Response to Charlottesville Riots
GCEA adds our voice to those of our NJEA officers as we speak out against the hateful events in Charlottesville. Now is the time for all of us to speak up and stand together against these vile acts. From our NJEA leadership: NJEA members have watched with horror this weekend as neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hatemongers have taken their twisted message of hatred to the streets of Charlottesville, inciting violence and attempting to instill fear in good people. Displaying symbols and espousing rhetoric reminiscent of Nazi Germany as well as the worst of America's racist past and present, they have compelled all decent Americans to declare their opposition to hatred and racism. NJEA's leaders issued the following statement, condemning the hatred of the rioters and pledging to redouble NJEA's efforts on behalf of racial and social justice: "Racism is wrong, period", declared NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer today. "It's shocking that we even need to say that in 2017, but clearly we must. The images coming out of Charlottesville this weekend show that we have so much work left to do as a society. NJEA and its members will continue to lead in that work." NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan expressed NJEA's condolences to this weekend's victims of racist violence. "We mourn with the families and loved ones of those killed and injured as a result of this repugnant riot, and we pledge to continue to fight in their memory," Blistan said. "As educators, we know the lessons of history, and we know what happens when good people remain silent. We will speak and act boldly for the cause of racial and social justice, both as an example to our students and our communities, to help create the society we want to live in." NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean M. Spiller sounded a similar note. "If anyone still questions why educators must take a position on issues of racial and social justice, this weekend is the answer. We must fight ignorance with knowledge and fear with integrity. There is no place for neutrality when justice is on the line."
A Letter to the Editor
This is a reply to a campaign mailer from "New Jerseyans for a Better Tomorrow," a super PAC supporting the re-election of state Senate President Stephen Sweeney to his 3rd Legislative District Senate seat. The mailer states "... Steve Sweeney is the overwhelming choice of South Jersey's teachers, parents, and students." It also states that Sweeney (D-Gloucester) is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers. While the AFT endorsement may be true, the literature gives a false impression that the majority of educational professionals in the 3rd District also support Sweeney. The AFT does not represent one single public school K-12 teacher or support staff worker within the district. (AFT does have a local that represents higher education professionals at Rowan University.) Sweeney has done very little to help the educational community in his district. As Senate president, he has refused to post any legislation regarding costly unfunded state testing mandates on local districts. He collaborated with Gov. Chris Christie on removing two State Board of Education members who had the courage to disagree with the governor's outlandish plan to de-professionalize certification standards for charter school teachers and administrators. Further, Sweeney has advocated school funding changes that pit students against students and community against community. By removing some state aid that currently goes to so-called "overfunded" districts and redistributing it to "underfunded" ones, he would create sudden financial hardships on several local districts that already have approved their budgets for 2017-2018. Sweeney is NOT the overwhelming choice of teachers in the 3rd District. Susan Clark, President, Gloucester County Education Association, Woodbury Editor's note: The New Jersey Education Association, the GCEA's parent union, represents most public school teachers in Gloucester County. The NJEA has endorsed Sweeney's Republican challenger, Fran Grenier, for his Senate seat in the Nov. 8 election.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Murphy Town Hall Postponed
IMPORTANT: The NJEA member town hall meeting with Ambassador Phil Murphy, scheduled for May 17, 5:00 PM at Auletto Caterers in Deptford Twp., has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict. NJEA, county leaders, and the Murphy campaign are working to schedule a new date. We will let you know as soon as that date is available. Thank you for your understanding.
Welcome to the Cretaceous
Edelman Fossil Park at Rowan University is sponsoring a PD workshop! Friday, June 2. 9:00-1:30. Open to K-12 educators. Hear a presentation by world renowned paleontologist, Dr. Kenneth Lacovera. Attend breakout sessions on engaging students in authentic STEM learning. Have a chance to discover fossils with your own hands and take back to the your students to examine. Takeaway packets include worksheets,vocabulary sheets, resource guides, and more. Click on the link below for registration and details.
GCEA Sponsors Chamber of Commerce Event
As part of the Pride in Public Education program, GCEA was the presenting sponsor for the Annual Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast. Sue Clark, GCEA President, had time at the beginning of the program to speak to 100 business leaders and elected officials from throughout Gloucester County about the great things that are happening in our county public schools.
ESP Members Learn to Listen at Workshop
The Gloucester County Education Association Educational Support Professionals attended a "Collaborative Communication" workshop. Members learned techniques and strategies for better communicating with colleagues, as well as family and friends.
NJEA/GCEA Elections are Coming
Ballots for the NJEA/GCEA elections will be mailed on March 30. The actual voting period is April 1 to April 14. GCEA has endorsed MARIE BLISTAN for NJEA President and STEVE BEATTY for NJEA Secretary-Treasurer. The following members will also appear on the ballot for GCEA positions: FOR DELEGATE ASSEMBLY: Lynn Cianci: Washington Township Support, Roberta Rissling:Franklin Twp Support, Joyce Farr:Monroe Twp. and Thomas Stelling:Kingsway Regional.FOR NEA-RA STATE DELEGATE: Terra Madden:Clayton, Sonya Cramer:Elk Twp, Traci Davis: Glassboro, Lou Randazzo:Deptford, Tina Dare:Delsea, Shirley Swanson:Delsea Transportation, Susan Clark, Mantua, Judith Putnam:Swedesboro-Woolwich, Annmarie Dunphy:Mantua, Dr. Gina Friedman:Woodbury,Thomas Stelling:Kingsway, Roberta Rissling:Franklin Support
GCEA Endorses Marie Blistan, Steve Beatty for NJEA Officers
The Gloucester County Education Association Representative Council has endorsed Marie Blistan for President and Steve Beatty for Secretary-Treasurer of NJEA. Sean Spiller is running unopposed for Vice President. All candidates were invited to speak to the Rep Council about their views and plans for the future of our organization. The members voted for Marie and Steve because of their experience, vision, accessibility, and passion to lead ALL of our members.
NJEA Vice-President Featured in NJ Spotlight Article
Congratulations to NJEA Vice-President and the GCEA endorsed candidate for NJEA President, Marie Blistan, on being featured in the NJ Spotlight article, "Education 2017: You Can’t Tell the Players Without a Scorecard" Click on the link below to read the entire story.
GCEA Celebrates Our ESP Members
The Gloucester County Education Association celebrated our Educational Support Professionals at the Annual ESP Dinner and Workshop held at Nicolosi Catering. The ESP of the Year nominees, Lisa McAlpine and Toshia Kersey, were honored, as well as Robert McCullough, the GCEA ESP of the Year award recipient. Bob Antonelli, Field Rep for ESP also presented information on ESP issues.
GCEA Supports Court Appointed Special Advocates Super Hero Run
Once again, GCEA has partnered with CASA of Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland and Salem Counties to help support their efforts to protect children involved in the court system. Their annual fundraiser was recently held at Rowan College of Gloucester County. Congratulations to GCEA Vice-President Ryan Griffin for placing 4th overall and first in his age group. Click on the link below to view the video.
Important Testing Bill Passes Assembly
A-4122, a bill that seeks to eliminate student standardized test scores from teacher evaluation, passed the Assembly by a vote of 52-11-8. Please take a moment to thank our Assembly persons in LD 3, (Burzichelli, Taliaferro - (856) 251-9801), LD 4 (Moriorty, Mosquera - (856) 232-6700) and LD5 ( Barclay, Egan-Jones - (856) 547-4800 Click on the link below to read the full story.
The Focus is on Members This Fall
The Gloucester County Education Association hosted nearly 150 members at the Annual Fall Focus meeting! NJEA Vice-President Marie Blistan presented information on the latest issues, NEA Director Deanna Nicosia Jones updated everyone on the November election, and Region 5 UniServ Field Rep, Mike Kaminski, along with Region 2 UniServ Consultant John Staab facilitated a discussion on ESSA, Chapter 78, Privatization, and Pensions.
A Victory for NJEA and All Our Members
NJEA won a decisive victory yesterday over Gov. Christie and the State of New Jersey in the fight to protect the medical benefits of NJEA’s Medicare-eligible retirees. In a ruling issued late Monday afternoon, Judge Mary Jacobson dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit brought by the state that sought to compel NJEA’s representatives on the School Employees’ Health Benefits Commission (SEHBC) to attend a commission meeting where the state was threatening to take an illegal vote to change the medical benefits of a majority of retirees
GCEA Sponsors Fossil Park Dig Day SOLD OUT
The Gloucester County Education Association is sponsoring a Dig Day at the Rowan Fossil Park in Mantua Township on Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM. During your tour, you will visit with world-renowned paleontologist Dr. Ken Lacovara and learn how his team of researchers is trying to solve some of Earth�s most enduring mysteries about dinosaur extinction, right here in Mantua Township! View some of the marine fossil specimens found in the quarry, talk with Rowan scientists and visit Fossil Park Store. In the quarry you will dig for 65-million-year-old fossils with your own hands...and take them home! This event is FREE but you must register at the link below: Reservations are on a 'first-come, first-served' basis, and space is limited.
Blistan and Spiller Testify at State Board of Education Meeting
NJEA Vice-President Marie Blistan and Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller testified at the open hearings of the NJ State Board of Education meeting on four topics that directly affect every member of our association. Click on the link below to hear their testimony.
Please join us on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Auletto's Catering, 4:30 PM, for the Annual Fall Focus! The agenda this year will include discussion groups on the 'hot button' topics of the day, including Chapter 78 relief and pension funding. Registration is ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE LINK BELOW AND WILL CLOSE ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 AT MIDNIGHT. No late registrations will be available! We hope to see you there!
Need Money for a Great Idea?
Do you have an innovative project you would like to implement in your classroom but do not have the money to do so? Then a Hipp Foundation Grant is for you! Established in 1993, the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education was created to provide opportunities for school employees to expand their visions of excellence in our classrooms and schools. Click on the link below for more information application procedures.
Post the Bill: Pass the Bill
NJEA members from across the state descended on Senate President Steve Sweeney's West Deptford office to demand that he post SCR-2, the bill that would place a Constitutional Amendment calling for full funding of the pension system on the November ballot. Senator Sweeney has promised NJEA members that he would have the bill passed by June but has yet to post it for a vote by the Senate. Click on the link below to read the full story and see photos from the rally organized by the NJEA Southern Region Fellows, led by GCEA Treasurer and GR co-chair, Tina Dare.
GCEA Honors Retiring Members
The Gloucester County Education Association recently held the Annual Retirement Reception to honor our retiring members. Close to 150 family members, friends, and retirees attended to show their appreciation for all of the hard work and dedication these educators have shown over the years. Jackie Gould, retired from Clearview Education Association, and Debra Sampson, a bus driver from the Delsea Education Association were also recognized for their exemplary Association advocacy. Both recipients are now on the GCEA "Wall of Honor". Congratulations also to the three GCEA scholarship recipients, Morgan Moore, Anna Kjellson, and Allison Sanders.
Are You an "Early Career" Member?
The Gloucester County Education Association will be hosting a follow-up to our January Early Career Member meeting with a "World Cafe II" event on May 12, 2016, 4:30 PM at Ott's in Washington Township. Members with 1-5 years of experience are invited to attend- but ALL are welcome--ESP too! Click on the link for information on World Cafe and registration details. (You must be registered to attend!)
It's Time to Vote!
The NJEA election ballots have arrived. Here are some details about the process: * The voting period is April 1-April 15 * Electronic balloting is available to those who registered before Feb 28 to vote on-line. * Paper ballots must be returned by April 15 at noon. * The Gloucester County ballot has ten candidates for the six positions available as a delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly being held July 3-7 in Washington, DC. * For information on the NEA RA candidates, click on "Members" in the above menu bar; then 'newsletters', to see a short bio. * Please call the GCEA office if you have any questions
GCEA Celebrates Education
TThe Gloucester County Education Association held the annual Paul J. Petrille Education Celebration recently at the Scotland Run Golf Club. One hundred seventy-five members, mayors, superintendents, elected officials, business leaders, board of education presidents, and special guests celebrated all that is great about our county's public schools. The theme for the event was "Educating and Empowering Students Through Business Partnerships". Three outstanding citizens of the county, Barbara Jones, a teacher at Glassboro High School, Destini Clark, a senior at Delsea Regional High School and President of the NJ State DECA Chapter, and Frank Bottino, owner of Bottino's ShopRite in Washington Township were were honored for their service to the public schools with the prestigious "Friend of Education" award. Gloucester County Freeholder Deputy Director, along with Freeholders Heather Simmons, Dan Christy, and Frank DiMarco, also honored the awardees with special Certificates of Recognition. Musical presentations were performed by the Glassboro High School Select Choir and the Chestnut Ridge Middle School String Quintet. The Washington Township High School Air Force JROTC led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. The students of the Baking and Pastry Arts classes from the Gloucester County Institute of Technology provided cookie treats. Peggy Grady's horticulture students of the Gloucester County Special Services School District created the centerpieces.
EIRC Sponsors Child Assault Prevention Conference
Click on the link below for more information about the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) conference to be held in April. Workshops include child trafficking, gun violence, and could your child be involved in homegrown terrorism.
GCEA ESP Highlighted on BENFM
Check out the NJEA webpage to hear two of our Educational Support Professional members talk about their careers! Annamarie Cooney, a paraprofessional in the Deptford Education Association and Vera Faux, a Glassboro Educational Support Professionals Association custodian, each recorded a 60 second spot with BEN -FM to help promote the important role of ESPs in our public schools.
GCEA Wins Legislative Award
The Gloucester County Education Association received the 2016 Highest Level of Engagement Achievement Award in a county with less than 9,000 members at the NJEA Legislative and Political Action Conference! GCEA was recognized for highest and sustained political engagement through the county Legislative Action Team. Congratulations to Government Relations co-chairs Tina Dare and Ryan Griffin as well as all of the local association LAT chairs!
New Testing Information Laws Signed
The Governor signed two laws, supported by NJEA, on parents' rights to access testing information. The first law ensures that students and parents will receive critical information from their districts regarding standardized assessments. This information would include dates of tests, available accommodations, and expected duration. The other law grants parents access to information regarding third-party test vendors and the services they perform. Click on the link below to read the full article.
State Board of Education Announces Testing Review Results
The Task Force on Testing released its results to the State Board of Education on Monday, January 11, 2016. The stated charge to the Study Commission was to review and make recommendations to the Governor regarding the quality and effectiveness of student assessments administered to kindergarten through grade 12 students in New Jersey. In particular, the Study Commission was charged to consider and make recommendations on the volume, frequency, and impact of student assessments occurring throughout New Jersey school districts, as well as on the Core Curriculum Content Standards, including the Common Core State Standards. Click on the link below to learn about NJEA's response to the report.
GCEA Holds Annual Superintendents' Dinner
The Gloucester County Education Association once again hosted the Annual County Superintendents' Dinner at River Winds Restaurant in West Deptford. This PRIDE in Public Education event is an opportunity for members to meet with the county representatives of the NJ State Department of Education in an informal setting. The night's program was a panel discussion on the role of the county office and how it can support the local schools and staff. Many thanks to Executive County Superintendent, Ave' Altersitz and her staff, Jim McBee, Doris Isaacs, Lin DiRenzo and Debbie Sebastiani. We are also grateful that the NJ State Board of Education Vice-President, Joe Fisicaro was in attendance, along with Freeholder Lyman Barnes. Several local district superintendents, Joe Bollendorf from Washington Township and Dr. Laurie Bandlow of Paulsboro also joined us
ESPs Celebrate Their Special Day
Over 150 GCEA Educational Support Professionals gathered at Nicolosi's on November 18, 2015 to celebrate National ESP Day! This day is marked as a special day to say 'thank you' to the food service workers, bus drivers, secretaries, security personnel, maintenance, and custodial members who keep our schools functioning. We would be lost without them.
NJEA Convention Rocks
The Gloucester County Education Association once again sponsored a booth at the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City. GCEA members stopped by to receive a special gift and register to receive an ITunes gift card. Thank you to everyone who visited - we enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk with so many members. Congratulations to the three recipients of the gift cards: Steve Scanlon, Clearview Education Association, Valencia Nichols, Monroe Township Education Association, and Roxanne Wade, Washington Township Education Association.
Meet the GCEA ESP of the Year
The Gloucester County Education Association congratulates Christine Kosar, President of the Washington Township Schools Support Staff Professionals Association, on her selection as the 2015-2016 GCEA ESP of the Year! Christine's involvement on the local, county, and state levels shows her passion and dedication to advocating for fellow ESP's! Mrs. Kosar will be representing GCEA in the NJEA State finals for ESP of the Year.
GCEA ESPs Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness
Thnak you to Traci Davis, GCEA ESP Member-at-Large and Chrissy Kosar, GCEA ESP of the Year for 2015-2016 for representing all of our members at the Annual Susan G. Komen Walk at Six Flags Great Adventure!
HCAMS Helps Members in Need
Far too often, personal difficulties interfere with the ability to do our jobs! HCAMS, (Health Care Assistance with Member Support) steps in to work with union representatives and the affected member to help stop job discipline and/or dismissal. They can recommend a course of action, follow up on the member's care, and provide advocacy services. Since these conditions may often qualify as disabilities under federal law, state law, and case law, employees are entitled to medical/legal remediation. Click on the link below for more information.
The NJEA PAC Operating Committee overwhelmingly voted "no endorsement at this time' for the Presidential primaries. The NEA PAC Council will meet in October and President Steinhauer will NOT support any early endorsement. Click on the link below to read the entire article.
GCEA Supports CASA Fundraiser
The Gloucester County Education Association participated in the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Superhero 5K Run/Walk. This annual event helps to raise awareness of the need for advocates to support children involved in the court system. Many thanks to three of our county ESP leaders, Traci Davis, Roberta Rissling, and Christine Kosar, for manning the booth and representing GCEA.
Meet the Gloucester County Teacher of the Year
The Gloucester County Education Association's Representative Council honored Jennifer Clune, a special education teacher at the Jeffrey Clark School in East Greenwich. The Teacher of the Year program is administered by the NJ State Department of Education and is chosen by a panel of teachers, administrators, and parents. Click on the link below to view a video from NJEA.
GCEA ESP of the Year Spotlighted on BENFM Radio
Elizabeth Baird-Jones, (right) the 2015 GCEA ESP of the Year and a member of the Gloucester County Special Services Education Association, recently recorded a spot on BENFM radio that highlighted her job as a paraprofessional! This spot can be heard frequently on the Philadelphia station. Click on the link below to listen to Lizz's commercial!
Help Elect Friends of Education
Elections have consequences. Every New Jersey Assembly seat as well as many county and local positions are up for election on November 3, 2015. Click on the link below to see how YOU can play an important role in ensuring that candidates who support public education and public school employees are elected.
NJEA Joins Other Unions in Supreme Court Petition
The New Jersey Education Association has joined several other public employee unions in New Jersey in petitioning the US Supreme Court to review the NJ Supreme Court ruling that allowed Gov. Christie to NOT fully fund the pensions in this year's budget. Click on the link to read the NJEA President's remarks.
Time to Nominate Your Educational Support Professional of the Year
Do you know a secretary, custodian, lunch lady, bus driver, or other Educational Support Professional who deserves to be recognized for outstanding service to the union, school, students, and community? If so, now is the time to nominate him/her for the GCEA ESP of the Year award! All nominees will be honored at the GCEA ESP Dinner and Workshop on November 18, 2015. The recipient will also be GCEA's representative for the Annual NJEA ESP of the Year. Click on the link below for additional information and the nomination form. All nominations are due to the GCEA office by September 28, 2015.
Catch the Phillies with NJEA
Join your NJEA colleagues for an afternoon of Phillies baseball on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, at 1:35 p.m. The Phillies will take on the Chicago Cubs. Children 14 and under who attend the game will receive New Jersey Education Association The Phillie Phanatic's One-Man Band DVD. As an additional bonus, GCEA's Vice-President, Ryan "Griff" Griffin, will be singing during the 7th inning stretch! As a valued partner of the Phillies, NJEA members can take advantage of a buy- one-get-one-free ticket offer for locations regularly priced $41 and under on this game date. To order your tickets, visit Click on the "T" icon and enter the promotion code NJEA. We hope to see you at Citizens Bank Park on September 13!
How to Handle a Bully
By now you have seen or heard Governor Christie's answer to the question from a CNN interviewer--who on the national level deserves a 'punch in the face?' Click on the link below to view the National Education Association President, Lily Eskelson-Garcia's response to his incredibly crass and demeaning answer.
NEA RA Held in Orlando
Twenty-five Gloucester County Education Association members attended the NEA Representative Assembly in Orlando, Florida from July 1-7, 2015. Delegates attended meetings from 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM to decide on the policies, beliefs, and actions of the NEA. Although delegates enjoyed the many offerings of the Orlando area before and after the RA meeting days, GCEA worked hard and represented ALL of our members well!
GCEA Attends Asbury Park Rally
NJEA recently sponsored a protest rally during the appearance of Governor Christie at a fundraiser in Asbury Park. Close to 200 members walked the boards in front of the Asbury Park Convention Center, chanting, "Bad for NJ, bad for the country", as Republican supporters filed into the event. NJEA Vice-President, Marie Blistan, encouraged the crowd with a passionate speech about Christie's failure as a Governor. Several GCEA local leaders, including Deptford EA President Lou Randazzo, and Washington Township Support President Chrissy Kosar, were there to lend their voices as well.
GCEA Honors Retirees
The Gloucester County Education Association recently honored close to 50 retirees at the Annual Retirement Reception held at Nicolosis in Woodbury. Members from the local associations within Gloucester County were recognized for their years of service to our students and our public schools. Three outstanding member advocates, Jeanne Whalen, Doris Eith, and Linda Calandra, were also recognized for their dedication with a place on the GCEA "Wall of Honor". Vanessa Fath, Sabrina Boyle, and Ashley Kulikowski were given the three GCEA scholarships at this reception as well.
Elk Education Association Rallies for Fair Contract
The members of the Elk Township Education Association rallied for a fair contract settlement before the first mediation session on June 18, 2015. Members of ETEA, as well as NJEA staff, GCEA leadership and members of the community greeted the PERC mediator as he entered the building.
Blistan Goes Toe to Toe with Legislator
NJEA Vice-President Marie Blistan faced Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) outside of his legislative office in Somerset County yesterday. Click below to read the article.
A Living Piece of History
Freeholder Dan Christy visited the South Harrison Township Elementary School as the students from Beverly Donofrio's class presented a Living History Museum! Freeholder Christy viewed the time capsles, read the biographies each student created, and enjoyed the costumes each student wore as their famous person! This is a great event and is featured as a segment on the NJEA television show, "Classroom Close-up".
Members Celebrated at Reception
The Gloucester County Education Association hosted a reception for ALL members during Teacher Appreciation Week! Professional and Educational Support Staff were all invited to enjoy a delicious buffet, wonderful beverages, and participate in a basket give-a-way, made possible by donations from local associations. Each attendee also received a free gift and many additional prizes were distributed. It was a fun time for all!
Outstanding Pension Advocates
Congratulations to the Westville Education Association! 100% of their members have signed on to be a Pension Activist! They understand the importance of EVERY member stepping up and doing their part to protect their pensions. Thank you to all.
Woodbury Teacher Featured in NJEA Documentary
A new documentary follows a group of New Jersey educators, including Jan Beane from Green Fields Elementary School, Woodbury, as they visit sites of the Holocaust. The trip changed their lives and the lives of their students. Tune in or set your DVR to NJTV on Wednesday April 8 at 8 p.m. WHYY YInfo on Comcast channel 258 and FiOS channel 473 on April 13 at 9 p.m.
Students Collect for Animal Shelter
Gloucester County Education Association Delegate Assembly Alternate Sonya Cramer and the second and third graders from Aura Elementary School in Elk Township held their annual Animal Shelter Drive. The students collected food, blankets, and toys for the Gloucester County Animal Shelter. Freeholder Dan Christy visited Aura School to thank them for caring about the shelter and the work that is done there. He also presented each student with a special certificate of thanks!
Be An Advocate for Your Pensions!
Want to know the latest on the pension issue? Want to make sure you are receiving accurate and timely information? Then click on the link below to sign up to receive text alerts and to make sure YOUR voice is heard! Remember-- 200,000 united voices cannot be ignored.
GCEA Sponsors Take the PARCC Event
The Gloucester County Education Association sponsored a showing of the movie, "Standardized" and a "Take the PARCC" event. Local associations from throughout the county participated and encouraged their members, administrators, and parents to see for themselves what the PARCC test is really all about. Susan Cauldwell, Executive Director of Save Our SchoolsNJ, a parent advocacy group, was present to help facilitate the discussion and answer questions. Special thanks to Heather Joyce, GCSSEA, for the photos!
OpEd Article on PARCC
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer wrote in an OpEd article for the Asbury Park Press----"As expected, the PARCC exams are off to a rocky start in many places across New Jersey. Unavoidable weather delays aside, plenty of reports have cropped up of computers that won't log on, tests that suddenly close before students have finished and unreliable Internet access. It's enough to call into question the validity of any results and makes a strong argument for the state Senate to pass legislation already approved by the Assembly to delay the use of PARCC results for at least three years. Concerns about technical glitches are legitimate. No teacher's career, no student's class placement and no school's reputation should ride on whether the computers are working well on test days. But here's the thing: In all likelihood, districts will eventually figure out the technology, and problems like we've seen in recent days will be far less frequent, even though they are unlikely ever to go away completely. But even when that happens, PARCC will still be a bad test."
Thinking About Retiring?
As you prepare all of your paperwork and ensure that you have everything in order, don't forget to continue membership in your professional organizations! Call NJEA at 609-599-4561, ext. 4123, to request an application for unified membership in the National Education Association, the New Jersey Education Association, the New Jersey Retired Educators Association, and of course, the Gloucester County Retired Educators Association. Your continued support is vital to help protect pension and health benefits.
NJEA Secretary-Treasure Spiller Testifies Before Budget Committee
NJEA Secretary Sean Spiller testified before the Senate Budget Committee. Click on the link below to hear his testimony.
GCEA Job Posting for Office Manager
Education Association office seeking a full-time professional office manager. We are in search of someone with a professional education background, possessing excellent interpersonal skills, and a warm demeanor. The position requires managing incoming calls, performing administrative tasks, and having basic knowledge in computer skills. We encourage creativity in developing flyers and formatting letters. The hours are 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. Friday from September to June. Summer hours are abbreviated in July and August. Benefits to be discussed. Interested persons should send a cover letter, resume, and completed application to the above address by April 1, 2015. Position is available July 1, 2015. Please feel free to contact us at 856-853-6673 if you have any questions.
In spite of the impression that Gov. Christie gave during his budget address on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, NJEA has NOT 'made a deal' on pension reform. Click on the link below to read President Wendell Steinhauer's letter about this issue.
Parents and Educators Share Concerns about PARCC
Have you seen the new television ads targeting the concerns about high stakes testing? Click on the link below to go to NJ Kids and Family to view the first four releases of this media campaign. Congratulations to Lou Randazzo, GCEA member and teacher from Deptford High School on his selection to appear in the ads!
A Walk in the PARCC Event
Click here to get a copy of the flyer with more details.
GCEA Local Associations Earn 100% Participation in PRIDE
WOW! Congratulations to ALL of our county 's local associations for attaining 100% participation in the NJEA Pride in Public Education program! This is a HUGE first in the 20 year history of Pride. Kudos to all local presidents, local Pride chairs, our crack Region 2 UniServ staff, and our consultants. Thanks and appreciation also to Jim Boice and Kathy Byrne, NJEA headquarters staff who make the process as smooth as possible. This is truly a team effort--Gloucester County members rock!
Read the OpEd Article by NJEA President
NJEA President, Wendell Steinhauer and Susan Caldwell, Executive Director of the nonprofit Save Our Schools NJ Community Organizing, have co-authored an opinion piece for the Star-Ledger concerning the implications of PARCC testing. Click on the link below to read the article.
Legislators Share Reaction to Governor's Address
Legislators from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th districts attended the Region 2: Gloucester-Salem Political Organizing Workshop held just hours after the Governor's State of the State address. Assemblypersons, John Burzichelli, Gabriela Mosquera, Angel Fuentes, Gilbert Wilson and Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez reacted to some of the Governor's comments and assured our members that they would work hard to continue to protect our public schools, our pensions, and our positions.
ESP Members Attend Luncheon
The Gloucester County Education Association recently held the Annual ESP Luncheon and Workshop at Terra Nova Restaurant in Sewell. Approximately 50 members were trained on community organizing by NJEA Field Rep for ESP, Bob Antonelli.
Partisan Politics at its Worst
In spite of having an overwhelming majority last June to pass a bill that calls for quarterly pension payments by the state, nine NJ Senators flipped their votes and voted 'no' on the bill to override the Governor's veto! Stay tuned as NJEA continues to pursue aggressive legal action to force the Governor to do the right thing.
GCEA Sponsors ESP Overnight Training
Educational Support Professionals from the GCEA attended the 2nd Annual ESP Overnight Workshop recently at the Glassboro Marriott. ESP Field Rep Bob Antonelli updated the members on recent ESP news and Region 2 Field Rep Jane Travis-Address presented a program on developing the complete ESP! Field Reps Al Beaver and Margie Maines, along with GCEA officers also attended.
County Superintendent Attends GCEA Event
The Gloucester County Education Association held the Annual County Superintendent's Dinner recently at Riverwinds. The Interim Executive Regional Superintendent, Margaret Nicolosi, spoke briefly about her background and role as county superintendent and then answered questions from members. Many local and county leaders attended as well as NJ State BOE VP Joe Fisicaro, Freeholder Lyman Barnes, Freeholder Heather Simmons, and NEA Director Gary Melton.
ESP Members Celebrate Their Special Day
Educational Support Professional members of GCEA gathered for a special recognition dinner and workshop on their day, November 19, 2014! Traci Davis, Chair of the GCEA ESP Committee presented the 2014 GCEA ESP of the Year, Elizabeth Baird -Jones, a paraprofessional with the Gloucester County Special Services School District. Nominee Roberta Rissling, Franklin Support EA was also honored. Marie Blistan, NJEA Vice President, thanked the ESP's for their hard work and dedication saying, "Your students look up to you and you look out for your students". The program concluded with a workshop on Health and Safety for ESP's presented by NJEA Organizing Specialist, Thomas Hardy.
NJEA Convention Well Attended
The Gloucester County Education Association once again sponsored a booth at the annual NJEA Convention in Atlantic City. Close to 300 GCEA members signed in to receive a gift and be eligible for a drawing to receive an ITunes gift card! Many NJEA leaders and state leaders stopped by to visit, including NJEA officers Marie Blistan and Sean Spiller. NJ State Board of Education Vice-President, Joe Fisicaro, also spent some time with GCEA members. Congratulations to Bonnie Dickerson, South Harrison EA, Maryanne Baccile, Deptford EA, and Martha Pearlman, Clearview EA, for receiving the gift cards!
Local President Participates in Google Hangout
Some 125 members and other education advocates tuned in to NJEA's first ever Google Hangout OnAir Live on Monday, Oct. 27. The topic was organizing around evaluation, and the panelists brought a wealth of on-the-ground expertise to the conversation. Congratulations to Kingsway Education Association President Tom Stelling who spoke about how 80% of the KEA members are sharing their evaluations to be formed into a database! 'Way to go Tom and KEA!
Steinhauer Responds to Time Magazine Article
New Jersey Education Association President Wendell Steinhauer responded to the recent Time Magazine article on tenure as "misguided . . .and poorly reported". He goes on to say that the editors did get one thing correct- the influence of millionaires on so-called education reform and the negative impact it has on our students! Click on the link below to read the complete statement.
Connecting with Local Businesses
The Gloucester County Education Association held the first "Education-Business Fall Forum: An Opportunity for Connection", a Pride in Public Education event! Representatives from several area businesses met with county education leaders to discuss how to make the connection between educating our students and preparing them for the reality of the business world. Janet Garrety, an on-line publisher and web site content writer, spoke about the 'soft skills' students need to develop to capture a job. Participants then held small discussion groups revolving around building partnerships with each other.
Learning How to Stretch Your Dollars
Phil Lamonica, NJEA Field Rep for Member Benefits, presented a workshop on how to use your NJEA membership to stretch your money! He talked about financial planning, as well as discounts available for travel, insurance, retail, home buying, and health services. For more information, log onto
Region 2 Legislative Action Team Meets
The Legislative Action teams from Gloucester and Salem Counties recently met at Riverwinds Restaurant. NJEA Government Relations Associate Director, Sean Hadley, provided updates on pending legislation. Gloucester County Freeholders Simmons, Barnes, Taliaferro, DeMarco, Christy, and Chila spoke briefly. Assemblywoman Gabriella Mosquera, 4th District, updated the members on the bills she has sponsored as well as the actions of her committees.
South Harrison Education Association Earns Bargaining Honor
The South Harrison Education Association was nominated for the Jim George Bargaining Award by UniServ Field Representative, Jane Travis -Address, for their successful contract negotiations. South Harrison, a small local in southern Gloucester County, finalized a successor agreement before the expiration of their current contract for the first time in almost 20 years! Congratulations for a job well-done.
Are YOU Going to the NJEA Convention?
Thanks to a statutory right, New Jersey public schools are closed for two days in order to allow NJEA members to attend the WORLD'S LARGEST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE! Click on the link to see how YOU can take full advantage of this opportunity!
NJ State Board of Education Changes Graduation Requirements
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer called the state Department of Education’s inclusion of the all-new PARCC assessments as an element of the graduation requirements for current high school juniors “a poorly-timed decision that has caused great confusion among students and educators.” Click on the link to read the full story.
GCEA Runs in Support of Children
The Gloucester County Education Association was a sponsor of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) annual Superheroes 5K Run/Walk held at the Cumberland County College. GCEA, along with the Cumberland County Council of Education Associations, was the prime sponsor of the Kids' 1K Fun Run. CASA provides advocates for foster children facing court proceedings in Gloucester, Cumberland, and Salem counties.
NJEA Merges Review and Reporter
Hopefully by now you have received the official publication of the Review! Although two publications have been merged into one, none of the content from either has been lost! “The Advocate” gives local leaders the tools they need, from organizing resources to NJEA elections information, and “The NJEA Report” features advocacy, legislative and professional news. The new Review highlights the efforts and activities of our members, starting with the “I am NJEA” photo gallery on Page 1. Members are encouraged to submit items for the publication, from photos sent via the NJEA app (with one photo selected as the Selfie of the Month) to letters to the editor, PRIDE activities for the Proud Moments page, Quick Tips contained in “Bulletin Board,” and feature articles. Perhaps the most exciting way that members and staff can interface with the Review is through the all-new and easy-to-navigate tablet version. The app is now available for both Apple and Android tablets, and Android phones. The iPhone app will be ready in a couple of days. Just one visit to your app store and you’ll find live links, video, and additional photos and content—and it’s all shareable on social media. And since you’ll be notified when each month’s issue is available, it couldn’t be easier. Look for two of the GCEA officers pictures, Tina Dare and Chris Onorato, in this first issue!
GCEA Sponsors Chamber of Commerce Event
The Gloucester County Education Association was one of the main sponsors for the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce End-of-Summer Networking BBQ recently held at Bogey's! GCEA recruited local businesses to support our "Public Employees Support Us:We Support Public Employees" campaign, distributed informational brochures, and talked with local business owners about the importance of public education.
Meet the New NEA President
Lily Eskelson-Garcia, current NEA Vice-President will take the helm of the National Education Association on September 1st. Lily began her career right after high school as a lunch lady in her local elementary school and has risen to be the leader of the largest union in the country. Click on the link to read her amazing story and her vision for our future!
Gloucester Well Represented at NEA's Annual Convention
Twenty-three GCEA members traveled to Denver, Colorado over the Fourth of July week to attend the NEA Representative Assembly. These elected delegates voted on new business items, constitutional changes, and resolutions that will form the policies of our national organization. Additionally, NEA made history with the election of three women officers for the 2014-2016 term. They are Lily Eskelson, President, Becky Pringle, Vice-President, and Princess Moss, Secretary-Treasurer.
Meet the Gloucester County Teacher of the Year
Monica Marino, a teacher at Shady Lane School in Deptford Township has been named the Gloucester County Teacher of the Year by the NJ State Department of Education and the county Superintendent's office. Monica, a graduate of the University of Delaware and Rowan University has been with the district for 29 years. She now will represent Gloucester County in the state Teacher of the Year awards to be announced in August.
NJEA VP Testifies Before Senate Education Committee
New Jersey Education Association Vice-President Marie Blistan testified before the Senate Education Committee on the Common Core, PARCC, and evaluation. Blistan cited many examples of why none of these initiatives are ready for final implementation. Click on the link below for the complete story and to read her testimony.
GCEA Members Honored at Retirement Reception
The Gloucester County Education Association held the Annual Retirement Reception to honor those members who have retired from a Gloucester County public school since July 1, 2013. One hundred thirty five retirees, family members, friends and NJEA staff were in attendance. GCEA also awarded three scholarships to graduating seniors who will enter the field of education or to advance their technical skills. Those recipients are Hannah Borochaner, GCIT, Jeffrey Hock, Woodbury High School, and Natalie Quindlen, GCIT. Three retired or deceased members were also placed on the Wall of Honor for outstanding advocacy during their careers. They are Carol Friedrich, Kate Britton, and Thomas Montgomery.
NJEA Files Pension Payment Lawsuit
NJEA, in conjunction with other public sector unions, has filed a lawsuit against the Governor and the State Treasurer for failing to include the mandatory pension payment in the 2014-2015 state budget. Click on the link below to read the full story.
GCEA Holds Education Celebration
The annual Paul J. Petrille Education Celebration was recently held at the Scotland Run Golf Club. The theme this year, "Public School Employees: The Roots of the Community" was celebrated by honoring three school employees who have spent their careers giving back to the community. Pictured are the "Friends of Education" award recipients, Jackie Gould, Theresa Pietrowski, and Ingress Simpson. Students from Clayton High School, Williamstown High School, Chestnut Ridge Middle School and Dance for Life dancers were also featured.
Local President Featured on BENFM
Christine Kosar is a school bus driver in the Washington Township School District. She moved here from England 10 years ago and has worked in the district for eight years. Her kids went to school in Washington Township, as well. She serves as the president of the Washington Township School Support Services Personnel Association. Bus drivers are an essential part of the school team. They not only ensure our students are safely transported to and from school, they are prepared to take control in an emergency situation. Bus drivers are trusted adults who are mentors, caregivers, and guardians for their students. Chrissy loves her job because school support professionals help shape the future of our nation. Chrissy was featured in an NJEA ad on BEN-FM for the month of March 2014
NJEA President Blasts Christie's Pension Proposal
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer wasted no time in responding to Governor Christies proposal to reduce the legally obligated pension fund payment in this year's budget. Steinhauer called it 'illegal and risky'. Click on the link below to read the full story and what NJEA is doing.
Congratulations to Clearview Education Association for fighting back the intended privatization of the paraprofessionals and custodians for the 2014-2015 school year! CEA organized the community and members as they fought hard to save the jobs of their members. Many thanks to the NJEA staff, GCEA members, and the parents, students, former students, and educational stakeholders who showed their support! A job well done by everyone. Above, CEA President Scott Wagner thanks the BOE for making the right decision-- for the employees, the students, and the school community.
Members Cram Retirement Workshop
The final retirement information workshop of the year was held recently at Masso's in Glassbor. Over 200 members came to learn general information on the process of applying for retirement benefits. Sarah Geiger, NJEA Associate Director of Research presented information on timeline, beneficiaries, benefits, and much more.
GCEA Members Support Custodians
Close to 275 GCEA members, parents, and students attended the regular monthly meeting of the Clearview Board of Education on April 24, 2014 to show support for the custodians who are members of the Clearview Education Association. The BOE is exploring the possibility of privatizing the custodians and 30 members may lose their jobs as of June 30th!
Member Appreciation Day Registration Closed
The Member Appreciation Day reception, scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Washington on Fries Mill Road has reached capacity. Registration is now closed!
ESP Member Featured on the Radio
Roberta Rissling, President of the Township of Franklin Support Staff Association is the featured speaker on the BENFM radio spot showcasing the work of our Educational Support Professionals! Click on the link below to hear the public service announcement!
Clearview Members Facing Job Loss
The custodians of the Clearview Education Association are faced with the possibility of losing their jobs as the Board of Education investigates privatizing their positions. Please attend the BOE budget meeting on May 7, 2014, to show your support for your union brothers and sisters and encourage the Board NOT to allow strangers in the Clearview Schools! You can keep up-to-date with developments on this issue by clicking on the link below to the CEA website! The meeting will be held at the Clearview Regional campus, 625 Breakneck Road, Mullica Hill, beginning at 7:00 pm. GCEA members are asked to arrive by 6:30.
XYZ's Workshop Registration Closed
The registration for the "XYZ's of Retirement" workshop, scheduled for Monday, April 28, 2014 has reached capacity and is now closed. Please call the GCEA office if you would like to be placed on a waiting list. Also, NJEA offers individual pension consultations. You may make an appointment by calling the Region 2 UniServ office at 856-628-8650.
Thank a Million Teachers
Farmers Insurance and the Farmers Insurance Education Foundation is sponsoring a 'Thank a Million Teachers" campaign! Teachers, parents, students, grandparents, etc, are all invited to write a very short 'thank you' to a favorite teacher. In addition, Farmers is giving away $2500 grants. Click on the link below to thank a teacher and for more information on the grants!
New Member Benefits Fair Benefits Many
Members of the Gloucester County Education Association took time from their busy schedules to attend the New Member Benefits Fair held on March 20, 2014. Eighteen NJEA partner vendors, from insurance to eyeglasses, to ocean piers were present to explain the many benefits and discounts available only to NJEA members. Also present were representatives from CASA, Court Appointed Child Advocates, and the NJ Retired Educators Speakers Bureau.
Legislators Show Support for Public Education
The Gloucester County Education Association and the Salem County Council of Education Associations held its annual joint Legislative Dinner on March 12. Elected officials from Gloucester County and Legislative Districts 3,4, and 5 talked with members about important educational issues. Also present was the Vice-President of the NJ State Board of Education, Joe Fisicaro, who spoke about the implementation of the evaluation process.
GCEA Members Attend State BOE Meeting
Four members from Gloucester County traveled to the NJ State Department of Education in Trenton to present testimony to the Board of Education regarding the implementation of the evaluation system. Tina Dare, Chris Onorato, Sue Clark, and John Stagliano, GCEA officers and local president respectfully, presented information on SGO's, the evaluation tools, and the inconsistencies of the TEACHNJ regulations. Ms Dare also presented the Board members with about 100 hand-written letters from GCEA members telling their personal stories. Please go to the NJEA website to read the complete story about the day's testimony and the nearly 100 people who came to urge the DOE to slow down the evaluation process.
Members Attend NJEA Legislative Conference
Gloucester County Education Association was well represented at the Annual NJEA Legislative and Political Action Conference held at the Westin Hotel in Princeton. Members heard updates on the current legislative priorities, learned about the latest news concerning the evaluation implementation, and listened as Senator Cory Booker addressed his concerns about the impact of poverty on students.
GCEA Member Shines on the Radio
Dotty Grieb, President of the Gloucester County Special Services Education Association is featured on BEN-FM radio in a public service announcement. Dotty recorded her message about the importance of Educational Support Professionals and also took a tour of the studio. Click on the link below to read more and listen to Dotty's spot.
PD Council ScIP Workshop Canceled
This Thursday's (2/13/14) workshop will be canceled due to the possibility of an upcoming snow storm. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date.
GCEA ESP Presidents Tape Radio Spot
Three local association presidents were chosen to represent more than 54,000 ESP from across the state as they starred in commercials for 95.7 BEN-FM radio! Each of them taped an individual, 30 second spot telling about their role as an Education Support Professional in their school district! Each spot can be heard on BEN-FM through the months of February, March, and April! Congratulations to Dotty Grieb, President of the Gloucester County Special Services Education Association, Roberta Rissling, President of the Township of Franklin Support Staff Association, and Christine Kozar, President of the Washington Township School Supportive Services Personnel Association for a job well done!
Region 2 LAT Meets
The Region 2: Gloucester-Salem Legislative Action Team met recently at the River Winds Restaurant in West Deptford. Members from both counties discussed the latest political developments. Sean Hadley, NJEA GR Associate Director presented information on lobbying and the up-coming Congressional races.
NJEA Holds ESP Awards Dinner
The Annual Educational Support Professionals Awards Dinner was held recently to honor the recipients of the County ESP of the Year awards as well as the NJEA ESP of the Year. Traci Davis, the GCEA ESP of the Year was honored.
Gloucester County Winners Announced
Two NJEA members from Gloucester County were the December winners of the NJEA Member Benefits Give-a-way! Congratulations to Judith Berg, Pitman Education Association who won a free pair of eyeglasses from the Optical Shop, and a one night stay at Cove Haven Resorts in the Pocono Mountains! Susan Kell of the Gloucester County Retired Educators' Association won a " Read Across America Store Classroom Celebration kit and a $100 Wells Fargo Home Mortgage gift card! You too can be a winner- simply go to and click on "Enter Web give-a-way" on the lower right side of the home page!
Meeting Cancelled
Today's Representative Council meeting (Tuesday, January 21, 2014) has been cancelled due to the snow. Information that was to be presented at the meeting will be forthcoming via email. Stay safe and warm.
Tell the State BOE How You Feel
The Lobby Day scheduled for February 5th was cancelled due to the weather and has been re-scheduled for March 5! You still have time to tell your personal story about the effects of the implementation of the evaluation program on you and your students! Click on the link below to go to the NJEA website--- the NJEA officers will make sure that YOUR story is heard by the state Board of Education members!
NJEA Urges Cerf to Postpone Evaluation
The new evaluation system has been called everything from a 'disaster waiting to happen' to the 'Hindenburg'and NJEA once again has urged Commissioner Cerf to postpone its implementation. Click on the link below to read the entire article. Scroll to the end of the article to read NJEA's recommendations.
Workshop Cancelled
The "Disaster Prep" workshop, scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2013 has been cancelled due to the pending weather forecast! It will be re-scheduled and posted on the workshop schedule as soon as a date is chosen!
GCEA Holds ESP Overnight Workshop
The Gloucester County Education Association held its 1st ESP Overnight Training Workshop at the Westin Mt. Laurel. Ed Richardson, NJEA in-coming Executive Director spoke about the role of the ESP's in the future of NJEA, Marie Blistan, NJEA Vice-President encouraged all members to continue to advocate for their jobs and schools, and Bob Antonelli, Al Beaver, and Jane Travis-Address presented informative workshops on the the structure of the organization and grievances.
GCEA Honors ESP Members
The Gloucester County Education Association held the Annual Educational Support Professionals Dinner and Workshop at Nicolosi's in Woodbury. Marie, Blistan, NJEA Vice-President, was the keynote speaker as she highlighted the contributions made by our ESP members. Jane Travis-Address presented a training on Coping with Change. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the GCEA ESP of the Year award to Traci Davis, a bus driver from the Glassboro Education Association.
Calling All Members
The Gloucester County Education Association held phone banks for the November election. The Legislative Team Action Committee and other members placed calls to NJEA members living in Gloucester County to encourage them to support our endorsed candidates!
Glassboro Teacher Chosen for Zoo Advisory Council
Congratulations to Sonya Harris, a member of the Glassboro Education Association, on her selection to serve on the Philadelphia Zoo Teacher Advisory Council! Her two year term will include curriculum writing, visits behind the scenes at the zoo, and interaction with the zoo animals. Click on the link below to read the article!
XYZ's of Retirement Workshop Registration Closed
The XYZ's of Retirement workshop scheduled for Monday, November 18, 2013 has reached capacity! An additional workshop will also be held on April 28, 2014. Registration is now open for this date. You may also call the Region 2 UniServ office at 856-628-8650 to schedule an individual pension consultation.
An open letter to NJEA members from Sen. Barbara Buono
Click on the link below to read a letter to all NJEA members from Senator Barbara Buono!
Deptford Ed Assoc Earns Bargaining Award
Congratulations to the Deptford Education Association as the winner of the very prestigious 2013 Jim George Collective Bargaining Award! DEA was nominated for their most recent settlement that earned their members an above average salary settlement, along with safeguarding health benefits, improving working conditions for ESP members, and re-defining several language provisions. All this was accomplished in spite of turbalent circumstances as they weathered two interim superintendents and 15 different Board of Education members over the two years of negotiations! Tweleve local associations from throughout the state, including Gloucester County's Washington Township Education Association, were nominated. NJEA endorsed candidate for Governor, Barbara Buon, also spoke about her support of maintaining collective bargaining rights for public school employees.
The Weirdest Newspaper Endorsement Ever
The Star-Ledger newspaper completely trashes Christie's record as New Jersey Governor- and then endorses him for re-election! Click on the link below, then "Most Watched" under 'playlist', and finally "The Weirdest Endorsement Ever" to watch a piece from the Rachel Maddow Show as she tries to makes sense of the endorsement!
Region 2 Kicks Off the Election
The UniServ Region 2 Field Reps hosted an energized and informational 'kick-off' to the November election at the Holiday Inn. Members from across Gloucester and Salem Counties gathered to hear how to organize and mobilize members to get out the vote for our endorsed candidates on November 5. Congratulations to Margie, Jane, and Al for a great job!
And the Band Played On
The Gloucester County Education Association celebrated the opening of our new office with an "Open House". Members, county Freeholders, business leaders, and NJEA staff enjoyed great food, refreshing beverages, wonderful conversation, and an outstanding performance by members of the Durning String Band.
Fall Focus Well Attended!
The Gloucester County Education Association's Annual Fall Focus was recently held at the Washington. Almost 200 members heard NJEA Vice-President Marie Blistan facilitate the presentation of information on the up-coming November election.
ESP Roundtable #1 Registration Closed
We have reached capacity for the Educational Support Roundtable #1 being held on Thursday, October 24, 2013, 4:30 pm at the GCEA office. ESP Roundtable #2 will be held on February 26, 2014.
Delsea Ed. Assoc. Member Chosen as NJ State Teacher of the Year
Delsea Middle School Social Studies teacher Kathleen Assini has been chosen by the Department of Education as the New Jersey State Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. Kathy is a member of the Delsea Education Association and will be traveling throughout the state as she represents our profession over the next year. Congratulations to Kathy for a job well done!
SGO Workhop Well Attended
The Gloucester County Education Association hosted an informative workshop on completing the new Student Growth Objectives. The room was at capacity as NJEA Professional Development consultant Matt Stagliano explained the details of the requirements. The meeting began with introductions by NJEA Executive Committee member Linda Martins and Sandra Beals who modeled a ten-minute meeting on presenting information to members about the November elections.
Christie's Attack Ad Leaves Out Important Information
Chris Christie's campaign released a television ad that accuses Barbara Buono of voting herself a pay raise. While this may be accurate, it leaves out the facts that the legislation was sponsored by a Republican, passed by a Republican majority and also gave the Governor a pay raise! Click on the link below to get the full story!
NJEA Delegate Assembly Meets
The September meeting of the NJEA Delegate Assembly was held recently in Trenton. Gloucester County Delegate Assembly member and 2nd Vice-President Ryan Griffin opened the meeting as he led the flag salute and sang our National Anthem! Immediate past president of GCEA, Marie Blistan, was installed as the NJEA Vice-President by former NEA President Reg Weaver. It was a great day for Gloucester County members!
SGO Workshop Closed
The registration for the Student Growth Objectives scheduled for Tuesday, September 24 has reached capacity and is now closed. If you are interested in having your name placed on a waiting list for this workshop, please email
Christie's Self-Promotion at New Low
The television ads showing Governor Christie and his family were financed by money intended for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Click on the link below to read the Star-Ledger editorial detailing this shameless use of taxpayer money!
GCEA Office Relocates!
The Gloucester County Education Association office is now located at Lakeside Professional Campus, 190 North Evergreen Avenue, Suite 108, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Phone number and fax will remain the same at 856-853-6673 (fax) 856-853-1745.
GCEA Awards Scholarships
The Gloucester County Education Association Philanthropic Fund awarded three scholarships to students graduating from a Gloucester County public school and entering the field of education. These special awards were presented during the Annual Retirement Reception on June 6, 2013. The recipients are Emily Hinkson, Gateway Regional High School who will be attending Rowan University; Kevin Ruffenach, Clearview Regional High School, a special education major at West Chester University, and Madison S. Underwood, Pitman High School, who will be attending Gloucester County College. We wish these young people great success!
GCEA Honors Retirees
The Annual Gloucester County Education Association Retirement Reception was held on June 6, 2013 at Nicolosi's Catering in Woodbury. Approximately 100 retirees, members and guests honored those teachers, secretaries, bus drivers, food service workers, and paraprofessionals who are entering the 'promised land' of retirement! NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan was the keynote speaker and geetings were offered by the New Jersey Retired Educators Association President-elect, Pat Provnick.
Member Appreciation Reception Huge Success
Over 200 Gloucester County Education Association members attended the first Member Appreciation Reception held at Bogey's in Pitman. Give-a-ways and a multitude of door prizes were awarded as members enjoyed great food, tasty beverages, and each other's company.
Suicide Prevention Workshop Canceled
The "Preventing Teen Suicide is Everybody's Business" presentation, scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2013, 7:00 at Wedgewood Country Club has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Westville EA Hosts Wellness Day
The Westville Education Association recently hosted a school-wide "Wellness Day". Parents, students, and members all enjoyed learning about exciting new ways to get and stay healthy!
ESP Member Records Radio Spot
Lynn Cianci, Gloucester County Education Association Workshop Coordinator and member of the Washington Township Education Association is featured in the latest BEN-FM 60 second radio spot talking about the contributions she makes as an ESP member to the educational community.
State Board of Ed Approves Special Ed Regs
The New Jersey State Board of Education gave final approval to a set of new regulations governing special education in our public schools. In spite of dozens of witnesses testifying against them and hundreds of letters from stakeholders, the BOE approved several very controversial measurements with minor changes. Click on the link below to learn how these changes may affect you and your students.
Scholarship Application
The Gloucester County Education Association is pleased to once again offer scholarships for graduating seniors from a public high school within the county. Two $1,000 awards will be presented to students entering the field of education, and one $1,000 scholarship will be awards to a student wishing to further their technological education. The deadline for the applications are due to the GCEA office no later than May 9, 2013. Click on the link below for more information and the application forms.
GCEA Executive Committee Member Honored
Arnetta Johnson, Gloucester County Education Association 2nd Vice President and NJEA Executive Committee Minority- Member- at Large Representative was honored as the Monroe Township Middle School Teacher of the Year. Arnetta is a 7th grade special education teacher. The Monroe Township Council presented her and several others with certificates at the regular council meeting on Monday, March 25, 2013. Shown pictured above are (l-r) GCEA President, Susan Clark, Arnetta Johnson, and NJEA Secretary-Treasurer, Marie Blistan.
Registration CLOSED for ESP Roundtable #3
Registration is now closed for the ESP Roundtable #3 to be held on April 17, 2013, 4:30 at Terra Nova Restaurant. If you would like to placed on the waiting list, please call the GCEA office at 856-853-6673.
Local Associations Sponsor Fundraiser
Congratulations to the Harrison Township Education Association, Mantua Township Education Association, and the Clearview Education Association. The three locals recently held a friendly volleyball tournament to collect food and raise money for the local food pantry. Teams from each school competed in front of students, parents, and community members to declare the regional volleyball champion! Almost $500 in cash and 1200 canned goods were collected. (Clearview won!)
The NJEA PAC Operating Committee unanimously endorsed Senator Barbara Buono for Governor! The 15 member screening committee, including GCEA GR co-chair Tina Dare, recommended the endorsement after interviews with both Buono and Governor Christie. Click on the link below to read the full story and see the video of Senator Buono's remarks to the NJEA Delegate Assembly.
Are the Teacher Evaluation Code Changes Fair?
Click on the link below to read The Jersey Jazzman's take on the proposed Teacher Evaluation regulations as proposed by the State Dept of Education!
PD Council #2 Cancelled
The Profession Development Council #2, scheduled for Monday, March 4, 2013 has been CANCELLED. Please feel free to call the GCEA office at 856-853-6673 if you have any questions.
The State Board of Education is fast-tracking changes in the special education regulations that would, if enacted, allow teachers and other certified staff to be designated as case managers of students with disabilities. Unless we intervene, these changes will be acted on at the Board’s MARCH 6 meeting. Click on the link below to go to the NJEA website for information on how you can help!
GCEA Member Receives Prestigious Award
Congratulations to Lynn Cianci, food service worker from the Washington Township Schools Support Services Personnel Association as the recipient of the 2013 NJEA ESP Career Achievement Award! Lynn was honored at the annual ESP Awards Dinner by the NJEA and 450 of her ESP colleagues. Marie Blistan, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer, stated in her presentation that Lynn epitomizes the union advocate as she continues to work to help improve the working conditions of all NJEA ESP members. Hats off to a fine role model for all of us!
Know Your Workers Comp Rights
The Gloucester County Education Association presented a workshop on "Know Your Workers Comp Rights". This informative and important event was led by Region 2 UniServ Field Rep Jane Travis-Address. Click on the link below to see the pictures.
GCEA Sponsors Concussion Workshop
The Gloucester County Education Association recently sponsored an informational presentation by the New Jersey Brain Injury Alliance on "Concussions in Sports". Dr. Connie Domingo, medical director of Weismann Children's Rehabilitation Hospital stressed that it is important to deal with concussions as to what they are-traumatic brain injuries. She also stated that "when in doubt: sit it out" should be a guiding principle as to when students suffering concussions should be allowed to return to normal activities. Approximately 50 people attended this Pride in Public Education event held at the Wedgewood Country Club.
ESP Bills on the Move!
Our ESP bills are on the move! Today, both bills, S-1191 and S-2163, were released from the Senate Education Committee. S-1191, which provides employee protections when subcontracting is considered, passed by a vote of 4 to 1. S-2163, which statutorily provides due process rights to all educational support professionals, passed the Senate Education Committee by a vote of 3 to 1. You may recall that the Assembly version of our subcontracting bill (A-3627), sponsored by Assemblyman Herb Conaway, Assemblywoman Connie Wagner and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, passed the Assembly Education Committee last week and now heads to the full Assembly for a vote. Thank you for all you have done to help move these bills. Please keep up the good work by urging your legislator to become a sponsor of these important pieces of legislation.
Diversity Workshop Cancelled
The "Diversity in Education" workshop scheduled for Wednesday, Febraury 13, 1013, 4:30 PM at the GCEA office has been cancelled! We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
ESP Roundtable #2 Held
Educational Support Professionals from throughout the county met recently to discuss the issues of prime importance to them and their colleagues. Bob Antonelli, NJEA Staff Contact for ESP facilitated the discussion. Topics covered included the cost and location of workshops, the ESP Conference, and trainings needed.
Region 2 LAT Meets
The Gloucester Salem Legislative Action Team met recently at the River Winds Restaurant. NJEA Government Relations Associate Director Beth Schroeder Buonsante, presented information on the general election being held in November and members spent time writing letters to the State Board of Education regarding the proposed changes in professional development. Freeholders Heather Simmons, Lyman Barnes, Larry Wallace, and Vince Nestore briefly addressed the audience.
Want to Communicate Better?
Register now for a fabulous workshop on communications skills--"Bridging the Generational Communication Gap", Thursday, January 31, 2013, GCEA office, 335 Glassboro Road, Woodbury Heights, 4:30. Effective communication across the generations is needed to create and maintain healthy relationships. Many of us struggle with a generational disconnect when it comes to communication. Half the battle is being aware each generation has a different way of communicating. Join us for this workshop to learn effective strategies that will help build and maintain those relationships. This event is open to all GCEA members. You must be registered to attend. Go to; click on 'workshops', then: 'register for a workshop" Dinner will be provided
Barnes and Noble Bookfair Benefits Scholarship Fund
The Deptford Barnes & Noble bookstore hosted a bookfair for the GCEA Philanthropic Fund to help raise money for scholarships. The Aura Elementary School students, under the direction of teacher Sonya Cramer, presented projects, book reports , and skits. Rita Hale, GCIT teacher, organized musical performances by several GCIT students. Many thanks to all of the parents, students, and members who helped make this event a success!
Members Attend Autism Workshop
Almost 70 teachers and Educational Support Professionals attended a workshop on "Understanding Autism and Aspergers" presented by the Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health held at the GCEA office. The board certified behaviorists suggested strategies for helping those students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders succeed.
GCEA Meets with County Superintendent
GCEA recently held its annual Executive County Superintendent's Dinner at the GCEA office. County and state association leaders discussed current educational issues with Dr. Richard Stepura, Gloucester County Executive Superintendent, and Freeholder Lyman Barnes. Special guests included NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan, Salem County Council of Education Associations President Sue Maniglia, SCCEA Executive Committee member Carl Fratz, and GCREA President, Diane Camiolo.
Stuffed Animal Collection a Huge Success
GCEA thanks everyone who contributed to the Hurricane Sandy Stuffed Animal Collection. Close to 200 stuffed animals, coloring books, crayons, story books, and Matchbox-like toys were donated to the Adventist Disaster Response team for distribution to children in Atlantic and Ocean counties. Click on the link below to see pictures of the collection and pick-up. Check back after the holidays for more photos of the items being distributed. Also, congratulations to the Logan Township Education Association members who collected $740 in gift cards to be donated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy---just in time for the holidays!
NJEA Airs New Pride TV Ads
NJEA has produced three new television ads spotlighting educational reform, The Center for Teaching and Learning, and the important role our ESP's played in the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. These ads will run in the Philadelphia and New York markets until December 24, take a holiday break and be back in January. Click on the link below to view all three ads.
GCEA Collecting Stuffed Animals
The Gloucester County Education Association is collecting stuffed animals (no larger than 12 inches!), coloring books, crayons, and Matchbox-like toys (firetrucks, ambulances, and police cars preferred) for students displaced by Hurricane Sandy! These items will be placed into a 2 gallon ZipLoc bag for distribution. You may drop off these items anytime between 10:00-7:00 Monday-Thursday and 10:00-2:00 on Friday at the GCEA office or bring with you to any GCEA event between now and December 7th!
ESPs Honored
The Gloucester County Education Association held the annual Educational Support Professional Dinner and Workshop on November 14, 2012 to honor and thank our ESP's for the outstanding work they do every day! The GCEA ESP of the Year, Jennifer Ellick from Geenwich Township Education Association was honored. Marge Villeau, the NJEA ESP of the Year spoke about the importance of being involved, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan spotlighted outstanding members within the county, and Freeholder Lyman Barnes presented a Proclamation describing the history and importance of our ESPs. Finally, NJEA network attorney, Keith Waldman explained how the the anti-bullying law affects ESPs.
Thank an ESP Today!
Educational Support Professionals are the bus drivers, food service workers, secretaries, paraprofessionals, aides, custodians, maintenance workers, security guards, and technicians who work every day to keep our public schools safe, clean, and functioning. They are the glue that holds everything together. Our schools could not function without them. Take a minute to thank one of them today--- they are our everyday heroes!
Celebrate American Education Week
Join thousands of educators from across the country as we celebrate our great public schools. November 11-17 is American Education Week, a time to honor all the individuals who help to make our schools so successful. Parents will be visiting classrooms, grandparents will be reading to students, and the public will have many opportunities to see our outstanding members in action.
GCEA Hosts Documentary Screening
The Gloucester County Education Association will be showing the documentary film, "MissRepresentation", on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 7:00 PM, at the GCEA office, 335 Glassboro Road, Woodbury Heights. The film explores how the media�s misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. Join us to learn what others are doing across the country to counter this injustice. Click on the link below to register. Delicious snacks will be served!
NJEA Launches Hurricane Relief Effort
Many of our members were severely affected by Hurricane Sandy-- and many of us here in Gloucester County want to help! NJEA has established a special fund to collect money for the relief effort. Additionally, opportunities for individuals and local associations to help with specific projects are being developed.
Swedesboro-Woolwich Earns Bargaining Award
Congratulations to the Swedesboro-Woolwich Education Association, recipients of the 2012 Jim George Collective Bargaining Award! This honor is awarded annually to the local association which has bargained an extraordinary contract; one which includes new contractual language, used the bargaining process to propel new members into association involvement. or achieved a particularly good settlement in comparison to state averages! Pictured in the photo, from l-r are Region 2 Field Rep Al Beaver, NJEA President Barbara Keshishian, SWEA negotiations team member Kelli Woronicak, SWEA President Matt Sparacio, NJEA Vice-President Wendell Steinhauer and NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan.
The GCEA office will be closed on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday October 30 due to the hurricane. All scheduled events for those two days have been cancelled. This includes the XYZ's of Retirement workshop (which will be re-scheduled) and the election phone banks.
GCEA Announces ESP of the Year
Congratulations to Jennifer Ellick, secretary to the principal from Greenwich Township Education Association who was selected as the Gloucester County Education Association Educational Support Professional of the Year for 2012-2013! Jennifer served as the Vice-President and President of the Greenwich Township Education Association and is currently the Legislative Action Team and Social Committee chair. She is also very active in community Pride events and is a regular attendee at the Board of Education meetings. Mrs. Ellick will be honored at the annual ESP Dinner and Workshop to be held Nov 12 at Nicolosi's in Woodbury.
Painting the County PINK!
Thousands of NJEA members across the county helped educate their students and the public as they celebrated PINK DAY on October 19. Students wore pink, administrators donned pink boas and feathers, and GCEA delivered pink bags full of goodies to oncology centers throughout Gloucester County as a thank you for their hard work with breast cancer patients.
October Rep Council Welcomes Teacher of the Year
The Gloucester County Education Association honored the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year at the October Representative Council meeting. Susan Barry, a member of the Clearview Education Association spoke about her role as an advocate for all students. First time attendees were also honored.
Fall Focus Attracts Large Crowd
The annual Fall Focus meeting attracted a large crowd of almost 175 members from 27 different local associations throughout Gloucester County. NJEA Leadership and Staff presented updates on the evaluation regulations, the election, and new initiatives for our ESP members.
Monroe Township Ed Assoc Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Congratulations to the Monroe Township Education Association who recently celebrated their 50th year of incorporation at the Scotland Run Golf Club. MTEA President Jon Woodward welcomed the many active and retired members who attended. NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan spoke about the numerous individual and group accomplishments of the MTEA members, UniServ Field Rep Jane Travis-Address congratulated the MTEA on its accomplishments, and Gloucester County Education Association President Susan Clark reminded members of how hard they have worked over the years and presented President Woodward with a Certificate of Congratulations.
Salem/Gloucester Brunch with Congressman LoBiondo
The Salem County Council of Education Associations and the Gloucester County Education Association hosted a Saturday morning brunch with Congressman Frank Lobiondo (R) at the Ramada Inn in Vineland. Congressman LoBiondo is an NJEA endorsed candidate with an outstanding voting record in support of those issues that are important to our members.
Q and A with Congressman Andrews
The Gloucester County Education Association hosted a question and answer session with Congressman Rob Andrews (D). Congressman Andrews spoke about many of the issues that are of importance to our members such as IDEA, the re-authorization of NCLB and student loan programs. Congressman Andrews is an NJEA endorsed candidate for re-election
Registration Closed for Fall Focus
Registration for the annual Fall Focus meeting being held on Thursday, October 18, 2012 is now CLOSED! Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedules to attend.
GCEA Hosts Chamber of Commerce Event
The Gloucester County Education Association hosted a Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange Breakfast on October 10. Approximately 40 representatives from Gloucester County businesses attended the before-hours event to exchange information about their commercial enterprises. President Sue Clark spoke about the achievements of our public schools, invited participants to several upcoming Pride events, and explained who GCEA was and what we do!
Legislative Action Team Meets
The Gloucester County Education Association's Legislative Action Team met recently with our endorsed Freeholder candidates and the Senate President to discuss those issues that are important to our members. Senate President Steve Sweeney thanked us for the work done on the recently passed tenure reform legislation and gave his support to the pending ESP legislation currently waiting action in the Senate Education Committee. Freeholder Director Bob Damminger and Freeholder Deputy Director Joe Chila thanked us for our endorsement of their candidacy for re-election and re-affirmed their commitment to public education in Gloucester County.
Thousands Show Support for WTEA
Over 15 local associations from Gloucester, Camden, and Salem counties showed their support for the Washington Township Education Association as they rallied before the high school 'Back to School Night' on October 4, 2012. Members from throughout South Jersey wore red, held signs, and proudly displayed their Association banners to bring attention to the WTEA's lack of a contract after three years of negotiations.
GCEA Member Spotlighted on BEN-FM Radio
Glassboro Education Association and GCEA Educational Support Professional Member-at-Large, Traci Davis, recorded a 60 second message on radio station BEN-FM 95.7 highlighting the value of school bus drivers. Click on the link below to listen to the spot!
GCEA Rep Council Meets
The governing body of the Gloucester County Education Association, the Representative Council, met on Tuesday, September18, 2012. The first monthly meeting of the year celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Monroe Township Education Association, and distributed updated information to the local association reps.
Organizing Around Evaluations Workshop Held
The Gloucester County Education Association recently conducted a workshop on the new evaluation regulations and procedures. Martha DeBlieu, Associate Director from the NJEA Research and Economics Division presented timely updates on the impact these regulations will have on our certificated members. Sixty-five GCEA members enjoyed a great dinner and learned a great deal.
Registration for the Evaluation workshop scheduled for Thursday, September 20, 2012 is now CLOSED as we have reached capacity! Thank you to everyone for your strong interest in this topic.
ESP of the Year Nominations Due Soon
GCEA is now accepting nominations from the local associations for the annual ESP of the Year award. This award is presented to a Gloucester County Educational Support Professional who has been an important member of their local association---as an elected officer, as a member of your Executive Committee or as an outstanding advocate for ESP's and public schools! The GCEA award winner will be forwarded to NJEA for consideration as the NJEA ESP of the Year. Click on the link below to see more details and get the forms. Scroll to "Selection of the Award", and click on 'local association nomination award' Nominations are due to GCEA before September 28th!
Meet the Gloucester County Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Clearview Regional English teacher Susan Barry for her selection as the 2012-2013 Gloucester County Teacher of the Year! Ms. Barry has been a teacher for 11 years after careers in insurance claims and book wholesaling! Susan is known to actively recruit students from the Special Education classes as she shares her love and enthusiasm for Shakespeare with everyone! Ms. Barry will be honored by the GCEA at the October 16 Representative Council meeting. Click on the link below to view the NJEA video of our County Teacher of the Year-Susan Barry!
Washington Township EA Holds a 'Smart' Walk
The Washington Township Education Association held a 'smart' walk at the Whitman Elementary School. More than 600 members, parents, and supporters walked before the school's "Back to School Night" to bring attention to their lack of a contract. Walkers were encouraged to use their 'smart' phones to tweet, email and post the activity to show unity and educate the community. Click on the link below to view the NBC10 coverage of the event.
Freeholders Offer Free Eye Exams
Gloucester County is offering free eye screenings twice a month for all county children and adults. This service is provided by the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired in an effort to prevent or limit the impact of vision loss in our county. Click on the link below for more information.
NJEA Launches New Website
NJEA has launched the revised! Click on the link below to view the latest information, updats on political news, connect to other members, and discover what the bloggers are saying!
ESP Spotlighted on Radio
NJEA ESP members are being spotlighted on BEN-FM as they talk about their jobs and their importance to the school community! A different 60 second spot will be aired each month. Click on the link below to hear the NJEA ESP of the Year, Marge Vallieu, talk about her job as a cafeteria manager.
GCEA Well Represented at NEA Annual Meeting
Twenty-five members of the Gloucester County Education Association attended the Annual NEA Representative Assembly in Washington, DC this past summer. The NEA-RA meets every July to approve new business items, elect national leaders, and create policies for the National Education Association. Nearly 10,000 members from across the country meet together to debate issues and listen to prominent education/political leaders. Vice-President Biden and his wife were the main speakers this year and President Obama made a special "call-in" to thank members for their endorsement of his campaign for re-election.
President Obama calls on Congress to act on educator layoffs
Click on the link below to read about President Obama's call to Congress to rehire teachers!
Students View MissRepresentation
GCEA recently hosted a screening of the documentary film, "MissRepresentation" for the students involved in the Gloucester County Prosecutor's office summer program. The movie discusses the impact the media has on misrepresenting women which leads to an under-representation of females in positions of power and influence. The summer program is led by Shannon Fuerneisen. Deborah Wilson, GCEA Minority Member at Large led the discussion.
Governor Signs New Tenure Law
Gov. Christie signed the tenure bill into law on Monday, August 6, 2012. NJEA unveiled its own version of tenure reform on December 7, 2010 and after a long, hard-fought process was able to have most of that original proposal included in the new law! Click on the link below for answers to your questions and details on how this historic legislation will affect you.
Have Questions About the Tenure Legislation?
If you have a question, or don't understand the two tenure bills that NJEA recently testified in support of, please click on the link below to learn why these tenure reform bills have our support.
Some Special Awards
Gloucester County Education Association awarded three graduating high school seniors with a $1,000 scholarship. Carl Archut, Jr. from GCIT received the Attila Matusek Career Technical Award. The Marianne Eitel Memorial Scholarship was presented to Stephanie Fanelli of West Deptford High School and The Bill Gaines Memorial Scholarship recipient is a graduate of Gateway Regional High School--Kristina Perdicaro. Congratulations to these outstanding students and best wishes as they continue their education. GCEA also honored three remarkable members who have gone above and beyond in their contributions to their Association. Kathi Looney, retired from Washington Township Education Association, Marge Dolente, a retiree of Mantua Township Education Association, and Paul Petrille, former GCEA treasurer and a member of the Deptford Township Education Association were all given a place on the GCEA "Wall of Honor"!
GCEA Recognizes Retirees
The Gloucester County Education Association recently held the Annual Retirement Reception at Nicolosi's Catering. Retirees from throughout the county's schools were honored for their years of service and dedication to their students and public education. NJEA Secretary-Treasurer, Marie Blistan, was the keynote speaker and Gloucester County Executive County Superintendent, Robert Bumpus, offered congratulations to the honorees.
May Rep Council Ends Year with Celebration
The 2011-2012 Representative Council meetings ended on May 15 with awards to locals for 80% or better attendance, remarks by member authors, and a very special 'good-by' to Bob Antonelli. Click on the link below to view the photos.
NEA Salutes School Nurses Day
Celebrate School Nurses' Day on May 9th! Click below to go to the NEA webpage for more information.
Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week
Help celebrate National Teacher Day on May 8th! Click on the link below to find dozens of ideas on how to celebrate and thank a teacher!
Members Learn about Benefits
Gloucester County Education Association members recently attended the annual New Member Benefits Fair at Nicolosi's Catering. NJEA-endorsed vendors were on-hand to present their products and explain how members can save money, including California Casualty, BJ's, and Morey's Piers. Click below to view the photos.
GCEA Celebrates Education
The Gloucester County Education Association held the annual Paul J. Petrille Education Celebration recently at the Scotland Run Golf Club. One hundred forty members, mayors, superintendents, elected officials and special guests celebrated all that is great about our county's public schools. Musical presentations were performed by the West Deptford High School Madrigal Choir and the Washington Township High School String Quartet. The Deptford High School NJROTC led the attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. The students of the Baking and Pastry Arts classes of Charles McBride from GCIT provided cookie treats, and the horticulture students of Peggy Grady, GCSSSD created the centerpieces. Three outstanding citizens of the county, Barbara Wallace, Frank Smith, and Paul Petrille were honored for their service to the public schools with the prestigious "Friend of Education" award.
Original Thinking??
An article from explains one way that the conservative "education reform' agenda is being pushed throughout the country! Click on the link below to learn about ALEC, a one stop shop for model bills that are being introduced in many of the states!
GCEA Celebrates 50th Anniversary
The Gloucester County Education Association turned 50 on March 19th! While records date back to the late 1800's, our organization was not officially incorporated until 1962! Members of Rep Council, along with invited guests from past leadership and staff enjoyed seeing the original papers and record books.
GCEA Sponsors Documentary Screening
GCEA recently held a screening of the movie, "MissRepresentation", a documentary focusing on how the media treats women and girls. Close to 70 members and guests viewed the film. A follow-up discussion, led by GCEA representative on the NJEA Women in Education committee, Debbie Wilson, included comments by reps from the Fort Lee Film Commision, the Alice Paul Institute, Pam Garwood, Associate Director from NJEA PDII Division and Marie Blistan, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer. For more information on "MissRepresentation" or to schedule a screening for your local or organization, contact the GCEA office.
Region 2 Gloucester-Salem Legislative Dinner
Close to 165 members and guests from Gloucester and Salem counties attended the Annual Legislative Dinner at Scotland Run Golf Club. Senators Sweeney and Norcross spoke about the current proposed legislation affecting public schools and public school employees. Assemblywoman Gabrielle Mosquera also spoke briefly. Members were brought up to date on NJEA's Education Reform proposals by President Barbara Keshishian and Director of Government Relations Ginger Gold- Schnitzer. Many thanks to Bob Antonelli, NJEA Associate Director of GR, Tina Dare, Ryan Griffin, and Colleen Gilmartin, GR chairs for Salem and Gloucester counties, for planning and facilitating the program.
Response to Christie's Attack on NJEA Political Spending
Click on the link below to read Jersey Jazzman's succinct summary response to the Governor's attack on NJEA's political expense report.
Diane Ravitch Responds to New York Evaluation Deal
Click on the link below to read Diane Ravitch's response to the "deal" struck between the NY Department of Education and teachers' unions over a new evaluation policy. Keep informed: New Jersey is fighting the same kind of battle!
All-Female, African-American Flight Crew Makes History
A woman pilot, first-officer and two flight attendants marked another step in history as they served as the first all female, African- American flight crew for a Delta Airlines flight--- and what better time to do it than during Black History Month!
The Truth About Tenure #3
Under NJEA's proposed tenure system, it will take four years to earn tenure. During the four years before tenure, teachers will have more opportunities to develop and improve, and districts will have more time to make good decisions about granting tenure.
Workshop Explains Workload Increases
Approximately 50 members attended the workshop, "Workload Increases: Fair or Foul?" to learn the things they can---and cannot---control in their work environment. UniServ Field Rep for Leadership Training, Michael Saffron explained the laws, policies and practices that can affect our workloads.
The Truth About Tenure #1
Tenure was created more than one hundred years ago to protect public school employees by keeping politics out of the classroom. New Jersey's schools still need that protection. Tenure is not designed to keep ineffective teachers in the classroom. Most ineffective teachers are weeded out in the first three years, before ever earning tenure. Four out of every 10 new teachers never earn tenure.
Attendance High at Winter Lead South!
Almost every local association in Gloucester County was represented at the annual NJEA Winter Leadership Conference held at the Sheraton in Atlantic City. Members learned about various advocacy issues from collective bargaining to engaging members.
PRIDE Presentation Great Success!
Detective Sgt. Steven LaPorta, head of the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office High Tech Crimes Unit, presented "What is CyberBullying?" to parents and community members. Click on the link below to view the photos.
GCEA Sponsors "Strides for Pride" Workshop
The Gloucester County Education Association recently held a workshop for members entitled, "Strides for Pride: Protecting Our GLBT Students". The presenter, Riley Keenan is a social worker and advocate for the GLBT community.
Members Attend ESP Luncheon
Seventy members braved the snow on Saturday, January 21, 2012 to attend the ESP Luncheon and workshop at Terra Nova Restaurant in Washington Township. NJEA Professional Development consultant Muneerah Higgs presented a training on "Dealing with Difficult Students for ESP".
The Region 2/Gloucester-Salem Legislative Action Team met recently at the RiverWinds Restaurant in West Deptford. Close to 60 members were able to hear the views on educational issues of Freeholders Lyman Barnes, Heather Simmons, Vince Nestore, and Larry Wallace. Members also had the opportunity to ask questions.
This is "No Name Calling" Week
The week of January 23-27, 2012 has been designated as "NO NAME CALLING" week! Created by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Simon & Schuster Children’s publishing, it was inspired from the young-adult novel "The Misfits" by James Howe. Click on the link below to read more.
ESP Luncheon Registration Closed
Registration for the Educational Support Professional's luncheon on Saturday, January 21, 2012 has been CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who is planning to attend!
"What is CyberBullying?"
The Gloucester County Education Association will be hosting a workshop for all members, parents, students and other interested community members on Wednesday, January 25, 7:00 pm. at Nicolosi's Catering in Woodbury on the issue of cyberbullying. The presenter will be Sgt. Steven LaPorta from the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. Please click on "workshops" in the menu bar to register.
NJEA Pushes Back on Reform Agenda
Click on the link below to read a Wall Street Journal article concerning the failure of Chris Christie to attain any part of his education reform agenda in 2011!
"Strides for Pride: Protecting Our GLBT Students"
GCEA proudly presents a very special workshop on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm at the GCEA office, 335 Glassboro Road, Woodbury Heights-- "Strides for Pride: Protecting Our GLBT Students". Now, more than ever with the implementation of the anti-bullying law, we must find ways to help ALL of our students feel safe and protected. Come learn what it is like to be a GLBT student in today's environment- and how we can make a difference. Click on "workshops", then "register for a workshop" in the menu bar. You must be registered to attend.
Region 2 Legislative Action Teams to Meet
The Gloucester and Salem County Legislative Action Teams will hold a meeting and training on January 10, 2011 at the RiverWinds Restaurant in West Deptford. If you are interested in the current political scene and want to hear about the latest legislative issues affecting education, please plan to attend. This is also an opportunity for you to speak directly with our legislators from Districts 3, 4 and 5. To register, click on "Workshops", then "register for a workshop".
Another GREAT Grade-In
Members from Gloucester and Salem Counties converged on the Food Court at the Deptford Mall to stage another Grade-In. Over 100 members representing Mantua, Deptford, Harrison, Kingsway, Clearview, Greenwich, Franklin, Delsea, Glassboro, Pitman, GCIT, Monroe, Westville, East Greenwich, Alloway, Lower Alloway Creek, Penns Grove-Carney's Point, and Pennsville local associations graded papers, ate dinner, and talked with the public about their jobs! Brochures on homework, watching TV, college and other topics were disseminated to parents. Special thanks to Kingsway Regional EA members Laura Reynolds and Jacki Pelleriti for taking the time to help a parent with her child's math homework, to Mike Wichert, Clearview EA for organizing the event, and of course, to the Cat in the Hat for the surprise visit!
Members Attend NJEA Convention
GCEA members were out in full force at the 2011 NJEA Convention held in Atlantic City, November 10-11, 2011. Many of them visited the GCEA booth to register for a special prize and receive a free gift! Several local presidents also attended the NJEA Affiliates Presidents' dinner held on Nov 10 at the Convention Center. President Sue Clark, NJEA Executive Committee member Linda Martins, Treasurer Tina Dare, and Membership Chair Christine Onorato represented GCEA at the Urban Education Committee's brunch where they heard a special presentation by NJEA attorney, Steve Cohan, on the anti-bullying law.
GCEA Honors the 2011-2012 ESP of the Year
The Gloucester County Education Association honored our Educational Support Professionals and the GCEA ESP of the Year with a dinner and workshop! The members enjoyed a "Time Management" presentation by Region 2 UniServ consultants, Allison Braun and Mike Salerno, then paid special tribute to the Educational Support Professional of the Year, Dotty Grieb, President of the Gloucester County Special Services Education Association.
GCEA Gets Out the Vote
Gloucester County Education Association once again sponsored a 'phone bank' to "Get Out the Vote' for our endorsed candidates. NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan was on hand to lend her support as well! Click on the link below to see some of the members who helped!
County Resident Nominated for NJ Hall of Fame
Irene Hill-Smith was a life long resident of Gloucester County and has been nominated for the New Jersey Hall of Fame in the history category. In addition to being a tireless civil rights leader, Hill-Smith played a significant role in the restoration of Paulsdale, the home of Alice Paul, and lobbied for the civil rights of all individuals at the local, state, and national levels. The GCEA Executive Committee has voted to endorse her for this prestigious honor and encourage you to click on the link below to cast YOUR vote for Irene Hill-Smith.
Legislators Challenged to "Teach for a Day"
Every New Jersey Senator and Assemblyperson was invited to participate in the "Teacher for a Day" program during American Education Week! Click on the link below to read all about it!
NJEA Goes on Offensive
Click on the link below to view the latest TV ad by NJEA that 'debunks' claims that tenure is given to teachers just for breathing!
Register Now for ESP Dinner
The Gloucester County Education Association is proud to announce that the annual Educational Support Professionals Dinner and Workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at Nicolosi's Catering in Woodbury. The program for the evening will include the presentation of the GCEA ESP of the Year award to Dotty Grieb, President of the GCSSEA, remarks by the NJEA ESP of the Year, Deborah Grosse, and special guest, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer, Marie Blistan. Please join us for the workshop, "Time Management", and enjoy this event especially designed for the ESP's!
Westville EA Earns Bargaining Nomination
The Westville Education Association was nominated for the prestigious Jim George Collective Bargaining Award! The WEA bargained language for family leave, established stipends for four new positions, established themselves as an active community participant, and worked to pass the school budget, What is probably most astounding is that their contract was settled three months prior to the expiration of the current agreement with settlements within the county average. Additionally, all members were able to move up a step on the salary guide each year of the three year agreement while increasing the starting salary to $50k! Congratulations to Westville Ea, their co-presidents, Karen Knaul and Keith Jackson, the Negotiations chair, Cathy Davis and the 34 members of the WEA! GOOD JOB!
Save a Job
Click on the link below to sign a petition that will encourage your representatives in Washington to maintain the 6 day delivery system of the postal system! Cutting back delivery to 5 days, as is being proposed, could cost thousands of middle-class jobs!
Members Attend Retirement Workshop
Almost one hundred members attended the "XYZ's of Retirement" workshop held at Masso's Crystal Manor in Glassboro. NJEA Research Division Associate Director Jim Jameson presented information on the retirement process. The same workshop will also be presented on April 24, 2012 if you missed this one!
Should Hedge Fund Managers Control Education Reform?
Click on the link below to read the Newark Star-Ledger article on how two super-rich hedge fund managers are trying to influence educational reform in New Jersey!
GCEA Delivers "Thank You" Bags on Pink Day
The Gloucester County Education Association celebrated "Pink Day" by thanking the staffs of several oncology centers in the county for their work with breast cancer patients. Gloucester County Retired Educator member Trudy Randazzo, office manager, Linda Calandra and President Susan Clark visited the Minniti Center for Medical Oncology and Hematology, Abel Imaging, Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Center, Underwood Women's Breast Center, Kennedy University Radiation Oncology and Kennedy Cancer Center to deliver bags filled with 'goodies', as a thank you gift for all their hard work.
Gang Awareness Workshop Held for Public
The Gloucester County Education Association, as part of the Pride in Public Schools campaign, hosted a "Gang Awareness" presentation for members, parents, students, and law enforcement. Detective Javier Castellanos, Passiac County Sheriffs Dept Gang Intelligence Unit, and Detective Robert Chew, Camden Police Strategic Multi-Agency Shootings and Homicide Task Force, presented segments on gang enticements, recruitment, colors, symbols, and presence.
What Newer Members Need to Know
The workshop, "What Newer Members Need to Know" scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 at the GCEA office has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. It will be re-scheduled for next year.
NJEA Airs TV Ads on Teacher Quality
Click on the link below to view the latest ad from NJEA-- this one highlights the training of science teachers.
Freeholder Candidates Speak with Legislative Action Team
Gloucester County Education Association's Legislative Action Team welcomed Freeholder candidates Heather Simmons and Lyman Barnes, as our endorsed candidates in the November election. Ginger Gold Schnitzer, NJEA GR Director spoke to the members about the importance of going to the polls on November 8 . She also presented the latest information on pending legislation.
Franklin, Elk Members and Residents Protest
Delsea Education Association members who reside in Franklin and Elk Townships, as well as many community members expressed their concern over a lack of a contract between the Delsea Board of Education and the DEA! Residents and members alike each urged the Board members to meet with the DEA and settle the contract now.
Register Now for Gang Awareness Workshop
The Gloucester County Education Association is pleased to announce a "Pride in Public Education" event on "Gang Awareness" on October 20, 2011 beginning at 6:00 pm at the Wedgewood Country Club in Washington Township. While most people believe GANGS are only an urban problem, a 2007 survey of law enforcement showed that 55% of the communities in South Jersey reported a gang presence! Come learn what you can do to prevent our children from joining gangs, what gangs promise our children, and how gang activities affect our families and communities. The public is invited but you must be registered to attend
"Making Meetings Work" Workshop Works!
Gloucester County Education Association recently held a workshop on how to make your meetings better and more effective. Region 2 UniServ consultant, Mona Bennett, presented information on how to create and organize effective meetings using Robert's Rules of Order, and how to best use the time available to meet.
GCEA Holds Fall Focus Meeting
The Gloucester County Education Association held the annual Fall Focus meeting at Masso's in Glassboro on September 27, 2011. Over 200 members were in attendance to hear NJEA President Barbara Keshishian speak about why Membership Matters. The local associations with at least 10% of their members present were awarded prizes. Those districts are: Delsea Transportation, Elk Township, Greenwich Twp, Harrison Twp, National Park, Wenonah, and Woodbury Heights. The Glouc. County Special Services EA won for having the highest number of members and the Glassboro Ed Support Prof Assoc. had the greatest improvement in attendance over last year.
Christie Ad Challenged
An article in the Bergen Record challenges the 'facts' presented in a recent television ad praising Gov. Christie's accomplishments. Click on the link below to read more.
Grade In at Deptford Mall
Come and join us for the first grade in of the 2011-2012 school year. This grade-in will occur on November 17th between 5 and 7 pm.
Register NOW for Legislative Action Team Meeting
The first Legislative Action Team meeting of the year will be held on October 11, 2011 at the GCEA office beginning at 4:00pm. The NJEA-endorsed candidate for Assembly from Legislative District 4, Shelley Lovett, has been invited to meet with you! Take this opportunity to express your concerns and hear her positions on issues important to all of us. Click on "workshops" in the menu bar and then "Register for a workshop". Hope to see you there.
September Rep Council Honors Members
Linda Behm, GCEA past president was honored with her addition to the Wall of Honor and the Gloucester County Teacher of the Year was presented to the members!
South Harrison EA Protests at Back to School Night
Members from the South Harrison Township Education Association, led by President Bev Donofrio, protested their lack of a contract before and during the annual Back-to-School night held on September 21, 2011. Members held signs informing parents that they have been without a settled agreement for 800+ days! SHEA is the ONLY district in the state that has started their third year without an agreement and the ONLY district in South Jersey who are at super-conciliation!
Expert Says NJ Teacher Evaluation Plan Flawed
Howard Wainer, Wharton School of Business professor and former principal researcher at the Educational Testing Service, raises significant questions about the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers in his new book, "Uneducated Guesses".
Local Presidents' "Welcome Back Brunch" Held
GCEA held the first-ever Welcome Back Brunch for Gloucester County local association presidents on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at Scotland Run Golf Club. GCEA President Susan Clark welcomed everyone, presented a special 9-11 remembrance and explained what our county organization can do to assist the locals. NJEA Secretary-Treasurer, Marie Blistan, congratulated the presidents on their advocacy and hard work on the behalf of their members. Various GCEA officers and committee chairs then presented brief overviews on upcoming events and workshops. Thank you to everyone who took the time from their busy schedules to attend!
Support Local Businesses that Support Us
The connection between education and business is undeniable! Many of our Gloucester County businesses understand this and visibly show their support for public education by displaying a door decal that says so! We encourage our members to view the list of supporting businesses before purchasing a product or service!
Poll Shows NJ Residents Happy with Public Schools
A recent public opinion poll conducted by Kean University found that 70% of those polled were very or somewhat satisfied with public school teachers and schools. Click on the link to see the full results.
Public Employee Unions Sue Over Pen/Ben Law
The NJEA has joined other public sector employee unions in filing a lawsuit against the State of New Jersey for violating members' contractual rights. Click on the link below to read more.
NJEA PAC Makes Endorsements
The NJEA PAC Operating Committee has endorsed 68 candidates for the state legislature in the November elections. Click on the link below to read the entire press release and learn who was or wasn't endorsed.
Matt Damon Defends Tenure
Actor Matt Damon goes toe-to-toe with a news reporter over the issue of teacher tenure!
GCEA at the NEA-RA
Gloucester County locals were well represented at this years Annual Meeting of the NEA Representative Assembly held in Chicago July1-6, 2011. Members from the following Associations worked from 7;00 am to 6:00 pm listening to Vice-President Joe Biden address the delegates, voting on new business items, honoring the Wisconsin Senators, the National Teacher and ESP of the Year, and endorsing President Obama for a second term: Swedesboro-Woolwich, Monroe Township, Mantua, Elk, Delsea Regional, GCSSSD, Franklin, Deptford, Washington Township, Clearview Regional, and Glassboro. If your local was not represented, start making plans to become a delegate for next year!
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