Thu. – 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm — Session II
Using the Leadership Connection - A Private Social Media for NJPSA Members Only
Presenters: Brad Currie, Director of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Chester School District; Kelly Weldon, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Township of Ocean Schools — Room: Business Lounge — Join Brad and Kelly in the Business Lounge for a hands-on tutorial into the Leadership Connection, NJPSA’s private, members-only social media platform. If you have heard about this new member benefit, but have not yet logged on are not sure how to use it, stop by for a demonstration or to work one-on-one with our team.
How Can School Leaders Maximize the Impact of Teacher Leadership?
Presenters: Adele Macula, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, FEA; Anthony Scotto, Director of Curriculum, Hamilton Township Public Schools; Raymond Gonzalez, Superintendent, Westwood Regional School District; Ted Peters, Principal, Caroline Reutter School, Franklin; and Melissa Murphy, Teacher, Belmar Elementary School — Room: Oceanport North — Teacher leadership should no longer be considered “optional”, but “optimal”, for school success. Its importance in student learning, teacher retention, school culture, and school improvement has been demonstrated by both research and practice (2014, NBPTS). Those who engage in teacher leadership in any capacity have seen its impacts on their students and colleagues. This session features a panel of practitioners engaged in integrating teacher leadership into school leadership structures. Authentic scalable solutions on how instructional leaders work directly with teachers, through formal teacher leadership roles, to extend the impact of the highly effective teachers to more staff and students will be shared.
Supporting Challenging Students: Mental Illness and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Presenters: Dumar Burgess, Principal, Willingboro Township Schools — Room: Oceanport South — One in five students suffer from some form of mental illness. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been linked to negative health outcomes for students. The goal of this workshop is to engage building administrators in an exploration of how mental illness and ACEs impact students, schools, and relevant outcomes. In addition, participants will gain strategies for how to support students that struggle with these challenges.
Teaching Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Through Hip-Hop
Presenters: CJ Reynolds, High School Teacher, Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School — Room: Sea Bright North — One of the best ways educators can engage students who have no interest in reading, writing, or participating in class is to teach them through a lease their students are already interested in. In this session, I will show how educators can create engaging, meaningful, culturally relevant pedagogy in their classrooms through the lens of Hip-Hop, Fortnite, and Legos (just to name a few).
Building Adult and Student SEL
Presenters: Vince Caputo, Superintendent, Metuchen Schools: Rick Cohen, Assistant Superintendent, Metuchen Schools — Room: Sea Bright South — In a recent article called Social and Emotional Learning and Equity in School Discipline, it says “most SEL models are centered on students, but not on the adults who interact with them. Yet research shows that educators’ own social and emotional competencies strongly influence students’ motivation to learn and the school climate in general.” In this workshop, participants will learn how Metuchen has embedded evidence-based SEL curriculum from Dr. Maurice Elias into both K-12 core curricula and professional practices for administrators and teachers to collaborate effectively.
PRESENT! Addressing Attendance Challenges
Presenters: Lynnette Dortrait, Assistant Principal, Jersey City Public Schools; Janine Anderson, Principal, Jersey City Public Schools — Room: Monmouth 3 — As New Jersey school leaders who have successfully reduced the chronic absenteeism rate in our school by nearly 20%, we will share strategies to address attendance challenges. We will delve into developing a strong Attendance Committee that supports school-wide attendance targets and initiatives. This interactive workshop will provide you with concrete strategies to track attendance data, prepare incentives for students, parents, and teachers, and it will provide you with creative ways to promote positive school attendance.
Using the CAR Framework to Connect SGOs with Instructional Practice
Presenters: Dean Robinson, Teacher, Englewood Public Schools; Martine Marcellus, Teacher, Englewood Public Schools — Room: Monmouth 4 — Are SGOs living documents that drive instruction, or are they mere compliance mechanisms? SGOs are often associated with tedious data analysis and compliance. But, through the Connected Action Roadmap (CAR), your school can transform SGOs into powerful tools of collaboration and formative instruction. We will examine how PLCs can create SGOs that drive instruction year-round with student data. We will use our own experiences to showcase the success of this work and provide resources so that you too can ensure SGOs are valuable tools for learning and assessment.
Not the Lone Ranger- Leadership Takes a Team
Presenters: Allison Staffin, Assistant Principal, Cherry Hill High School West; Rebecca Metzger, Assistant Principal, Cherry Hill High School East — Room: Monmouth 5 — In this presentation, learners will receive relevant and valuable information on how to build and cultivate teacher leaders. We will share with you how we have carved out opportunities with teacher leaders to support their vision and ideas and connect it to the leadership and goals for our buildings. As we share our work, we will help participants map out realistic opportunities to build teacher leaders in their buildings through goal setting and visioning.
Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Secondary Mathematics Classrooms: a Pathway for Supporting Struggling Learners
Presenters: Abby Neumeyer, Regional Director of Professional Services, Agile Mind; Ronda Abbott, Director of Educational Services, Agile Mind — Room: Promenade 1/2 — “Learning involves specific challenges in the area to be learned, and so for it to occur, we have to eliminate unnecessary barriers without eliminating necessary challenges.” (UDL Introduction). This session focuses on utilizing the Universal Design for Learning Framework in the context of secondary mathematics classrooms. Participants will walk away with tools for identifying use of these principles in mathematics classroom observation and support for leading teachers to implement these ideas to support struggling learners.
What to look for in an NGSS-aligned classroom
Presenters: Stacey van der Veen, Leadership in Science Founder; Wil van der Veen, Director, RVCC Science Education Institute — Room: Promenade 3/4 — What does it look like and sound like when students are engaging in 3-dimensional learning? In this interactive session, we will explore what to look and listen for when visiting a science classroom to support student engagement in the Next Generation Science Standards and how to support teachers in planning for NGSS-aligned instruction and assessment.
Transforming Teacher Practice: The Case for Curriculum as Professional Learning
Presenters: Sue Wilder, Professional Learning Lead, Collaborative Classroom — Room: Promenade 5/6 — Developing teacher expertise is intellectually demanding, professional work – it takes study, practice, time, reflection, collaboration, and feedback and requires copious resources from schools and districts. Professional Learning that is separate from classroom practice has very little impact. In this session, we will reconsider the ways that district and school leaders look at curricular resources as a pathway for professional learning.
Adopting a Coaching Mindset Toward Leadership - With or Without Coaches
Presenters: Bruce Preston, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Personnel; Joseph Isola, Superintendent; Jane Losinger, Supervisor of Literacy; and Erin Lowman, Instructional Coach, Howell Township Public Schools — Room: Promenade 7/8 — A successful coaching team requires both an unwavering belief in the collective efficacy of the group and an intentional system for developing teacher leaders into a high-reliability team. This workshop will present one district’s “coach approach,” including ways to ensure that teacher leaders are equally supported by administration and embraced by teaching staff. Key findings from the evolution of our instructional coaching program will be explored, including the essential functions of trust, disruption, and resilience.
Uncomfortable Conversations on Equity and Race
Presenters: Jay Billy, Principal; Alyson Fischer, Assistant Principal; and Clifford Williams, Assistant Principal, Lawrence Township Public Schools — Room: Shrewsbury — In this interactive workshop, participants will examine their own biases and understandings of how we look at equity and race in our schools. It is our intention that participants will be fully engaged in thoughtful conversations and activities that will help us develop a deeper understanding of equity and the implicit biases that keep us from meeting the needs of all of our students.
Thu. – 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm — Session III
Presenters: Matt Mingle, Facilitator– Room: Oceanport North — IGNITE! sessions are unlike any other conference session because presenters have only five minutes and 20 slides to convey their message. A diverse group of presenters will share their expertise and perspectives on the conference theme of Collaborate 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 participants to share ideas. Here is a list of those who will present during this Ignite! Session:Eric Bernstein, Professor, University of Connecticut; Jay Billy, Principal, Lawrence Twp.; Vincent Costanza, Chief Academic Officer, Teaching Strategies; Brad Currie, Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Chester; Hedi Daunoras, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Pine Hill; Meghan Everette, Teacher Specialist K6 Math Coach, Salt Lake City; Natalie Franzi, Academic Achievement Officer, Somerville; Bill Kimmick, Curriculum Director, Warren; Tracey Knerr, Supervisor of Mathematics, Hillsborough; Jamil Maroun, Assistant Superintendent, Manville; Heather Rocco, English Language Arts Supervisor, Chatham; Allison Rodman, Consultant, The Learning Loop; Josh Zagorski, Principal, Maple Shade..
Pathways to LGBTQ Inclusive Instruction
Presenters: Lori Burns, Garden State Equality; Michael Emmich, Teacher, Rumson-Fair Haven; Dana Maulshagen, Teacher, Rumson-Fair Haven; and Kate Okeson, Teacher, Rumson-Fair Haven — Room: Oceanport South — On January 31, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed Assembly Bill 1335, the LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Bill, into law. This made New Jersey the second state in the nation to require schools to teach about the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQ community. Make it Better for Youth (MIB4Y) has partnered with Garden State Equality to design, develop, and implement an appropriate and pedagogically sound curriculum to be piloted in select New Jersey schools from January -June 2020. This is broadly called the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum Project. In support of these efforts, the Educational Team from this partnership has developed a learning opportunity for educators in which lesson structure, pedagogical foundations of the lesson structure, and best practices to assist teachers and educational teams move to a place of exemplary lessons that are inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning topics.
Youth Vaping - A Dangerous Epidemic: How to Identify, Address and Prevent Student Vaping
Presenters: Presenters: James Sarto, NJ Leader to Leader Coordinator, LEGAL ONE presenter on Vaping and Opioid issues; Debra Bradley, Esq., NJPSA Director of Government Relations; David Nash, Esq., LEGAL ONE Director; and Jenna Morris, New Jersey Prevention Network — Room: Sea Bright North and South – The recent incidence of serious lung disease and death resulting from the use of e-cigarettes is a sad outcome of what school leaders have known for a while – the incidence of youth vaping has risen to epidemic proportions across our nation. New Jersey school leaders need to understand what to look for in our schools and classrooms concerning vaping, bagging, dabbing and other technologies creatively utilized by students at school to vape. In this interactive session, you will learn how to identify and address student vaping behaviors, gain tools to assist you in these efforts, and provide feedback to NJPSA on this critical issue which will be shared with the Electronic Smoking Device Task Force created by Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 84.
What Kind of Leader Do You Need to Be?
Presenters: Thomas Barclay, FEA Consultant — Room: Monmouth 3 — 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 leaders who can help to create positive direction and empower others in the schools they lead.
Advanced Placement for ALL!? Equity and Access Within Reach
Presenters: William T. Smith, Superintendent, Point Pleasant Beach School District; Nathan Grosshandler, Principal, Point Pleasant Beach School District — Room: Monmouth 4 — Students who are capable of performing at higher levels, of succeeding in more rigorous courses, exist in all schools. Why aren’t they all in our AP classes? When you begin imagining every student as a potential AP student, the common and preventable barriers built into our existing practices suddenly appear and can be systematically removed. This workshop will offer specific strategies every school can use to expand access to its most rigorous academic programs (including AP), improve K-12 instruction, and most important—create a culture of confidence among staff and students.
Packing Your Leadership Journey with C.A.R. (Connected Action Roadmap)
Presenters: Janet Ciarrocca, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, North Brunswick Township Schools; Jaime Doldan, Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction. Franklin Township School District; Rosemary Seitel, Supervisor of Educational Technology, Englewood Public School District; Deitra E. Spence, FEA Consultant — Room: Monmouth 5 — Over the last four years, more than two dozen schools have participated in the Connected Action Roadmap (CAR) pilot program through which teaching and learning has been strengthened by the collaborative work of professional learning communities engaged in focused, structured conversations. Across the pilot program, the impact on leadership at all levels has been profound, and while the nature and emergence of this leadership has varied, one consistent feature has been its organic nature. In this session, women from three different pilot schools will share their experiences and insights on their ability to lead and to foster leadership in others through the vehicle of CAR and will share specific resources for leaders to use as they investigate leading their own journey in their districts.
All Aboard! Navigating the Transition to Standards-Based Grading
Presenters: Ellen Gianakis, Language Arts Teacher, Passaic County Technical Institute; Maria Rivera, Business Teacher, Passaic County Technical Institute — Room: Promenade 1/2 — In this session, you will learn how to pilot standards-based grading at the classroom level to better inform classroom instruction and increase student intrinsic motivation. Explore different methods for determining student mastery and how to use digital technologies to track students’ standards proficiencies. Come away with practical strategies that you can use in any classroom to transform teaching and learning through the use of standards-driven assessments and feedback.
Developing a Tiered System of Intervention
Presenters: John Bombardier, Assistant Superintendent for C&I, Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District; Mona Tobia, Director of PreK-5 Curriculum and Instruction, Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District; Racquel Coloa, Literacy Interventionist and Teacher Leader, Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District; and Lauren Berman, Reading Specialist, Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District — Room: Promenade 3/4 — In this session, administrators and interventionists from the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District will share their journey in researching and developing a tiered system of intervention supports that includes differentiated interventions and S.M.A.R.T. Goals, specific tier 2 and tier 3 entry and exit criteria, and multiple identification methods for placing students on a tiered continuum. In addition, this session will provide participants with information and resources for effective and efficient progress monitoring, and share district-developed protocols for analyzing student growth, determining adequate progress, and making decisions for movement between tiers. Finally, participants will leave with resources, templates and information that can be immediately transferred into practice at any school district.
Entrepreneurship; for Every Kid in Every Class!
Presenters: Amy Mount, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Gateway Regional School District; Jeff Pierro, Principal, Gateway Regional School District — Room: Promenade 5/6 — Moving beyond business education, entrepreneurship in education makes students more creative, opportunity oriented, proactive and innovative (OECD, 2015). In 2019, GRHS led every student in every class in learning about entrepreneurial mindsets and entrepreneurial experiences. In this session, we will share how we introduced the staff to entrepreneurship, linked goals to our strategic plan, and built experiences into the existing 7th-12th grade curriculum. Leave the session with lesson plans, ideas, and resources for your school!
The SEL - Executive Function Connection in Action
Presenters: Tiffany Moutis, Superintendent, Mansfield Township School District; Gina Vodola, Client Solutions Specialist, IDE Corp. — Room: Promenade 7/8 — SEL skills are key to students’ success and well-being in school and throughout their lives. Executive function skills are foundational and necessary to learning and social interaction, paving the way for success in school and life. What if you could design classrooms to build both, while promoting high academic rigor? This presentation will offer a look into classrooms that are doing just that. Using problem-based learning to increase student engagement, structures to build student responsibility for learning, and teacher facilitation to raise academic rigor, these classrooms promote a high level of SEL and executive function.
Dreading a Difficult Conversation? A Roadmap on How to Overcome Fear to Achieve a Positive Outcome through Listening and Compromise
Presenters: Nicole Esposito, Humanities Supervisor, Long Branch Public Schools/ Monmouth University Provisional Teacher Program; Frank Riley, Leadership Academy Principal, Long Branch Public Schools/ Monmouth University Provisional Teacher Program — Room: Shrewsbury — Have you ever lost sleep the night before a meeting where you knew you had to have a difficult conversation? Did the thought of what you were going to say (or what was going to be said to you) leave you tossing and turning and filled with dread? Do you want to call out and let someone else take this meeting? In this presentation, we will discuss strategies and techniques to put you in the proper mindset to overcome your fear of these tough meetings. Through personal examples and case studies, this presentation will allow participants to work through different scenarios to see how they would react to a myriad of scenarios featuring all stakeholders an Administrator might encounter.
Friday, October 18, 2019
Fri. – 10:45 am – 12:00 pm — Session I
Cultural Iceberg: Exploring What Really Lies Below the Surface
Presenters: Susan Matos-Kruck, President, Up the Bar Consulting — Room: Oceanport North — Everyone says they embrace diversity, but do they really? What exactly does ‘embracing diversity’ mean? How can school leaders authentically assert that diversity is acknowledged and respected in their school community? It’s much more complicated than hanging a few colorful posters around the school buildings. In order to accept the diversity that surrounds us, participants will explore the deep cultural values and attitudes that drive how we judge and interact with others. Participants will gain tremendous insight into how they perceive themselves and others, and how that perception translates into building a school culture that is authentically inclusive.
Improving Climate and Culture Through Social and Emotional Learning and Student Interventions
Presenters: Richard Goldstein, Principal, Lakewood School District; Scott Horowitz, Vice Principal, Lakewood School District; Deborah Rolson, Vice Principal, Lakewood School District — Room: Oceanport South — This interactive workshop will discuss challenges and best practices for intervention. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how one school is implementing a comprehensive set of concrete, effective interventions implemented within a public school district: school-based mental health services, Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS), innovative educational programming for students with significant social-behavioral issues, after-school programming, student ambassadors, staff mentoring of students, guest speakers, social-emotional learning, gang and violence prevention training, parent workshops, etc. This has increased student attendance, decreased discipline problems and referrals, increased academic performance, and improved school culture and climate.
Building Equity Through Second Chance Learning Opportunities
Presenters: Lois Baldwin, Supervisor of World Languages & ESL, Hopewell Valley Regional School District; Vicky Pilitsis, Supervisor of Science and Math, Hopewell Valley Regional School District — Room: Sea Bright North — This workshop will focus on grading equity for all secondary learners. Second chance learning (SCL) is an opportunity for learners to meta cognitively reflect on the learning process and supports mastery. We will discuss the planning and implementation process of this initiative as well share data. Resources will be provided to attendees including sample contracts and supplemental material.
Creating and Sustaining the Wonder of Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms
Presenters: Jacqueline Frangis, FEA Consultant — Room: Sea Bright South — How do we engage all students to ask questions, reflect about their experiences in learning and synthesize their background knowledge with learning to make new meaning? What is next for you and your students in creating a learning environment that is rich in discussion, reflection and documentation of student work and teacher practice?This workshop will examine project and inquiry-based approaches to learning that integrates the arts and permeates beyond the classroom walls. And yes, it’s aligned to the NJSLS.
Personalizing Professional Development Through Peer Observations
Presenters: Tony Cattani, Principal, Lenape Regional High School District — Room: Monmouth 3 — Our staff has conducted over 1,000 peer observations in the past two school years and our students and staff are better for it. Learn how to make meaningful professional development for every member of your faculty through having access to an endless number of instructional resources, each other! Participants will leave this session with a plan for introducing and implementing purposeful school wide peer observations specific to each school’s needs.
ACCEPT U: Social & Emotional Learning Presentation Series Focusing on Improving School Culture and Climate
Presenters: Jamie Brown, District PEER Leadership Coordinator, Old Bridge Township Schools — Room: Monmouth 4 –Promote social inclusion more effectively in your school district through ACCEPT U, an interactive, highly collaborative, approach to teaching relationship building among middle (and high school) students. An SEL initiative built on the foundations of character education, this program focuses on whole child development through hands on learning, sharing, and discussions on the topics of transitioning (Elementary to Middle, Middle to High School), Citizenship: On and Offline, and the celebration of Acceptance, Tolerance, and Diversity within a school’s culture, promoting students’ voices being heard. ACCEPT U can be the vehicle that drives your school’s leadership team through the terrain of your school’s culture and climate.
Reversing the Discipline Cycle and Improving School Climate with “Restorative Service Program
Presenters: Michael Gaskell, Principal, East Brunswick Schools — Room: Monmouth 5 — The Restorative Service Program (RSP) targets student misbehavior in a non-punitive way. When students exhibit misbehavior, the administrator refers to a teacher, who is provided a summary of the infraction. A structured guide and corresponding activity are utilized to build a positive, non-punitive relationship and guide the child to more constructive behaviors that enables him/her to focus on the future and the positive, rather than the past and punishment.
Start a Student Run Live Morning Show at Your School
Presenters: Mike Huston, Media Specialist, Ocean Township Schools; Andrew Pawlak, Technology Teacher, Ocean Township Schools — Room: Promenade 1/2 — Unleash the power of YouTube at your school. With minimal resources your school can produce a live show that can be viewed in homerooms or by parents at home. Students will learn 21st century skills, public speaking, and how to manage and participate on a team. Your show can be a tool to develop school culture and help engage students in curricular and extracurricular activities. This workshop is for perfect for elementary, middle or high school administrators.
New Jersey Schools to Watch – High Performing Middle Grade Schools Advancing Excellence in Middle Level Education
Presenters: Frank Corrado, State Director, New Jersey Schools to Watch; Rick Delmonaco, Principal, Kumpf Middle School, Clark, NJ/ NJ Schools to Watch — Room: Promenade 3/4 — This session is designed to provide detailed information about the New Jersey Schools to Watch program. Schools to Watch is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999. The Forum identifies middle level schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsible, and socially equitable. The session will assist principals with assessing their practices through a self-study process to foster school improvement.
Principles of Principals and Supervisors as Literacy Leaders
Presenters: Diane Joyce, Principal Pennsauken Public Schools and Adjunct Professor of Literacy, Rowan University; Tara Barnstead, Reading Specialist, Pennsauken Public Schools and Adjunct Professor of Literacy, Rowan University — Room: Promenade 5/6 — The International Literacy Association’s revised 2017 ILA Standards for Reading Professionals specifically included the roles of the building principal and supervisors as an integral part of students’ literacy learning. As leaders, principals and supervisors are expected to guide and evaluate the literacy practices in their buildings. This workshop will outline effective and practical leadership strategies to enable principals to engage as responsive literacy leaders for teachers, students and families.
Jumpstart Personalized Learning!
Presenters: Christine McCoid, Principal, Hazlet Township Public Schools — Room: Promenade 7/8 — This session will introduce participants to the core four elements of personalized learning, as defined by Education Elements in 2017 (https://www.edelements.com/.) Using the core four as a guide, participants will learn strategies to initiate personalized learning in their schools and districts, with practical implementation ideas for all grade levels. This session is ideal for teachers and district leaders who are interested in personalized learning and need an action plan to help them get started.
SAM Project -- School Administration Manager
Presenters: Pamela Moore, Assistant Superintendent, Millville Public Schools — Room: Shrewsbury — As a principal, you may start the day with the best intentions of devoting time to instructional leadership. But let’s face it; dozens of interruptions and mini-crises spoil your plans, and you spend most of your time solving problems instead of guiding instruction. To address this critical challenge, administrators from Millville will discuss a unique process and set of tools from SAM, the School Administration Manager. Most principals view the SAM process as a lifeline. They gain control over day-to-day responsibilities and finally have time to do what they love most–provide guidance and support to their teachers, parents, and students. While traditional responsibilities still must be met, priorities for principals shift in a SAM school toward work that directly impacts classroom instruction and student achievement. Learn directly from these administrators how they are prioritizing their focus on scheduled activities directly connected with improving teaching and learning.
Fri. – 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm — Session II
Hot Issues in School Law
Presenters: David Nash, Esq., LEGAL ONE Director; Sandra Jacques, Esq., LEGAL ONE Supervisor of Legal Research and Content Development; Jim Sarto, Coordinator of NJL2L; Michael Kaelber, Esq., LEGAL ONE Coordinator of Online Course Development; Geta Vogel, Retired principal and LEGAL ONE consultant and members of NJPSA’s Legal Team — Room: Oceanport North and South — With school law constantly evolving, every school administrator needs to stay up to date with the latest developments. In this session, participants will learn about the latest developments in case law, along with new statutory requirements, new regulations, and the latest guidance from the New Jersey and U.S. Departments of Education. Topics to be addressed include student safety, the latest on HIB, addressing student vaping and other substance use, addressing student and staff mental health, tenure case law and new instructional requirements that must be implemented either in 2019-20 or 2020-21.
Presenters: Robert Murphy, Assistant Executive Director, NJPSA; Mark McDonald, Advanced Wealth Preservation; Paul Rothman, Financial Management Corporation — Room: Sea Bright North and 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.
Equity is an Action: A District’s Journey to Equity & Inclusiveness
Presenters: Elford Rawls-Dill, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District; Nelly Perez, Assistant Superintendent, Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District; John Bombadier, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District; Michelle O’Neil, Teacher, Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District — Room: Monmouth 4 — In this session, participants will engage in meaningful discussions based on the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District’s Framework for district-wide Equity & Inclusiveness. Specifically, participants will learn about the district’s course of action to grapple with the sensitive but critical tenets of race, gender, ethnicity, and culture and how these elements impact the culture and climate of the school organization. Participants will become familiar with the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District’s purposeful commitment to:
– Develop and train a district-wide Equity Team;
– Develop and train Student Equity Leaders;
– Develop Critically Conscious Educators; and
– Implement Professional Development and Support for District/School Leadership.
Putting the Puzzle Together: Math Workshop Style (Elementary)
Presenters: Melissa Cosgrove, Principal, Roxbury Public Schools; Jillian Lutz, Supervisor of Applied Science PK-5, Roxbury Public Schools — Room: Monmouth 5 — Math Workshop is an instructional format that encourages student-centered learning, collaboration, small group activities and individualized standards-based instruction. Through this model, teachers are able to utilize data to target individual student needs within small group instruction while other students strengthen their math skills through engaging and differentiated activities. Learn to transition to a math workshop model within your own district, such as establishing appropriate routines, providing tiered-instruction, creating flexible grouping, creating purposeful stations and more.
Cracking the Spine: Breaking Classroom Traditions with Choice Reading
Presenters: Jayne VanNosdall, English Supervisor 6-12, Brick Township Schools; Jenn Monninger, Literacy Coach 6-12, Brick Township Schools; Rebecca Decker, Teacher, Brick Township Schools; Joseph Stefanelli, Teacher, Brick Township Schools — Room: Promenade 1/2 — This workshop will present a framework for adding choice reading to the classroom to support literacy in any content area, with a focus on ELA. Integrating choice reading with curriculum texts is the key to creating relevance while maintaining the sanctity of the curriculum and buy-in from stakeholders. The end result is change in classroom climate, including an upsweep in reading skills, passion for reading and student articulation about their reading.
Trauma Informed Practices
Presenters: Kelli Eppley, Principal, Hamilton Township Schools; Lisa Della Vecchia, Director of Special Services, Delran School District — Room: Promenade 3/4 — Approximately 40% of students in the average classroom are impacted by trauma at some point during their early childhood years. This trauma can be toxic to the brain, and impact behavior and learning. During this workshop we will talk about the impact of trauma on the brain and discuss Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and their impact over the lifespan. Participants will be given strategies and resources, and the presenters will share authentic experiences and data about implementing these practices.
Mindful Magic - Supporting a Culture of Learning with Mindfulness
Presenters: Sabrina Tolu, Teacher of French, Englewood Public Schools — Room: Promenade 5/6 — This inspiring workshop will cover three key components to creating a welcoming classroom that supports a community of learners who are curious, calm, and engaged. If you’re interested in mindfulness but not quite sure how to get started, this workshop offers simple ways to make space for mindfulness in you day.