With local control, new hope in Newark schools

After 22 years of failed, state-imposed “education reform,” the Newark, N.J., community finally has local control of their schools. “We make the decisions in our house,” said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka at a City Hall event celebrating the return of democratic process to Newark public education in 2017-18. “We don’t need anybody to run us, to govern us, to tell us what to do.”…

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AFTNJ Professional Development Boot Camp: Early Childhood Day 2

Early Childhood Educators’ Tracks

The tracks listed below are designed to be developmentally appropriate for students in our PK through 2nd grade settings. The workshops will include opportunities for participants to share “staying true” to age appropriate educational, social and emotional expectations in a school system setting. Discussions will also focus on identifying and addressing language, emotional, sensory, and perceptual and other learning challenges.…

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AFTNJ Professional Development Boot Camp: Early Childhood Day 1

Early Childhood Educators’ Tracks

The tracks listed below are designed to be developmentally appropriate for students in our PK through 2nd grade settings. The workshops will include opportunities for participants to share “staying true” to age appropriate educational, social and emotional expectations in a school system setting. Discussions will also focus on identifying and addressing language, emotional, sensory, and perceptual and other learning challenges.…

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Join the PK12 Professional Development Bootcamp: Nov 9 and 10

The AFTNJ is happy to announce that we will be partnering again with AFT National to provide high-quality, research based AFT Professional Development. Professional Development hours will be awarded for participants.

The two-day event is structured as two stand-alone professional development sessions in order to allow flexibility for AFTNJ members. AFTNJ members can attend one or both days to double up on their professional learning.…

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Nov. 9 and 10 Professional Development Bootcamp Workshop Descriptions

Workshop Tracks for All Educators

Foundations of Learning
• Designing a Supportive Classroom Climate
• Maximizing Student Engagement
• Scaffolding Your Way to Student Success
• Using Feedback to Promote Student Learning

Managing Behavior
• Behavior is a Form of Communication – What Are Challenging Behaviors Telling Us?
• The Acting Out Cycle
• Measuring Behavior
• Building Social Competence in the Classroom

English Language Learners 101
• Language Acquisition and Learning: How does language development affect learning?…

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Nov. 10: Day 2 of Professional Development Bootcamp Schedule and Registration

Please attend this high-quality, research-based AFT Professional Development. Sign up here to attend on Friday, Nov. 10 and make sure you are signed up for Thursday, Nov. 9 if you wish to “double up” on your professional learning.

On each day there will be sessions offered in the following areas of professional development.  Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.…

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Nov. 9: Day 1 of AFTNJ Professional Development Boot Camp Schedule and Registration

Please attend this high-quality, research-based AFT Professional Development. Sign up here to attend on Thursday, Nov. 9 and sign up again for Friday, Nov. 10 if you wish to “double up” on your professional learning.

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Boot Camp is free for all AFT members.

Foundations of Learning
AM Session: Designing a Supportive Classroom Climate
PM Session: Maximizing Student Engagement

Managing Behavior
AM Session: Behavior is a Form of Communication – What Are Challenging Behaviors Telling Us?…

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Newark Teachers Union Asks ‘Has District Complied with Civil Service Order?’

Contact: Nat Bender, nbender [@] aftnj.org, 908-377-0393

Ed note: Civil Service Commission order

Thirty-days since ordered to correct misclassifications, union questions status

NEWARK…Siding with Newark Teachers Union (NTU) allegations that Newark Public Schools inappropriately changed 485 workers’ titles, resulting in chaos for students, lower pay for workers and out-of-seniority layoffs, New Jersey’s Civil Service Commission ordered the district to fix the problem within 30 days on August 16, 2017.…

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2017 Election: Get Involved

Labor Walks Saturday Mornings

Monmouth/Ocean CLC, IBEW 400, 3301 Highway 138, Wall, Wyatt Earp (732) 773-9480
Hudson CLC, MEBA D-1, 37 Edward Hart Drive, Jersey City, Peter Busacca (201) 583-1300
Essex/West Hudson CLC, RWDSU 108, 1576 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, Tom Giblin (973) 244-5801
Bergen CLC, IBEW 164, 205 Robin Road, Paramus, Michael Schneider (201) 803-6461
Burlington CLC, CWA 1036, 26 High Street, Mount Holly, Rich Spieler (609) 922-9109
Passaic CLC, UFCW 1262, 1389 Broad Street, Clifton, Juan Negron (201) 618-5184
Southern CLC

  • Camden County – Garden State Pavilion, 2240-15 Rt.
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We can work it out

Justin Serfozo, Garfield Federation of Teachers

It’s not exactly being played as frequently as the song of the summer, “Despacito,” but the lyrics and vocal delivery of the Beatles’ 1965 No. 1 single “We Can Work It Out” seem to perfectly capture the mixed emotions many educators are experiencing these days.

I was listening to the song as I drove through the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark on my way to an AFT roundtable discussion on improving educational policies in New Jersey.…

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