NJEA President: PARCC can't be fixed
As expected, the PARCC exams are off to a rocky start in many places across New Jersey. Unavoidable weather delays aside, plenty of reports have cropped up of computers that won't log on, tests that suddenly close before students have finished and unreliable Internet access. It's enough to call into question the validity of any results and makes a strong argument for the state Senate to pass legislation already approved by the Assembly to delay the use of PARCC results for at least three years.
Do Pearson’s business interests trump the rights of students?
When Facebook revamped its privacy policies in 2009, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that users were growing less reticent about sharing personal information with more people.
“People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people.” Zuckerberg said. “That social norm is just something that has evolved over time.”
It appears that those social norms have not evolved quickly enough for Pearson, which found itself at the center of a firestorm when parents discovered that the company was reading their children’s social media posts.
ESP member wins school lounge makeover
California Casualty, provider of the NEA® Auto and Home Insurance Program, recently presented a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® to Apshawa Elementary School in West Milford, New Jersey. The makeover was won by school secretary Colleen Leslie.
NJ library media specialist selected as emerging leader
The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL), the professional organization for school librarians in the state of New Jersey, has announced that Christina Cucci, Library Media Specialist at Reynolds School in Upper Saddle River, NJ, has been selected to participate in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 class of Emerging Leaders.
Got a colleague who ROCKS?
NJEA and WMGK-FM (Philadelphia) present South Jersey’s Teachers and ESPs who ROCK Contest. Winners receive tickets to WMGK’s Let Freedom Rock Fest, a restaurant gift card or a tablet. Nomination deadline is April 30.
NJEA and BEN-FM have partnered to educate the public about the important role Educational Support Professionals play in our schools and in our communities. Each month, BEN-FM features an NJEA ESP member in a 60-second radio ad talking about the contributions they make in their students’ education.
Have you submitted a photo using the NJEA app? Check out the SNappSHOTS gallery to see if your photo made the cut!
Digital Learning Day
Imagine traveling the world and connecting with experts on a multitude of topics without leaving the classroom. Thanks to Google Hangout, students at Edith Ort Thomas Elementary School in Frenchtown participate in Digital Learning Day.
ClassWish.org is a nonprofit organization that lets anybody make tax-deductible contributions to fund any resources for any school or any teacher in the country. Teachers, administrators and officers of teacher-parent organizations can create a Wish List of the resources their students need to succeed, and supporters can contribute toward school-wide needs at any K-12 school or towards specific teacher needs. More On-the-Web resources