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2019 Fall Conference – Collaborate!

October 17 and 18, 2018

Next year’s conference information will be available in early 2019.

Keynote Speakers

Thursday, October 18, 2018


Founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC, author, speaker, change agent

Kevin Carroll is the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of three highly successful books, Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, What’s Your Red Rubber Ball?! and The Red Rubber Ball at Work, published by ESPN, Disney Press and McGraw-Hill. As an author, speaker and agent for social change (a.k.a. the Katalyst), it is Carroll’s “job” to inspire businesses, organizations and individuals—from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren—to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize their human potential and sustain more meaningful business and personal growth.

After serving in the Air Force for ten years and earning his college degree, Carroll became an athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels in Philadelphia. His expertise in sport performance recognized by the 76ers organization and led to his job as the head athletic trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995. While at the 76ers, Nike tapped Carroll to bring his unique experiences to the sneaker giant in 1997. At Nike he was instrumental in helping the company develop a deeper understanding of athletic product performance, team dynamics and interpersonal communication. Carroll left Nike in 2004 to create his own company, Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC, committed to elevating the power of sport and play around the world.

Carroll holds a Master of Science degree in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication with a minor in Physical Education from Angelo State University and an Associates Degree in Interpreting and Translating from the Community College of the Air Force. Carroll is a frequent visiting professor across the United States.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Mike-Schmoker144x214Former administrator, English teacher, football coach, author

Mike Schmoker is a former administrator, English teacher, and football coach. He has written six books and dozens of articles for education journals, newspapers, and TIME magazine.

His most recent book is the best-selling Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning. His previous bestseller Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning was a finalist for book of the year by the Association of Education Publishers.Schmoker is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for his publications and presentations. He has consulted and presented keynotes throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Kingdom of Jordan. He now lives in Tempe, Ariz., with his wife, Cheryl.

2018 Fall Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 18, 2018

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Registration | Buffet Breakfast| Exhibits | School Band

9:00 am – 9:15 am
Welcome: NJPSA President  (Atlantic Ballroom)
Conference Format: NJPSA Executive Director Patricia Wright

9:15 am – 10:15 am
Keynote: Kevin Carroll (Atlantic Ballroom)

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Break and Exhibits (Monmouth Ballroom)

10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Session I Workshops

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Buffet Lunch and Exhibits (Monmouth Ballroom)

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Session II Workshops

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Break and Exhibits (Monmouth Ballroom)

3:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Session III Workshops

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Awards for Conference Sponsors
Networking Reception | Exhibits | Prizes (Monmouth Ballroom) Hotel check-in is between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Dinner is on your own.

Friday, October 19, 2018

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Registration | Buffet Breakfast | Exhibits

8:30 am – 9:30 am
Welcome: NJASCD President (Atlantic Ballroom)
Keynote: Mike Schmoker

9:30 am – 10:15 am
Opening Remarks (Atlantic Ballroom)
National Awards | Visionary Awards | NJASCD Award Presentation

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Break and Exhibits (Monmouth Ballroom)

10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Session I Workshops

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Buffet Lunch and Exhibits (Monmouth Ballroom)

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Session II Workshops

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Exhibits | Prizes | Conference Closing (Monmouth Ballroom)

2018 Workshop Sessions

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thu. – 10:45 am – 12:15 pm — Session I

Connected Action Roadmap: One District's Journey
Presenters: Emil Carafa, Coordinator of Professional Learning; Holly Howell Danielle Belardo, Megan Maida, and Megan Castro from Hamilton School District — Room: Oceanport North — The Connected Action Roadmap, a coherent and systemic framework for school improvement, has been endorsed by the major educational organizations across the state. Moreover, it is a key component of the vision of the NJ Department of Education, as it builds statewide teams to create instructional units with common student learning targets in ELA and Math. Come to this session to learn more about the CAR framework and its capacity to strengthen instructional leadership, teacher practice, and student learning.
There is No “Them.” Only Us. How to Lead Alongside Teachers and Students.
Presenters: Tracey Severns, Ed.D., Educational Consultant — Room: Oceanport South — For schools to be safe and successful, we must “listen to, learn from, and lead with” teachers and students. During this interactive session, participants will work in groups to read and report out on the research and recommendations in the 2016 School Voice Report to answer two critical questions: What is the role of voice in school safety, culture and teacher and student performance? And how can we use practical strategies to elicit, engage and act on teacher and student voice?
Assessing Social Emotional Learning Integration in Your School Program
Presenters: Linda Mayger, Assistant Professor, The College of New Jersey; Krista Leh, Educational Consultant — Room: Sea Bright North — Social emotional learning (SEL) has proven beneficial effects on student attitudes toward learning, behavior within school settings, and academic achievement when addressed comprehensively throughout the school program. Has your district explored ways in which to integrate the five SEL competencies? Would you like to know where, to what depth, and with what level of authenticity SEL is already infused in your organization? Attend this session to learn more about conducting an SEL audit to further your journey of SEL implementation by building upon areas of opportunity and leveraging areas of strength.
Keep Fighting the Good Fight! 20 Ways to Promote the Success of Students
Presenters: Brad Currie, Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Chester School District — Room: Sea Bright South — Keep Fighting the Good Fight! 20 Ways to Promote the Success of Students will walk participants through a plethora of best practices in the school and district setting. Join Brad Currie as he takes you through his journey as a school and district based administrator. Professional development initiatives, 1:1 Chromebook environments, makerspaces, branding, learning spaces, student voice, and leading with a risk-taking mindset will be some of the topics discussed during this presentation.
Enhancing Math Curriculum for All Learners
Presenters: Joshua Zagorski, K-12 STEM Supervisor, Maple Shade School District; John Fritzky, Principal, Byram School District Township — Room: Monmouth 3 — Mathematics education is shifting and we are asking our teachers to teach math in a way that does not reflect the pedagogical strategies implemented when we learned math. Visual representations and strategies of engagement are essential for all levels of math students. In this workshop, participants will focus on how purposeful technology, Achieve the Core’s Coherence Map, 3 Act Math Tasks, Number Talks, and Clothesline Math can be embedded to support the NJSLS in math.
Beyond Choice and Voice: Designing Student-Driven Classrooms
Presenters: Lee S. Nittel, Superintendent, Mine Hill Township School District; Nancy Sulla, President, IDE Corp. — Room: Monmouth 4 — In the Mine Hill school district, students are moving beyond “choice and voice” to self-assess; set goals; locate resources; decide where, when, and with whom to work; and more. They serve as peer experts for one another; they utilize structures such as a resource table, help board, and peer expert board to locate resources in their learning process. Learn more about our student-driven classrooms; access resource you can use in your school or district.
NJ Tiered System of Support (NJTSS): RTI on Steroids
Presenters: Bobbie Felip, FEA Consultant, NJTSS Coach; Jacqueline Frangis, FEA Consultant NJTSS Coach; Barbara Gantwerk, FEA Coordinator of Special Projects — Room: Monmouth 5 — What is your core instructional program? Is it meeting the needs of 80% of your students? How do you know? Do you have a high quality screening and assessment system to identify student learning needs? Do you have coordinated interventions and a way to monitor student progress? This workshop will show you how a multi-tiered system of supports (NJTSS) can help you identify, develop and implement strategies and tools that will ensure all students are receiving the instruction they need.
Recipe for Success: Growing and Supporting High Quality Arts Education Programs
Presenters: Robert Hamm, K-12 Supervisor for Arts Education, East Windsor Regional School District — Room: Promenade 1/2 — High quality school/district programs in the Arts don’t happen overnight, and they don’t happen without the support of the community. We will discuss the ingredients necessary to grow and support various Arts programs in the artistic disciplines as defined by the National Core Art Standards: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Art. We will also explore current instructional trends and developments, Arts Integration, and how to best support Arts teachers to promote success for all students.
Coach-Teacher Fellowship for Literacy
Presenters: Jennifer Smith, Elementary Language Arts Director, Linden School District; Lisa Capanna, Instructional Literacy Coach, Linden School District; Patricia Kowalski, Instructional Literacy Coach, Linden School District — Room: Promenade 3/4 — Using a framework based on Jennifer Serravallo’s reading strategies, this workshop focuses on creating a Coach-Teacher Fellowship in schools to promote stronger working relationships between teachers and instructional coaches. Outlining the structure for this community of literacy learners, the workshop will provide a description of the fellowship format that encourages collaboration and refinement of practice to help students reach their maximum potential. Examples of in-depth, intensive educational opportunities for modeling and reflection will be provided.
Invite, Connect and Collaborate: How to Reach Struggling Learners and Boost Achievement in School and Life
Presenters: Phil Tenaglia, School Psychologist, Hamilton Township Public Schools — Room: Promenade 5/6 — Students who struggle are not broken. They are stuck in patterns of thinking and acting. While they appear disconnected, disinterested and discouraged, the process of invitation, connection and collaboration offers the way out toward success. This workshop will provide training in an evidenced-based, mindful approach that can be used immediately to reclaim dispirited students, improve social emotional learning and help them get back on the road to accomplishment in school and life.
Confronting Subtle Sexism in Our Schools
Presenters: Kelly Bosworth, K-12 Supervisor of Math and Business, Madison Public School; Stacy Snider, K-12 Supervisor of World Language and Visual and Performing Arts, Madison Public School — Room: Promenade 7/8 — In this session, participants will discuss the role they play in identifying and challenging gender biases in schools. We will recognize forms of sexism and how to address it in the workplace and in the classroom. For both women and girls, attitudes and mindsets can shape or hinder their opportunities and advancements. Facilitators and participants will discuss strategies to create a more equitable and inclusive classroom and workplace environment. This session will highlight the work of Sheryl Sandberg, Jessica Bennett, Rebecca Alber, and Deborah Best.
Starting off Right: Personalizing Learning in the Early Grades
Presenters: Al Perno, Principal, Marlboro Township School District; Rich Pagliaro, Vice Principal, Marlboro Township School District; Ann Cavallaro, Reading Coach, Marlboro Township School District; Carolyn Bracht, Math Coach, Marlboro Township School District — Room: Shrewsbury — Personalized Learning has taken education by storm. At MTPS we have embraced the philosophy of personalized learning, implementing it across the district. At the Early Learning Center we use a systems process approach to generate meaningful student data and create individualized learning paths. Session participants will learn more about our journey to personalize learning for students and how they can apply lessons learned as they implement personalized learning in their districts.

Thu. – 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm — Session II

School Climate for Adults: It Matters
Presenters: Patricia Wright, NJPSA Executive Director; Pat O’Keefe, FEA Consultant — Room: Oceanport North — Problems with adult to adult relationships in school are often swept under the carpet. Yet, this set of relationships can make or break your school’s goal of creating a positive learning environment for students. Adult interactions also greatly impact a school’s capacity to promote the highest levels of student academic success. In this session, you will:
– Reflect on the adult relationships within your school
– Explore the causes of toxic adult to adult relationships
– Learn tools to support the development of clear expectations for professional behavior
– Consider the relationship between SEL instruction for students and adult modeling of SEL skills;
– Consider ways to create a strong sense of professionalism through collaboration.
Presenters: Tom Paterson, Eric Bernstein, Jay Billy, Vincent Costanza, Heidi Daunoras, Kim Feltre, Natalie Franzi, Bill Kimmick, Tracey Knerr, Glenn Robbins, Allison Rodman, and Josh Zagorski — Room: Oceanport South — Ignite! sessions are unlike any other conference session because presenters have only 5 minutes and 20 slides to convey their message. A diverse group of presenters will share their expertise and perspectives on the conference theme of Lead in short bursts with high energy to motivate and inspire you. This format will generate your creativity and make you think about ways to implement Ignite! sessions in your own roles. All participants will have time to network with the presenters and fellow participants to share ideas.
Coding and Robots in the Special Needs Classroom
Presenters: Christopher Harris, Director of Technology & Principal of Burling School, Pennsauken Public Schools; Jennifer Kressler Duda, SPED Teacher, Pennsauken Public Schools — Room: Sea Bright North — This session will focus on “WHY” you should be teaching students HOW to code, incorporate coding and robotics within the current curriculum, as well as, inspire students and teachers within the special needs classroom (varying levels of cognitive ability). Real life examples and videos will showcase how students in an Autism program and Cognitive Moderate program utilize various coding sites and apps to increase their computer literacy. In addition the presenters will demonstrate how to use small classroom friendly robots, such as Ozobots, Sphero’s and Drones as part of a coding lesson. Discussion will focus on “brainstorming” additional ways/ideas that educational professionals can use coding apps and robots in a variety of subject areas.
The Power of the PLN – Leadership Can Be Lonely So Do Something About It!
Presenters: Jay Billy, Principal, Lawrenceville School District: — Room: Sea Bright South — Leadership can be lonely but it doesn’t have to be. This presentation will share the importance of developing a Professional Learning Network (PLN) in order to share ideas and inspiration so that we can continue to grow as leaders in our field. I will share tools, technology, people and stories about connecting and why it is important. Come to this session and join the people who are passionate about what we do.
Math Conversations worth Having
Presenters: Sarah Pauch, Math Supervisor, Readington School District; Sharon Moffat, Principal, Readington School District — Room: Monmouth 3 — Do you know what to look for during a math observation? Do you have the language and resources to assist your math teachers? Participants will have an opportunity to engage in activities that can be turn-keyed at department or faculty meetings. Facilitators will provide participants with articles and book titles that promote positive math discussions. We will explore ways for administrators to help teachers incorporate precise mathematical language into their teaching.
Fostering Teacher Leaders: Through Altruistic Leadership and Coaching
Presenters: Greg Jablonski, Supervisor of Instructional Support and PL 8-12, Millburn school District; Holly Foley, Supervisor of Instructional Support and PL 5-8 — Room: Monmouth 4 — We, as formal school leaders, must be the humble agents of learning, and foster the leaders within our communities through the Teacher Leader Model Standards In this session the facilitators will highlight strategies that administrators can utilize to foster teacher leaders, explore The Millburn Instructional Mindset, and demonstrate ways to build capacity to support Future Ready learning. Attendees will leave with useful resources and “shovel ready” strategies to implement soon after.
Plan Smarter: Using Data to Drive Instruction through the Connected Action Roadmap
Presenters: Alice Pepe, 7th and 8th Grade English Teacher Englewood School District; Rosemary Seitel, Supervisor of Curriculum Englewood School District; Dean Robinson, 7th and 8th Grade Special Education Teacher, Englewood School District — Room: Monmouth 5 — Do you spend all your time analyzing data but find yourself wondering what to do with the information you discover? We all know that best practice encourages teachers and leaders to use data to drive instruction but we often find ourselves spending all our time focusing on the data and not enough time focusing on what comes next. Through this workshop, you will learn how to utilize resources from the Connected Action Roadmap Blended Online Learning Modules in order to use data to create problem statements and develop intervention strategies that will drive your instruction.
The Equitable Hiring Process: How to Lead Through Shared Decision-Making
Presenters: Lenore M. Kingsmore, Principal/Director of MS/HS Curriculum, Henry Hudson
Regional School; Anthony Scotto, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Hamilton School District — Room: Promenade 1/2
— This workshop will offer you an effective way to hire staff who are screened appropriately and then interviewed through a shared decision-making process. By inviting key stakeholders to the committee process, you are empowering your staff and demonstrating that your school operates as a team. A review of resumes along with sample questions and performance tasks for a variety of positions will be shared. This session is aligned to PSEL Standards # 3, 6, and 9.
Model School in the Arts: A Path to Well-Rounded Education
Presenters: Bob Morrison, Director, Arts Ed NJ; Kira Rizzuto, Program Development Manager, Arts Ed NJ — Room: Promenade 3/4 — Learning in and through the arts plays an important role in building positive climate and culture and contributes to students’ social emotional development. Leaders will be introduced to the essential components of model program design and will learn to identify the hallmarks of a thriving arts program. This session is ideal for leaders interested in understanding the direct connections between arts learning as a path to well-rounded education and achievement of broad, strategic goals.
Literacy Look-Fors: Tools to Help Administrators Make an Impact on Literacy Instruction
Presenters: Stacey Brown, Supervisor of Humanities, Readington School District — Room: Promenade 5/6 — Literacy look-fors help establish standards for high-quality practices in the classroom and bridge the gap between what is expected and what occurs during literacy instruction. This session will focus on:
– Evaluating current literacy programs
– Identifying indicators of effective literacy instruction
– Scheduling and supporting a balanced literacy program
– Planning future professional development opportunities
Participants will leave with tools to ensure an optimal literacy environment is present in each classroom in their building.
AP for all … Learn How All of Your Students Can Be Successful in AP Science While Building Your AP Calculus Program
Presenters: Ian Fallstich, Program Manager, New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning; Melissa Axelsson, Director of Curriculum Development, New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning — Room: Promenade 7/8 — In this workshop, participants will learn research-based best practices and strategies in Science and Mathematics curriculum and pedagogy, to support a Science and Mathematics sequence whereby all students can be successful in AP Science courses and the majority of students can be successful in an AP Calculus course. Participants are prepared to implement these strategies, ultimately improving student participation, readiness, and outcomes in Science and Mathematics, driving access and equity through their school/district.
Creating Opportunities in Schools for Real Conversations about Race
Presenters: Sean Conlon, K-12 Supervisor of Social Studies and Language Arts, Cresskill Public Schools; Roseanne Cavallo, Supervisor of English and Media 5-12, Hackensack School District — Room: Shrewsbury — This session will explore how to create opportunities in schools among administrators, staff, and students to have real and meaningful conversations about race. Using the presenters’ experiences in the Hackensack and Cresskill school districts as a window into this work, participants will have the opportunity to consider, reflect on, and discuss strategies for launching and expanding this work in their own districts, regardless of the size or demographics of the community.

Thu. – 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm — Session III

Hackathons: An Exemplar of Student-Centered Modern Learning
Presenters: Adam L. Angelozzi, Principal, Freehold Regional High School District; Jelena Komitas, Supervisor of Mathematics, Freehold Regional High School District — Room: Oceanport North — Designed as a creation marathon, hackathons provide students the opportunity to engage in inventing, coding, and other engaging activities in an environment that inspires innovation and cultivates a community of modern learners. In this session, school leaders will learn how to implement a hackathon that enables students to be amazing in a setting that supports learners towards building and sharing their own solutions to problems that they come to the table with.
Presenters: Tom Paterson, Eric Bernstein, Jay Billy, Vincent Costanza, Heidi Daunoras, Kim Feltre, Natalie Franzi, Bill Kimmick, Tracey Knerr, Glenn Robbins, Allison Rodman, and Josh Zagorski — Room: Oceanport South — Ignite! sessions are unlike any other conference session because presenters have only 5 minutes and 20 slides to convey their message. A diverse group of presenters will share their expertise and perspectives on the conference theme of Lead in short bursts with high energy to motivate and inspire you. This format will generate your creativity and make you think about ways to implement Ignite! sessions in your own roles. All participants will have time to network with the presenters and fellow participants to share ideas.
Social Emotional Learning in the Trauma Informed School
Presenters: Sharon McCarthy, President, iEnvision and FEA Consultant — Room: Sea Bright North — A horrifically large number of our students suffer from mental illness and trauma. Research shows that students can better respond to the effects of trauma by developing social-emotional competencies. Therefore, it is our moral imperative to provide opportunities for each student to develop these skills. In this lively session, we will explore integrating the teaching and reinforcement of SEL skills into daily interactions and practices with students.
LEGAL ONE: Latest Developments on Student Safety and Rights
Presenters: David Nash, Esq., LEGAL ONE Director; Thomas Gambino, Ed.D., NJDOE Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning; Hope Grant, Principal, Trenton Central High School; Geta Vogel, Retired Principal, Warren County Technical High School; Robert Schwartz; Esq., NJPSA Chief Legal Counsel — Room: Sea Bright South — Over the past year, there have been major revisions in state law that impact student safety and rights. This session will review those issues, including the latest guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education regarding school security, the recently enacted statute regarding physical restraint of students, a review of new state guidelines for addressing the needs of transgender students, an overview of revisions to New Jersey’s anti-bullying regulations, an overview of other key statutory changes and important case law impacting student safety. Participants will also learn about resources available to address student mental health needs and suicide prevention, and will hear about the approach of one urban district high school principal in proactively addressing school safety and security.
Building a STEAM Innovation Lab: Inspiring the Future
Presenters: Emil Binotto, Principal, Hopatcong Borough Schools; Olga Edgerton, Director of Curriculum / STEAM, Hopatcong Borough Schools — Room: Monmouth 3 — Learning today has become highly social, adaptable, and immersive. Learning settings need to be designed to facilitate student engagement, collaboration, scientific research, and creativity. The high-tech physical and virtual environments found in our Innovation Lab are engineered to support collaborative STEAM projects, humanitarian “design thinking”, and student exploration with virtual / mixed reality learning tools. Join us in exploring how building our Innovation Lab has enabled us to focus on imagineering, school redesign, ethics, and student growth.
Leading Caring School Communities
Presenters: Suzanne Bright, Professional Learning Lead Consultant, Center for the Collaborative Classroom — Room: Monmouth 4 — This session reviews research, strategies and resources to help district and school leaders cultivate caring learning communities that build student autonomy, belonging, and competence. Participants will experience “a week in the life” of an elementary student through a series of class meetings. We will explore ways in which these meetings, along with other school and district-wide approaches including discipline practices, can improve school climate, strengthen relationships between students and their families and impact student achievement.
Engaging Excellence through Freshman Academies
Presenters: Gina Vodola, Solutions Specialist, IDE Corp.; Norma DeNoia, Director of Curriculum/6-12, Toms River School District — Room: Monmouth 5 — Acclimating students to the high school experience while preparing them for their lives beyond high school is at the core of the Freshman Academies at the Toms River Regional School District. Join us to hear more about the budget, planning, timelines, process, experiences, and results of this shift toward better engaging students in rigorous academics through academies. Learn more about the student-driven classroom environments at the core of these academies.
All In: Distributed Leadership to Promote School Improvement
Presenters: Amy Mount, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Gateway Regional High School District; Jeff Pierro, Principal, Gateway Regional High School District — Room: Promenade 1/2 — Engage all of your school’s teachers in improving outcomes for students to foster a culture of transparency and collaboration. Learn how one district utilized the Standards for Professional Learning to relaunch PLCs and committees to improve instruction, curriculum, assessment, and building practices within the confines of the school day and teacher contract.
Strength from Strength: Using Students’ L1 to Improve Outcomes in English
Presenters: JoAnne Negrin, Supervisor of ESL, Bilingual, WL, Performing Arts, Vineland Public Schools — Room: Promenade 3/4 — In this workshop, we will bust some of the myths surrounding native language support and instruction. This workshop will focus on the presenter’s experience both in a high-achieving, ESL-only district with no predominant L2 and her experience in a high-needs district with a comprehensive bilingual program that has been selected as a Model Program by the NJDOE. Pedagogical and financial ways to support students in their first language will be explored.
Middle School Students as Problem-Finders, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs
Presenters: Tim Kielty, Principal, Springfield School District; Emily Antoine, Consultant, IDE Corp. — Room: Promenade 5/6 — Middle school students: Shifting brain maturation, hormonal influences, socially conscious, and more. It’s important to engage them in learning environments that are oriented toward these unique needs while maximizing achievement. See how we are engaging students as problem-finders, innovators, and entrepreneurs. This involves putting students in charge of their learning; building strong executive function; and maximizing the use of technology in a 1:1 setting. Join us to explore the model and hear about the results.
Crisis Communications: Keeping up in an ever-changing world of instant communication
Presenters: Lori Perlow, President, NJ School Public Relations Association; Adam Weiss, Partner, Busch Law Group — Room: Promenade 7/8 — With technology at everyone’s fingertips, it’s imperative that school personnel have a clear understanding of the impact of instant communications, especially in times of crisis. This workshop will cover the phases of crisis communications with examples to illustrate each. Best practices for working with local authorities and communicating with stakeholders will be reviewed. The legal perspective will be provided throughout to insure school personnel are communicating responsibly and in the best interest of the district.
A Response to Tragedy: One School District’s Mental Health Initiative Journey
Presenters: Marylynn Stecher, Supervisor of Special Education, Hamilton Township School District; Jeff Wellington, Supervisor of Special Projects, Hamilton Township School District — Room: Shrewsbury — This workshop will discuss the path one school district has taken to develop a Mental Health Initiative in the aftermath of student suicides. The topics of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), suicide prevention, and social emotional learning will be highlighted. The presentation will explain how evidence-based programs and practices are used to educate staff, parents and students in social emotional skills and suicide prevention as well as provide students with the skills to develop resilience in the face of adversity.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fri. – 10:45 am – 12:00 pm — Session I

Treat Them Like They’re Little: Utilizing Elementary Strategies in Secondary Literacy Classrooms (Grades 6-12)
Presenters: Kelly Roselle, Supervisor of Language Arts, World Language, and Media Literacy, Monroe Township School District — Room: Oceanport North — Secondary teachers are often touted as content area experts. The pitfall is when the content, not the learners, is the focus. For students struggling against external factors, including poverty cultural differences, or learning difference, literacy learning can be more difficult. Recognizing that older students are still children and the need to still treat them as such, allows us to meet all learners where they are, and take them to higher levels of learning, confidence and competence. By employing effective instructional strategies typically used in elementary classrooms, secondary teachers can build classroom culture, establish norms, encourage collaboration, and reap the benefits of higher levels of literacy learning.
LEGAL ONE: Latest Development on Staff Rights
Presenters: David Nash, Esq., LEGAL ONE Director; Sandra Jacques, Esq., LEGAL ONE Supervisor of Legal Research and Content Development; Robert Schwartz; Esq., NJPSA Chief Legal Counsel; NJPSA Legal Counsel Wayne Oppito, Esq., Carol Smeltzer, Esq., Andrew Schwartz, Esq. — Room: Oceanport South — Over the past year, the legal landscape has been changing regarding staff member rights. This session will review important developments in state and federal law related to staff member rights, including an overview of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, the passage of the Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act, and recent case law related to collective bargaining, tenure and seniority. Participants will hear about recent cases involving school leaders, and the critical role played by the NJPSA legal team in protecting member rights.
Providing Feedback to Advance Teacher Success in Science – How to speak about the three-dimensional learning of the NGSS
Presenters: Kim Feltre, K-12 Science Supervisor/MS STEM Supervisor, Hillsborough Township Public Schools; Brian Carey, 7-12 Science Supervisor, Livingston High School, Livingston School District — Room: Sea Bright North — Three-dimensional feedback is critical to helping teachers grow in their ability to plan instruction and assessment that meets the intent of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This workshop will focus on how leaders can provide targeted, science-specific feedback to teachers using some simple techniques for gathering evidence during the pre-conference, observation, and post-conference. Share these techniques among your administrative team in an effort to collectively and consistently provide feedback aimed at science-specific teacher growth.
Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Secondary Schools
Presenters: Frank Sanchez, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Mountain Lakes Schools — Room: Sea Bright South — Mountain Lakes High School has recently launched a new 4-year entrepreneurial leadership program. This unique program will empower students to run a real business during the first two years while planning and designing their own start-up in years 3 and 4. Participants will learn about the program and identify key resources in promoting entrepreneurial studies and financial literacy.
Student-Driven Data: Placing the Focus Back on the Student
Susana Matos-Kruck, President, Up the Bar Consulting, LLC: XX — Room: Monmouth 3 — Has ‘data’ become the new four-letter word in education? Are you currently experiencing death-by-data? Why not consider placing the data in the hands of those who can make the most use of it? The students! Together we will explore how students can ‘own’ their learning, becoming self-regulated learners who know how to set goals, track their progress, and critically evaluate their outcomes through the strategic analysis of their own data.
Becoming a Learning Team
Presenters: Kim Tucker, President, Learning Forward New Jersey; Rosemary Seitel, Past President, Learning Forward New Jersey — Room: Monmouth 4 — Participants will learn about the five stages of the learning team cycle: analyze data, set goals, learn individually and collaboratively, implement new learning, assess and adjust practices. After examining these five stages, participants will make connections to potential applications to their work. By the end of the session, participants will gain an understanding of the tools and strategies that can support learning teams.
What You Wish You Could Say to Your Math Teachers!
Presenters: Deborah Droke, Director of Instruction Mathematics and Science, Northern Burlington Regional School District; Dorian Giorgio, FEA Consultant — Room: Monmouth 5 — Did you ever walk out of a math classroom and wonder how am I going to give constructive feedback to help this math teacher? Maybe the teacher cares immensely about the students, but the students are completely disengaged or maybe the teacher is brilliant, but can’t relate to students and quite honestly intimidates you. This workshop is for the non-math administrator who wants to give math teachers constructive feedback that will help them grow professionally.
What Kind of Leader Do You Want To Be?
Presenters: Thomas E. C. Barclay, FEA Consultant; Bobbie Felip, FEA Consultant — Room: Promenade 1/2 — Participants will explore prevailing theories of educational leadership, and their connection to PSEL. They will reflect upon their own beliefs and attitudes toward leadership, and learn strategies that will help them create a more collaborative school and educational community, in line with research and standards-based leadership practices. This session will provide participants with knowledge and strategies to become the type of proactive leader who can help to create positive direction and empower others in the schools they lead.
Interpersonal Skills: Understanding Yourself and Learning About Others
Presenters: Angela Bender, Principal, NJ EXCEL Instructor/Mentor, Ridgefield Park School District — Room: Promenade 3/4 — Do you know your thinking style, your personality type or your social style? Administrators today must work with various personalities and understand how to set the stage for a collaborative environment in your school or district. This program will have self-assessments, and interactive exercises to learn how to work with others while understanding personality styles and characteristics from within yourself. Participants will engage in collaborative activities and explore concrete tools for reference.
Courageous Conversations to Improve Cultural Relevance
Presenters: Joanne Sung, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Somerville Public Schools; Cynthia Assini, Supervisor of Social Studies / Gifted and Talented, Hillsborough Township Public Schools — Room: Promenade 5/6 — Learn strategies to have courageous conversations that will increase cultural competency, create a climate that empowers diverse community members, and improve the cultural relevance of curriculum. Participants will grow in confidence to lead professional development around cultural competency and what culturally responsive education looks like in the classroom. Hands-on activities will help leaders reflect on their own identity and create an action plan about next steps to apply learning from the workshop in their setting.
Arts Integration: Music and Art Enriching the Writing Process
Presenters: Barbara Prestridge, Art Teacher, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Schools; Alexandra Hanner, Writing Teacher, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Schools; Marcello Velame, Music Teacher – Consultant, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Schools — Room: Promenade 7/8 — Through the integration of the arts, the individual languages unique to each art form are combined to evoke creative thinking and engage every child. When music and visual art are merged with writing, richer imagery, expression and sensory memories are brought forth to improve student writing. In this session, participants will explore this unique arts fusion through which the three art forms are each enriched and informed with intellectual and emotional metaphors and insights.
Introducing SLE (Structured Learning Experience) and Work Study into Your School
Presenters: Frank Connelly, Principal, Westwood Regional School District; Dina Murray, SLE Coordinator, Westwood Regional School District — Room: Shrewsbury — This workshop would provide educators with insight on how to start the process of introducing the SLE program into their schools. All NJ students must complete a minimum of 5 credits for Career Readiness and more colleges are now requiring or looking for students to have internships in their field of study. SLE provides students the opportunity to prepare for a rapidly changing world by engaging in learning projects/experiences of their career choice.

Fri. – 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm — Session II

Structured Learning Experience and VR: Perfect Together
Presenters: Tracey Maccia, Director of Special Services, Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools — Room: Oceanport North — Middlesex County Vocational Technical Schools and New Jersey Division of Vocational and Rehabilitation Services piloted a program which provided paid internship experiences for students with disabilities within a structured learning experience. The pilot was a partnership between the school, local businesses, DVRS, and families. Students were provided with an opportunity to experience competitive, integrated employment while still in school. This workshop will describe the partnership and the steps necessary to replicate in other schools.
Retirement Session
Presenters: Robert Murphy – Assistant Executive Director and Director of Retirement Services — Room: Oceanport South — Whether your retirement date is within a year or further down the road, this session is designed to help you better understand the changes in the Retirement Tiers, Chapter 78 and how they may impact you. This session will address: The five Retirement Tiers; The retirement application process and nine pension options; Health Benefits and Medicare; Social Security; and Employment after retirement.
LEAD through Equity, Access, & Excellence in Gifted Education
Presenters: Roberta Braverman, Advocacy Vice President Educational Consultant, New Jersey Association for Gifted Children; Lynne Henwood, President, New Jersey Association for Gifted Children — Room: Sea Bright North — Concerned about the new QSAC? Aware that the US Office of Civil Rights has cited several NJ districts about disproportionate representation of students in poverty in gifted programs? Need guidance about best practices in identification and service options for gifted students? Bring your device, access public information about your school district, and participate in this important hands-on session. Share and learn with other district leaders to improve gifted education for your school.
Developing Culturally Responsive Curriculum and Instruction
Presenters: Jane Ellen Lennon, Elementary Supervisor, Hopewell Valley Regional School District; Vicky Pilitsis, Supervisor of Math & Science, Hopewell Valley Regional School District — Room: Sea Bright South — In this interactive workshop, presenters will discuss what culturally responsive curriculum and instruction means and share strategies used to develop a culturally responsive team to assess curriculum and teaching pedagogy. Participants will review current research as well as rubrics that were developed to assess curriculum in regard to diverse needs of the learners. There will be opportunities for participants to evaluate and reflect upon current practices in their district.
Nurturing Families of Students with Special Needs: How to Build Partnerships by Supporting Parents as They Become Accustomed to Having a Special Needs Child.
Presenters: Sam Hendrickson, Principal, Marlboro Township Public Schools; Christine Capaci, Director/Former Principal, West Windsor-Plainsboro School District, Sashi Gudala, Supervisor of Media Literacy, Marlboro Township Public Schools; — Room: Monmouth 3 — With the onset of a diagnosis of significant disabilities, families experience varying levels of stress. One of the most critical and important relationships is between the child’s teacher and the family as the hope for positive outcomes largely lies within the school and with the teacher. In this session participants will understand the stages of the grieving process that the parents of children with significant disabilities go through. Further, in this interactive session, participants will develop and deepen their empathy towards both students and parents by experiencing what it is like to have a disability and parent a child with a disability. Lastly, participants will leave with practical strategies aimed towards building positive relationships with parents and families.
Empowering Teachers to Implement Choice in the Classroom
Presenters: Brian Donahue, Principal, Freehold Regional High School District; Stacey Noonan, Foreign Language Teacher, Freehold Regional High School District — Room: Monmouth 4 — Implementing student choice in the classroom represents a paradigm shift for students, teachers, and school leaders. The comfort of the traditional classroom is appealing to school leaders who value an orderly school environment. Teachers own school experience often represented orderly rows and teacher directed instruction. In order to support student choice in the classroom, school leaders must first design strategies to support both students and teachers in an environment that may be uncomfortable at first. Twenty-first century skills demand that students become producers of content rather than consumers of it. The question that remains is “how do we get there?” We hope to answer that question for you in this workshop.
NJ Tiered System of Supports: Getting Tier I Right (K-5)
Presenters: Natalie Franzi, Academic Achievement Officer, Somerville Public Schools; Cindy VanGlahn, Supervisor of English Language Arts, K-12, Middletown School District — Room: Monmouth 5 — Tiered System of Supports (TSS) and Response to Intervention (RTL) are new initiatives with great potential for meeting the diverse needs of learners. The base of each system starts with teachers utilizing data to provide intervention in their classroom. Learn how two districts have implemented and provided Tier I training and resources to help provide teachers and administrators with the tools to provide targeted intervention to struggling learners.
Adjusting Your Lens: Adapting Your “Look-Fors” When Observing Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms
Presenters: Lauren Bernero, Supervisor of Early Childhood, Jersey City Public Schools — Room: Promenade 1/2 — Since pre-kindergarten has become part of many public school programs, it is the responsibility of administrators to support, observe, and evaluate pre-k teachers. This can be a daunting task, as the curriculum, assessment, and learning environment look very different from the elementary grades. This workshop will help administrators to refine their knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice in pre-k, as well as improve their ability to adapt the widely-used, state-approved evaluation instruments in a pre-kindergarten classroom.
The Maker Movement and the Whole Child: Developing Resiliency through Authentic Learning
Presenters: Erinn Mahoney, Principal, Monroe Township School District; Nicole Midura, School Librarian, Monroe Township School District — Room:Promenade 3/4 — As school districts embrace the maker movement, much of the emphasis is on STEAM education. Educators are trained to focus on the end result, but the core of the maker movement stresses the process by which the final product is attained. Engaging students in authentic learning opportunities within a maker environment not only prepares students for the challenges of tomorrow, but develops the resiliency needed to embrace the failures they encounter along the way.
Improving School Culture & Climate through Arts Integration & STEAM
Presenters: Shawna Longo, STEAM Facilitator/Arts Integration Coach, Hopatcong School District — Room:Promenade 5/6 — Arts integration practices have proven to have a positive impact on student development, student achievement, and school climate. This session will provide a contemporary vision of how arts integration can improve school culture and climate as well as deepen the learning process for students in the 21st century. The workshop will act as a framework for implementing arts integration within diverse educational contexts. Activities will focus on defining qualities, best practices, and professional development strategies, and hands-on, guided planning time. The session will provide participants with background information on arts integration as well as a blueprint for building a quality STEAM program and recommendations for implementation.

2018 Conference Handouts

Below are links to session handouts as they are made available by our presenters. Please click on the handout title to view it.

Thursday Handouts

Keynote Speaker: “Kevin Carroll’s Creative Resources”

Conference Sessions

Friday Handouts

Conference Sessions

2018 Conference Location

Ocean Place Resort & Spa

1 Ocean Blvd, Long Branch, NJ 07740