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Tuesday, October 25

11:00am EDT

AMANDA GABRIEL from Jonathan Dayton High School, Springfield
Amanda Gabriel, a 17 year-old senior at Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield, is an aspiring musician and performer. She has a strong background in theater, having begun performing in shows at age 7. Some of her credits include “Kitty” in The Drowsy Chaperone, “Bridget” in Bring it On! The Musical, “Abuela Claudia” in In the Heights, and most recently, “Whatsername” in the first-ever high school production of Green Day’s American Idiot. In addition to musical theater, Amanda is an avid songwriter, performing live at The Bitter End in New York City. While singing is her main passion, she also plays piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, and the cello. She is the lead singer and keyboardist of “Crossing Morris,” a band consisting of her brother (drums) and two close neighbors (guitar & bass). At her high school, she is the director of the school’s a cappella group, and a member of the choir, orchestra, and jazz band.


Tuesday October 25, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Investors Bank Theater

11:00am EDT

Contemporary Issues through Videoconferencing
Contemporary technology applications such as videoconferencing, interactive field trips, and social networking promote dialogue with students, educators and experts from around the world. In order to expose students to contemporary issues on the local, national and global levels, the Contemporary Issues though Videoconferencing program is designed to challenge students and to provide them with an in-depth understanding of the world’s history and present-day events. It is also designed to aid students in an understanding of globalization and its problems and of the growing interdependence among people and nations today. Students examine the geography, governments, history, economics, and cultures of the major regions of the world. Students should be active in their own learning and this course allows students to design their own learning experiences, all of which concentrates on developing verbal communication, critical thinking, writing skills, historical concepts, and discipline needed for future academic courses, as well as for making informed decisions regarding complex issues that face the world in the 21st century.

Tuesday October 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Investors Bank Theater

2:00pm EDT

The Linden High School Dance Company, under the direction of Barbara Brady, has performed throughout the Linden community and New Jersey for the past 17 years entertaining audiences in a variety of dance genres.

Annually, they perform in a holiday and a spring concert at the school and have participated in cultural celebrations for Chinese New Year, Black History Month, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Columbus Day and Halloween. Each year, they teach the NJROTC cadets how to do the waltz and salsa for their annual Navy Ball, and have even done cross-curricular lessons teaching the Charleston dance to history classes, while the classes are studying the Roaring 20’s. Throughout the years, they have traveled to special needs schools, performing and teaching children about dance. The group participates in the Union County Teen Arts Festival and have been chosen to perform in the Union County Teen Arts Showcase at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway. The Dance Company has also performed numerous times for close to 1000 educators at the N.J. Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance’s (NJAHPERD) Annual Convention. In addition to the accomplish-ments of the dancers, Barbara Brady is the 2016 NJAHPERD Dance Teacher of the Year.

Tuesday October 25, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Investors Bank Theater

2:00pm EDT

A Conversation with Acting Commissioner Kimberley Harrington
New Jersey Acting Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington will provide an assessment of New Jersey’s progress toward implementing education initiatives, give a look into the future, and discuss how state and local school leaders can most effectively work together to meet the goal of preparing students for college and careers.

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Kimberley Harrington

Acting Commissioner, NJDOE
Kimberley Harrington is a former classroom teacher and school administrator who has more than 20 years of experience implementing academic programs and working directly with students and parents. Kimberley worked as a classroom teacher in New Jersey for 16 years and taught all grades... Read More →

Tuesday October 25, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Investors Bank Theater
Wednesday, October 26

11:00am EDT

The New Brunswick High School (NBHS) Choir is beginning its fifth year under the direction of Jennifer Emery.  This ensemble encompasses students of all skill levels in grades nine through 12. In recent years, students have gone on to study music at Rutgers University and Westminster Choir College.  The choir has received excellent ratings at the NJ American Choral Directors Association High School Choral Festival and Music in the Parks. In 2015, they began a collaboration with Cantabile Chamber Chorale, an award-winning adult choir in Middlesex County.

Wednesday October 26, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Investors Bank Theater

11:00am EDT

Keynote Speaker
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Fredi Lajvardi

For more than two decades, high school science teacher Fredi Lajvardi has engaged, motivated and challenged students by making science fun and introducing them to the field of robotics. With countless hours spent after school, mentoring and investing in the underserved students at... Read More →

Wednesday October 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm EDT
Investors Bank Theater

1:05pm EDT

Mock Board Meeting
This year, the Mock Board will confront several controversial issues likely to come before your board in the coming school year. You will certainly want to attend this session in order to be better prepared. 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. Attendees are invited to bring their school law questions to the professionals!


Attendees will also observe as the Mock Board handles a sensitive issue in executive session to discuss student discipline education, difficult members of the public, social media, transgender students, negotiations, and race.  “Board members” will deliberate appropriate responses to these rising issues. Learning labs following the Mock Board will present an in-depth legal analysis of each of these potentially contentious issues.


The Mock Board and the learning labs will be as informative as they are entertaining.

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Schenck Price Smith & King LLP

Bronze Sponsor, Schenck Price Smith & King LLP
Full-service law firm with over seventy attorneys. For the past one hundred years the firm has represented public entities commercial business interests individuals and charitable organizations with excellence and integrity. The firm is widely recognized as one of the premier education... Read More →

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Adams Gutierrez and Lattiboudere LLC

Gold Sponsor, Adams, Gutierrez and Lattiboudere, LLC.
Experienced school board attorneys dedicated to the advancement of public education in New Jersey.
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Comegno Law Group PC

Bronze Sponsor, Comegno Law Group PC
Providing proactive, trusted Education Law counsel to public school districts and Educational Services Commissions addressing a variety of legal issues affecting Boards, administrators, staff and faculty, and students.
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Cooper Levenson

Gold Sponsor, Cooper Levenson
Legal services for New Jersey Schools: Education/Special Education Law/Litigation, Construction Law, Employment Law, Renewable Energy Law, Special Counsel. The right lawyers do make a difference.
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Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader

Gold Sponsor, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt and Fader
Full service law firm with expertise in Education and School Law.
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Parker McCay P.A.

Bronze Sponsor, Parker McCay P.A.
Provides comprehensive legal services to school districts throughout New Jersey. Our expertise includes general counsel labor/personnel special education public finance and construction.
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Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland and Perretti LLP

Bronze Sponsor, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland and Perretti LLP
Highly skilled attorneys with significant experience representing boards of education, and the resources of one of the state’s oldest, largest, and most respected law firms.

Wednesday October 26, 2016 1:05pm - 2:05pm EDT
Investors Bank Theater

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