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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The following workshops are being presented by the Edison Public School's Professional Development Department.

Helping Boys Learn with Dr. Edmond Dixon (FREE - Tickets Required)
For Teachers: Wed., October 1, 2014 | 4:30 - 6PM | Edison High School

Teach Like a PIRATE with Dave Burgess (Click for Tickets)
Sat., October 11, 2014 | 8:30AM - 12:30PM | JP Stevens High School

EdTechNJ Conference
Sat., January 31, 2015 | 8AM - 3:30PM | JP Stevens High School

For more information about all three learning opportunities please click here.
You've seen initiatives come and go.
You've been attacked before.
You know all the new buzz words.

How do the Common Core Standards affect me?

The answer depends on your grade level, but, nationally, curriculum is being rewritten to meet these demanding standards. Your job security is tied to them through standardized tests. Teachers across the country are being labeled ineffective and losing their due process rights. New Jersey may follow other states and implement merit pay.

What about my family?

If you're a parent of public school student, your own child's education is being impacted. Curriculum is being narrowed to address testable subjects, teachers have to teach to the test, and valuable learning time is being lost to testing and test prep. Additionally, with the weakening of FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), data on your children is now being collected and stored without sufficient guarantees of security and without your consent.

What is happening to Public Education?

Education reform is no longer a state initiative. Propaganda coming from the DOE is being funded by billionaires who want to privatize education so they can turn a profit. Their goal is to break unions and build private charter schools that siphon taxpayer dollars. Authentic learning is NOT their priority.

What's their game plan?

Schools and districts that are labeled as failing can be taken over by the state and sold piecemeal to those who privatize and open charters and alternate programs to profit. Charter schools do not fall under the same requirements as public schools: no transparency, no accountability, and no democratically elected boards. Look at what's happening in Newark and Camden.

How does this affect the students?

In elementary schools, students are being asked to meet standards that may not be developmentally appropriate. Across all grade levels, creative learning is being forgotten in order to meet the cookie cutter expectations on standardized tests. Schools no longer serve out diverse communities, but push students toward one end goal: college. What happens to the students who don't fit the mold?

What can I do?

  • You can do your own research and reading online. Check out Save our Schools NJ, or bloggers like Diane Ravitch, Mercedes Schneider, and Jersey Jazzman.
  • You can spread the word in your home community. Talk to other parents and educators about what you've learned and participate in local and national actions.
  • You can contact your government representatives.
  • You can come the R.E.A.D. meetings at your local and county levels to help slow down and stop these changes. R.E.A.D. is your anti-privatization committee.

Your R.E.A.D. Committee

Deborah Eddy (Chair)
Nancy Coppola
Carla Hickey
Shauna Margerum
Mark NP
Sondra Stovall
Melissa Phillips

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This article originally appeared on NJEA.org
The Assembly today overwhelmingly passed A-3801, a bill to slow down and study the implementation of PARCC, Common Core and the new educator evaluation system.  The bill, which passed 72-4 with one abstention, calls for the establishment of a task force to study those three related issues and to ensure that they are implemented correctly.
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer hailed the vote.  “The support for this bill from both sides of the aisle indicates just how serious the issues with rushed implementation are.  We have been calling for a smarter approach for months.  This bill would allow the New Jersey Department of Education to slow down and correct the problems that have emerged as we have tried to implement all of these major changes simultaneously.  We urge the Senate to follow suit quickly, and urge Gov. Christie to sign the bill into law.”
The Senate version of the bill, S-2154, is scheduled to be heard for discussion only by the Senate Education Committee this Thursday, June 19. NJEA urges all members to contact members of the Senate Education Committee to ask them to support the bill and send it to the full Senate for a final vote.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The NBEA Legislative Action Team (LAT) chair, Mike, is looking for people to join an LAT Committee.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in planning LAT activities in the coming school year then please email Mike @ lat@newbrunswickea.com for more information.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

It's time to Attend, Connect, and Take local action (ACT)!

The NJEA is sponsoring the current ACT initiative and all members are encouraged to participate. It is time to protect public education! The NJEA is seeking and fighting for fair implementation of new teacher evaluation systems and standardized tests, getting the state of NJ to keep its pension payment promise, and passing a responsible state budget with new revenues.

Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Attend a lobby day - Pledge to attend one of the following days:
    • June 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
    • Meet at NJEA HQ, 180 West State Street, Trenton (Parking located in back of building on Calhoun Street)
    • Breakfast/briefing at 9:30 am followed by State House visit.
    • Please remember to wear business/professional attire for legislative meetings
  • Connect
    • On NJEA.org get updates and send a letter to you legislator
    • NJEA Mobile - Text 'UNITY' to 738674
  • Take Local Action
    • June 11 - Wear ORANGE and go to NJEA.org to send a letter to your legislators about keeping the pension promise
    • June 17 - Wear RED and go to NJEA.org to send a letter to your legislators about fair implementation of new teacher evaluation systems
    • June 24 - Wear GREEN and go to NJEA.org to send a letter to your legislators about passing a responsible budget for the state of NJ.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Teachers at Paul Robeson Community School in New Brunswick are using the universal language of dance to open doors of communication with the school’s community. The goals of program is to provide a fitness program, develop team building skills, build confidence and encourage parental involvement. Exercise also energizes the children and enhances their brain power. This project is funded by the Frederick L. Hipp Foundation.

Congratulations to Carlotta Nortman Marini, physical education teacher, for her outstanding program and positive impact on the children of New Brunswick.