TEA members and leaders, district administrators including the superintendent, and the school board have come together in support of implementing NJ Center for Teaching and Learning Progressive Science Initiative® (PSI®) and the Progressive Mathematics Initiative® (PMI®) at Trenton Central High School and piloting PMI at Dunn Middle School. Kudos to Scott Munro, TEAm member and lead teacher at Trenton Central who had previous PSI training, for taking on the challenge of bringing this initiative to light in the Trenton District. Scott was biology teacher who completed the physics endorsement before taking on a leadership position in the Trenton School District and knew the value it would bring to our existing science and math program.
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Results for TEA Election:
President – Naomi Johnson-Lafleur
1st VP – Vanessa Richardson
2nd VP – Twanda Taylor
3rd VP – Christine Clark
Secretary – Sandy Jimenez
Treasurer – Vondalyn Fannin
Elementary Reps – Len Mitnaul, Andrea Bloom, Ron Sanasac, and Latriece Mitchell
Middle School Rep – John Guindon
High School Rep – Giancarlos Alvarado
Non-Classroom Rep – Barbara Palmer
PD – Susan Mueller
NEA/RA – Christine Clark, Talithea Briggs, Janice Williams, Thomas Harrington, Dawn Howlen, and Dana Oliver
Congratulations to all from the TEA Elections Chair, Len Mitnaul and his committee.
Press Release Regarding TCHS
Naomi Johnson-Lafleur is President of the Trenton Education Association. She released the following statement concerning recent reports that the Schools Development Authority (SDA) is preparing to move forward on construction of a desperately needed new high school in Trenton.
“We are pleased to learn that the SDA is finally acknowledging what has been obvious for a very long time: Trenton desperately needs a new high school. The current high school is unsafe, unhealthy and unsuited to student success. Our students deserve better, and we hope that they are finally going to get it. [More...]
Government Relations Updates:
- New legislation in the U.S. House seeks to reduce federal testing
The new “Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act” would reduce the number of federally-mandated standardized tests from 14 to six.
School closure wars continue to divide communities, generate little student benefit
The exodus of students to charters can further reduce enrollment in district-run schools, making them candidates down the road for closure.
- ‘Calculator’ helps NJ teachers figure whether they’ll make the grade
Online tool helps determine where they might fall within new ‘ineffective’ to ‘highly effective’ evaluation system
Provisional Teacher Professional Development
Click here for a schedule of Novice Teacher workshops.
Attention New Hires
If you have prior work experience, the Human Resource Department needs verification from your previous district(s) in order for you to have your salary adjusted. The following process must be followed:
1) Complete and sign a Verification of Professional Experience Form at Human Resources. You must have the name and address of the previous district(s), phone number, fax number, and contact person’s information in order to complete the form.
2) Trenton’s Human Resources Department will mail the Verification of Professional Experience Form to your old district(s).
3) Your old district(s) complete, notarize and mail the Verification of Professional Experience Form back Pam Owens at the Trenton Public School’s Human Resource Department.
4) Once received, the completed form will be reviewed in HR and you will be placed on the Board Agenda for approval of credit for previous work experience.
It is important that you do this as soon as possible, so that you will be retro’d back to your date of hire.
TEA Leadership Check-in:
- TEA Leadership encourages our members to be informed of the implementation guidelines for the Teacher Evaluation Program. Please click here to view these guidelines.
- TEA Leadership encourages our members to be informed of the TBOE evaluation packet. Please click here to view this packet.
- TEA Leadership continues to work with the TBOE Office Curriculum and other TBOE Administration on the use of the Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching as our Teacher Evaluation tool. Members are encouraged to download Danielson’s free resource on this model here.