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Tuesday, October 25
 

10:00am EDT

21st Century Skills for Students and School Board Nembers
All learners need 21st-century learning opportunities to thrive as tomorrow's leaders, workers, and citizens. Yet a profound gap still exists between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school, and the knowledge and skills they need for success in communities and the workplace. This session will provide information about what career readiness looks like, and how to prepare your students for workplace success. Attendees will learn the importance of the 4C's: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity, and participate in a hands-on activity that demonstrates skills that can translate to the work as a school board member.

Speakers
CT

Christy Tighe

Education and Training Specialist, Junior Achievement of New Jersey


Tuesday October 25, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

10:00am EDT

Analyzing Salary Guides
One of the hottest negotiations issues currently faced by school districts, this is more important than ever, since the embedded cost of increment in many existing teacher salary guides is greater than the settlement rate the district can afford. In this session, participants will do some exercises on "sample" guides to see how to analyze their own expiring guide as well as a union proposal.

Speakers
RG

Robert Greitz

Consultant Negotiator, NJSBA
SR

Sandy Raup

Data Analyst, NJSBA



Tuesday October 25, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

10:00am EDT

How to Create a Makerspace -- And Why Schools Need To
Makerspaces, fab labs, innovation stations-- whatever you call them, every student needs a place to brainstorm, collaborate and prototype with 21st century tools and materials. Such spaces promote mastery of new career, tech and science standards, but more importantly, prepare students for the modern workforce, a tech-based economy, and a productive and rewarding life. From no budget to half a million dollars; from a set of boxes in a media center corner, to a lab with 3D printers and laser cutters; we’ll experience what making means; plot out spaces; and discuss funding, tools, and enduring partnerships.

1 CEFM 

Attendees needing to receive a Certificate of Attendance must be scanned at the conclusion of the program. 

Speakers
MN

Marc Natanagara Ed D

Assistant Superintendent, Toms River Regional School District
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Tiffany Lucey

Supervisor of Educational Technology, Toms River Regional School District


Tuesday October 25, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

10:00am EDT

iSTEM for All: Integrative Stem in the Inclusion Classroom
The integration of technology and engineering into science content is hugely important to the success of all students. By making simple adaptations to past projects and lessons, educators can assure that students will be prepared to work in a 21st Century world. Teaching engineering design and related scientific processes can be easily adapted to meet the needs of students of various levels. Attendees will participate in a design challenge, such as the "marshmallow challenge," that will allow them to experience a true hands-on project-based lesson. Participants will brainstorm adaptations that would enable all students (self-contained, special education or general education) to participate at the highest possible level.

Speakers
DC

Debra Coen

Technology and Engineering Teacher, West Orange


Tuesday October 25, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

10:00am EDT

Strategic Planning
This program will answer the question, "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. Hands-on small group activities include: participating in brainstorming and consensus activities, and the development of vision and belief statements.

Speakers
TL

Terri Lewis

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
CP

Charlene Peterson

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Tuesday October 25, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:30pm EDT

Becoming a More Effective Board President
The goal of this action lab is to provide board members the skills and knowledge essential to conquering the unique challenges and issues faced as a board president. We will use real-time scenarios to explore difficult situations board presidents may face and provide information and skills needed to navigate and guide the board to continued success.

Speakers
GH

Gwen H Thornton

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
KW

Kathy Winecoff

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Tuesday October 25, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:30pm EDT

Costing out the Labor Agreement
Employee compensation is determined through collective negotiations. The school board and union negotiate compensation along with other employee terms and conditions of employment. These terms and conditions 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 the school board ascertain the current and projected costs of salaries and benefits, and ensure that expenditures for employee compensation are consistent with the board’s management goals. This process is called “costing out” the labor agreement.

1.5 QPAs: Office Admin/General Duties 

Attendees needing to receive a Certificate of Attendance must be scanned at the conclusion of the program. 

Speakers
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Patrick Duncan

Manager Labor Relations, NJSBA
KR

Kurt Rebovich

Consultant, NJSBA



Tuesday October 25, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:30pm EDT

Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future
John Henry of NJSBA and Jaimie Cloud, of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, will discuss what questions should be considered and what collaborative actions can be taken by school boards, facility directors, superintendents other key staff members to create a culture of sustainability. Attendees will learn how sustainability can benefit the entire community, save the school money and provide safe and healthy learning environments for children.

1.5 QPAs: Green Purchasing 

Attendees needing to receive a Certificate of Attendance must be scanned at the conclusion of the program. 

Speakers
JC

Jaimie Cloud

President, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
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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 →


Tuesday October 25, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:30pm EDT

Running Robots: Computer Coding & Special Education
Technology is developed and improved every day that impacts all aspects of our lives, and many jobs may be done more efficiently by technology in the future. How do schools train special-needs students for the changing job market? Computer programming/coding, one of the fastest-growing fields, is one way. Coding requires solving problems, discriminating directions, playing puzzles and games; skills already addressed in the classroom. This session will provide hands-on experience programing robots and adapting a cost-effective coding curriculum for special needs students.

Speakers
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Mark Finkelstein

Superintendent, Educational Services Commission of NJ
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Naomi Glassman

Teacher, Bright Beginnings Learning Center
KJ

Kate Johnson

Case Manager, Bright Beginnings Learning Center


Tuesday October 25, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:30pm EDT

Successful Superintendent Searches: Finding the Perfect Match
This hands-on session will cover all aspects of the superintendent search process - from the vacancy to the search process and through the transition to a new leadership. Participants will work in small groups on setting criteria for the search and reviewing the legality and relevancy of interview questions. Presenters will cover such topics as the development of a search calendar; the application; community and staff involvement; interviews; the board's role in choosing finalists; reference checking and negotiating the contract.

Speakers
MA

Mary Ann Friedman

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
TL

Terri Lewis

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Tuesday October 25, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401
 
Wednesday, October 26
 

10:00am EDT

Experience by Doing! The Next Generation Science Standards are Here
Has your district begun to implement the Next Generation Science Standards? An overview of the new standards, and parallels with the Language Arts and Math Common Core, 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. Session participants will be actively involved in challenges that promote K-12 STEM learning, and will experience how district curricula can be enhanced by incorporating engaging activities in science, math, literacy, social studies, and engineering practices.

Wednesday October 26, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 320 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.

Speakers
avatar for John Henry

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 →
DJ

Dave Janosz

Technology Education Supervisor, Northern Valley Regional High School
JN

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.

Speakers
JH

Jean Harkness

Policy Consultant, NJSBA
CP

Charlene Peterson

Field Service Representative, NJSBA



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

10:00am EDT

The Superintendent Evaluation
Evaluating the Superintendent is one of the most important responsibilities of the Board of Education. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to understand the process of evaluating the district's chief school administrator beginning with goal-setting and ending with the formal evaluation. Participants will learn who may participate in the process, develop a timeline to guide them through the process,and identify strategies to ensure an efficient and effective process.
Activities will include: developing the evaluation timeline, reaching consensus, writing a formal evaluation of the superintendent.

Speakers
MG

Mary Gassman

Field Service Rep, NJSBA
KW

Kathy Winecoff

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Wednesday October 26, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

10:00am EDT

What is the Role of the Director of Technology?
Fixing printers, directing technology operations, leading the instructional technology integration . . is that the role? Research dictates districts need a technology "change agent," or visionary leader, to bring about successful organizational change. Yet when the organization perceives the Director of Technology as simply break/fix, curriculum development, or data manager, we – as organizational leaders - must take action. Join us for an entertaining, interactive session to gain perspectives of how all district leaders in a K-12 organization view leadership roles. Take away strategies that can lead to specific, successful technology change.

Speakers
BH

Barry Haines

Director of Technology, Montclair Public Schools


Wednesday October 26, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:30pm EDT

Diversity Dialogues: School & Community Courageous Conversations
The Superintendents of Mercer County made a collective commitment to focus all Mercer County high schools on diversity issues, and partnered with the Center for Supportive Schools. The result was a powerful forum, attended by teams of students and educators from every high school in the county, for conversation, awareness and action around issues of race, gender, and class. Participants in this Action Lab will (a) experience hands-on activities used to create safe space for these conversations; (b) consider best practices that define Mercer County’s commitment to diversity work; and (c) explore their own options for developing Diversity Dialogues.

Speakers
DA

Dr Abby Attias

Vice President, Center for Supportive Schools
DC

Dr Crystal Edwards

Superintendent of Schools, Lawrence Township Public Schools
DT

Dr Tom Smith

Superintendent of Schools, Hopewell Valley Regional School District


Wednesday October 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:30pm EDT

Inherent Bias
In collaboration with North Brunswick, the presentation provides the background of inherent classrom biases and that district's response to research and identify biases, and provide professional development for administrators and teachers, conducted by the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, to address those inequities.

Speakers
DK

Dr Kayne Ellis

Supervisor of English, North Brunswick
VD

Vincent De Lucia

Educator in Residence, NJSBA
BZ

Brian Zychowski

Superintendent, North Brunswick SD



Wednesday October 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:30pm EDT

Integrating Engineering and Technology Content with the Next Generation Science Standards
Liberty Science Center's educational programs work to correlate program content with the current Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Our engineering and technology-based workshops include programs for students from K-12 and encompass many of the indicated standards. This session will explore and show how these programs can inspire the students' desire to further delve into these fields, through our hands-on activities that include Arduinos, 3D modeling and printing, digital game development and more.

Speakers
RR

Ruben Rosario

Director STEM Enrichment, Liberty Science Center
DS

Deepa Shah

Specialized Programs Coordinator, Liberty Science Center


Wednesday October 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:30pm EDT

Successful Superintendent Searches: Finding the Perfect Match
This hands-on session will cover all aspects of the superintendent search process, from advertisement to appointment and beyond. Participants will work in small groups on setting criteria for the search and reviewing interviewing questions and techniques. Presenters will cover such topics as the development of the search calendar, the application, community and staff involvement, negotiating the contract and reference checking.

Speakers
MG

Mary Gassman

Field Service Rep, NJSBA
GH

Gwen H Thornton

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Wednesday October 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

1:30pm EDT

Teacher Tenure 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.

Speakers
AH

Adam Herman Esq

Attorney, Adams Gutierrez & Lattiboudere LLC
RG

Robert Greitz

Consultant Negotiator, NJSBA



Wednesday October 26, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401
 
Thursday, October 27
 

10:00am EDT

Becoming a More Effective Board President
The goal of this action lab is to provide board members the skills and knowledge essential to conquering the unique challenges and issues faced as a board president. We will use real-time scenarios to explore difficult situations board presidents may encounter and provide information and skills needed to navigate and guide the board to continued success.

Speakers
GH

Gwen H Thornton

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
KW

Kathy Winecoff

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Thursday October 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 313 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

10:00am EDT

First Year Follow-Up for New Board Members
After serving as a board member for several months, it’s time for new board members to reflect on their experiences. 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

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
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Matthew Lee

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Thursday October 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 315 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

10:00am EDT

Going Back to the Classroom with the Next Generation Science Standards
The presenter will serve as an instructor, and attendees as students, for a mock lesson designed to familiarize administrators, school board members, and other school leaders/decision makers with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Attendees will engage in group discussion, problem solving, and lab activities as they complete a mock lesson, from introduction through exploration to mastery. At the conclusion of the session, attendees will receive the full compliment of teacher materials: Lesson plans with pacing, directions, copy of presentation, and examples of both formative and summative assessments.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Misiak

Tom Misiak

District Science Supervisor, Bernards Township Public Schools
Thomas Misiak is the district Science Supervisor for Bernards Township Public Schools. Prior to arriving in Bernards Township, Tom spent 3+ years as the 6-12 Supervisor of Mathematics, Science, World Languages, Business & Technology in the Clark Public School District. As a precursor... Read More →



Thursday October 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 318 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

10:00am EDT

Leadership ‘Hacks’: Simple but Powerful Strategies to Boost Effectiveness
Do you want to take your leadership skills to the next level, but have limited time to learn and implement new strategies? During this fun and interactive session, you will learn and practice simple but extremely effective leadership ‘hacks’ to enhance your ability to empower, inspire, motivate, and develop your staff. Backed by neuropsychology, these evidence-based techniques are guaranteed to improve your ability to communicate and connect with others, and can be put into practice immediately!

Speakers
DT

Danielle Taylor

Director of Clinical Services, Pineland Learning Center


Thursday October 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 321 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401

10:00am EDT

Strategic Planning
This program will answer the question, "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. Hands-on small group activities include: participating in brainstorming and consensus activities, and the development of vision and belief statements.

Speakers
MG

Mary Gassman

Field Service Rep, NJSBA
TL

Terri Lewis

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Thursday October 27, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 320 One Convention Boulevard Atlantic City, NJ 08401