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2019 Fall Conference – Collaborate!

October 17 and 18, 2019

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Conference fees

Early Bird Pricing if you register before June 30

NJPSA Member 1 day – $149

NJPSA Member 2 day – $292

Non-member 1 day – $195

Non-member 2 day – $345

A complimentary hotel room is available for current active members registering for the 2-day event. Rooms at the Ocean Place Resort always go fast, so make your reservation today.


Keynote Speakers

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Baruti K. Kafele, Principal, Author, Speaker

A highly regarded urban educator in New Jersey for more then 20 years, Principal Baruti Kafele distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was selected as the east Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools teacher of the Year, he was a New Jersey State Teacher off the Year finalist, and a recipient of the New Jersey education Association Award of excellence. As a middle school and high school principal, Kafele led the turnaround of four different New Jersey urban schools, including the Mighty Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition, which included U.S. news and World Report recognizing it three times as one of America’s best high schools.

One of the most sought after school leadership experts in America, Principal Kafele is impacting America’s schools. He has delivered more than 2,000 conference and program keynotes, professional development workshops, parenting seminars, and student assemblies over his 32 years of public speaking. An expert in the area of “Attitude transformation,” Principal Kafele is the leading authority for providing effective classroom and school leadership strategies toward closing what he termed the “Attitude Gap.”

A prolific writer, Principal Kafele has written extensively on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations, motivating Black males to excel in the classroom and school leadership practices for inspiring schoolwide excellence. In addition to writing several professional articles on these topics for popular education journals, he is the author of nine books which include his national best-sellers, Closing the Attitude Gap, Motivating Black Males, The Principal 50, and The Teacher 50. His 9th book is hot off the presses entitled, Is My School a Better School BECAUSE I Lead It? His next book, The ASPIRING Principal 50 will be released in May 2019.

Friday, October 18, 2019
Andy Hargreaves, Professor, Founder of Atlantic Rim Collaboratory

Andy Hargreaves is Research Professor at Boston College, Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University. He is President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, Adviser in Education to the First Minister of Scotland and from 2016-2018 to the Premier of Ontario. Andy is founder of the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC): a group of 9 nations committed to broadly defined excellence, equity, wellbeing, inclusion, democracy and human rights.

Andy has consulted with the OECD, the World Bank, governments, universities and professional associations worldwide. He has given keynote addresses in 50 countries, 47 US states and all Australian states and Canadian provinces. Andy’s more than 30 books have attracted multiple Outstanding Writing Awards. Andy is ranked in the top 20 scholars with most influence on US education policy debate. In 2015, Boston College gave him its Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Education University of Hong Kong and the University of Uppsala in Sweden.

His most recent book (with Michael O’Connor) is Collaborative Professionalism: when teaching together means learning for all (Corwin, May 2018)..

2019 Fall Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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: Baruti Kafele (Atlantic Ballroom)

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

10:45 am – Noon
Session I Workshops

Noon – 1:30 pm
Buffet Lunch and Exhibits (Monmouth Ballroom)

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Session II Workshops

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Break and Exhibits (Monmouth Ballroom)

3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Session III Workshops

4:30 pm – 5:30 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 18, 2019

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

8:30 am – 9:30 am
Welcome: NJASCD President (Atlantic Ballroom)
Keynote: Andy Hargreaves

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 – Noon
Session I Workshops

Noon – 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)

2019 Workshop Sessions

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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

Thu. – 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm — Session II

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

Friday, October 18, 2019

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

Fri. – 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm — Session II

2019 Conference Location

Ocean Place Resort & Spa

1 Ocean Blvd, Long Branch, NJ 07740