Not in New Jersey
Back in 2009, Chris Christie slipped into the governor's office by 80,000 votes, winning only 49 percent of the vote in a three-way race. For the next four years, NJEA members learned that elections have consequences. This governor has defunded our classrooms, cost thousands of us our jobs, unilaterally imposed higher pension and health care costs, and insulted and demeaned us on a regular basis. But this time, even though he won re-election, NJEA and its members won a huge victory of their own - working tirelessly over the course of many months to help elect a pro-public education Legislature that should ensure that New Jersey will not become the next Wisconsin.
Poverty is not an excuse, but it matters.
At the 2013 NJEA Convention, Commissioner Chris Cerf said again what he said two years ago: that poverty matters. And then, just like two years ago, he quickly contradicted himself. “The idea that anybody thinks that poverty doesn’t matter is inconceivable,” Cerf said. “Of course it matters. Of course it is a huge predictor of academic and educational success. There’s no doubt. But it’s also true that schools matter.” In fact, it is true that the teacher has the most significant in-school impact on student achievement.
American Heart Association applauds Hillsborough teacher - Hillsborough physical education teacher Rich Rosenblum was recently recognized by the American Heart Association for his exceptional commitment and dedication to the Hoops For Heart fundraising program. Rosemblum took over hosting the initiative last year and by engaging his students, raised a record-breaking $11,194 to support the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. Read more
Glassboro teacher chosen for Philadelphia Zoo Teacher Advisory Council
Sonya Harris, special education teacher at Dorothy L. Bullock Elementary school in Glassboro, has been chosen to sit on the 2015 Teacher Advisory Council at the Philadelphia Zoo, where she will interact with the zoo animals, go behind the scenes with zoo keepers and help develop curriculum that teachers can use in the classroom. Read more
Photo: Chris Crisman
Free tutoring for military kids
In honor of our country's youngest heroes, Galloway Township teacher Terry Dougherty and her organization provide free tutoring to military kids, ensuring that they don't fall behind in school when their family moves. Family Circle magazine took notice. Read more
The New Jersey Department of Education has launched an online Educator Resource Exchange – NJCore.org. The site contains over 2,000 resources for teachers -- including lesson plans, activities, videos, curricula and assessments -- for teaching to the Common Core State Standards that are being phased in by the state over the next several years. The site also allows educators to post their own resources and rate resources posted by others.
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