In loving memory and honor of our wonderful friend and colleague, NJCTE announces the formation of the Patricia L. Schall visual literacy award. This award, to be presented annually at the fall conference, recognizes the significant impact of authors and illustrators who create works for young people. The inaugural award will be presented at the Fall 2021 NJCTE Conference.
It is with regret that NJCTE announces the cancellation of our annual Fall Conference for Fall 2020.
We are in the process of developing alternative online events. Please stay tuned for additional news about programming that we plan to offer in summer and fall to meet your professional needs.
The New Jersey Department of Education is partnering with Newsela to host a series of free webinars designed to help teachers maximize the use of Newsela as an instructional tool. Newsela is a cross-curricular online resource that provides high-quality news articles at varying reading levels for students. Access to Newsela and its subscription services are free to educators through the 2019-2020 school year.
The first webinar will equip teachers of grades 3-6 with effective online teaching strategies such as addressing multiple skills through one assignment and blending the varying student needs such as ELL instruction, SEL strategies as well as accommodating the special needs of learners. This webinar will be offered twice: once on Tuesday, May 5, and again on Thursday, May 7. Both will begin at 3:00 p.m. The links for registration can be accessed here:
Webinar participants will receive a certificate documenting 1 hour of professional development.
Climate Generation is hosting several events in May to celebrate Earth Day and to support ELA teachers in their transition to virtual learning. Climate generation strives to engage and empower educators and youth in climate change solutions.
We are thrilled to announce the publication of the 2020 issue of New Jersey English Journal, the journal of NJCTE, the New Jersey affiliate of NCTE. We are proud to share work from writers in New Jersey and across the country, including practicing and preservice ELA teachers, as well as teacher educators. Writers responded to the theme, “What’s Next? Embarking Upon a New Decade of English Language Arts,” in research articles, poetry, and reflective pieces. In response, writers addressed a variety of topics, including:
Young Adult literature
All pieces are open access and free to read and download! Thank you to our authors, reviewers, and the editorial board for them help in bringing this issue to life!
I have some sad news to report. On April 6, NJCTE leader and past-president Pat Schall passed away after her battle with colon cancer. Our organization has lost a great leader and a wonderful colleague. I know all of you who knew Pat know what a special person she was. I was lucky to have known and learned from her.
We hope to do more to commemorate her tenure and accomplishments with NJCTE.
In the meantime, below, find Susan Reese’s wonderful tribute to Pat.
The Contagion of Courage
A woman of great worth has left us. There is a space in my air as I consider a world, currently consumed in great loss from COVID-19, that must suffer yet another vacancy. Patricia L. Schall, a truly courageous woman, has succumbed to colon cancer, leaving behind an army of devoted students, colleagues, friends, and family.
Pat was an educator of excellence! She taught by example; her text gave us life lessons. She was generous with her resources, unsparing with her praise, and relentless in her pursuit of achievement. She did all of this with an admirable reserve and restraint. She advanced the idea, the proposition, the goal rather than her desire to stand in the spotlight.
NJCTE became better because Pat took a leadership role. Her initiatives involved supporting and recognizing teachers who declared their quest for excellence. She designed a program to recognize two significant NJCTE contributors: Marcia Holtzman and Jerry Weiss. The NJCTE Marcia Holtzman Preservice Teacher Scholarship Award identifies and honors the commitment of those teachers entering the field. The NJCTE M. Jerry Weiss Early Career Teacher Scholarship Award recognizes those in their early teaching careers who are making a difference.
Through Pat’s desire for preservation, the NJCTE archive came into being. Consulting with Peter Wosh, an NYU archivist and historian, Pat selected important documents and in the process discovered that NJCTE had been founded the same year as NCTE. Pat arranged a centennial celebration. Peter called for reservations at a nearby restaurant to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Peter and Pat have been married for nearly 34 years.
Along with Donna Jorgensen, Pat shaped Project SPARK and handed it off to Patricia Hans in the North and Denise Weintraut in the South. Sharing Passion and Rekindling Knowledge became the plan for small groups to discuss their educational concerns.
Through Pat, NJCTE gained our banner. Her former student’s students created a dozen self-portraits that amalgamated into a banner representing the many faces of NJCTE members.
Although more tributes can be ascribed to Patricia L. Schall, perhaps the most significant one is this – “She plays well with others.” Pat has always been a team player. She joined with Joe Pizzo to assume the leadership of NJCTE after the sudden death of the president. Joe notes, “She was a mentor to us all.” Her legacy will be her encouragement, enthusiasm, and kindness.
Pat herself selected these words in an email. They seem most appropriate in this time of loss.
“There is no more liberating, no more exhilarating experience than to determine one’s position, state it bravely, and then act boldly. Action creates its courage; and courage is as contagious as fear.”
Susan Reese is a member of NJCTE and the last past president.