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Tuesday, October 24
 

9:30am

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

Speakers
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Kristen Brown

Chief Talent Officer, NJDOE
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William P George III Ed D

Superintendent of Schools, Middletown Township Public Schools
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John E Henning

Professor and Dean, School of Education, Monmouth University
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Scott T McCue

Superintendent, Eatontown Public Schools


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

11:00am

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

Speakers
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Saskia Brown

NJTSS-ER Program Manager, NJDOE
Dr. Saskia Brown’s has previously served as a general education and special education teacher, school program coordinator, director, district administrator, and adjunct professor. At the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) she has served as a fiscal and policy specialist... Read More →
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Caitlin Colandrea

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


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

1:00pm

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

Speakers
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Karen Campbell

Director, Office of Supplemental Educational Programs, Division of Learning Supports and Specialized Services, NJDOE
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Ralph Hoag

Acting Deputy Chief Intervention Officer, NJDOE
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Robin K Knutelsky

Chief Intervention Officer, NJDOE
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Peter Shulman

Deputy Commissioner, NJDOE


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

2:30pm

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

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Deanne Guastello

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


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

4:00pm

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

Speakers
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Deanne Guastello

Program Education Specialist, NJDOE, Division of Early Childhood Education and Family Engagement
Early Childhood Education Elementary Education
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Laura Morana

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


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

4:00pm

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

Speakers
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Ben Castillo

Director, NJDOE Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning
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Jeff Gale

School Secuirty Specialist, NJDOE Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning
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Dr Thomas Gambino

Education Specialist, NJDOE Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning


Tuesday October 24, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 410 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08495
 
Wednesday, October 25
 

9:30am

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

Speakers
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Peter Shulman

Deputy Commissioner, NJDOE


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

11:00am

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


Speakers
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Haydee Y Perez-Livingston

21st CCLC Project Coordinator, NJDOE


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

11:00am

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

Speakers
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David Gehrke

Education Program Development Specialist, NJDOE- Office of Career Readiness
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David McNair

Planning Associate, NJDOE


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

1:00pm

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

Speakers
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Tamika Chester

21st CCLC Program Officer, NJDOE


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

2:30pm

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


Speakers
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Barbara Haake

OSEPP Specialist Office of Special Education Policy and Procedure, NJDOE
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Cynthia Hoenes-Saindon

Mediator Office of Special Education Policy and Procedure, NJDOE


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

2:30pm

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

Speakers
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Bob Bumpus

Assistant Commissioner, NJDOE
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Karen Campbell

Director, Office of Supplemental Educational Programs, Division of Learning Supports and Specialized Services, NJDOE
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Robin K Knutelsky

Chief Intervention Officer, NJDOE
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Peter Shulman

Deputy Commissioner, NJDOE


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

4:00pm

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

Speakers
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Chris Cox

Educational Technology Specialist, NJDOE


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

4:00pm

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

Speakers
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Kelly Allen

Manager Office of Student Support Services, NJDOE
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Nancy Curry

Director Office of Student Support Services, NJDOE


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

9:30am

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

Speakers
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Sharon Hofmann

Data Collection and Evaluation Specialist, NJDOE
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Mary McKillip

Data Collection and Evaluation Coordinator, NJDOE


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