How To Become Active In Your Professional Association

New Jersey Education Association

Welcome to a new podcast series, the Jersey Educator Podcast, sponsored by the New Jersey Education Association. Whether you are a teacher, an education support professional, or a New Jersey Student Education Association member, this show will serve as a platform to help YOU bring out the best in your students . . . each and every day in your schools. The shows are hosted by Jeff Bradbury of (@TeacherCast) and Jim Boice, a field representative with NJEA (@boiceinthehood).  Jeff and Jim want to help public school employees better balance their work lives and home lives. The pair also plans to spotlight members who are advocating for improvements to their schools and profession so our students can keep achieving their dreams. Check out their first show here. For more information, please visit and email us at

In this episode, we welcome New Jersey educator Dan Epstein on to the podcast to discuss several great ways to become an active member in your association.

Dan Epstein is a third-grade special education teacher in the Franklin Township School District of Somerset County. He is celebrating his tenth year as a public school educator. Dan is also the elementary coordinator for his local education association, The Franklin Township Education Association. Dan also serves as the 2nd Vice President for the Somerset County Education Association. Dan’s email is, and you can find him on Twitter @depstein1983.

Upcoming NJEA Events

The NJEA Early Career Member Network is sponsoring a Twitter Chat and a Bowling Event in February.

  • Twitter Chat: Feb. 1, 2016. Join us for our first #NJEAChat. The topic will be your profession, your future. Tweet with your colleagues from across the state on your best practices and share your vision for the future of public education. Learn more at
  • Bowling Event: February 19, 2016, at Colonial Bowling and Entertainment in Lawrenceville, NJ. Join us for a night of bowling, courtesy of the NJEA Early Career Member Network. Buffet dinner and two complimentary drinks will be provided. Just like other networking events, connect with your colleagues from across the state. No agendas. No speeches. Learn more and RSVP at

Tech Tips

Subscribe to this podcast and several others in 2016. There are several great New Jersey Educators creating podcasts and a great way to support our association members is to check out their podcasts.

Check out these great podcasts today:

As we turn over the calendar into 2016, it’s time to think about backing up your digital files. Perhaps you have several important files saved on your computer's desktop. It’s important to have a solid backup strategy for your valuable information. Having a service such as Dropbox or Google Drive is a perfect way to backup your data and keep your information safe.

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Show Hosts

Jeffrey Bradbury, author of Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging With Your Students, is the creator of, TeacherCast University, and Educational Podcasting Today, is an ASCD Emerging Leader, Google Certified Teacher, Google Education Trainer, PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator, speaker, writer, broadcaster, consultant and educational media specialist. He is currently the Coordinator for Technology Integration for the Westwood Regional School District in New Jersey. In 2012, Jeff was recognized as one of top 50 educators using social media at the first ever Bammy Awards and has been nominated three times in the category of Innovator of the Year. Jeff has Keynoted for the Pearson Authentic Learning Conference, EdTechNJ and most recently at Columbia University's Teacher College and Podcast Mid-Atlantic.

Additionally, the TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network has served educational conventions worldwide by providing on-site live broadcasting to thousands of educators each week. Jeff is the host of the TeacherCast Podcast, Educational Podcasting Today and the TechEducator Podcast.

Jim Boice is a field representative with the New Jersey Education Association. Prior to joining NJEA is 2012, Jim was a high school English teacher for ten years in the Pennsauken Township School District of Camden County, NJ.

About the author, Jeffrey Bradbury

Jeff Bradbury, creator of TeacherCast, and father of the famous @EduTriplets Thanks for checking out TeacherCast today. Please take a moment to find me on all of my Social Media channels!