NJEA has long been clear in its support for charter schools that operate as public schools. In fact, NJEA supported the original law in 1995 that authorized public charter schools in New Jersey. NJEA believes high quality public charter schools are one component of an innovative, progressive system of public education, along with magnet schools, vocational schools, and traditional public schools. Read More

October 2016

14

NJEA Executive Committee Meeting/CPC

22

NJEA Teaching and Learning Symposium

28

NJEA Minority Leadership/Women’s Leadership Conference (ends 10/30)

INSIGHT & OPINION
NEWS
FOCUS NJEA

Editorial

A woman's place...

NJEA members found themselves in a familiar position in early August: a politician was reneging on his promises while blaming NJEA and labelling the organization a “bully.” It was a typical Chris Christie move—but it was Senate President Steve Sweeney at the microphone. And Sweeney took the Christie ploy one step further by calling for state and federal investigations into NJEA’s decision to withhold support from politicians who failed to live up to the promises they made during NJEA's endorsement process. Although while speaking Sweeney claimed that both NJEA and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) should be investigated, he named only NJEA in his publicly released official letter to Read More

NJEA Conferences

Urban Education Symposium

The NJEA Urban Education Committee is hosting this overnight symposium Oct. 14-15 at the East Brunswick Hilton to support teachers and educational support professionals (ESP) who work in urban schools and other similar schools. Learn more

Collective Bargaining Summit

The Jim George Collective Bargaining Summit will be held Oct. 28-29 at the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center, 200 Atrium Drive, Somerset. See this form for seminar descriptions and to register. Registration deadline is Oct. 7, 2016.

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Improving the academic achievement of their students is the goal of all educators. NJEA’s Teaching and Learning Symposium, held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Hilton East Brunswick, will help you do just that. Learn more

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

St. Angelo

Library of Congress Selects Early Elementary Teacher-in-Residence

Teresa St. Angelo, a kindergarten teacher from Manalapan, New Jersey, has been selected to serve as the 2016-2017 Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of Congress. Since 2000, the Library has recruited educators to work with its Educational Outreach office to help teachers and school librarians incorporate the Library’s digitized primary sources into high-quality instruction. Learn more

Brown

NJEA has partnered with Thunder 106 and B 98.5 to recognize the significant contributions our members make in the lives of their students. Read why Allison Brown, a teacher from Southern Regional Middle School, was chosen as the Thunder 106 School Spirit Award winner for May. Read more

Giving students a national view

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. Joann Houck is the 6th grade Administrative Assistant to the guidance counselor and the principal at Maurice and Everett Haines 6th Grade Center in Medford Township. As the front desk receptionist,  she is the first person the children, parents and public meet when they come to school. Read more

PARTNERSHIPS

NJEA is a proud member of the NJ Arts Education Partnership. The Partnership is launching its Arts Ed Now campaign on Sept 12 to raise public awareness about the crucial role of the arts in public education. For the launch of the Arts Ed Now campaign, we are encouraging people who received arts education in school (dance, music, theater, visual art) from all walks of life to share with us their career today. The point of the campaign is to highlight how arts education benefits EVERYONE regardless of career path. Read more

Nominate All-Pro Teachers!

NJEA and Eagles Radio have partnered to recognize some of the many dedicated teachers and educational support professionals who make New Jersey Public Schools great for every child. NJEA members can nominate a fellow teacher or educational support professional to be the NJEA/Eagles Radio All-Pro Educator of the WeekRead more


Be an NJEA/NY Jets Educator of the Game

Win Jets tickets!

New Jersey’s public schools are among the very best in the nation thanks to the hard work and dedication of NJEA members. They work tirelessly on behalf of their students without fanfare or recognition. That’s why NJEA and the New York Jets have partnered to honor outstanding New Jersey educators and Educational Support Professionals. Learn more

Thank Teacher

News 12

Nominate scholar athletes for NJEA/News 12 program

NJEA and News 12 New Jersey are seeking high school students who excel both academically and athletically. The NJEA/News 12 Scholar Athlete Recognition Program honors New Jersey high school seniors who are successful not only in the classroom, but on the court or on the field. Learn more

Special promotion for 2016 Jets home opener

Don’t miss the Jets season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Sept. 11 at MetLife Stadium. This special offer includes five different seating options to choose from starting at $55 per ticket and discounted parking. The first 50 tickets purchased through this offer will receive post-game field access following the game! Details

Other Blogs/Sites

Headline News

On the Web

Snapchat

Teachers are using Snapchat in the classroom
A small but growing group of teachers is using the social media app as a way to push more learning outside of the classroom and onto students' smartphones. What educational value could it possibly have? Check out these ways teachers are using Snapchat for instruction. Learn more More On-the-web resources

NJREA

NJE A Sept 2016 Newsleter

We got a facelift!

NJREA’s award-winning publication, the NJREA Newsletter, has always been the source for retirees to get information on the latest advocacy opportunities and find out more about the issues that affect them.  Now it has a new look to match its straight-talk attitude, with more action photos, a cleaner layout, and unique quarterly features .  Be sure to check out yet another reason why folks call NJREA “the daytime face of NJEA.” 

NJEA PAC Operating Committee to meet on October 8

Will consider endorsement in 2017 Democratic gubernatorial primary

NJEA’s PAC Operating Committee will meet on the afternoon of Saturday, October 8, 2016 to consider the endorsement of a candidate in the June 6, 2017 Democratic gubernatorial primary election. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Promising bill passes in Assembly

A-4122 passes, awaits Senate introduction

A-4122 passes Assembly

A-4122, a bill that seeks to eliminate student standardized test scores from teacher evaluation, passed the Assembly by a vote of 52-11-8 today.

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NJEA’s television show wins 15th Emmy

2016 Emmy Awards
NJEA’s television show, Classroom Close-up NJ, won its 15th Emmy during the 34th Annual Mid-Atlantic Gala on Saturday, Sept. 24. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Paterson Education Association unanimously votes no confidence in school superintendent

The members of the Paterson Education Association (PEA) have voted to take a vote of no confidence in superintendent of schools, Dr. Donnie Evans. The unanimous decision of the membership comes after seven years of tumult in the district. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

NJEA defeats Christie in Medicare Advantage case

Court rejects governor’s political manipulation

Judge Mary Jacobson
NJEA won a decisive victory yesterday over Gov. Christie and the State of New Jersey in the fight to protect the medical benefits of NJEA’s Medicare-eligible retirees. In a ruling issued late Monday afternoon, Judge Mary Jacobson dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit brought by the state that sought to compel NJEA’s representatives on the School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission (SEHBC) to attend a commission meeting where the state was threatening to take an illegal vote to change the medical benefits of a majority of retirees. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Letter to NJEA members on Christie's SEHBP lie

Take Action
Here is the letter that was sent to all NJEA members today in response to Gov. Christie's letter containing lies about health care premiums: "Dear NJEA member, Chris Christie is up to his old tricks again, lying to NJEA members in an attempt to divide our membership." Click through for full letter and a link to respond directly to Gov. Christie. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Source 4 Teachers fails to provide sufficient paras, services for Trenton Public Schools

Betty Glenn

Betty Glenn can be forgiven for saying “I told you so.” Glenn, the president of the Trenton Paraprofessional Association (TPA) informed the Trenton Board of Education six months ago that firing 92 paraprofessionals who work with special needs students in the district would lead to a loss of service, connection to the community, and hardship for students, parents, teachers, and other school staff. Just two days into the 2016-17 school year, Glenn’s prediction was fulfilled.

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PEA’s big win for student safety

After district layoffs, PEA defends schools

Guardian Angels
The Paterson Education Association (PEA) took a decisive stance on community safety this week. With students in mind, PEA demanded that the district reschedule the back-to-school nights. The district was reluctant to change the dates and times for back-to-school nights despite a recent uptick of gun violence in Paterson. To PEA, this was unacceptable. A union that is committed to the safety of the students would simply not allow this to happen without a compelling response. The risk was too great. Read More

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Vice President Blistan honored by NAACP for service to community

Marie Blistan
The NAACP has long stood for civil rights, making sure that all citizens have equal opportunity in both the public and private sector. So it should come as no surprise that the Greater Vineland NAACP Chapter chose to recognize NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan at its 16th Annual Freedom Funds Awards banquet on September 17.  Read More

MORE PARENTS & COMMUNITY

NJEA: Christie attacks public schools to distract from Bridgegate

Wants to gut public schools to advance partisan agenda

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement regarding Chris Christie’s transparent attempt to distract attention from his Bridgegate scandal by filing a frivolous legal challenge to New Jersey’s successful system of public schools. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Minimum wage increase should include all

Don’t discriminate based on age or occupation

Fight for 15
NJEA is proud to support the Fight for $15 for every working person in New Jersey. Every worker plays a role in growing our shared economy so every worker deserves a living wage. NJEA’s elected officers offered their strong support today to the New Jersey Working Families Alliance and other pro-worker groups as they held a press conference to urge that the Legislature pursue a comprehensive and inclusive minimum wage increase. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Blistan and Spiller testify at State Board of Education

Teacher evaluation, edTPA, anti-bullying and charter schools addressed

Marie Blistan
NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan and NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller testified today in an open topic hearing held by the New Jersey State Board of Education. Blistan condemned the actions of the New Jersey Department of Education last week to increase the weight of standardized tests as a factor in teacher evaluation.  Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Christie’s rambling attack shows NJEA is effective

Resorts to name calling to cover up for his failures

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA president Wendell Steinhauer released this statement following Gov. Christie’s rambling press conference this morning in which the governor continued to duck responsibility for his educational failures and unwillingness to do his job. “Chris Christie can’t help himself. His reflexive attacks on public schools are just the same political posturing that he’s used for nearly seven years to  cover up for his failed policies and underfunding of New Jersey’s public schools." Read More

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What does the Unity Symbol mean?

NJEA members proudly display the unity symbol on sweatshirts, stickers, posters, stationery, and pins. Yet few know what the symbol really means. In 1966, the NEA Executive Committee adopted the symbol as the "collective membership mark" of the unite

DON'T MISS

LupusWalk to End Lupus Now

The Lupus Foundation of America, New Jersey Chapter is holding a walk to End Lupus Now on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016at Nomahegan Park in Cranford, NJ. Check in begins at 9 am with step off at 10 am. Visit lupus.org for more information and to register.

STEM Contest

Parents and teachers: Varsity Learning Academy is hosting "It All STEMS From This: Competition and Festival." If you have children in grades 3-12, they are eligible to participate in this statewide STEM competition where over $10,000 worth of scholarships and prizes will be awarded. The festival will also feature activities, music, vendors, and refreshments. To register or find out more, visit www.itallstemsfromthis.com.

Nomination forms and documentation for the NJEA Human Rights Award are due Dec. 1, 2016. Awards will be presented at the NJEA Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Dinner next January. Nominees may be an individual, group or organization working in the area of civil rights, and if eligible, NJEA members. Click through for more information and nomination form. Learn more

Have your school join the 2016 Students Change Hunger challenge

Students Change HungerThe New Jersey Federation of Food Banks invites your school to join Students Change Hunger, a statewide initiative to engage and mobilize students to address hunger in their local communities and throughout the state. Last fall, 234 schools participated in the program’s fourth year. More than 174,000 pounds of food and $44,000 were donated.  Learn more

Healing in the classroom

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice and the Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center in Newton invites teachers, school counselors, social workers and psychologists to participate in a two-day program designed to help create onsite grief support systems for bereaved students. Learning to recognize possible grief-based behaviors in your classroom will allow you to respond appropriately, and to quickly assist your students. Learn more

Sustainable Jersey

Grants to fund New Jersey school sustainability projects now available

Sustainable Jersey for Schools announces new grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association

Applications are due on October 28, 2016 for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant program, which provides opportunities for New Jersey public schools and school districts to implement sustainability projects. Learn more

The Legacy Project

The next issue of the NJHOF Legacy Project celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of Dionne Warwick, New Jersey’s Music Ambassador.

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SPOTLIGHT

GEHREA protests lack of contract resolution

Torrential rain was no match for more than 250 teachers and educational support professionals in Atlantic County’s Greater Egg Harbor School District who picketed outside two of the district’s three high schools in the early morning hours on July 5. Learn more

CLASSROOM CLOSE-UP, NJ

Classroom Close-Up, NJ

Classroom Close-up, NJ is a half-hour television program that features innovative projects in New Jersey public schools. The 14-time Emmy® award-winning show is in its 22nd season and airs on NJTV every Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 11:30 p.m.; and Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. Visit classroomcloseup.org to learn more and search the video library to see thousands of stories that have aired over the past two decades.

MEMBER BENEFITS

Dell Columbus Day

Columbus Day deals from Dell

Check out Dell's Columbus Day deals. Dell is giving NJEA members EARLY ACCESS again! Doorbusters go live October 5, at 10am CST. See flier for details. Shop: dell.com/njea.

Office Depot Office Max

Office Depot and OfficeMax are now one company! NJEA Members can save up to 80% on over 93,000 products. Great for your printing, cleaning and office needs. Shop online or in any Office Depot or OfficeMax store. Enjoy FREE next-day delivery on online orders over $50! Click here to shop online or print off a FREE Store Purchasing Card.

NEA Complimentary Life Insurance

Did you know that all NJEA members have free life insurance through NEA? All you have to do is identify your beneficiary! You may also purchase additional life insurance through NEA.


Switch to AT&T and Get a $200 bill credit

Thinking of switching your wireless carrier? NJEA members can take advantage of a limited-time offer from AT&T for customers in PA, DE, and NJ.  Get a $200 bill credit when you buy a smartphone with AT&T Next. Details

NEA Savings Program

BankMobile

BankMobile is a new member benefit for NJEA members and families.  You can now have all of your banking services available on your mobile device.  The big difference is that BankMobile does not charge any fees – at all. Learn more


Member Benefits

MEMBER DISCOUNTS

Your NJEA membership card is your ticket to discounts on merchandise, insurance, entertainment, travel, and personal legal services.

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TOOLBOX

Liven up your lessons with Google Classroom

It’s October and your school year is well underway. You have perfected your workflow in Google Classroom, so now is a good time to think about ways to live up your lessons as you use it with your students.

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