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One of the hallmarks of our Association has always been our shared commitment to providing an excellent education in a safe, nurturing environment for every child in New Jersey’s public schools. That is why it is so disturbing to learn that some schools in New Jersey have lead in their drinking water.
We will win on pension funding
NJEA and other public employee unions in New Jersey have embarked on a campaign to pass a constitutional amendment that will enshrine a pension funding requirement in the state constitution. We have already succeeded in the first step. In January, on the last week of the last legislative session, the state Senate and Assembly passed a resolution to put that amendment before voters on Nov. 8.
NJEA Summer Institute
Join us on Tuesday, July 12, for the 2016 Summer Professional Learning Institute being held at the Holiday Inn of East Windsor. This professional development session will engage teacher leaders in activating their classroom experiences into conversations around cultural competence. Learn more
Edison Twp. EA member receives California Casualty athletics grant
Edison High School is the recipient of $1000 from the California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program thanks to Edison Twp. EA member and Bowling Coach Tracie Smith. Edison High is one of 86 public high schools in 34 states to receive a total of $102,500. Read more
Metuchen social studies teacher honored for human rights activism
Evan Robbins, a Social Studies teacher at Metuchen High School, was recently awarded the 2016 Human Rights Activist Award from Kean University’s Human Rights Intstitute. In 2006, he and his students created the Breaking the Chain club in an effort to rescue trafficked children in the fishing industry in Ghana, West Africa. Read more
Union City science teacher receives accolades
Paul Orbe, a science teacher at the Academy for Enrichment and Advancement in Union City, and a member of the Union City Education Association, was recently awarded the NSTA-Bayer Fellowship from the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and the Urban Science Educator Development Award from the NSTA and Shell. 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. Anna Marie Cooney provides in-class support for students at Monongahela Middle School in Deptford Township. She raised her children in Deptford and has worked in the district since 1991. She and her husband have traveled to all fifty states.
NJEA has partnered with Thunder 106 and B 98.5 to recognize the significant contributions our members make in the lives of their students. In his nomination, this is what one parent had to say about Sally Flannery, a special needs preschool teacher from Brick. “Miss Sally Flannery exemplifies the true definition of "School Spirit" by being an extraordinary Special Needs preschool teacher in the Brick school district and going way beyond what her job requires. My wife and I have been very lucky to have our son in Miss Flannery's class, and her hard work and love for the children is evident in the growth of our son.” Read more
Students can honor school heroes
The Trenton Thunder baseball team and the New Jersey Education Association are once again sponsoring a student essay contest open to all New Jersey public school students.
The topic of the contest is “My hero works at school.” Students are encouraged to write a short, but thoughtful essay about a school employee who has positively impacted them. Essays should be no more than 250 words. Submissions must be received by June 3. Learn more
The Philadelphia Soul arena football team, based in Voorhees, are Philadelphia’s winningest team since 2004. In partnership with NJEA, the Soul are visiting schools with their “Activate Your Soul” school program and they invite every school in New Jersey to join them in helping keep our children active and healthy. Learn more
NJEA members invited to Rock vs. Jocks game
The Philadelphia Soul is coming to Trenton and they want NJEA member there to cheer them on! The Soul is offering NJEA members special pricing - $30 lower level tickets for just $20! The Soul usually plays at the Wells Fargo Cneter in Philadelphia, but since the venue will be hosting the Democratic National Convention, the Philadelphia Soul will play their Saturday, June 11 game at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, NJ. Kickoff for the game is set for 3 p.m. Learn more
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