Major NJEA initiative now law
Published on Friday, September 18, 2015
Teachers in New Jersey will be able to earn a new teacher-leader endorsement on their teaching certificate as a result of legislation championed by NJEA to strengthen the teaching profession. The teacher-leader bill, passed this summer by overwhelming majorities in the Legislature and signed earlier today by Gov. Chris Christie, will allow excellent educators to advance professionally and serve as mentors to their colleagues while remaining in New Jersey’s classrooms.
NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer lauded the new law:
“The teacher-leader endorsement is a great step forward for the teaching profession and for New Jersey’s public schools. New Jersey is home to America’s most talented, most effective teachers. This law allows those exceptional teachers to advance professionally while continuing to pursue their passion for teaching students.
“By creating a formal role for teacher leaders, the new endorsement will foster collective leadership in our schools, with talented practitioners in the lead. No one understands the needs of teachers and students better than the women and men who work in classrooms every day. They are the professionals who have the best insight into what works, what doesn’t, and what new ideas to pursue.
“This bill will strengthen our schools and benefit all New Jersey public school students.I want to personally thank Senators Whalen and Ruiz, Assemblywoman Jasey and Assemblymen Diegnan and Wolfe for their advocacy on this important legislation. I also thank our partners in the Garden State Alliance for Strengthening Education for taking a stand for the teaching profession.”