TEAm Member Jerell Blakely makes headlines in a positive way!
Jerell Blakeley believes young people are going to save the capital city.
In order to nurture this idea, the incoming first-year teacher has formed a Leadership Civics class, which will be taught at Trenton Central High School – West Campus this upcoming school year.
“I think everyone is concerned about the quality of civic participation in the city of Trenton,” the African American Studies and U.S. History teacher said Friday. “I want to make sure they have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to be active and engaged citizens in Trenton or wherever they live.”
Though Blakeley, 27, will not teach the class in the upcoming semester, he will be in close collaboration with the assigned teacher.
So far, approximately 30 students have registered for the interactive class, which will teach sophomores through seniors the functions of local government and civic journalism, and feature various politicians as guest speakers. [Continue]
TEA Leadership Check-in: A Welcome letter from our TEAm President, Naomi Johnson-Lafleur:
August 29, 2014 Hello Educators, Welcome back to the 2014-15 school to our veteran teachers and new hires. I hope you had a relaxing summer. I look forward to seeing all of you and hearing your school chants at our annual convocation on Tuesday, September 2nd at the Sun Bank Arena. By now, you should have received communication from your principal regarding the first week of school. You will have professional development on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday has been set aside for all teachers to set up their classrooms and prepare for student arrival on Monday, September 8th. [Click here to read the letter in its entirety.]
Government Relations Updates:
by Brian Washington
If you haven’t heard, Microsoft has dumped the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)—a conservative right-wing group that uses lavish gifts to persuade state politicians to push its model legislation designed to benefit ALEC’s corporate sponsors and benefactors.
While this truly is a win on the side of democracy, the question now is, “Who will be next to part ways with ALEC?”
TAKE ACTION › Sign the petition and tell ALEC to stop cashing in on kids! CLICK HERE ›
Last Thursday, a Superior Court judge ruled that North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship program is unconstitutional as, “The General Assembly fails the children of North Carolina when they are sent with public taxpayer money to private schools that have no legal obligation to teach them anything.”
Provisional Teacher Professional Development:
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.
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer tour HW and Robeson Schools with our Healthy Schools Now – Trenton Coalition to spread awareness of the deplorable conditions in support of ensuring our students and staff have access to a healthy learning and work environment. Click the photo for more.
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. Read more here.