All members – even nontenured members – have a full membership in NJEA. You are as much a member as a local association building rep or even the local association president. You are important.
NJEA wants to empower you to advocate for yourself and your students. It all starts with getting educated on the issues, so read the NJEA Review each month and be sure to peruse your local association contract from time to time.
When teaching staff members and education support professionals begin to advocate for themselves and their students, they report feeling increased job satisfaction. Since the percentage of teaching staff members and education support professionals who leave their jobs within the first five years continues to climb, it is important that you feel good about what you do. We want you to be successful, not a statistic.
It is important that all members serve as eyes and ears for the local association. If there is a problem with any of your evaluations or something occurs that bothers you, inform your building rep immediately.
Remember, every member has a place in his or her local association. You are part of NJEA, a 200,000-member organization that makes an important difference in the lives of 1.35 million students every day. The more you advocate for yourself and your students, the more of a difference you can make.