Affiliated Groups

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The professional associations listed below are affiliated with NJEA and are members of the NJEA Affiliated Groups Council. They provide their members with opportunities to interact with colleagues from around the state, sponsor professional development experiences, and in some cases, offer professional and student recognition programs. Many of these associations have publications and websites. In addition, several of these organizations sponsor workshops at the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City. Check your 2013 NJEA Reporter Convention Program for this year’s offerings. 

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ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION

Alternative Education Assn. of N.J. (AEANJ)

AEANJ is an organization dedicated to supporting 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, publications, and programs in alternative education, and holds a spring conference. Members receive workshop announcements, consulting services, and resource materials. For information contact Rosemary McGuinness, AEANJ historian, at 20 North Harrison Avenue, North Plainfield, NJ 07060; 609-769-6090, ext. 2186; rosemary_mcguinness@nplainfield.org.

ART

Art Educators of N.J. (AENJ)

AENJ is a professional organization of art educators teaching pre-K to higher education in public, private, parochial and charter schools, museums and art centers as well as art education students. AENJ’s goal is to provide 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 yearly; $20 for retired, first-year professional and student members. For more about AENJ, visit www.aenj.org, and to join, contact Barbara Calvo at bcalvo@aenj.org.

BUSINESS/TECHNOLOGY

N.J. Business/Technology Education Assn. (NJBTEA)

NJBTEA serves as an advocate for business/technology education within the state and provides opportunities for professional growth leading to quality business/technology education programs. Membership services include a fall convention, spring conference, workshops, tours, seminars, newsletters, legislative advocacy, awards programs, professional opportunities, and information resources. Dues: $40 active/associate; $20 retired;  $10 student. To join, contact Rob Carson at Burlington Township High School, 610 Fountain Avenue, Burlington, NJ 08016; 609-387-1713, ext. 6069; fax, 609-387-0439; rcarson@burltwpsch.org. Website: www.njbtea.org.

N.J. Assn. for Educational Technology (NJAET)

NJAET is an organization dedicated to helping teachers use technology to improve learning. Membership, which is free for anyone interested in educational technology, provides a semi-monthly newsletter, quarterly online journal, and other professional development activities. NJAET also offers three $2,000 mini-grants for the innovative use of educational technology. The mini-grant application deadline is Dec. 1. The annual conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Saint Dominic School in Brick. The conference is themed “#DigitalMomentum." Go to www.njaet.org to register for free membership and to learn more about the conference. If you have additional questions about NJAET, contact Dr. Cathy Grimaldi at cathygrim@aol.com.

N.J. Marketing Education Assn. (NJMEA)

NJMEA, formerly the N.J. Association of Marketing Education Teachers/Coordinators, is designed to promote professional leadership among marketing education personnel, provide a forum for discussing current developments in marketing education, promote the concepts of DECA, and work within the American Vocational Assn. and the Vocational Education Assn. 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 postsecondary marketing education students, teacher educators, professional businesspeople, and retired coordinators of marketing education. To join, contact Karen McCann at Washington Twp. High School, 519 Hurffville-Crosskeys Rd., Sewell, NJ 08080; 856-589-8500, ext. 7462.

The N.J. Technology and Engineering Educators Association (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. It provides various high impact, hands-on professional development opportunities around the state 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, as well as an annual spring conference and expo. Dues: $50 a year; $12 for undergraduate and retired members. Visit www.njteea.org for more information. To join, contact Matthew Emmett at PO Box 98, Glendora, NJ 08029 or njteea@njteea.org.

CLASSICAL STUDIES

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, newsletters, materials, resources, mentoring, and a placement service. Dues: $20 per year; $10 for retired and student members. Visit the association website at http://njclassics.org for more information. To join, contact Marlene Weiner, NJCA treasurer, 27 Wordsworth Road, Brick, NJ 08724; marweiner@aol.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 and bilingual education teachers for all levels. It 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. Membership is open to all educators interested in keeping abreast of current information on educating bilingual and English language learners (ESL students). Membership fees are $35 for one year and $59 for two years. To join, go to www.njtesol-njbe.org and click “Membership Application.” For more information, contact Joan D. Pujol, membership chairperson, at jpujol@njtesol-njbe.org.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE

Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences –N.J. (EFACS–NJ)

EFACS-NJ are 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. Dues: $15 a year. To join, contact Carol Otis, treasurer, 1008 Windsor Rd., Teaneck, NJ 07666; 201-923-0898; or contact President Patricia Digioia-Laird, 6 Heather Dr., Edison, NJ 08820; 908-791-9906 or 732-452-2862 (school).

GIFTED CHILDREN

N.J. Assn. for Gifted Children (NJAGC)

NJAGC is an organization of educators, parents, and concerned community members committed to the education of the gifted and talented. Its educator division is designed to serve the needs of all educators, guidance counselors, and administrators, providing quality regional events and several annual statewide conferences and other events. NJAGC also provides a quarterly newsletter, an online NewsNet for members, a website with outstanding resources, and educator and parent chairs to serve the needs of members. Dues are $40 a year and $25 for full-time college students. To join, go to www.njagc.org and click on Membership from the Main Menu on the left to download an application, or send check and application form to NJAGC, P.O. Box 667, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054. To obtain more information, contact president@njagc.org.

GUIDANCE

N.J. Cooperative Education Assn. (NJCEA)

NJCEA is designed to provide professional programs, services, and opportunities to cooperative education coordinators and structured learning coordinators that ultimately benefit all students. NJCEA is at the forefront of workforce education issues, working in concert with the NJDOE, NJDLWD and OSHA. The association provides four membership meetings in various New Jersey locations annually, offering relevant presentations and professional development. Dues: $30 annually. To join, contact Dr. Siobhan Kelly, membership director, Camden County Technical Schools, 343 Berlin-Cross Keys Road, Sicklerville, NJ 08081; 856-767-7000, ext. 5265; skelly@ccts.net; or contact Victoria Vavricka, president, Cinnaminson High School, 1197 Riverton Road, Cinnaminson, NJ 08077; 856-829-7770, ext. 180; VavrickaV@Cinnaminson.com.

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 by various organizations are given. NJCECA is a professional development provider, therefore, 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. See NJCECA.org for membership details and an application form.

N.J. School Counselor Assn. (NJSCA)

NJSCA works to advance the profession of school counseling in order to maximize the personal, social, educational, and vocational growth of each student, elementary through post-secondary. It is a division of the American School Counselor Association. Dues: $40 a year; $15 for retirees, and $30 for students enrolled in a counseling program. To join, contact Jim Lukach, 54 Harrison Ave., Milltown, NJ 08850; JimLukach@msn.com.

HIGHER EDUCATION

Assn. of N.J. County College Faculty (ANJCCF)

ANJCCF serves as a liaison among the faculty members of the county colleges and takes concerted action on matters of mutual concern. It provides a forum for county college faculties, promoting the concept of public higher education as a basic function and responsibility of the state. Faculty association membership costs $400 to $500 a year depending on the size of the association; $100 for educational support professional associations. For individual membership, contact Prof. Kathy Malachowski, Ocean County College; kmalachowski@ocean.edu.

HOLOCAUST EDUCATION

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 community. CHE strives to provide 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. To join, contact Colleen Tambuscio, president, P.O. Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625; 609-292-9274; ctambuscio@aol.com. Website: www.che-nj.org.

KINDERGARTEN

N.J. Assn. of Kindergarten Educators (NJAKE)

NJAKE is an organization of kindergarten and early childhood educators. Membership provides opportunities for networking on issues and questions pertaining to early childhood education through newsletters and workshops. It also promotes strategies to strengthen communication with the public regarding the intellectual, emotional, physical, and social values achieved through developmentally appropriate kindergarten programs. Dues: $25 a year for unified county/state membership; $10 for retired and student members. To join, contact Bonnie Gentesse, 49 St. Johns Pl., Fanwood, NJ 07023; 908-889-2075.

LANGUAGE ARTS

N.J. Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE)

NJCTE is an association for educators in English studies, literacy, and language arts. Most members are teachers from elementary grades through college/university levels in public and private institutions. NJCTE organizes local, regional, and statewide conferences, sponsors a free annual writing contest, maintains a website and a presence on Facebook and Twitter, and produces a newsletter and an annual journal. For student winners, sponsoring teachers, and the contest judges, NJCTE publishes an annual anthology of the year’s winning student writing. Dues: $25 per year for regular membership and $15 per year for full-time students and retirees. To join, visit www.njcte.com. Select a method of payment online or mail a check payable to NJCTE to Dr. James Nicosia, 56 Martine Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07012. Membership inquiries should be sent to Joyce Washington, 35 Leonard Ave., W. Milford, NJ 07480.

N.J. Reading Assn. (NJRA)

NJRA is a professional network of educators and interested individuals (preK to adult levels) providing annual conferences, workshops, and opportunities for communication among educators who share common interests in literacy education. Membership is open to all persons interested in advancing literacy, promoting effective practices and encouraging appropriate assessment in N.J. through advocacy, collaboration, and professional development. Dues: $50 payable to NJRA, 186 Mantoloking Rd., Suite 2A, Brick, NJ 08723; For more information or to join, contact Joanne Hozeny, president; 732-262-4955. 

LIBRARY/MEDIA

N.J. Assn. of School Librarians (NJASL)

NJASL is a professional organization of school library media specialists teaching in public, private, and parochial schools, preK to college level. It advocates high standards for librarianship and library media programs to ensure that students and staff become effective users of information. It fosters excellence in the school library media program by providing school librarians/media specialists with educational opportunities and current information through workshops and a conference. Dues: $50 per year. To join, contact Jackie Gould, membership chair, P.O. Box 275, Mantua, NJ 08051; 856-464-0837; membership@njasl.org; or go to www.njasl.org and click “Join NJASL.”

MATHEMATICS

Assn. of Mathematics Teachers of N.J. (AMTNJ)

AMTNJ is a professional membership organization that will be celebrating 100 years of service in 2014. AMTNJ seeks to encourage and promote the growth of quality instruction in mathematics (with a current focus on preparing teachers and school leaders for the onset of the Common Core State Standards and the coming PARCC assessments) through conferences, institutes, workshops, newsletters, and its journal. AMTNJ will bring professional development directly to your location and will tailor its training to your specific needs. Membership is open to persons engaged in or interested in the teaching of mathematics (K–college) in educational institutions, public, private and parochial. Dues: $30; $15 for students and retired educators. Membership forms are available on amtnj.org or by contacting AMTNJ, P. O. Box 829, Red Bank, NJ 07701; 732-788-1257; fax 732-741-4376.

MUSIC

N.J. Music Educators Assn. (NJMEA)

NJMEA is an organization of general, choral, and instrumental music educators, preK 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: $106 per year for active members; $49 for retired members; $27 for college students. To join, go to www.njmea.org and click on membership.

NURSES

The N.J. State School Nurses Association (NJSSNA)

NJSSA is a professional membership organization dedicated to advancing the practice of school nursing. NJSSNA’s mission is to improve health and educational outcomes for children and youth by building the capacity of school nurses to promote school and community wellness and deliver high-quality health care in the school setting. NJSSNA envisions a school nurse in every school, leading the way to wellness for the entire school community. The NJSSNA collaborates with health and education stakeholders and pro-motes evidence-based practice and high standards in professional school nursing and school health services through on-going professional learning, advocacy, and leadership. NJSSNA sponsors an annual statewide conference featuring nationally-known speakers and provides timely educational programs at the NJEA Convention and at other times
during the year. 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. Others interested in coordinated school health and the delivery of school health services, such as physicians and public health officials, may also join the association. The NJSSNA is served by an executive board that meets regularly at NJEA headquarters in Trenton. The association also employs a part-time executive director who serves as the initial point of contact for routine association business. For information on membership in NJSSNA or school nursing issues, contact njssnaexdir@gmail.com, call 609-233-2466, or go to www.njssna.org. Contact NJSSNA, Judith Woop, executive director, NJSSNA, 1479 Pennington Rd., Trenton, NJ 08618.

OFFICE PROFESSIONALS

N.J. Assn. of Educational Office Professionals (NJAEOP)

NJAEOP (www.njaeop.org) offers to all educational office personnel in New Jersey school districts and colleges a recognized professional development program, a one-day fall convention and an annual meeting held concurrently with the NJEA Convention. Dues: $15 a year; $10 for associate or retired members. To join, contact Dawn Leek, 5824 Orange St., Mays Landing, NJ 08330; 609-965-8837; geojud@verizon.net or jdleek@comcast.net. The 2013 NJAEOP Convention and 76th Anniversary Celebration will be held in the Historic Towne of Smithville on Thursday, Nov. 7, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $35 and includes coffee/tea break and full lunch. In her address, “Technology Today: Essentials for the Office Professional,” keynote speaker Professor JoAnne Barbieri of Atlantic Cape Community College will share skills in management functions and technology for the office professional including integrated software applications, project management and much more. A second speaker will present the latest items for office organization. For more information contact Dawn Leek; 609-965-8837; jdleek@comcast.net or Judi Schwenger, 609-965-4181; geojud@verizon.net.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH

N.J. Assn. for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (NJAHPERD)

NJAHPERD is a service organization dedicated to advancing quality health education, physical education, recreation, and dance education through professional development, programming, advocacy, and collegial exchange. The association promotes the development of healthy active lifestyles for New Jersey’s students, educators and community members. Its advocacy campaign, Every Child Stronger, Every Life Longer, is a comprehensive action plan to improve the quality of health and physical education programs and physical activity in schools. NJAHPERD offers a wide range of professional development opportunities throughout the year in collaboration with various partners who share its mission. The annual convention at Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch features over 100 quality sessions, pre-convention programs, a Fun Run/Walk for charity, awards banquet and exhibitor displays. Other workshops and conferences include the Lake Conference for K–8 Physical Education, Adapted Conference, Election Day Conference, Health Conference, Future Professionals Workshops, and regional fitness education and Fitnessgram training workshops. Many other professional development opportunities are available as co-sponsored events. Members are eligible to apply for mini-grants and professional development grants to enhance their programs. Online publications include a bi-weekly FYI newsletter and frequent special announcements. A dynamic website and listserv keep members informed of relevant information in the profession. NJAHPERD structure provides leadership opportunities in elected positions and committees for professionals and future professionals. NJAHPERD is a proud partner with the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart programs and an affiliate of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). Membership is open to health education teachers, physical education teachers, college/university faculty, future professionals, retirees, coaches, recreation professionals, individuals and organizations who share its mission.  Members are encouraged to take active roles in NJAHPERD through leadership and volunteer positions in our organization. Online registration is available for membership and all events at www.njahperd.org. Dues: $50/per year for professionals, $90 for 2 years, $130 for 3 years; $15 retired; $10 future professional; $25 college senior (two years.) Contact: Jackie Malaska, executive director, njahperd@verizon.net, PO Box 2283, Ocean, NJ 07712, 732 918-9999, 732-918-2211 fax.

PSYCHOLOGISTS

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 students, maintaining high standards for school psychologists, and advancing the profession. It offers two professional development conferences (fall and spring), regional conferences (north, central, and south), a quarterly newsletter, and speakers. Dues: $90 a year for full members who must be certified as school psychologists; $50 for affiliate members; $45 for retired members; and $40 for student members. To join, e-mail NJASP@IDS-info.com or download a membership application from njasp.org and mail to NJASP, P.O. Box 4069, Hamilton, NJ 08610. Contact Sol B. Heckelman, 24 Gage Rd., E. Brunswick, NJ 08816; 732-545-6075; sandyhecno1@aol.com.

RETIRED EDUCATORS

N.J. Retirees’ Education Assn. (NJREA)

NJREA works to promote the social, professional and economic status of all retired educators under a $77 unified dues agreement with NJEA and NEA-R. NJREA/NJEA/NEA-R life membership is available for $955. Yearly events include April and September meetings and a November convention in Atlantic City. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and other mailings. To join contact: Judy Perkins, NJREA second vice president, PO Box 1211, Trenton, NJ 08607-1211; 609-599-4561, ext. 2300.

SCIENCE

N.J. Science Teachers Assn. (NJSTA)

NJSTA serves New Jersey teachers and others interested in improving science education. It provides teacher and student workshops, conferences, conventions, essay contests, science competitions, awards, a newsletter, and other publications for members. To join, contact Linda Smith, NJSTA, 142 Crystal Rd, Pittsgrove, NJ 08318; LSmith@Paulsboro.K12.nj.us. Website: www.njsta.org.

SOCIAL STUDIES

N.J. Council for the Social Studies (NJCSS)

NJCSS includes social studies teachers, supervisors and university faculty. Its major purpose is to advocate for the teaching and improvement of social studies instruction throughout the State of New Jersey; encourage and support the development and implementation of meaningful and effective social studies curriculum and instruction; provide a program of professional development for social studies educators and students; and provide for educational and professional interaction among social studies educators and between the council and other professional organizations and government agencies. Membership is $25/year for teachers; $15/year for preservice teachers; and $40/year for joint membership with the N.J. Social Studies Supervisors Association. The council sponsors annual fall and spring conferences with a wide variety of workshops. For additional information, go to www.njcss.org or contact Arlene Gardner, NJCSS president, at 848-445-3413 or agardner@njclre.rutgers.edu.

SOCIAL WORKERS

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. Dues: $50 a year; $20 for retired and student members. To join, contact Dawn DiNardo Lippi, president, at wsrocwker@comcast.net; 127 Risoli Terrace, South Plainfield, NJ 07080; 908-405-2127.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

N.J. Association of Learning Consultants

N.J. Association of Learning Consultants 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. It provides two conferences, regional workshops, continuing education certificates, newsletters, a journal, and grants. Dues: $75 and $40 for retirees. To join, visit www.newjerseyalc.org for an application.

N.J. Assn. of Speech Language Specialists (NJASLS)

NJASLS is a group dedicated to advocating 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 practice, advances the standards of the profession of speech language pathology in an educational setting, and actively promotes the interests of members. It offers professional and educational meetings in the spring and several at the NJEA convention. 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. Dues: $35 a year; $12 for retired and student members (must be matriculated). To join, contact Denise Cleary at decspeak@comcast.net or NJASLS, P.O. Box 91, Avon by the Sea, NJ 07717. Website: www.njasls.org.

N.J. Council for Exceptional Children (NJCEC)

NJCEC is dedicated to promoting the education of exceptional children and professional development for educators working with exceptional children. It 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 who plan on continuing their education, and selection of a teacher of the year. Dues: $108 a year through International CEC. For membership information, contact Karen Umstead, P.O. Box 1143, Princeton, NJ 08542; 800-675-2709. Website: www.njcec.org.

SPEECH AND THEATRE

Speech and Theater Assn. of N.J. (STANJ)

STANJ has just completed 50 years as the NJEA affiliate for speech and theatre education and is dedicated to fostering excellence in the speech and theatre arts, promoting the arts in academic study, and advocating on behalf of its members. The group comprises K–college educators, high school and college students, artists, and professionals in speech, theater, communications, and related arts. It sponsors two annual conferences for teachers and a statewide theater competition in which students become eligible for the Governor’s Awards in Arts Education. STANJ also produces an online newsletter STANJ Blast. Dues: $30 a year; retired $10. To join, contact Maurice Moran at 732-713-2286 or mjmoran@comcast.net.

STUDENT ASSISTANCE

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 seeks to meet the needs of New Jersey youth in education, prevention, intervention, and referral services in the area of high-risk behaviors, including substance abuse and violence issues. Members can attend a state conference, county monthly meetings, and workshops. Member benefits include specialized training on student assistance programs, a newsletter, and access to legal counsel. Dues: $50. To join, contact Andrew Yeager, president, ASAP-NJ P.O. Box 189, Princeton, NJ 08540; (732) 202-2686. Website: www.asapnj.org.

New Jersey Student Education Association (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. Dues: $32 a year. To join, contact Kevin Mount, SNJEA president. Website: http://www.njea.org/members/student-members.

TEACHERS

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, musicals, and art festivals. Dues: $5. To join, contact Dr. Mamie Philpart-Baldwin, president, 301 Neptune Blvd., Neptune, NJ 07753; 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 in New Jersey. Composed primarily of medical professionals licensed by the State Board of Medical Examiners, it continually strives to ensure that physically active persons receive the best possible health care. In addition to being a licensed health care provider, the athletic trainer working at the secondary school level is also certified by the N.J. Department of Education. To become a member of the ATSNJ, visit www.atsnj.org or contact Eric Schwartz, ATSNJ secretary, at 856-589-8500 or schwartze@atsnj.org.

VOCATIONAL

Vocational Cosmetology Educators Assn. of N.J. (VCEANJ)

VCEANJ is an organization of and provides a forum for certified cosmetology instructors from comprehensive and vocational schools. The group promotes professional development and improvement of cosmetology instruction. Dues: $15. To join, contact Frank Furino, 2601 Maple Ave., South Plainfield, NJ 07080; 908-754-5167; hair2plz@comcast.net.

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 boasts 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.To join, contact John Hillard, president; Pemberton Township High School, 148 Arney’s Mount Road, Pemberton, NJ 08068; 609-893-8141, ext. 2011; jhillard@pemb.org.

WORLD LANGUAGES

Foreign Language Educators of N.J. (FLENJ)

FLENJ represents world language teachers (K–college). It advances and promotes the teaching of world languages, literatures, and cultures. FLENJ offers workshops as well as a statewide meeting in the spring on topics of current interest to the profession and latest developments in methodology, materials, and technology. It also offers professional and student awards and a website. Dues: $30 a year; $5 for student members; $5 for retirees. To join, contact Rosemary Cayea, 22 Sycamore Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690-2115; 609-586-9373; FLENJmembers@aol.com. Visit www.flenj.org for more information.

N.J. Chapters of the American Assn. of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (NJAATSP)

NJAATSP is composed of AATSP members who live and/or teach in New Jersey. It promotes the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese languages as well as culture and literature at all educational levels. NJAATSP offers professional support to its members through workshops, seminars, and its website (www.njaatsp.org). It also coordinates the National Spanish Examination and Honor Societies for middle and high school students in our state and holds an annual Spanish Essay Contest for high school seniors. Dues: $65 a year for both national and state membership; $45 for first-year members; and $25 for students. Members receive Hispania, the official journal of AATSP, published four times a year. For more information, contact Jay Duhl, 26 Graphic Blvd., Bergenfield, NJ 07621; 973-263-7001, ext. 3359; fax 201-501-0045; webmaster@njaatsp.org.