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Monday, October 22
 

10:30am

Governance I - New Board Member Orientation
For board members and charter school trustees in the first year of their first term. Please note: This training session is not open to all Workshop registrants. Only pre-registered, qualifying board members may attend.

Monday October 22, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08434

1:00pm

Essentials of School Board Leadership
The goal of this session is to provide board leaders the skills and knowledge essential to conquering the unique challenges and issues faced by board president. We will use real time scenarios to explore situations board presidents may encounter and provide information and skills needed to navigate and guide the board to continued success.

Speakers
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Mary Ann Friedman

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
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Kathleen Helewa

Field Service Representative, New Jersey School Boards Association


Monday October 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 322 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08462

1:00pm

Sustainable Jersey: Beyond the Resolution
This session describes how a board member can help lead a school district towards certification in Sustainable Jersey for Schools. A board resolution is not the end of the involvement for board members. In fact, boards can be powerful change agents, by providing guidance through sustainability policy, implementing sustainability in district strategic plans, and creating green district goals. Learn how to align board actions to sustainability initiatives in areas such as the physical plant, hiring of personnel, curriculum, professional development, assessing progress for implementing sustainability, and more.

Speakers
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John Henry

STEAM and Sustainable Schools Specialist, NJSBA
Mr. Henry is currently on staff at NJSBA serving as an integrative STEAM and Sustainable Schools Specialist. Mr. Henry holds a Master’s Degree in K-12 Industrial Studies and Technology Education and began his career teaching energy and power courses at Montclair State College. In... Read More →
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Heather McCall

Program Director, Sustainable Jersey for Schools, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey


Monday October 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 304 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08435

2:30pm

Changing the Culture of Your Board
While all boards of education in New Jersey operate under the same code and statutes, the culture of boards can vary greatly. When your board’s culture needs to change in order to more effectively perform its responsibilities, what are some of the strategies and tactics that can be used to effectuate that change? Panelists will offer real-world examples of boards that have implemented meaningful change in their culture.

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Matt Lee

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Monday October 22, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 308 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08414

2:30pm

Communicating During Negotiations
Contract negotiations are an essential job of a school board, but while there is much the board may want to say while negotiations are ongoing – communication must be prudent. This presentation will focus on how and when to communicate with staff, the public and press during labor negotiations.

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Janet Bamford

Manager, Communications and Publications, New Jersey School Boards Association
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Robert Greitz

Consultant, NJSBA


Monday October 22, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08434

2:30pm

Current Issues in School Law
Everybody loves to speak with a school law attorney, especially when it is free. NJSBA staff attorneys will present an update on recent legal decisions and legislative developments affecting school boards and charter schools. The session uses a combined presentation/Q&A format to provide insight into significant recent developments in public school law, along with an informal question-and-answer format to give participants an opportunity to ask questions about the topics presented and any other area of school law.

Speakers
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Carl Tanksley

Director, Legal and Labor Relations, NJSBA


Monday October 22, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 304 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08435

2:30pm

Eight Characteristic of Effective School Boards
An effective school board that is focused on student achievement evaluates all functions of a board, from governance and policy to communication with staff and the public. According to the Center for Public Research, there is a consistent body of research examining the characteristics and practices of effective school boards. It is clear that school boards in high-achieving districts exhibit approaches and characteristics that are markedly different from boards in low-achieving districts. This program will assist you as you in establishing a culture for your board that is focused on improving student success in your school district.

Speakers
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Kanisha Williams

Managing Director, Member and Leadership Services, NSBA
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Kathy Winecoff

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Monday October 22, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 309 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08442

2:30pm

Superintendent Evaluation Process and Tool
Evaluation of the superintendent’s performance is one of a school board’s statutorily-required, and most important, responsibilities. This year-long process starts with goal setting, includes a comprehensive evaluation tool that reflects today’s leadership standards, and culminates with meaningful dialogue between board and superintendent. Learn to develop an evaluation timeline, build consensus of the majority opinion, write an annual performance report, and understand the value in pre- and post- conferences with the superintendent.

Speakers
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Matt Lee

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Monday October 22, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 305/306 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08433

3:45pm

From “Robert’s Rules” to “Robert Rules!”
Do board meetings leave you feeling stressed, frustrated and exhausted? Learn how “Robert” can help facilitate better discussions and group decision making at the board table. Join us for survival tips using Robert’s Rules, the guide to parliamentary procedure that will add efficiency, effectiveness and value to your board meetings. This action lab includes a brief PowerPoint Presentation, small and large group discussion, and individual and group exercises.

Speakers
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Jesse Adams Jr.

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Monday October 22, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 308 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08414

3:45pm

A Myriad of Factors that Impact Student Achievement
If student achievement and learning was simply about curriculum and instruction, the achievement gap would not be as difficult to close as it is. This session will introduce participants to other factors that can influence and inhibit learning, such as inherent bias, student management practices, land use laws, and more. A collaborative process that districts can use to identify specific challenges, and develop action plans, will be discussed.


Monday October 22, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 305/306 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08433

3:45pm

Communications During a Referendum
Successful referenda have one thing in common: an effective strategy for community engagement and public information. This program will focus on how to develop a communications plan that will educate voters about the proposal and, in the process, help win their support. Participants will learn how to identify various segments of the population, and how to tailor messages to them. Also discussed will be effective use of an array of communications channels, including social networks, traditional print media, community meetings, the district newsletter, and websites. Learn from a publications expert and a public relations professional whose district recently passed a $9.7 million bond referendum.

Speakers
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Janet Bamford

Manager, Communications and Publications, New Jersey School Boards Association
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Maren Smagala

District Communications Coordinator, North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District


Monday October 22, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08434
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3:45pm

School Official Ethics: Where Are We Now?
The recent advisory opinions and decisions of the School Ethics Commission have brought forth the greatest sea change in the school official ethics landscape in more than 20 years. Join NJSBA's staff attorneys as they set forth the state of school official ethics law today; how we got there; and the behavior constraints currently faced by board members and school administrators.


Monday October 22, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 204 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08445

4:00pm

Negotiating Health Benefits
Over the past few years, there have been significant changes in the health insurance arena, including changes in the School Employees Health Benefit Program; Chapter 78’s sunset; and the advent of the Affordable Care Act. Come learn how these changes affect collective negotiations

Speakers
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Patrick Duncan

Special Assistant for Labor Relations, West Windsor -Plainsboro Regional School District
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Robert Greitz

Consultant, NJSBA


Monday October 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 309 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08442

1:00am

Best Practices in a Shared Superintendent Arrangement
This group session will provide an overview of best practices that can be used when school districts share a superintendent. We will explore the following options: Shared Services, Developing a Common Calendar, New Board Member Mentoring, Shared Partnerships, Strategic Planning and Board Training.

Speakers
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Dr. Steve Gregor

Superintendent, Gateway Regional High School
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Kathy Winecoff

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00am - 2:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08452
 
Tuesday, October 23
 

9:30am

A Wall of Chairs: Breaking Down Barriers that Stifle Innovative Boardsmanship.
It has been said "inspiration is for amateurs." Innovative practice must be less of a spontaneous event and more of a practiced process. This interactive session will focus on protocols and practices that avoid group think, the creative paradox, and stagnation, all of which are symptomatic of a wall of chairs facing the board of education dais. Learn practices the Howell Township Board of Education has used that have led to our Boardsmanship Professional Learning Committee, and an invigorated learning community.

Speakers
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Joseph Isola

Superintendent, Howell Township Public Schools
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Dr. Denise Lowe

Board Member, Howell Township Public Schools


Tuesday October 23, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08477

9:30am

Building Character-Strong Students and #THEPOWEROFWE
Once upon a time, Cinnaminson Middle School set out to enhance its character education platform while integrating community service and service learning into its already character- strong school programs. This session will explore the programs that were created or enhanced, what the district learned along the way, and how it managed to turn a culture of "me" into one of "we." This video presentation and discussion will highlight how Cinnaminson became a National School of Character, its in-school activities, service learning opportunities, and the growing community involvement.

Speakers
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Melissa DeClementi

Teacher and Unity Club Advisor-also Mt. Laurel BOE Member, Cinnaminson Middle school
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Beth Green

Reading Teacher and Character Ed. Committee, Cinnaminson Middle school


Tuesday October 23, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 405/406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08455

9:30am

Developing and Empowering Teacher Leadership
Our best and brightest teachers deserve a career path that provides opportunities for leadership without leaving the classroom. In fact, empowering teachers to assume leadership roles has the potential to transform your district's perspective toward professional learning, create a culture of collaboration, and improve student learning outcomes. Learn how the Jackson school district has leveraged its partnership with the New Jersey Achievement Coach program and New Jersey Teacher Leader Network to create a comprehensive shared mission of empowering and developing teacher-leaders within the district.

Speakers
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Dan Baginski

Assistant Superintendent, Jackson Township BOE
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Michael Burgos

Principal, Jackson Township BOE
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Dr. Lisa Lane

Supervisor of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, Jackson Township BOE


Tuesday October 23, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08434

9:30am

Implicit Biases: Everyone Has Them
Research affirms that we all have inherent biases. Research also reports that inherent biases are due to subconscious images that we see throughout the day, but never process. In this discussion, the presenters will define inherent biases, guide participants to self-awareness by helping participants understand the root of their inherent biases, and provide resources to identify them.

Speakers
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Cyndy Jahn

Counsel, NJSBA
Cynthia J. Jahn serves as General Counsel to the New Jersey School Boards Association, having served in that position since 1999; as well as Director of the Legal and Policy Services Department from 1997to 2008; and Assistant Executive Director from 1999 to 2009. Ms. Jahn was a partner... Read More →
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Carl Tanksley

Director, Legal and Labor Relations, NJSBA


Tuesday October 23, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08437

9:30am

Mandatory Domestic Violence Reporting Policy for School Districts
Effective January 8, all New Jersey public employers, including all school districts, are required to have and disseminate a reporting process for employees to report incidents of domestic violence. All public employees must be encouraged to report domestic violence incidents to their human resources officer, and should be provided with specific information and services. Presenters will go through the many new legal requirements as well as the responsibilities of a school district to provide a safe and confidential reporting mechanism for its employees. Often, the workplace may be the only safe place for a victim of domestic violence. Make sure your district is compliant!

Speakers
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Kathleen Asher

kasher@njsba.org


Tuesday October 23, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Rooom 304 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08435

9:30am

Model Programming for Students Ages 18 to 21 with Disabilities
Students with disabilities who remain enrolled in school during ages 18 to 21 require a very different kind of educational programming, including age-appropriate contexts to learn skills used in adult life such as community employment and using community resources such as transportation, shopping, banking, and recreation. Staff from Ridgefield Memorial High School’s innovative program will discuss their program, the best practices they use to effectively prepare students for a successful adult life, and how they fund the program, including the use of tuition students from surrounding communities.



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Bill Freeman

Education Program Development Specialist III, NJDOE, OSEPD
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Caroline Kim

Transition Coordinator, Ridgefield Public Schools


Tuesday October 23, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08469

9:30am

Student Learning, Not Student Earning
Standards-based report cards and proficiency scales allow teachers and parents to track student learning and target their individual needs. Students can identify what they know and where they need to go by being part of this process. Move away from the "one and done" approach to grading, and towards a growth model that allows students time to revisit concepts, skills and ideas until they have met the standard.

Speakers
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Bette Newsham

1st Grade Teacher, Barrington School District
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Tara Royds

3rd Grade Teacher, Barrington School District
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Amy Thies

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Barrington School District


Tuesday October 23, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08466

9:30am

Sustainability Champions
Learn from schools and districts that are in the forefront of sustainability. This session will highlight best practices and case studies from this year's award-winning districts and schools participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.

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Vincent DeLucia

Educator in Residence, NJSBA


Tuesday October 23, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08452

9:30am

Words Matter: The Importance of Language in Contracts
A fast-paced program designed to provide guidelines and understanding of the techniques utilized in drafting contract language and proposals to ensure board interests are protected.

Speakers
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Robert Greitz

Consultant, NJSBA
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Kurt Rebovich

Consultant, NJSBA


Tuesday October 23, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 305/306 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08433

10:00am

Board President: Are You Leading or Managing?
As board president, do you see yourself as “leading” your team to success or do you feel that you are just “managing” the month-to-month board activities? In this session we will look at the principles and qualities of leadership, various leadership styles, and examine case studies in leadership. Participants will work in small groups to assess their own perceptions and expectations of leaders, and will leave this session with concepts to help develop the leadership style that works best for them.

Speakers
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Jesse Adams Jr.

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Tuesday October 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08407

10:00am

Engaging Students Through The Arts
Through integration of the arts, the languages unique to each art form combine to evoke creative thinking and engage every child. When music and visual art merge with writing, richer imagery, expression and sensory memories are brought forth to improve student writing. Participants in this workshop will listen to music, create visual images inspired by the music, and generate writing that is both deeply personal and rich in narrative imagery.

Speakers
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Barbara Prestridge

Art Teacher, Park Middle School, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools
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Marcello Velame

Music Teacher, Neptune Public Schools and consultant for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools


Tuesday October 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08405

10:00am

Just Breathe!
The idea is simple: mindfulness can improve overall well-being, leading to a more engaged and fulfilled life. Practicing mindfulness also provides the tools necessary to deal with adverse events and traumas, and can improve a person’s health by relieving stress and improving sleep. Participants will see how an elementary school embraced the social and emotional learning of its students and staff by teaching mindfulness techniques to enhance the entire culture of the building. As part of this Action Lab, participants will actively engage in simple mindfulness techniques that can be implemented in and out of the classroom.

Speakers
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Susan D'Alessandro

Principal, Stafford Township School District, Ocean Acres Elementary
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Christine Schmidt

Teacher, Stafford Township School District, Ocean Acres Elementary


Tuesday October 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 314 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08409

10:00am

Learning & Leading
Participants will rotate through stations that our student leaders experience at monthly Student Leadership meetings. Areas explored include: coding, digital citizenship, MakerSpace, digital exploration, entrepreneurship, and engineering challenges. Core beliefs emphasized during this session will encompass the Future Ready mindset, such as student voice, choice, and leadership. Through this systematic approach, innovative practices have been implemented district-wide with a focus on sustainability.

Speakers
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Bridgette Burtt

Coordinator of Innovative Programs, Long Branch School District
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Dr. Michael Salvatore

Superintendent of Schools, Long Branch School District
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Dr. Renee Whelan

Director of Early Childhood Education, Long Branch Public Schools


Tuesday October 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08415

10:00am

Safeguarding Student Rights: Student Hearings and Due Process
This engaging action lab focuses on disciplinary hearings for general and special education students, and suggests due process procedures that will protect the educational rights of students, as well as limit potential liability for administration and the board of education. Resources will include: overview of state laws related to student hearings and due process, sample policies and procedures and more.

Speakers
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Jean Harkness

Consultant, Policy, NJSBA


Tuesday October 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08406

10:00am

School Safety: A Whole Child Approach
A great deal of attention is being paid to school safety and security, follwing several high-profile incidents of school violence. The whole child approach to education features "safe" as its second of five key tenets. It states that "each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults." In this session, participants will take a deep dive into this tenet and its 10 indicators. Attendees will take away an approach to making key safety decisions from a global context that is proactive, rather than reactive to newsworthy events.

Speakers
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Matthew Mingle

Superintendent, Warren Township Schools


Tuesday October 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08411

11:00am

Arming Retired Police Officers in Schools: A Look at the Options
This session will discuss the options available for armed personnel in schools. The emphasis will be explaining the cost-effective best practice, which is the new Class III Special Law Enforcement Officer. We will discuss hiring, training and managing the Class III Officer based on the school resource officer community policing model.

Speakers
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Timothy Gerity

Board of Education Member, Garwood, NJ School District
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Patrick Kissane

Executive Director, New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers
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Ken Rota

Superintendent of Schools, Fort Lee Public Schools


Tuesday October 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 305/306 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08433

11:00am

Cops and Teachers: Partners in Education
There are overwhelming benefits to creating, developing and maintaining a strong, positive connection between the school district and the local police department –and it’s imperative to establish this rapport in the good times so when challenges arise, both groups are prepared. Beginning with patrolman and teachers and leading up to the chief of police and superintendent, there needs to be an open relationship and communication to ensure the safety and security of the students and staff. This program will discuss the process of establishing the regular communication and mutual support that it takes to foster the connection.


Speakers
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Scott Bendul

Director of Buidings & Grounds and Security, Fort Lee Public Schools
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Pat Kissane

Deputy Chief, Fort Lee Police Department
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Ken Rota

Superintendent of Schools, Fort Lee Public Schools


Tuesday October 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 405/406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08455

11:00am

Genius Hour: Unlocking Student Voices
The ”Genius Hour” concept in classrooms is rapidly gaining momentum as a meaningful instructional practice. The practice involves setting aside time for students to explore their own passions; the idea is that allowing people to work on something that interests them encourages creativity and productivity. This session will explore how the Frenchtown School incorporated a Genius Hour for middle school students, and will discuss the challenges and triumphs, as well as how the school built the program to best meet student needs.


Speakers
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Christina Lauck

Principal, Frenchtown School District


Tuesday October 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08466

11:00am

Leverage the Tiered System of Support
Session participants will learn how one district leveraged the New Jersey Tiered Systems of Support the to implement a successful and effective data-driven, progress-monitored RTI (Response to Intervention) program and improve the efficiency of the interventional and referral services for students in grades K-8.

Speakers
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Braden Hirsch

Superintendent, Frankford Township School District
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Evan Linhardt

Associate Professor of Math/Science Methods, Ramapo College of NJ


Tuesday October 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08477

11:00am

NJ Public School Labor Management Collaborative
More than 20 years of research reports that when administrators and teachers, management and labor, board of education, administrators, teachers, and support staff collaborate, the results include increased student learning/achievement and healthier climates for students, staff, and all stakeholders. In this session, participants will hear from New Jersey districts who are using collaborative practices, and learn how to join the N.J. Public School Labor Management Collaborative.

Speakers
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Marie Blistan

President, NJEA, NJEA
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Dr. Saul Rubenstein

Director of Early Childhood Education, Long Branch Public Schools


Tuesday October 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08437

11:00am

NJQSAC: A Pathway to Success
Session participants will learn about the New Jersey Department of Education’s revised model of school district evaluation, the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC). Selected District Performance Review (DPR) indicators will be shared, including indicators that reflect student achievement results and how they factor into a school district’s score on the continuum. Included in the workshop will be the process our county offices will use to prepare school districts for the NJQSAC evaluation and will include excerpts from the new NJQSAC User Manual.

Speakers
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Paula Bloom

Coordinator, NJDOE, NJDOE
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Robert L. Bumpus

Assistant Commissioner of Field Services, NJDOE


Tuesday October 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08469

11:00am

Organize, Engage, Improve!
Hear directly from superintendents and the head of one of the world’s top accrediting agencies about proven, sustainable and cost-effective strategies for successfully tackling system-wide improvement. Gain practical knowledge from educational leaders who have used system-wide accreditation to energize their districts, inspire change, advance student achievement and meet budgetary goals. Topics covered will include how to organize effective system-wide improvement teams, use data to create action plans for improvement, increase buy-in with all stakeholders, use peer review as professional development, and more.

Speakers
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Dr. Henry G. Cram

President, Middle States Association
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Dr. Michael Kuchar

former Superintendent, Bergenfield Public School District


Tuesday October 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08434

11:00am

The Grass is Greener with Grants
Sustainable Jersey for Schools has provided more than $1 million in small grants to participating schools. Learn about the exciting projects being undertaken by schools and school districts and how your district can obtain funding for sustainability projects in 17 category areas related to people, the planet and prosperity in your school.

Speakers
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Samantha McGraw

Program Manager, Sustainable Jersey


Tuesday October 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08452

11:00am

The N.J. State Board of Education
The New Jersey State Board of Education adopts administrative code, which sets the rules needed to implement state education law. These laws are created to govern and supervise the state’s 2,500 public schools, which educate 1.38 million students. The State Board is appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state Senate. This informative session will feature a moderated discussion with members of the New Jersey State Board of Education.

Speakers
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Sharon Seyler

Legislative Advocate, NJSBA


Tuesday October 23, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 304 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08435

1:00pm

Fostering the Future
How do you prepare students for jobs that don't yet exist? Come peer into the future and learn how to foster student skills and voice for the years ahead. Discuss shifts in practice to address the needs of today's learners and provide them with the knowledge and experiences to ready them to make an impact on tomorrow.


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08437

1:00pm

Investing in In-District Special Education Programs
The Howell Township school district provides an in-district program for students with significant behavioral disabilities, the C.H.A.N.G.E program, which has successfully served middle-school students from Howell and neighboring school districts in the least restrictive environment for over 15 years. This presentation will provide other districts the opportunity to learn how to develop, implement and sustain a similar special education program. Topics discussed will include budgeting, scheduling, identifying appropriate students, staffing, programming and cost savings/revenue.

Speakers
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Tara Byrnes

Special Education Teacher, Howell Township Public Schools
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Patricia Callander

Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Services, Howell Township Public Schools
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Susan Spill

Supervisor of Special Education, Howell Township Public Schools


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08477

1:00pm

Preparing Students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
A few years from now, over one-third of the skills that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed and the Fourth Industrial Revolution will have brought us advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics. Preparing a child for the world that doesn’t yet exist is not an easy task. Participants will hear from a variety of business and education leaders who will discuss the critical 21st century skills every student needs to succeed, and the abilities and traits that will serve them in a time of rapid change.

Speakers
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Christy Tighe

Director of College and Career Readiness, Junior Achievement of New Jersey


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 405/406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08455

1:00pm

Staff Wellness Programs That Get Results
Employee wellness programs can make a difference in employees’ health and happiness while promoting a positive relationship between management and labor. Workplace wellness can offer financial gains beyond reduced claim expenses, including reduced absenteeism, greater employee engagement and productivity, less unscheduled paid time off, fewer workers’ comp claims, greater employee retention, and increased employee satisfaction and morale. This session explores key aspects of successful wellness programs.

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Jim Rollo

Business Administrator, Mendham Borough Board of Education


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08466

1:00pm

The Future of Statewide Assessments
The New Jersey Department of Education conducted a listening tour around the state to hear what community members, parents, teachers, educators and students would like to see in a statewide assessment system. This presentation will outline the purpose, process and outline of the listening tour and present the results of the outreach as well as discuss the next steps of the evolution of the statewide assessment program.

Speakers
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Jeffrey Hauger

Director of Assessments, NJDOE
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Diana Pasculli

Chief of Strategic Alignment, NJDOE


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08469

1:00pm

The Hidden Cost of Lateral Movement on the Salary Guide
Advanced training for teachers can have serious financial consequences for boards of education, resulting from both tuition reimbursement and financial incentives for advanced degrees. This program will highlight the unanticipated and often overlooked impact upon the financial operations of boards of educatio, and offer tactics to limit the impact.

Speakers
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Steve Brennan

Business Administrator, Pinelands Regional Board of Education
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Robert Greitz

Consultant, NJSBA


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 305/306 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08433

1:00pm

Virtualize and Personalize Your Professional Learning
Sometimes we learn the most from our colleagues. So how can we empower our fellow educators with both the voice and choice they need? Learn how to move your district’s professional learning days from a one-room presentation format to an authentic personalized, virtual experience. This digital learning environment allows for anytime, anywhere learning. The Future Ready team from Long Branch public schools will demonstrate the process they used to create a virtual library of professional learning sessions for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Speakers
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Bridgette Burtt

Coordinator of Innovative Programs, Long Branch School District
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Neil Mastroianni

Education Technology Specialist, Long Branch
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Dr. Michael Salvatore

Superintendent of Schools, Long Branch School District
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Dr. Renee Whelan

Director of Early Childhood Education, Long Branch Public Schools


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08434

1:00pm

21st Century Middle School Science
This is not the science you experienced in middle school! Lumberton Middle School students will guide participants through the "IQWST" program. Students will demonstrate the interactive digital program along with their digital journals. Attendees will have the opportunity to complete a hands-on, student led science experiment.

Speakers
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Joe Langowski

Superintendent, Lumberton BOE
@LumbertonSuper. Extensive experience raising student achievement throughout New Jersey public schools.
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Bud Wrigley

LMS Principal, Lumberton Middle School


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08411

1:00pm

Building with Strong Boards
A few members on your board routinely miss meetings due to work commitments and ask to participate remotely. Should the board agree?
Students are threatening to hold a demonstration during school hours to further a social cause. How should administration respond?
A student requests, and the district provides, accommodations related to the student’s gender expression. The parent strongly objects and demands the accommodations stop. Does board policy address privacy concerns of both students and parents?
Taking a position on controversial issues in the absence of definitive statutory guidance can lead to debate that tests relationships among board members, and the board and the administration. Gain insight into developing consensus with other board members and administrators by identifying and debating policy approaches to controversial and/or current education issues. Facilitated by NJSBA Field Service, Policy and Legal departments.



Speakers
JH

Jean Harkness

Consultant, Policy, NJSBA
CP

Charlene Peterson

NJSBA Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08407

1:00pm

How’s Your Garden Growing? Follow-up for New Board members
During your mandated NBM training you planted the seeds of effective boardsmanship. In this meet-up with group leaders, designed for board members in their first year, we will celebrate your successes and discuss the obstacles you faced.
• Where have you been able to be a positive change agent?
• How are you enhancing achievement opportunities for all students in your district?
• What are the unique challenges you/your district are facing?
• What ‘out-of-the-box’ solutions have you/your board developed?
Participants will leave with enhanced confidence, an enriched network of resources and renewed enthusiasm for the challenges ahead.

Speakers
SD

Sheli Dansky-Danziger

Board Member, River Edge NJ
IL

Irene LeFebvre

Board member, Boonton Board of Education


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08406

1:00pm

My Life My Power: Social Emotional
My Life My Power delivers an evidence based process, curriculum and training to school board members and superintendents in order to show you what is possible in order to create a culture. During this workshop, you will have an opportunity to engage in fun exercises and dynamic conversations centered around getting to the root of the challenges within your district, while understanding how to create long term sustainable solutions for district, schools, employees and students. Participants design lives that propel their vision, sustain their purpose, and fulfill their dreams by engaging in thought-provoking exercises that expose them to life-affirming experiences and concepts.


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08405

1:00pm

Strategic Planning
This program will answer the questions, what is strategic planning and how will it help my district and our students? We will identify the components of the strategic planning process and explore the benefits of developing and implementing a strategic planning process in your district.

Speakers
MA

Mary Ann Friedman

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
MW

Mary Walter

Field Service Representative, New Jersey School Boards Association


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 314 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08409

1:00pm

Successful Superintendent Searches: The Most Important Role of the Board!
This hands-on session will cover all aspects of the superintendent search process – from vacancy through transition to a new leader. Participants will work in small groups to set criteria for the search and review the legality and relevancy of interview questions. Topics covered include the development of a search calendar, the application process, community and staff involvement, interviews, the board’s role in selecting a finalist, reference checking, and negotiating the new contract.

Speakers
JA

Jesse Adams Jr.

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
CP

Charlene Peterson

NJSBA Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Tuesday October 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08415

2:30pm

Best Practices in New Jersey’s Preschool to Grade 3 Early Childhood Program
New Jersey’s commitment to high-quality early learning is built on a foundation of research-based standards, developmentally appropriate classrooms, and well-trained teaching professionals to meet the diverse needs of young children. The New Jersey Department of Education will share an array of critical resources that support effective Pre K-3 systems and approaches, including a focus on the New Jersey Kindergarten Entry Assessment (NJKEA).

Speakers
GB

Grace Becica

Education Program Development Specialist, NJDOE
KS

Kimberly Santangelo

Kindergarten Entry Assessment Manager, NJDOE


Tuesday October 23, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08469

4:00pm

College Access Partnerships for Low-Income Scholars
This session will highlight how urban districts can create college awareness/enrollment partnerships through the Educational Opportunity Fund program, which is housed on 55 colleges in New Jersey. The strategic partnership between Newark Public schools and Montclair State University will be discussed including intentional recruitment programs, campus visits, maximizing financial aid awards and an introduction to the mandatory residential Summer Academy for incoming high school graduates.

Speakers
DD

Dr. Daniel Jean

Haledon Board Member, Haledon, NJ


Tuesday October 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08477

4:00pm

Funding Outdoor & Sustainable Classrooms
Collaborating with environmental non-profit organizations known as Land Trusts is a great way to get your district's green initiatives funded. The Hopewell Valley Regional School District partnered with a local nonprofit, which received corporate, nonprofit, and municipal grants to replace school lawn space with native plant garden, meadows and outdoor classrooms. Outdoor classrooms can provide an opportunity for standards-compliant hands-on, project-based curriculum. School meadows also cut grounds maintenance by reducing required lawn mowing, reducing the carbon footprint, and improving storm water management.

Speakers
TQ

Thomas Quinn CEFM, CPSI.

Deputy Director, Weehawken Police Report
SW

Steve Wilfing

Principal, Stony Brook Elementary School
LW

Lisa Wolff

Executive Director, Hopewell Valley Regionial School District
Collaborating to preserve and maintain open space


Tuesday October 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08466

4:00pm

Making Mathematics Meaningful for the 21st Century Learner
This session will highlight the shift in mathematics from solving problems to applying concepts. Since students today have access to resources that can give them the answers, the new goal is to develop independent learners who can analyze information and make informed decisions. Topics discussed will include the incorporation of technology, real-world examples that are relevant to the students, and how to make the shift with your staff.

Speakers
KE

Katherine Egan

Supervisor of 21st Century Learning and Innovation, Hazlet Township Public Schools
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Lori Joseph

Supervisor of Mathematics, Hazlet Township Public Schools
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Heather Schwarz

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Testing, Hazlet Township Public Schools


Tuesday October 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08434

4:00pm

Models for Concurrent College Enrollment
The Phillipsburg, Belvidere and Hackettstown school districts are looking at concurrent college enrollment opportunities for their high school students from a different point of view. Traditional dual-credit courses are often delivered on thie high school campus by the college or university. These three districts have creatively brought it back home, making scheduling, accountability and access much easier for all. Along with their partner, Centenary University, these pilot programs offer equitable opportunities for talented high school students as they prepare for their life after high school.

Speakers
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Chris Carrubba

Superintendent, Belvidere School District
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Gregory Toxell

Superintendent, Phillipsburg School District


Tuesday October 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 405/406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08455

4:00pm

Sexual Harassment: It’s Not the 1950s Any More (or 2010 either)
The #Metoo movement has had a substantial impact on employment relations throughout New Jersey.  School districts are not immune from sexual harassment in the workplace. Using recent events and case studies, presenters will provide an overview of what could constitute sexual harassment, review recent case law decisions, and provide guidance on how to avoid costly litigation damages that can result from inadequate complaint responses.   Your district’s response to sexual harassment allegations is key.

Speakers
KA

Kathleen Asher

kasher@njsba.org
RG

Robert Greitz

Consultant, NJSBA


Tuesday October 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 305/306 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08433

4:00pm

Supporting Social and Emotional Learning in Schools
This presentation will focus on the connection between social and emotional learning (SEL) and student success. Participants will be provided with an understanding of ways that schools can support the development of social and emotional skills in students and build the capacity of educators to support the whole child. This session will also address the role of school leaders in integrating trauma-informed practices into the broader approach to SEL.

Speakers
KA

Kelly Allen

Manager, New Jersey Department of Education


Tuesday October 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08469

4:00pm

The New CSA Evaluation Tool: Lessons Learned from the Field
The NJASA contributors to the CSA evaluation tool will provide reflections from the first year of implementation of the model.

Speakers
PH

Pat Haney

Superintendent, Logan Twp. BOE
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Joe Langowski

Superintendent, Lumberton BOE
@LumbertonSuper. Extensive experience raising student achievement throughout New Jersey public schools.
SR

Scott Rocco

Superintendent, Hamilton BOE


Tuesday October 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08437

4:00pm

The Sunshine Law: Facts and Fiction
Join NJSBA Field Service Representative Charlene Peterson and Education Law Consultant Mike Kaelber in a review of Sunshine Law (OPMA) issues common to boards of education. Topics will include what constitutes a meeting, use of technology, proper meeting notice, legal closed session topics, RICE notices, minutes, and other issues common to boards of education and other public bodies

Speakers
MF

Michael F. Kaelber, Esq.

Educational Consultant, Independent consultant
CP

Charlene Peterson

NJSBA Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Tuesday October 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08452
 
Wednesday, October 24
 

9:00am

Labor Relations Mini-Workshop
Hold onto your hats, we’re in for a bumpy ride in labor relations. Over the last few years, changes in the public sector labor relations environment have come quickly. However, this year, changes have intensified and arrived at almost-breakneck speed. From a new administration in Trenton, to the impact of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, labor relations in New Jersey are quite different than they were only 12 months ago. The program will focus on the specifics of these changes; how they've changed the landscape; and what boards of education can do and should expect moving forward. Simply put: fasten your seatbelts.

Speakers
RG

Robert Greitz

Consultant, NJSBA
CT

Carl Tanksley

Director, Legal and Labor Relations, NJSBA


Wednesday October 24, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm
Room 303

9:30am

Celebrate Learning with Digital Portfolios
Cultivate pride and ownership of learning as students develop career and future ready skills such as publication, metacognition, and digital citizenship through the use of digital portfolios. Digital portfolios are a natural fit to showcase authentic, project-based, and personalized learning experiences. This workshop will focus on one district’s journey in implementing digital portfolios at the middle and high school levels and how creating this digital venue supported students in showcasing their process, creativity, critical thinking, and achievement. Recommendations and resources for implementing digital portfolios at participants’ school sites will be provided.

Speakers
PO

Patrick O'Neill

Supervisor of Technology, Township of Ocean Schools
JR

Jack Rafter

Technology Coach, Township of Ocean Schools
VS

Valerie Sorce

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program Coordinator, Sustainable Jersey


Wednesday October 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08477

9:30am

Empowering Students through Authentic, Passion-Based Learning
Some call it "20 percent time." Others call it "genius hour." Whatever you call it, giving students a voice and choice on what they work on is a sure path to empowering students to be lifelong learners. In this session, we will discuss the amazing ways the authentic learning in our Fair Haven Innovates program is empowering students to achieve more and how teachers can incorporate passion-based learning in their classrooms to empower their students.

Speakers
CA

Chris Aviles

Innovation Coordinator, Fair Haven Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08466

9:30am

Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency
It is well known that energy efficiency upgrades save energy and money; this session will focus on the multiple benefits of energy-saving programs. Find out how planning for an Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) to finance efficiency upgrades can be leveraged to enable other related projects for improvements at the school. Learn from teachers about how the PowerSave program promotes learning and energy savings behaviors for students, and hear how teachers and administrators are leading the way in achieving energy savings and improving schools through innovative efficiency efforts.

Speakers
BB

Brad Bertani

Assistant Principal, Tuscan Elementary School South Orange Maplewood School District
KA

Kimberly A. Keener

Manager of Facilities, Robbinsville Board of Education
RM

Ron Marinelli

Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds, High Bridge School District


Wednesday October 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08452

9:30am

Next Generation Science Assessments
New Jersey completed a field test of the next generation science assessment this past spring. This session will discuss the new science assessment and the new features of the assessment.

Speakers
JB

John Boczany

Assessment Science Coordinator, NJDOE
JH

Jeffrey Hauger

Director of Assessments, NJDOE
MH

Mike Heinz

Science Coordinator, NJDOE


Wednesday October 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08469

9:30am

Superintendent Evaluation Process and Tool
Evaluation of the superintendent’s performance is one of a school board’s statutorily-required, and most important, responsibilities. This year-long process starts with goal setting, includes a comprehensive evaluation tool that reflects today’s leadership standards, and culminates with meaningful dialogue between board and superintendent. Learn to develop an evaluation timeline, build consensus of the majority opinion, write an annual performance report, and understand the value in pre- and post- conferences with the superintendent.

Speakers
TL

Terri Lewis

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
MW

Mary Walter

Field Service Representative, New Jersey School Boards Association


Wednesday October 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 405/406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08455

9:30am

Task Force on Education Opportunities for Non-College-Bound Learners
The programs, courses, and structure of high school to ensure that all students must be either college- or career-ready upon graduation from high school is evolving. The NJSBA Task Force on Education Opportunities for Non-College-Bound Learners will discuss their findings and recommendations during this group session.

Speakers
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Don Webster

Immediate Past President, NJSBA


Wednesday October 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08437

9:30am

Teacher on Board! Now What?
It can be difficult to know where the boundaries are when you are a teacher, a member of the NJEA, and a school board member. There was a big push by NJEA to get more teachers on local school boards this year. This session will help you, as a teacher and a school board member, avoid some of the traps.

Speakers
DT

Dr. Thomas Gambino

Superintendent, Atlantic Highland, Henry Husdon Regional & Highlands Borough


Wednesday October 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 305/306 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08433

9:30am

Writing Words Through Music: Engage and Inspire Every Student
Learn how teachers can harness music to engage every student in every classroom as an invaluable word prompt tool, exploring classroom applications of popular songs, classical compositions and music for film. Participants will receive the information needed to immediately facilitate lessons in their schools and also explore the neuroscience behind the techniques.

Speakers
GP

Gregory Pavliv

Director of Vocal Music, Glen Ridge Public Schools
AP

Anthony Petrocelli

Teacher, Asbury Park Public Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:30pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08434

10:00am

"New Math" is just Better Math
As math standards are changed and curriculum is adapted to those standards, many parents and community members find themselves questioning what they consider "new math." It is important for everyone in the school community to see that new approaches are really just a way of more deeply understanding the math that we learned in school. This session will explore the reasons behind the changes, and highlight specific examples where new approaches support students. Participants will come away with ideas for ways districts can support parents who are skeptical of math instruction.

Speakers
DE

Dr. Elissa Scillieri

Math Supervisor, Pequannock Township School


Wednesday October 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 314 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08409

10:00am

Coding and Robots in the Special Needs Classroom
This session will focus on WHY you should be teaching students HOW to code, incorporate coding and robotics in the curriculum, and inspire students and teachers within the special needs classroom. Real -ife examples and videos will showcase how students in an Autism program and Cognitive Moderate program utilize various coding sites and apps to increase their computer literacy. In addition, presenters will demonstrate how to use small classroom-friendly robots, such as Ozobots, Sphero's and Drones as part of a coding lesson. Discussion will focus on “brainstorming” additional ways/ideas educational professionals can use coding apps and robots.

Speakers
JK

Jennifer Kressler Duda

SPED Teacher, Mercer County Special Services School District
CH

Christopher Harris

Principal & Director of Technology, Pennsauken Public Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08411

10:00am

I Survived My First Year as a New Board Member…Now What?
As you approach completion of your first year as a board member, it’s time for new board members to reflect on and share experiences. What were the lessons learned? What can be improved on? What are next steps to better serve the children of your community? This action lab will include a brief PowerPoint Presentation; small and large group discussion; and individual and group exercises. Resources include materials packet, case studies, and a personal prescription for continued professional growth.

Speakers
JA

Jesse Adams Jr.

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Wednesday October 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08415

10:00am

Successful Superintendent Searches: The Most Important Role of the Board!
This hands-on session will cover all aspects of the superintendent search process – from vacancy through transition to a new leader. Participants will work in small groups to set criteria for the search and review the legality and relevancy of interview questions. Topics covered include the development of a search calendar, the application process, community and staff involvement, interviews, the board’s role in selecting a finalist, reference checking, and negotiating the new contract.

Speakers
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Kathleen Helewa

Field Service Representative, New Jersey School Boards Association


Wednesday October 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08406

10:00am

The Board's Role? The Superintendent's Role? Who Does What.
Research suggests the board-superintendent relationship does more to determine the effectiveness of education in schools that any other single factor. Using the National School Board Association’s Key Work of School Boards, we will explore the roles of board and superintendent; present real-life scenarios; identify "what went right" and “what went wrong;” and discuss strategies for building a positive working relationship with the board/superintendent team. Discussion will include communication, establishing norms, the importance of board training, and gaining a better understanding of the difference between oversight and management of schools.

Speakers
MA

Mary Ann Friedman

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
KW

Kathy Winecoff

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Wednesday October 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08407

10:00am

Using a School as a Shelter During a Natural Disaster
During a natural disaster, school facilities may be used as a shelter at the request of State and/or County Office of Emergency Management. Schools as shelters may be used to care for those displaced and who need immediate sheltering. During this action lab, presenters will share what processes and procedures will need to be in place prior to, during and after a natural disaster.

Speakers
TG

Thomas Gambino, Ed.D

Director of Facilities, Hopewell Valley Regionial School District
JG

Jeff Gale

School Security Specialist, NJ Department of Education


Wednesday October 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 314 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08409

11:00am

Career and Technical Education Partnerships: Expanding Opportunities for Success
As interest in career and technical education grows, local school districts can partner with their county’s vocational-technical schools to develop programs that prepare students for success. With a commitment to career-focused learning and a willingness to collaborate, county and local partners are working together to boost student engagement and address employers’ needs for a highly-skilled workforce. This session will explore successful partnership models, including career academies in local high schools and district programs developed with support from county vocational-technical school experts.


Speakers
SM

Scott Moffitt

Superintendent, Morris County Vocational School District
JS

Judy Savage

Executive Director, NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical School Districts


Wednesday October 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08437

11:00am

Creating a Portrait of a Graduate for Your School District
After the River Value school district undertook a values-setting process, which included input from all education stakeholders, a collective conclusion was reached that what the community valued most was developing independent learners capable of personal and professional success, and helping children find and develop their passions. The district then turned that into something that represented the district's vision - a "Portrait of a Graduate." In this session, attendees will learn to create their own “Portrait of a Graduate,” along with helpful hints and a template for developing a more forward-thinking vision of teaching and learning.


Speakers
KD

Kimberly Dowling

Supervisor of Curriculum, River Vale School District
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Rory McCourt

Superintendent of Schools, River Vale School District
Rory McCourt is the Superintendent of Schools for the River Vale School District, a progressive K-8 district located in Bergen County - be sure to hear about how we created our Portrait of a Graduate on Wednesday, October 24th at 11:00 A.M. in room 301!


Wednesday October 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08434

11:00am

Creatively Preserving Historical Facilities for Educational Use
In 2006, the Allamuchy Township Board of Education needed to expand facilities. A creative solution allowed the board of education and the Allamuchy Township Committee to preserve a historical landmark, Rutherfurd Hall, while re-purposing the property to create an elementary school facility, the Mountain Villa School. Join us as to learn about how the district took an innovative approach to education, historical and alternative uses of the property.

Speakers
JB

James Britt

Board Member, Allamuchy Township Board of Education
JE

Joseph E. Flynn

Superintendent, Allamuchy Township School District
KD

Keith De Tombeur

Mayor, Allamuchy Township Municipality


Wednesday October 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 305/306 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08433

11:00am

Faculty Amazing Race: A Team building Professional Development Model
Would you like to have a professional development (PD) activity that would involve and energize your staff on new district initiatives? Would you like to actively engage your faculty to work together and embrace an innovative mindset and in the process, laugh, learn and bond ? Throw out the boring PD and join Stafford Township schools as they take you on an "Amazing Race" of meaningful professional development.

Speakers
GC

George Chidiac

Superintendent, Stafford Township School District
SR

Sean Reilly

Supervisor of Elementary Education, Stafford Township School District
DY

David Ytreboe

Director of Pupil Services, Stafford Township School District


Wednesday October 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08477

11:00am

Low-Cost and Effective Gifted Services
Does your district fulfill the requirements of New Jersey Administrative Code for identifying gifted students K - 12 and providing appropriate instructional modifications? Do you meet the code, ensuring that minority, limited-English-proficient, female and male students are properly represented in your gifted program? Do you meet the equity standards for the federal Office of Civil Rights? Come learn about practical methods to assure compliance with the gifted requirements under the new NJQSAC, and find potential ESSA funding sources in Title I and Title II money, as well as how to creatively use your current staff to serve your brightest students at their challenge level. Join us in a discussion of these and other issues regarding gifted education in your school district

Speakers
RB

Roberta Braverman M.A. Ed.

Educational Consultant, NJAGC Advocacy, New Jersey Association for Gifted Children
MF

Michael F. Kaelber, Esq.

Educational Consultant, Independent consultant


Wednesday October 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08466

11:00am

Reducing Anxiety in Students with Special Needs
The Morris-Union Jointure Commission employs strategies that are effective in reducing anxiety, improving communication and decreasing aggression for students with severe autism. These strategies include a sensory room, yoga, comfort dog visitation, gratitude journals, effective mindfulness exercises, martial arts, and an aquarium. Presenters will share how to employ these strategies in the most cost effective way. This session will highlight the sensory room and its use, cost, challenges, and benefits. Procedures and goals for each of the techniques discussed will be presented.

Speakers
DJ

Dr. Janet Fike

Superintendent, Morris-Union Jointure Commission
DS

Denise Smallacomb

Assistant Superintendent, Morris-Union Jointure Commission


Wednesday October 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 405/406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08455

11:00am

School + University Partnership = Math Success
The establishment of a joint-school university culture fosters school improvement and increases student achievement with the development of professional development schools, which focus on the preparation of pre-service and in-service teachers, and aims to support the transition from college to the workplace. This session will present current research from multiple school districts that have developed a joint-school university culture, and will provide attendees with the necessary tools and strategies to implement school improvement changes that lead to an increase in student achievement.


Speakers
AR

Andrew R. Piotrowski, Ed.D.

Principal, Raritan High School, Hazlet Township Public Schools
JP

Joseph P. Vespignani, Ed.D.

Principal, Hoboken Public Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08469

11:00am

Unleashing the Potential of Data Through Governance
Data is the most untapped asset in most companies, private and public. The proper use of data can ensure school districts can properly receive and disburse funding, provide vital information for educators about their students, and provide communities information on their children. This session will discuss a model for building a data governance program so districts can begin to realize what data can do for them, and how a board of education can support that effort. The presentation will include example materials, cybersecurity best practices, and policy documents.

Speakers
KV

Katherine Villari

Executive Director, Data Management Office, New Jersey Department of Education


Wednesday October 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08469

1:00pm

Build Student Engagement and Civility via Social-Emotional and Character Development: An Educational Priority
The decline of genuine dialogue and civility, as well as a reduced sense of empowerment and civic engagement, is a difficulty affecting our young people that schools and the wider society must address with urgency. As John Dewey recognized, this starts with the classroom and school and moves outward into the world. The Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) Lab at Rutgers will share its work in we call STAT—Students Taking Action Together—an instructional strategy for use as part of everyday social studies, history, civics, current events, and language arts instruction, as well as to address school problem situations as they happen. We will demonstrate how to teach students in upper elementary grades through high school can use perspective—taking, empathy development, respectful debate, and improved communication and problem solving skills, all within the existing academic curriculum structure. The STAT approach also is ideal for partnerships between school mental health professionals and instructional staff, as well as those leading relevant student clubs.


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08437

1:00pm

Education/Justice Partnership: Systems Working Together to Support Youth Underscoring collaboration, local/state justice and education officials will share initiatives that have strengthened their partnership, experience using data to identify cross-syste
The term “school-to-prison pipeline” broadly describes the phenomenon whereby youth are pushed out of the classroom through overly punitive discipline practices, such as zero tolerance policies, and into the juvenile justice system. This workshop will broaden the dialogue around the school-to-prison pipeline and underscore the importance of collaboration between the juvenile justice and education systems in tackling this challenging issue. Participants will hear from both local and state level stakeholders from the Education/Justice Partnership, a collaborative body of the New Jersey Council on Juvenile Justice System Improvement regarding their journey to strengthen the collaborative relationship between educators and juvenile justice professionals; experience using data to identify the scope of the problem and to inform solutions; and efforts to implement school-based initiatives. Attendees will also have an opportunity to brainstorm regarding creative solutions to end the school-to-prison pipeline in a format that can guide future discussions at the local level.
Consistent with the New Jersey Council on Juvenile Justice System Improvement’s efforts to address the “school-to-prison pipeline,” components of the presentation will include the Department of Education’s initiatives/strategies for creating a positive school climate through education practices around social, emotional, and behavioral learning, and efforts to support schools in reshaping traditional school discipline through implementation of alternative forms of behavioral intervention. Participants will learn about these initiatives and how juvenile justice professionals can better partner with local educators to increase the overall well-being and educational outcomes of youth.
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from state/local level juvenile justice and education professionals and officials that will outline specific strategies and ways that teachers and school administrators can be empowered to identify and participate in opportunities to lead and collaborate with kids, families, law enforcement, community partners, and more. Ideas and strategies for leadership and collaboration to reduce school arrests and develop a system of care to assess and treat chronically disruptive students and to improve graduation rates and school and community safety will be shared.
Attendees will be provided information on how to become involved in both state and local level school/justice partnership collaboratives. Contact information and specific opportunities to further participate will be provided to attendees.


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08477

1:00pm

Equity and Access for English Language Learners
This session will provide participants with the requirements and strategies, as well as resources, to ensure that English language learners receive equitable access to school district services.

Speakers
KB

Ken Bond

bilingual/ESL coordinator, NJ Department of Education
JL

Jacquelyn Leon

bilingual/ESL ed. specialist, NJ Department of Education
LR

Lori Ramella

bilingual/ESL coordinator, NJ Department of Education


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08469

1:00pm

Gateway to Careers
This session will provide participants will practical strategies to jumpstart a career education program in a traditional high school setting. Presenters from Gateway Regional High School will share how to implement a schoolwide career day, forge game-changing partnerships with industry leaders and community organizations, and tackle career education using a multifaceted-approach including speakers, field trips, job shadowing, volunteer opportunities, and internships. The Gateway to Careers program was recently featured in NJEA’s Classroom Close-Up and partners with the New Jersey Department of Labor.

Speakers
CC

Calvin Cizek

Disability Support Coordinator/Educational Consultant, Salem Community College
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Melissa Eckstein

District Career Facilitator, Gateway Regional High School
As a former English teacher and counselor for 23 years, my professional passion is now laser-focused on career education. I believe in traveling well beyond the classroom walls to expose and educate students in opportunities available to them for the future. In addition, I network... Read More →
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Dr. Saul Rubenstein

Director of Early Childhood Education, Long Branch Public Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 305/306 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08433

1:00pm

Legislative Update Session
The Legislative Update session with New Jersey’s 2018-2019 legislature will feature a combination of NJSBA’s traditional forum, along with the Garden State Coalition of Schools. It is hoped that this combined session will allow for participation of a good number of our distinguished legislators. Please come with your appropriate questions for what we anticipate will be a great, collegial experience with our elected officials. This session has become the most highly-attended session of our Workshop.

Speakers
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Sharon Seyler

Legislative Advocate, NJSBA


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 304 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08435

1:00pm

Mock Board
While the session will follow an agenda like a regular board meeting, the public will have an opportunity to present general school law and labor relations questions to a panel of distinguished school board attorneys serving on the "mock board". Attendees are invited to bring their school law questions to the professionals!

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Carl Tanksley

Director, Legal and Labor Relations, NJSBA


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Inventors Bank Theater

1:00pm

Passing a Referendum in a Small District
In these challenging economic times, districts are desperately in need of additional funding. This is especially true of the many smaller districts in New Jersey. This session will highlight how the Cresskill School District (1,850 students) passed a $12.6 million referendum in September 2017.

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Michael Burke

Superintendent, Cresskill School District
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Antoinette Kelly

Business Administrator, Cresskill School District
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Denise Villani

Board of Education President, Cresskill School District


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 405/406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08455

1:00pm

Retaining and Attracting New Jersey's Future Workforce
The mission of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association's Postsecondary Education Task Force is to develop strategies to prepare New Jersey’s future workforce, to build a dynamic brand for New Jersey higher education, and to build career readiness standards into all curriculum in K-16 education. In this session, NJBIA will explore a recently-released Education Equation report, which contains recommendations and strategies to help keep millennials in New Jersey by matching education programs to private sector jobs.

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Michele Siekerka

President and CEO, New Jersey Business & Industry Association


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08469

1:00pm

Trial By Fire
After a March 2018 nor'easter caused a transformer fire in a wing of the Boonton High School, the district faced the challenges of keeping the educational program operating in the preK-grade 12 district while cleaning up and repairing the damage. This session will cover such topics as the sequence of events after the superintendent received the phone call notifying him of the fire; the difficulties involved in restoring the facility; and the importance of having an emergency operating plan.

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Robert Presuto

Superintendent, Boonton Public School District


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08434

1:30pm

All Aboard the Arts Integration & STEAM Trains!
Arts integration practices have been proven to have a positive impact on student development, student achievement, and school climate. This session will provide a contemporary vision of how arts integration can improve school culture and deepen the learning process for students. The workshop will act as a framework for implementing arts integration within diverse educational contexts. Activities will focus on defining qualities, best practices, and professional development strategies, and hands-on, guided planning time. Participants will be provided with background information on arts integration, as well as a blueprint for building a quality STEAM program and recommendations for implementation.

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Shawna Longo

Vice President, Board of Education, Morris Plains Schools
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Kurt Zimmermann

STEAM Facilitator, Hopatcong Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08406

1:30pm

Board President: Are You Leading or Managing?
As board president, do you see yourself as “leading” your team to success or do you feel that you are just “managing” the month-to-month board activities? In this session we will look at the principles and qualities of leadership, various leadership styles, and examine case studies in leadership. Participants will work in small groups to assess their own perceptions and expectations of leaders, and will leave this session with concepts to help develop the leadership style that works best for them.

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Jesse Adams Jr.

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08415

1:30pm

Costing out the Labor Agreement
Employee compensation is determined bilaterally through collective negotiations. School board and union negotiate compensation along with other terms and conditions of employment, which are memorialized in the district’s labor agreements. Because employee compensation comprises the largest expenditure in a school district’s budget, it is essential that current and projected costs of salaries and benefits, and expenditures for employee compensation, are ascertained to be consistent with board goals. This process is called “costing out” the labor agreement.

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Sandy Raup

Data Analyst, NJSBA


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08405

1:30pm

Journey to Heal Education: Mindfulness Practices in Action
Expanding on the "Journey to Heal Education" group session, this action lab will engage participants in experiential learning through mindfulness, yoga, and social-emotional learning competencies. Learners will gain a deeper understanding of how these practices can increase attention, focus and relaxation. By the end of this session, participants will be equipped with a toolbox of strategies and skills to integrate mindfulness, breathing, yoga and SEL into their schools.


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08411

1:30pm

Strategic Planning
This program will answer the questions, what is strategic planning, and how will it help my district and our students? We will identify the components of the strategic planning process and explore the benefits of developing and implementing a strategic planning process in your district.

Speakers
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Mary Walter

Field Service Representative, New Jersey School Boards Association
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Kathy Winecoff

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Wednesday October 24, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08407

2:30pm

3D Printing in the Classroom
Session participants will learn about 3D printing and how to integrate it into the curriculum, explore the basics of 3D Design, resources, and talk about class projects such as a 3D-printed urban farm.

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Marcos Navas

Tech Facilitator/Teacherprenuer, Union City School District


Wednesday October 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08477

2:30pm

A Blueprint for STEAM Learning
STEAM teaching and learning employs arts integration as an instructional model to explore concepts within science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Learn how practitioners successfully implement arts integrationto positively impact student development, student achievement, and school climate. Participants will learn detailed examples of innovative STEAM education practices and an effective blueprint for building and sustaining a quality program from a distinguished panel of school district and arts organization representatives.

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Emil Binotto

Middle School Principal, Hopatcong Borough Schools
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Olga Edgerton

Director of Curriculum and STEAM, Hopatcong Borough Schools
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Joanne Mullane

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Hopatcong Borough Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 401 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08437

2:30pm

Best Practices of Successful Education Foundations
Successful education foundations can provide additional and critical funding for their school districts. This session will spotlight the best practices of the New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership’s 2018 award-winning member foundations in the following areas: Working Closely with the Superintendent (Little Falls Education Foundation); Engaging the Community in Fundraising Events (Morris Educational Foundation); Providing Programs that the District Needs But Cannot Afford (Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence); Developing a Relationship with a Funder (Freehold Borough Educational Foundation); and Achieving Excellence by Making a Significant Impact on the School District (Summit Educational Foundation).

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Randy Davis

President, Board of Trustees, New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership, New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership
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Trudy Doyle

Supervisor of Humanities, Township of Ocean Schools
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Megan Dzwonkowski

Executive Director, New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership, New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership


Wednesday October 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08466

2:30pm

Building Student Leaders in Sustainability
It was Mahatma Gandhi who said "Be the change you wish to see in the world." The program directors of Eco-Schools USA and Sustainable Jersey for Schools will highlight examples of students across New Jersey who are taking that saying to heart and leading sustainability efforts in their schools. Learn how your school district can provide structure and support to empower students to "be the change."

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Allison Mulch

Eco Schools USA Program Coordinator, New Jersey Audubon


Wednesday October 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08452

2:30pm

Interoperability: The True Promise of Education
IO (interoperability) is where curriculum, information technology and procurement intersect. In this session we will define interoperability within a school system, illustrate what it presently looks like “at the point of delivery” (the classroom), and explore why the true promise of education is dependent upon interoperability. The Morris School District will detail their vision regarding the relationship between interoperability and the development of student metacognition (ie. learning how to learn) and student agency; session participants will learn best practices and resources surrounding IO.

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Erica Hartman

The Morris School District
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Mackey Pendergrast

Superintendent of Schools, The Morris School District


Wednesday October 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 405/406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08455

2:30pm

Mandatory Domestic Violence Reporting Policy for Public Employers
Effective January 8, all New Jersey public employers, including all school districts, are required to have and disseminate a reporting process for employees to report incidents of domestic violence. All public employees must be encouraged to report domestic violence incidents to their human resources officer, and should be provided with specific information and services. Presenters will go through the many new legal requirements as well as the responsibilities of a school district to provide a safe and confidential reporting mechanism for its employees. Often, the workplace may be the only safe place for a victim of domestic violence. Make sure your district is compliant!

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Kathleen Asher

kasher@njsba.org


Wednesday October 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08434

2:30pm

Strengthening Career Readiness Through Quality Internships
This presentation will highlight New Jersey’s framework, strategies and best practices for developing high-quality structured learning experience (SLE) programs (also known as work-based learning programs) with an emphasis on administrative policies and requirements, and building robust connections with business and industry. The development of regulations that define SLE programs and their alignment to academic standards and technical skills, targeted guidance for school administrators and guidance staff, specific training for teachers that oversee SLE programs, self-assessment tools, and a focus on robust partnerships supports New Jersey’s mission to prepare all students for college and careers.

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David Gehrke

Education Program Development Specialist, New Jersey Department of Education
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David McNair

Planning Associate, New Jersey Department of Education


Wednesday October 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08469

4:00pm

Career Programs for Future Ready Schools
Effective career and technical education (CTE) programs require students to take ownership of their education and provide all students with multiple pathways to reach their post-secondary school goals. This session will demonstrate how Northern Valley Regional High School district connected five areas of their Future Ready efforts to the development of three unique CTE programs in the STEM fields that received NJDOE approval. Participants will learn how to design career pathways for students, including opportunities for internships, externships, capstones, and classroom-level problem-based learning tasks.


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Jennifer Cusmano

Supervisor of Science and CTE Coordinator, Northern Valley Regional HS District
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David Janosz

Supervisor of Technology and Engineering, Northern Valley Regional HS District
I am interested in developing the power of creative imagination and ingenuity in young people.
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April Vella

Supervisor of Mathematics, Northern Valley Regional HS District
I taught math at NV for 19 year and this is my third year as the supervisor of the department. We can talk about our 1:1 initiative and how laptops and our learning management system are used in math classrooms at the high schools.


Wednesday October 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08477

4:00pm

Current Issues in School Law
Everybody loves to speak with a school law attorney, especially when it is free. NJSBA staff attorneys will present an update on recent legal decisions and legislative developments affecting school boards and charter schools. The session uses a combined presentation/Q&A format to provide insight into significant recent developments in public school law, along with an informal question-and-answer format to give participants an opportunity to ask questions about the topics presented and any other area of school law.

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Carl Tanksley

Director, Legal and Labor Relations, NJSBA


Wednesday October 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 304 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08435

4:00pm

Enhancing School Safety Through Policies and Procedures
Attendees will explore policies and procedures designed to contribute to safer and more secure schools. Topics such as visitor procedures, access control, after-hours policies, and practices to engage vendors in the security process will be discussed. In addition, attendees will learn of free resources available to schools to enhance school safety, and will also be provided with suggestions as to where to find funding for security enhancements.

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Ben Castillo

Director of Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning, NJ Department of Education
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Dr. Susan Compton

Director of Secondary Education; Equity Officer, Washington Township School District
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Jeffrey Gale

School Security Speicalist, NJ Department of Education


Wednesday October 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 417 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08469

4:00pm

No IEP, No Label – Just Help
Traditionally, schools have been reluctant to offer intensive interventions and therapeutic services such as speech therapy, occupational, and physical therapy, without declaring a child to be disabled and in need of special education supports. This can lead to the unnecessary classification and labeling of children, just to grant them access to readily available school-based services. To address this issue, a series of structured intervention and therapeutic programs have been created to offer supports to all children in need, without the need to develop 504 plans and IEPs. This session will explore how to develop these school-based interventions and therapeutic programs, and their immediate and long-term benefits. We will also discuss how to overcome potential obstacles and challenges to program development and implementation.

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Christine Doran, DPT

Physical Therapist, Colts Neck Township Schools
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MaryJane Garibay, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools, Colts Neck Township Schools
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Richard Beck, PhD

Director of Special Services, Colts Neck Township Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 420 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08466

4:00pm

State Aid: That's All We Got?
Do you ever wonder how the state comes up with the amount of school aid your district receives? Are you curious about whether your district is underfunded? Join us for a brief history of the School Funding Reform Act, an explanation of how aid should be calculated, and information on how to mobilize your board and your community to advocate for your students and taxpayers. This session will be specifically tailored to the needs of the underfunded district.

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Andrea Katz

Committeewoman/Communication Director, Chesterfield Township Committee/Fair Funding Action Committee


Wednesday October 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 418 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08452

4:00pm

Successful School District-Police Collaboration Practices
In 2016, the Weehawken Township School District adopted a new inclusive and collaborative approach to school security. The district rapidly updated and enhanced all security protocols and procedures with the close assistance of the Weehawken Police Department. A major outcome of the team effort included a successful $16,000,0000 facilities referendum with safety upgrades as the main goal of the new construction. Best practices for board-administrator-police communication will be shared, as well as, Weehawken's "three layers of safety" school security model.

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Brian Mera

Board Trustee / Weehawken PD Detective Sergeant, Weehawken
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Thomas White

Board President, Howell Township Public Schools
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Robrt Zywicki

Superintendent of Schools, Weehawken


Wednesday October 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 305/306 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08433

4:00pm

Teacher Tenure Update and Discipline Policies
Session participants will receive an overview of the applicable statutory and regulatory procedures regarding increment withholding, tenure charges, suspensions and terminations. The session will also include discussion of recent law illuminating examples of permissible discipline.

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Wednesday October 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08434

4:00pm

Turning the Key: Unlocking the Potential of Children
Believing in children and the unique gifts they all possess is the key to unlocking their innermost potentials. By providing children with rich and varied learning opportunities, pathways to self-discovery are defined and new talents revealed and nurtured. Join Washington Township Schools’ Board President, Kathy Koop and Superintendent, Jeff Mohre to learn how the entire education team works together to “turn the key” for each and every one of the district’s 2,000 young learners. Techniques and strategies designed to support the growth and development of every child will be shared and are certain to sharpen your Board’s focus on who matters most in education … children!


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Kathy Koop

Board of Education President, Washington Township Schools
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Jeff Mohre

Superintendent of Schools, Washington Township Schools
I'm Jeff Mohre a seasoned school district leader who never fails to see the world though the lens of a child. I have specific expertise in human resources development process-oriented planning and design education communications human and community relations operational management... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 405/406 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08455
 
Thursday, October 25
 

9:00am

School Law Forum
Learn about cutting-edge developments in school law. Practicing school board attorneys will share research and their experience in addressing the latest court decisions, administrative rulings, and statutes and code that affect public education and school district governance.


Thursday October 25, 2018 9:00am - 3:30pm
Room 403

9:30am

Criteria for Selecting Instructional Materials
The selection of appropriate science instructional materials is essential to the effective implementation of the science standards. This session introduces participants to a tool and protocol that can be used at the local level to critically evaluate potential materials to answer the question: "How thoroughly are these science instructional materials designed for the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science?”

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Michael Heinz

Science Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Education


Thursday October 25, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 309 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08442

9:30am

Fundamentals of School Finance, Budgeting and Negotiations
Participants will learn the fundamentals of school finance, budgeting and negotiations, including topics such as best practices in collaboration between the board of education, the business administrator and the chief school administrator; the history of school spending over the last decade, including expense caps and Chapter 78; lessons learned by school district; an overview of financial statements; budget requirements; and negotiation basics.


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Teresa Quigley, Ed. D.

Superintendent, Garwood, NJ School District
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Eric Larson

Middle School Principal, Hopatcong Borough Schools
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Tracey Roland

Board of Trustees, New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership, New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership
Retired Executive County Superintendent, District Superintendent, Bedminster, Assistant Superintendent, Hopatcong; Past President current board member, New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership; Starting a foundation, strengthening your foundation;


Thursday October 25, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 322 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08462

9:30am

Rottweilers and Labradors- Working with Both (And Those In Between)
We all have to deal with a variety of personalities in our professions, our schools and at board of education meetings. Being able to quickly assess others' behaviors will help you to engage them in a meaningful way and encourage cooperation and collaboration as opposed to conflict and divisiveness. In this session, we will discuss ways on how to best communicate with others based on their external behaviors to facilitate a comfortable dialog and working environment.

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Bethany Summers

Dr., North Warren Regional
I am VP of the North Warren Regional BOE, President of the Warren County Assoc and a Master Board Member. To supplement my income (!), I also am a veterinarian in a small animal/exotics practice. I deal with the public all day and wanted to pass on some of what I have learned over... Read More →


Thursday October 25, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 305/306 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08433

9:30am

Your Board's Image Makes a Difference!
What characteristics and qualities of a board and district are superintendent candidates looking for when considering a new position? Has your board considered this as a significant factor when beginning a search? What are the best practices a board should consider even before beginning its search for a new leader? Join us to learn what and how to better ensure finding the best superintendent for your district.

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Mary Ann Friedman

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
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Gwen H. Thornton

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Thursday October 25, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 308 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08414

9:30am

Governance IV - Legal Update
For reelected/reappointed board members and charter school trustees in the first year of any succeeding term. Please note: This training session is not open to all Workshop registrants. Only pre-registered, qualifying board members may attend.

Thursday October 25, 2018 9:30am - 11:30am
Room 303

10:00am

Attaining Educational Equity: Building Your Framework
Attaining educational equity toward greater student achievement for all should be on every district's priority list. In pursuit of its equity framework, the Washington Township School District (Sewell) has worked with Dr. Paul Gorski (author of "Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty'), Dr. Franklin Campbell Jones (author of 'The Culturally Proficient School'), and Dr. Nancy Sulla (author of 'Students Taking Charge"). Join us to explore the topics of policy, cultural and instructional change as, during this workshop, you begin to build your own framework for attaining equity. BYOT

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Dr. Steve Gregor

Superintendent, Gateway Regional High School
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Dr. Nancy Sulla

President, IDE Corp. -- Innovative Designs for Education


Thursday October 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08406

10:00am

Civilized Governance in Uncivilized Times
Uncivilized times can fray school board/superintendent relations. This interactive session will explore successful strategies for dealing with contentious public meetings and divisive social media postings.

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Betsy Ginsburg

Executive Director, Garden State Coalition of Schools


Thursday October 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08407

10:00am

Experience by Doing: New Science Standards!
Your district should be implementing the Next Generation Science Standards. An overview of the three dimensions of the new standards and connections to the Language Arts and Math standards are highlighted. Students are expected to define problems; generate and evaluate multiple solutions; build and test prototypes; make claims using evidence; and optimize a solution. Participants will take part in challenges that promote K-12 STEM learning, and actually experience how district curricula can be enhanced by integrating and enhancing students' knowledge of science, math, literacy, social studies, and engineering practices while fostering creativity.

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Thursday October 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08405

10:00am

From “Robert’s Rules” to “Robert Rules!"
Do board meetings leave you feeling stressed, frustrated and exhausted? Learn how “Robert” can help facilitate better discussions and group decision making at the board table. Join us for survival tips using Robert’s Rules, the guide to parliamentary procedure that will add efficiency, effectiveness and value to your board meetings. This action lab includes a brief PowerPoint Presentation, small and large group discussion, and individual and group exercises.

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Jesse Adams Jr.

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Thursday October 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08411

10:00am

Governance III - Student Achievement
For board members and charter school trustees in the third year of their first term. Please note: This training session is not open to all Workshop registrants. Only pre-registered, qualifying board members may attend.

Thursday October 25, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Room 304 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08435

10:30am

Governance II - Finance
For board members and charter school trustees in the second year of their first term. Please note: This training session is not open to all Workshop registrants. Only pre-registered, qualifying board members may attend.

Thursday October 25, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Room 301 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08434

11:00am

Instructional Rounds: A Tool to Establish Goals and Close Achievement Gaps
For the past three years, all administrators in the Hillsborough Township school system participated in instructional rounds visits to each of the district's nine schools. Principals presented their goals to their colleagues for discussion and all participated in classroom observations and teacher interviews. The purpose of the instructional rounds visits was to identify and close achievement gaps, as well as build professional capacity of school and district leaders. This session will review the process and share lessons learned.

Speakers
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Dr. Jorden Schiff

Superintendent of Schools, Hillsborough Township


Thursday October 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 310 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08485

11:00am

Makerspaces That Matter
Makerspaces are the newest thing in education, but how can they be connected to the curriculum? Session attendees will learn how Indian Mills Memorial School has connected its makerspace to the school curriculum. Practical ideas will be given for incorporating making to the curriculum and school culture.

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Anastasia Hanneken

School Librarian/Technology Integration Specialist, Shamong Township School District


Thursday October 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 308 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08414

11:00am

Virtual Days @ Pascack Valley Regional
In 2014, Pascack Valley Regional High School District initiated New Jersey’s first virtual day by a high school — only to have it rejected as a school day by the NJDOE. Pascack has since refined the implementation of virtual days so they are now recognized as official days of school. Learn what this Future Ready New Jersey district is doing to leverage the power of educational technology with progressive instructional methodologies to engage students in meaningful instruction from a distance.

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Barry Bachenheimer

Regional Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Pascack Valley Regional High School District
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P. Erik Gundersen

Superintendent, Pascack Valley Regional High School District


Thursday October 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 309 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08442