ER&D Professional Development Course Offerings

posted by NBFT Local 1060   [ updated ]


Sponsored by the North Bergen Board of Education and

The North Bergen Federation of Teachers


This course shows the benefits of stronger ties between the school and home and provides effective ways for teachers and families to work together to improve student learning.

10 session course – 15 hours – 3 credits

Meeting Dates

September 19, 26

October 3, 10, 17,24

11/14, 21,28


Class begins Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Classes held at Kennedy School Room 302 3:45-5:15PM

Facilitator: Carol Toomey Send applications to Linda Neff at the Board Office by Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Participants will be notified by school e-mail.

Introduction to English Language Learners: Module 2 This course is targeted to mainstream Pre-k -12 educators of English Language Learners.   10 session course – 15 hours – 3 credits Meeting Dates October 10, 17, 24 November 14, 21 December 12, 19 January 2, 9, 16 Class begins Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Classes held at North Bergen Union office (7601 Kennedy Blvd) from 3:45-5:15PM Facilitator: Sharon Berman

Send applications to Laurie Troiano in NBHS by Thursday October 5, 2017 Participants will be notified by school e-mail.

Instructional Strategies That Work 10 session course – 15 hours – 3 credits Meeting Dates THURSDAYS  starting  September 21, 2017  - December 7, 2017 Classes held at McKinley School in Room 3 from 3:45-5:15PM Facilitator: Sean Medina Send applications to Laurie Troiano in NBHS  by FRIDAY September 15, 2017

Edcamp Urban - Saturday, Oct 21, 2017

posted by NBFT Local 1060   [ updated ]

Ecamp Urban will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017! The event will take place at
 Weehawken High School located at 53 Liberty Place in Weehawken, NJ.  (View flier). 

If you would like to attend, you MUST REGISTER. Register here:

FREE parking will be available at the Weehawken Waterfront Park and Recreation Center located at 1 Port Imperial Blvd, Weehawken, NJ 07086. FREE shuttle service will be provided for you to transport you to Weehawken High School. The shuttle bus will run every ten minutes from 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM and every twenty minutes in between (from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM). 

Edcamp Urban runs from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Registration will start at 9 AM. Sessions will begin at approximately 10:00 AM and run through 3:00 PM. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation (professional development hours) of 6 hours for attending after the event. The certificate will be emailed to you within a few days after attending the event. 

Please bring a wireless device on the day of Edcamp Urban. Free Wifi will be provided. Dress code is casual (jeans, sneakers, etc.).

Our official hashtag for Edcamp Urban will be #edcampurban. Please promote the event using the hashtag on various social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

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3Points4x4 Hurricane Harvey Donation Event

posted Sep 5, 2017, 3:19 PM by NBFT Local 1060   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 3:20 PM ]

3Points4x4 is hosting a Hurricane Harvey donation event! Any donations would be greatly appreciated! Water and gift cards are big ticket items but anything on the list would be great! Sonja Diehl, art teacher at Horace Mann School, has provided the donation list and event flier. If you have any questions, please contact her at 973-229-8703. She would like to pick-up any donations by Saturday (the latest).

September 15, 2017 - Dress Down Day

posted Sep 1, 2017, 2:08 PM by NBFT Local 1060   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 2:30 PM ]

The North Bergen School District will hold a Dress Down Day on Friday, September 15, 2017 for the AFT's Disaster Relief Fund. The AFT’s Disaster Relief Fund is working to make sure that aft members and the communities we serve receive help and relief due to Hurricane Harvey. Homes, schools and communities will need help with the aftermath and cleanup.

Randi Weingarten & AFTNJ Visit North Bergen School District

posted Aug 30, 2017, 11:15 PM by NBFT Local 1060   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 11:19 PM ]

Both AFTNJ President Donna Chiera and AFT President Randi Weingarten visited North Bergen's NBFT Board Members, Union Representatives and North Bergen school district's new teachers on August 28, 2017. 

North Bergen Teachers Union Defends Teacher Salaries in Letter to the Editor

posted Aug 30, 2017, 11:06 PM by NBFT Local 1060   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 11:06 PM ]

After a false article published by HudsonTV was published in August 2017 about North Bergen High School's teachers and their salaries, NBFT President Elizabeth Lynch wrote a statement in their defense. (Original article)

"Test scores shouldn’t define students, school districts or teachers, and
Hudson TV’s analysis of state teacher salaries misses the mark of the
great jobs our educators are performing for our children. The higher
North Bergen salaries cited are a result of individuals who found their
callings early in life, went into teaching in their early 20s remaining
with our district for decades while completing advanced studies.

The data used by Hudson TV is more than two years old. Since then, of the
top five salaries cited in North Bergen, one is actually a supervisor
rather than a teacher, one retired last year after a career that lasted
close to 40 years and a third tragically died after more than three
decades teaching. The remaining two people have worked in North Bergen
for almost four decades each.

We at the North Bergen Federation of Teachers are proud of our members’
commitment to continuing professional development and to achieving the
educational goals that help us become better teachers and to our

Mutually agreed upon incentives for completing advanced education and
other degrees signify our shared goal with the district, parents and
North Bergen community to continuously improving our teaching skills.
When accounting for education, public workers, especially teachers, earn
less than our private sector counterparts.

The real story in North Bergen is one of committed, dedicated educators
working hard to meet the needs of a student population with significant
challenges. As a long-term high school teacher myself, I am proud of my
colleagues and the great strides we have accomplished together. Along the
way we have worked hard to be respected as professionals and negotiated
fair compensation for lifetimes of service.

We would recommend Hudson TV or any media outlet visit our schools, speak
with our students and teachers and get a real sense for the incredible
effort that goes into helping students succeed in all aspects of their lives."

Elizabeth Lynch
North Bergen Federation of Teachers.

NBFT at the AFT TEACH Convention (2017)

posted Aug 30, 2017, 10:44 PM by NBFT Local 1060   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 11:19 PM ]

The NBFT attended the AFT TEACH Convention on July 20 - 22 (2017) in Washington, DC. The NBFT Board Members and Union Representatives heard thought-provoking plenary speakers; attended intensive hands-on Boot Camp sessions; visited the Maker Space for networking, collaborating and creating; and collected tools and resources to use back home.

End-of-Year Message from NBFT President, Elizabeth Lynch

posted Aug 30, 2017, 10:40 PM by NBFT Local 1060   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 10:40 PM ]

As we come to the end of a very long and difficult year I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for allowing me to be the President of the North Bergen Federation of Teachers. This has been a difficult year as we were all working without a contract. But I must say that I was never prouder of representing you than at the NB Board meeting in February when over 250 of you showed your support for the union and your displeasure with the Board. It was because of your show of force that we were able to successfully finish negotiating our contract. I look forward to continuing to represent you in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Enjoy your summer!

- Elizabeth Lynch
NBFT President

Annual NBFT Scholarship Awards to NBHS Seniors (2017)

posted Jun 4, 2017, 11:41 AM by NBFT Local 1060   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 11:41 AM ]

On June 1, 2017, the NBFT awarded several NBHS Seniors scholarships at the annual NBHS Senior Awards. Scholarships were awarded to the following students:

Lynn-Joelle Djombo, Amani Attalah, Jordan Tatum, Andrey Henao, Leandis Cedeno, Marleni Javier, Lucila Montes-Valdes, and Brianna Gonzalez-Bonacci. Congratulations!

NBFT Online Newsletters

posted May 14, 2017, 10:14 AM by NBFT Local 1060   [ updated May 14, 2017, 10:14 AM ]

Just a reminder that all NBFT newsletters can be viewed and downloaded online from our website. Visit to view the NBFT newsletters. 

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