As you will recall, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Annual Conference was transformed into a very successful half-day, free virtual conference held on Zoom. It was our hope that the 2021 Conference would be held in-person at the Borgata in Atlantic City. However, we understand that the beginning of the upcoming academic year will bring many challenges to school administrators, making it difficult, if not impossible, to commit to spending two days away from your schools and districts. With this in mind, we have decided on the following plans for our conferences and hope that you will join us at each of these upcoming events:
1. On October 15, 2021, we will once again host a free, half-day virtual conference on Zoom with the theme of RENEW! REIMAGINE! REBUILD! Highlights of this event will include a keynote address by Robyn Jackson. We will also honor our Visionary Award Winners: Dr. Kwame Morton, Visionary Principal of the Year Secondary Level; Annie Corley-Hand, Visionary Principal of the Year, Elementary Level; Emily Bonilla, Visionary Assistant Principal of the Year; and Kelly Harmon, Visionary Supervisor/Director of the Year. The theme for this event will be As more details are finalized and registration opens, we will keep you informed.
2. On March 24 and 25, 2022, we will host a full in-person conference at the Borgata in Atlantic City. Included will be a celebration of the 40th anniversary of NJPSA, keynote addresses from George Couros and Zaretta Hammond, professional learning workshops presented by our members and staff, and a legislative thread of presentations by our government relations team and invited guests.
3. In October 2022, we will return to our traditional two-day Fall Conference and continue to hold our conference in October going forward. Details on the dates, location, conference theme, and program will be announced in the future.
Thank you again for your patience and understanding and for the outstanding job you have been doing since the beginning of the pandemic. Please be on the lookout for more information on all three upcoming NJPSA/FEA/NJASCD conferences.