NJEA members work in virtually every public school building in New Jersey. We are also your neighbors, family members, and friends. We are active in civic organizations, places of worship, volunteer groups and local government.
We support public education, and we believe that every public school should be a state-of-the-art facility that offers its students the broadest and highest quality educational program. In 1993 we established the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education to provide grants for innovative educational projects that represent a bold, fresh approach by school employees. Initial funding came directly from NJEA members who donated more than $1 million to establish the Hipp Foundation. It has already awarded 55 grants totaling nearly $200,000.
In 1997 NJEA became the first Association in the nation to create a program designed to build bridges among the most natural allies of public education, parents and families of school children. Called Together We Can, the program provides a huge assortment of activities and training opportunities to help school employees form coalitions with family and community members who can work together for the enhancement of our public schools.
Recognized as a leader in professional development, NJEA hosts the largest educational gathering of its kind anywhere in the world at our annual convention. Every November, upwards of 40,000 NJEA members attend some 300 seminars during the two-day event. In addition, NJEA spends more than $5 million each year to provide our members with professional development programs.