2019 Workshop Sessions

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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

No Child Left Invisible! Juggling It All to Support Them All

Presenters: Allison Staffin, Assistant Principal, Cherry Hill High School West; Kwame Morton, Principal, Cherry Hill High School West — Room: Oceanport North — This workshop will explore Cherry Hill HS West’s creation of a learning environment that recognizes ALL children and promotes their academic well-being while utilizing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies. As such, we desire that our students feel a sense of value, acceptance, belonging, and self-worth. We have re-envisioned our work to create a learning environment that focuses on student outcomes while incorporating Student Voice into the fabric of the school’s academic program.

Destination: Student Learning -- Driving the Connected Action Roadmap with (NJDOE) Curriculum Units

Presenters: Emil Carafa, Coordinator of Professional Learning, FEA — Room: Oceanport South — CAR is the NJ Department of Education’s and the leading educational organizations’ vision for teaching, leading, and learning in New Jersey Schools, as it makes curriculum development a priority. Come to this session to learn about the CAR framework and its coherent approach to curriculum, instruction, assessment and school climate that builds a common language and understanding, and shifts the focus of educators from compliance and programs to process and effective practices. In August, the NJDOE released ELA and math instructional units that were created by teams of New Jersey educators, working in collaboration with the NJDOE Office of Standards and Assessment.  These CAR units are the first step in engaging authentic PLCs in meaningful conversations related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment using the CAR framework.

Stop, Look and Listen…Self-Care for Administrators!!!

Presenters: Nicole Carmichael, Professional Development Interventionist, Trenton Schools — Room: Sea Bright North —  Administrators face a high degree of stress, often from multiple sources. How are you coping with dealing with students, teachers, staff, parents, and community? How are you balancing your work, professional and personal life, and keeping your sanity at the same time? The session will explore self-care strategies to enhance your life in the following categories: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, relationship, and professional self-care. You are a PRIORITY. Let’s STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN!!!

  1. Recognize seen/unseen life situations that can affect a person on a daily basis
  2. Evaluate personal and professional activities
  3. Create a self-care plan (goal) to address the mind, body and spirit.

Leading with Questions: How to Use a Shared Inquiry Process to Improve Schools

Presenters: Tracey Severns, Ed.D. Educational Consultant — Room: Sea Bright South — Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  I say, “The unexamined school is not worth attending.”  Too many schools perpetuate past practices without questioning their impact or efficacy.  As a result, outcomes remain unchanged, people become frustrated, and opportunities to innovate are lost.  During this interactive session, participants will experience how to use the “Why, What if, How” framework to lead a journey of collaborative inquiry that creates possibilities and culminates in change. 

You’ve Landed a New Job, Now What?

Presenters: Max Achtau, Principal, and Anthony Scotto, Director of Curriculum, Hamilton Township Schools — Room: Monmouth 3 — This workshop is for anyone who recently started a new administrative position in the last few years. Participants will gain valuable advice / tips that will help you to be successful in your new role. This session is designed for both new and experienced administrators who are working at either the building or district level. There will also be an emphasis placed on the collaboration between schools and central office. The presenters will share their own experiences and then give participants time to share and collaborate.

Well-Rounded Education: Leveraging Creative Assets

Presenters: Bob Morrison, Director, and Kira Rizzuto, Program Development Manager, Arts Ed NJ — Room: Monmouth 4 — Discover how your school or district can leverage its creative assets in support of a well-rounded education for every student. High-quality arts programs support the achievement of broad goals such as positive culture and climate, authentic development of social-emotional competencies, and reduction in chronic absenteeism. Learn the 16 factors that shape arts-rich schools and districts in New Jersey, and use this information to identify areas of strengths and areas for growth in your own district.

Multi-Tiered System of Support: Utilizing Research and Data to Best Support Student Growth

Presenters: Natalie Franzi, Academic Achievement Officer, and Rob Reavey, Principal, Somerville Public Schools — Room: Monmouth 5 — Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a term that is being thrown around as an additional initiative for educators to support student growth. But what does it actually look like within a school system? In this workshop, you will learn how Van Derveer Elementary School is implementing MTSS utilizing student data and embedding professional development. Participants will leave having a clear plan and resources to begin implementation in their school community.

Personalized Learning in the ELA Classroom

Presenters: Alicia Carney, ELA Teacher and Amanda Steelman, ELA Teacher, Janis E. Dismus Middle School — Room: Promenade 1/2 — Come learn how two ELA teachers applied personalized learning to their classrooms through novel studies and Genius Hour. You will explore research supporting personalized learning and examine real-time data which proves personalized learning better engages students. We will also discuss how to utilize technology in the classroom in a valuable way. Finally, you will experience personalized learning first hand and take away resources to implement it in your own schools!

My Voice, My Choice, Can You Hear Me?

Presenters: Josue Falaise, Director, Rutgers University — Room: Promenade 3/4 — Attendees will be made aware of how the presenter’s voice was silenced as a child. With the help of adults who encouraged him to raise his voice, he will display how he was able to do the same for thousands of students as a mentor, teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and higher education administrator. Attendees will also receive concrete equity ideas and strategies that will help them immediately increase student voice in their schools and organizations.

Culture of Collaboration: Creating Meaningful Social-emotional and Experiential Learning Opportunities Through Lasting Community Partnerships

Presenters: Christopher Turnbull, Principal;  Beth Hoffman, School Psychologist; and Christina Overman, STEM Facilitator, Hopewell Valley Regional School District — Room: Promenade 5/6 — Through the creation of a student centered Wellness Day and the building of an innovative Outdoor Learning Space (ODLS), our staff and community joined together to provide experiential learning opportunities to support social and emotional learning for the students in our school.  In this session, participants will learn about the steps taken to create and implement these initiatives, and the importance of utilizing community resources to promote student engagement and positive school culture. Wellness Day is a yearly event where community members, including parents, business owners and school professionals lead sessions for our students such as mindfulness, yoga, dance, martial arts, nature walks, gymnastics, cooking, art, gardening and many more to promote the health and well-being of body, mind, and spirit. Additionally, a committee of dedicated parents, staff, and community volunteers worked together on the creation of an innovative Outdoor Learning Space. This area complete with a pond water feature, Monarch Meadow, weather station and Nature Trail, provide robust learning opportunities across the curriculum to promote engagement, hands-on learning opportunities, and a sense of pride, comfort and safety in the school. We will discuss the large impact collaboration with the community has on social emotional learning, school climate and culture in school.

“Technology to TeAchnology”: Getting an “A” in Your Classroom, School, District and Community

Presenters: Richard Hazler, Principal; Peter Cook, Supervisor of Technology; and Michael Portas, Principal, Pequannock Township Schools — Room: Promenade 7/8 — Are you looking to apply technology to create opportunities for students to engage in their learning?  Do you utilize technology for professional development?  Are you creating a social media brand in your school?  Are you looking to increase your teachers’ instructional repertoire in a blended learning environment?  Come see how the Pequannock Township School District utilizes a 1:1 program to drive all facets of our instructional curriculum.   This interactive workshop is for teachers, administrators, and anyone interested in making their schools A-mazing.

Education Leader + Teacher Leader = Student Success

Presenters: Beverly Green, Principal, Logan Township Schools, and Kathy Burgin, Educator, Consultant & PAEMST Awardee — Room: Shrewsbury — How can one principal ensure that school excellence becomes embedded in the culture of the building?  The answer is through collaboration with teacher leaders. As principals nurture teacher leader partnerships they can begin to relinquish responsibilities. This collaborative model will afford the principal opportunities to balance job responsibilities, thus actively supporting the school vision, the effectiveness of teachers and instruction, and ultimately student achievement. This workshop will present strategies for developing effective teacher leaders.

Thu. – 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm — Session II

Supporting Challenging Students: Mental Illness and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Presenters: Dumar Burgess, Principal, Willingboro Township Schools; George Jackson, Principal, Mount Laurel 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 — Room: Oceanport North –Info coming soon!


Presenters: Lori Burns — 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.

Principals and Supervisors: Working Together for ELL Students

Presenters: Presenters – David Nash, Esq., LEGAL ONE Director; Dr. JoAnne Negrin, Supervisor of ESL, World Languages, Bilingual Education and Performing Arts, Vineland Public Schools — Room: Sea Bright North & South — It is critical that school principals and ESL/Bilingual supervisors work closely together to meet the needs of all English language learners in our schools. This session will review the latest state and federal guidance on addressing the needs of ELL students, including issues related to enrollment, providing equal access to rigorous courses, ensuring a safe school environment and communicating effectively with non-English speaking parents. The session will include a review of legal requirements and best practices.

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 Supports to Meet the Needs of Elementary Students

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

Building Bridges Through Biliteracy

Presenters: Susan Matos-Kruck, President, Up the Bar Consulting — Room: Oceanport North — Teaching for biliteracy focuses on the strategic and thoughtful ‘bridging’ between the Spanish and English languages. It is based on the premise that the native Spanish language deserves to be nurtured and fortified before language learners can effectively ‘bridge’ into English. Once they are ready, these learners engage in a metalinguistic contrastive analysis wherein they learn to appreciate the similarities and differences between their two languages. Teaching for biliteracy solidifies a Spanish foundation in order to more successfully build English language acquisition.

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.

Developing an Equity Mindset

Presenters: George Jackson, Principal, Mount Laurel Schools — Room: Sea Bright North — The New Jersey Department of Education defines equity as a focused effort to support ALL students in mastering and exceeding academic standards and maintaining social/emotional health by providing access to rigorous educational experiences and opportunities, regardless of the individual student’s background through the lens of cultural competency. How do schools know if they measure up? This interactive workshop will engage participants in an overview of a building equity taxonomy, which will help to unpack what equity looks like in a school building/district.
The New Jersey Department of Education defines equity as a focused effort to support ALL students in mastering and exceeding academic standards and maintaining social/emotional health by providing access to rigorous educational experiences and opportunities, regardless of the individual student’s background through the lens of cultural competency. How do schools know if they measure up? This interactive workshop will engage participants in an overview of a building equity taxonomy, which will help to unpack what equity looks like in a school building/district

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.

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: Monmouth 5 — 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.

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: Gail Hilliard Nelson, State Director New Jersey Schools to Watch; 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.


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.

Retirement Workshop

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.

Reversing the Discipline Cycle and Improving School Climate with “Restorative Service Program

Presenters: Michael Gaskell, Principal, East Brunswick Schools — Room: Monmouth 3 — 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.

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 – How Daily Mindfulness Practices Support a Culture of Learning in the Secondary Classroom

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.