School employees and other public employees have committed their lives to public service with the expectation that their pensions would be available when they retire. Unfortunately, the state's failure to pay its share of pension system funding for the last decade has threatened this retirement security. Amending the state Constitution is the only way to ensure that the state meets its pension obligations. Contact your legislators and urge them to support the resolution to place this matter in the hands of the voters this November. Read More

June 2016

3

NJEA Executive Committee Meeting

3

NJEA Hipp Coordinators' Training

4

NEA-RA Statewide Caucus

29

NEA Retired Annual Meeting (Ends 6/30)

July 2016

20

NJEA Evaluation Information Session

INSIGHT & OPINION
NEWS
FOCUS NJEA

Stay informed on the issues that matter to you and affect your students

On The Table

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. 

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EDITORIAL

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. Read More

NJEA CONFERENCES

NJEA Summer Professional Learning Institute
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

Evaluation Resources

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

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

AnnaMaria

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.  Read More

PARTNERSHIPS

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

Trenton Thunder logoThe 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

Activate Your Soul

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

Soul KissThe 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

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

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Headline News

On the Web

NJWell

OpenEd.com is an online catalog of educational assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans aligned to every Common Core standard and several other standards. The site offers the ability for teachers to assign resources to their students online, allowing students to take assessments, do homework, etc. on their own computers or tablets. Resources are free, but a premium subscription is offered that grants access to content from leading publishers. More On the Web resources

Christie’s hypocrisy cannot hide his failures

Gov. Christie today touted a plan to double down on his failed charter school policies by increasing charter school expansion while lowering charter school accountability. NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer took the opportunity to remind New Jersey residents about Christie’s history of failed education policies that have hurt children.  Steinhauer released this statement: “Gov. Christie’s hypocrisy on public education knows no bounds. From his first days in office he has attacked public schools, demonized educators and slashed school budgets. He’s blatantly ignored New Jersey’s school funding formula, which is designed to ensure that New Jersey’s most vulnerable students have a real chance to succeed." Read More

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State BOE to hear final testimony on PARCC

Take Action
On Wednesday, June 1, the State Board of Education (SBOE) will be discussing the proposed changes to the New Jersey Standards and Assessment regulation code.  These changes include using the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) as a high school graduation requirement. If you want to share your concerns and urge the SBOE to change its course, then make plans to attend this very important meeting. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

NJEA: Support increased funding for higher education

A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that New Jersey has reduced higher education funding by 23.2 percent – or $2,281 per student – since 2008. According to the report, “Funding Down, Tuition Up,” New Jersey is one of only 11 states that cut higher education in 2015-16. Read More

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Stop edTPA in New Jersey

StopEdTPA
The New Jersey Board of Education is being asked to pass a resolution adopting the edTPA, a costly, unproven performance assessment for novice teachers to receive certification. There is no research with empirical evidence in support of the exam’s benefits. Sign the petition today urging the New Jersey Department of Education to act now to eliminate the edTPA from the teacher certification process in New Jersey. Read More

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NJEA: Yes, let’s get politics out of education

Professional educators get great results in New Jersey

Wendell Steinhauer
Gov. Christie today criticized education in New Jersey as being “much too much about politics and much too little about results.” He got the first part of that statement right. The Christie administration has politicized education to an alarming degree through divisive rhetoric, harmful policies and severe funding failures.  Despite the challenges created by those politically motivated attacks, however, New Jersey’s public schools continue to succeed. Read More

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NEA President, Sen. Diegnan honored by Ed Law Center


NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia provided the keynote address at the Education Law Center’s 7th Annual Education Justice Lecture at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in New Brunswick. Read More

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Educators, parents join forces to demand accountability—and succeed

SBEA: We all deserve a district worthy of respect

South Brunswick EA
Frustrated by the South Brunswick Board of Education’s inaction in the face of dozens of questionable district decisions and numerous community concerns raised in the last two years, hundreds of local residents, parents, educators and elected officials converged outside of the Crossroads North Middle School yesterday to demand accountability and action. Read More

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NJEA on PARCC case settlement: Good first step, more work to do

Heidi Maria Brown

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement regarding the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Education Law Center challenging the New Jersey Department of Education’s imposition of the PARCC test as a high-stakes graduation requirement for the Class of 2016

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Don’t let students go hungry this summer!


Many students rely on school meals to get the nutrition they need to grow, be healthy and succeed in school. In the summer, these children lack access to those meals and families struggle to put food on the table. The federal summer meals program provides a solution to summertime hunger for kids. But last year, just 19 percent of eligible NJ kids received these meals. Read More

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NJEA condemns equal pay veto

Blistan:"Highlights need for strong unions"

NJEA Leadership Team
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer and Secretary -Treasurer Sean M. Spiller today joined NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan in condemning Gov. Christie’s veto of equal pay legislation.  Blistan had earlier spoken in favor of the legislation, which had passed both houses of the Legislature by large margins. Read More

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NJEA, SOSNJ oppose PARCC as graduation requirement

Call for three-year moratorium

Marie Blistan
Today, as the State Board of Education convened to hear public testimony on a wide variety of issues, NJEA and Save Our Schools NJ (SOSNJ) held a joint press conference to focus attention on the dangers of using Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) as a graduation requirement. Read More

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Five NJ high schools ranked in Nation's top 100

U.S. News & World Report released its rankings for the top high schools in the country. Five of those schools represented in the Top 100 are located in New Jersey. Learn more

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NJEA election results are in

NJEA members have elected state and county representatives to the NJEA Executive Committee, NJEA Delegate Assembly (and Alternates), and NEA Representative Assembly in some counties and units, as well as some county association offices. Click through for complete election results. Read More

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NJEA statement on PARCC's Technology Failure

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued the following statement regarding the technology breakdown that halted the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing across New Jersey today:

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NJEA letter of support to Verizon workers

The following letter was sent in solidarity to Bob Speer, President, IBEW 827 from NJEA’s leadership team:  To express our solidarity with you, your members, and all 40,000 workers striking against Verizon for its anti-labor practices and its failure to negotiate a strong, competitive contract that honors the work of the CWA and IBEW members who help make the company so profitable.  

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Gloucester City's Bright New Future

A new middle school in Gloucester City will soon provide students there with better educational opportunities. The state-of-the-art facility will replace the long-serving Mary Ethel Costello School.

High-stakes testing

DON'T MISS

Morey’s Piers Teacher Appreciation Day

Sunday, June 5, Morey’s Piers is proud to celebrate teachers and school administrators throughout our region with a special day in their honor.  Educators receive a complimentary admission to Morey’s Piers, Ocean Oasis and Raging Waters for the entire day! Learn more

NJEA Summer Fellowship
NJEA Summer Organizing Fellowship Program

This July, NJEA will be launching its first-ever paid summer fellowship program. Those selected to serve as NJEA Summer Fellows will gain firsthand experience in political organizing and will have the opportunity to work with NJEA staff and fellow members on this year’s Constitutional Amendment campaign. Learn More

Show your support for Rutgers' Eric LeGrand

This year marks the sixth anniversary of Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand's devastating spinal injury that left him paralyzed. He is inviting NJEA members and other supporters to join him on Sunday, June 5, 2016, for the 6th Annual A Walk to Believe 5K Run and Fun Walk. Read more

Edcamp - Reimagining Learning: The time is now!

Join members of NJPSA/FEA, NJASCD, and The Madison Institute on Wednesday, July 27 at the NJPSA/FEA Conference Center  in Monroe Township for this exciting professional learning opportunity for teachers and school and district leaders in New Jersey. Learn more

The Legacy Project

The next issue of the NJHOF Legacy Project celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of NFL Hall of Eric LeGrand, a former American football defensive tackle that played college football at Rutgers University. LeGrand became paralyzed while making a tackle in October 2010 but has since regained movement in his shoulders and sensation throughout his body through his hard work and determination.

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SPOTLIGHT

Olson

WBCB spotlights NJEA members

Trenton radio station WBCB 1490AM has been interviewing NJEA members during high school baseball games in Mercer County. The station caught up with special education teacher Heidi Olson at a recent game.  HeadphonesListen

Chester language arts teacher selected as 2016 NJAMLE Educator of the Year

CLASSROOM CLOSE-UP, NJ

Classroom Close-Up, NJ

Classroom Close-up, NJ is a half-hour television program that features innovative projects in New Jersey public schools. The 14-time Emmy® award-winning show is in its 22nd season and airs on NJTV every Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 11:30 p.m.; and Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. Visit classroomcloseup.org to learn more and search the video library to see thousands of stories that have aired over the past two decades.

MEMBER BENEFITS

Office Depot Office Max

Office Depot and OfficeMax are now one company! NJEA Members can save up to 80% on over 93,000 products. Great for your printing, cleaning and office needs. Shop online or in any Office Depot or OfficeMax store. Enjoy FREE next-day delivery on online orders over $50! Click here to shop online or print off a FREE Store Purchasing Card.

Dell Memorial Day Sale

NJEA Members save on incredible doorbusters starting at 11 a.m. EST 5/23 - 5/25. Shop incredible deals on PCs, electronics and accessories through 6/1. Visit dell.com/njea. Details

NEA Member Appreciation Style Giveaway

May is Member Appreciation Month at neamb.com. Visit neamb.com and enter to win a $1000 style giveaway. Members can enter daily through May 31, 2016 for a chance to win. 

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.


Switch to AT&T and Get a $200 bill credit

Thinking of switching your wireless carrier? NJEA members can take advantage of a limited-time offer from AT&T for customers in PA, DE, and NJ.  Get a $200 bill credit when you buy a smartphone with AT&T Next. Details

NEA Savings Program

BankMobile

BankMobile is a new member benefit for NJEA members and families.  You can now have all of your banking services available on your mobile device.  The big difference is that BankMobile does not charge any fees – at all. Learn more

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.

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TOOLBOX

Tour your learning with Tour Builder

Some people will say that maps are dead, but they can be one of our most valuable educational tools. Now, instead of unfolding a map, we can unfold our students' curiosities. Whether you are teaching ancient civilizations or “The Watson’s Go to Birmingham,” help your students plot a course that will build a greater understanding of our world by using Tour Builder.

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NJREA

NJREA Selfie

NJREA at the NEA-R Leadership Conference in San Diego.