|Blistan, who gave her remarks entirely in Spanish, highlighted the importance of parental involvement in their children’s educations.
NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan and Executive Director Vince Giordano addressed attendees at the 9th Annual Latino Education Conference at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark on Oct. 19. The conference was presented by The Latino Institute, a private, nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to serve as a bridge between the Latino community, and educational, cultural, governmental, social, and economic institutions.
Blistan, who gave her remarks entirely in Spanish, highlighted the importance of parental involvement in their children’s educations. “We need parents, school employees, community members, business people, and our elected leaders to work collectively and collaboratively to ensure every child can be successful in school and life. As educators, the members of the New Jersey Education Association know firsthand the importance of parental involvement in our public schools. We are so proud to work with you to strengthen your ability to advocate for your children and, in the end, build a stronger relationship with the school community.”
NJEA Assistant Director of UniServ – Central Carmen Gonzalez-Gannon served as co-chair of the planning committee for the conference and NJEA staff and consultants presented workshops on healthy and safe schools, bullying and cyber-bullying, and parental involvement.