Food for Thought

April 21st, 2016 | Posted by Webmaster in News - (Comments Off on Food for Thought)

In the spirit of standardized testing, here is a great read that contextualizes the changes we have been enduring in recent years.

 

“As usual, organizing and activism are the only things that will save us, and remain our best hope for the future of public education and the democracy that depends on it.”

The Problems with the Common Core

Camvoc’s Pride Committee – Christmas Tree Event

December 29th, 2015 | Posted by Webmaster in News - (Comments Off on Camvoc’s Pride Committee – Christmas Tree Event)

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Camvoc’s Pride Committee held it’s first event – a Christmas tree giveaway at Springdale Farms. Thanks to NJEA, our host, and all who helped out to make this event a success!

Interested in participating in future events/advocacy? Contact Pride Chair, Megan Thompson.

CamVoc’s Night Out!

November 13th, 2015 | Posted by Webmaster in News - (Comments Off on CamVoc’s Night Out!)

There’s no better way to de-stress than with food and friends. If you couldn’t make it this time, we missed you! Keep an eye out for our December event 🙂

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Happy Spring Break

April 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Webmaster in News - (Comments Off on Happy Spring Break)

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We have had a great year in the CCTS district, and, as you leave for Spring Break, CamVoc EA would like to wish you an enjoyable and relaxing spring break!

Upon our return, we will continue our important work. Until then, enjoy the time off!

Wanted: Pension Activists

March 26th, 2015 | Posted by Webmaster in Advocacy | Legislative | News - (Comments Off on Wanted: Pension Activists)

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If you have been paying attention to New Jersey politics, you know that our current governor has proposed another state budget that will greatly under-fund our pensions system!

NJEA is currently engaged in an important fight our the sake of all of us, for the sake of our pensions that we have earned! NJEA is currently looking for “Pension Activists,” people who are willing to support NJEA’s organizing efforts to ensure that our pension system is fully funded!

If you are interested in participating in these organizing efforts please contact mstagliano@camvoc.org and/OR visit the following website and sign up to be a “Pension Activist.” Link to Website: Pension Activism

Time to Speak up on PARCC!

March 25th, 2015 | Posted by Webmaster in Advocacy | Legislative | News - (Comments Off on Time to Speak up on PARCC!)

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As an association, we believe that standardized assessments play an important role in guaging the work of a school. However, we also feel that the rushed implementation, on a state-level, of the new PARCC assessment system has had a negative impact on our schools, our administration, our members, and, most importantly, our students. We think that you should consider the impact that PARCC has had on your work and your students.

If you feel that PARCC should be implemented slower or differently, or, if students should have the legal right to “opt-out” of an assessment system, you shuold contact your State Senator. Please click on the following link, provided by our state-level education association, NJEA, to contact your State Senator.

Here is the link to contact your senator:

http://njea.org/issues-and-political-action/take-action/action-network

**PLEASE NOTE: CamVoc Education Association does not in anyway support or condone CamVoc members talking negatively about PARCC, or any other state-wide assessment, with students or parents during school hours. Please follow all disrict directives regarding these conversations.

March 20th, 2015 | Posted by Webmaster in Advocacy | Evaluation | News - (Comments Off on )

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As we continue into the third marking period, it is important to remember that we are still in the third round of observations. During this round, all classroom observations will be unannounced. So, keep this in mind as you plan your instruction.

Remember, there are certain numbers that, as per the regulations set forth in Achieve NJ, if they are not followed negate an evaluation. One of the most important elements of the evaluation is the process. If the process is not followed, the evaluation may not be considered a fair or legitimate observation.

Some important “numbers” to remember are:

  • 15 = Maximum number of teaching staff members days for a post-conference
  • 10 = Maximum number of work days following a post conference that a teacher can submit a response (rebuttal)
  • 20 = Minimum number of minutes required for an observation

Please contact your rep if you have questions regarding these, or any other evaluation issues.

We’re Back!

February 17th, 2015 | Posted by Webmaster in News - (Comments Off on We’re Back!)

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You may have noticed that we have had some technical difficulties with our website, but, from here on out, it looks like we should be good to go! Please make sure to contact webmaster@camvoc.org if you have trouble viewing this content or logging on to your “camvoc.org” email address.

To keep in mind: please remember to fill out the evaluation survey! This survey is located on the upper left hand side of the home page of www.camvoc.org. Also, you will be hearing from your reps next week regarding an update on from the Negotiation’s Team, as well as important updates from the Rep and Exec Councils.

If you do not receive a February “Monthly Memo,” please contact your rep. If you do not know who your rep is, please contact Matt Stagliano (GTC) or Tom Thurber (PC).

Introducing the Member Spotlight Page

October 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Webmaster in Advocacy | Leadership | News - (Comments Off on Introducing the Member Spotlight Page)

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CamVoc is proud to present a NEW FEATURE for our local and our website –  The Member Spotlight Page! Rep Council disussed, and had decided, to create a place for us to celebrate all the great things that our members do! Each person who is selected as a “spotlight member” – there will be one post each month – will recieve a small gift from the association, AS WELL AS month long recoginition via the website! 

If you are interested in nominated someone for the month of October (to celebrate through November!) please fill out this online survey, or contact your rep. Link to the Member Spotlight Survey.

For more information, visit the new and improved “Member Spotlight” page.

Time to SPEAK UP about Special Education

October 18th, 2014 | Posted by Webmaster in Advocacy | Legislative | News - (Comments Off on Time to SPEAK UP about Special Education)

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The NJDOE is asking for opinions from NJEA members on issues around Special Education. They are seeking our opinions around issues involving evaluation (everything from teacher evaluations to SGO’s) and other classroom issues.

You can chose to speak at a hearing, which are being offered around the state, or send in electronic or paper communication to the Special Education Task Force.

For more information – click here: http://njea.org/news/2014-10-10/make-your-voice-heard