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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

Director, Legal and Labor Relations, 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

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

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

Director, Legal and Labor Relations, NJSBA


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

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
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
JD

Joseph DeNola

Senior Security Solutions Architect, Presidio
AS

Al Shah

Solutions Architect Manager, Presidio
BS

Barbara Sita

Director, K-12, NJ, Presidio

Sponsors
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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 Integrator... Read More →


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
MJ

Melissa Jones

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Colts Neck Township Schools
EL

Elizabeth Lowes

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

Dr Kim Raymond

Colts Neck Twp School District, Board President


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

Director, Legal and Labor Relations, 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
BW

Bruce Wadja

Solutionist, Atlantic Tomorrows Office


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
VM

Violet Marrero

Director of Consumer Safety, NJM Insurance Group

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
JF

James Finn

Senior Vice President - Employee Benefits, Brown & Brown Benefit Advisors
LD

Lou Della Penna Jr

Executive Vice President, Brown & Brown Benefit Advisors

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

Two, Four, Six, Eight, Future Ready? Don't Be Late
Are you truly READY? We live in an unprecedented era where technology virtually controls every aspect of our life. As educators are you prepared to create an environment which will arm students for success? Delivering equitable access, protection from network vulnerabilities, driving data informed decision making, and access to data anytime anywhere are things you need to do to get you there . Don’t be late to the game; learn how to get there now!

Speakers
CC

Christopher Callahan

Supervisor of Technology, Woodbridge Township School District
SM

Steve Mullen

Executive Vice President, Johnston Communications Voice & Data
GS

George Sode

Senior Account Executive, Johnston Communications Voice & Data

Sponsors
avatar for Johnston Communications

Johnston Communications

Platinum Sponsor, Johnston Communications
Voice Data, wireless, video surveillance systems, cabling infrastructure. Celebrating our 40th year in business.


Tuesday October 24, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 310 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

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.

Speakers
avatar for U.S. Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion

U.S. Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion

Platinum, US Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion
The U.S. Army has a strategic interest in improving student acedemic achievement. In addition to providing our nation's security, the Army is a leading organization investing in educational initiatives.
GC

Giovanna Cristiano Hansen

Education Services Specialist, US Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion

Sponsors
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U.S. Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion

Platinum Sponsor
The U.S. Army has a strategic interest in improving student academic achievement. While known primarily as a provider of our nation’s top security forces, the Army is also one of the leading organizations investing in educational initiatives. Stop by the Army booth to learn about... Read More →


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

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
TK

Timothy Kielty

Principal, Florence M. Gaudineer Middle School, Springfield Township School Disrict
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

Cyber Security Essentials for K-12
Schools rely heavily upon technology to augment their day-to-day operations. In today’s classroom, teachers use a wide range of media curricula, and 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. It is important to be able to strike the right balance of cybersecurity investment and data loss prevention polices, on a limited K-12 budget. This session will discuss the tools and processes critical to cybersecurity.

Speakers
Sponsors
avatar for ePlus Technology

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 intersect... 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
DB

Dr Bernard F Bragen Jr EdD

Superintendent of Schools, Hazlet Twp Public Schools
CH

Charlie Hildner

Supervisor of Building and Grounds, Hazlet Township Public Schools
SE

Scott E Downie AIA LEEDap

Principal, Spiezle Architectural Group
CJ

Christopher J Mullins

Business Adminstrator/Board Secretary, Hazlet Township Public Schools
SG

Steven G Siegel

Principal, Spiezle Architectural Group


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
GJ

Gregory J Somjen AIA

Principal, Parette Somjen Architects

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 servicing... Read More →


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

11:00am

Lower Operating Expenses and Invest Money Back into the Classroom
Learn how your district can save on average 20 percent or more on monthly telecommunications through a no-cost a telecommunications analysis and inventory cost analysis as part of the NJSBA TEC program. CrosStar Network Solutions (CNS) will demonstrate ways your district can reduce monthly costs, eliminate unnecessary services, and upgrade to better, less expensive technology.

1 QPA credit: Procurement Procedures

Speakers
avatar for Evan Abramson

Evan Abramson

Director of IT, Millburn Township School District
MD

Michael D Esolda

CIO, Woodbridge Township, School District and Police Department
ES

Eric Savitsky

Marketing Director, CrosStar Network Solutions


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

11:00am

The Classroom Anywhere: Modernizing the Classroom to a Borderless Model
Many schools are facing the technology crossroad as their students quickly outgrow the technical capabilities provided by many schools.  This brings the challenge to properly align the technology, requirements with the deployment plan.  If not done properly it can result in costly stalled initiatives.  Join us to learn about the solutions available to all K-12 districts.   We will cover common use cases, products and the cost effective services designed specifically for our schools.

Speakers
MS

Mario Spallarossa

Senior Systems Engineer- Public Sector – NJ, VMware

Sponsors
avatar for VMware

VMware

Diamond Sponsor
A global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility with solutions that simplify IT while improving security.


Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 310 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

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

The Role of Technology in Teaching and Learning
As technology assumes a larger role in our classrooms, it is important to emphasize uses that enhance our human experience as opposed to detracting from it. When the immersive nature of technology connects with our humanity, technology can shift the very nature of teaching and learning. This session will explore how schools across the nation are making this happen.

Speakers
MD

Matt Dascoli

Strategist, Dell Education

Sponsors
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SHI International

Diamond Sponsor
Founded in 1989, SHI is a global provider of technology prodcuts and services. In 2014, SHI exceeded $6 billion in revenu and topped 2,800 employees.


Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08422

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.

Speakers
JG

John G Geppert Jr Esq

Partner, Scarinici Hollenbeck
ST

Shana T Don Esq

Associate, Scarinici Hollenbeck


Tuesday October 24, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 414 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.

Speakers
SM

Stephen M Bacigalupo II Esq

Partner, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso
EC

Erica Clifford Esq

Associate, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso LLC
DR

Dr Rene Rovtar

Superintendent, Montville Township Board of Education


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
avatar for Sean Beavers

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

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
JA

Jesse Adams Jr

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
TL

Theresa Lewis

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Tuesday October 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08416

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
AE

Apple Education

Gold Sponsor
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 we're... 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

Director, Legal and Labor Relations, 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
DB

Dennis Budinich

Chief Culture Officer, Investors Bank

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.

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.
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.
Trough 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
DB

Dr Bernard F Bragen Jr EdD

Superintendent of Schools, Hazlet Twp 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
JB

Joseph Biluck Jr

CEO, GraMin Consulting Services
KK

Kevin Kitchenman

Retired NJ Superintendent, Business Consultant - Schneider Electric
DR

Daniel Riggle

Account Executive, Schneider Electric

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.

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

2:30pm

A New Age in Print…Ways to Modify Your 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
JD

Jim DeWitt

Director, Software Solutions, Stewart, A Xerox Company
MH

Marcie Hausser

Senior Technology Consultant, Education, Stewart, A Xerox Company


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
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Dr. Scott Taylor

Superintendent, Highland Park Public Schools
Superintendent/Chief School Administrator of the K-12 Highland Park School District in New Jersey, adjunct for the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University and Montclair University. Served as an assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent... Read More →


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).

Speakers
BB

Brian Boyle

Consultant, Phoenix Advisors
ST

Sherry Tracey

Senior Managing Director, Phoenix Advisors

Sponsors
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Phoenix Advisors

Diamond Sponsor, Phoenix Advisors LLC
Debt and lease financing, refinancing and fiscal management solutions.


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
JD

Jill Deitch Esq

Chief Legal Officer, New Jersey Schools Insurance Group
KM

Kelly Machu

Underwriting & Client Relations Manager, New Jersey Schools Insurance Group
WM

William Mayo

Executive Director, New Jersey Schools Insurance Group

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 of Schools, Fort Lee Public Schools


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

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

Director, Legal and Labor Relations, 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
DE

Dr Eric Hibbs

Superintendent, Marlboro Twp School District
AL

Adam Lindstrom

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
 
Wednesday, October 25
 

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.

Speakers
RA

Robbi Acampora

Managing Director, Phoenix Advisors
GE

Gary E Finger

Business Ombudsman, NJBPU / Office of Clean Energy
MT

Michael Thulen

ESIP Coordinator, NJBPU

Sponsors
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Phoenix Advisors

Diamond Sponsor, Phoenix Advisors LLC
Debt and lease financing, refinancing and fiscal management solutions.


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.

Speakers
JD

Jill Deitch Esq

Chief Legal Officer, New Jersey Schools Insurance Group
TR

Tony Ruggeri

Claims Manager, New Jersey Schools Insurance Group

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 Wild
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.

Speakers
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Andrew B. Brown, Esq

Partner, SSE&C
I am an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in the area of labor and employment. I am eager to help school districts navigate the challenges of contract administration, personnel and other employee/employer relationships.
PK

Paul Kalac Esq

Partner, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso
RT

Richard Tomko PhD

Superintendent, Belleville Board of Education


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.

Speakers
DB

Dennis Budinich

Chief Culture Officer, Investors Bank

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.


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
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Daniel Garrie Esq

Editor-in-Chief/Managing Partner/Special Master, Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare/Law & Forensics/JAMS
Daniel Garrie is the Senior Partner & Co-Founder of Law & Forensics LLC, a technology consulting firm that specializes in e-discovery, software, computer forensics, and cybersecurity. He also serves as a Neutral and Mediator/Arbitrator with JAMS, where he works to resolve e-discovery... Read More →
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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 FBI... 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 Government... 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 agencies... 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.


Speakers
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.


Speakers
AH

Al Harnisch

President, Eastern DataComm
PJ

Paul Jenne

Sales Manager, Eastern DataComm

Sponsors
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Eastern DataComm

Gold Sponsor, Eastern DataComm Inc.
29 years serving NJ School Districts. School safety, phone systems, intercom, paging systems, clocks, wireless and cabling.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 310 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.



Speakers
JV

Joseph V Donnelly

Senior Director, EI Associates
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Louis J. Pepe

Assistant Superintendent for Business, City of Summit Public Schools
Mr. Pepe, Assistant Superintendent for Business for the City of Summit Public School District, is an experienced administrator in the field of education, and has more than 25 years of professional experience in management, operations and administration. He is 'Past President' of... Read More →
MJ

Michael J Wozny

Director, K-12 Projects, EI Associates

Sponsors
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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 Your 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
JD

Jim DeWitt

Director, Software Solutions, Stewart, A Xerox Company
MH

Marcie Hausser

Senior Technology Consultant, Education, Stewart, A Xerox Company


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.

Speakers
JD

Joseph DeNola

Senior Security Solutions Architect, Presidio
AS

Al Shah

Solutions Architect Manager, Presidio
BS

Barbara Sita

Director, K-12, NJ, Presidio

Sponsors
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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 Integrator... 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
School garden curriculum, school meal local procurement, nutrition education and taste tests using local produce
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Sonya Harris

Teacher, Glassboro School District Dorothy L Bullock Elementary School
Creating garden spaces at schools & incorporating garden education.


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 provide the greatest risk reduction, as the best way to mitigate a cyber-attack is to have it not occur in the first place.

Speakers
KW

Kurt Watkins Esq

Associate, Scarinici Hollenbeck
JM

Jason Mushnick Esq

Associate, Scarinici Hollenbeck


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.

Speakers
JF

James Finn

Senior Vice President - Employee Benefits, Brown & Brown Benefit Advisors
LD

Lou Della Penna Jr

Executive Vice President, Brown & Brown Benefit Advisors

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

Commissioner/Chairperson School Ethics Commission, NJDOE
FD

Frank Digesere

Commissioner School Ethics Commission, NJDOE
MJ

Mark J Finkelstein

Commissioner School Ethics Commission, NJDOE, Superintendent, ESCNJ
KA

Kathryn A Whalen

Director, Offices of School Ethics and Compliance, NJDOE


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

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.

Speakers
SE

Scott E Downie AIA LEEDap

Principal, Spiezle Architectural Group
SS

Sandy Student

Board Member/Vice President, Evesham Township Board of Education


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

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
JD

Jill Deitch Esq

Chief Legal Officer, New Jersey Schools Insurance Group
TR

Tony Ruggeri

Claims Manager, New Jersey Schools Insurance Group

Sponsors
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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
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Trudy Doyle

Board of Trustees, New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership, New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership
Retired Executive County Superintendent, District Superintendent, Bedminster, Assistant Superintendent, Hopatcong; Past President current board member, New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership; Starting a foundation, strengthening your foundation;
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

Integration = Empowerment = Success
Our presenters will demonstrate how an integrated student management system, focused specifically on the needs of New Jersey schools, can have a huge impact on the success of students and the district. A seamlessly integrated database allows parents, teachers, administrators, and board members instant access to all student information from one source, helping to ensure college and career readiness for all students. One login brings PARCC scores, data assessments, IEPs, attendance, discipline data and much more to your fingertips, saving time and resources so your staff can access and react to each child's needs efficiently. Hear districts discuss how, when working with an SIS that is dedicated solely to New Jersey, there is no need to worry about new state-mandated reports and changes because the SIS is focused on meeting all state and federal requirements.

Speakers
KN

Kenton Nice

Founding Partner, Realtime Information Technology
KP

Kim Pargas

Director of Training and Implementation, Realtime Information Technology
DG

Dr George Solter

Superintendent, North Bergen School District

Sponsors
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Gold Sponsor, Realtime Information Technology
Integrated, comprehensive student infomration system: database, special education, scheduling, teacher evaluation, gradebook, notification, medical, discipline, family/student portal, lesson planner, data sharing, food services, SGD.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 310 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

1:00pm

Lower Operating Expenses and Invest Money Back into the Classroom
Learn how your district can save on average 20 percent or more on monthly telecommunications through a no-cost a telecommunications analysis and inventory cost analysis as part of the NJSBA TEC program. During this webinar, CrosStar Network Solutions (CNS) will demonstrate ways your district can reduce monthly costs, eliminate unnecessary services, and upgrade to better, less expensive technology.

1 QPA: Procurement Procedures

Speakers
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Evan Abramson

Director of IT, Millburn Township School District
MD

Michael D Esolda

CIO, Woodbridge Township, School District and Police Department
ES

Eric Savitsky

Marketing Director, CrosStar Network Solutions


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

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.



Speakers
BM

Bill McLaughlin

Chief Technology Officer, Atlantic Tomorrows Office


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.

Speakers
VM

Violet Marrero

Director of Consumer Safety, NJM Insurance Group

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Platinum Sponsor, NJM Insurance Group
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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

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
TF

Thomas Fanuka

Business Administrator, Lumberton Public Schools
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Joe Langowski

Superintendent, Lumberton BOE
@LumbertonSuper. Extensive experience raising student achievement throughout New Jersey public schools.
MM

Maria Matlack

Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Lumberton Board of Education
MM

Meredith Morley

Assistant Principal, Lumberton Middle School
CS

Chris Stridiron

Member, Lumberton Board of Education


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
GJ

Gregory J Somjen AIA

Principal, Parette Somjen Architects

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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
SS

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.

Speakers
RC

Robert Colavita

Business Administrator/Board Secretary, Hopewell Valley Regional School District
GR

George R Duthie AIA PP

Principal, FVHD Architects - Planners
DT

Dr Thomas Smith

Superintendent, Hopewell Valley Regional School District


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

2:30pm

The Classroom Anywhere: Modernizing the Classroom to a Borderless Model
Many schools are facing the technology crossroad as their students quickly outgrow the technical capabilities provided by many schools.  This brings the challenge to properly align the technology, requirements with the deployment plan.  If not done properly it can result in costly stalled initiatives.  Join us to learn about the solutions available to all K-12 districts.   We will cover common use cases, products and the cost effective services designed specifically for our schools.

Speakers
MS

Mario Spallarossa

Senior Systems Engineer- Public Sector – NJ, VMware

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Diamond Sponsor
A global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility with solutions that simplify IT while improving security.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 415 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08522

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

Two, Four, Six, Eight, Future Ready? Don't Be Late
Are you truly READY? We live in an unprecedented era where technology virtually controls every aspect of our life. As educators are you prepared to create an environment which will arm students for success? Delivering equitable access, protection from network vulnerabilities, driving data informed decision making, and access to data anytime anywhere are things you need to do to get you there . Don’t be late to the game; learn how to get there now!

Speakers
CC

Christopher Callahan

Supervisor of Technology, Woodbridge Township School District
SM

Steve Mullen

Executive Vice President, Johnston Communications Voice & Data
GS

George Sode

Senior Account Executive, Johnston Communications Voice & Data

Sponsors
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Platinum Sponsor, Johnston Communications
Voice Data, wireless, video surveillance systems, cabling infrastructure. Celebrating our 40th year in business.


Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 310 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

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

Speakers
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The U.S. Army has a strategic interest in improving student acedemic achievement. In addition to providing our nation's security, the Army is a leading organization investing in educational initiatives.
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Giovanna Cristiano Hansen

Education Services Specialist, US Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion

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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.

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

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
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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
Just to clarify, Mr. Joseph Picirillo will be presenting with Mr. DiBenedetto and me. Joseph is a not only a principal but also responsible for Special Projects in the district and one of the driving forces of the CTE programs in the district.


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

4:00pm

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
GT

Gwen Thornton

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
KW

Kathy Winecoff

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Wednesday October 25, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 410 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

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
JR

John Russell EdD

Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, 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
DC

Dr Crystal Edwards

Superintendent, Lawrence Twp School District
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
 
Thursday, October 26
 

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.

Speakers
LG

Lisa Gorab Esq

Partner, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer
ML

Mary Lyons

Managing Director, Phoenix Advisors
TS

Tim Stys

Business Administrator, Watchung Hills Regional High School District

Sponsors
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Phoenix Advisors

Diamond Sponsor, Phoenix Advisors LLC
Debt and lease financing, refinancing and fiscal management solutions.


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

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
TL

Theresa Lewis

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
GT

Gwen Thornton

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Thursday October 26, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 405-406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495

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
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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
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Patti Kanner

President, Kanner Connect


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!

Speakers
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Diane Fox CPA

Business Administrator /Board Secretary, Middle Twp School Disrtict
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Tony Solimine Esq

Bond Counsel / Partner, McManimon, Scotland & Baumann
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Anthony Inverso

Financial Advisor / Senior Managing Director, Phoenix Advisors
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Steven G Siegel

Principal, Spiezle Architectural Group


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

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
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Andrew Diodato

High School Leadership Student, Somerville High School
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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
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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
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Sarah Bilotti

Superintendent, North Warren Regional School District
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Dr Scott Oswald

Superintendent, Collingswood/Oaklyn Public Schools
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Elisabeth Yucis

English Teacher / GSA Advisor, Collingswood/Oaklyn Public Schools
As the GSA (Gender/Sexuality Alliance) advisor at Collingswood High School, I work with our school community to help build and maintain a positive and inclusive environment for all students. I'm also an English teacher, a mom, and a big fan of Hamilton.


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
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Dr John Bormann

Superintendent, Rumson Borough School District
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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Dr Bernard F Bragen Jr EdD

Superintendent of Schools, Hazlet Twp Public Schools
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Hank Cram EdD

President, Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools
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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
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Patricia Callander

Assistant Superintendent/Pupil Services, Howell Township Public Schools
BP

Bruce Preston

Asst Superintendent Curriculum & Personnel, Howell Township Public Schools
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Ronald Sanasac

Assistant Superintendent for Business/Business Administrator/Board Secretary, 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
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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