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Tuesday, October 24
 

10:00am

Costing out the Labor Agreement
Limited Capacity full
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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
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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
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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

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
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Shawna Longo

Music Technology Teacher, Hopatcong Middle School, Hopatcong, NJ
Shawna E. Longo is the General Music (Music Technology) teacher at Hopatcong Middle School, Hopatcong, NJ. She also serves as the Arts Integration & STEAM Specialist for TMI Education; Growth Development Advisor, Fellow, Author, & Coach for Education Closet; and Ambassador for Music... Read More →
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
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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
 
Wednesday, October 25
 

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
VK

Violeta Katsikis

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

Evaluating Your Superintendent: A New Way to Perform a Crucial Task
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us for the roll-out of NJSBA’s improved superintendent evaluation tool, developed in cooperation with NJASA. The program features six new evaluation standards that reflect the qualities and values of leadership that are integral to student success. It increases the focus on standards and communication between the board and superintendent. Plus, it provides board members with a revised, user-friendly template to complete the summary evaluation. Be among the first in the state to learn about this new process.

Speakers
KH

Kathy Helewa

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
CP

Charlene Peterson

Field Service Representative, NJBSA


Wednesday October 25, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08407

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.



Speakers
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.

Speakers
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

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

Evaluating Your Superintendent: A New Way to Perform a Crucial Task
Join us for the roll-out of NJSBA’s improved superintendent evaluation tool, developed in cooperation with NJASA. The program features six new evaluation standards that reflect the qualities and values of leadership that are integral to student success. It increases the focus on standards and communication between the board and superintendent. Plus, it provides board members with a revised, user-friendly template to complete the summary evaluation. Be among the first in the state to learn about this new process. 

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

1:30pm

Healthy Students: Making the Grade on New School Wellness Policy Requirements
Prior to this session, the speaker is requesting the attendees please complete a Pre-Survey. Please take a moment to do so.

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 Concessions Immediate 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
 
Thursday, October 26
 

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
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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