Board Watching – 2015 – 2016

Board Watching

School Year 2015 – 2016



LECC 1, 2, 3












LECC 1, 2, 3





ALL (Budget)





Clarke, Clifton,

LECC 1, 2, 3



Piner, Spruce, Oak

Current Happenings!!

NJ teacher-leader bill signed

Major NJEA initiative now law

Published on Friday, September 18, 2015

Marie Blistan
NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan (r) testifies in favor of A-3989 before the Assembly Education Committee on May 13. With Blistan is NJEA Associate Director of Government Relations Fran Pfeffer

Teachers in New Jersey will be able to earn a new teacher-leader endorsement on their teaching certificate as a result of legislation championed by NJEA to strengthen the teaching profession.  The teacher-leader bill, passed this summer by overwhelming majorities in the Legislature and signed earlier today by Gov. Chris Christie, will allow excellent educators to advance professionally and serve as mentors to their colleagues while remaining in New Jersey’s classrooms.

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer lauded the new law:

“The teacher-leader endorsement is a great step forward for the teaching profession and for New Jersey’s public schools. New Jersey is home to America’s most talented, most effective teachers. This law allows those exceptional teachers to advance professionally while continuing to pursue their passion for teaching students.

“By creating a formal role for teacher leaders, the new endorsement will foster collective leadership in our schools, with talented practitioners in the lead. No one understands the needs of teachers and students better than the women and men who work in classrooms every day. They are the professionals who have the best insight into what works, what doesn’t, and what new ideas to pursue.

“This bill will strengthen our schools and benefit all New Jersey public school students.I want to personally thank Senators Whalen and Ruiz, Assemblywoman Jasey and Assemblymen Diegnan and Wolfe for their advocacy on this important legislation. I also thank our partners in the Garden State Alliance for Strengthening Education for taking a stand for the teaching profession.”


                       PUBLIC EDUCATION!

Taking Action


Published on Thursday, May 22, 2014

When Gov. Christie announced his illegal plan to slash pension funding, the unions representing public employees vowed to sue to protect our members’ rights. Together, we are moving forward to file that suit quickly.

But you can do even more.  Under the law governing pension payments, the pension plans themselves have the right to sue if the state fails to make its full, required contribution. We are urging pension plan members to demand that the board of their fund sue on their behalf as well.

Please take a few minutes to send a letter to your pension board.  The legal language is provided for you.  You simply provide the requested information.  We will print and submit your letter to the secretary of your pension fund.

Choose your fund to submit your letter today!



Click the link below to watch the video.



Charles Swindoll

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company… a church… a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.



1. Know the issues.

2. Learn how people and organizations work.

3. Accept differences in ways that will allow you to overcome stereotypes and deal realistically with others.

4. Speak with respect; avoid words and behaviors that might offend or put down others.

5. Learn from each other.

6. Pay attention to others by giving them recognition.

7. Create agreements that work.

Current Updates

Congratulations to our Teachers of The Year :
Keri Lippman                        Lakewood Early Childhood Center
Cecelia Ding                         Clifton Avenue Grade School
Alyson Szczygiel                    Ella G. Clarke School
Jennifer Capper-Patterson      Oak Street School
Mariana DeSilvestri                Spruce Street School
Kimberly Veltre                      Lakewood Middle School

Kevin Walters                        Lakewood High School


When the Assembly Education Committee invited NJEA President Wendell Steinhau- er to testify on the implementation of the Common Core

But if the standards are so good, why did legislators call for a hearing on the Common Core?

Steinhauer believes that two major problems are undermining confidence in the new standards and their effectiveness in the classroom: implementation and

the curriculum to meet those standards for the particular students they are teaching. Teachers also need time and professional learning opportunities to adjust their teach- ing strategies appropriately.

“It’s hard work, and it’s time consum- ing,” he said. “Without proper implementa- tion, the Common Core has no value to students. It’s a bit like buying a top-of-the- line luxury car, but not putting any gas in the tank.”

Steinhauer maintains that “the rushed, misguided implementation of the new evaluation system, and especially of the PARCC testing that too much of it is built around, is dragging Common Core down with it in the court of teacher and public opinion.”

While the Common Core demands col- laboration, “teachers are being subjected at the same time to an evaluation system that emphasizes student test scores. That means that they are held personally responsible for those students’ test scores,” he said.

“Teachers in tested subjects will be
left with no choice but to focus on test preparation, and we’ve seen the damage done by that under No Child Left Behind,” Steinhauer reminded legislators.

In order to effectively implement the Common Core, the NJEA president called for more time and an evaluation system that recognizes the kind of collaborative teaching that the standards require.

“You cannot have standards and a cur- riculum that make teaching and learning a shared responsibility succeed alongside an evaluation system that says the very opposite,” Steinhauer said.

Any hopes for a successful transition to the Common Core and a meaningful teacher evaluation system in New Jersey “must begin with the recognition that student learning is far too complex and important to be boiled down to so-called student growth percentiles based on stan- dardized tests, with the results assigned to individual teachers,” concluded Steinhauer.

You can see a video of Steinhauer’s testimony on or click on the link below to watch on youtube:

Lakewood Education Association

“United We Stand, Divided We Beg”


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