School employees and other public employees have committed their lives to public service with the expectation that their pensions would be available when they retire. Unfortunately, the state's failure to pay its share of pension system funding for the last decade has threatened this retirement security. Amending the state Constitution is the only way to ensure that the state meets its pension obligations. Contact your legislators and urge them to support the resolution to place this matter in the hands of the voters this November. Read More

May 2016

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National School Nurses Day

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NJEA Member Family Involvement Conference

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting - CPC

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NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting

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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

INSIGHT & OPINION
NEWS
FOCUS NJEA

April is the cruelest month

On The Table

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.

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EDITORIAL

Money

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.  Read More

NJEA CONFERENCES

2016 Communications Tools Workshop
Communications Tools

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. Read More

NJEA Summer Professional Learning Institute
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

Evaluation Resources

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Kearny Grant

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

AnnaMaria

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.  Read More

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. Headphones Listen 

PARTNERSHIPS

Students can honor school heroes

Trenton Thunder logoThe 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

Activate Your Soul

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

Soul KissThe 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

SnappShots
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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Headline News

On the Web

NJWell

OpenEd.com is an online catalog of educational assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans aligned to every Common Core standard and several other standards. The site offers the ability for teachers to assign resources to their students online, allowing students to take assessments, do homework, etc. on their own computers or tablets. Resources are free, but a premium subscription is offered that grants access to content from leading publishers. More On the Web resources

NJEA election results are in

NJEA members have elected state and county representatives to the NJEA Executive Committee, NJEA Delegate Assembly (and Alternates), and NEA Representative Assembly in some counties and units, as well as some county association offices. Click through for complete election results. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3, 2016 is National Teacher Day, a time for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives. That week, May 2 - 6, is designated Teacher Appreciation Week by the National PTA. It's a time to strengthen support and respect for teachers and the teaching profession. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

NJEA statement on PARCC's Technology Failure

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued the following statement regarding the technology breakdown that halted the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing across New Jersey today:

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NJEA letter of support to Verizon workers

The following letter was sent in solidarity to Bob Speer, President, IBEW 827 from NJEA’s leadership team:  To express our solidarity with you, your members, and all 40,000 workers striking against Verizon for its anti-labor practices and its failure to negotiate a strong, competitive contract that honors the work of the CWA and IBEW members who help make the company so profitable.  

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NJEA, New Jersey Working Families stand up for Tax Fairness

Wendell Steinhauer
Today, which is Tax Day this year, NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer joined community activists and statewide advocates, brought together by Better Choices NJ, to call on the state to shift tax burdens away from New Jersey’s middle class citizens. Read More

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NJEA statement on Atlantic City and collective bargaining

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued the following statement regarding NJEA’s role in the debate over Atlantic City’s future and the union’s commitment to the collective bargaining rights of its members and all other unionized public employees: “In recent days, NJEA’s position on the very serious issues faced by Atlantic City and its unionized public employees has been misinterpreted in much of the news coverage of those issues. While our position has remained consistent throughout, I want to reiterate where we stand on the key issues." Read More

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NJEA lends its support to school lead testing bill

Ginger Gold-Schnitzer, Steve Sweeney
Senate President Steve Sweeney today convened a forum on the need for a lead protection plan in New Jersey’s public schools. NJEA’s Director of Government Relations Ginger Gold Schnitzer represented the organization’s position that the health and safety of New Jersey’s public school children is of paramount importance. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Attend the 2016 Jack Bertolino Summer Leadership Conference

Summer Leadership Conference
The 2016 NJEA Jack Bertolino Summer Leadership Conference will offer a broad menu of workshops that equip members to become stronger association advocates. Most workshops offer nine hours of training in a three-day period spread over six parts. A longer workshop providing 18 hours of training over four days is available for newer presidents. Read More

MORE TEACHING & LEARNING

Trenton educators and parents protest staff layoffs

Trenton EA Budget Rally
Trenton’s teachers and educational support professionals (ESP) packed the parking lot outside the city’s board of education offices on March 22 to protest staff cuts that will leave at least 164 school district staff unemployed. The loss includes 92 paraprofessionals, 43 teachers, 23 secretaries and four business and technical employees.  Read More

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S-979 released from committee

NJEA will fight against full Senate approval

Take Action
The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee has released S-979. That bill, sponsored by Senators Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21) infringes upon public employees’ right to collectively bargain. Read More

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NJEA statement on Friedrichs v. CTA decision

Decision “a major victory” for working people

Wendell Steinhauer
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 4-4 on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a case that deals with the collection of representation fees, also known as fair share, from individuals in a collective bargaining unit who do not wish to become union members but want to benefit from union representation. As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision, the earlier ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court, which sided with the CTA, stands. Read More

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New Jersey’s pension funding crisis: A tough problem, a constitutional solution

Fund NJ Pension
For more than two decades, New Jersey politicians in both parties have played a dangerous game with New Jersey’s pension funds, skipping required payments year after year and allowing huge liabilities to grow. As a result, New Jersey faces a pension funding crisis that will take many years to resolve. Not only that, it will take a tremendous amount of fiscal discipline, which is exactly what too many of our elected leaders have lacked. Read More

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NAACP, NJEA join Trenton paraprofessionals, parents, community to fight staff layoffs

Trenton Paraprofessionals Press Conference

Education, community and civil rights groups held a press conference at Greater Mount Zion AME Church in Trenton on March 23 to protest the district’s proposed layoff of 164 staff, including 92 paraprofessionals who work with special education students.

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A Teacher Appreciation Story

This heartwarming story features the reuniting of a neurosurgeon and his middle school science teacher, who inspired him to become a doctor. Teacher Appreciation Week is the perfect time to thank a teacher who has inspired you!

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DON'T MISS

Teacher Appreciation Event

Drexel University Online recognizes the hard work and dedication it takes to be a teacher. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, NJEA members are invited to a private event on Tuesday, May 3 at the National Constitution Center with exclusive access to the exhibits, guided tours, light refreshments, Constitutional Quizzo, and more! Learn more 

The Healthy Schools Now Coalition is hosting its annual best practices summit, Building Community Partnerships for Success, on Saturday, May 14 at NJEA Headquarters in Trenton. This event provides an exciting opportunity for Healthy Schools Now advocates to share their experiences and learn from one another. Learn more

NJ BookThe NJ Center for the Book has invited a number of NJ authors and illustrators to write a serialized story targeted for all ages that honors the landmarks in NJ and also celebrates the 250th Anniversary of Rutgers University. Learn more

NJSBA Steam Tank 

NJSBA launches creative problem-solving challenge at 2016 workshop

 The popular television show “Shark Tank” is a competition of ingenuity and creativity, pitting would-be inventors against each other in a quest to win financial support and see their ideas move toward becoming actual products. NJSBA will borrow from that idea at Workshop 2016, launching a new STEAM Tank Challenge which invites school district teams to compete in creative problem-solving. Learn more

The Legacy Project

The next issue of the NJHOF Legacy Project celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of NFL Hall of Fame Player Franco Harris. The NJHOF tells these stories of great Garden State citizens in hopes of inspiring New Jersey’s next generation of leaders, and to provide hope to young people who dare to dream, despite adversity.

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SPOTLIGHT

Trenton Paras Shop 'n Chop

Trenton paras teach parents to Shop ‘n Chop

The members of the Trenton Paraprofessionals Association F.A.S.T. Committee (Families and Schools Together) know that well-nourished kids do better academically. That’s why they invited parents to an event that featured healthy meals that you can prepare on a shoestring budget. 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

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

NEA Cash Rewards Card

TOOLBOX

Makerspaces and design thinking: perfect together!

So you want a school makerspace? You want something that’s significant, powerful, transformative and more than just a nifty workshop with the latest tech tools? Terrific! But first, put down that shopping list, gather your stakeholders and start a conversation. Learn more

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