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Monday, October 23
 

1:00pm

Current Issues in School Law
Everybody loves to speak with a school law attorney, especially when it is free. NJSBA staff attorneys will present an update on recent legal decisions and legislative developments affecting boards of education and charter schools. The session uses a combined presentation and question and answer format that will provide insight into significant recent developments in public education school law.

Speakers
CT

Carl Tanksley

Counsel, NJSBA


Monday October 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Rooms 405-406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08404

1:00pm

Negotiating Health Benefits
There have been significant changes in the health insurance arena over the past few years, including changes in the School Employees Health Benefit Program, Chapter 78’s sunset and the advent of the Affordable Care Act. Come learn how these changes affect collective negotiations

Speakers
PD

Patrick Duncan

Manager Labor Relations, NJSBA
RG

Robert Greitz

Consultant Labor Relations, NJSBA


Monday October 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 414 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

1:00pm

Essentials of School Board Leadership
The goal of this session is to provide board leaders with the skills and knowledge essential to conquering the unique challenges and issues faced by the board president. We will use real-time scenarios to explore situations board presidents may encounter, and provide information and skills needed to navigate and guide the board to continued success.

Speakers
MA

Mary Ann Friedman

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
KH

Kathy Helewa

Field Service Representative, NJSBA



Monday October 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 322 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:00pm

Governance I - New Board Member Orientation
For board members and charter school trustees in the first year of their first term. Please note: This training session is not open to all Workshop registrants. Only pre-registered, qualifying board members may attend.


Monday October 23, 2017 1:00pm - 5:15pm
Room 403 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08402

2:30pm

A Myriad of Factors that Impact Student Achievement
If helping students learn and achieve was simply about curriculum and instruction, the achievement gap would not be as difficult to close as it is. This session will introduce participants to other factors that can influence and inhibit learning, such as inherent bias, student management practices, land use laws and more. In addition, a collaborative process that districts can use to identify specific challenges and develop actions plans will be discussed.

Speakers
VR

Vincent R DeLucia

Director, Training/Educator in Residence, NJSBA


Monday October 23, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 414 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

2:30pm

NJSBA's Delegate Assembly and the Resolution Process
This program is designed to provide more detailed information for local boards that want to submit resolutions that have an impact by adding to or changing association policy on issues of statewide significance. NJSBA’s general counsel and the director of governmental relations will jointly present this session,; session participants will gain a deeper understanding of NJSBA policies in general and the process of developing resolutions to be heard at the Delegate Assembly in particular.

Speakers
CJ

Cynthia Jahn

General Counsel, NJSBA
MV

Michael Vrancik

Director, Governmental Relations, NJSBA


Monday October 23, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Rooms 405-406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08404

2:30pm

Eight Characteristics of Effective School Boards
This program will assist you as board leaders in establishing a culture for your board that is focused on improving student success in your school district.

Speakers
KR

Kanisha R Williams

Managing Director Member & Leadership Services, NSBA
KW

Kathy Winecoff

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Monday October 23, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08407

2:30pm

Parliamentary Procedure for Board Presidents
The goal of this session is to provide board leaders with the skills and knowledge to effectively use Robert’s Rules to efficiently conduct the business of the board.

Speakers
JA

Jesse Adams Jr

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
TL

Theresa Lewis

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Monday October 23, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08406

2:30pm

Working with the News Media: What Board Leaders Need to Know
Board leaders are often the designated spokesperson for board of education policies and matters. Learn how to work with today’s press, how to tackle difficult topics, how to spread good news about your district, which topics are off-limits for board members, and how you can communicate more effectively through your local news media.


Speakers
JB

Janet Bamford

Manager Communications and Publications, NJSBA
FB

Frank Belluscio

Deputy Executive Director, NJSBA
JR

Jeanette Rundquist

Communications Officer, NJSBA


Monday October 23, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08405

2:30pm

School Administrator Residency Program Mentor Update
This one hour session will highlight recent revisions to the NJSARP Handbook and Individualized Residency Plan to reflect 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leadership. Invited participants will also be encouraged to share best practices. (By Invitation Only)

Monday October 23, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 404 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08410

3:45pm

Communicating During Negotiations
Contract negotiations are an essential job of a school board. But while there is much the board may want to say while negotiations are ongoing – communication must be prudent. This presentation will focus on how and when to communicate with staff, the public and press during labor negotiations.

Speakers
PD

Patrick Duncan

Manager Labor Relations, NJSBA


Monday October 23, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08407

3:45pm

Operating within an Effective Committee System
A 2015 NJSBA survey indicated that most boards operate through a committee system—or with a combined system of standing committees and a committee-as-a-whole. Learn best practices for standing committees in areas such as curriculum, facilities, finance, personnel and policy; as well as the role of board leadership in ensuring their effectiveness.

Speakers
ML

Matthew Lee

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
CP

Charlene Peterson

Field Service Representative, NJBSA


Monday October 23, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08406

3:45pm

Voting Issues for Boards of Education
Voting issues can be problematic for boards of education. Who can vote? Who can’t? What are the latest rulings of the School Ethics Commission on board member and employee participation? What constitutes a quorum? What kind of vote is required -- a majority of the quorum, a majority of the full board or something else? How are abstentions counted? Join NJSBA's Legal Staff in an entertaining and engaging discussion on these and other issues. The program will include an open-ended question and answer format that will provide the participants with an opportunity to ask questions about the topics presented and any other area of school law.

Speakers
JB

John Burns

Counsel, NJSBA


Monday October 23, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08405

4:00pm

Benchmarks for a Sustainable School
Session participants will learn about the key characteristics that successful sustainable schools have in common, and review the manageable collaborative actions that can be taken by education stakeholders to promote sustainability. Attendees will also have an opportunity to examine the new sustainability benchmarks that will impact your school and community, lower operational costs and provide healthy learning environments for students.

Speakers
JP

Jaimie P Cloud

President, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
JH

John Henry

STEAM and Sustainable Schools Specialist, NJSBA


Monday October 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 414 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

4:00pm

School Official Ethics - Where Are We Now?
New Jersey’s School Ethics Commission has recently released advisory opinions and decisions that constitute the greatest change in the school official ethics landscape in more than 20 years. Join NJSBA’s staff attorneys as they discuss the state of school official ethics law today, and the constraints currently faced by board members and school administrators.


Speakers
CT

Carl Tanksley

Counsel, NJSBA


Monday October 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Rooms 405-406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08404
 
Tuesday, October 24
 

9:00am

Workshop Opening Ceremony
Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:00am - 9:30pm
Investors Stage One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

9:30am

Activating Student Voice through TED ED Clubs
TED-ED Club leaders and TED-ED Innovative Educators will share the power of leveraging student voice, creativity and passion. TED-ED’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. TED-ED supports learning — from producing a growing library of original animated videos, to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills. This session will share the opportunities and benefits of starting a TED-ED Clubs program in your district.


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
NJSBA Future Ready Center One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

9:30am

A Blueprint for STEAM Learning
STEAM learning explores concepts within science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. Arts integration has positively impacted student development, achievement and school climate. This session will provide a blueprint for building a quality STEAM program, and illustrate its value to the learning environment.

Speakers
EB

Emil Binotto

Middle School Principal, Hopatcong Borough Schools
WL

Wendy Liscow

Program Director, Education, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
RM

Robert Morrison

Founder & Chairman, New Jersey Arts Education Partnership
JM

Joanne Mullane

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Hopatcong Borough Schools
MR

Mary Reece

Director of Special Projects, Foundation for Educational Administration


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 322 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

9:30am

Don’t Find Yourself in the News; Learn How to Protect Your School from a Cyber Attack
With K–12 schools increasing their use and reliance on digital tools and services, cyber criminals have found education an increasingly viable target, resulting in cyber attacks reported at schools around the world. The disclosure of personal information and loss of taxpayer dollars and instructional time are often the result. Negative media coverage and reputational damage to the attacked school can also be a major problem. To make sure your school does not fall victim to a cyber attack, Presidio cyber security experts will discuss the types of attacks that can and do occur in the K-12 school system. They will provide real life case studies and explain what you can do to prepare and prevent a cyber attack from occurring in your school.

Speakers
Sponsors
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Presidio

Platinum Sponsor, Presidio
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Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 414 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

9:30am

From Menu to Mindfulness - Taking Health and Wellness to Another Level
The Colts Neck Township School District, through the work of its Wellness Committee and Green Team, has taken "educating the whole child" to another level. From menu to mindfulness, the district is proud of its many wellness initiatives. Attendees will be introduced to individuals who will share their passion, expertise, and methods for engaging students that promote healthy living. Topics of discussion include: working with food services/food management to create menus that align to wellness goals; K-5 health curricula; after-school clubs for students that focus on health and wellness; and mindfulness in the schools.

Speakers
DC

Danielle Conforti

Teacher of Enrichment / Mindfulness Facilitator, Colts Neck Township Schools
EL

Elizabeth Lowes

Teacher of Health K-5, Colts Neck Township Schools
TM

Tim Mulligan

Teacher of Health / Physical Education, Colts Neck Township Schools


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424

9:30am

Implicit Bias in the Classroom
This session will examine the impact of implicit bias in the classroom as it applies to both employee hiring and student discipline issues. Participants will be introduced to general principles and concepts, and learn how implicit bias may be impacting the delivery of educational services to non-majority populations. School leaders will also learn strategies designed to reduce the potential for investigations into allegations of discrimination by the Office of Civil Rights.

Speakers
VR

Vincent R DeLucia

Director, Training/Educator in Residence, NJSBA
CJ

Cynthia Jahn

General Counsel, NJSBA
CT

Carl Tanksley

Counsel, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08419

9:30am

Mitigating Declining Enrollment in Your District
This group session will provide an overview of current population trends in New Jersey and provide actionable information and alternatives for boards of education to consider in addressing their declining enrollment. We will explore the following options: shared services, tuition and choice, partnerships, distance learning, reconfiguration /redistricting /regionalization and consolidation

Speakers
GT

Gwen Thornton

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
KW

Kathy Winecoff

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08422

9:30am

Move from Confusion to Control - and Save Money in the Process
Board members do their best to watch each penny, and use resources to help all students. One resource-draining area often overlooked is printing. It is essential for schools to make smart and budget-savvy decisions in providing printing services for educators and students. Learn how to track printing in a network environment to better understand who is using the printer, and how and when they are using it. Session participants will learn how to provide needed print access, in the most effective way, while keeping costs under control.

Speakers
Sponsors

Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 413 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08520

9:30am

Share the Keys NJM Parent/Teen Safe Driving Orientation
Learn about “Share the Keys,” a free resource to schools that addresses the influence of parental involvement on a teen's crash risk. The program, developed by the N.J. Division of Highway Traffic Safety and Kean University, has been proven to effectively increase parental involvement. According to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Research and Injury Prevention, parents can reduce their teen's crash risk by as much as 50 percent when they set rules, offer support and monitor their teen's driving. The program is also aligned with, and supports, state driver education curriculum guidelines.

Speakers
Sponsors
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NJM Insurance Group

Platinum Sponsor, NJM Insurance Group
Known for great auto insurance rates, outstanding service and dividends. Now that's extraordinary. Public educators can get a quote and apply at NJMStartsHere.com


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 410 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

9:30am

The Every Student Succeeds Act and Gifted and Talented Education
For the first time, gifted and talented education needs are directly addressed in federal law. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows the use of Title I funds to identify and serve gifted and talented students, and for the state plan to address gifted students in Title II professional development. Local districts receiving Title II funds must provide professional development training to address the needs of gifted students. Join NJSBA’s former Director of Legal and Labor Relations and the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children Advocacy Vice President as they discuss the impact of ESSA on gifted education and the opportunities for state and local advocacy.

Speakers
RB

Roberta Braverman

Advocacy Vice President, New Jersey Association for Gifted Children
MK

Michael Kaelber Esq

Attorney at Law


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08416

9:30am

The New Jersey School Health Insurance Marketplace
In this session we will review the various types of health insurance "risk bearers" available in the state of New Jersey including insurance carriers, health insurance funds, the School Employee Health Benefits Program, and alternative funding arrangements such as self-insurance. We will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of each as well as the potential for shared services. Selection considerations and legislative and regulatory concerns will also be addressed.

Speakers
Sponsors
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Brown and Brown Benefit Advisors

Platinum Sponsor, Brown and Brown Benefit Advisors
Our experienced team provides group insurance solutions to over 300 New Jersey public schools.


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 415 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08522

9:30am

U.S. Army-NJSBA Partnership to Implement I-STEAM Education
The U.S. Army has a strategic interest in improving student academic achievement. As the demand for STEAM – literate citizens has increased, the Army has develop a portfolio of STEAM educational opportunities for schools and students across the country. In a common effort to enhance students’ success, career readiness and ISTEAM awareness, NJSBA and the Mid-Atlantic Battalion established a one-of-a-kind partnership, a model for the rest of the country. Find out about innovative professional development opportunities, resources available to schools and students, and how you can make a difference in your school district.


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 405-406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

9:30am

Words Matter: The Importance of Language in Contracts
A fast-paced program designed to provide guidelines and understanding of the techniques utilized in drafting contract language and proposals to ensure board interests are protected.

Speakers
RG

Robert Greitz

Consultant Labor Relations, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08421

9:30am

Great Schools New Jersey: An Association of High Needs School Districts
Speaker & Panel Discussion (Open to All Conference Attendees)

Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 404 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08410

9:30am

Promising Practices With Teacher Residencies
In 2015, regulatory changes pertaining to teacher preparation were adopted. These included a move to a full year of student teaching, starting in the 2018-19 school year. This session will showcase innovative teacher residencies being piloted in several New Jersey districts, which more than meet the new regulatory requirements. Participants will learn more about the design of the residency program, how it benefits aspiring teachers and the districts hosting them, as well as how the residencies are funded.

Speakers
KB

Kristen Brown

Chief Talent Officer, NJDOE
WP

William P George III Ed D

Superintendent of Schools, Middletown Township Public Schools
JE

John E Henning

Professor and Dean, School of Education, Monmouth University


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08420

10:00am

Costing out the Labor Agreement
One of the most important tasks of any school board is negotiating employee compensation and the terms and conditions of employment. Because employee compensation comprises the largest expenditure in a district’s budget, it is essential that the school board ascertain the current and projected costs of salaries and benefit. This process is called “costing out” the labor agreement. Participants in this session will learn how to cost out the labor agreement and make sure that expenditures for employee compensation are consistent with the board’s management goals.

Speakers
PD

Patrick Duncan

Manager Labor Relations, NJSBA
KR

Kurt Rebovich Jr

Consultant Labor Relations, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08405

10:00am

Experience by Doing! The Next Generation Science Standards Are Here!
This session will provide an overview of the new Next Generation Science Standards; commonalities with the language arts and math standards are highlighted. Students are expected to define problems; generate and evaluate multiple solutions; build and test prototypes; make claims using evidence, and optimize a solution. Participants will be actively involved in challenges that promote K-12 STEM learning, and will experience how district curricula can be enhanced by incorporating activities that integrate students' knowledge of science, math, literacy, social studies, and engineering practices.

Speakers
EM

Eva M Ogens EdD

Associate Professor Math/Science Mthods, Ramapo College of New Jersey


Tuesday October 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 314 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08417

10:00am

STEAMing into the Next Generation Science Standards
Session participants will learn how to infuse STEAM practices and the design loop model into curricula, focusing on the use of the Next Generation Science Standards as a springboard for design challenges that have depth and meaning. Participants will have to create a consumer product using nature as inspiration, given specific constraints while using everyday consumable items. The session will show administrators how to do STEAM projects on a budget, integrate technology, and think like engineers.

Speakers
EB

Erin Borino

Supervisor of Educational Technology PreK-12, Livingston Public Schools
DG

Dorian Gemellaro

Supervisor of Science PreK-6, Livingston Public Schools


Tuesday October 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08407

10:00am

Strategic Planning
This program will answer the questions, "What is strategic planning, and how will it help my district and our students?" We will identify the components of the strategic planning process and explore the benefits of developing and implementing a strategic planning process in your district. Hands-on small group activities include: participating in brainstorming and consensus activities, and the development of vision and belief statements.


Speakers
KH

Kathy Helewa

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
ML

Matthew Lee

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08425

10:00am

Team Building: Best Practices for a Successful Policy Committee
An effective policy committee helps guide the board’s efforts in the development of well-researched and efficient policy. Participants will learn to identify and establish priorities for policy development, updating and review; will understand the role and responsibility of the policy committee and chairperson; and will explore team-building between the board, administration and staff.



Speakers
JH

Jean Harkness

Policy Consultant, NJSBA
CP

Charlene Peterson

Field Service Representative, NJBSA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08426

10:00am

Unleashing your Organization’s Potential through Change Leadership and Management
It is often said that the only constant in education is change. But how do we, as district administrators and board members, lead change and how do we provide personalized support to people at various stages of the change process? This interactive session will introduce several models for change leadership. Participants will have the opportunity to work in teams to select change models for their districts, as well as to participate in hands-on activities to learn research-based strategies for supporting staff through the change process.

Speakers
EA

Elizabeth Azukas

Assistant Superintendent, Cranford Public Schools


Tuesday October 24, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08406

11:00am

Creating Student Driven Academies: Beginning the Journey
Toms River Regional School District is designing student-driven, problem-based Career Academies starting this school year. Teachers are rethinking curriculum so that students are tackling real-world, multi-subject, open-ended problems and using a design process to create solutions. Instructionally, teachers are designing structures and strategies that put students in charge of their own learning while transformationally using technology. Join us as we share the beginning of our change process: the steps, successes, and challenges.


Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
NJSBA Future Ready Center One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

A Districtwide STEAM Project—On a Budget
Session participants will learn how to engage an entire community in a districtwide STEAM project on a responsible budget. This project gives students in grades K-12 the opportunity to participate in academic and creative arts, while continuing with traditional district curricular focus. The program uses all current district resources and personnel; the budgetary impact is less than $30,000.


Speakers
MA

Michael A Davino

Superintendent, Springfield Public Schools
GS

Greg Salmon

District Supervisor Science, Springfield Public Schools
RS

Ron Slate

District Supervisor Performing Creative and Practical Arts, Springfieldschoolscom


Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 322 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

11:00am

CrossStar
Sponsors
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CrosStar

Platinum Sponsor


Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 410 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

Cyber Security Essentials for K-12
Much like their counterparts in the small to medium business spaces, K-12 schools rely heavily upon technology to augment their day-to-day operations. In today’s classroom, teachers use a wide range of rich media curricula, and legacy printed matter is rapidly replaced by digital content. Assessments, evaluations and tests are increasingly conducted online. Many districts now allow students to use their own devices for learning and other school-related activities. Striking the right balance of cybersecurity investment and data loss prevention polices, on a limited K-12 budget, needs to be an organizational decision. IT leaders can, and should, drive the conversation, but it needs to include all executive leadership. Legacy infrastructure is typically incapable of detecting and responding to today’s sophisticated threats, or meeting increasingly stringent regulatory requirements for data protection. In this case, new security tools and processes must be implemented.

Speakers
Sponsors
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ePlus Technology

Diamond Sponsor, ePlus Technology
A leading systems integrator for the public sector in the United States. Holding more than 100 contracts, ePlus currently works with numerous school districts, universities, and government agencies. Our experienced, dedicated staff understands the nuances of IT, and how they inte... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 413 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08520

11:00am

Green STEM or Hot STEAM
While school buildings have permanence, educational methods and needs vary constantly. What is needed to deliver modern STEM and the latest STEAM curriculums, and more importantly, how do you adapt your buildings to successfully and cost-effectively enable the next generation of learners? We will review basic design concepts and examples of adaptations that have enabled districts to embrace the future without breaking the bank.

Speakers
Sponsors

Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 405-406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

I'm the BA and You Want Me To Be Responsible for What ?!
Business administrators wear many hats, including overseeing the maintenance and upgrades of school facilities. If you are new to your position, and have never delved into the management of design and construction projects, or you are a seasoned professional who would like a refresher, this presentation will help you navigate the waters and associated paperwork involved in these types of projects, and to create balance between budgets and buildings. This presentation qualifies for 1.0 QPA credit hour under “procurement procedures.”

Speakers
Sponsors
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Parette Somjen Architects

Platinum Sponsor, Parette Somjen Architects
PSA provides professional architectural design services that include Architect of Record, long range facility planning, interior design, energy measures, sustainable design, facility upgrades, master planning, additions, renovations and new construction. We are currently servicin... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 415 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08522

11:00am

The Hidden Cost of Lateral Movement on the Salary Guide
Advanced training for teachers can have serious financial consequences for boards of education, resulting from both tuition reimbursement and financial incentives for advanced degrees. This program will highlight the unanticipated and often overlooked impact upon the financial operations of boards of education, and offer tactics to limit the impact.

Speakers
SB

Steve Brennan

Business Administrator, Pinelands Regional Board of Education
RG

Robert Greitz

Consultant Labor Relations, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08421

11:00am

The New Jersey State Board of Education
The New Jersey State Board of Education adopts administrative code, which sets the rules needed to implement state education law. These laws are created to govern and supervise the state’s 2,500 public schools, which serve 1.38 million students. The board is appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state Senate. This informative session will feature a moderated discussion with members of the New Jersey State Board of Education.

Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08416

11:00am

The Report of the NJSBA Student Achievement Task Force
Over the past two years the NJSBA Student Achievement Task Force has researched and analyzed the barriers to student learning. Regardless of zip code, circumstance of birth, each student deserves a proper education. This program will include a review of 81 recommendations that individual boards of education should consider as they develop and implement plans to facilitate learning for all.

Speakers
VR

Vincent R DeLucia

Director, Training/Educator in Residence, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08419

11:00am

Twists and Turns of Tenure in New Jersey
This session will provide the latest information on tenure issues, cases and procedures, while encouraging interaction between the audience and attorneys. There will be an emphasis on difficult and challenging situations, and the session will conclude with a question-and-answer session.


Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 414 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

Getting Started with New Jersey Tiered System of Supports (NJTSS)
In the fall of 2016, the New Jersey Department of Education launched guidance and resources for implementing the New Jersey Tiered System of Supports (NJTSS), a framework of supports and interventions to improve student achievement, based on the core components of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and the three-tier prevention logic of Response to Intervention (RTI). This session will include a brief overview of the NJTSS framework; resources for getting started with implementation; and will provide an opportunity to hear the experiences of a New Jersey school district currently implementing a tiered approach to intervention. With a foundation of strong district and school leadership, a positive school culture, and climate and family and community engagement, NJTSS builds on I&RS (intervention and referral services) and gives schools structure to meet the academic, behavioral, health, enrichment and social/emotional needs of all students.

Speakers
SB

Saskia Brown

NJTSS-ER Program Manager, NJDOE
CC

Caitlin Colandrea

Project Coordinator for NJTSS-ER, Old Bridge Township School District


Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08420

11:00am

Board Member of the Year Award
Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Investors Stage One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

Future Ready Schools - NJ Program
Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Investors Stage One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

Introduction of NJSBA Officers
Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Investors Stage One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

Teacher of the Year Award
Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Investors Stage One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

Funding Your Sustainability Initiatives
SJS has provided over one million dollars in Small Grants to participating schools.  Learn about the exciting projects being undertaken by schools & districts and how your district can obtain funding for sustainability projects.

Speakers
CC

Cynthia Collins

Child & Adolescent Health Program NJ Dept of Health, NJ Dept of Health
LG

Lisa Gleeson

Education Program Officer, PSEG
SS

Sean Spiller

Secretary-Treasurer, NJEA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424

1:00pm

The Future Ready Schools - NJ Certification Program
Future Ready Schools - NJ, a coalition of the New Jersey School Boards Association, New Jersey Department of Education, and New Jersey Institute of Technology, is a certification program designed to provide support, guidance, and resources to schools who are dedicated to fostering successful graduates in college, career, and citizenship. The program is based on the national Future Ready framework and the successful design of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. In this session, attendees will learn about the mission and vision of the certification program, how their schools and districts can get involved and benefit from the program, as well as the process for being certified as Future Ready.

Speakers
CC

Chris Cox

Educational Technology Specialist, NJDOE
JL

James Lipuma

Program Director, NJIT
PM

Patrice Maillet

Business Development Director, NJSBA
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Jeremy Reich

Project Coordinator, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Project Coordinator at NJIT for the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey Certification Program and dedicated to supporting NJ's educators, leaders, and other stakeholders best prepare our students for success in college, career, and citizenship in a digital age!


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
NJSBA Future Ready Center One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

1:00pm

'Un-like' Cyberbullying
One thing is certain, social media’s impact extends far beyond the regular school day. This seminar will discuss cyberbullying on all social media platforms and your district’s responsibility to address this conduct. We will provide an overview of the HIB process from investigation to appeal hearing before an administrative law judge, as well as recent case law. The impact of social media and cyberbullying will be examined and translated so that each attendee will walk away with a keen understanding of what to expect throughout the process and how to achieve the most desirable result.


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 413 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08520

1:00pm

Digital Textbooks and Open Educational Resources: Understanding the Possibilities
Digital textbooks and open education resources (OER) are transforming education by providing districts with high-quality, budget-positive, adaptable materials. In West Morris, digital textbooks are integral components of our mission to better personalize learning while ensuring that students have 24/7 access to the best resources. During this session, our group will outline the fundamentals of digital textbooks and review how they are impacting teaching, learning, budgets, and infrastructure throughout our schools.

Speakers
SB

Sean Beavers

Technology Coordinator, West Morris Regional High School District
RB

Robert Beers

Assistant Superintendent, West Morris Regional High School District
MB

Michael Ben-David

Superintendent, West Morris Reg HS District


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08422

1:00pm

Preparing for Bargaining: Ready, Set, Bargain
The lion’s share of your district’s operating budget is determined through the labor agreement(s) the district has with its staff. Being assigned to the negotiations committee can be daunting. Come learn how to prepare for the process. Topics include who does what, scattergrams, impasse procedures, recent legislation and more. Don’t be caught flat-footed. You can bet your union reps are receiving training.

Speakers
PD

Patrick Duncan

Manager Labor Relations, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08421

1:00pm

Redefining the Student Experience with a Digital Learning Environment
Many of our current students will have jobs that do not yet exist. How must schools respond to this ever-changing nature of learning, and how can technology support their transformation? What performance-based, authentic experiences must our students engage with in order to adequately prepare them for their future? This session will explore inspiring Common Core-aligned learning opportunities and renew your vision for how to leverage technology to not only enhance, but redefine what your students are able to achieve.

Sponsors
AI

Apple Inc

Gold Sponsor, Apple Inc.
Deeply committed to education. From the beginning we've believed in that some of the most powerful opportunities for technology are in the hands of educators and learners. We make products deigned to empower every individual no matter how they learn and what they love to do. And... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 415 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08522

1:00pm

School Official Ethics - Where Are We Now?
New Jersey’s School Ethics Commission has recently released advisory opinions and decisions that constitute the greatest change in the school official ethics landscape in more than 20 years. Join NJSBA’s staff attorneys as they discuss the state of school official ethics law today, and the constraints currently faced by board members and school administrators. 

Speakers
JB

John Burns

Counsel, NJSBA
CT

Carl Tanksley

Counsel, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08419

1:00pm

Seizing the Advantage: How to Change Your Life and the Lives of Those Around You
In this high-energy, interactive program, participants will discover new ways to break through mental barriers and stagnant thinking to increase productivity and positively impact others. In addition, participants will learn powerful activities and effective skills they can use immediately to stimulate creative thinking and unlock the potential in themselves and their team. Attendees will acquire valuable information they can use to reach unprecedented levels of personal and professional success.

Speakers
Sponsors
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Investors Bank

Platinum Sponsor, Investors Bank
A full-service community bank with more than $23 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 branches located in New York and New Jersey.


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 410 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

1:00pm

Shared Business Services
It’s not just about the numbers. PARAGRAPH BREAK Almost ten years ago, the Highlands Elementary School consulted with the Hazlet Township Public Schools to investigate if business office and related services could be provided in an effort to increase the quality of services at a lower cost. At first, the relationship was just in theory, until January 2011 when Hazlet worked closely with Highlands to design an approach intended to meet the needs and budget parameters of the Highlands Elementary School. PARAGRAPH BREAK Since that time, shared business services have expanded in Hazlet and across the State of New Jersey. Hazlet now services two districts with Shared Business Services contracts; we have provided Superintendent Services and payroll services to other districts as well. Technology and custodial services are now provided to Hazlet Township and possible construction services are set for the future. PARAGRAPH BREAKThrough this approach, Shared Business Services has helped leverage cost savings, and discovered opportunities to improve systems and processes as an added value to the partnership. This workshop will cover the types of shared services permitted in New Jersey, lessons learned and benefits generated for all parties involved.

Speakers
BF

Bernard F Bragen Jr EdD

Superintendent, Hazlet Township Public Schools
CJ

Christopher J Mullins

Business Adminstrator/Board Secretary, Hazlet Township Public Schools


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424

1:00pm

STEM, STEAM, I-STEAM, Makerspace, Tech Lab, Engineering
It doesn’t matter what you call it. It is noisy, chaotic, invigorating, exhilarating –and frustrating. This session will cover a small-budget pilot program in which fourth- and fifth-grade students were encouraged to expand their way of thinking through projects such as paper airplanes, bridges and towers. Join us to discuss the pros and cons of the program, and how the program will be improved in the coming years.


Speakers
GI

Gail Inkrote

Teacher, Branchburg SD


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 322 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:00pm

The Seven Pitfalls of ESIP and How to Avoid Them
More than 60 school districts in New Jersey have implemented Energy Savings Improvement Programs (ESIP). Many have been successful, but there have also been many challenges along the way. Whether you have never heard of ESIP, are considering a project, or are in the midst of one, this presentation will share stories of the seven most common ESIP issues school boards and administrators face, and provide strategies you can use to overcome them.

Speakers
Sponsors
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Schneider Electric

Gold Sponsor, Schneider Electric
A global energy and sustainability services leader who enables its clients to address their priorities and acieve their goals without the need for upfront capital.


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 310 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

1:00pm

Understanding Cybersecurity Risk for School Administrators
Concerns about information security have become a national conversation, from the DNC email debacle to data breaches at K-Mart, Verizon, and the IRS. Join us for a discussion on security issues that specifically concern schools. We will provide an example of a practical program to simplify the cyber risk management process for K-12 executives. We will explain how to develop security safeguards, incident response plans, and communication plans to enable schools and districts to responsibly address these risks. We will provide a simplified process, with templates to assess your current state and to plan and architect for a future state, all within the backdrop of realistic staffing, operational and capital budgets.

Speakers

Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 405-406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

1:00pm

NJASA Legislative Committee
Open to NJASA Legislative Committee Members

Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 411 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08443

1:00pm

Implementing the Aligned ESSA and QSAC: Understanding the Supports
This presentation will showcase the next steps of implementation that include supports around Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the New Jersey Quality Assurance Continuum (NJQSAC). As the goals are realized, of aligning these systems around accountability to reduce the burden on districts, we will share how these systems have been aligned and clarify supports available to schools and districts. This will include highlighting strategic training as well as tools and supports.

Speakers
RH

Ralph Hoag

Acting Deputy Chief Intervention Officer, NJDOE
RK

Robin K Knutelsky

Chief Intervention Officer, NJDOE
PS

Peter Shulman

Deputy Commissioner, NJDOE


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08420

1:30pm

Analyzing Salary Guides
Salary Guides are one of the hottest negotiations issues currently faced by school districts. The topic is more important than ever, since the embedded cost of increment in many existing teacher salary guides is greater than the settlement rate the district can afford. In this session, participants will undertake some exercises on "sample" guides to learn how to analyze their own expiring guide as well as a union proposal.

Speakers
RG

Robert Greitz

Consultant Labor Relations, NJSBA
SR

Sandy Raup

Data Analyst, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08426

1:30pm

Engineering Design and 21st Century Entrepreneurship for Middle School Students
Session participants will learn about problem-based curriculum, which helps students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills by being introduced to engineering design through an integrated STEM curriculum. Students work in teams to research a real-life problem, develop a solution and build, test and if necessary, re-design a prototype. Students must consider specified constraints and costs and are challenged with the task of developing a marketing presentation to sell their prototype. Teamwork and collaboration are re-enforced, as well as applications of math and science.

Speakers
SB

Suzanne Berliner-Heyman

Director of Program Operations, Center for Pre-College Programs New Jersey Institute of Technology


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 314 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08417

1:30pm

Implementing High-Quality Arts Integration and STEAM Programs
Arts integration practices have proven to have a positive impact on student development and achievement, and school climate. This session will provide a contemporary vision of how arts integration can improve school culture and deepen the learning process for students. Activities will focus on defining qualities, best practices, and professional development strategies, and hands-on, guided planning time. The session will provide participants with background information on arts integration as well as a blueprint for building a quality STEAM program and recommendations for implementation.

Speakers
EB

Emil Binotto

Middle School Principal, Hopatcong Borough Schools
SL

Shawna Longo

STEAM Facilitator/Arts Integration Specialist in Hopatcong Schools Board of Education Member in Morris Plains Schools NJ, Hopatcong Schools & Morris Plains Schools
KZ

Kurt Zimmermann

STEAM Facilitator/Arts Integration Specialist, Hopatcong Schools


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08407

1:30pm

My Life, My Power: GPS For Life
The trainers in this session will engage participants in exercises and conversations centered around vision-and purpose-driven mentorship, designed to support teachers in becoming effective mentors of their students which attendees can take back to their districts for implementation. Exercise objectives center on effective communication, body language, asking for support, declaring a vision and purpose for life, developing team and family, listening to understand and speaking to be understood.  


Speakers
RS

Ron Shuali M Ed

NJ Regional Director, My Life My Power
DP

Daniel Puder

Chief Executive Officer Founder, My Life My Power


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08405

1:30pm

NJTEEA’s Immersive Makerspace Experience
The New Jersey Technology and Engineering Educators Association (NJTEEA) is providing a hands-on experience in a makerspace. Session participants will be led by technology, engineering, and design educators from across New Jersey to gain experience with 3D printers, laser engravers, CNC routers, tools, software and various equipment to complete a real-world design challenge. Participants leave with a product that they created, and with firsthand knowledge of what it takes for our students to make their ideas come to life.

Speakers
AB

Adam Brunner

Past-President NJTEEA, Norther Valley Regional District
JE

Jason Erdreich

President Elect NJTEEA, Madison Public Schools
SE

Shane Evans

President NJTEEA, Freehold Regional HS District


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08406

1:30pm

Successful Superintendent Searches: Finding the Perfect Match
This hands-on session will cover all aspects of the superintendent search process - from the vacancy through the transition to a new leader. Participants will work in small groups to set criteria for the search and review the legality and relevancy of interview questions. Topics covered include the development of a search calendar, the application process, community and staff involvement, interviews, the board's role in selecting a finalist, reference checking, and negotiating the new contract.

Speakers
ML

Matthew Lee

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
CP

Charlene Peterson

Field Service Representative, NJBSA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08425

2:00pm

A Conversation with Kimberley Harrington, Acting Commissioner of Education
Speakers
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Kimberley Harrington

Acting Commissioner, NJDOE
Kimberley Harrington is a former classroom teacher and school administrator who has more than 20 years of experience implementing academic programs and working directly with students and parents. In 2012, Kimberley came to the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) as the Dir... Read More →


Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:00pm - Sunday December 24, 2017 3:30pm
Investors Stage One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

2:00pm

I-STEAM and Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program
Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:00pm - Sunday December 24, 2017 3:30pm
Investors Stage One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

2:00pm

Student Performance
Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:00pm - Sunday December 24, 2017 3:30pm
Investors Stage One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

2:30pm

Solving Education's Wicked Problems with Concept Mapping
Problems in Education are “Wicked Problems” or at the least, they are part of them (see https://goo.gl/BHksKP). Solving our “Wicked” educational problems requires a different way of looking at our issues, literally! Participants will learn the strategies of visual concept mapping and visual messaging used by Howell Township Public Schools. These strategies can be used by anyone to create a clearer vision of both the problems faced, and the solutions needed by a school district.

Speakers
JI

Joseph Isola

Superintendent, Howell Township Public Schools
BP

Bruce Preston

Asst Superintendent Curriculum & Personnel, Howell Township Public Schools


Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
NJSBA Future Ready Center One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

2:30pm

A New Age in Print…Ways to Modify you District's Printing Behavior and Stop Killing Trees
Session participants will learn cost-effective and easy-to-implement print strategies to meet their district's sustainability goals for 2017 and beyond. Session topics will include print strategies that save paper; how to choose output devices that lower costs; and ways that print software can drive sustainability.

Speakers
Sponsors

Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 413 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08520

2:30pm

Beyond the Bathroom Debate- An Expansive Trans Student Rights Policy
Regardless of the political debate about transgender rights, schools are responsible for creating safe and supportive learning environments for kids who are in gender transition.
The Highland Park School District has created a nationally recognized policy that prohibits gender discrimination, protects transgender students' privacy, and promotes diversity training on sexual orientation and gender identity issues. This session will feature a parent, psychologist, board member, and superintendent, who will share the challenges and successes of writing and implementing the policy.

Speakers
DC

Darcie Cimarusti

Board President, Highland Park Public Schools
AG

Anne Gowen

Parent, Highland Park Public Schools
DS

Dr Scott Taylor

Superintendent, Highland Park Public Schools


Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08419

2:30pm

Hot Topics in School Finance: PILOTS, Equipment Lease Purchase, Bond Repayments
This session will cover three timely topics: 1) How to use equipment lease financing to provide a continuous source of funds for equipment purchases; 2) Payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTS) and how school districts might be able to benefit from this financing tool and; 3) How to structure bond repayments in order to minimize the impact on taxpayers. (Many school districts have debt retiring in the next five years. The discussion will include options for phasing in the new debt as the old debt is retired).


Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 414 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

2:30pm

Innovation + Engagement = Education
Learn how the Colts Neck Township School District has transformed its pre-K to grade eight science, technology, design, and modeling instruction. In kindergarten to grade five, the district’s “Innovation Labs,” engage students in hands-on activities that focus on tinkering, coding, designing, and building, as well as sustainable green initiatives, such as hydroponic growing systems. In middle school, an integrated Project Lead the Way- Gateway unit introduces students to concepts such as design and modeling, robotics and automation, coding, and forensics. Join us to explore these programs.


Speakers
PC

Phil Capasso

STEM Coach, Colts Neck Township Schools
MG

MaryJane Garibay

Superintendent, Colts Neck Township Schools
MJ

Melissa Jones

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Colts Neck Township Schools


Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 322 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

2:30pm

Insuring School Districts: It’s Complicated
Do you feel blindsided when it is time to finalize your school’s budget for the year? How much should you budget for employee benefits versus property and casualty insurance? What questions should you be asking when talking to a prospective broker or selecting an insurer? Get the tools on how to approach your insurance needs and learn about coverages that you may not have understood in the past.

Speakers
Sponsors
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New Jersey Schools Insurance Group

Diamond Sponsor, New Jersey Schools Insurance Group
A public entity school insurance pool serving public and charter schools throughout NJ. We offer the best coverage at the lowest possible cost while also providing education and risk services.


Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 410 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

2:30pm

Negotiating Health Benefits
Over the past few years there have been significant changes in the health insurance arena, including changes in the School Employees Health Benefit Program, Chapter 78’s sunset and the advent of the Affordable Care Act. Come learn how these changes affect collective negotiations

Speakers
PD

Patrick Duncan

Manager Labor Relations, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08421

2:30pm

Reciprocal Teachers: Parent-Sponsored Enrichment Programming
Campbell School has transformed its learning culture through different programming initiatives. One way this is accomplished is through the Parent-Teacher Organization's Whole School Enrichment Program entitled, "Spring Extravaganza." This program focuses on a particular theme or topic, such as "How It Works - STEM Lessons for Our Students." Then, about 125-150 parents volunteer their time to choose a topic aligned with the theme, plan lesson presentations, and prepare for "Spring Extravaganza Day." On the day before Spring Break, parents conduct a full-scale takeover of the school and present these enrichment lessons to visiting classes. Parents step into the teaching roles, while teachers learn along with their students. This session will walk participants through the program's development, implementation, and lessons learned on how to better implement the program in years to come. This successful venture has transformed the school community and develops closer connections between the school and home. Attendees will gain insight and receive the tools necessary to replicate this program within their own school or district setting.

Speakers
CA

Christine Alvarez

PTO Co-Coordinator, Campbell Elementary School
TD

Tracey DeJonge

PTO Co-Coordinator, Campbell Elementary School
EC

Edward C Porowski

Principal, Metuchen Public Schools Campbell Elementary School


Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08422

2:30pm

Surviving the Building Construction Project
In this presentation, two superintendents who have experienced multiple construction projects will present the successes and failures in working with contractors, construction managers, architects, engineers, etc. The presentation will discuss all phases of the construction project, from referendum to final completion.

Speakers
DF

Daniel Fishbein

Superintendent, Ridgewood Public Schools
KR

Ken Rota

Superintendent, Fort Lee Public Schools


Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08416

2:30pm

Intentional Teaching in the Preschool Classroom
By focusing on intentional teaching practices measured in the ECERS3 (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale), participants will learn about the components that make up a high-quality preschool learning environment as well as educational interactions that are supportive of children's optimal development and learning.

Speakers
RW

Robin Wilkens

Education Program Development Specialist, NJDOE, Division of Early Childhood Education and Family Engagement


Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08420

2:30pm

Sustainability Champions
Learn from schools and districts in the forefront of sustainability.  This session will highlight best practices and case studies from award winning districts and schools participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.

Tuesday October 24, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424

4:00pm

Current Issues in School Law
Everybody loves to speak with a school law attorney, especially when it is free. NJSBA staff attorneys will present an update on recent legal decisions and legislative developments affecting boards of education and charter schools. The session uses a combined presentation and question and answer format that will provide insight into significant recent developments in public education school law.

Speakers
JB

John Burns

Counsel, NJSBA
CT

Carl Tanksley

Counsel, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08422

4:00pm

Digital Tools: A Systems Process to Support Personalized Learning
Each student is an individual with a different strength and opportunity for improvement. Digital tools are essential to design individualized learning paths for our students. Instructional technology is a vehicle by which personalized learning opportunities are made effective for all students. See how Marlboro Township schools developed a full systems process for using digital tools to support students. This program will discuss the necessary components of professional development, digital tools "cheat sheets", action plans, flow charts, and usage reports.

Speakers
MB

Michael Ballone

Director of Curriculum, Marlboro Township BoE
AL

Adam Lindstrom

Supervisor of Technology, Marlboro Township BoE
MS

Mitch Shatz

Supervisor of Technology, Marlboro Township BoE


Tuesday October 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08419

4:00pm

Dynamic Consensus and Consensus Dynamics: Board/Superintendent Relations
Moving a district forward is hard work. Make it easier by learning strategies for building and improving school board/superintendent relationships. Our presenters, a seasoned superintendent and veteran BOE president, will reveal their own consensus-building tricks and help attendees with specific suggestions for individual situations.

Speakers
EG

Elisabeth Ginsburg

Executive Director, Garden State Coalition of Schools
JS

Jorden Schiff

President, Garden State Coalition of Schools


Tuesday October 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 314 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08417

4:00pm

Equity Goals through Equity Visits
Through collaboration and partnership with the Panasonic Foundation, the Salem City School District embarked on the development of District Equity Goal(s) and subsequent Equity Visits (Teacher Learning Rounds and Panasonic Equity Visit). Through one school district's journey, other districts can explore the challenging task of defining and establishing equity within for all their respective student populations.

Speakers
PM

Patrick Michel Ed D

Superintendent, Salem City School District
MH

Margaret Hayes

Superintendent, Scotch Plains-Fanwood BOE
JK

John Kummings

Superintendent, Wildwood City BOE
CS

Charles Sampson

Superintendent, Freehold Regional SD
RT

Rocco Tomazic

Superintendent, Freehold Boro BOE


Tuesday October 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08416

4:00pm

Policy Makers and Policy Implementers
Effective policy-makers understand the boundaries between board oversight and the day-to-day operation of the educational program. Board members will leave this group session with information and resources for Identifying policy priorities and needs; developing well-researched and effective policy; understanding the role of the board member in policy oversight; clarifying the role of administration in policy implementation; and establishing best practices for ongoing policy review and board oversight. This group session will include a PowerPoint presentation, case studies and group discussion. Resources will include: policy development methods, sample policies and procedures, policy benchmarks, and more.

Speakers
JH

Jean Harkness

Policy Consultant, NJSBA
SM

Steven McGettigan

Policy Manager, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08421

4:00pm

Sparta High School STEM Academy
This session will provide an overview of Sparta High School's (SHS) STEM Academy. Presenters will outline the school’s biomedical, engineering and computer science strands. The program will include the selection process and rubric, course sequence, skills developed, and capstone student projects. Special attention will be given to how classes address real-world, complex problems, preparation for post-secondary programs and 21st century skills.


Speakers
JF

Janet Ferraro

Principal Sparta High School, Sparta Township Public Schools
DD

Dr Dan Johnson

Assistant Superintendent, Sparta Township Public Schools
DM

Dr Michael A Rossi Jr

Superintendent, Sparta Township Public Schools


Tuesday October 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 322 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

4:00pm

Examining the New Jersey Kindergarten Entry Assessment Initiative
This workshop will focus on the New Jersey Kindergarten Entry Assessment (NJKEA) initiative by examining its background, intent and purpose; participant numbers; and aggregate assessment data. We will also take a look into the Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment System, which is utilized for the purpose of NJKEA.

Speakers
DG

Deanne Guastello

Program Education Specialist, NJDOE, Division of Early Childhood Education and Family Engagement
LM

Laura Morana

Acting Chief Academic Officer, NJDOE, Division of Teaching and Learning


Tuesday October 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08420

4:00pm

Behavioral Changes or Building Upgrades? Two Paths to Energy Efficiency in your District
This session will focus on two different but often complementary approaches to saving energy and money in your schools. Come hear about the impressive results achieved through the PowerSave Schools program that demonstrates the effectiveness of behavioral changes on energy savings in schools. Sustainable Jersey is working to turn the results of this program into a new action for schools. The session will also highlight the multitude of opportunities and financial incentives available for districts to make facilities upgrades that will reduce energy use over the long-term.

Speakers
TO

Tony O'Donnel

Economist/Project Coordinator, Sustainable Jersey
MT

Michael Thulen

ESIP Coordinator, NJBPU


Tuesday October 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424
 
Wednesday, October 25
 

9:00am

NJASA Executive Committee
Open to NJASA Executive Committee Members

Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Room 411 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08443

9:30am

True North: Maintaining Our Core Values in a Climate of Change
The education landscape continues to shift with changing standards, technology, and student needs. As we strive to be innovative, it is also critical that we maintain our core values to ensure we consider the whole child - students that are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Join us to discuss prioritization strategies and protocols for professional practice to help your school/district remain focused on your true north in a climate of change.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
NJSBA Future Ready Center One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

9:30am

After the Fire: The Rebirth of the James Monroe Elementary School
On March 22, 2014, a massive fire, determined to be lit by a discarded cigarette, burned down the James Monroe Elementary School in Edison. On January 3, 2017, students and staff returned to a completely reconstructed James Monroe School. Although it took less than three years for the board to rebuild, this time period was not without a series of overwhelming obstacles involving various personnel matters, emergency public contracting, extraordinarily difficult lease negotiations, and even litigation with the board's insurance carrier. Hear from the superintendent, board president, and board attorney what it took to bring the students and staff of James Monroe "home."

Speakers
JB

Jonathan Busch Esq

Board Attorney, Busch Law Group
DF

Dr Frank Heelan

Board President, Edison Township School District
DR

Dr Richard O'Malley

Superintendent, Edison Township School District


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08422

9:30am

Career and Technical Education: Preparing Students for Success in a Technology-Driven Economy
Throughout the nation, there is a growing focus on career and technical education and career readiness for all students. Complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, emotional intelligence, and cognitive flexibility are key skills needed for success in a hyper-connected world. This session will explore these new demands, and what these trends will mean to students in New Jersey’s county vocational-technical schools.

Speakers
TM

Timothy McCorkell

Superintendent, Monmouth County Vocational-Technical Schools
SM

Scott Moffitt

President NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools, Superintendent Morris County Vocational School District
JS

Judy Savage

Executive Director, New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 314 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08417

9:30am

ESIP Family Feud
Be a part of the studio audience for a "Family Feud" on Energy Savings Improvement Programs, or ESIPs. Three energy services companies will be part of the panel. You will also hear from school business administrators and state officials on the best practices and pitfalls of implementing an ESIP project.

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Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 414 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

9:30am

Ethics Complaints: Are You Covered as a School Board Member?
Ethics complaints cost a district time and money. These disruptions often involve attorneys, a variety of board members, the superintendent and administrators, and public relations problems. Learn how to avoid these ethics complaints and resolve disagreements without incurring needless legal expenses.

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Sponsors
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New Jersey Schools Insurance Group

Diamond Sponsor, New Jersey Schools Insurance Group
A public entity school insurance pool serving public and charter schools throughout NJ. We offer the best coverage at the lowest possible cost while also providing education and risk services.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 415 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08522

9:30am

Here We Go Again: Boards Gone Wile
SSE&C’s attorneys are back again to show you there is no limit to outrageous and poor behavior at board meetings. We have spent the year collecting new videos from actual meeting across the country that will help board members and administrators learn how to use the law, Robert’s Rules, and common sense to maintain or regain control when meetings get too wild for words. Using these all-too-real situations, our attorneys will provide some strategies (and some laughs) for managing meetings when the participants are unmanageable.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 413 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08520

9:30am

Seizing the Advantage: How to Change Your Life and the Lives of Those Around You
In this high-energy, interactive program, participants will discover new ways to break through mental barriers and stagnant thinking to increase productivity and positively impact others. In addition, participants will learn powerful activities and effective skills they can use immediately to stimulate creative thinking and unlock the potential in themselves and their team. Attendees will acquire valuable information they can use to reach unprecedented levels of personal and professional success.

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Investors Bank

Platinum Sponsor, Investors Bank
A full-service community bank with more than $23 billion in assets and a network of more than 150 branches located in New York and New Jersey.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 410 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

9:30am

STEM in the K-12 Classroom: What Does it Look Like?
The number and variety of careers within the areas of science, technology, engineering and math continue to grow. It is crucial to begin setting a foundation early, exposing students to STEM content in elementary school. This session will explore the advantages of introducing engineering content as early as kindergarten and growing student engineering knowledge through a well-articulated, K-12 course sequence. Board members will engage in engineering content as they walk through a variety of activities used in a K-12 STEM curricular framework.

Speakers
DC

Debra Coen

Technology and Engineering Teacher, West Orange


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 322 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

9:30am

The Forgotten Danger for Schools: Cybersecurity
School administrators and board members often focus on the physical aspects of security, but forget a key vulnerability: cyberthreats. Cyberthreats can range from holding student data for ransom to a total network shutdown, among many other vulnerabilities. This panel will provide a high-level overview on the threats facing school districts, including considerations before, during, and after an incident. Session participants will learn what questions to ask about district policy and response plans, and how to identify ways to improve.


Speakers
DG

Daniel Garrie Esq

Editor-in-Chief/Managing Partner/Special Master, Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare/Law & Forensics/JAMS
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Phil Frigm

Supervisory Special Agent, FBI, Newark
Prior to working for the FBI, he worked in varying IT administrative and management positions and obtained a Master’s of Science in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology focusing on telecommunications policy and multimedia development. Philip joined the... Read More →
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Shawn Hopkins

Chief Technology Officer - Jefferson Township NJ, President - NJGMIS
SHAWN HOPKINS has been the Chief Technology Officer in Jefferson Township since 2000. Shawn holds a Master’s of Science in Technology Management and an MBA from Stevens Institute of Technology; Microsoft Certifications of MCSE & MCDBA; is president of NJGMIS (Association of Gov... Read More →
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Brandon Pugh

Vice President of the Moorestown Board of Education, Vice President of Legislation/Resolutions, NJSBA
Previously, Brandon was a county association president, a member of the NJSBA Board of Directors, and a member of the NJSBA School Security Task Force. He is the President/CEO of a homeland security consulting firm and he maintains instructor affiliations with state and federal a... Read More →


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08416

9:30am

Understanding the Key Work of School Boards
The daily pressure on governance leaders is enormous. The more effective the board, the better the district's students perform. NSBA's "The Key Work of School Boards" provides a framework that reflects the best governance practices that are traceable to high-performing boards and high-performing school districts. This session provides an overview of a relevant and reliable governance guide with strategies and ideas that reflect board best practices. We will explore the five Key Work action areas that affirm how excellence at the board table leads to excellence in the classroom.

Speakers
MA

Mark A Bonjavanni

Consultant NSBA; VP Board of Education Howell Township
KW

Kanisha Williams

Managing Director, NSBA


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08421

9:30am

What School Board Members Need to Know About SEMI and How to Increase their Special Education Revenue
This workshop will focus on providing school boards members information on all billable services that can be accounted in order to receive a surplus in revenue every year. Many districts are not aware of the ways to bill for SEMI (Special Education Medicaid Initiative) services. We will also discuss the two parts of SEMI, the NJ Mac portion of claiming costs and the Easy Trac portion of logging services, and how they tie in together for maximum billable costs.


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DM

Deneen Molloy

Admin Asst/Special Services, Glassboro Public Schools
DS

Danielle Sochor

Chief Academic Officier, Glassboro SD


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08419

9:30am

Why Most Schools are Not Fully Prepared for a Lockdown
When developing a comprehensive plan for school safety and technology, schools must understand how the various components best work together. Without this, a school will not be fully prepared to effectively lockdown in a crisis event.
School safety components such as intercom systems, wireless speakers, “mushroom-style” lockdown buttons, strobes and LED signage must work with with your day-to day communication technology such as bells, wireless clocks, paging and phone systems. in order to maximize your investment and stay within budget.
Learn how Delaware Valley Regional High School, Midland Park School District, St. Joseph’s School for the Blind and other schools improved their day-to-day communications and school safety, while upgrading and saving money.



Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 310 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

9:30am

PARCC Update
NJDOE will present a general update on New Jersey’s implementation of the PARCC assessment over the past three years. The presentation will highlight the progress students have made toward meeting and exceeding the New Jersey Student Learning Standards as well as national trends. In addition, NJDOE will provide an overview of the operational improvements that New Jersey has made and will continue to make going forward to ensure that PARCC provides students, parents, and educators with the most helpful, timely information possible.

Speakers
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Peter Shulman

Deputy Commissioner, NJDOE


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08420

9:30am

Dig In! How Waste Audits Can Improve Your Recycling Rate
In order for a school facility to proceed with a waste reduction and recycling plan, it must first identify materials that need to be reduced, recycled, re-purposed, or disposed of. A comprehensive waste audit establishes a baseline for all other waste management actions at both individual schools and school districts. Learn about the process of conducting a waste audit and how the results can be used to improve your school or school district’s recycling rate.

Speakers
GC

Gary Conover

ACUA Solid Waste Director, Atlantic County Municipal Utilities Authority
SA

Samantha A McGraw

Program Manager, Sustainable Jersey
GO

Gina Oh

Biology & Environmental Studies Teacher, Cherry Hill High School East


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424

9:30am

Labor Relations Mini-Workshop
This full-morning program will update board members and administrators on a variety of labor relations topics, including recent court decisions regarding increments and developments in health insurance. The mini-workshop is an important learning and networking opportunity for anyone involved in collective negotiations. Come hear experienced practitioners provide information and advice on current negotiations topics.

Speakers
PD

Patrick Duncan

Manager Labor Relations, NJSBA
RG

Robert Greitz

Consultant Labor Relations, NJSBA
SR

Sandy Raup

Data Analyst, NJSBA


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 11:30am
Room 303 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08465

10:00am

Deepening Your Understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards
This session is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the shifts occurring in science education with the implementation of the NGSS. Participants will engage with the science and engineering practices and three-dimensional learning tasks to experience the new vision of science education.


Speakers
SG

Scott Goldthorp

Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Cherry Hill Public Schools
FM

Farrah Mahan

Director of Curriculum, Cherry Hill Public Schools
MS

Michelle Smith

Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Cherry Hill Public Schools


Wednesday October 25, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08406

10:00am

From “Robert’s Rules” to “Robert Rules!”
Do board meetings leave you feeling stressed, frustrated and exhausted? Learn how “Robert” can help you facilitate better discussions and group decision-making at the board table. Join us for some survival tips using Robert’s Rules, the guide to parliamentary procedure that will add efficiency, effectiveness and value to your board meetings.



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JA

Jesse Adams Jr

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
TL

Theresa Lewis

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Wednesday October 25, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08426

10:00am

Successful Superintendent Searches: Finding the Perfect Match
This hands-on session will cover all aspects of the superintendent search process - from the vacancy through the transition to a new leader. Participants will work in small groups to set criteria for the search and review the legality and relevancy of interview questions. Topics covered include the development of a search calendar, the application process, community and staff involvement, interviews, the board's role in selecting a finalist, reference checking, and negotiating the new contract.

Speakers
MA

Mary Ann Friedman

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
GT

Gwen Thornton

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Wednesday October 25, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08425

10:00am

The Employability Skills Gap: Preparing Students for Career Success
To be successful in the 21st century workplace, students need to develop strong employability skills, including proficiency in critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. However, a skills gap exists in today's entry-level employees. Find out how students can identify, build and practice these skills, which are transferable across all career paths. Participants will also discover how to utilize these skills in order to become a more effective school board member.

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CK

Claudine Keenan

Dean of Education, Stockton University
CT

Christy Tighe

Director College and Career Readiness, Junior Achievement of New Jersey


Wednesday October 25, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08405

11:00am

Beyond 1 to 1: The Pathway to Future Ready
To support New Jersey schools as “Future Ready”, Future Ready Schools has created a framework of 7 gears for success: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Use of Space and Time; Robust Infrastructure; Data and Privacy; Community Partnerships; Personalized Professional Learning; & Budget and Resources. Participants will see how the Howell Township Public Schools gathered a team of stakeholders, comprised of students, staff, parents, community members, members of the Board of Education, and administration to go through a process that inextricably connects all 7 gears. Concrete examples of interconnected gears will be provided with actual results of those cohesive efforts. Time will be given for a district-supported panel discussion during which participants can apply elements of this workshop to their own district efforts towards being “Future Ready”.

Speakers
CE

Claire Engle

Director Digital Learning & Innovation, Howell Township Public Schools
JI

Joseph Isola

Superintendent, Howell Township Public Schools


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
NJSBA Future Ready Center One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

A Better Way to Manage Construction and Limit Exposure
This session will help participants successfully navigate capital projects by providing strategies to establish an effective project team, maintain control of the project schedule and project budget, and develop contingency strategies to minimize the impact of change orders and project-related issues. Case studies from actual capital projects will help illustrate these strategies.



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EI Associates

Gold Sponsor, EI Associates
Full service architecture, multi-discipline engineering and educational planning services.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 413 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08520

11:00am

A Framework for Developing an Effective Technology Environment
The world that our students live in evolves rapidly. We tend to find a revolving door of new educational technology systems and initiatives with little evidence of success. This session will explore the effects of educational technology investments, ever-changing technologies and an understanding of user needs. Participants will learn a three-pronged conceptual framework for developing a K-12 educational technology environment that promotes effective and sustainable use of monetary and operational resources.

Speakers
DD

Dowayne Davis

School Business Administrator, People's Preparatory Charter School


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08421

11:00am

A New Age in Print…Ways to Modify you District's Printing Behavior and Stop Killing Trees
Session participants will learn cost-effective and easy-to-implement print strategies to meet their district's sustainability goals for 2017 and beyond. Session topics will include print strategies that save paper; how to choose output devices that lower costs; and ways that print software can drive sustainability.

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Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 414 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

Don’t Find Yourself in the News; Learn How to Protect Your School from a Cyber Attack
With K–12 schools increasing their use and reliance on digital tools and services, cyber criminals have found education an increasingly viable target, resulting in cyber attacks reported at schools around the world. The disclosure of personal information and loss of taxpayer dollars and instructional time are often the result. Negative media coverage and reputational damage to the attacked school can also be a major problem. To make sure your school does not fall victim to a cyber attack, Presidio cyber security experts will discuss the types of attacks that can and do occur in the K-12 school system. They will provide real life case studies and explain what you can do to prepare and prevent a cyber attack from occurring in your school.

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Presidio

Platinum Sponsor, Presidio
A leading IT solutions provider offering consulting, professional services, and cloud and managed services. With more than 2,700 professionals, 1,500 are engineers with over 5,800 industry-leading certifications, based in 60+ offices across the U.S. WSCA Network Solutions Integra... Read More →


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 415 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08522

11:00am

Farm-to-School Programs: Building Stakeholder Commitment
Farm-to-school programs engage the entire school community. From faculty to students to parents, these projects create strong bonds and help build a positive educational environment. In this session, you will hear from some exemplary farm-to-school programs across the state and check out resources provided by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

Speakers
CC

Chris Cirkus

Farm to School Assistant Program Coordinator, NJ Department of Agriculture
BF

Beth Feehan

Farm to School Program Coordinator, NJ Department of Agriculture
SH

Sonya Harris

Teacher, Glassboro School District Dorothy L Bullock Elementary School


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424

11:00am

Fundamentals of School Finance, Budgeting and Negotiations
A keen understanding of school finance is key to the successful operation of a school district. Session participants will learn the fundamentals of school finance, budgeting and negotiations. The presenters will discuss best practices in finance, and how the collaboration between board of education members, the school administrator, and the business administrator is essential. Topics to be covered include financial statements, monthly expenses, audit results, reserves, cost per pupil, tax revenue, budgeting requirements and negotiations essentials.


Speakers
EL

Eric Larson

Business Administrator/Board Secretary, Garwood School District
DT

Dr Teresa Quigley

Superintendent/Supervisor of Special Services, Garwood School District
TR

Tracey Roland

Board of Education Member, Garwood BOE


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08422

11:00am

iSTEM for ALL: Self-Contained to General Education and Beyond
The integration of technology and engineering into science content is hugely important to the success of all students. Teaching engineering design and related scientific processes can be easily adapted to meet the needs of students of various levels. Participants will discuss the impact of teaching all levels of students in a STEM classroom effectively, as well as teaching self-contained students. Topics will include adapting content, grading (and the implications) of special education students for multi-level STEM courses, and addressing standards for all.



Speakers
DC

Debra Coen

Technology and Engineering Teacher, West Orange


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 322 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

11:00am

Making Schools Energy Efficient without Impacting Your Budget
Towns and schools have a powerful tool in their arsenal: Energy Savings Improvement Plans (ESIPs) , which are designed to implement large scale building improvements without requiring a referendum or affecting a district’s tax levy cap. Nearly 100 projects throughout the state have saved over $10 million annually on energy efficiency projects. Find out the simple steps to saving long-term budget dollars while lowering your demand for costly energy.


Speakers
GE

Gary E Finger

Business Ombudsman, NJBPU / Office of Clean Energy
RJ

Richard Jannarone

Business Administrator, New Brunswick BOE
MT

Michael Thulen

ESIP Coordinator, NJBPU


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08416

11:00am

Protect Your Teachers, Protect your Students: Cyber Security
End-users are the first line of defense for any computer system. Providing well-defined policies and training end-users to handle threats and understand their legal implications is critical for both a safe computer network and responsible workforce. While policies and training are a low-tech solution, they provides the greatest risk reduction, as the best way to mitigate a cyber-attack is to have it not occur in the first place.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 405-406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

The New Jersey School Health Insurance Marketplace
In this session we will review the various types of health insurance "risk bearers" available in the state of New Jersey including insurance carriers, health insurance funds, the School Employee Health Benefits Program, and alternative funding arrangements such as self-insurance. We will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of each as well as the potential for shared services. Selection considerations and legislative and regulatory concerns will also be addressed.

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Sponsors
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Brown and Brown Benefit Advisors

Platinum Sponsor, Brown and Brown Benefit Advisors
Our experienced team provides group insurance solutions to over 300 New Jersey public schools.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 410 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

The School Ethics Act: What You Need to Know
The School Ethics Act requires, among other things, all school officials to complete ethics training and to submit completed Personal/Relative and Financial Disclosure Statements each year. In this session, members of the School Ethics Commission (SEC) will review what is expected of school officials, detail the timetable for compliance, and explain the SEC’s enforcement procedures. They will also discuss when it is appropriate to use the doctrine of necessity, as well as the substantive and procedural requirements related to the use of the doctrine of necessity.

Speakers
RW

Robert W Bender

Chairperson School Ethics Commission, NJDOE
FD

Frank Digesere

Commissioner School Ethics Commission, NJDOE
MJ

Mark J Finkelstein

Commissioner School Ethics Commission, NJDOE


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08419

11:00am

Benefits of Quality Afterschool/Summer Programming
Growing evidence from around the country shows that quality after-school and summer programs benefit youth. Children and youth who attend after-school programs do better in school, are safer, and are less likely to get into trouble in the hours after the end of the school day. Attendees will learn how quality after-school activities can enhance youth academic skills through planning and on-going communication between the school and program staff.


Speakers
HY

Haydee Y Perez-Livingston

21st CCLC Project Coordinator, NJDOE


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 314 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08417

11:00am

Promoting Career Readiness Through High-Quality Work-Based Learning
Work-based learning is a strategy that offers multiple benefits for students, schools and the local community. This workshop will illustrate how high-quality work-based learning programs support career readiness by providing opportunities for students to explore a multitude of career interests, connect classroom learning to potential careers, develop personal, academic and career goals, and apply a high level of academic and/or technical skills. Establishing partnerships between schools and businesses also fosters confidence in the school system as practical and positive results are observed, and contributes to building a more productive local economy. Learn about the types of work-based learning programs that are available for your school district and how they can support student success through career awareness, exploration and preparation.

Speakers
DG

David Gehrke

Education Program Development Specialist, NJDOE- Office of Career Readiness
DM

David McNair

Planning Associate, NJDOE


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08420

11:00am

What do our students need to be successful in 2027… and beyond?
Countless studies and reports agree with the World Economic Forum, that students need outstanding social-emotional skills to be successful in school, family, community, workplace, and civic life… regardless of what new technologies emerge in the future. For students to achieve those skills, they must attend schools dedicated to promoting their social-emotional competence and character.

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., a nationally-recognized expert on social-emotional and character development, will present the keynote address at Workshop 2017, which will elaborate on why and how school leaders must make the commitment to create schools that will prepare students for the tests of life.

Speakers
avatar for Maurice J Elias, Ph.D.

Maurice J Elias, Ph.D.

Countless studies and reports agree with the World Economic Forum that students need outstanding social-emotional skills to be successful in school, family, community, workplace, and civic life, regardless of what new technologies emerge in the future. For students to achieve those skills, they must attend schools dedicated to promoting their social-emotional competence and character.Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., a nationally-recognized expert on social-emotional and character development, will present the keynote address at Workshop 2017, which will elaborate on why and how school leaders must make the commitment to create schools that will prepare students for the tests of life.Dr. Elias, a professor in the Psychology Department at Rutgers University, is director of... Read More →


Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Investors Stage One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

School Leader Award
Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Investors Stage One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

Student Performance
Wednesday October 25, 2017 11:00am - 12:15pm
Investors Stage One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

12:45pm

Superintendent of the Year and School Business Administrator of the Year Awards
Wednesday October 25, 2017 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Investors Stage One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

1:00pm

District/School Branding: A Collaborative Process
What we have seen and are continuing to see in education is schools/districts taking responsibility for their social capital as they work towards making their mark in both the local and global education community. This 60 minute group session will focus on the why and how of district/school branding, and the importance of making it a collaborative process.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
NJSBA Future Ready Center One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

1:00pm

Cracking School Security
Understanding your district's school security needs and moving toward improvement can be overwhelming. Thinking holistically can help you focus on the most critical needs and goals, balance technology with policy changes, and enable smart, cost-effective solutions. Join us as we discuss how to approach security solutions, how to work with local law enforcement resources, and how to achieve real results without breaking the budget.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 414 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

1:00pm

CrossStar
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CrosStar

Platinum Sponsor


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 415 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08522

1:00pm

Ethics Complaints: Are You Covered as a School Board Member?
Ethics complaints cost a district time and money. These disruptions often involve attorneys, a variety of board members, the superintendent and administrators, and public relations problems. Learn how to avoid these ethics complaints and resolve disagreements without incurring needless legal expenses.

Speakers
Sponsors
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New Jersey Schools Insurance Group

Diamond Sponsor, New Jersey Schools Insurance Group
A public entity school insurance pool serving public and charter schools throughout NJ. We offer the best coverage at the lowest possible cost while also providing education and risk services.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 405-406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

1:00pm

Finding Alternative Funding: How an Education Foundation Can Help
This session will provide participants with information on the critical need for and the benefits of an education foundation. Topics covered will include how to start a foundation, the legal and financial requirements, best practices in governance of the foundation and working with the superintendent and board of education. Participants will also learn how the New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership, can provide a foundation with support, assistance, fundraising strategies, resources and training.


Speakers
RD

Randy Davis

Co-Chair, New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership
TD

Trudy Doyle

Board Member, New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership
MD

Megan Dzwonkowski

Executive Director, New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08422

1:00pm

Partnering With Your Community to Fund STEM Intitiatives
Members of the Board of Education, staff, students, and supporting parent organizations in Upper Saddle River have a tradition of setting lofty goals for STEM initiatives and achieving them together. Participants in this session will learn the process by which board trustees can gather information on cutting-edge products, and create a vision for the future of teaching and learning; work with staff to create plans for implementing these state-of-the-art programs; and partner with supporting organizations and vendors to ensure implementation in a reasonable time frame. Specifically, we will provide examples of bringing the entire community together while working with vendors to demonstrate the infinite possibilities for education. Projects can be grand or simple, but the process can be used in any pubic school setting and for any STEM initiative.

Speakers
DM

Dr Monica M Browne

Superintendent, Upper Saddle River Public Schools
DC

Daniel Cazes

Executive Director of Technology, Quad Districts: Upper Saddle River Allendale Ho-Ho-Kus & Northern Highlands
DD

Dr David C Verducci

Board of Education Member, Upper Saddle River Public Schools


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 322 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:00pm

Protect Against Ransomware and Malware
Is your computer network vulnerable to ransomware or malware? Do you have up-to-date backup if you are infected? Are your employees unknowingly inviting threats to your network and school data?
All types of organizations, including your school district face very real cyberthreats. Session participants will gain a true understanding of what these threats can mean, and what can be done to limit the damage if your school is hit by ransomware or malware.




Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 410 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

1:00pm

Share the Keys NJM Parent/Teen Safe Driving Orientation
Learn about “Share the Keys,” a free resource to schools that addresses the influence of parental involvement on a teen's crash risk. The program, developed by the N.J. Division of Highway Traffic Safety and Kean University, has been proven to effectively increase parental involvement. According to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Center for Research and Injury Prevention, parents can reduce their teen's crash risk by as much as 50 percent when they set rules, offer support and monitor their teen's driving. The program is also aligned with, and supports, state driver education curriculum guidelines.

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NJM Insurance Group

Platinum Sponsor, NJM Insurance Group
Known for great auto insurance rates, outstanding service and dividends. Now that's extraordinary. Public educators can get a quote and apply at NJMStartsHere.com


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 413 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08520

1:00pm

The Impact of Labor/Management Collaboration on Student Learning
More than a decade of research reports that when teachers and administrators collaborate, student learning increases. The NJ Labor-Management Collaborative was formed under the leadership of Rutgers Professor of Labor and Management Dr. Saul Rubinstein, NJSBA, NJASA, NJPSA, NJEA, and AFT-NJ, with the purpose of sharing this research while providing professional development opportunities to school districts across New Jersey in collaboration. Attendees will learn how collaboration can help all students achieve and the opportunities to implement formal collaboration in their districts.

Speakers
VR

Vincent R DeLucia

Director, Training/Educator in Residence, NJSBA
DS

Dr Saul Rubinstein

Professor, Rutgers School of Labor & Management
SS

Steve Swetsky

Assistant Executive Director, NJEA


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08419

1:00pm

You, I, We Inspire: How Board Leadership Transformed School Culture
Board members often struggle with how to effect positive change in their districts without overstepping their governance and policy roles. Hear how one board did. Inspired by their Saturday book discussion group, the Piscataway Board of Education shaped a district culture that reaches every student and staff member, and is transforming each school in individual ways. The nationally-recognized "You, I, We Inspire" campaign communicates board beliefs and core values, while allowing pre-K-12 principals to create unique programs in math, English language arts, music, art, character education, climate and culture, and more. This low-cost, easily-replicated program strives to set a tone in which every child recognizes his/her own self-worth and ability to meet each day’s challenges.

Speakers
DC

Dr C Alex Gray

Principal, Martin Luther King School Piscataway
WI

William Irwin

President Piscataway Board of Education, Piscataway Board of Education
TM

Teresa M Rafferty

Superintendent, Piscataway School District


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08421

1:00pm

Engaging Parents in Out-of-School Time Programs
Engaging parents in the education and activities of their children is vital to the success of youth and of youth-serving programs. However, engaging parents continues to be challenging for many schools and programs due to time constraints (for both staff and parents), language and literacy issues, and a lack of resources to devote to effective parent involvement. Using the Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships, this workshop will discuss the benefits of parent involvement, identify different approaches, and suggest strategies for engaging parents.

Speakers
TC

Tamika Chester

21st CCLC Program Officer, NJDOE


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 314 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08417

1:00pm

Promoting School Safety and Security in Changing Times
School safety has become the most important work of our time. Emergency operations planning between school leaders, business administrators, emergency responders and school staff is a continuous process. Since September of 2014, and in accordance with the School Security Task Force recommendations, the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning has conducted over 700 drill observations throughout the state of New Jersey. During these visits, best practices are shared to improve safety and security protocols. In this session, representatives from OSPEP will present common measures to promote school-wide safety practices to heighten school security postures and discuss elements to develop a school-wide reunification plan.

Speakers
BC

Ben Castillo

Director, NJDOE Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning
JG

Jeff Gale

School Secuirty Specialist, NJDOE Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning
DT

Dr Thomas Gambino

Education Specialist, NJDOE Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08420

1:00pm

Mock Board
This year, the Mock Board will confront several controversial issues likely to come before your board in the coming school year. You will certainly want to attend this session in order to be better prepared.
While the session will follow an agenda like a regular board meeting, the public will have an opportunity to present general school law and labor relations questions to a panel of distinguished school board attorneys. Attendees are invited to bring their school law questions to the professionals!

Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Investors Stage One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

1:00pm

Building a Culture to Help Students Succeed in School and Life
To succeed in school and life, students need to be given opportunities for developing strong social and emotional skills.   Research shows that students in schools with a positive culture and climate, that are focused on social and emotional learning, have fewer behavior problems and higher levels of academic achievement. Learn best practices for assessing your school environment and implementing strategies to help your students thrive – emotionally, socially, physically and academically – and develop the skills needed to be employable, successful and happy adults.  

Speakers
RH

Renee Haider

Deputy Director, Sustainable Jersey
PC

Patricia C Heindel PhD

Dean Professional Studies, Academy for Social Emotional Learning in Schools
EH

Elizabeth Hansen Warner

Co-Director School Culture and Climate Initiative:, New Jersey School Health and Climate Coalition United Way of Northern New Jersey


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424

1:00pm

Legislative Update Session
Once again, the Legislative Update session will feature a combination of NJSBA’s traditional forum with the session formerly held by the Garden State Coalition of Schools. It is hoped that this combined session will allow for the participation of a larger number of legislators, and possibly other state officials. Due to the larger-than-anticipated turnout we’ve experienced in recent years, this year’s update will also feature a larger room to comfortably accommodate more participants. Please come with your thoughtful questions for what we anticipate will be a great, collegial experience with our elected officials.

Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08416

1:30pm

Analyzing Salary Guides
Salary Guides are one of the hottest negotiations issues currently faced by school districts. The topic is more important than ever, since the embedded cost of increment in many existing teacher salary guides is greater than the settlement rate the district can afford. In this session, participants will undertake some exercises on "sample" guides to learn how to analyze their own expiring guide as well as a union proposal.

Speakers
KR

Kurt Rebovich Jr

Consultant Labor Relations, NJSBA
SR

Sandy Raup

Data Analyst, NJSBA


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08405

1:30pm

Healthy Students: Making the Grade on New School Wellness Policy Requirements
Schools that have effective policies and practices that support student and staff wellness see a reduction in absenteeism and behavior problems and an improvement in how well students concentrate. This session will provide practical assistance on how to implement the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final Rule on local school wellness policies. Participants will learn about the policy requirements and how to build buy-in from the broader school community.

Speakers
SV

Sal Valenza

Regional Director Nu-way Co ncessionsImmediate Past President NJSNA, West New York School District


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08406

1:30pm

Positive Environment; Positive Results
The goal of every board of education is to advance student performance in the most cost-effective manner possible. The presenter, a superintendent in a large district, will discuss how, by initiating a change in expectations, district staff members became more fulfilled in their careers, they shared best practices, students advanced their standardized performance from below-average to national recognition status, and the district saved money. Join him for a humorous, engaging and motivating session on making positive change happen within your schools.

Speakers
DC

David Cittadino

Superintendent, Old Bridge Township Public Schools


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08407

1:30pm

Strategic Planning
This program will answer the questions, "What is strategic planning, and how will it help my district and our students?" We will identify the components of the strategic planning process and explore the benefits of developing and implementing a strategic planning process in your district. Hands-on small group activities include: participating in brainstorming and consensus activities, and the development of vision and belief statements.


Speakers
JA

Jesse Adams Jr

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
TL

Theresa Lewis

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08425

1:30pm

The Superintendent Evaluation Process
Evaluating the superintendent is one of the most important responsibilities of the board of education. The superintendent's evaluation is a year-long process beginning with the setting of the district goals and concluding with the formal evaluation. You will learn who may participate in the process, develop a timeline to guide your board through the process, and identify strategies to ensure an efficient and effective process is followed that produces a meaningful outcome that reflects the viewpoint of the board majority. Activities will include developing the evaluation timeline, reaching consensus, and writing a formal evaluation.

Speakers
KH

Kathy Helewa

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
CP

Charlene Peterson

Field Service Representative, NJBSA


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08426

2:30pm

The Future Ready Schools - NJ Certification Program
Future Ready Schools - NJ, a coalition of the New Jersey School Boards Association, New Jersey Department of Education, and New Jersey Institute of Technology, is a certification program designed to provide support, guidance, and resources to schools who are dedicated to fostering successful graduates in college, career, and citizenship. The program is based on the national Future Ready framework and the successful design of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. In this session, attendees will learn about the mission and vision of the certification program, how their schools and districts can get involved and benefit from the program, as well as the process for being certified as Future Ready.

Speakers
CC

Chris Cox

Educational Technology Specialist, NJDOE
JL

James Lipuma

Program Director, NJIT
PM

Patrice Maillet

Business Development Director, NJSBA
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Jeremy Reich

Project Coordinator, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Project Coordinator at NJIT for the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey Certification Program and dedicated to supporting NJ's educators, leaders, and other stakeholders best prepare our students for success in college, career, and citizenship in a digital age!


Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
NJSBA Future Ready Center One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

2:30pm

All for One and One for All
Every school district wants to ensure the success of every student. Few, if any, do. Why? Too often, time, energy and resources are wasted on competing priorities, contradictory practices and conflicting personalities that result in fragmentation, frustration and fatigue. In short, districts lack the coherence that comes when the entire school community works in specific and sustained ways to ensure learning for all students. Session participants will learn how to use a collaborative culture, common objectives, collective accountability and individual and organizational capacity to promote coherence at the district, school and classroom levels.


Speakers
DT

Dr Tracey Severns

Director of Student Performance, Mt Olive Township School District


Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08422

2:30pm

All Together Now: Integrating a Digital Science Curriculum
This session will describe the leadership process that Lumberton Middle School used to transform science instruction. Attendees will learn how a grant, strategic planning, board committee work and teacher leadership came together to implement a digital curriculum aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Your district can also benefit from an exceptional digital platform that focuses on critical thinking and student questions.

Speakers
JL

Joe Langowski

Superintendent, Lumberton Board of Education
MM

Maria Matlack

Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Lumberton Board of Education
MM

Meredith Morley

Assistant Principal, Lumberton Middle School


Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 322 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

2:30pm

Charter School Labor Relations Overview
Labor organizations are committed to unionizing New Jersey’s charter schools; several charters in the state have been successfully organized recently. What happens during unionization drive? How can you respond? What would a new union mean for the school? Come discuss this and more with NJSBA’s manager of labor relations.

Speakers
PD

Patrick Duncan

Manager Labor Relations, NJSBA


Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08421

2:30pm

I'm the BA and You Want Me To Be Responsible for What ?!
Business administrators wear many hats, including overseeing the maintenance and upgrades of school facilities. If you are new to your position, and have never delved into the management of design and construction projects, or you are a seasoned professional who would like a refresher, this presentation will help you navigate the waters and associated paperwork involved in these types of projects, and to create balance between budgets and buildings. This presentation qualifies for 1.0 QPA credit hour under “procurement procedures.”

Speakers
Sponsors
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Parette Somjen Architects

Platinum Sponsor, Parette Somjen Architects
PSA provides professional architectural design services that include Architect of Record, long range facility planning, interior design, energy measures, sustainable design, facility upgrades, master planning, additions, renovations and new construction. We are currently servicin... Read More →


Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 410 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

2:30pm

Schools and Municipalities: Working Together for Children’s Health
This session highlights how municipalities and school boards can work collaboratively to improve the health and wellness of the community’s children through nutritional programs. Learn from a municipality that provides summer youth nutritional programs in cooperation with the public schools. Hear the viewpoints of officials of the N.J. Department of Agriculture and statewide student advocacy groups on the benefits of these programs.

Moderators
HA

Honorable Albert Kelly

President, New Jersey State League of Municipalities, Mayor City of Bridgeton

Speakers
WD

Warren DeShields 

Director of Food Services, Bridgeton Public Schools
RD

Reginald Dorsey

State Outreach Coordinator, Advocates for the Children of New Jersey
SP

Stephanie Sutton- Page

State Coordinator , New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Child and Adult Care Food Program  
MF

Martha F Wilson

President, Camden City Board of Education


Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08419

2:30pm

Strategies for Capital Project Planning
We will review strategies for capital project planning. These include criteria and considerations for effective planning and a new look at long range facilities planning and what it really means. We will discuss pitfalls including the critical time frames for budget planning and the need to complete work during the summer. We will explore funding options and project delivery methods to save time.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 405-406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

2:30pm

The Millennial Dilemma: Making New Jersey More Attractive and Affordable for Our Future Workforce
Nearly sixty percent of New Jersey high school graduates who go on to four year colleges do so out of state. New Jersey ranks number one among states in the percentage of millennials living at home with their parents, and millennials are the number one outmigration group from the state. Consider our investment in K-12 education to prepare this future workforce: an average cost of $19,000 per pupil, times thirteen years. The return on this investment should be that our millennials want to stay here for college, careers and to raise their families. To do so, New Jersey must be attractive and affordable to them. NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka discusses these important issues and how partnerships among higher education, government and business are working to solve them.

Speakers
MS

Michele Siekerka

President and CEO, New Jersey Business & Industry Association


Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424

2:30pm

U.S. Army-NJSBA Partnership to Implement I-STEAM Education
The U.S. Army has a strategic interest in improving student academic achievement. As the demand for STEAM – literate citizens has increased, the Army has develop a portfolio of STEAM educational opportunities for schools and students across the country. In a common effort to enhance students’ success, career readiness and I-STEAM awareness, NJSBA and the Mid-Atlantic Battalion established a one-of-a-kind partnership, a model for the rest of the country. Find out about innovative professional development opportunities, resources available to schools and students, and how you can make a difference in your school district


Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 414 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

2:30pm

Understanding Cybersecurity Risk for School Administrators
Concerns about information security have become a national conversation, from the DNC email debacle to data breaches at K-Mart, Verizon, and the IRS. Join us for a discussion on security issues that specifically concern schools. We will provide an example of a practical program to simplify the cyber risk management process for K-12 executives. We will explain how to develop security safeguards, incident response plans, and communication plans to enable schools and districts to responsibly address these risks. We will provide a simplified process, with templates to assess your current state and to plan and architect for a future state, all within the backdrop of realistic staffing, operational and capital budgets.

Speakers

Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 413 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08520

2:30pm

IEP Facilitation: Helping Districts and Parents Develop an Individualized Education Program
All public schools are required to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for a student with disabilities. The Office of Special Education Policy and Procedure has developed a statewide IEP Facilitation Pilot Program for the 2017-18 school year. This FREE and voluntary program provides a trained facilitator to assist parents and districts in the development of a mutually agreeupon IEP. States and school districts across the country are increasingly turning toward this less costly approach, and are reporting improved relationships between school districts and parents; a greater number of mutually agreed upon IEPs; and a reduction in the number of districts and parents pursuing formal dispute resolution options. This session will explain the program in detail, as well as how districts and parents can utilize this pro-active program.


Speakers
BH

Barbara Haake

OSEPP Specialist Office of Special Education Policy and Procedure, NJDOE
CH

Cynthia Hoenes-Saindon

Mediator Office of Special Education Policy and Procedure, NJDOE


Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 314 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08417

2:30pm

Updating New Jersey’s Evolving School and District Accountability Systems: Where We Are with ESSA and QSAC
This session will provide attendees with helpful information about how New Jersey is implementing its ESSA State Plan, performance reports, regulatory changes to NJQSAC systems and coordinated systems of support. NJDOE will share its goal of working to ensure all communities have the most important information they need to meet their students’ academic needs.

Speakers
BB

Bob Bumpus

Assistant Commissioner, NJDOE
DP

Diana Pasculli

Acting Chief Public Affairs Officer, NJDOE
PS

Peter Shulman

Deputy Commissioner, NJDOE


Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08420

2:30pm

NJASA Women’s Leadership Initiative
We invite you to join us for this afternoon’s session which is designed to help women in or aspiring to positions in educational leadership. With networking, support and professional development, NJASA wants to create a clear pathway for women to engage, encourage, and inspire one another. Keynote Speaker TBA. Open to All Conference Attendees

Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Room 404 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08410

4:00pm

21st Century Law Enforcement and Education Partnerships
Participants will learn a framework for establishing proactive and effective partnerships between police agencies and schools. Presenters will discuss the evolving role of law enforcement and security in schools, through the use of Class III school law enforcement officers and/or school resource officers. Topics covered will include include laws, roles and responsibilities, selection, training, local memorandum of agreement, and promising practices to facilitate effective school-based policing and security programs.

Speakers
KC

Kevin Craig

Senior Instructor, New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers
TG

Timothy Gerity

President, New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers
PK

Patrick Kissane

Executive Director, New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers


Wednesday October 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08419

4:00pm

Developing Norms for Board Operations
Want efficient, productive meetings and smoothly operating committees? Learn how one district developed shared norms to accomplish these things. We will review our process, lessons learned and the final outcome. This session is useful for high-functioning boards as well as boards that are in the process of rebuilding.

Speakers
TA

Tia Allocco

Board President, Warren Township Schools
MM

Matthew Mingle

Superintendent, Warren Township Schools


Wednesday October 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08422

4:00pm

Driving Instruction or Driving Ourselves Nuts: Five New CTE Programs in One Year
School district representatives will explain how – and why –the district introduced five new career and technical education programs in the space of 16 months. The programs include: logistics, technology and distribution; computer design and graphics; computer engineering, programming and IT; premedical/health care studies; and resort, recreation, hospitality and tourism.

Speakers
AD

Arthur DiBenedetto

Superintendent, Vernon Township School District
CM

Charles McKay

Assistant Superintendent, Vernon Township School District


Wednesday October 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 322 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

4:00pm

How to Engage your Community Base
Schools impact change regarding staffing and program, but without a supportive and participative community base, that work can only go so far. What if we told you there are ways to re-engage the more apathetic community despite current politics and push for accountability and testing? It is possible. This district will explain how they have completely turned the tables with family and community engagement through creative school activities.

Speakers
RC

Raymond Coxe

Busines Administrator, City of Burlington Public Schools
JF

James Flynn

Principal Burlington City High School, City of Burlington Public Schools
AM

Antoinette Margaretta

Supervisor of Mathematics and Science Grades 5-12, City of Burlington Public Schools


Wednesday October 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424

4:00pm

Teacher Tenure Update and Discipline Policies
Session participants will receive an overview of the applicable statutory and regulatory procedures regarding increment withholding, tenure charges, suspensions and terminations. The session will also include discussion of recent law illuminating examples of permissible discipline.

Speakers
AH

Adam Herman Esq

Associate, Adams Gutierrez & Lattiboudere LLC
RG

Robert Greitz

Consultant Labor Relations, NJSBA


Wednesday October 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08421

4:00pm

Transportation Blues
Is transportation distracting from your educational mission? Do you find that school board meetings are consumed by talk having nothing to do with education? Don't let it be transportation.
Join us and share ideas on how to tackle the transportation blues by controlling quality of service from your contractors and from in-district staff. We'll focus on what make a difference to increase the quality of service to our CUSTOMERS! We'd like to share our story of turn-around, and steal good ideas from you.

Speakers
TE

Thomas Eldridge

Business Administrator, Lawrence Township Board of Education
ET

Edmund Treadaway

Transportation Supervisor, Lawrence Township Board of Education


Wednesday October 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08416

4:00pm

Innovative Communities of Practice and the Potential of Competency-based Learning
Turning conversations into collaboration, InnovateNJ is a community of forward-thinking districts, schools, and educators who believe meaningful collaboration improves the learning environment and opportunities for all students. We welcome all to create, share, and leverage promising practices.

Speakers
CC

Chris Cox

Educational Technology Specialist, NJDOE


Wednesday October 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 314 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08417

4:00pm

The New Jersey Social and Emotional Learning Competencies
The New Department of Education recently released the New Jersey Social and Emotional Learning Competencies as a result of a two-year effort in collaboration with key stakeholders from across the state. The research-based competencies were developed to promote positive school climate, regular attendance, and academic achievement in all subject areas and across all grade levels. Social and emotional learning teaches students the skills necessary to manage emotions, set goals, maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. This session will share ideas and strategies for utilizing the competencies to help all students succeed in school and better prepare them for the demands of college, the workplace and life.

Speakers
KA

Kelly Allen

Manager Office of Student Support Services, NJDOE
NC

Nancy Curry

Director Office of Student Support Services, NJDOE


Wednesday October 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08420
 
Thursday, October 26
 

8:30am

School Law Forum
Learn about cutting edge developments in school law. Practicing school board attorneys will share research and their experience in addressing the latest court decisions, administrative rulings, and statutes and code that affect public education and school district governance.

Thursday October 26, 2017 8:30am - 3:00pm
Room 403 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08402

9:30am

A Summer Chromebook Program
Learn how one district saw a need to keep students engaged over the summer months, and, lacking the financial resources to provide every student with summer school services, developed an online learning community. Through that program, created by staff members, the district was able to provide engaging activities and lessons to 30 percent of its students who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to have a summer experience.

Speakers
SB

Stephen Bonora

Technology Integration Specialist, Runnemede Board of Education
DS

Dr Sean McCarron

Business Administrator & District Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Runnemede Board of Education


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 413 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08520

9:30am

Anatomy of a Bond Sale
School bond referenda are on the rise in New Jersey, and many school board members and administrators have little or no experience with the “nitty gritty” details of bond sales. Learn the basics of bond referendum proposals, which include planning for the bond referendum, structuring the projected repayment, obtaining a bond rating, holding a bond sale and making debt service payments.


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 308 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

9:30am

Building Capacity Beyond Age 18
Often adult students with IEPs have graduated from high school and still have goals and objectives which include the skills necessary to transition to adult life. However, many districts do not have the programs necessary to meet those goals. Learn how one local education agency worked with its community to begin a program for 18-21-year-old students. Participants will explore the processes of obtaining board and community support, securing a location, building a budget and developing the program.


Speakers
LB

Lisa Bernardo

Director of Special Programs & Student Support Services, Park Ridge Public School District
DR

Dr Robert M Gamper

Superintdent of Schools, Park Ridge Public School District
RW

Robert Wright

School Business Administrator, Park Ridge Public School District


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 414 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

9:30am

Engaging Your School District and Community through Social Media
In today’s society, communication needs have increased and become more complex. School districts have a duty to educate and inform residents in order to foster public awareness and support for the district and its strategic initiatives— as well as for its students and employees. Schools need professionals to develop and execute integrated, multimedia, and face-to-face communication plans. Schools are busy places, and parents need a trusted source to find the right information –but information is not enough. Now schools need to facilitate two-way communication. During this program, the Bergenfield Public School District will share how the district handles the oversight of social media, as well as strategies for engaging the entire school community.

Speakers
DJ

Dr Joseph Amara

Board President, Bergenfield Public School District
CM

Christopher M Tully EdS

Superintendent, Bergenfield Public School District
CL

Chris Langschultz

Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Bergenfield Public School District


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08421

9:30am

Freshman Transition: Building Hope and Opportunity in the School Community
Join us to learn about the Rahway High School freshman seminar program, which promotes college and career readiness options for students of all ability, interest and motivational levels. The presentation will feature information about curricular objectives, staffing considerations, professional development acitvities, and scheduling requirements of the program, as well as highlighting remarks from selected graduation seniors who provide a perspective on how the freshman transition program affected their high school years.

Speakers
DP

Dr Patricia Camp

Superintendent, Rahway Board of Education
JF

John Farinella

Rahway High School Principal and South Plainfield Board of Education Member, Rahway Board of Education/ South Plainfield Board of Education


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08419

9:30am

From Novice to Tenured: A Four-Year Plan
Studies show that a significant amount of teachers quit within the first five years. The Hazlet Township School District has implemented a comprehensive, four-year novice teacher program to help ensure our newest staff members never feel that "burnout." With the help of administration and teacher leaders, all certificated novice staff work through a series of intense activities over the course of four years to build lasting relationships with their students and with their peers. This extensive program has minimal impact on our district's budget but maximum impact on our teacher retention rates.

Speakers
CG

Christine Grabowski

Teacher, Hazlet Public Schools
KL

Kara Longo

Teacher, Hazlet Public Schools
HS

Heather Schwarz

Director of Curriculum Instruction & Testing, Hazlet Public Schools


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08422

9:30am

Innovation in Education -- The Next Generation of Ambitious Teaching & Learning to Drive Student Achievement
Teaching effectiveness is recognized by how well students are learning. Teacher effectiveness places the classroom teacher in the spotlight as the guiding influence when defining academic achievement for students. Looking beyond basic teacher behaviors, there has been much criticism on the idea of teachers’ own belief systems and attitudes toward teaching quality that drives student achievement. In a 21st century changing world, how do we provide the support needed for our staff to create a risk-taking culture that helps both the practitioner and student body learn through experimentation, self-reflection and problem solving? Through a strategic collaborative model, districts can create a job-embedded learning environment where both teachers and students take risks to grow and achieve success by demonstrating mastery of skill and concept. In turn, a culture of innovation is created where students are able to conceptualize, analyze, synthesize, and present their solutions to problems, which supports the ideas and high expectations of the NJ Student Learning Standards, PARCC, and College and Career Readiness standards.

Speakers
JD

John Davis

Superintendent, Port Republic School District
CG

Carmelita Graham

K-12 Supervisor of Career and Technical Education (CTE) & Instructional Technology, Egg Harbor Township School District


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 415 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08522

9:30am

Keeping School Documents and Records Secure: Control for Digital Management
Do you scan your documents? Can you find what you are looking for? Are your documents secure? This program will address the requirements for, and suggestions for, the implementation of a secure digital information management program within today's school environment.

Speakers
Sponsors

Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 309

9:30am

Strategies for Capital Improvement Success
Capital project approvals, timelines, incentives, costs, funding…. are they causing headaches? While it can be overwhelming, understanding the fundamentals of the capital improvement process and how to plan smart can position you to capture incentives and keep projects on track. We will provide an overall picture of the process and highlight the opportunities you need to be aware of – from ways to maximize funding to key actions that need to be planned in advance. Ready, set, go!


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 310 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

9:30am

Student Safety Data System
The New Jersey Department of Education has developed a new system, the Student Safety Data System (SSDS), to replace the Electronic Violence and Vandalism Reporting System (EVVRS) and the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying – Investigations, Trainings, and Programs (HIB-ITP) system that have been used to collect this data. Changes to the data collected by SSDS were made to focus data collection on the information required for state and federal reporting. Changes to the data entry process were made to simplify the process and make it more user-friendly. This session will provide information on what is being collected starting with the 2017-18 school year, why it is collected and how it is being used.

Speakers
SH

Sharon Hofmann

Data Collection and Evaluation Specialist, NJDOE
MM

Mary McKillip

Data Collection and Evaluation Coordinator, NJDOE


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08420

9:30am

Free Resources and Simple Steps toward Safer Routes to School for your Students
Walking and bicycling to school is a healthy start to the day when students arrive ready to learn. Hear from schools that have made walking and bicycling to school a priority and received grant funding to make routes to school safer for their community. Schools will share their secrets to success and inspire your school to hold walk-to-school days and bike rodeos, create policies and plans, and apply for grant funding. Get the low down on free resources and technical assistance available to help you take simple steps toward safer routes for everyone.

Speakers
LA

Leigh Ann Von Hagen PP AICP

Senior Research Manager, Alan M Voorhees Transportation Center Planning Healthy Communities Initiative
TS

Trish Sanchez

Project Coordinator NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center, NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center
DS

Dr Scott Taylor

Superintendent, Highland Park Public Schools


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424

9:30am

Governance IV - Legal Update
For reelected/reappointed board members and charter school trustees in the first year of any succeeding term. Please note: This training session is not open to all Workshop registrants. Only pre-registered, qualifying board members may attend.

Speakers
JB

John Burns

Counsel, NJSBA
RG

Robert Greitz

Consultant Labor Relations, NJSBA


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 11:30am
Room 303 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08465

10:00am

Board’s Role? Superintendent’s Role? Who Does What?
Research suggests that the board-superintendent relationship has an overwhelming impact on determining the effectiveness and efficiency of education in schools. Using the National School Board Association’s “Key Work of School Boards,” we will explore the roles of the board and superintendent, present real-life scenarios for discussion, identify “what went right” and “what went wrong,” and discuss strategies for building a positive working relationship with the board/superintendent team. Participants will discuss the importance of board training, communication, and establishing norms, and gain a better understanding of the difference between oversight and management of the schools.

Speakers
MA

Mary Ann Friedman

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
KW

Kathy Winecoff

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Thursday October 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08426

10:00am

First Year Follow-Up for New Board Members
Are you a new board member? After serving for several months, it’s time to reflect on your experiences and refresh your knowledge. This session will include a presentation by NJSBA field service representatives on common questions that new board members have; small and large group discussion; and individual and group exercises. Resources include case studies and other materials, as well as a personal prescription for continued professional growth.


Speakers
JA

Jesse Adams Jr

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
ML

Matthew Lee

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Thursday October 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08425

10:00am

From Ordinary to Exceptional: Building an NJDOE Model World Language Program
This session will help educators identify the critical factors that make a successful world language program: curriculum, instructional practices, assessment, and professional development. Learn what an NJDOE Model World Language Program looks like and what specific changes can be made to immediately improve your district’s program and improve student proficiency outcomes.


Speakers
MB

Michael Ben-David

Superintendent, West Morris Reg HS District
JL

Jessica Lasusa

Supervisor of World Languages, West Morris Reg HS District


Thursday October 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08407

10:00am

How to Gamify Any Meeting: Go from Snoring to Roaring
Meetings are critical for communication and collaboration within and across your administrative and staff teams. Even though they are important, meetings are not always exciting. Make your meetings more interesting, and therefore effective, by "gamifying" the meeting process. This workshop will show you how to use the principles of games to hook people into being more engaged in meetings.

Speakers
JR

John Russell EdD

Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, City of Burlington Public Schools
DL

Dawn Lambert

Supervisor of English Language Arts and Social Studies Grades 5-12, City of Burlington Public Schools
RS

Robert Shappell

Principal Wilbur Watts Intermediate School, City of Burlington Public Schools


Thursday October 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08405

10:00am

Music and Art Enriching the Writing Process
Through the integration of the arts within STEAM initiatives, the individual languages unique to each art form can be combined to evoke creative thinking and support academic life. Participants in this session will listen to music, create visual images inspired by the music and generate writings that are both deeply personal and rich in narrative imagery. Through this unique form of arts fusion, the three art forms are each enriched and informed with intellectual and emotional metaphors and insights.


Speakers
BP

Barbara Prestridge

Art Teacher, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools
MV

Marcello Velame

Music Teacher, Neptune Township Board of Ed


Thursday October 26, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08406

10:00am

Governance III - Student Achievement
For board members and charter school trustees in the third year of their first term. Please note: This training session is not open to all Workshop registrants. Only pre-registered, qualifying board members may attend.

Speakers
VR

Vincent R DeLucia

Director, Training/Educator in Residence, NJSBA


Thursday October 26, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Room 304 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08527

10:30am

Governance II - Finance
For board members and charter school trustees in the second year of their first term. Please note: This training session is not open to all Workshop registrants. Only pre-registered, qualifying board members may attend.

Speakers
RG

Robert Greitz

Consultant Labor Relations, NJSBA
KH

Kathy Helewa

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
CP

Charlene Peterson

Field Service Representative, NJBSA


Thursday October 26, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08416

11:00am

Be-A-Buddy Program for Students Who Struggle Socially
“Be-A-Buddy” is a reverse inclusion program using typical peers who provide empathetic and dignified social opportunities for students with language and/or social skill needs. Using a platform of sports, these students gain confidence in the area of language, social skill and sports development through friendship and mentoring. This program provides an emotionally safe environment for sensitive students facing unique developmental challenges during early adolescence, as well as teaching peer mentors about their own personal strengths.

Speakers
AD

Andrew Diodato

High School Leadership Student, Somerville High School
SU

Suzanne Updegrove

Gifted & Talented Teacher, Branchburg Central Middle School
BU

Beth Urbanski

Special Education Teacher/Leadership Advisor, Branchburg Central Middle School


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 414 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

11:00am

Comprehensive Special Education in an In-District Setting
This presentation will focus on the identification of a comprehensive program to meet the needs of special education learners, and educate them in-district. The EKWIP's program at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, which meets the needs of multiply handicapped learners, will be highlighted.

Speakers
CW

Carol Webb

Director of Special Services, Hunterdon Central Reg HS


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 413 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08520

11:00am

Leveraging Student Voice to Build District-Wide LGBTQ Cultural Competencies
Lessons Learned: Leveraging student voice to build district-wide LGBT cultural competencies through GSA and other inclusive clubs/practices; perspectives from north/south & rural/urban New Jersey.The presenters hail from vastly different experiences - from a conservative, rural district in the north, to a progressive, suburban district in the south. They will discuss their efforts to provide equity and cultural proficiency training by using student groups as the catalyst to discuss and act on linguistic and cultural competencies for diversity and acceptance. This workshop will focus on LGBT inclusivity and access and will draw from the real experiences of the presenters.

Speakers
DS

Dr Scott Oswald

Superintendent, Collingswood/Oaklyn Public Schools
EY

Elisabeth Yucis

English Teacher / GSA Advisor, Collingswood/Oaklyn Public Schools


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 415 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08522

11:00am

Mine the Gaps: Using Data to Personalize Math Instruction
Come learn how Rumson is using data from mathematics assessments to tailor instruction to the needs of groups and individuals in all mathematics courses in K-8. With true actionable data, teachers can predict gaps in students’ prerequisite skills and support learning of grade-level expectations in all mathematics courses. The use of strategy groups that are informed by this data and knowledge of student needs empowers our teachers in supporting and accelerating student learning. Hear how Rumson is gaining a deeper understanding of the mathematics needs of their various student populations by having access to these key metrics and is using this understanding to inform instruction, witnessing its influence on student growth, college and career readiness, and student engagement.

Speakers
DJ

Dr John Bormann

Superintendent, Rumson Borough School Distr
VR

Vera Ridoux

Supervisor of Curriculum Instruction & Assessment, Rumson Borough School Distr


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08424

11:00am

Moving Beyond State Accountability for Real School Improvement
New Jersey’s accountability measures may tell how your school is performing, but anything more than that and you’re on your own. Learn how you can use your data to chart a real course for school improvement and leverage the reporting work you have already done to achieve Middle States accreditation. Also learn about the Systems Approach to Middle States accreditation, an efficient and cost effective approach to accreditation that looks at your school system as a whole, ensuring that all levels are strategically aligned and working collaboratively.

Speakers
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Bernard F Bragen Jr EdD

Superintendent, Hazlet Township Public Schools
HC

Hank Cram EdD

President, Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools
WT

William T Smith

Superintendent, Point Pleasant Beach School District


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08422

11:00am

Redistrict, Rebalance, Reconfiguration: Leading Change While Prioritizing Students
Enrollment, whether declining or increasing, creates issues of space, time, equity, and access for all students. Often, efforts focus on use of building space, but not the other three key components. The Howell Township Public Schools administrative team will share its journey - the good, the bad, and the ugly - from a down-voted operational redistricting plan, to a successful, student-focused reconfigured grade-band plan. Participants will see data and experience useful change strategies specific to their own district roles and responsibilities.

Speakers
JI

Joseph Isola

Superintendent, Howell Township Public Schools


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08421

11:00am

Transition to Adulthood: Community-Based Instruction in Public High Schools
Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights has developed a comprehensive program of classroom-based instruction, school-based experiences, community internships and paid employment in an effort to significantly increase employment and independent living opportunities for its students with disabilities post-high school. This program will provide participants with a framework for developing a transition program that successfully supports students with mild, moderate and more significant disabilities. Presenters will provide helpful tips for working with child labor laws, OSHA, bargaining unit contracts and employer concerns. Participants will leave with a clear understanding not only of best practice, but also with a plan for taking these practices and creating successful, comprehensive programs in the public high school setting.

Speakers
PA

Phil Acosta

Structured Learning Experience Coordinator, Berkeley Heights Public Schools
KM

Kevin Morra

Supervisor of Special Education, Berkeley Heights Public Schools
SS

Steve Siebelts

Transition Coordinator, Berkeley Heights Public Schools


Thursday October 26, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08419