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Tuesday, October 25

4:30pm EDT

Physical Activity = Student Achievement
This session will review the research that points to the positive effects of physical activity, and will describe the benefits of adopting a comprehensive school wellness policy and the FREE resources available to help you toward your goal of a healthier school community.


Catherine Bull

Project Coordinator, NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center at Rugers University
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Trish Sanchez

Project Coordinator, NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center at Rutgers University
NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center -- encouraging and enabling students to walk and bike to school!

Tuesday October 25, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Sustainable and Healthy Schools Center One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Wednesday, October 26

9:30am EDT

Aligning Your Board Committee Structure to Your Strategic Plan
Are you tired of feeling like your committee work is not effectively or efficiently leading to improved student learning? Are you looking for an alternative that helps you and your board provide oversight and clear direction to your administration, while discouraging micromanagement? For the past three years, the Hillsborough Board of Education has been working collaboratively with its superintendent to develop a committee structure aligned to the district's strategic plan. Sample committee agendas and minutes will be available as well as the bylaw governing the new committee structure.


Dr Jorden Schiff

Superintendent of Schools, Hillsborough Township Public Schools

Michael Volpe

Director of Human Resources, Hillsborough Township Public Schools

Wednesday October 26, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Room 421 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

10:00am EDT

So, You Want To Go Full STEAM Ahead?
What does it take to build a successful STEM/STEAM program? What are the key questions that school boards and staff members should consider to develop and/or foster a successful STEM/STEAM program? What factors are likely to impact development of a program and achievement of students? Attendees will learn from the experience of classroom practitioners and school board leadership, as well as understand the arts perspective that puts the "A" in STEAM.

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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 →

Dave Janosz

Technology Education Supervisor, Northern Valley Regional High School

James Novotny

Technology Department Supervisor, Livingston High School

Wednesday October 26, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

10:00am EDT

Team Building: Best Practices for a Successful Policy Committee
An effective policy committee helps guide board efforts in the development of well-researched and efficient policy. Board members will leave this action lab with information and resources for: 1) Identifying and establishing the priorities for policy development, updating and review; 2) Understanding the role and responsibility of the policy committee and chairperson; and 3) Exploring team building between the board, administration and staff. This action lab will include a PowerPoint presentation, group discussion, and group exercises. Resources will include: teambuilding methods, sample policies and procedures, policy benchmarks, and more.


Jean Harkness

Policy Consultant, NJSBA

Charlene Peterson

Field Service Representative, NJSBA

Wednesday October 26, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

11:00am EDT

Gay-Straight Alliances in Today's Public Schools
Today’s Gay-Straight Alliances are forums for students to find support and safe places to discuss the subjects affecting the LGBT community in their schools and beyond. As the students strive to “educate and advocate” they become savvy about the legal issues involved with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students in public school settings. This session will provide school board members background information about high school Gay-Straight Alliances and an overview of the New Jersey laws that protect the rights of the LGBT students in their school districts.


Jessica Ippolito Ed D

Teacher GSA Adviser, Delsea Regional High School

Brian D'Ottavio

Guidance Counselor/GSA Adviser, Delsea Regional High School
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Andrew Li

Parker McCay

Wednesday October 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Room 410 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

11:00am EDT

TEACHNJ Four Years Later: What Have We Learned?
When the new tenure law, “TEACHNJ,” was adopted in 2012, the Legislature declared its purpose to be “to raise student achievement by improving instruction;” while Gov. Chris Christie announced that it would lead to a dramatic reduction in the time and cost of removing ineffective teachers. This session will address whether TEACHNJ has achieved these goals. Attorneys who have represented school districts in tenure charge cases will discuss their experiences in TEACHNJ arbitration, recent arbitration decisions, and whether the procedures established by TEACHNJ are achieving its stated goals.


Brenda C Liss Esq

Partner, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP

Bernard Mercado Esq

Associate Deputy General Counsel, Newark Public Schools

Wednesday October 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Room 413 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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