NEW MEMBERS: Benefits are phased in over your first three years of employment. See the contract book for specific information. In particular, note that Disability Insurance is not available until your third year of employment.
The September 2014 edition of The PowWow has been emailed to members. Didn’t get it? Update your profile on the NJEA website in order to receive our email blasts. Click here to view a copy.
Evaluation Update: From the NJEA website:
- In the 2014-15 school year, the percentage of Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) that will be used for a teacher’s evaluation will be reduced from 30 to 10 percent, with Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) accounting for 20 percent and observation of teacher practice 70 percent. Then, based on the first-year findings of the Study Commission, in the 2015-16 school year, SGPs could count for up to 20 percent of an evaluation, SGOs another 20 percent, and teacher practice 60 percent or more, depending on Commission recommendations. For teachers who do not teach in tested subjects in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, their evaluations will be based 20 percent on SGOs and 80 percent on teacher practice.
- Given the widespread evidence of problems with developing effective SGOs during the just-concluded 2013-14 school year, a special process will be established for any teacher receiving an SGO rating that leads to an overall rating of “ineffective” or “partially effective” to review his/her evaluation.
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Attention Coaches: The Thomas R. Brown Athletic Grant from California Casualty is available for school sports programs.
New PD requirements, including that teachers must complete 20 hours per year, are in effect for the 2014-2015 school year. Read more in this memo from the NJ DOE.
Get an estimate of your health benefits contribution. Paying this amount is a result of the June 2011 passage of Public Law Chapter 78. Use to compare to your paycheck in September (most EAP members are in year 2 of the health benefits contribution.) Note: This may not work for Safari and Chrome users. For 2014 rates click here.
Get a quote for a car insurance policy from California Casualty. EAP members have saved money on their insurance premiums using this company. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you are considering retirement, you are entitled to a consultation with NJEA. For more information, call the NJEA UNISERV office (Region 27) at 973-694-0154.
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Mentoring Information: New teachers please note: you are responsible for the fee $550 if you hold provisional certification; $1000 if you are pursuing alternate route certification. For more information read this bulletin from the NJDOE about your obligations as a new teacher. Also, check out this information from NJEA.
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