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NJEA Elizabeth A. Allen Women In Education Award

On March 14, 1986, the Women in Education Committee recommended to the Executive Committee that an annual Women in Education Award be established to honor New Jersey natives or residents.

In considering the honor, the committee believes the spirit of this award is evoked by NJEA’s first female president, Elizabeth A. Allen – a long-time Association activist and advocate in its early years who left an indelible imprint on the organization.

Criteria

The award nominee must be an active or retired NJEA member or staff member or an individual living or working in New Jersey who promotes women’s rights and equality for all persons, particularly in education. Individuals who are eligible for NJEA membership must be NJEA active or retired members.

Nominations with the required materials must be submitted by Oct. 29, 2021 to:

NJEA Women in Education Committee
C/o Meredith Barnes, NJEA Communications
P.O. Box 1211, Trenton, NJ 08607

Or email mbarnes@njea.org.

The award recipient must be available to attend the awards ceremony at the Human and Civil Rights Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2022.

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Nominations open for awards at NJEA Equity Alliance Weekend

Nominations are now open for four awards that will recognize advocacy and achievement in equity and justice. The awards will be presented at NJEA’s Equity Alliance Weekend to be held on Jan. 15-16, 2022.

The weekend will feature training on social justice issues and social justice activism, recognizing the intersection of diverse identities and circumstances among NJEA members and the communities they serve. The event is a collaboration of these NJEA committees: Exceptional Children, Human and Civil Rights, Minority Leadership and Recruitment, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Urban Education, and Women in Education.

Four of NJEA’s highest awards will be presented during the NJEA Dr. Martin Luther King Human and Civil Rights Celebration, held at the conclusion of the Equity Alliance Weekend.

  • NJEA Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human and Civil Rights Award: This award is conferred by the NJEA Human and Civil Rights Committee. Nominees may be an individual, group or organization working in the area of civil rights, and if eligible, NJEA members.
  • Judith Owens Spirit Award: This award is conferred by the NJEA Minority Leadership and Recruitment Committee. Named for Judith Owens, the first African American president of NJEA, this award honors a member who has been a champion of ethnic minority rights and issues and who has had a significant impact on education and the achievement of equal opportunity for those facing discrimination because of their ethnicity.
  • Equality Champion Award: This award is conferred by the NJEA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee. This award honors a member who has been a champion of human and civil rights, and who has had a significant impact on education and the achievement of equal opportunity for those facing discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • NJEA Elizabeth A. Allen Women in Education Award: This award is conferred by the NJEA Women in Education Committee. Named for NJEA’s first female president, the award honors a member or an individual living or working in New Jersey who promotes women’s rights and equality for all persons, particularly in education.

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Nomination forms and documentation for any of these four awards are due Oct. 29, 2021.

For awards criteria and to make a nomination, go to njea.org/equitynominations.

For more information, contact Colleen Stevens at cstevens@njea.org or 609-599-4561, ext. 2290.

Celebration of Labor

Friday, September 10, 2021

On Friday, September 10th at Newark City Hall our Executive Team and members of Essex County EA took part at the 30th Annual Celebration of Labor that honored Governor Phil Murphy (Grand Marshall) and NJEA President and Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller (Deputy Grand Marshall)

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Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Essex County Teacher of the Year Theresa Maughan who is a Social Studies Teacher at East Orange STEM Academy in East Orange School District.

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On Wednesday, August 4, 2021 our leadership team attended an event in Montclair to honor outgoing NJEA President Marie Blistan which was hosted by NJEA President-elect and Mayor of Montclair Sean Spiller.

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2nd VP Chris Cannella, 1st VP Kimberly Scott , former Montclair Education Association President & NJEA Secretary-Treasurer elect Petal Robertson , NJEA President Marie Blistan . President Anthony Rosamilia and Treasurer Christine Candarella

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NJEA-Essex County Delegates

Congratulations to our 1st VP Kim Scott-Hayden on being named the 2021 NEA ESP of the Year!

Carly LaPierre of Irvington EA and Amanda Eineker of Bloomfield EA are members of our ECEA Pride team volunteered on Thursday, April 8, 2021 to help with the Essex County Emergency Food Distribution Event that took place at Donald M. Payne Sr. School of Technology with Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.

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ESSEX COUNTY MEMBERS MAKING HEADLINES

Congratulations to our 1st VP for being the 2021 NJEA ESP of Year! We love and admire your advocacy  for ALL educators and students!

ESSEX COUNTY  MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Here is an important message from our President

Like most Americans, I have been heartbroken and angry over the events of the last several days. On behalf of the twelve thousand members of the Essex County Education Association I would like to express solidarity with our black students and their families who I know are hurting right now.

The ECEA and its members work every day to fight for equity in funding, facilities, opportunities, and educational outcomes for our black students. It is not easy work as institutional racism and poverty are powerful opponents. Today, I reaffirm our commitment to advance the causes of racial and social justice in our classrooms, schools, and communities.

We look forward to the day when our communities and country live up to the promise of equality. Until then, know that we stand with the people who are hurting and with those who are working toward a more perfect union, whether they be leaders of government, law enforcement, faith, or education.

Anthony Rosamilia

President

Essex County Education Association

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