The Affiliate Presidents’ dinner is held annually to honor the hard work that association presidents do to advocate for New Jersey’s public school students, NJEA members, and the profession.
This is an important panel because the State Board holds their meetings in Trenton during the week while members are working at their job sites across the state.
Four State Board members attended the Convention this year, including State Board Chair Arcelio Aponte, Vice President Ilan Plawker, Edithe Fulton (Fulton is a former president of NJEA) and Joseph Fisicaro, the newest member of the State Board.
For more information about the State Board, click here.
Thank you to those Board members who attended and to all the members who attended and asked questions!
Student NJEA hosts a workshop on Landing Your First Job at the NJEA Convention. President Andrew Lewis, a senior at The College of New Jersey, delivered opening remarks.
NJEA and Greater Egg Harbor Regional Education Association member Ed Friend is the winner of the iPad that was awarded to one member who attended NJEA’s 10-minute meeting on education reform.
Friend is a high school English and Journalism teacher.
Ravitch used her speech to discuss the motivations of corporate education reformers who are funding efforts to undermine public education.
She also criticized No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top and encouraged members to call on legislators to end funding these failed programs.
“Our public schools are vital community institutions,” Ravitch said. “Not chain stores that can be opened and closed at will.”
Read live tweets from Ravitch’s speech here.
Watch as Ravitch compares the logic of firing teachers and school staff for low student test scores with firing police officers for high crime rates.
Ravitch received a standing ovation from the audience at the conclusion of her speech. NJEA President Barbara Keshishian presented Ravitch with a t-shirt that NJEA has produced which reads “Educators in the Lead” on the front and “Follow me” on the back.
Below, NJEA member Marie Corfield models the NJEA t-shirt.
Just check out the crowds in High Tech Hall, particularly the Dell Classroom.