Heather Sorge

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About Heather Sorge

Prior to joining WEC, Heather worked as a paraprofessional in the Holland Township School district for over ten years, as well as an Organizational Development Consultant with the New Jersey Education Association. Sorge has been a strong advocate for New Jersey’s public schools specializing in anti-privatization efforts and campaign promotions. She was an active member of the Holland Township Education Association, Hunterdon County Education Association, and the New Jersey Education Association, serving as her local Legislative Action Team chair, Association Representative, and Grievance Team member in her district. She has presented at national and regional conferences, facilitating workshops supporting NJEA members professional development. Heather served as a regional lead in the NJEA Summer Fellows programs and is a proud graduate of the NJEA Apprentice Program. She is also an active member of the Holland Township Agriculture Committee. Sorge graduated from Churchman Business School with a degree in Accounting Finance.

Schools shouldn’t open unless they have effective plans to prevent infection | Opinion

There have been nearly 5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and this virus has no intention of going away anytime soon. As New Jersey plans to reopen schools, health and safety must be at the forefront. We cannot reopen schools without strong health and safety measures in place to protect our students [...]

The risk of opening schools: Flexibility, planning needed

With President Donald Trump calling for campuses to welcome students in the fall and numerous large school districts around the country announcing that online-only schooling will continue, risk management teams are grappling with how to safely proceed amid the coronavirus pandemic. While various studies have found that most children are minimally affected when they contract [...]

By |2020-07-21T20:09:04-04:00July 21st, 2020|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on The risk of opening schools: Flexibility, planning needed

Pandemic v. Schools – National Coalition for Healthier Schools Plan for Safe Reopening

School Buildings and Occupants Can Speed or Slow the Spread of COVID-19 Jul. 9, 2020 / PRZen / SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- As pressure mounts for schools to reopen this fall, awareness is growing of the need for specific plans on how schools will not just open, but stay open, by protecting the health of children and [...]

By |2020-07-16T15:56:18-04:00July 13th, 2020|Covid-19, Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Pandemic v. Schools – National Coalition for Healthier Schools Plan for Safe Reopening

NJEA, Others Want National School Reopening Guideline Consensus

Because no one is really sure what the pandemic will look like in two months, the New Jersey Education Association is one of several groups backing a National Call to Action to raise awareness of the need for infection prevention and control plans with the goal of keeping schools open in the 2020-21 academic year. [...]

By |2020-07-13T11:51:05-04:00July 13th, 2020|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on NJEA, Others Want National School Reopening Guideline Consensus

Will N.J. have enough teachers to reopen schools? Union worried many won’t go back.

School districts have begun to hear from teachers who are requesting to retire early or refusing to return to the classroom during the coronavirus pandemic. Others are asking to teach only from home because they or one of their relatives have health problems. That is raising questions about whether there will be enough certified teachers to [...]

By |2020-07-13T10:34:53-04:00July 13th, 2020|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Will N.J. have enough teachers to reopen schools? Union worried many won’t go back.

Education Association demands immediate removal of toxic floors

NORTH PLAINFIELD-- The North Plainfield Education Association (NPEA) plans to turn out in force this Wednesday, May 13, at the District’s virtual mercury town hall meeting to urge the Board of Education to take immediate action.  Since 2018, the NPEA has been fighting for the removal of mercury-laden gym floors in two district schools. With [...]

By |2020-05-13T12:07:37-04:00May 13th, 2020|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Education Association demands immediate removal of toxic floors

COVID-19: New Jersey’s education system is imperiled by the pandemic. Here’s how

According to a recent Gallup poll, 42% of parents worry about the impact COVID-19 will have on their children’s education. Despite the fact that New Jersey school districts are adapting and educators have gone above and beyond, altering lesson plans and creating virtual classrooms overnight, students have encountered difficulties learning in this current climate. In response, New [...]

By |2020-05-07T13:34:31-04:00May 7th, 2020|Highlights, Opinion Pieces, WEC in the News|Comments Off on COVID-19: New Jersey’s education system is imperiled by the pandemic. Here’s how