Agreement reached on PARCC, evaluations

NJEA to sit on Study Commission
Policymakers have listened to NJEA members’ concerns about the myriad problems accompanying the new PARCC assessments, the Common Core State Standards, and the state’s new evaluation system for teachers. Following several days of intensive discussion last week, agreement was reached on several key issues related to standardized testing and its ultimate role in teacher evaluation.  NJEA was at the center of conversations with legislators, the Christie administration and the Department of Education (DoE), which led to two key announcements today. Read More

September 2014

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting/CPC

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NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting

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NEA Board of Directors Meeting (ends 9/20)

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NJREA Fall Luncheon Meeting

INSIGHT & OPINION
NEWS
FOCUS NJEA

Christie breaks the law,
walks away on pensions

On The Table

To listen to Governor Christie tell it, public employees just need to dig a little deeper to solve the state’s pension problems. Seriously? Three years after Christie signed Chapter 78 – which raised NJEA members’ personal annual pension contributions by 36%, raised their health premium payments by thousands of dollars more, and which robbed current and future retirees of their cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) – our governor wants more.

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EDITORIAL

Join NJEA's "Daytime Face"
Just as the NJEA Reporter is retiring at the end of this school year, many active NJEA members will as well. But neither will really stop working. The content of the Reporter will merge with the content of the Review and active NJEA members will become activists in the New Jersey Retirees’ Education Association—or as NJREA President Pat Provnick calls it, the “Daytime Face of NJEA.” Read More

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Eileen Radetich
NJEA member wins college’s top teaching award
A professor known for her zest for life and learning – both inside and outside the classroom – has won the top instructional award available to Camden County College faculty. Read More

NJ State Teacher of the Year wins national award for teaching excellence
Kathleen Assini, an eighth grade social studies teacher at Delsea Regional Middle School in Franklinville, and the 2013-14 NJ Teacher of the Year, will receive the 2015 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of public education’s most prestigious awards. Assini is among 39 public educators who will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, DC on February 13, 2015. Read More

PARTNERSHIPS

Roberta Rissling
Making a difference
Roberta Rissling has been a paraprofessional in the Township of Franklin Public Schools for the past ten years. She finds it extremely rewarding to work in the community where she lives. She works one-on-one with students who need extra help. She loves her job because she is making a big difference in the lives of her students. Read More

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

Barcode of Life
Through DNA, High Point Regional High School students can predict the future of a species and the effect that man has on the environment. Read More

Other Blogs/Sites

Headline News

On the Web

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

Media Gallery

Visit the Media Gallery to view photos, videos, and audio files from NJEA's television show, Classroom Close-up, NJ, special events, NJEA's television and radio commercials, and more.

NJDOE holds student growth objective (SGO) workshops

There’s still time to register for a three-hour, interactive workshop conducted by the New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) Office of Evaluation. The workshops focus on the use of high-quality assessments and a variety of baseline data to set targets when creating student growth objectives (SGOs). Read More

MORE TEACHING & LEARNING

Belleville EA president wins tenure battle

Rally for a Better Belleville
Who says nice guys finish last? Certainly not BEA President Mike Mignone. Mignone found himself suspended without pay and fighting for his professional career simply for speaking out against injustice. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

NJEA: Stop Renaissance school expansion

“An out-of-control corporate takeover of Camden schools”

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer today urged the Legislature to oppose proposed changes in the Urban Hope Act, saying they would “expand an already out-of-control corporate takeover of the Camden Public Schools” by two national charter school companies. Read More

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Verizon Innovative App Challenge

Win $20,000 for your school

Verizon App Challenge
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge offers a unique opportunity for students around the country to participate in a rich, project-based learning experience that fosters teamwork and encourages them to explore new ideas.
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MORE TEACHING & LEARNING

TPAF, in reversal, votes to retain outside counsel

Seeks advice on pension lawsuits

On July 10, the Teachers Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF) Board of Trustees voted to seek outside counsel to advise them in the increasingly complex legal environment surrounding pension funding. In reversing a June 5 vote not to seek outside counsel, the TPAF Board now joins two other pension boards in seeking legal advice to assist in determining their fiduciary responsibility for funding the pension system under Chapter 78. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

9,000 delegates gather in Denver

Elect new officers, vote to end 'toxic testing'

2014 NEA - RA
More than 500 delegates from New Jersey joined nearly 9,000 NEA colleagues from across the nation at the 2014 National Education Association Representative Assembly in Denver July 3-6. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Christie signs budget bill

Cuts pension, vetoes revenue

This evening, Governor Christie signed the FY 2015 budget, but not before using his red pen to line-item veto billions of dollars in legally required pension payments. Christie also vetoed revenue increases necessary to help the state meet its obligations to retirees, middle class workers, and families, and to protect New Jersey's credit rating. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

NJEA, News 12 honor scholar athletes

2014 Scholar Athlete
NJEA and News 12 New Jersey honored 30 of New Jersey’s top graduating seniors at the 17th Annual Scholar Athletes Award Luncheon on June 21 at Pines Manor in Edison. Read More

MORE PARENTS & COMMUNITY

Blistan urges support for budget at anti-poverty rally

War Against Poverty
NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan today spoke at the War Against Poverty Coalition rally to urge bipartisan legislative support of the Democratic budget plan, which would require millionaires and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Steinhauer: despite judge’s ruling, pension litigation will move ahead

TRENTON, June 25 – NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued the following statement following this afternoon’s ruling by Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson: “We are disappointed, but not surprised by Judge Jacobson’s ruling.  With only four days left in the fiscal year, it would have been difficult for her to order a billion dollars in legally required pension contributions in this year’s budget." Read More

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The children of military service members are heroes too. NJEA member Terry Dougherty runs a tutoring program for them. Office Depot noticed. Watch their heartwarming video telling her students' stories.

Evaluation Resources

DON'T MISS

TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY
Rutgers Athletics invites all teachers and their families to Teacher Appreciation Day on Saturday, Sept. 27. Participants will receive discounted tickets to the Rutgers vs. Tulane game. Learn more

Free admission for educators in August
For the month of August, Pre-K-12 educators from PA an NJ can enjoy free admission to SPACE, A Journey to Our Future exhibition at the DaVinci Science Center in Allentown, PA. Learn more

Engage in a statewide action plan to connect critical elements supporting New Jersey public school educators and effective teaching. Attend a summit on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. Register online

Collective Bargaining Award
A local association that has demonstrated excellence in collective bargaining will be honored at the Jim George Collective Bargaining Summit on Oct. 17-18 with the Jim George Collective Bargaining Award. Those nominated will also be recognized. NJEA is now accepting nominations for this award. Learn more 

CLASSROOM CLOSE-UP, NJ

Classroom Close-Up, NJ

NJEA’s television show is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Visit the website to learn more about the Emmy-winning, 30-minute weekly series that focuses on the great things happening in New Jersey's public school. Visit the video library to see thousands of stories that have aired over the past two decades.

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MEMBER BENEFITS

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.

Member Benefits Summer Savings

NEA Cash Rewards Card

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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SPOTLIGHT

Snow Fun
NJEA member wins Creative Classroom Sweepstakes
Kristi Gail Masone, a special education teacher and member of the West Milford Education Association was recently named the grand-prize winner of the Primary Colors Creative Classroom Sweepstakes.

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NJREA

Lifetime Achievement
Congratulations to NJREA's Minority-Concerns Rep Lorena Tyson. Tyson has been selected as the recipient of the Shirley Chisholm Lifetime Achievement Award. Read More

SCHOOL BUZZ

Study shows weak correlation between student test scores and teacher performance
Sometimes who pays for a study is as telling as the results of the study.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded the research that generated the report, “Instructional Alignment as a Measure of Teaching Quality.” The researchers also used data from the Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching study to perform their work. Given the Gates Foundation’s support for using student test data to evaluate teachers, it’s interesting to note that this study concluded that how students perform on state assessments is only weakly connected to instructional content or quality.

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