Voices Vol 41 No 3

About Us

Mission Statement

NJTESOL/NJBE, Inc. is a not-for-profit professional and educational organization whose purposes are:

1.  To actively support the development of bilingual education and the teaching of English as a Second Language;

2.  To strengthen instruction at all levels;

3.  To disseminate educational information as related to professional development;

4.  To provide educational services such as workshops, conferences, and consulting assistance;

5.  To promote scholarship and foster research in first and second language acquisition and bilingual/bicultural studies; and

6.  To cooperate in appropriate ways with other groups having similar interests and concerns.

2013 Calendar

These are upcoming national, state, and local events. If you have something to add, send an e-mail to rrauch@njtesol-njbe.org .  Put Voices Calendar in the subject line. Thanks.



Be sure to check our web site http://www.njtesol-njbe.org for any changes in schedules and for additional programs. Click also on Chapter News.

2012 — 2013 NJTESOL/NJBE Executive Board

Executive Board 2012


Cassandra Lawrence
Perth Amboy Public Schools

Vice President/President-Elect
Sandee McHugh-McBride
Rutgers University

Past President
Judie Haynes
Consultant: www.everythingESL.net

Nina Lavado
Princeton Regional Schools / Bucks County Community College


Maria Jaume
Clifton Public Schools

Damian Medina

Barbara Tedesco
Consultant: LLAMAME, LLC
North Jersey Field Coordinator/ Instructor NJ EXCEL Program

Bilingual/ESL Early Childhood/Pre-K – Kdg. Representative
Monica Schnee
River Edge School District

ESL Elementary 1 - 5 Representative
Noreen Drucker  
Randolph Township Public Schools

ESL Middle School 6 - 8 Representative
Tina Kern
Morris School District in Morristown, NJ

Bilingual Elementary 1 - 8 Representative
Gregory Romero
Carteret School District

Bilingual Secondary Representative
Yasmin Hernandez-Manno
Newark Public Schools

ESL Secondary Representative
Caia Schlessinger
Freehold Regional High School District

Higher Education Representative
Gladys V. Scott
William Paterson University

Joan Pujol
Dumont Public Schools: Retired

Adult Education
Regina Postogna
Adjunct Professor at Kean University and Monmouth University C & I Departments

Teacher Education Representative
Mary Curran
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey

Technology Consultant
Marilyn Pongracz     
Bergen Community College

Parent/Community Representative
Karen Nemeth
Consultant: Language Castle LLC

Sociopolitical Concerns Representatives
Elizabeth Franks
Consultant: LLAMAME, LLC

Supervisors’ SIG Representative
JoAnne Negrin
Vineland Public Schools (Cumberland Co.)

Special Education
Position to be filled

Membership Chair
Joan Pujol
Dumont Public Schools: Retired

Voices Editor
Roselyn Rauch, Ed.D.
Paterson Public Schools: Retired
Consultant:  ESL Unlimited 

Voices Layout Designer
Dawn Marie Arthur

Business Administrator
Gwen Franks

The Hotlist

If you are among the more than 1100 NJTESOL/NJBE members participating in the Hotlist, you know that the Hotlist is communication, networking, problem-solving, and advice at your fingertips. With just a few clicks to open your e-mail, you can find information about state laws and standards, advice, best practices, material searches, testing questions, and advocacy. A sampling of recent topics demonstrates the scope of the subjects under discussion.


Resources for High School ELLs
Modified Lessons for Newcomers
CCCS standards vs WIDA standards
English classes for parents of ELL students
Bilingual Program Grades 6-8
Exiting Students
Higher Ed Materials
Sheltered Math Classes

As an organization, we would like to thank those who regularly provide carefully thought-out, researched replies to the many questions that members pose.  We especially appreciate the answers to questions of state regulations and testing given by Raquel Sinai and Lori Ramella at NJDOE. 

Hosted at Webelists, we have been able to enjoy almost uninterrupted communication for the past year and a half in spite of increased security by members’ e-mail providers.  However, the main cause of blocked messages is due to members reporting them as spam.  For this reason, if you decide that you do not want to participate, do not report messages as spam!  E-mail me at mpongracz@njtesol-njbe.org to be removed from the list.

Please also be careful not to accidently send a message to your spam folder.  If you do, your e-mail will be removed immediately.  I avoid this by using the delete key on my computer rather than the mouse. If you think that this has happened, you can contact me to have your address put back on. 

Thank you.


Marilyn Pongracz is our web-mistress and may be reached at mpongracz@njtesol-njbe.org

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NJTESOL/NJBE Voices Editorial Board

NJ Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages & NJ Bilingual Educators

Voices SPRING 2013                                                                   Volume 42  No. 2

Roselyn O. Rauch, Ed.D.
Paterson Public Schools: Retired
Consultant: ESL Unlimited
Dawn Marie Arthur

Marilyn Pongracz
Bergen Community College

Gwen Franks
NJTESOL/NJBE Business Administrator

Roselyn O. Rauch, Ed.D.

Note: Advertising is printed as a service to our membership but does not imply endorsement.

Voices is the quarterly publication of NJTESOL/NJBE printed Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. It is a benefit to members of NJTESOL/NJBE.

For change of address or membership/subscription questions, contact mmber@njtesol-njbe.org

NJTESOL/NJBE, Inc. By-Laws to the Constitution (revised 12/2012)

A. Membership and Dues

Fees for membership shall be set by the Executive Board. Membership will be valid one year from the date that the application is received.

B. Officers and Elections

  1. The officers of NJTESOL/NJBE, Inc. shall be a President, a Vice-President/Conference Chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Liaison Officer. The Vice-President shall succeed to the Presidency.
  2. The term of office shall be a period of two years from the Annual Business Meeting immediately following the election.  Elected Executive Board members cannot hold the same position for more than two consecutive terms.  
  3. Eligibility
    1. Candidates for any position on the Executive Board must have been members of NJTESOL/NJBE for at least one year before their candidacy.
    2. Candidates for Vice-President must have served one full year on the Executive Board.
    3. Candidates for Treasurer will be appointed by the President and approved by a majority vote of the Executive Board. This appointment must be reviewed and approved by the Executive Board every two years.
  4. The Executive Board of NJTESOL/NJBE, Inc. shall consist of:
    1. The elected officers, as specified in the By-Laws;
    2. The immediate Past President;
    3. Elected representatives of the NJTESOL/NJBE special interest groups (SIGs), as specified in the By- Laws;
    4. Representative-at-large, as specified in the By-Laws;
    5. Presidential appointees, as specified in the By-Laws.
  5. A vacancy in any position shall be filled by presidential appointment, with the approval of the majority of the Executive Board.
  6. lf the President is unable to complete his/her term of office, the Vice-President shall assume that office. The Vice-President shall be eligible for an additional full term in office as President.
  7. Minutes of Executive Board meetings shall be available for inspection by members in good standing of NJTESOL/NJBE, Inc. at the Annual Business Meeting.
  8. The President (or Vice-President if the President is unable to attend) shall attend the Annual Business Meetings of TESOL and of NABE every year. In the event that they are unable to attend, the President shall designate an official delegate.
  9. Any member of the Executive Board can be removed from office for due cause by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board.  The President can remove a Board member if they miss three consecutive meetings.

C. Responsibilities of Officers

  1. The Past President shall
    1. serve in an advisory capacity for two years after completing the term as President.
    2. preside over the Executive Board meeting if the President and Vice President are absent.
    3. serve on the Budget Committee.
    4. maintain membership in TESOL or NABE.
    5. lead special projects as requested by the President.
  2. The President shall
    1. have charge of conducting the business of the organization.
    2. call and preside at all meetings of the Executive Board.
    3. appoint  committee chairpersons and the  treasurer.
    4. conduct the annual elections.
    5. maintain a membership in TESOL and NABE.
  3. The Vice-President shall
    1. serve as Spring Conference chairperson and President-Elect.
    2. preside in the absence of the President in the execution of business.
    3. c. maintain a membership in TESOL and NABE.
  4. The Secretary shall
    1. keep minutes of all Executive Board meetings.
    2. email notices of meetings to members of the Executive Board.
    3. send the minutes of a meeting to the Executive Board for corrections before the next meeting.
    4. maintain the Executive Board address list and snow chain.
    5. forward to the Historian copies of the minutes and all correspondence.
    6. maintain a membership in TESOL or NABE.
  5. The Treasurer shall
    1. oversee the maintenance all financial records.
    2. present a financial report at each meeting of the Executive Board and at the Annual Business Meeting.
    3. keep records of donations and provide letters for tax purposes upon request.
    4. oversee of the preparation of the tax return to the IRS.
    5. renew our NJ Business Certificate and insurance policy.
    6. maintain a membership in TESOL or NABE.
  6. The Liaison Officer shall
    1. maintain active contact with publishers in fields related to the purposes of the organization.
    2. coordinate their participation at the Spring Conference.
    3. maintain a membership in TESOL or NABE.
  7. The President and Vice-President must become members of TESOL and NABE and keep these memberships current during their tenure on the Executive Board.  The Treasurer, Secretary, and Liaison must maintain memberships in TESOL or NABE.
  8. One of the five officers must be a member of NJEA.

D. Other Members of the Executive Board

  1. Representative-at-Large
  2. Elected Representatives of NJTESOL/NJBE Special Interest Groups.
    1. Bilingual Elementary
    2. ESL Elementary
    3. ESL/Bilingual Middle School
    4. Bilingual Secondary
    5. ESL Secondary
    6. Higher Education
    7. Teacher Education
    8. Adult Education
    9. iSpecia Education
    10. Early Childhood Education
    11. Supervisors
    12. Parental Involvement/Community Action
  3. Presidential Appointees with approval of the majority of the Executive Board
    1. Membership/public relations
    2. Editor(s) of the Newsletter.
    3. Socio-Political Concerns Advocate
    4. Historian
    5. Technology Coordinator
    6. Treasurer
    7. Other positions, as the Executive Board deems necessary.

E. Elections for the Executive Board

  1. Officers and SIG representatives shall be nominated by NJTESOL-NJBE members or self-nominated. They shall be elected by electronic ballot and members should have at least 2 weeks to vote.
  2. Newly elected officers will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting and in the newsletter.
  3. Each term shall have duration of two years.

Responsibilities of Elected Officials

F.  The Representative-at-large shall

  1. coordinate our participation at the NJEA convention
  2. represent NJTESOL/NJBE at NJEA Affiliate meetings and turnkey information at our Executive Board meetings.
  3. arrange the NJTESOL/NJBE booth at the NJEA convention
  4. serve as liaison to the NJTESOL/NJBE chapters and serve as mentor to members who wish to form new chapters.
  5. maintain memberships in TESOL or NABE and NJEA.

G. Special Interest Group (SIG) Representatives shall

  1. represent their SIG constituency at Executive Board meetings.
  2. keep constituents informed of issues and events particular to their area of interest through newsletter articles and participation in discussions on the NJTESOL/NJBE e-list serve (hotlist).
  3. write an article four times a year for the newsletter.
  4. actively recruit participation of their constituents in presenting workshops at the Annual Spring Conference.
  5. attend all meetings of the Executive Board including the Conference proposal adjudication meeting, pre-conference preparation meeting and the annual retreat.
  6. Provide support at the Annual Spring Conference to the Conference Chair. The number of hours for this support will be decided by the Executive Board.
  7. maintain membership in TESOL or NABE

H. Creation of Additional SIGs/Name Changes

  1. New SIGs may be created or the name of an existing SIG can be changed as deemed necessary with approval of a majority of the Executive Board.
  2. Notice of such changes shall be published in the newsletter.

I. Dissolution of SIGs

  1. A SIG may be dissolved by a vote of the majority of the Executive Board.
  2. Notice of such changes shall be published in the newsletter.

J. Creation/Dissolution of Chapters: Chapters may be created and dissolved based on the needs of NJTESOL/NJBE members.

Responsibilities of Presidential Appointees

K.  The Membership Chairperson shall

  1. recruit new members for NJTESOL/NJBE at the NJEA Convention and Spring Conference.
  2. respond to inquiries about membership and encourage membership in TESOL and NABE

L. The Newsletter Editor shall:  

  1. edit contributions to the newsletter.
  2. coordinate the production and distribution of four newsletters each year.
  3. solicit advertising relevant to bilingual and ESL educators.
  4. maintain membership in TESOL or NABE.

M. The Historian shall

  1. keep copies of all official documents and correspondence of the organization.
  2. transfer the items to the Archives at the Newark Library-NJ Hispanic Research Information Center, which is the warehouse for maintaining the NJTESOL/NJBE records.
  3. maintain membership in TESOL or NABE.

N. The Socio-political concerns representative shall

  1. report on issues that are of concern to ESL/bilingual students and teachers, administrators, at Executive Board meetings, on the hotlist and/or  social media.
  2. arrange for the legislative session at the organization’s Spring Conference.
  3. maintain membership in TESOL or NABE.

O. The Technology Coordinator shall

  1. maintain the website of the organization, which includes updating the site
  2. assist with the technical aspects of the online newsletter.
  3. manage forms for workshops, registration, and membership.
  4. assist with technology at the Annual Conference.
  5. manage the PayPal account and coordinate this with the online forms
  6. moderate and manage the hotlist

P. Rights and Responsibilities of Members of the Executive Board

  1. Guest may attend meetings of the Executive Board at the discretion of the Board. Voting privileges are extended only to the Executive Board members enumerated in these By-Laws.
  2. All officers and other members of the Executive Board who fail to attend three consecutive Board meetings may be removed from the Board.
  3. All members of the Executive Board shall be encouraged to maintain current membership in either TESOL or NABE except as otherwise specified.
  4. Executive Board members should be encouraged to participate in social networking in order to acquaint the public with our organization’s goals and the topics for which we advocate.
  5. Former NJTESOL/NJBE presidents may attend Executive Board meetings and participate in discussions but will not have voting privileges.

Q. Executive Board Meetings

  1. The Executive Board shall hold at least 7 meetings per school year and meetings shall be arranged by the President.
  2. An Annual Business Meeting shall take place at the Spring Conference and will include a treasurer’s report and access to the Executive Board minutes.

R. Budget

  1. The budget shall be prepared by members of the Budget Committee that includes, but is not limited to, the President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Past President.
  2. The budget shall be prepared and voted on before December 31st of each year.
  3. Once the budget has been passed by the Executive Board, expenditures for line items may not exceed the budgeted amount without approval by the Board.
  4. Budget allocations may not be moved from one line to another without approval of the majority of the Executive Board.
  5. All expenditures made by Board members of over $200 must be approved by the Executive Board. Those Board members who are charged with conferences and other large expenditures may spend up to $1000 without Board approval of the amount allocated in their budget line.
  6. Executive Board members must submit receipts for reimbursement within 4 weeks of the date of the expenditure. A reimbursement form must accompany all requests for reimbursement.

S. Employees of NJTESOL/NJBE

  1. All part-time employees of the organization are hired by the President and approved each year by the Executive Board.. These include Bookkeeper, data entry, Voices Design, Technology Coordinator, Voices Editor and others as needed.
  2. All employees must provide information to the treasurer in order to for income tax purposes.

T. Amendment of By-Laws

    Amendment of the By-Laws shall be made through vote by a two-thirds majority of the Executive Board after discussion at two consecutive Executive Board meetings. Notice of such changes shall be published in the Newsletter.

U. Method of Distribution of Assets on Dissolution

    Upon dissolution the assets of NJTESOL/NJBE shall be divided evenly between the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). In the event that one of these should dissolve, the other would receive all the assets of NJTESOL/NJBE. In the event that both should have dissolved, the assets will be received by NJEA (New Jersey Education Association.)

Revised 12/2012