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Keynote Speakers

Thursday, October 19, 2017

toughPaul Tough

Author of Helping Children Succeed:  What Works and Why

Paul Tough is the author, most recently, of Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. His previous book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, was translated into 27 languages and spent more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback best-seller lists. His first book, Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, was published in 2008. Paul is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, where he has written extensively about education, parenting, poverty, and politics. His writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, the AtlanticGQ, and Esquire, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times. He has worked as an editor at the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s Magazine and as a reporter and producer for the public-radio program “This American Life.” He was the founding editor of Open Letters, an online magazine. He lives with his wife and two sons in Montauk, New York.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

duckworthAngela Duckworth (Via Skype)

Author of GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. Angela studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. A 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Currently, she serves as a Faculty Director for Wharton People Analytics, an initiative that helps organizations adopt the latest insights from social science research. Prior to her career in research, Angela founded a summer school for low-income children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study and, in 2012, celebrated its twentieth anniversary. She has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a math and science teacher in the public schools of New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude. With the support of a Marshall Scholarship, she completed an MSc with Distinction in Neuroscience from Oxford University. She completed her PhD in Psychology as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Angela has received numerous awards for her contributions to K-12 education, including a Beyond Z Award from the KIPP Foundation. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, debuted May 3, 2016 as an immediate New York Times bestseller.

Friday, October 20, 2017

nogueraPedro Noguera

Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA

Pedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA. Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA he served as the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University and the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (2003 – 2015), the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2000 – 2003), and the University of California, Berkeley where he was also the Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change (1990 – 2000). From 2009 – 2012 he served as a Trustee for the State University of New York (SUNY) as an appointee of the Governor. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education. Noguera recently received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, from the National Association of Secondary Principals, and from the McSilver Institute at NYU for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty.


2017 Fall Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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

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

9:15 am – 10:15 am
Keynote: Paul Tough, Author of Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why (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)
Keynote: Angela Duckworth, Author of GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Atlantic 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 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Dinner is on your own.

Friday, October 20, 2017

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

8:30 am – 9:30 am
Welcome: NJASCD President Dr. Matthew Mingle (Atlantic Ballroom)
Keynote: Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA

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)


2017 Workshop Sessions

Thursday, October 19, 2017

10:45 am – 12:15 pm — Session I Workshops
1:45 pm – 3:15 pm — Session II Workshops
3:45 pm – 5:15 pm — Session III Workshops

Friday, October 20, 2017

10:45 am – 12:00 pm — Session I Workshops
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm — Session II Workshops


2017 Conference Location

Ocean Place Resort & Spa, 1 Ocean Blvd, Long Branch, NJ 07740
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