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March 2015

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NJEA Priority Schools Statewide Conference

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting/CPC

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NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting

April 2015

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting

INSIGHT & OPINION
NEWS
FOCUS NJEA

Early results of PARCC testing in NJ? Widespread misery

On The TableParents, students and educators do not like the impact the PARCC tests are having on their public schools and they are organizing to push back. The signs of mounting discontent are everywhere, including this op-ed penned jointly by NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer and Susan Cauldwell, a member of Save Our Schools NJ and executive director of Save Our Schools NJ Community Organizing. Read the op-ed here. Read More

Pensions & Benefits Resources

EDITORIAL

The state should support parents’ right to refuse  high-stakes standardized testing
Two-thirds of New Jersey parents of public school students—and more than half of the general public in the state—believe that parents should have the right to refuse high-stakes standardized tests for their children. That’s what NJEA learned when it commissioned the poll published in the February NJEA Review. NJEA believes that the state Legislature should make sure parents have that right. Read More

Evaluation Resources

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Colleen Leslie
ESP member wins school lounge makeover
California Casualty, provider of the NEA® Auto and Home Insurance Program, recently presented a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® to Apshawa Elementary School in West Milford, New Jersey. The makeover was won by school secretary Colleen Leslie. Read More

Win a school lounge makeover

Christina Cucci

NJ library media specialist selected as emerging leader
The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL), the professional organization for school librarians in the state of New Jersey, has announced that Christina Cucci, Library Media Specialist at Reynolds School in Upper Saddle River, NJ, has been selected to participate in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 class of Emerging Leaders. Read More

PARTNERSHIPS

Michael & Olive Giles

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

SnappShots
Have you submitted a photo using the NJEA app? Check out the SNappSHOTS gallery to see if your photo made the cut!

INNOVATION IN EDUCATION

Digital Learning Day
Imagine traveling the world and connecting with experts on a multitude of topics without leaving the classroom. Thanks to Google Hangout, students at Edith Ort Thomas Elementary School in Frenchtown participate in Digital Learning Day. 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

NJEA, other unions back in court over pension funding

Wendell Steinhauer

Following Gov. Christie’s budget address last week, where he announced his intention to violate the state’s pension funding law again next year, NJEA joined with other public employee unions to go back to court to enforce the law. 

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MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Build a brighter tomorrow…read!

Read Across America
It’s that time of year again! That’s right, NJEA members, it’s time to don your red and white stovepipe hats and join the nationwide celebration of reading.  Read More

MORE PARENTS & COMMUNITY

The Other PARCC

Parents Advocating Refusal on High-Stakes Testing

NJEA response to budget address

“We are deeply disappointed”

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released the following statement in response to Gov. Christie’s budget address earlier today: "Throughout our discussions with the commission, we have focused on policy approaches that will benefit the state and our members. Unfortunately, today politics trumped policy. NJEA is deeply disappointed that Gov. Christie overstated the nature of the understanding we reached with the commission after many months of conversation." Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

PARCC bill passes Assembly

Senate must act next

Assembly vote
On Monday, Feb. 23 the Assembly voted 63-7 to pass A-4190, a bill to stop most high-stakes uses of PARCC for three years.  The overwhelming bipartisan support for the bill reflects the broad concern among parents, educators and voters about the harmful consequences of PARCC. Now it is up to the Senate to pass its version of the bill, S-2768. CONTACT YOUR SENATOR TODAY! Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Assembly Ed Committee hears test reform bills

NJEA supports parent rights, high-stakes moratorium

Marie Blistan
NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan joined educators, parents and other child advocates today to testify in favor of three bills designed to slow down New Jersey’s headlong rush into high-stakes testing. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

NJEA supports innovative healthcare proposal

Spiller: “I’m pleased we are moving forward”

Sean Spiller
Earlier today, NJEA participated in a press conference called by Senate President Steve Sweeney to announce a proposal for a new approach to providing high-quality, affordable health care to public employees in New Jersey. NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller spoke on behalf of NJEA in support of Sen. Sweeney’s approach to health care reform. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Minority Leadership Conference set for April 24-25

Minority Leadership & Recruitment Conference

The presentation of the 2015 Ethnic Minority Affairs & Leadership Image Award and the 2015 Equality Champion Award will kick off this year’s NJEA Minority Leadership and Recruitment Conference on April 24-25.

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MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

"Classroom Close-Up, NJ" nominated for Emmy Awards

Classroom Close-Up, NJ
NJEA’s Classroom Close-up, NJ has been nominated for three New York Emmy Awards. The awards will be announced at the 58th Annual New York Emmy® Awards Gala on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Read More

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Don’t miss April’s Higher Ed Conference

20/20 View of Higher Education
The NJEA Higher Education Conference will be held on April 17-18, at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Village. The conference begins with registration and workshops at 1 p.m. on Friday followed by additional workshops, dinner and the keynote address. Read More

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Jordan Matthews celebrates student success

The students at Deerfield Township Elementary School in Rosenhayn, NJ, enjoyed a pep rally with wide receiver Jason Matthews, Bobby Mansure and the Eagles Pep Band , and Swoop. The students are the grand prize winners of a contest sponsored by NJEA and Eagles Radio. Read More

MORE PARENTS & COMMUNITY

Wendell Steinhauer

Monday, March 2, is Read Across America Day, and for the 15th year running, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) is working to promote reading and literacy through Read Across America-NJ.

High-stakes testing

DON'T MISS

Teacher Institute Scholarships Available
This year the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Teacher Institute is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and thanks to the generosity of many donors, fully funded scholarships are available to attend this summer’s Institute.

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Parent Leadership and Advocacy Conference
Speak up! Take action! Create change! Mark your calendar for the Parent Leadership and Advocacy conference on Saturday, April 18 at Montclair University.  This conference will focus on enhancing meaningful Parent Leadership across New Jersey's early childhood, education, health, mental health, family support, human services and child welfare systems. Learn more and register

NOMINATIONS FOR IMAGE AWARD OPEN
NJEA is accepting nominations for the 2015 Ethnic Minority Affairs & Leadership Image Award, which honors members who have been champions of ethnic minority rights/issues and have significantly affected education and the achievement of equal opportunity for those facing discrimination due to their ethnicity.

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NOMINATIONS FOR EQUALITY CHAMPION AWARD OPEN
NJEA is accepting nominations for the 2015 Equality Champion Award, which honors members who have been champions in defense of human and civil rights that have significantly affected education and the achievement of equal opportunity for those facing discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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SPOTLIGHT

ACEA FAST hosts its first Family Involvement Conference
The Atlantic City Education Association teamed up with the NJEA Families and Schools Together Work for Children (FAST) program to present its first Family Involvement Conference to about 65 families on Nov. 15. The event’s theme “Strengthening the Family Unit” held true with organizers providing a busy day filled with nonstop activity for families, top-notch speakers for parents, and lasting memories for all.

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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 Savings Program

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.

ENTER WEB GIVEAWAY

NJREA

NEAToday cover story features NJREA
The New Jersey Retirees’ Education Association was recently featured in NEAToday Retired Magazine. The cover story, “In New Jersey, No Age limit for Activism,” details how NJREA is proof that a membership representing lifetimes of experience and a collective dedication to New Jersey public schools—along with support from NJEA—has breathed new life into campaigns that aim to significantly improve the lives of today’s teachers, education support professionals, and students. Read More

SCHOOL BUZZ

NJ Achieves Highest Increase in Nation for School Breakfast
New Jersey achieved the greatest rise in the nation in the percent of low-income students eating breakfast at school, according to a new national report released Feb. 10.

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