Convention News Coverage

In case you missed it, here’s a round-up of the articles written about the 2011 NJEA Convention.

Live Q&A with Diane Ravitch from the NJEA Convention,

Acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf offers olive branch at NJEA meeting,

Live updates: NJ teachers arrive in Atlantic City for convention,

NJ’s main teachers union presenting its own ideas, CBS News

Teachers scoff as Cerf pushes Christie agenda at convention, Star Ledger (link unavailable)

Acting Education Commissioner peddles Christie reform plan,

Some Cheers, Some Jeers for Education Chief, The Record (link unavailable)

NJ education chief woos teachers; NJEA responds at AC Convention, The Daily Record

Acting education commissioner to address teachers at convention today,

Atlantic County raises recruitment of minority teachers, Press of Atlantic City

Acting State Education Commissioner addresses teachers today, Press of Atlantic City

Education Reform: Start with Parents, Press of Atlantic City

Reform Plan Tops Agenda as Teachers Ready for Conference in AC, Press of Atlantic City

NJEA unveils school reform plan at annual Atlantic City Convention,

Local Students to Sing at Teachers’ Convention, Cranford

157th NJEA Convention Coming to Atlantic City, Shore News Today

If we’ve missed any articles, feel free to post links in the comments section. Thank you!


Diane Ravitch Speaks at NJEA Convention

Diane Ravitch, author and education researcher, spoke before thousands of NJEA members today.

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.


Download the NJEA Convention App for Your Smartphone!

NJEA has unveiled a new way to communicate at Convention. Download the NJEA Convention app from your smartphone’s app store or market (search for “NJEA Convention”).

Once you have the app installed, you can create a profile and connect with friends or use the different tools to make the most out of your Convention experience.

Go into Events and search the topics that interest you or relate to your work.

Go into Speakers and search for presenters you’ve enjoyed in the past.

Use the Maps function to make your way around the Convention Center.

Click on My Schedule and build your plan for Convention.

Under Exhibitors, find the textbook company or university you’re trying to connect with.

Follow the #NJEAConv Twitter conversation and read what other members are saying about Convention.

NJEA will be updating the information and sending reminders for can’t miss events such as keynote speaker Diane Ravitch.

Download the app and let us know how it’s working for you by leaving a message in the comments section on this blog.

Meet Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch, education historian and author, will be speaking at the plenary session at Convention on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Hall A.

Diane Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and a historian of education. She is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

Since the publication of her most recent book, The Death and Life of the Great American School system: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education (2010), Ravitch has served as the voice of reason in the education reform debate.

Once an assistant secretary of education in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, Ravitch led the education standards movement and hailed the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act. But after witnessing the damaging effects of the nation’s obsession with standardized testing, she has become an important advocate for public education and teachers as she calls for a research-based approach to education reform.

The author of 10 books and editor of 14, Ravitch shares a blog called Bridging Differences with Deborah Meier. The blog is hosted by Education Week. Her articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines. She posts on Twitter as @DianeRavitch.