2014 News Archives

November 2014

Annual NJFEA Field Trip to the NJEA ConventionThe New Jersey Future Educators Association would like to thank all NJFEA members and advisors who participated in this event on November 7th. It was a great opportunity for the students to hear the Convention’s keynote speaker, visit the Convention floor, as well as network with each other, and have dialogues about major issues in education today.

The NJFEA had its own booth again this year on the Convention floor and, once again, it attracted many who didn’t know about our organization and many who wanted to become involved in some way.

The NJFEA State Officers arrived a day early, on November 6th, and also saw Thursday’s high-profile keynote speak, Pasi Sahlberg, who authored the new book Finnish 2.0 – What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? (due out in Dec. 2014). The Officers also had the opportunity to meet in the Convention Press Room with a NJ Teacher of the Year, a local school district union representative, and a former Urban Teacher Academy student who now teaches elementary school.

See photos from the NJFEA Field Trip to the 2014 NJEA Convention on the Center for Future Educators/NJFEA Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/centerforfutureeducators.

We hope to see you at next year’s NJEA Convention!

October 2014

Regional NJFEA Conferences – Three NJFEA Regional Conferences and Nearly 900 Participants! This year, the New Jersey Future Educators Association moved from one annual statewide high school NJFEA conference to three regional conferences in an effort to increase opportunities for participation by more schools. The annual conference drew between 400 and 500 students, so we nearly DOUBLED participation this year with the three conferences! This year’s regional conferences were held at Rowan University (October 10th), Kean University (October 17th), and Rider University (October 23rd). The NJFEA is very pleased to have had such a terrific turnout!

Leadership from the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) welcomed the participants at each of the conferences (Mrs. Marie Blistan, NJEA Vice President at Rowan University; Mr. Sean Spiller, NJEA Secretary/Treasurer at Kean University; and Mr. Wendell Steinhauer at Rider University). Current and former NJFEA State Officers were also present at each of the conferences.

Thank you to all who joined us over the past three weeks and we look forward to seeing you again at future NJFEA events!  See the “Photo Albums” on the Center for Future Educators Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/centerforfutureeducators.

September 2014

NJFEA Leadership Conference and Institute – The NJFEA Advisors and Students Leadership Conference and the New Jersey Future Teacher Leadership Institute, held on Saturday, September 20, 2014, were a great success! Over 100 students and advisors participated in these important programs to build leadership skills and to launch the NJFEA statewide service project for the 2014-15 school year.  (Read more about the service project and get your chapter on board!)  Saturday’s programs were facilitated by nationally and state recognized youth leadership development experts, Mr. Gerry Corcoran and Ms. Sharon McCarthy. The NJFEA thanks all who participated and we look forward to continuing to work with all of you on your important service leadership projects in the year ahead!  Be sure also to check out the full “photo album” from the leadership programs on the Center for Future Educators/NJFEA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/centerforfutureeducators.

NJFEA – Most Chapters of any State! – Thanks to your support and participation, the New Jersey Future Educators Association (NJFEA) now has the nation’s third largest student membership, exceeded only by Arizona and Maryland. Our goal is to have over 150 participating high school/middle school chapters during the 2013-14 school year.

July-August 2014

The 2014 Urban Teacher Academy at The College of New Jersey began on July 28th and concluded on August 8th.  This year’s class of 51 high school juniors shows great promise for becoming the teachers and teacher-leaders of tomorrow!  The program, a balance of rich classroom instruction and discussion, coupled with intensive experiential fieldwork, is the first of now give Urban Teacher Academy programs at institutions of higher education across New Jersey.

June 2014

Celebrating Cultures – On June 5, 2014, the American History High School NJFEA/FEA Chapter held its 2nd Annual Multicultural Celebration:  “Various Musical and Literary Genres.”  The program featured American History High School future educators and Stand & Deliver participants. See the program flyer here.

Urban Teacher Academy Orientation at TCNJ – The College of New Jersey Urban Teacher Academy Orientation program was held on June 5th in the School of Education Building at TCNJ.  Fifty-four outstanding high school juniors were selected for this year’s Academy and they were joined by family members at the Orientation program.  The UTA begins on July 28th.

NJFEA Recognition Dinner – The 2014 Annual NJFEA Recognition Dinner was held on June 3rd at the NJEA Headquarters in Trenton, NJ.  The 2013-14 NJFEA State Officers were honored for their year-long service at the event, and the new 2014-15 NJFEA State Officers were inducted.  The event was attended by over 60 family members and friends of the NJFEA State Officers.  Mrs. Marie Blistan, NJEA Vice President, was the special guest speaker at the event.

May 2014

2014-15 NJFEA State Officers Announced – NJFEA State Director, Mr. Larry Fieber, was very pleased to announce that the following students were selected as State Officers for the New Jersey Future Educators Association for the 2014-15 school year:

  • Amiel Holliday, Burlington Township High School
  • Imani Robinson, Lenape High School—Meford
  • Sara Ruane, Middletown High School South
  • JonBonae’ Shipman, Foundation Collegiate Academy—Trenton
  • Eric Struble, Nottingham High School
  • Emily Vena, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

NJFEA Middle School Conference – The 2014 NJFEA Middle School Conference was held on May 22nd at Montclair State University. The first Middle School Conference (also held at Montclair State University) drew between 100 and 125 participants. Participation has grown each year with the 2014 conference reaching an all-time high of approximately 250 students and teachers! A preliminary review of conference evaluations submitted by participants indicated that the day was a great success! The New Jersey Future Educators Associations thanks all who participated in the conference and we look forward to seeing everyone again at future events for aspiring educators!

Urban-Suburban Student Exchange – As a follow up to the first-ever NJFEA Urban-Suburban Student Exchange in March, students from Henry Snyder High School in Jersey City visited West Windsor-Plainsboro High School-South on May 19th.  The visiting students spent the day meeting students, talking with teachers, and participating in classroom experiences.

March 2014

Urban-Suburban Student Exchange – NJFEA Chapter members from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School-South, Lawrence High School, and South Brunswick High School took part in the NJFEA’s first-ever urban-suburban student exchange experience on Monday, March 24, 2014.  The NJFEA members from the three chapters spent a day at Henry Snyder High School in Jersey City, meeting students, talking with teachers, and participating in classroom experiences.  This was a powerful experience for all students involved!  Future exchanges will be planned.

Teaching & Learning Conference 2014, Washington, D.C. – As the capstone experience for their year of service, the NJFEA State Officers participated in the Teaching and Learning 2014 (T&L) Conference in Washington, D.C., from March 12-14, 2014.  This inaugural conference was sponsored by The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  T&L covered a broad range of issues that affect students and teachers — from Pre-K to college, from teacher leadership to issues of equity, and from global learning to technology to the Common Core.

February 2014

Teens for Jeans Service Project Update – The 2013-14 NJFEA Teens for Jeans Service Project has been a great success!  Our NJFEA/FEA Chapters across the state have collected thousands of pairs of jeans for donations.  Here are just some of our chapter highlights:

Verona High School – 121 pairs
Lindenwold High School -152 pairs
Collingswood High School – 137 pairs
Middletown High School South – 113 pairs
West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South – 121 pairs
Hunterdon County Regional HS – 128 pairs
Bloomfield HS – 102 pairs
Manchester Township HS – 138 pairs
Passaic Valley Regional High School – 290 pairs
Allentown High School – 336 pairs
Dumont High School – 175 pairs

January 2014

Cinnaminson High School FEA/NJFEA Chapter Update:  Cinnaminson High School collected 100 pairs to date! For Teens for Jeans service project.

Middletown High School South FEA/NJFEA Chapter Update, by Stephanie Coleman:  Recently my chapter closed its Jean drive for Teens for Jeans we gathered a whopping 113 pairs of jeans which I delivered to our local Aéropostale in mid-January. Our chapter is currently tutoring 13 freshman students in topics ranging from math to English and even study skills. We meet with these students weekly and help them prepare for tests, review keep topics they went over in class and complete homework. Finally my chapter is working on our annual “Dancing with the Teachers” fund raiser. This is where teachers and students come together for a choreographed dance contest to raise money for a charity in need. This year we have not yet decided which charity we will be donating to, but are looking into doing something towards a school affected by all of the tragedies in Seaside Heights. The contest will be held on February 13th, 2014 at Middletown High School South, all are welcome to join in this great event.

Mahwah High School FEA/NJFEA Chapter Update, by Jennifer Simone:  At MHS, the Teens for Jeans fundraiser has been extremely popular and not only have Future Educators club members become very involved, but also members of other clubs in our school.  Within the club, we are in the process of figuring out a plan for tutoring students in the elementary schools in our town afterschool.  Just recently, we visited the middle school and decorated paper bags filled with candy and inspiring messages to send overseas to our troops.

NJFEA Incentive Grant Winners Announced – The New Jersey Future Educators Association is pleased to announce the recipients of two $1,000 grants for innovative projects/activities. The first recipient is our NJFEA chapter at Cranford High School where future teachers will attend field trips to the Eden Institute in Princeton, and the Rutgers-Douglas Disability Center to observe and learn about autistic children. These future teachers will then develop a library resource center on autism for current Cranford High School teachers and parents.

The second grant recipient is Montclair State University in cooperation with Passaic Valley Regional High School’s NJFEA chapter who will develop a service project to interest Woodland Park Middle School students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Students will make use of science related games, building kits, and experiential materials to discover the exciting world of STEM. Students will take part in playing science games like the Lucky Mammal Survival game, try their hands of unearthing real fossils, learn critical thinking to build a robot, discover how to make a simple rocket, and explore other areas of STEM in which they have the most interest.

These grants are funded by the New Jersey Education Association. Congratulations to both grant recipients!

The Smartboard – The January issue of the Center for Future Educators/NJFEA newsletter, The Smartboard, was released.  Read it here.

CFE/NJFEA Advisory Board – The 2014 annual meeting of the Advisory Board was held on January 18, 2014.

Where Are They Now? – As we look forward to embarking upon a new year, it is appropriate to also look back at where we were and how far we have come.  There is perhaps no better way to do this than by looking at some of those young people who came through our programs – those who aspire to become educators and for whom the Center for Future Educators exists.  Where did we meet them along the way and where have they gone since?  They explored with us teaching as a future career; some are now pursuing their dreams as education majors in college, and some are now serving in classrooms of their own.  There is nothing more telling of the impact of our work because their stories are our stories – exploring, pursuing, and serving.  We are proud of all of them and we know they will make differences in the lives of children for many years to come.  Read about they in the new Center for Future Educators publication, “Where Are They Now?