Early results of PARCC testing in NJ? Widespread misery
Parents, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you submitted a photo using the NJEA app? Check out the SNappSHOTS gallery to see if your photo made the cut!
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.
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