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For the 175,000 active teachers and school employees represented by NJEA, a new school year offers ample opportunity to assess exactly what’s needed in the coming year. Despite obstacles ranging from inadequate budgets to excessive standardized testing to growing concern about state standards and how to fairly evaluate teachers, New Jersey’s public schools continue to rank among the very best in America. However, if you ask teachers and school employees what our public schools could do better, several things jump out.
It’s time for the Legislature to hold a real town hall meeting on pensions.
It’s easy to see why Gov. Chris Christie likes his so-called town halls. He gets to mislead a roomful of handpicked supporters who applaud his bullying if somehow there is someone who knows the truth and challenges one of his lies.
What’s also notable about these forums is what Christie doesn’t talk about. He doesn’t talk about how he has broken his own pension funding law over and over again.
NJEA Health & Safety Conference
The 2015 NJEA Southern Regional Health & Safety Conference will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Atlantic County Council of Education Associations in Egg Harbor, NJ.
The conference is open to all NJEA members in the southern region at no cost and limited to the first 50 participants. Online preregistration is required for this free program. Registration deadline is Sept. 18.
Vineland EA member wins national award
Sally Goode, library/media specialist at Landis School, was recently honored by the Vineland Board of Education for winning the American Library Association/Information Today Inc. “Library of the Future” Award.
Lourdes Villacis, a ninth through twelfth grade science educator, of Kearny High School in Kearny, and Michelle Myers, a ninth through twelfth grade French educator, of Sterling High School in Somerdale, have received $2,000 Learning & Leadership Grants from the NEA Foundation.
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
News 12 New Jersey seeks the best and brightest seniors from New Jersey high schools for its SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK. News 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 New Jersey Federation of Food Banks, in partnership with the Governor’s Jefferson Youth Awards, invites your school to join Students Change Hunger, a statewide initiative to engage and mobilize students to address hunger in their local communities and throughout the state.
Stomp Out Bullying with the NY Jets
The New York Jets have teamed up with STOMP O
ut Bullying to tackle all forms of bullying. The Jets are committed to raising awareness, providing tools for educators and preventing bullying for kids and teens. Through this collaboration we are offering free Jets branded STOMP O
ut Bullying Educator’s Prevention Toolkits to the first 1,000 schools in the tri-state area that register. Learn more
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
Have you submitted a photo using the NJEA app? Check out the SNappSHOTS gallery to see if your photo made the cut!
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