Put children ahead of charter lobby

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued this statement today, ahead of a State Board of Education meeting where the agenda includes discussion of relaxed charter school regulations being pushed by Gov. Christie on behalf of the charter school lobby: “The State Board of Education should refuse to move forward with new charter school regulations being sought by the Christie administration. Those proposed regulations, which Gov. Christie began pushing after meeting with the charter lobby, are deeply flawed."

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January 2017

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NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting

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Online Pension Webinar

February 2017

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NJEA Priority Schools Winter Conference

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NJEA Executive Committee Meeting

INSIGHT & OPINION
NEWS
FOCUS NJEA

Editorial

We’re not disappointed. We’re outraged.

“Disappointed” is the wrong word to use when reacting to the nomination of billionaire ideologue Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education. Disappointed would imply that we expected something better from President-elect Donald Trump. The next president has given us very little evidence that we should expect better from him. Read More

NJEA Conferences

Google Boot Camp

In support of the Women’s March on New Jersey, to be held in Trenton on January 21, we have postponed the Level One Google Educator Boot Camp (sponsored by NJEA and Kiker Learning) until Saturday March 11. Learn more

Winter Leadership Conference

NJEA brings its popular Winter Leadership conferences to three locations throughout the state. These overnight conferences are dedicated to developing association advocates. All levels of association leaders—from seasoned veterans to new members—will benefit from the specialized training and networking opportunities offered at NJEA’s Winter Leadership conferences. Learn more

ESP Conference

The 2017 NJEA Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year will be honored at the 43rd annual NJEA ESP Conference held Feb. 3-5, 2017 at the Hilton East Brunswick. NJEA will also confer the ESP Career Achievement and Friend of ESP awards there. Learn more

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Princeton

NJEA and Princeton football recognized three of the county teachers of the year on Saturday during halftime of the Princeton-Dartmouth game. Terry Kuhnreich (Cumberland County), Jennifer Schoepflin (Gloucester County), and Julie Wright (Camden County) were honored on the field. Princeton football offered all NJEA members four free tickets with their NJEA card.

Frevert

Somerville second grade teacher receives $25,000 Milken Educator Award

When Somerville's Van Derveer Elementary School second grade teacher Lindsay Frevert walked into a school-wide assembly on Thursday, Oct. 20, she had no idea she would be walking out with a prestigious Milken Educator Award, recognizing her commitment to her students and their families. Frevert is the newest recipient of the $25,000 cash Award, hailed by Teacher magazine as the "Oscars of Teaching." She is the sole recipient in New Jersey this year and the first from Somerville Public Schools. Learn more

Foss

NJEA, local radio honor NJEA members

NJEA has partnered with Thunder 106 and B 98.5 to recognize the significant contributions our members make in the lives of their students. Read why Gina Foss, a teacher from Ridgeway Elementary School, was chosen as the Thunder 106 School Spirit Award winner for September. Read more

Paul

Coaching students to success

Paul Reagle is a paraprofessional at Sterling High School in Camden County. He’s also served as a baseball coach and football coach. When he’s not on the field, he is coaching students to become better readers through the Read 180 programs and shadowing special needs students in the workplace as a job coach. Read more

PARTNERSHIPS

Night at the Devils

Feb. 3 is NJEA Night at the Devils!

Attention New Jersey devils fans: Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 pm is NJEA night with the Devils as they take on the Calgary Flames. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation which provides grants for innovative projects to NJEA members. Tickets start at $32.22. The first 200 people will receive a limited edition Devils tote bag. Educators will be recognized throughout the game. To take advantage of this special offer, visit newjerseydevils.com/teachers and use the special code: TEACHER.

Alzheimer’s New Jersey Essay Contest

Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease impacts over 500,000 people in New Jersey?  That includes individuals who have the disease and family caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Alzheimer’s New Jersey would like to recognize students who are making a difference in the New Jersey fight against Alzheimer’s disease.  Contest deadline is March 31.  Learn more

NJEA and the Philadelphia Soul football team have partnered to recognize NJEA members and offer a reading program to students. NJEA members can nominate a fellow member to be the NJEA/Soul VIP of the game. Reading with the Soul is a great way to encourage students to read over the holiday break and beyond! Read More

New Jersey Hall of Fame Essay Contest Announced

Who belongs in the New Jersey Hall of Fame? The New Jersey Hall of Fame wants your students to participate in the decision-making process. New Jersey public school students are invited to participate in the N.J. Hall of Fame Essay Contest. Students are asked to nominate potential inductees – living or dead – to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Contest deadline is March 15.  Learn more

Meet the NJEA, Eagles All-Pro Educators

NJEA and Eagles Radio are pleased to announce the NJEA/Eagles Radio All-Pro Educators of the Week. NJEA and Eagles Radio partnered to recognize some of the dedicated professionals who make New Jersey Public Schools great for every child. Learn more

News 12

Nominate scholar athletes for NJEA/News 12 program

NJEA and News 12 New Jersey are seeking high school students who excel both academically and athletically. The NJEA/News 12 Scholar Athlete Recognition Program honors New Jersey high school seniors who are successful not only in the classroom, but on the court or on the field. Deadline is March 3.  Learn more

Other Blogs/Sites

Headline News

On the Web

Snapchat

Teachers are using Snapchat in the classroom
A small but growing group of teachers is using the social media app as a way to push more learning outside of the classroom and onto students' smartphones. What educational value could it possibly have? Check out these ways teachers are using Snapchat for instruction. Learn more More On-the-web resources

NJREA

NJE A Sept 2016 Newsleter

We got a facelift!

NJREA’s award-winning publication, the NJREA Newsletter, has always been the source for retirees to get information on the latest advocacy opportunities and find out more about the issues that affect them.  Now it has a new look to match its straight-talk attitude, with more action photos, a cleaner layout, and unique quarterly features .  Be sure to check out yet another reason why folks call NJREA “the daytime face of NJEA.” 

Spiller joins advocates in defense of ACA

Cites harm to students if health law repealed

Sean Spiller

NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller joined a coalition of labor, civil rights, religions, business, and public health advocates at a Statehouse press conference today to call on Congress not to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The incoming presidential administration has said it wants to repeal ACA quickly, and congress has begun taking steps in that direction.

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MORE ISSUES & ACTION

2017 Legislative Dinners

County legislative dinners are an excellent way to learn about hot educational issues, meet yourstate lawmakers face-to-face and share your thoughts about making public education even better. For further details, contact your county education association office, county association president or county government relations chairperson. Read More

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Blistan calls on legislators to fully fund school aid formula

Spiller testifies to Assembly Ed

Marie Blistan
NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan today called on members of the Joint Committee on Public Schools to commit to fully funding the state’s existing school funding formula, known as SFRA. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Tell the Senate to Dump DeVos

Wear red to support public education
Betsy DeVos—President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of education—has no experience with public education. She's never worked as an educator or in a public school in any capacity. She didn't attend public schools, and did not send her children to public schools. As a result of public scrutiny, her confirmation was already delayed once. Now it’s been rescheduled for January 17, so we need to keep the pressure on. Click through for ways to do that. Read More

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Seats available on NJEA buses to Women's March on Washington

Women's March on Washington
Additional seats are available on NJEA buses leaving from Trenton (Arm & Hammer Park) and South Jersey (Deptford Mall) to the Women’s March on Washington on Sat., Jan. 21. If you are interested in going, email Toni Boyle at aboyle@njea.org by noon Tuesday, Jan.17 and indicate your departure location. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Buses are for NJEA members only.

MORE NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Rising grad rate shows NJ schools succeeding

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NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued this statement regarding the announcement today that New Jersey’s excellent high school graduation rate continues to climb. “New Jersey’s rising graduation rate is great news, and it shows that our public schools are succeeding. New Jersey has long been at or near the top of the nation when it comes to graduation, but that fact that the rate keeps increasing shows that we never rest on our laurels." Read More

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Christie misleads again on pensions, charters

State of State ignores true agenda, legacy

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer released this statement to challenge Gov. Christie’s misleading statements about public charter schools and pension funding in today’s State of the State address: “Gov.  Christie should tell the truth about his charter school agenda. He’s not trying to make New Jersey’s public charter schools more innovative or more effective.  He’s trying to make them less accountable." Read More

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The Real State of Our State

NJEA, advocacy groups look to future ahead of governor’s address

Wendell Steinhauer
As the governor prepared for his final State of the State address, NJEA joined advocacy groups from across the state to participate in an event to illustrate the “Real State of Our State.” Hosted by Better Choices for New Jersey, the press conference touched on a wide variety of issues--from the environment to economics to education--highlighting the governor’s neglect over the past seven years. Read More

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Women's March on NJ

Women's March on NJ

On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, we will unite in Trenton, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to rally in solidarity with those at the Women’s March on Washington in Washington D.C. Join women and their supporters as we stand together in unity with over 150 sister marches nationwide and globally. Learn more    REGISTER

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Amendments to charter school regulations still regressive

The NJ State Board of Education recently released some amendments to their proposed changes to the charter school regulations. While NJEA appreciates the attempt to address at least a few of the concerns with the proposed regulations, they remain regressive and harmful, and would be detrimental to New Jersey’s successful education system, built on accountable, high achieving public schools. Read More

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Join educator group in tour of Holocaust sites

Holocaust Tour

As a result of a contribution from NJEA, the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education is able to coordinate a trip for educators to the infamous sites of the Holocaust, July 19-Aug. 3, 2017. The total grant will be utilized to provide partial scholarships to members for their participation. Participants will travel to Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and Holland.

Learn more and register.

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Register for the NJEA Legislative Conference

2017 Legislative Conference
What happens in the schoolhouse is affected by what happens in the Statehouse. That’s why when it comes to legislation and politics,  it’s vital that NJEA members get educated, get organized and get involved.  The 2017 NJEA Walter J. O’Brien Legislative and Political Action Conference provides you with an opportunity for all three. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Doubletree by Hilton Somerset Hotel and Conference Center. Read More

MORE ISSUES & ACTION

Members organize to strengthen networks, local unions

Early career members take charge of regional organizing

Kingsway EA
On Tuesday, Dec. 13, NJEA members from across South Jersey came together to share ideas, discover great discounts and get some holiday shopping done. Hosted by an off-shoot of NJEA’s early career network known as Team South, “NJEA for the Holidays” sought to bring together early career educators from throughout the region. Read More

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njea.org - coming soon

Coming in early 2017, a new njea.org! Designed with members in mind, the new site will be mobile responsive, with easy access to update profile, access member benefits, stay informed and take action from any mobile device. njea.org/comingsoon.

FEATURED

Treasurer Sean Spiller present Sharon Berry and Dwayne Livingston

NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller present Sharon Berry and Dwayne Livingston of Project Redirect with a contribution to continue their work to foster academic and social skill development of children in the Newark community and lower the incidences of juvenile delinquency, child abuse, and domestic violence.

DON'T MISS

NJEA Scholar Athlete Recognition Campaign

Nominate South Jersey Scholar Athletes

NJEA and 97.5/the Fanatic have teamed up to recognize New Jersey public high school students who make the grade in their classrooms and on the field. If you are a parent, teacher, or coach who would like to nominate a South Jersey Scholar Athlete, learn how.

Kids Club Logo

Looking for some family fun? 

Looking for some fun shows to enjoy with your kids like Disney on Ice, The Harlem Globetrotters, or Monster Truck events? You can enroll your children in the free Sun National Bank Center Kids Club presented by NJEA for exclusive access to VIP Experiences, Ticket Discounts, Special Offers, and much more! Learn more

Arete

New Jersey Hall of Fame and New Jersey Education Association renew scholarships challenging students to realize their best

The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) together with the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announces the renewal of the “Arête Scholarship” which each year grants a $5,000 scholarship to a male and a female New Jersey high school graduate. The recipients are recognized at the annual New Jersey Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony on May 7, 2017. Scholarship applications are due on March 17, 2017. Learn more

Sustainable Jersey

New Grants Announced to Fund NJ School and District Sustainability Projects

Sustainable Jersey for Schools announces new grants funded by PSE & G. Applications are due by Feb. 3, 2017 for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant program, which provides opportunities for New Jersey public schools and school districts to implement sustainability projects. Learn more

Mary Higgins Clark

The Legacy Project

The next issue of the NJHOF Legacy Project celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of Mary Higgins Clark, New Jersey’s Literary Treasure.

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SPOTLIGHT

Cedar Grove

NJEA colleagues, community support Cedar Grove educators

Staff and students displaced by asbestos contamination. A districtwide construction project in the Cedar Grove School District last summer led to asbestos contamination at North End Elementary School. The episode caused the loss of many classroom resources and the displacement of staff and students. Learn more

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

January savings on Dell

Purchase a Dell PC for $499 or more and receive $50 off.  Use coupon code:  Exclusive50off499 or Purchase a Dell for $999 or more and receive $100 off.  Use coupon code: Exclusive100off99 . See flier for details.


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


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

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Video games in the classroom:
Less work and more play for learning

If everyone who grew up with an Atari, Nintendo or a PlayStation had a dollar for the number of times they were told, “Video games rot your brain!” my guess would be that they could retire a few years earlier. The truth, however, is just the opposite. Today, adults make up just as large a proportion of gamers as students. Furthermore, with more and more employers hiring independent game companies to build video games to train staff, the video game industry isn’t just for playtime anymore. Read More