NJEA supports NJ Black Issues Conference

Published on Thursday, October 4, 2012

 2012 NJ Black Issues Conference

L to R – Kathleen Mathews, NJEA staff, Lauren Hill, Ph.D.,  NJEA UniServ consultant, Janet Morrison, NJEA staff, Antoinette Ellis Williams, Ph.D., Director, Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center, New Jersey City University, and Artie Eisheid, NJEA staff distribute information about the FAST program.

NJEA served as a title sponsor of the 30th Annual New Jersey Black Issues Conference, a convention which provides information and resources to strengthen the community, particularly at home and at school.

NJEA Executive Director Vince Giordano spoke at the Youth Symposium, which NJEA also sponsors. Giordano encouraged students to get involved in the political process since it impacts every facet of their lives.

“This is your time to make a difference – the kind of difference that will ensure that your futures are full of equality and opportunity,” Giordano said.

NJEA President Barbara Keshishian and Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan attended and met with NJ BIC conference chair and former Assemblywoman Elease Evans and Sen. Ron Rice.

Paterson Education Association member Shelton Prescott gave the invocation at the Youth Symposium and many other NJEA members chaperoned groups of students at the conference.

NJEA staff distributed information about the FAST program (Families and Schools Together Work for Children), in addition to other resources. Research has shown that parental involvement is a major factor in student achievement.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the New Jersey Black Issues Conference, which works to provide information and resources to strengthen the community. For more information, visit the NJ Black Issues Conference website.

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