Education alliance issues call for a continuum to support effective teaching

If a new consortium of education stakeholders has its way, New Jersey will soon see a significant change in the way it prepares and develops its teachers. At a symposium held on Saturday, Sept. 27, the Garden State Alliance for Strengthening Education (GSASE) issued a comprehensive report that identified specific recommendations on teacher preparation, induction into the profession, professional learning for teachers and teacher leadership. Read More

November 2014

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting

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NJREA Annual Meeting (ends 11/6)

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NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting

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NJEA Member Family Involvement Conference

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American Education Week (ends 11/22)

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Educational Support Professionals Day

INSIGHT & OPINION
NEWS
FOCUS NJEA

A union call to scale back school testing

On The TableDo you remember a teacher or other school employee who made a difference in your life? Perhaps someone who really brought an academic subject to life, or who simply helped you through a difficult time? How about a class or subject that thrilled you and made you want to learn more and more, even after you’d completed your assignments and passed the final exam? Now think back to all of the standardized tests you’ve ever taken. Remember that one SAT analogy question that set you on the course to your future career? The multiple choice math problem that gave you the courage to try something you’d always been afraid to attempt before? If you are struggling to come up with something, don’t feel bad. Neither of us can either, because while standardized tests have long been a part of public education, until recently, they’ve never been mistaken for its point and purpose. Read More

EDITORIAL

Camden's Corporate Con
New Jersey’s urban school districts have long been the targets of the corporate “reformers” who seek to privatize their funding. That’s been particularly true in the state takeover districts, with Newark and Camden singled out by the Christie administration for full frontal assaults. Read More

FEATURED

NJEA Shoes
Show us your shoes!
NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan shows us her shoes atop the ACCEA  float in the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade on Sept. 13. Read More

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Trenton Thunder School Heroes
School heroes honored by NJEA, Thunder

True heroes don’t wear capes or possess superpowers. True heroes make a difference in the lives of children. That’s why NJEA and the Trenton Thunder teamed up to honor some students and their school heroes. Read More

Lisa Gaudio
NJEA members win EIRC gifted education award
The Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC) is pleased to announce the winners for this year’s “Take the Lead” Award: Lisa Gaudio from Lakeside Middle School of Millville Public Schools and Fran Cohen of Hoboken Public Schools. 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

Cherry Hill ESP

SPOTLIGHT ESP
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. Read More

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

Deciphering the code
Think understanding computer technology is just about learning how to use Word and Excel?  Think again!  These days, students are being taught coding, the language of computer science, to add to their 21st century skill set.  In fact, it’s estimated that one in every 10 schools in New Jersey now offers classes in coding for students at all grade levels. Read about how some NJEA members and their students caught the attention of Inside Jersey magazine and learn how their classrooms are joining the coding movement.

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NJEA on PARCC testing proposal: “PARCC still not ready for prime time”

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer called the state Department of Education’s inclusion of the all-new PARCC assessments as an element of the graduation requirements for current high school juniors “a poorly-timed decision that has caused great confusion among students and educators.” Read More

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Meet Mark Mautone, 2014-2015 NJ Teacher of the Year

Mark Mautone
Mark Mautone, a teacher of preschool students with autism at Wallace Elementary School in Hoboken, has been selected the 2014-2015 New Jersey Teacher of the Year. Read More

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NJDOE to sponsor ScIP workshops

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) will conduct a series of School Improvement Panel (ScIP) workshops in October and November. All local ScIP members and interested district personnel are invited to attend these sessions, which will include information-sharing as well as questions from the NJDOE to attendees to better understand useful supports for ScIP activities. Read More

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Join Team NJEA and Race (or sleep in!) for the Cure

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Once again, NJEA will participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey race for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ. It’s a great day to raise funds for a great cause, honor the memory of those we’ve lost, and celebrate the survivors. Read More

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NJEA, CEA react to passage of Urban Hope amendments by State Assembly

“Let us move ahead to provide stability and equity in public schools”

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer and Camden Education Association President Robert Farmer issued the following statement on today's Assembly vote: "Although NJEA and CEA strongly opposed legislation amending the Urban Hope Act, we recognize that nothing – no outcry or reasoned appeal from educators, parents, or the general public – was going to change the minds of legislators predisposed to pass it. As a result, we are now focused on ensuring that Camden’s public schools, which still serve the vast majority of students in the city, receive the resources and staffing stability they need to succeed at the highest level."

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Classroom Close-Up, NJ garners 12th Emmy

2014 Emmy Award
NJEA’s Classroom Close-up, NJ, now in its 21st year, has won another Emmy Award! The award – for the entire 8th show of the 2013-14 season – came at the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards in Philadelphia on Saturday evening, and was the 12th in the show’s illustrious history. Read More

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All members invited to Fall Focus meetings

Fall Focus
What's the right place to meet and greet and start the year off right? At NJEA's County Fall Focus meetings, members are able to meet their local, county and state association leaders and learn about important issues facing public school employees. Read More

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NEA president visits schools in Camden and West Windsor-Plainsboro

Lily Eskelsen Garcia
Lily Eskelsen García, the newly elected president of National Education Association (NEA), visited Pyne Poynt Middle School in Camden on Sept.12, where she met with staff, visited classrooms, spoke to students, and met with parents. She was joined on the tour by NJEA’s officers:  President Wendell Steinhauer, Vice President Marie Blistan, and Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller. Read More

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Urban Education Symposium

Urban Education Symposium
The NJEA Urban Education Committee is hosting this overnight symposium Oct. 24-25 at the East Brunswick Hilton to support teachers and educational support professionals (ESP) who work in urban schools and other similar schools. Read More

MORE TEACHING & LEARNING

NJEA members and students enjoy day with the Phillies

NJEA Day at the Phillies
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer, accompanied by members and student winners of the NJEA/Phillies Educators Who Build Great Public Schools Essay Contest, joined the Phillies Phanatic on the field of Citizens Bank Park to celebrate NJEA Day with the Phillies on Sept. 14. Read More

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Pine Hill ESP testifies before Senate Committee

John Staab
NJEA member John Staab, a school building maintenance employee in the Pine Hill School District, testified before the Senate Labor Committee in support of S-1717, a bill which would prevent employers from discharging or charging a personal day to an employee for failure to report to work during a state of emergency. Read More

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Welcome to NJEA

We are proud to count you as a member of the nation’s premiere education association. In challenging times such as these, NJEA members must remain united to promote a quality system of public education for all students and protect our profession. NJEA is a diverse, democratic organization working to create an optimal environment to achieve excellence in public education in New Jersey. Your membership in NJEA helps you and your colleagues to meet your goals through our commitment to: • Member advocacy: To preserve and improve the economic interests, working conditions, job security, and pensions of all members. • Organizing: To strengthen the Association by maximizing membership, developing leadership, and supporting affiliates. • Enhancing public education: To promote and deliver quality professional development for educators as well as advance and support policies that enhance public education. NJEA is proud to represent you. We wish you a successful school year.

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DON'T MISS

NJEA members offered free tickets Doris Kearns Goodwin lecture
As part of the statewide celebration of the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey, New Jersey City University (NJCU) is launching a lecture series that will bring some of the world’s most renowned individuals to Jersey City. Drawing on the NJ350 themes of Liberty, Innovation and Diversity, the NJCU Presidential Speaker Series will begin with Liberty and acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning author and revered historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on Wednesday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m.
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Collective Bargaining Summit
A well-prepared collective bargaining team ensures the strength of the local association. That’s why local leaders, bargaining teams, and any other member involved in the bargaining process should make attending the NJEA Jim George Collective Bargaining Summit a priority. Learn more 

LGBTQ: What does it all mean for NJEA members & leaders? Please join the NJEA Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Committee for a free bunch on Nov. 6, 2014 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the NJEA Convention. Learn what NJEA resources are available to members and leaders for self-education, member education and advocacy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) members and students. For questions, contact Yvonne Holmes at 609-599-4561 Ext. 2235. Sign in and register

Invite the Cat in the Hat to your school
The Cat in the Hat comes back…and he’s just in time to help your school celebrate NEA’s Read Across America!  NJEA members can now request a visit from the Cat himself right online. The deadline to invite the Cat is Nov. 14.

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FALL SAVINGS
NEA members get 20% off and free shipping on orders of $25 or more when using the promo code NEAMB at smilemakers.com.  Now is a great time to order for the fall season.

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.

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

Small local association plays big role
The Washington Education Association is a small, inclusive local in Warren County that had a vision to play a bigger part in its community and in the lives of its members. Under the leadership of WEA President Ann Kaspereen, NJEA UniServ field rep Kim Cowing, and NJEA UniServ consultant Jennifer Larsen, WEA formed the Positive Relationship Committee last June and put together a plan for the coming school year.

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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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