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If you could get information and resources related to your specific job title, would you do it? If so, then get ready to join the professional association(s) that best suits your needs.
The organizations listed here are members of the NJEA Affiliated Special Interest Groups Council. They each provide their members with opportunities to network with colleagues around the state, and some are chapters of national organizations. Professional development experiences and professional and student recognition programs are among the benefits of membership. Further, many of the workshops presented at the NJEA Convention are sponsored by these organizations. See Pages 68-69 of your NJEA Convention Program for a list of these sessions.
It’s also important to remember that no matter which teacher practice instrument your district is using, membership in one or more of these organizations can be provided as evidence of effectiveness in the professional responsibilities indicators within your evaluation instrument.
Alternative Education Assn. of N.J. (AEANJ)
AEANJ supports a full range of educational options for students whose needs are not being met in the traditional school setting. Membership is open to those working in alternative education or those interested in the development of alternative education options.
AEANJ disseminates information relating to research, publication, and programs in alternative education and holds a spring conference. Members receive workshop announcements, consulting services and resource materials.
No dues or contact information provided.
Art Educators of N.J. (AENJ)
AENJ is a professional organization of art educators teaching prekindergarten to higher education in public, private, parochial and charter schools, museums and art centers as well as art education students.
AENJ provides quality professional development, advocacy, visibility and education in art. AENJ provides an online newsletter, publications, an annual conference, workshops, student exhibition opportunities, grants and scholarships.
Dues: $50; $20 for retired, first-year professional and student members
Contact: Barbara Calvo; email@example.com
N.J. Business/Technology Education Assn. (NJBTEA)
NJBTEA advocates for business/technology education and provides opportunities for professional growth leading to quality business/technology education programs.
NJBTEA offers many avenues to fulfill these purposes including, but not limited to a fall convention; conferences, workshops, tours, and seminars; newsletters; award programs for students and professionals; and professional opportunities.
Dues: $40 for professionals and associate members; $20 for retired professional or associate members; $10 for undergraduate students enrolled in a business/technology education program
Contact: Robert Carson; firstname.lastname@example.org
N.J. Assn. for Educational Technology (NJAET)
NJAET is dedicated to helping teachers use technology to improve learning. Membership provides newsletters from NJAET and Big Deal Media, professional development activities, technology project mini-grants for teachers, and the Six Sounds student contest.
This year’s annual conference, themed “Taking Charge of Your Destiny” and held jointly with the N.J. Association of School Librarians, is on Sunday and Monday, Oct.26-27 at Ocean Place Resort and Spa, Long Branch.
Dues: membership is free
Contact: Carol Olson; email@example.com
N.J. Marketing Education Assn. (NJMEA)
Formerly the N.J. Association of Marketing Education Teachers/Coordinators, NJMEA promotes professional leadership among marketing education personnel, provides a forum for discussing developments in marketing education, promotes the concepts of DECA, and works within the American Vocational Association and the Vocational Education Association of N.J. Membership is open to individuals certified to teach marketing education and N.J. Department of Education staff. Associate membership is available to post-secondary marketing education students, teacher educators, professional businesspeople and retired coordinators of marketing education.
No dues or contact information provided.
N.J. Technology and Engineering Educators Assn. (NJTEEA)
NJTEEA is a professional organization for K-12 design, technology, engineering, and other STEM educators that promotes the goals and objectives of technology education and technological literacy as well as STEM initiatives.
NJTEEA provides various high-impact, hands-on professional development opportunities at model schools as well as at supportive industry locations. It also provides email updates to members three to four times a month, a STEM Boot Camp in the beginning of the academic year and an annual spring conference and expo.
Dues: $50; $12 for undergraduate or retired members
Contact: Matthew Emmett; firstname.lastname@example.org
New Jersey Classical Association (NJCA)
NJCA is an organization for educators working to advance the cause of classical studies, the Latin and Greek languages and the study of Greco-Roman mythology. Members are teachers from elementary grades through college in public, private and parochial schools.
Member benefits include fall and spring meetings, scholarship offerings, materials, resources, mentoring and a placement service.
Dues: $20; $10 for retired and student members
Contact: Marlene Weiner; email@example.com
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
N.J. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages/N.J. Bilingual Educators (NJTESOL/NJBE)
NJTESOL/NJBE is the professional organization of English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual education teachers for all levels. Membership is open to all educators interested in current information on educating bilingual and English language learners (ESL students).
NJTESOL/NJBE sponsors several conferences throughout the year and keeps members informed through newsletters and online discussion of hot topics in ESL/bilingual education. The organization is very involved in advocacy/political action and collaborative activities with other professional organizations.
Dues: $35/year; $59/two years.
Contact: Joan Pujol; firstname.lastname@example.org
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE
Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences-N.J. (EFACS-NJ)
EFACS-NJ is dedicated to networking with K-12 teachers and keeping them apprised of philosophies and technologies related to family and consumer sciences curricula. The organization supports Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and gender equity, and provides workshops and a newsletter twice a year.
Contact: Carol Otis; email@example.com; 201-923-0898; or Patricia Digioia-Laird; firstname.lastname@example.org; 908-791-9906 or 732-452-2862 (school)
N.J. Assn. for Gifted Children (NJAGC)
The New Jersey Association for Gifted Children (NJAGC) is a champion for gifted children. Its members are passionate advocates promoting programs, networks, and legislative actions to meet the needs of these students statewide. NJAGC believes that a strong and supportive partnership between parents and educators increases understanding and expands opportunities for gifted children. Its educator division serves the needs of all educators, guidance counselors and administrators and provides regional events, an annual conference and other small workshops. NJAGC also offers a quarterly e-newsletter, NewsNet, and a website with outstanding resources.
Dues: $40; $25 for full-time college students
Contact: Michelle Falanga; email@example.com
N.J. Cooperative Education Assn. (NJCEA)
NJCEA provides professional programs, services and opportunities to cooperative education coordinators and structured learning coordinators. NJCEA is at the forefront of workforce education issues, working in concert with the N.J. Department of Education, the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
NJCEA provides three membership meetings in various New Jersey locations annually, offering relevant presentations and professional development.
Contact: Dr. Siobhan Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org; 856-767-7000, ext. 5265; or Frank Eichmann; email@example.com; 856-889-2256
N.J. Cooperative Education Coordinators Assn. (NJCECA)
NJCECA is an organization for teachers who are involved in job placement. NJCECA membership provides guidance, resources and outreach for teachers to enhance their work-study programs and collaborate in program planning.
Meetings are held at various sites the third Thursday of each month and presentations are given by various organizations. Members receive two hours of professional development for each meeting they attend. The meetings are fun, professional, and informative and offer an environment of community.
Contact: Gerry Caroll; firstname.lastname@example.org; 201-343-6000, ext. 4603
New Jersey School Counselor Assn., Inc. (NJSCA)
NJCSA works to advance the school counseling profession in order to maximize the personal, social, educational, academic and college career readiness of each student, elementary through post secondary. It is a division of the American School Counselor Association.
NJCSA provides a bi-monthly electronic newsletter, annual fall and spring professional development conferences, student and counselor recognition programs and advocacy for school counselors.
Dues: $40; $30 for students enrolled in a counseling program; $15 for retirees
Contact: Jim Lukach; email@example.com; 732-846-6468
New Jersey County College Faculties (NJCCF)
NJCCF provides a forum whereby the concept of public higher education is promoted. It advocates for high standards of professional excellence and serves as a liaison among the associations of the New Jersey county colleges. NJCCA advocates for all NJEA county college members. Membership is open to all full-time NJEA members who are employed at New Jersey’s county colleges. NJCCA functions much like a county education association.
Bimonthly meetings are held to discuss and take action on issues affecting higher education and support affordable public higher education.
Dues: Annual membership ranges from $50 to $250, with individual memberships at $20
Contact: Kathleen Malachowski; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Council of Holocaust Educators (CHE)
CHE is a professional development organization for educators who teach about the Holocaust, genocide and human rights. CHE grew out of a long-standing need for educators to organize as professionals and to become a voice for teachers and students participating in Holocaust/genocide education. CHE is committed to the effort to instill in our students a sense of the importance of recognizing and respecting the value of each individual human life and the human dignity of all people as a deterrent to future genocide and to foster a peaceful world. CHE provides its members with the opportunity to find mutual support from colleagues in their educational efforts and to further the instructional program and goals of Holocaust education through ongoing professional development.
CHE provides opportunities for networking and professional development designed by teachers for teachers. Facebook: Council of Holocaust Educators.
Contact: Colleen Tambuscio; email@example.com; 609-292-9274
N.J. Assn. of Kindergarten Educators (NJAKE)
NJAKE is an organization of kindergarten and early childhood educators. It also promotes strategies to strengthen communication with the public regarding the intellectual, emotional, physical and social values achieved through developmentally appropriate kindergarten programs.
Membership provides opportunities for networking on issues and questions pertaining to early childhood education through newsletters and workshops.
Dues: $25 for unified county/state memberships; $10 for retired and student members
Contact: Bonnie Gentesse; BGentesse@verizon.net; 908-889-2075
N.J. Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE)
NJCTE is the state affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English. Membership is open to teachers, administrators and friends of English language and literature.
NJCTE organizes regional and statewide conferences, sponsors an annual writing contest, maintains social media networking presences, and produces a newsletter, journal and anthology of winning student writing.
Dues: $25; $15 for students and retirees for NJCTE (not NCTE) membership.
Contact: Joyce Washington; firstname.lastname@example.org
N.J. Reading Assn. (NJRA)
NJRA is a professional network of educators and individuals (prekindergarten to adult levels) interested in advancing literacy, promoting effective practices and encouraging appropriate assessment through advocacy, collaboration, and professional development.
NJRA provides annual conferences, workshops and opportunities for communication among educators who share common interests in literacy education.
No dues or contact information provided.
N.J. Assn. of School Librarians (NJASL)
NJASL is a professional organization of school librarians teaching in public, private and parochial schools, prekindergarten to college level. It advocates high standards for librarianship and library programs to ensure that students and staff become effective users of information.
NJASL inspires excellence in the school library program by providing school librarians with educational opportunities and current information through workshops and a conference.
As allies and partners in teaching students, NJASL encourages teachers, administrators and other educational colleagues to join, with benefits including professional development and collegial networking.
Contact: Leigh Woznick; email@example.com; or Kim DeNaples; firstname.lastname@example.org
Assn. of Mathematics Teachers of N.J. (AMTNJ)
AMTNJ is a professional membership organization celebrating 100 years of service in 2014. AMTNJ encourages and promotes the growth of quality instruction in mathematics (with a current focus on the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessments). Membership is open to persons engaged in or interested in the teaching of mathematics (prekindergarten through college) in educational institutions, public, private and parochial.
Annual events include a special education conference, a winter conference, a tech conference, a periodic supervisors’ conference and a two-day annual conference.
AMTNJ provides periodic newsletters and journals, online professional development, summer institutes, student activities and contests, mini-grant opportunities, mailings and eblasts. AMTNJ will bring professional development tailored to your specific needs directly to your location.
Dues: $30/year for professionals ($50/two years); $15/year for retirees and preservice teachers
Contact: Marie Rey; email@example.com; 732-788-1257
N.J. Music Educators Assn. (NJMEA)
NJMEA is an organization of general, choral, and instrumental music educators, prekindergarten through college in public, private and parochial schools.
The organization sponsors a variety of professional development opportunities and advocacy efforts that focus on emerging trends and issues in music education. Members’ students may audition for region ensembles, as well as All-State Chorus, Orchestra, Band and Jazz Ensemble. Members may also choose to participate in other NJMEA-sponsored performance activities as applicable.
Dues: $120; $56 for retirees; $32 for college students. These dues include membership in the National Association for Music Education (NAFME)
Contact: Joseph Jacobs; firstname.lastname@example.org
The N.J. State School Nurses Association (NJSSNA)
NJSSNA provides direction for leadership and advocacy in the specialty practice of school nursing. It promotes professional and ethical standards and guidelines through research, education and communication. Members of NJSSNA include certified school nurses, faculty at New Jersey’s universities charged with preparing certified school nurses, and registered nurses working in early childhood programs or in New Jersey’s private and parochial schools.
NJSSNA communicates frequently with members, sponsors an annual statewide conference featuring nationally known speakers and provides timely educational programs at the NJEA Convention and throughout the year.
Dues: For a dues schedule go to www.NASN.org. Membership in NJSSNA is included
Contact: Judith Woop; email@example.com; 609-233-2466
N.J. Assn. of Educational Office Professionals (NJAEOP)
NJAEOP is New Jersey’s only professional organization for educational office professionals. Under a mission of “Service, Integrity, Skill,” NJAEOP provides professional development and promotes the expertise and contributions of educational office professionals. Membership is open to clerks, business office personnel, central office personnel, secretaries, administrative assistants, executive assistants and others who work in public and private schools as well as colleges. NJAEOP publishes a periodic newsletter.
Dues: $15; $10 for associate membership
Contact: Dawn Leek; firstname.lastname@example.org; or Judi Schwenger; email@example.com; 609-965-4181
N.J. Assn. for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (NJAHPERD)
NJAHPERD promotes healthy active lifestyles for New Jersey’s students, educators and community members. Its advocacy campaign, “Every Child Stronger, Every Life Longer,” aims to improve the quality of health and physical education programs.
NJAHPERD’s annual events include a three-day convention, elementary, high school, adapted, health and dance conferences, a future professionals’ workshop and regional workshops. Members may apply for mini-grants and awards and receive the FYI, a bi-weekly e-newsletter.
Dues: $50/year for professionals ($90/two years, $130/three years); $15 retired; $25 future professional (four years); $50 new professional (two years)
Contact: Jackie Malaska; firstname.lastname@example.org; 732-918-9999
N.J. Assn. of School Psychologists (NJASP)
NJASP is dedicated to serving and advocating for the mental health and educational growth and development of all children, the maintenance of high standards for school psychologists and the advancement of the profession.
NJASP offers two professional development conferences (winter and spring), regional workshops, a quarterly newsletter and updates on political and current trends.
Dues: $75; $25 for student affiliate members; $45 for retirees; $55 for affiliate members
Contact: Stephanie Frasier; email@example.com
N.J. Retirees’ Education Assn. (NJREA)
NJREA, the state’s largest retiree organization, promotes the social, professional, and economic status of retired educators and ESPs under a unified dues agreement with NJEA and NEA-Retired.
Annual events include fall and spring informational meetings/luncheons, a November convention in Atlantic City and county meetings and workshops. Members receive up-to-date information on pension and health benefits through an award-winning quarterly newsletter as well as other mailings and emails.
Dues: Annual dues in NJREA/NJEA/NEA-R and a county retired education association are less than $100. Lifetime membership in NJREA and in many county retired associations is available and may be paid in installments
Contact: Judy Perkins; firstname.lastname@example.org; 609-599-4561, ext. 2300
N.J. Science Teachers Assn. (NJSTA)
NJSTA promotes excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Its vision is to excite, empower and energize all science teachers. NJSTA strives to support and recognize science educators at all levels for their dedication and professionalism, advocates high quality science instruction in varied and diverse settings and—through leadership and service —seeks to generate and promote public interest in science and science education for all.
NJSTA sponsors and co-sponsors various functions and activities including: NJSTA Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award Summer Institute, N.J. Science Convention, NJSTA Membership Meetings, Super Science Saturday, Merck State Science Day, N.J. Science Olympiad, NJEA Convention, Princeton Junior League, Chemistry Day, Physics Olympics, Odyssey of the Mind, Junior Academy of Sciences, and Science League.
Dues: $25; $10 full-time students
Contact: Linda Smith; email@example.com
N.J. Council for the Social Studies (NJCSS)
NJCSS includes social studies teachers, supervisors and university faculty. It advocates for the teaching and improvement of social studies instruction; encourages and supports the development and implementation of meaningful and effective social studies curriculum and instruction; provides a program of professional development for social studies educators and students; and provides for educational and professional interaction among social studies educators and between the council and other professional organizations and government agencies.
NJCSS sponsors annual fall and spring conferences with a wide variety of workshops.
Dues: $25 for teachers; $15 for preservice teachers; $40 for joint membership with the N.J. Social Studies Supervisors Association
Contact: Arlene Gardner; firstname.lastname@example.org; 848-445-3413
N.J. Assn. of School Social Workers (NJASSW)
NJASSW is an organization of certified school social workers from the public and private sectors. It provides opportunities for the professional growth of its members and actively supports higher standards for school social work practice. It promotes the extension of school social work services to all children, facilitating social/emotional and educational growth, eliminating barriers to learning, and linking school, family, and community.
No dues or contact information provided.
N.J. Association of Learning Consultants (NJALC)
NJALC is concerned with the continuing professional development and working conditions of learning consultants in public, private, and parochial schools, as well as in private practice.
NJALC provides two conferences, regional workshops, newsletters, a journal, the Main Book Summaries, grants and a registry for LDT-Cs in public and private practice.
Dues: $75; $40 for retirees and students
Contact: Chris Holmes; email@example.com or Cholmes217@gmail.com; 484-894-9049
N.J. Assn. of Speech Language Specialists (NJASLS)
NJASLS advocates for students with communication disabilities that affect or have an impact upon their educational performance. NJASLS also helps secure the conditions necessary for maximum efficacy of the speech language specialist, advances the standards of the profession of speech language pathology in an educational setting and actively promotes the interests of members. Those certified as speech language specialists or speech correctionists, retirees, students, as well as anyone interested in the field of communication disorders are invited to join.
NJASLS offers professional and educational meetings at the NJEA convention.
Dues: $35; $12 for retired and student members (must be matriculated).
Contact: Denise Cleary; firstname.lastname@example.org
N.J. Council for Exceptional Children (NJCEC)
NJCEC promotes the education of exceptional children and professional development for educators working with exceptional children.
NJCEC offers an annual conference, a professional publication that keeps members aware of national issues and current teaching strategies, professional and student recognition programs including scholarships for high school seniors with special needs and selection of a teacher of the year.
Dues: Premier membership $205; Full $115; Basic $65 a year through International CEC.
Contact: Paulette Fox; email@example.com; 732-513-2818
SPEECH AND THEATRE
Speech and Theatre Assn. of N.J. (STANJ)
STANJ is a network of middle school and high school teachers of speech and theater courses and co-curricular activities such as forensics and productions of stage plays and musicals.
STANJ is a registered professional development provider in New Jersey. Members may attend two PD workshops per year as well as presentations at the NJEA Convention. Their students may participate in the Governor’s Awards Theatre competition in the areas of comic and dramatic monologues, scenes and improvisation. First-place winners are honored at a ceremony held in Trenton. A college theatre scholarship is offered. STANJ publishes a quarterly newsletter.
Contact: Sandi Van Dyke; firstname.lastname@example.org
Assn. of Student Assistance Professionals of N.J. (ASAP-NJ)
ASAP-NJ is an organization of individuals employed in schools, agencies or school-based programs whose functions include advocating and developing a school-based student assistance/substance awareness program. The group meets the needs of youth in the education, prevention, intervention, and referral services for high-risk behaviors, including substance abuse and violence issues. A major portion of ASAP-NJ’s work in schools involves mental health issues–emotional, psychological support services, crisis intervention and referrals to mental health facilities.
Members can attend a state conference, county monthly meetings and workshops. ASAP-NJ provides specialized training on student assistance programs, a newsletter and access to legal counsel.
Contact: Kelly Brown, email@example.com; 732-202-2686
NJ STUDENT EA
N.J. Student Education Assn. (NJSEA)
NJSEA is organized on the college level and provides those services necessary to ensure student members are well prepared and ready to enter the teaching profession.
Contact: Hannah Pawlak; firstname.lastname@example.org
N.J. Organization of Teachers (NJOT)
NJOT was organized in 1915 and provides activities for members at study centers, such as educational trips, plays, church programs, musical, and art festivals.
Contact: Dr. Mamie Philpart-Baldwin; 732-774-6782
CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Athletic Trainers’ Society of N.J. (ATSNJ)
ATSNJ is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the athletic training profession. It continually strives to ensure that physically active persons receive the best possible health care.
ATSNJ members receive discounted rates for the annual athletic training conference and have access to free CEU opportunities via regional meetings. ATSNJ continues to be active legislatively to ensure appropriate healthcare for active persons and to ensure proper protections for the profession of athletic training. Members also receive newsletters and electronic postings about athletic training and have membership only access to various areas of the ATSNJ website.
Dues: $50; $20 for students
Contact: Jaime Dickerson; email@example.com; 609-828-5458
Career and Technical Education Assn. of N.J. (CTEANJ)
CTEANJ works to upgrade the quality and expand the quantity of career and technical education courses and programs offered by schools. The association provides and/or sponsors professional development activities related to career and technical issues and trends.
CTEANJ hosts an annual scholarship program and members may nominate deserving career and technical education students. Thanks to unification with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), members receive additional benefits, including trade publications, national advocacy for career and technical education, legislative updates and the opportunity to attend national CTE conventions.
Dues: Membership is united with ACTE and costs $80; $31 for retirees
Contact: John Hillard; firstname.lastname@example.org; 609-893-8141
Foreign Language Educators of N.J. (FLENJ)
FLENJ represents world language teachers (kindergarten through college). It advances and promotes the teaching of world languages, literatures and cultures.
FLENJ offers professional development workshops as well as statewide meetings in the spring on topics of current interest to the profession and latest developments in methodology, materials and technology. It also offers mini grants for teachers, a student video contest, an education abroad program scholarship, teacher and student awards as well as senior scholarships.
Dues: $30/year ($50/two years); $10 for student members; $5 for retirees.
Contact: Rosemary Cayea; FLENJmembers@aol.com; 609-586-9373
N.J. Chapters of the American Assn. of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (NJAATSP)
NJAATSP promotes the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese languages, culture and literature at all educational levels. It offers workshops and seminars, coordinates the National Spanish Examination and Honor Societies for middle and high school students, and holds an annual Spanish Essay Contest for high school seniors. Many student and teacher scholarships are available. Members receive Hispania, the official journal of AATSP, four times a year.
Dues: $65 for both national and state memberships; $45 for first-year members; $25 for students
Contact: Jay Duhl; email@example.com; 973-263-7001, ext. 3359