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FEA/NJPSA/NJASCD Fall Conference Going Virtual

VIDEO: 2020 FEA/NJPSA/NJASCD Fall Conference Announcement

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed how we are educating our children and how we provide and engage in our own professional learning, and it is clear that in our “new normal,” distance learning will be a critical part of our future.

After much deliberation and in consideration of the health and well being of all of our members and guests, we are excited to announce that the 2020 NJPSA/FEA/NJASCD Fall Conference will be transformed into a three-day Virtual Conference on October 14, 15, and 16, with a new theme Celebrating Our Resilience. If you have already registered for the two-day conference, you will automatically now be registered for the full three-day virtual conference. You do not need to re-register. We will then return to the Borgata in Atlantic City to Celebrate our 40th Anniversary in October 2021.

Our Conversion to a Virtual Conference

To assist us in planning this virtual conference, we are contracting with one of the nation’s leading event management companies now specializing in virtual events to help ensure that your experience is rich, rewarding, and relevant to the new normal. Fortunately, our research is indicating that many similar organizations who have converted to virtual conferences during the pandemic have been amazed by the extent of participation among the attendees and the quality of the presentations and learning sessions.

We hope you are as excited as we are for the upcoming virtual conference and will be there to Celebrate Our Resilience. Register today!

Keynote Speakers and Conference Recordings

We are pleased to announce that George Couros and Zaretta Hammond have agreed to remain our keynote speakers and will deliver their presentations via livestream. George Couros will also lead a workshop session following his keynote. More details on these sessions and a full schedule of events that will allow you to take full advantage of everything we will have to offer, as well as providing ample time for breaks and attending to personal and professional matters, will be forthcoming. Since all sessions will be recorded online, attendees will have access to view all sessions after they occur, not only the ones they attend live. This will solve the inevitable issue of having to decide between two or more great sessions that are scheduled for the same time.

Virtual Workshop Sessions

The next phase of planning will be our selection of workshops and, in light of the current landscape, we have made some changes to this process. Those who had previously submitted an application will be given the opportunity to adapt their proposal to a Zoom session. July 10, 2020 is the new deadline to submit an application to present at the Fall Conference on any of the following topic strands, some of which have a renewed purpose and urgency:

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access
  • Continuity of Learning and Student Engagement in a Blended Environment
  • Parental Engagement in a Virtual Environment
  • Future of Learning/Technology Integration
  • Climate, Culture, and Social Emotional Learning
  • Culturally Responsive Practices
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Learning Communities
  • Mental Health Issues (student, staff, and community)
  • Struggling Learners
  • Arts Integration

Registration Rates

Click on this link to register.

Early Bird (Before July 31, 2020)

  • NJPSA Members: $292 (2-day)   $149 (1-day)
  • Non-members $345 (2-day)   $195 (1-day)

After July 31, 2020

  • NJPSA Members: $320 (2-day)   $160 (1-day)
  • Non-members: $370 (2-day)   $210 (1-day)
  • Retired NJPSA Members: $200 (2-day)   $125 (1-day) This to early bird and regular registration.

Apply to be a Presenter

One of our first steps in the next phase of planning is to choose the workshop sessions which will be held on a Zoom platform. This is where we need your help. A link to the application to present on any of the strands is below. The strands are listed on this page under the “Virtual Workshop Sessions” section. Please download and complete the document in Microsoft Word and email it to before the July 10, 2020 deadline.

Application to present a workshop at the Fall Conference.

Sponsors and Exhibitors: Click here for information on becoming a sponsor or exhibitor.

Keynote Speakers

Thursday, October 15, 2020

George Couros – Innovative Teaching, learning, and Leadership Consultant

George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity and his latest book, Innovate Inside the Box. George is a worldwide leader in the area of innovation, yet his focus is always on the development of leadership and people and what is best for learners. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modeled in his writing and speaking.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Zaretta Hammond – Former Writing Teacher Turned Equity Freedom Fighter

Ms. Hammond is a national education consultant and author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and
Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. She is a former high school and community college expository writing instructor. She holds a Master’s in Education in English Education, with a concentration in Writing.
She is passionate about the intersectionality of equity, literacy, and culturally responsive teaching.




Fall Conference Schedule

New schedule coming soon.

Workshop Sessions


A link to the application to present on any of the strands is below.
Click here for the application to present a workshop at the Fall Conference.

The strands are listed above on this page under the “Virtual Workshop Sessions” section. Please download and complete the application in Microsoft Word and email it to before the July 10, 2020 deadline.

Conference Handouts

Workshop and session handouts will be available just prior to the start of and during the 2020 Fall Conference.