A union call to scale back school testing
Do 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.
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.
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Camden's Unity Community Center recently honored NJEA UniServ Representative Joyce Beverly (center) and Dr. Walter C. Farrell Jr. (right), professor of public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for NJEA's community organizing efforts to save public education in Camden. Producer and director Kevin Williams was also honored for his NJEA sponsored documentary, "Tragedy to Triumph," which identifies the obstacles overcome by Camden City School students and the contributions made by Camden Education Association members to their success.
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.
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.
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.
Jane Donio-Enscoe, a senior at Hammonton High School in Atlantic County, is the NJEA 97.5 The Fanatic South Jersey Scholar Athlete of the Week.
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.
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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