If you feel ready to rise up together, then join NJEA’s REAL Movement, which stands for racial equity, affirmation, and literacy:

  • Racial equity is our aspirational purpose in this work of transforming New Jersey’s public education system.
  • Racial affirmation challenges the “colorblind” narrative with the power of diversity and visibility.
  • Racial literacy connects NJEA members to their power as educators to be generational gamechangers.
  • Movements elevate a collective vision for a better world by activating and organizing the power of the people.

By joining the REAL Movement, you will embark on a learning journey with a diverse community of colleagues who are connected through shared values. This community will cultivate relationships, share resources, and sharpen skills to do the racial justice work that is critical for our classrooms, our union, and our communities to change the game. Join us at the events and sessions below.

Wednesday, Nov. 4

Real Block Party/Welcome Reception

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Joy in justice, community and connection is a valuable part of any social movement. Join other dynamic leaders in the REAL movement for conversation, connection and dancing!


Learning Lab: Aspiring Antiracist Education & Advocacy

10-11:15 a.m. • Noon-1:15 p.m. • 2-3:15 p.m.
Presenters: Terry Jess, Lukas Michener

Join this conversation on how aspiring antiracist educators can take small steps forward in their personal and professional journey toward supporting racial equity, affirmation and literacy.

Real Organizers Lounge For Racial Equity

10-11:15 a.m. • Noon-1:15 p.m. • 2-3:15 p.m.
Presenters: Erika Strauss-Chavarria, Jessyca Mathews

This moment for educators, activists and organizers has been more challenging than ever before. Connect and build with other dynamic leaders in this movement for racial equity, affirmation and literacy.


Real Action Network: Community Cultural Wealth

1-3 p.m.
Presenters: Michael J. Mason, Amanda M. Adams, Dr. Tiffanie C. Thrbak, Lizandaa T. Alburg, Gabriel A. Tanglao, Shan B. Byrd

The REAL Action Network is a vanguard of educators, activists and organizers focused on building a movement to transform NJ public schools toward racial equity, affirmation and literacy.