On National ESP Day, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) celebrates the work and achievements of its 54,000 members who are Educational Support Professionals (ESPs) in our state’s public schools.  ESPs include secretaries, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, lunch aides, security guards, custodians, maintenance workers, and computer technicians among a host of other job categories. Read More

December 2015


NJEA Executive Committee Meeting

January 2016


NJEA Priority Schools Winter Conference


NJEA Executive Committee Meeting/CPC


NJEA Delegate Assembly Meeting


'No' to further pension reform

On The Table

NJEA members want to elect legislators who are willing to fund their pensions. That fact seems to confound legislators like Jon Bramnick, the Assembly Republican leader and a potential gubernatorial candidate, and Declan O’Scanlon, another Republican assemblyman, both of whom say the state can’t afford to fund public pensions and are calling NJEA and other unions to “negotiate” further pension reform. Read NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer's op-ed in the Asbury Park Press to learn why that’s not going to happen.

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Editorial Nov 2015

Teacher leader law an important step toward taking back the profession
On its surface, a new state law that creates a teacher leader endorsement to the instructional certificate may not seem like a big deal. But to a profession beleaguered by a misguided accountability movement and victimized by corporate education reform, New Jersey P.L.2015, c.111. could be a very, very big deal. In fact, it is a critical step toward returning teachers to an exalted position in our schools.  Read More


Winter Leadership Conferences
NJEA brings its popular Winter Leadership Conferences to three locations throughout the state, beginning with WLC Central at the Hilton East Brunswick on Dec. 11-12 (Registration deadline: Oct. 26). All levels of association leaders - from seasoned veterans to new members - will benefit from the specialized training and networking opportunities offered at these conferences. Read More

The 2016 NJEA Central Regional Health & Safety Conference will be held on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at New Jersey Education Association Headquarters in Trenton NJ. The conference is open to all NJEA members in the central region at no cost and is limited to the first 70 participants.  Learn more

Nominate a human rights advocate

Nomination forms and documentation for the NJEA Human Rights Award are due Dec. 7, 2015. Awards will be presented at the NJEA Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Dinner next January. Nominees may be an individual, group or organization working in the area of civil rights, and if eligible, NJEA members. Learn more

Evaluation Resources


Moreno 2015 MilkenNJ teacher wins national teaching award
Health sciences teacher Kimberly Moreno from Union City High School was recently honored as an outstanding New Jersey educator and received the $25,000 Milken Educator Award at a surprise schoolwide assembly. The prestigious award recognizes the exceptional work of this educator as a model for the state and the nation. Read More

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Keith Mason, teacher of Italian at New Providence High School, has published an article titled "Such Spirit Through the Years: Guaraldi's Peanuts Music Turns 50" in the September 2015 issue of School Band & Orchestra. (Photo: nj.com) Read More

Mautone NEA

Mark Mautone, a science teacher at Wallace Elementary School in Hoboken, will receive the 2016 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of public education’s most prestigious awards. Mautone is among 42 public school educators who will be honored. Read more


Seton Hall Teacher appreciation from Seton Hall Athletics.  Each year Seton Hall Athletics likes to honor the teachers who are making a difference in the surrounding area. This year, Seton Hall Athletics will be honoring 10 teachers and the students who nominated them during an on court ceremony when the Men’s Basketball team hosts Georgia on November 28. We are asking current and former students to nominate their favorite “Teacher All Stars.” The nominations need to be made before November 20. Read more

Nominate an educator who is making a difference in your life

NJEA and Z100 have partnered to recognize the important work educators have in the lives of their students. Students - with the help of a parent - can nominate an educator to be recognized. The student who writes the winning entry gets two tickets to the Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York, the educator wins $1,000, and the parent wins a spa day! For details, visit z100.com. Listen Headphones

News 12 New Jersey seeks the best and brightest seniors from New Jersey high schools for its SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE WEEKNews 12 New Jersey is currently accepting nomination applications from high school athletic directors and/or coaches, detailing the accomplishments of their nominees. Read more

The sky’s the limit

Nancy Cogland is a paraprofessional in Old Bridge at the Jonas Salk Middle School. She helps her middle school students navigate the complexities of adolescence. She instills a sense of self-confidence in her students so they know that the sky’s the limit. Read More

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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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

NJEA sues state over post-retirement medical benefits premium sharing

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On Oct. 30, 2015, NJEA filed a petition with the Superior Court of New Jersey in Mercer County on behalf of three members who have been charged by the Division of Pensions and Benefits to pay a portion of the premium for their post-retirement medical benefits. Read More


Educator of the year nominations now open

Know an outstanding teacher or educational services professional?  Put him or her in the running for the next Educator of the Year.  The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) recently integrated New Jersey Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program and the Governor's Teacher/Educational Services Professionals Recognition Program into the Governor’s Educator of the Year (GEOY) Program. Read More


Testing laws a win for all

New protections in place for students

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued this statement following the enactment of two NJEA-supported laws earlier today that help protect students from overly intrusive standardized testing in New Jersey.  P.L.2015, c.134, prohibits administration of standardized assessments in kindergarten through second grade, while P.L.2015, c.157, prohibits withholding of state school aid based on student participation rates on state assessments.
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New NAEP scores show NJ far ahead

Strong results across every measure

National Assessment of Educational Progress
The new National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores are out, and they contain more good news for New Jersey’s parents, students and educators. Read More


Join educator group in tour of Holocaust sites

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, Tuesday, July 14 to Tuesday, July 29. 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 registerApplication deadline is Jan. 1, 2015.

NJEA commends plan to limit testing

Calls for USDOE to go even further

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement on Saturday that he wants to limit the amount of class time spent on testing students: "We are pleased that President Obama has acknowledged that over-testing our students is counterproductive to a healthy school learning environment.  His call to limit time spent on testing to no more than  two percent of total instructional time is a good first step." Read More


Blistan receives Labor Champion Award

Marie Blistan Labor Champion Award
NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan was presented with the Labor Champion Award at Emerge New Jersey’s First Annual Women of Achievement Gala on Oct. 1. Blistan was honored by Emerge New Jersey as an individual who has made significant strides within the Democratic community, particularly in the realm of organized labor. Read More


PARCC results reveal little about NJ schools

Wendell Steinhauer
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer made this statement today, following the release of statewide scores on last spring’s administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. Read More


Blistan testifies in support of full-day kindergarten

Marie Blistan
In late September, the state Senate Education Committee held a hearing dedicated to the issue of early childhood education. The committee chair, Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-29), has long recognized the critical importance of early learning from birth through kindergarten. NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan testified at the hearing. Read More


DOE to hold PARCC Conference

The New Jersey Department of Education, along with the New Jersey Educator Leader Cadre, will hold a conference on the PARCC assessment revisions, important information on the score reports, using PARCC data to inform instruction, while building conversations around assessments and student achievement. This workshop will be held Nov. 9 at Neptune high school and will feature keynote speakers and round table discussions on best practice from PARCC 1.0.
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Retirees to recoup prescription overpayments

In the ongoing battle against rising medical costs, NJREA members have been handed a victory.  The School Employees Health Benefits Program Design Committee (SEHBPDC) has come to an agreement on how to recoup the overpaid retiree prescription copayments for Plan Year 2015 as a result of the NJ Division of Pensions and Benefits’ unilateral decision to increase copayments at the beginning of the year.  This victory will bring relief to tens of thousands of former public school employees.

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Chelsea Collins named 2015-16 NJ Teacher of the Year

Chelsea Collins

Chelsea Collins, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Woodstown Middle School in the Woodstown-Pilesgrove School District in Salem County, has been named the 2015-16 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year.

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NJEA Award of Excellence 2015

NJEA presents the Award for Excellence to graduates of NJ public schools who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their fields of expertise. This year’s recipients are Major General Charles W. Hooper and Brigadier General Alberto C. Rosende.

High-stakes testing


Sustainable Jersey logo Wanted: Innovative NJ Sustainable Energy Projects 

Sustainable Jersey is accepting applications from New Jersey municipalities and school districts for sustainable energy projects focused on energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. Funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund, $200,000 in grant money is now available. Read more

Together We Can Make a Difference

Across the country, NEA members are working to do their part to help fight the growing problem of hunger in the classroom. In support of your efforts, Bank of America will make a $1 contribution on your behalf, up to $50,000. Just log in or register to make your click count. Proceeds will go to the Challenge to End Student Hunger.

Riversharks Back to School Week


East Orange local leaders to school board: “End the delays!”

Members of the five East Orange local associations that represent the teachers, department chairs, paraprofessionals, teacher aids, custodians, maintenance professionals, secretaries, and attendance officers converged at Tuesday’s East Orange Board of Education meeting.  

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The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announce the establishment of the Arête Scholarship Fund, which will present an award to one deserving male and female high school student graduating in 2016. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship from the New Jersey Hall of Fame. 

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Win a school lounge makeover


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.


Disney on Ice tickets available

The Prudential Center invites NJEA members to purchase discount tickets for Disney on Ice, 100 Years of Magic November 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22. NJEA members, their families, and friends are welcome to take advantage of this special offer. Click here for details.

Dell Dell Black Friday Deals

Members get exclusive early access to Black Friday deals from Dell starting at 7am EST on 11/19. Doorbusters will run daily at 11am EST on 11/19, 11/20, 11/23 and 11/24. There are limited quantities on all doorbusters and they are on a first come, first serve basis.  Learn more

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 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


PBS has named five NJ teachers, and NJEA members, among the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. This diverse group of 100 tech-savvy educators from across the country was selected for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom. Over the next year, these tech-savvy educators will take part in a yearlong professional development program, preparing them to act as digital learning ambassadors in their local schools and communities. Read More


NJREA TodayNJREA featured in neaToday

NJREA members continue to give new meaning to the phrase “active in retirement.”  The retired public school employees’ association was featured in the Fall 2015 NEA Today magazine for their activism and dedication to fighting for both active and retired members’ rights.  Learn more about the why these retirees are more than just the “daytime face of NJEA”—they’ve quickly become the face of what advocacy is all about. 

Member Benefits


Your NJEA membership card is your ticket to discounts on merchandise, insurance, entertainment, travel, and personal legal services.