The PJSTA in Action

On the morning of July 9th, the Bay Shore community requested the assistance of locals and union members to support their students. The call to action was answered by three awesome PJSTA members. Given 2 hour’s notice, a pandemic, and beautiful hot summer’s day, I sincerely thank Nicollette Debenedetto, Maggie Kinane, and Maurizio Milana for …

Videos From The Vault

As we settle into summer, The PJSTA would like to share a few videos from the past with our members. We hope that enjoy these video memories and we wish everyone a happy summer.

NYSUT – Staying Healthy While Teaching Virtually

A special shoutout and thank you to all our Teachers and TAs this week for the incredible job you are doing to teach our students during distance learning. The Rep Council applauds your efforts. During this time, don’t forget to take care of yourself! Here are a few great ideas from Rep Council Member Gina …

Once A Warrior, Always A Warrior

Dr. Joseph Rella, former PJSTA music teacher, principal and Superintendent passed away on Friday, February 21, 2020. All of the teachers and staff are mourning the loss of the man that gave his own heart to the students and community everyday over the past 25 years. Our hearts go out to the Rella family.  —In …

NYSUT 2020: Our Count Matters!

The PJSTA wants to make sure we do our part in being counted in the 2020 Census! Being counted can determines how many congressional seats New York Stat has and school funding from the federal government. Please make sure to fill out your census form. Here are some links explaining the benefits of your participation …

ASSET Bright Light Award

Our own Mrs. Reduto of Terryville Elementary School was honored with the ASSET Bright Light Award at the BOE meeting Monday night for incorporating technology to strengthen the language skills of her ELL learners. This past year Mrs. Reduto utilized Spheros robots for block based programming and STEAM skills, Kahoot to provide quick and fun …

Audrey Amrein Beardsley: How Much Do Teachers Affect the Increase in Their Students’ Height?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Audrey Amrein Beardsley is one of the leading experts in the nation in the field of value-added assessment and also one of the nation’s leading skeptics of the claim that teacher “effectiveness” can be measured by the test scores of their students. Recently, a study was published by…

A message from The American Federation of Teachers

Saturday we co-hosted the Public Education Forum 2020, and I want to know what you thought.We had an incredible day, with seven of the major presidential candidates discussing public education and taking questions in front of an audience of nearly 1,500 people, including American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association members, parents, students and …

Public Education Forum 2020 Challenges Democratic Presidential Candidates and All of Us to Invest in Equitable Public Schools

Originally posted on janresseger:
Before I drove to Pittsburgh on Saturday for the Public Education Forum 2020—where all of the leading Democrats running for President would explain live on MSNBC their plans for supporting public education—I considered what I hoped would happen at this day-long event. After all, not once in any of the televised…