New season, fresh outlook

Spring is here! And with it comes a renewed energy for the last months of the school year. In this issue of the NJEA Review, we provide you with the information, resources, and inspiration you need to ensure that every New Jersey public school student receives an excellent education.

This month, we shine a spotlight on school libraries in “Celebrating School Librarians.” As we know, school libraries are the heart of our schools. New Jersey’s students and staff deserve to have a certified school librarian in every one of the state’s public schools, but far too many districts see libraries as a place to cut back on costs.

In “Social Media Ambassadors,” Kevin Fenlon, a media technology teacher, describes a program he helped create at High Point Regional High School designed to empower students to think critically, behave safely and participate responsibly in the digital world. Through the program, a team of students receives training to communicate officially as social media ambassadors for the school and serve as models for effective and appropriate digital citizenship.

In “Engaging Students through Events,” we look at the power of special events, which are sometimes the most memorable of school experiences. When that event involves meeting Michelle Obama, the memory will last a lifetime. Jersey City school counselor Sweety Patel shares how she turned this incredible opportunity for her students into more than just a one-day field trip.

As advocates, the NJEA Jack Bertolino Summer Leadership Conference is the premier public school employee advocacy event in the state and, arguably, the nation. Review the workshops that will be available this year and plan to join thousands of your colleagues in East Brunswick in August.

The work that we do has value—and the people who do it have power! As your union and professional organization, NJEA is proud to support you each and every day as you educate students, advocate for public education, and fight to ensure quality working conditions, salaries, and benefits for the people who make our schools among the best in the nation.

Thank you for the work that you do. As always, I am proud to be your colleague and to share your vision of excellence for every public school in this state.




Officers online

Marie Blistan


@Marie.Blistan: Governor Murphy’s budget address supports the PRIORITIES of New Jersey working families! The number of millionaires living in New Jersey has more than tripled over recent years, and it is time that everyone is taxed fairly!

On March 5, NJEA President Marie Blistan shared a link to New Jersey Policy Perspective (, which is a valuable resource for analysis of the state’s spending and policy priorities. She linked to an article on the proposed millionaires tax. Other items found at address school funding in the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget, including an article by NJEA member Mark Weber, known in the blogosphere as “Jersey Jazzman.”

Sean M. Spiller


@SpillerForNJEA: A great week for Governor Phil Murphy as he put forward his vision for a fairer NJ. A big thank you from NJEA members as you fight for all of the working class in our state!

On March 5, NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller posted a photo of himself with NJEA President Marie Blistan and Gov. Phil Murphy on the day the governor delivered his annual budget address.

Steve Beatty


@SteveBeattyNJEA: #Red4ed #Chapter78Relief Day at South Bound Brook! Great to talk with such dedicated members, engaged in our campaign! Day by day the movement gathers strength—together.

On Wednesday, March 13, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty joined members in South Bound Brook as they observed Red for Ed Chapter 78 Relief Day to promote relief from onerous health care premium contributions and to support job justice for educational support professionals.

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