This winter certainly has had its ups and downs. We have seen record breaking high temperatures along with bone chilling cold days. What a rollercoaster ride, and according to the latest forecast, we are in for more. Isn’t it interesting how our political climate mirrors the weather forecast? Mid-January was an uncertain time for all of us, from the Inauguration to the Cabinet Nominees. Then good news from Trenton, the State BOE dropped a controversial provision that would have severely weakened certification standards for charter school teachers, principals and business administrators.
Here in the BCEA office, we are getting ready for NJEA Elections. Our county Elections Nomination Committee is forming. We need representation from all locals. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 15 at 4:30 in our office. Please contact your president if you are interested in attending.
We are also getting ready for our next two big events: The County Overnight Workshop and our Annual Awards Gala. Last year, our workshop was a huge success with almost 200 new participants! We challenged each of them to return this year and to bring a friend. Information has been mailed to local presidents, registration deadline is February 24.
The theme for this year’s annual Awards Gala is: Reading, Writing and Language: The Art of Communication. We are currently accepting applications for award nominees. Categories include current student or graduate, NJEA member, Administrator, or Elected Official who is currently working, supporting or pursuing a passion for communication, a commitment to public education. Nomination information can be found under the NEWS tab on this website.
Remember, our NJEA membership makes us part of the most powerful education association in the country AND the most powerful union in the state. As members of BCEA, you are part of NJEA and NEA. We will continue to be powerful when we stay UNITED. Build a strong local team and keep up the good fight…So, please stay INFORMED and get INVOLVED.
Along with my fellow officers, Anthony, Chris, Ron and Andrew, we hope you have a great second half to your school year, and we look forward to seeing you at a BCEA event soon!