2015 News Archives

November 2015

Annual NJFEA Field Trip to the NJEA Convention – The 2015-16 NJFEA State Officers made their “Atlantic City debut” at the Annual New Jersey Education Association Convention. Katelyn Page (President), Makenzie Kern (Vice President), Joely DeMonte (Secretary), Nicholas Quintero (Northern Region Representative), Samantha Nielsen (Central Region Representative), and DJ Hager (Central/Southern Region Representative) staffed the NJFEA booth on the floor of the AC Convention Center, and provided information about the mission, purpose, and activities of the New Jersey Future Educators Association to hundreds of convention attendees on November 5th and 6th. Our NJFEA officers were exceptional representatives of our state organization! They also got to meet and talk with the 2015-16 and 2014-15 NJ Teachers of the Year, and attend presentations by notable personalities, including a New York Times bestselling author and the NJ Commissioner of Education.

Also, on Friday, November 6th, our NJFEA State Officers were joined by nearly 75 NJFEA student members and their advisors for a special program at the Convention. This was the largest group of students to attend this Annual NJFEA Field Trip to the NJEA Convention. Participants had the chance to network, attend keynote addresses and visit the wide range of exciting and informative educational exhibits on the Convention floor.

This was a most successful event and we thank all who participated, and we extend special appreciation to our exceptional NJFEA State Officers!

September 2015

Full House at the NJFEA Northern Regional Conference – The NJFEA Northern Regional Conference was held at William Paterson University on Friday, September 25th.  More than 400 aspiring future teachers, NJFEA advisors, and special guests, including NJEA Vice President Mrs. Marie Blistan, were in attendance.  Students participated in two breakout sessions of their choosing from more than 10 sessions offered.  The NJFEA was also pleased to have two representatives, Leslie Brooks and Regina Ray, from the New York City Department of Education.  Ms. Brooks and Ms. Ray attended in order to learn more about the NJFEA and discuss with NJFEA State Director how to proceed with developing a similar organization in New York.  A riveting keynote address was presented by Principal Baruti Kafele.  The Northern Regional Conference was also the first official event at which the 2015-16 NJFEA State Officers made presentations to the attendees.

August 2015

TCNJ Urban Teacher Academy Makes News – An article on the TCNJ Urban Teacher Academy, written by TCNJ’s Prof. Linda Burroughs was prepared for the New Jersey Science Teachers Association’s newsletter.  Read the full article.

July 2015

Seeing Eye Dog Visits the UTA Classroom –   The TCNJ Urban Teacher Academy students were met by a four-footed friend on August 3rd, when Mr. Lukas Franck of The Seeing Eye, Inc., Morristown, NJ, visited the program with one of the dogs in training to become a seeing eye dog for the blind. This was an exceptional presentation that helped the UTA students understand the intricacies of training dogs to aid blind individuals, and training blind individuals to work with and rely on the dogs.

Power-Packed Afternoon for the UTA Students – On Thursday, July 30th, the Urban Teacher Academy students (The College of New Jersey) visited the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) headquarters in Trenton and were extremely honored to have present:  Mr. Wendell Steinhauer, NJEA President (who made a presentation to the group of 52 high school juniors); Mrs. Marie Blistan, NJEA Vice President; Mr. Sean Spiller, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer; Mr. Thomas Hardy, NJEA Organizing Specialist; and Ms. Ginger Gold Schnitzer, NJEA Director of Government Relations.  Also present at this exciting afternoon program was NJ State Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson.  Assemblyman Benson spoke to the students and then listened to their concerns, viewpoints, and feedback on major issues in education today and how those issues affect them.  The Urban Teacher Academy is very grateful for the opportunity to meet these very special individuals!

UTA at TCNJ Gets Underway – The 2015 Urban Teacher Academy at The College of New Jersey got underway on Monday, July 27th! The 52 participating high school juniors enjoyed meeting each other and going on their first field trips of the 2-week long program. The students also heard from Dr. Jeff Passe, Dean of the TCNJ School of Education, and Mr. Thomas Hardy, Organizing Specialist with the NJEA. Two former UTA students (now teachers themselves!), Lillian Ruffo and Andrew Lewis also made inspiring presentations to the 2015 UTA class.

2015-16 NJFEA Sate Officers Inducted – Meet the new 2015-16 NJFEA State Officers!  The new officers were inducted during a leadership training orientation program held at Lehigh University on July 21st.  The following positions have been filled:  Katelyn Page – President; Makenzie Kern – Vice President; Joely DeMonte – Secretary; Donald Hager – Southern Region Representative; Samantha Nielson – Central Region Representative; and Nicholas Quintero – Northern Region Representative.  Congratulations to the new officers.  We look forward to working with you in the year ahead!

Summer Teaching Experience Opportunities –

  • July 6 – July 17, 2015 – UTA at Richard Stockton College (Brochure and Application)
  • July 6 – July 19, 2015 – UTA at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Brochure)
  • July 13 – July 24, 2015 – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Teacher Academy at Rider University (Web Application and Flyer)
  • July 20 – July 31, 2015 – UTA at Rowan University
  • July 27 – August 7, 2015 – UTA at The College of New Jersey

June 2015

NJFEA Middle School Conference – The 2015 NJFEA Middle School Conference was held at The College of New Jersey.  Over 300 middle school students and their advisors attended this important event — the largest attendance rate to date for this annual conference.  The students had the opportunity to hear distinguished guest speakers, attend exciting breakout sessions, network during lunch at TCNJ’s award-winning dining center (Eickhoff Hall), and hear from current education majors at TCNJ.

Aspiring Teachers Learn From Stockton Faculty at NJ Future Educators Association Conference – About 175 High School Students Take Workshops in Origami, Social Studies, High-Stakes Testing and Visual Literacy – Galloway Township, NJ – “Teaching is not a job, it’s a calling,” said Larry Fieber, executive director of the Center for Future Educators (CFE) at The College of New Jersey and director of the New Jersey Future Educators Association. He spoke to 175 high school students from 15 area high schools and their teachers who spent today at Stockton University for the 2015 New Jersey Future Educators Association Conference.  Dr. Claudine Keenan, dean of the Stockton University School of Education, welcomed the students saying, “Today I have a chance to look at the future.”  Read the full Stockton University NJFEA Conference Press Release.

NJFEA Student Exchange – On June 3rd, the NJFEA sponsored the fourth Urban-Suburban Student Exchange of 2015!  Middletown High Schools North and South participated in the exchange with the Foundation Collegiate Academy.  This was another rich, experiential opportunity for the students, designed to open up dialogue and increase an appreciation for diversity.

May 2015

NJFEA Leadership Development Institute Celebration Dinner – The NJFEA Leadership Development Institute Celebration Dinner was held on May 26, 2015 at the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. The dinner celebrated the leadership and service of participating NJFEA chapter students and their advisors. Ultimately, the Institute will cultivate a new, diverse generation of future teachers as scholars, leaders, and “social entrepreneurs.” These aspiring teachers will devise and spearhead new, creative, student-driven projects addressing the complexities of academic and socioeconomic determinants that contribute to school failure. Congratulations to all who participated in this important project!

2015 UTA Class Selected – The Center for Future Educators is very pleased to announce the selection of the 2015 Urban Teacher Academy (UTA) at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). We have selected 54 juniors from 25 NJ high schools. We are very appreciative to all of you for your encouragement and support of these students who aspire to become future teachers. We are committed at TCNJ to providing the very best program for them this summer. This year’s UTA is from July 27th -August 7th.

March 2015

Teaching & Learning Conference – The NJFEA State Officers attended the annual Teaching & Learning Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 12-13, 2015.  As part of their time on the trip, the officers had the opportunity to tour the city and learn about leadership at the national government level.

February 2015

Urban-Suburban Student Exchange – The first of two Urban-Suburban Student Exchanges was held on February 20, with over 30 students from West Windsor-Plainsboro High Schools North & South and South Brunswick High School visiting Henry Snyder High School in Jersey City.  These exchanges are important and rich experiences that help to build understanding and open dialogue among students who aspire to be tomorrow’s teachers and educational leaders.

January 2015

NJFEA Service Projects – The NJFEA announces that the “Future Teachers Making a Difference” initiative is going extremely well. We are pleased with the great response that we have from participating chapters and Tomorrow’s Teachers course electives from every region of New Jersey.  We are looking forward to supporting these service projects that will impact our schools and communities.

The NJFEA is also sponsoring the “TEENS FOR JEANS” service project for a second year due to its high participation rate and huge success! This service project is where jeans are collected by our future teachers, dropped off at local Aéropostale stores, and distributed to teens living in homeless shelters in our state. There is an important need for these jeans and NJFEA is very pleased to be of support.