*NinJEA*

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*NinJEA*

Postby JimBoice » June 25th, 2013, 12:52 pm

NinJEA is a program for less active members of the association to gain awareness of association activities on the state, county, and local level.

It was created by the Sparks class of 2013 and has been implemented in one local so far. What follows below is the local's implementation plan. The local believes that NinJEA has been successful and plans to continue it next year.

Design: Staff members will receive a one page NinJEA Alert. This alert will contain a brief but relevant “nugget” of information that will be turn-keyed to other staff members. Staff members will look forward to receiving the reward, which is attached with the alert and takes the form of a rubber duckie, and the local association will look forward to the information alert being discussed in casual dialogue in their buildings.

NinJEA Alerts are given to staff with an accompanying rubber duckie: http://www.orientaltrading.com/ninja-rubber-duckies-a2-16_880.fltr

ADDED ON 11.27: We recently met a local leader who ordered the ninja ducks from here: http://www.zymetrical.com/bulk-ninja-rubber-ducks-p-1733.html

The duckie helps bring attention to the NinJEA alert and is visible to other staff members when it is placed in a faculty member’s mailbox.

Possible Implementation: Each Tuesday and Thursday, the NinJEA Committee will distribute five Ninja Alerts to strategically selected staff members who will receive buzz topics that will promote discussion in the building.

Locals running a NinJEA program:

Burlington County Institute of Technology EA
Sayreville EA
Summit EA
Tabernacle EA
Springfield EA
Lawnside EA
East Windsor Education Association
Attachments
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Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: *NinJEA*

Postby JimBoice » June 25th, 2013, 1:01 pm

Example Alerts used by a Local:


NinJEA Alert!!!!

5-16-13

Warning: You have just been NinJEA’d! The NinJEA is now yours to keep because you are someone important in this building. You are someone who has a voice and can share this information.

Here is something important that you need to know:

Local Fact: The association was able to compromise several grievances related to the middle school. Starting in 2013-2014, middle school teachers will be paid for detention duty or not be required to do their duty that day. Also, starting in 2013-2014, everyone (including middle school teachers) will be dismissed by 12:00 noon on the last day for teachers.

State Fact: The net property tax burden in NJ is up by 18.7% statewide since 2009, the year before Christie took office.

~Source: NorthJersey.com



NinJEA Alert!!!!

5-21-13

Warning: You have just been NinJEA’d! The NinJEA is now yours to keep because you are someone important in this building. You are someone who has a voice and can share this information.

Here is something important that you need to know:

State Fact:

The following are notable supporters of gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono:

NJEA

Communication Workers of America (NJ’s largest state workers union)

American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees

Latino Action Network

NJ Environmental Federation

Coalition of Union Affiliates

Rutgers University Faculty Union

State Fraternal Order of Police

Mayor Cory Booker

EmilysList.org



NinJEA Alert!!!!

5-23-13

Warning: You have just been NinJEA’d! The NinJEA is now yours to keep because you are someone important in this building. You are someone who has a voice and can share this information.

Here is something important that you need to know:

There are many ways to help get involved with your local association:

Small Steps:

Find out who are the building reps for your school.

Ask one of them to explain a rep council meeting.

Ask your head rep if there is anything you can do to help out. There are several committees in search of volunteers, including the PRIDE in Public Education committee, the social committee, and the welcoming committee.

Medium Steps:

Visit http://www.buonoforgovernor.com.

Read her “10 Things You May Have Missed” section.

Determine for yourself how you feel about the upcoming election.

Share this information with your colleagues and friends.

BIG Steps:

Join an association committee.

Help create an action plan to get more members informed.

Attend meetings and rallies to promote your cause.



NinJEA Alert!!!!

6-13-13

Special Election Edition

Warning: You have just been NinJEA’d! You are someone who has a voice and can share this information.

State Fact: The special election to replace Sen. Lautenberg will cost taxpayers an estimated $12-$24 million dollars to prepare and print ballots, prep voting machines, and pay poll workers.

This is all happening when the gubernatorial election is going to occur just three weeks later after the special senator election!

$12 million dollars is enough to pay 218 teachers a salary of $55,000 over a school year.

Add your name to the online petition and demand Chris Christie hold the special election in November in order to save New Jersey taxpayers’ dollars.

Visit-> http://act.buonoforgovernor.com/page/s/demand-chris-christie-stop-wasting-taxpayer-dollars-for-his-own-political-gain?source=em6613?source=F



NinJEA Alert!!!!

6-20-13

Report Card Edition

Warning: You have just been NinJEA’d! You are someone who has a voice and can share this information.

Local Fact #1: There are three categories schools are clustered by for budgetary comparison; all according to enrollment. Our school is 1 of 106 schools in the state with over 3,500 students enrolled.

In this category, we are the 5th lowest in per pupil spending 2011-2012 school year at $11,172 (Source: http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/education/csg/12/csg1.pl)

Local Fact #2: Despite these low per pupil numbers, our academic achievement scores compare favorably to schools with similar demographics

NJASK LA = 97% peer rank (2012)

NJASK Math = 84% peer rank (2012)

NJASK Summary = 91% peer rank (2012)

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR PERFORMANCE @: (link to State of New Jersey School Performance Report)

*We do more and accomplish more with far less than other schools!*



NinJEA Alert!!!!

6-18-13

Women’s Rights in NJ Edition

Warning: You have just been Ninja’d! You are someone who has a voice and can share this information.

State Fact: In 2010, Christie eliminated $7.4 million in his very first budget for basic reproductive healthcare services. This money included life-saving cancer screenings, pap tests and breast health services. In 2009, these funds helped over 136,000 patients. Last year, providers saw at least 33,000 fewer people – a 24% drop.

Furthermore, Christie has since vetoed attempts to restore women’s health funding…four times.

Read more at http://www.politickernj.com/66011/christie-out-touch-women#ixzz2VwaL5l9A



Ninja Alert!!!!

6-24-13

Wrap-up NinJEA Survey Edition

Warning: You have just been NinJEA’d! You are someone who has a voice and can share this information

The school year over. CONGRATS ON A JOB WELL DONE! As professional Educators, it is time for some well-deserved R-E-S-T. Your Middle School NinJEAs would appreciate feedback on their efforts to unite and inform the membership of relevant current events in our beloved district and state.

Please take this short 5 minute survey (only 5 questions!) to help us make this endeavor stronger!

VISIT: (include link to Survey Monkey site.)

Please complete by June 30th

Your NinJEA’s
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: *NinJEA*

Postby JimBoice » June 25th, 2013, 2:48 pm

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Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
JimBoice
 
Posts: 704
Joined: November 20th, 2012, 11:27 am

Re: *NinJEA*

Postby Janet Bischak » July 13th, 2013, 8:55 am

I just read the memos Re the new NinJEA program!
I would like to congratulate all those who contributed their time and creativity to this needed initiative.

Two thoughts:

Give at least one example that targets ESP members.
How about the idea of a "scavenger hunt" targeted to a specific audience catering around local contract familiarity, local district association organization, NJEA policies, current issues and NJEA's position, etc. with a prize, if course!

Janet Bischak
NJEA Executive Committee
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Re: *NinJEA*

Postby JimBoice » August 7th, 2013, 10:47 am

At the 2013 NJEA Summer Leadership Conference, many locals seem interested in the NinJEA idea. One local who plans to run the program in the fall of 2013 told us that she wants to ad an incentive to the program that would encourage members to share the information in the NinJEA Alerts.

The incentive takes the form of members who are NinJEA'ed submitting a completed form to their head building rep listing all the members they shared the information with. The members who share the information the most would be identified as leaders in the faculty lounge on a bulletin board. Leaders are identified by placing a colored karate belt demonstrating their ranking next to their name (black belt: highest rank followed by belts of a different color including brown, green, yellow, etc.). Such a ranking system would require a key to be placed next to it so members could quickly discern the meaning of each belt.

NinJEA vanish! 8-)
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: *NinJEA*

Postby JimBoice » August 29th, 2013, 9:29 am

FYI we met a couple of leaders yesterday who plan to use NinJEA alerts to get the word out about Barbara Buono (her stance on the issues, her record, exerpts from recent speeches, etc.) from now until electon day. What a great idea! :mrgreen:
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: *NinJEA*

Postby JimBoice » September 13th, 2013, 11:22 am

Below is an email that a local leader sent out to building representatives who will help her distribute NinJEA alerts to members.

Hello All!

I am very excited that our local is going to start the NinJEA (pronounced Ninja) program. NinJEA was developed by a group of young NJEA members called SPARKS as well as some consultants from NJEA. The purpose of NinJEA is to generate conversation between members about important union issues.

Here is how it works:

I will email you NinJEA Alerts. Please print these alerts and attach them to a ninja duck. The ducks should be arriving at your school today or Monday, so please keep an eye out for them.

The alert and duck will be placed in a few mailboxes of members in your building every Tuesday starting September 17. How many members depends on which building you are in.
Primary Centers 1 person per week per building
Elementary Schools 3 people per week per building
Middle and High School 4 people per week per building

Please keep a list of members whom you have given a duck and begin repeating members only once everyone has received one.

I have attached the first 2 alerts that are to go out on Sept 17 and 24.

If anyone has any ideas for information that would be good for the alerts, please let me know. It can be anything from local or state politics / legislation, important achievements, or facts about our local or district. After I get a few out, I am sure that you will get the idea.

One last thing, it's called NinJEA because you are supposed to be quiet about it. Members should not know where these alerts are coming from. Try to put them in mailboxes or on desks when no one is around to see you do it!

I am very excited about this program. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Also, please give me feedback as we go along to take back to NJEA so we can tweak and change the program to make it run better. As far as I know we are one of only a few schools trying this out this year.

NinJEA Vanish!
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: *NinJEA*

Postby JimBoice » September 13th, 2013, 11:27 am

Example NinJEA alerts sent by a local during 2013 -- 2014:



You have just been NinJEA’d! The NinJEA is now yours to keep because you are someone important in this building. You are someone who has a voice and can share this information.

September 24, 2013

State Fact:

The special election to replace Sen. Lautenberg will cost taxpayers an estimated $24,000,000.

This is all happening when the gubernatorial election is going to occur just three weeks after the special election!

$24,000,000 is enough to pay 400 teachers a salary of $60,000 for one school year.



You have just been NinJEA’d! The NinJEA is now yours to keep because you are someone important in this building. You are someone who has a voice and can share this information.

September 17, 2013

Small Steps:

• Find out who are the building reps for your school.
• Ask one of them to explain a rep council meeting.
• Ask your rep if there is anything you can do to help out.

Medium Steps:

• Visit BuonoForGovernor.com.
• Find out where she stands on public education section.
• Determine for yourself how you feel about the upcoming election.
• Share this information with your colleagues and friends.

BIG Steps:

• Join an association committee.
• Help create an action plan to get more members informed.
• Attend meetings and rallies to promote our cause.
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: *NinJEA*

Postby JimBoice » September 30th, 2013, 8:36 am

One of our NinJEA locals sent this out to NinJEA team members today:

Hello NinJEAs!

Attached you will find tomorrow's NinJEA alert. It is targeted at political action through the use of social media, so please be mindful of who you give it to -- try to find people who you know use social media. Also coming to you today is the chalk that is mentioned in the NinJEA Alert. Please place one piece with the alert along with the duck. The other pieces you can give out to members who you think will be interested, or simply put in a bowl in your faculty room.

If you have any questions please let me know!

NinJEA Vanish!

Here is the NinJEA alert being given to targeted members:

_______________________________________________________________

You have just been NinJEA’d! The NinJEA is now yours to keep because you are someone important in this building. You are someone who has a voice and can share this information.

October 1, 2013

Political Action:

Do you use Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter? Search #bbchalknj and #buono4gov and see what comes up!

Use this piece of chalk to do some “chalking” of your own and share it on social media!
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: *NinJEA*

Postby JimBoice » October 21st, 2013, 9:51 am

Over the weekend we spoke with leaders from one of the locals that did NinJEA last year. The local hasn't started NinJEA yet this year but is planning a big rollout after the election. Local leaders state that the goal following the election will be to make NinJEA "more positive" by praising members for their accomlishments.

Sounds great! :mrgreen:
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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