, he is coaching students to become better readers through the Read 180 programs and shadowing special needs students in the workplace as a job coach. Read more

PARTNERSHIPS

Alzheimer’s New Jersey Essay Contest

Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease impacts over 500,000 people in New Jersey?  That includes individuals who have the disease and family caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Alzheimer’s New Jersey would like to recognize students who are making a difference in the New Jersey fight against Alzheimer’s disease.  Contest deadline is March 31.  Learn more

NJEA partners with the Philadelphia Soul

THE 2016 Arena Bowl Champion Philadelphia Soul football team is offering NJEA members and their families specially-priced tickets and a chance to receive pre-game field passes when the Soul take on the Baltimore Brigade on Saturday, May 13 at the Wells Fargo Center. Kickoff is slated for 7 pm, doors open at 6 pm. Learn more

New Jersey Hall of Fame Essay Contest Announced

Who belongs in the New Jersey Hall of Fame? The New Jersey Hall of Fame wants your students to participate in the decision-making process. New Jersey public school students are invited to participate in the N.J. Hall of Fame Essay Contest. Students are asked to nominate potential inductees – living or dead – to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Contest deadline is March 15.  Learn 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

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. Deadline is March 3.  Learn more

Other Blogs/Sites

Headline News

On the Web

Snapchat

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

NJREA

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.” 

Blistan honored by Essex County Dems as a leader for workers’ rights

Marie Blistan
The Essex County Democratic Committee honored NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan on Wednesday, February 15, at their annual Labor Breakfast. Blistan was selected with several other labor leaders to receive a special distinction for her work with NJEA members. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

NJEA members take a stand for public education

Murphy, political action take center stage

Public Education Heroes
In the wake of Betsy DeVos’s controversial confirmation as Secretary of Education, NJEA members around the state have been seeking opportunities to make a difference in their schools, state and across the nation. Last night, nearly 300 Middlesex County educators did just that. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Message to members regarding DeVos confirmation

Vote No on DeVos
The email below was sent to all NJEA members following the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. For weeks, NJEA members and public education advocates across the nation have lobbied against DeVos because of her lack of qualifications and hostility toward public education. Read More

Win! SBOE abandons plan to lower certification standards

Other proposed charter regulations remain problematic

Cindy Matute Brown
The New Jersey State Board of Education today moved proposed revisions to the state’s charter school regulations one step closer to adoption, but dropped a controversial provision that would have severely weakened certification standards for charter school teachers, principals and business administrators.  Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

NEA RA self-nomination form available online

2017 NEA RA

Online nominations are now open for NJEA members who wish to self-nominate for state delegate positions to the 2017 NEA Representative Assembly in Boston. Go here to submit your nomination. The deadline for nominations is midnight on Friday, Feb. 24.

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

NJ Supreme Court rejects Christie ploy

Refuses permission to disregard contracts, statutes

NJ Supreme Court

The New Jersey Supreme Court today delivered a stinging rebuke to Gov. Chris Christie, rejecting his attempts to end-run the Legislature on school funding and collective bargaining.

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MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

NJEA officers condemn religious discrimination

Vow to protect students and public schools

Americanism Assembly
NJEA’s officers, President Wendell Steinhauer, Vice President Marie Blistan and Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller, released a joint statement today condemning President Trump’s Executive Order targeting immigrants from several majority-Muslim nations. They also condemned his other words and actions which have contributed to a climate of fear and distrust that is affecting the wellbeing of students and others. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

NJEA leaders: Sweeney’s funding plan falls far short

Legislature should fund SFRA, not pick winners and losers

NJEA Officers
NJEA’s officers released this statement today, ahead of a hearing by the Senate Select Committee on School Funding Fairness, chaired by Senate President Steve Sweeney. The hearing will be held in Woolwich Twp., in Sweeney’s home district (LD3). NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan and NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller will attend the hearing. NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer called on the Legislature to reject Sweeney’s approach and instead fund the existing formula without taking current resources away from any district. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Spiller joins advocates in defense of ACA

Cites harm to students if health law repealed

Sean Spiller

NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller joined a coalition of labor, civil rights, religions, business, and public health advocates at a Statehouse press conference today to call on Congress not to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The incoming presidential administration has said it wants to repeal ACA quickly, and congress has begun taking steps in that direction.

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MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Learn how to DEMAND Healthier Schools

Register for the NJEA Northern Regional Health & Safety Conference

Northern Health & Safety Conference
The 2017 NJEA Northern Regional Health & Safety Conference will be held on Saturday, April 1 at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth. The conference is open to all NJEA members in the northern region at no cost and is limited to the first 100 participants. Read More

MORE TEACHING & LEARNING

2017 Legislative Dinners

County legislative dinners are an excellent way to learn about hot educational issues, meet yourstate lawmakers face-to-face and share your thoughts about making public education even better. For further details, contact your county education association office, county association president or county government relations chairperson. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Blistan calls on legislators to fully fund school aid formula

Spiller testifies to Assembly Ed

Marie Blistan
NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan today called on members of the Joint Committee on Public Schools to commit to fully funding the state’s existing school funding formula, known as SFRA. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Rising grad rate shows NJ schools succeeding

grads
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued this statement regarding the announcement today that New Jersey’s excellent high school graduation rate continues to climb. “New Jersey’s rising graduation rate is great news, and it shows that our public schools are succeeding. New Jersey has long been at or near the top of the nation when it comes to graduation, but that fact that the rate keeps increasing shows that we never rest on our laurels." Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Christie misleads again on pensions, charters

State of State ignores true agenda, legacy

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement to challenge Gov. Christie’s misleading statements about public charter schools and pension funding in today’s State of the State address: “Gov.  Christie should tell the truth about his charter school agenda. He’s not trying to make New Jersey’s public charter schools more innovative or more effective.  He’s trying to make them less accountable." Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

The Real State of Our State

NJEA, advocacy groups look to future ahead of governor’s address

Wendell Steinhauer
As the governor prepared for his final State of the State address, NJEA joined advocacy groups from across the state to participate in an event to illustrate the “Real State of Our State.” Hosted by Better Choices for New Jersey, the press conference touched on a wide variety of issues--from the environment to economics to education--highlighting the governor’s neglect over the past seven years. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Say No to DeVos

NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan joined NJEA Members at a STUDENT-organized protest in Verona on Feb. 6 to oppose Betsy DeVos and support our great public schools.

FEATURED

Rutgers

NJEA and Rutgers basketball teamed up to salute the 2016-17 Teachers of the Year. Pictured are Julie Wright (Camden County), Sondra Lougee (Monmouth County), Jeanette Wehner (Ocean County), Keith Schoch (Somerset County), Monica Goncalves (Union County), and N.J. State Teacher of the Year Argine Safari (Bergen County). Rutgers played Nebraska.

DON'T MISS

Harlem Globetrotters See the Globetrotters

NJEA members can save up to $25 on tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters on Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark. To take advantage of this special offer, visit prucenter.com/HG17 and use the offer code NJEA. See flier for details.

The circus is coming to town!

The last Ringling Bros. Circus ever is coming to Prudential Center in March and NJEA members have access to discounted tickets starting at just $13. To order tickets, go to prucenter.com/Circus17 and use promo code NJEA.

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

Arete

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 on May 7, 2017. Scholarship applications are due on March 17, 2017. Learn more

Mary Higgins Clark

The Legacy Project

The next issue of the NJHOF Legacy Project celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of Mary Higgins Clark, New Jersey’s Literary Treasure.

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SPOTLIGHT

Cedar Grove

NJEA colleagues, community support Cedar Grove educators

Staff and students displaced by asbestos contamination. A districtwide construction project in the Cedar Grove School District last summer led to asbestos contamination at North End Elementary School. The episode caused the loss of many classroom resources and the displacement of staff and students. Learn more

CLASSROOM CLOSE-UP, NJ

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.

MEMBER BENEFITS

President's Day deals on Dell

Check out these early access doorbusters from Dell. Up to $300 off and free shipping on everything. See flier for details.

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

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

MEMBER DISCOUNTS

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

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TOOLBOX

Minecraft-2017-February

The Minecraft phenomenon in education

Have you ever wondered what makes Minecraft such an engaging and innovative game? Unless you have been living under a rock for the past several years, you have probably heard your students, kids, and quite a few adults, talking about this video game. The game was originally released in 2011 and quickly became a bestselling game around the world. Since then, it has sold around 110 million licenses, and is still selling roughly 10,000 copies a day. Even if your students are not currently playing the game, they have probably played it at one time or another, watched YouTube videos about it, and engaged in conversations based around the game. In other words, Minecraft has embedded itself into the culture of the current generation of students.

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