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Tuesday, October 23
 

9:00am EDT

Exhibit Hall Open
Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Hall D

9:30am EDT

A Plan for Raising Student Achievement

Participants will receive strategies to assist them in closing the achievement gap among all subgroups and accelerate student achievement in all content areas. This session will provide strategies related to systematic and explicit instruction, engaging all students in manipulating content, comprehension skills, use of strategic reading/thinking tools, and developing students’ metacognitive skills. We will discuss the importance of vocabulary development and background knowledge. Easy-to-implement strategies will be provided that are designed to build the self-efficacy of teachers, instructional facilitators, and building and district leadership. Strategies are delivered in an interactive format to help participants make connections to their current practices.

Materials:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110632318

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110632316


Speakers
LA

Lee Anne Housley

Catapult Learning, LLC
VM

Vincent McHale

Teaneck School District


Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Room: 415

9:30am EDT

Bottom Line Sustainability
Explore a holistic approach to integrating sustainable, cost effective, environmentally friendly and energy efficient measures into all aspects of your district operations, ultimately helping your bottom line. This approach will be examined from the building and grounds viewpoint (director of facilities), financial and operational viewpoint (business administrator) and project implementation viewpoint (architect). Real life examples of classroom, maintenance, facilities and capital project sustainability measures will be discussed.

Speakers
GR

George R. Duthie AIA

Fraytak Veisz Hopkins Duthie
RC

Robert Colavita

Hopewell Valley Regional School District
NT

Norman Torkelson

Hopewell Valley Regional School District


Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Room: 420

9:30am EDT

Connecting with the Community for School District Success

In this interactive session, participants will learn how the East Hanover Township School District successfully connected to the greater community to generate support for the district's system of schools. Discussion will focus on identifying goals and objectives and successfully interfacing with community members, local business leaders and elected officials to form a team committed to enhancing the educational experience of all students. Participants will be able to draw upon an action plan to begin the important discussions needed to generate both financial support and community support to move their school districts forward and will be able to replicate best practices for soliciting community support in their home districts.

Materials:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110632013


Speakers
DJ

Dr. Joseph Ricca

Superintendent, East Hanover Township School District


Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Room: 418

9:30am EDT

Decision Making for 1:1 Computing
During the spring of 2012, the Northern Valley Regional High School district completed a unique side-by-side analysis of various models and devices during a one-to-one computing pilot program that took place in both district high schools. The district explored various models and hardware through the program including iPads, Transformer Prime Android tablets, laptops, Chromebooks, and a "bring your own device" model. The district also focused on the training needs for teachers and students and conducted comprehensive research to define the needs of students, staff, and parents, as all are key components for success in a full-scale implementation.

Speakers
DJ

David Janosz

Northern Valley Regional High School
DC

Dr. Christopher Nagy

Northern Valley Regional High School
JS

James Santana

Northern Valley Regional High School - Demarest


Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Room: 416

9:30am EDT

Learning from Pilots for Statewide Roll-out of the Teacher Evaluation System
All districts in New Jersey have begun or will soon begin the work of developing a robust teacher evaluation system that focuses on effective feedback to provide for continuous improvement of teacher practice. This session will propose strategies for gaining stakeholder buy-in, ensuring ongoing communication, identifying elements for quality training, and creating a culture of collective responsibility for student learning. The session will also review how the current research, other states’ activities, and lessons learned from New Jersey teacher evaluation pilots have shaped the state’s vision for educator evaluation.

Speakers
TM

Tim Matheney

Director, Office of Evaluation, NJ Department of Education


Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Room: 419

9:30am EDT

Show Me the Money
Participants will explore how their school district can ‘go green’ while reducing its operating costs. Learn how to apply the maximum incentive money towards energy projects in New Jersey.




Speakers
RD

R.J. Donnelly

Donnelly Energy Solutions


Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Room: 417

9:30am EDT

Integrating Informal Resources Into a Formal Educational Environment

Liberty Science Center will illustrate how educators can integrate an informl resource into a formal education environment. Our objectives are to highlight: the building as a resource, the flexibility of the educational programming, and showcase key professional opportunites for educators.



Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community

9:30am EDT

NJASA MENTOR TRAINING DAY 1
THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY
Tuesday October 23, 2012 9:30am - 3:00pm EDT
Room: 413

10:00am EDT

A Special Education/IEP All-in-One Software Solution

The presentation will discuss OnCourse’s new comprehensive Special Education software suite, which includes timelines, IEP building, one-touch state reporting, document management, and more. Session participants will discover the benefits of consolidating special education, teacher/administrator evaluation, NJSMART reporting, NJASK analysis, and other administrative tasks in one intuitive application, and understand how to better manage the special education process.


Speakers
avatar for Jackie Howell

Jackie Howell

Educational Solutions Advisor, OnCourse Systems for Education
Jackie has played a critical role in connecting over 200 NJ public and charter districts with technology tools to empower their educators and communities. Jackie is a specialist in NJ requirements and played an important role in developing and implementing technology-supported solutions... Read More →
CS

Cheryl Smith

Superintendent of Schools, Edgewater Park School District


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
PNC Bank Learning Lab

10:00am EDT

A Team Approach to Increasing Your District’s School Breakfast Participation

In many districts not enough students are participating in school breakfast programs. Learn why it is important to do so and how districts and students can both benefit from increasing breakfast consumption. Discover the options available to districts, which they can implement in a team effort to increase breakfast participation in schools.



Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Maschio's Food Services Learning Lab

10:00am EDT

How to Get the Most Our of Your Bank

The presentation will focus on banking services and the many changes that have affected the banking industry over that past few years. There will be a discussion of the Governmental Unit Deposit Protection Act (GUDPA); a supplemental insurance program to protect the deposits of local government agencies and municipalities, as well as the new collateralization requirements. The session will also discuss how to create an effective Request For Proposals (RFP) for banking services and help the participants understand what to look for from a bank.


Speakers
avatar for Investors Bank

Investors Bank

Diamond Sponsor, Investors Bank
A full-service community bank with $20.9 billion in assets and a network of more than 140 branches located in New York and New Jersey.
DB

Dennis Budinich

Chief Culture Officer, Investors Bank
avatar for Lou Pepe

Lou Pepe

Assistant Superintendent for Business, City of Summit Public Schools
We are in the Business of Education - With more than 20 years of professional experience in management, operations and administration I am passionate about leadership and continued learning. This has led to development and maintenance of my Blog: http://businessedissues.blogspot... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Investors Bank Learning Lab

10:00am EDT

Security in Our Schools: Protecting Our Greatest Asset

This session will review existing threats to our students and our school facilities.  There will be discussion of historical threats since the early 1900s through modern day. Participants will be encouraged to examine the security of their own schools, and to learn how to do a security assessment. The presenters will review a sample security assessment undertaken for a school district and the various solutions that are available.


Speakers
avatar for Mary Jane Canose

Mary Jane Canose

School Business Administrator, Chester Board of Education
AI

Alfonse Imperiale

Director, County Critical Infrastructure, Homeland Security Unit, Morris County Prosecutors's Office

Exhibitors
PS

Parette Somjen Architects, L.L.C.

Platinum Sponsor, Parette Somjen Architects
PSA is a full-service 40-person firm with 10 licensed architects, two nationally-certified interior designers, a licensed building inspector, and eight LEED-accredited professionals. We are expert in design, construction, project management and budgeting, holding licenses in professional... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Parker McCay P.A. Learning Lab

10:00am EDT

Social Media - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Does your district feel overwhelmed by issues raised by the use of social media? Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other outlets continue to grow and districts do not not want to be left behind. This session will discuss the legal implications of the use and misuse of social media.


Speakers
avatar for Cooper Levenson

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.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Cooper Levenson Learning Lab

10:00am EDT

Taking the Intimidation Out of Anti-Bullying Proceedings: The Role of the Board Member

Participants will receive a brief overview of anti-bullying proceedings, the role board members play, and the challenges they encounter. Board members and administrators will learn answers to the problems they face in participating in hearings, and in scheduling and resolving bullying cases. The presenters will also conduct a question and answer session to discuss pressing concerns relating to the anti-bullying process.


Speakers
MG

Marc G Mucciolo Esq

Counsel, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso
avatar for John G. Geppert Jr. Esq

John G. Geppert Jr. Esq

Partner, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso
John Geppert, a Member of the Firm, concentrates his practice in the representation of school boards in all facets of education law and related areas. He has provided legal services to boards of education for more than twenty years. In his representation of school districts, Mr. Geppert... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Joseph L. Ricca

Dr. Joseph L. Ricca

Superintendent of Schools, East Hanover Township Board of Education
Joseph Ricca is Superintendent of Schools at East Hanover Board of Education, a position he has held since 2009. Dr. Ricca is an expert in the fields of academic achievement, character education, instructional technologies, professional evaluation, community relations and curriculum... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC Learning Lab

10:00am EDT

The New School Lunch

Participants will learn about new lunch program changes and how district can receive an extra $.06 in reimbursement. Presenters will be available to answer questions about new regulations governing the programs.


Speakers
BH

Bonnie Horner

Director of Operations, Nutri-Serve Food Management, Inc.
avatar for Nutri-Serve Food Management, Inc.

Nutri-Serve Food Management, Inc.

Silver, Nutri-Serve Food Management, Inc.
Food service experts, specializing in K to 12.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Nixle Learning Lab

10:00am EDT

Financial Literacy through School Bank Days

Session participants will learn about how TD Bank Days in schools can help teach children the basics of personal finance and the importance of knowing how to balance a checkbook, manage credit, and more.


Speakers

Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
TD Bank Theater
  Special Session, Finance

10:00am EDT

Charter School Trustee Oversight and Appraisal
This program will identify best practices regarding oversight and appraisal to improve charter school trustee effectiveness. The session will focus on characteristics of effective boards, the role of the trustee, the role of the school leader/chief school administrator, shared roles (trustee/administrator), team governance (including goal-setting, evaluating the chief school administrator, trustee self-evaluation, barriers to effectiveness and effective recruitment) and oversight of management.

Speakers
MA

Mary Ann Friedman

New Jersey School Boards Association
TL

Theresa Lewis

New Jersey School Boards Association


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room: 317

10:00am EDT

Disciplining School Employees
Session participants will understand the different options districts have available to discipline employees, both tenured and non-tenured and receive an overview of the applicable statutory and regulatory procedures regarding increment withholding, tenure charges, suspensions and terminations. This Action Lab will also include discussion of recent law illuminating examples of permissible discipline.

Speakers
RG

Robert Greitz

New Jersey School Boards Association
AS

Adam S. Herman

Adams, Stern, Gutierrez & Lattiboudere, LLC


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room: 313

10:00am EDT

EE4NJ Pilot District Implementation Presentation
The Secaucus school district in Hudson County is one of ten districts chosen to pilot the Excellent Educators for New Jersey (EE4NJ) Teacher Evaluation grant. District administrators have been attending all the New Jersey Department of Education meetings and will provide insight to session participants on the proposed changes, as well as the technological challenges in rolling out a fleet of tablet devices (iPads) and the infrastructure that will be necessary in order to start using these devices with a web-based evaluation system, such as Teachscape’s Reflect Live, Walk, and Proficiency Systems.

Speakers
RP

Robert Presuto

Secaucus School District
CR

Cynthia Randina

Secaucus School District


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room: 314

10:00am EDT

From Activities to Investigations in the Kindergarten Year
In this session participants will learn about the importance of project-based investigations in the kindergarten year, participate in a project-based activity and use a tool that assists with integrating content areas, learning domains and instructional contexts appropriate for kindergarten classrooms. The Action Lab will discuss how teachers may address the Common Core standards in a variety of settings (for example, whole/small groups or learning centers). Participants will also use a planning template to document appropriate 21st century skills, the types of assessments used and how differentiation can occur in kindergarten classrooms.

Speakers
VC

Vincent Costanza

Executive Director of RTT-ELC, NJ Department of Education
RH

Rosanne Hansel

Department of Education


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room: 315

10:00am EDT

Improving Energy Performance of Existing Buildings
The energy performance of existing buildings can be measured. But how do you know where, when, why and how that energy is used by the various systems, including lighting, equipment, and HVAC? How can school districts benchmark the performance to compare it with similar buildings? This session will review the different types of energy audits, and how Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) are identified and evaluated for financial payback.

Speakers
avatar for William Amann

William Amann

President, M & E Engineers, Inc.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room: 316

10:00am EDT

NJASA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY
Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Room: 421

10:30am EDT

Eco-Schools

Eco-Schools helps K-12 public, private and charter schools green the school building, grounds, educational programming and student experience.  It provides a step-by-step framework to implement sustainable practices, allows you to choose your own pathways to success, supports student engagement and academic achievement and directly ties to the municipal- based Sustainable Jersey award program.  The objective of the Eco-Schools presentation will be to provide participants with concrete actions to begin and/or enhance their sustainability efforts at the school and direct participants to NJ-specific resources.


Speakers
avatar for Dale Rosselet

Dale Rosselet

Vice President for Education, NJ Audubon
Dale has been with NJ Audubon since 1983 and has extensive experience teaching pre-school, elementary, and secondary grades in both format and non-formal situations. As Vice President for Education she oversees all statewide and center-based programming efforts for the organization... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community

10:30am EDT

8 Districts Sharing Curriculum and Professional Development
At this session, participants will see the structure and implementation of the Northern Valley Curriculum Center (NVCC). This program, shared by eight school districts in Bergen County, provides curriculum writing and alignment, as well as a Professional Learning Course of Study and a 3-Year New Teacher Academy. Information will be provided on funding, logistics, and collaboration throughout the consortium of school districts.
Moving forward, the NVCC will embed learning related to the Common Core State Standards. In this session, strategies for both the Common Core Standards and the upcoming PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments will be discussed.

Speakers
LM

Linda Mayer

Northern Valley Regional High School
KO

Kathleen O'Flynn

Northern Valley Regional High School
DR

Dr. Robert J. Price

Northern Valley Regional High School


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Room: 401

10:30am EDT

Energy, Resources and Options to Improve School Facilities
Reducing operational costs enhances the funding your district can apply to improve facilities and educational outcomes. Tight budgets are impacting educational and facility spending but the adverse impact that deteriorating or poor performing facilities can have on student performance has been well documented. Don’t let the necessary focus on dollars work against your district’s educational goals. Improved educational environments, energy efficiency and reduced operational costs can be achieved with minimal capital outlay; there are solutions and ways to get things done. Session participants will understand what facility improvements to target and the funding and incentive strategies to achieve increased results from lower expenditures.

Speakers
WF

Winne Fatton

Municipal Land Use Center at The College of New Jersey
avatar for Spiezle Architectural Group  Inc

Spiezle Architectural Group Inc

Platinum Sponsor, Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
Provides architectural planning and interior design services. We plan and design every project to support your goals - while creating comfortable efficient spaces for learning.
CJ

Carol James

Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC)


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Room: 410

10:30am EDT

The Law and Gifted and Talented Education: Compliance and Advocacy

Join NJSBA's Director of Legal, Policy and Labor Relations Services and the vice-president of the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children's Advocacy for a review of federal and state laws regarding gifted and talented programs and advocacy efforts both inside and outside the school district. Discussion topics will include school funding of gifted and talented programs, state requirements for G&T programs in school districts, state oversight of G&T programs, core curriculum content standards and curriculum frameworks, superior court and administrative case law involving gifted and talented education programs and current public education alternatives that can support gifted and talented education.

Materials:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110631331

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110631332

 


Speakers
RB

Roberta Braverman

Advocacy Vice President, New Jersey Association for Gifted Children
MK

Michael Kaelber Esq

Director Legal and Labor Relations, New Jersery School Boards Association


Tuesday October 23, 2012 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Room: 404

11:00am EDT

Can Your District Save Money on Current Buyouts?

This presentation will help school districts determine whether they can save money on unused sick time and vacation payouts when employees retire.


Exhibitors
MR

MetLife Resources

Specializes in providing retirement products and services to nonprofit healthcare providers, schools, institutions of higher education, associations, foundations, and government organizations


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

How to Take Full Advantage of the E-Rate Funding Program

This presentation will detail the new and upcoming changes in the world of e-rate, the Federal Communications Commission program that provides discounts to help schools and libraries obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. Participants will learn how to best use the e-rate program to ensure funding of important technology projects and initiatives as well as how to ensure their districts don’t get shut out of funding.


Exhibitors
GM

Gene Murphy

President & CEO, Promedia Technology Services, Inc.
Promedia Technology Services, Inc.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Maschio's Food Services Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

How To Use Committees to Make Your Board More Effective

Many school boards and charter school boards of trustees have used committees, including standing committees, ad hoc committees, and committees-of-the-whole, to make board meetings more productive. Learn about policies and procedures that have helped many boards be more successful .  There will also be a question and answer period on issues that impede board productivity. 


Speakers
DW

David Wm. Bosted

Policy Consultant, New Jersey School Boards Association
I'm Passionate about POLICY. Policy can be a FORCE to set priorities and get things accomplished in your school district.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission Co-op and the Nickerson Corporation

The Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission Cooperative and the Nickerson Corporation will describe the services available through the state-approved MRESC Co-op pricing system. Services include bids for supplies, furniture, energy, flooring and other time and material contracts. We will also be discussing how to join the MRESC Co-op and take advantage of these cost saving programs and services.


Speakers
avatar for Nickerson Corporation

Nickerson Corporation

Bronze Sponsor, Nickerson Corporation
For over 60 years Nickerson Corp. has been dedicated to improving and providing unique learning environments for students. From furnishings and equipment to services and repair. We furnish a child's education.
PM

Patrick M Moran

Business Administrator, Middlesex Regional ESC


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Cooper Levenson Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Partnering to Deliver High-Quality Out-of-School Programs to Your Students


School districts work hard to ensure the quality of the core school day and to see that it meets both both state education requirements and student needs. Can you guarantee that same high quality experience in your before- and after-school programs? Two superintendents will share their insights on building strong out-of-school time experiences for students through their partnership with a national leader in extended learning programs.


Speakers
KJ

Kim Jennings

Manager of Business Development


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Nixle Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Protect Your Prescription Drug Program from Fraud and Waste

Fraud, waste and abuse in prescription drug benefit programs cost an estimated $72.5 billion a year. As these and other costs continue to rise, a prescription benefit administrator can proactively protect your program and your members. If such an administrator isn’t providing your employees with sound and appropriate clinical and patient safety programs, it is likely your district is paying unnecessarily high health benefit premiums, and generating erroneous patient records and patient safety and liability concerns. Learn how the Edison Township Board of Education, through its prescription benefit program administrator, Benecard Services, protected its prescription benefit program and its employees.


Speakers
JF

Jennifer Fuhrmann-Berger

PharmD, Vice President Clinical Services, Benecard Services, Inc.
DP

Daniel P. Michaud

Business Administrator, Edison Township School District


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Investors Bank Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

The Nuts and Bolts of Labor Relations: Negotiations, Mediation, Fact-finding, Super Conciliation and the Scope of Negotiations

This presentation will provide participants with an overview of the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC), union contract negotiations, mediation, fact-finding and super conciliation procedures, and the "do's and don'ts" in preparing for and handling each step in the process. Participants will also learn the different strategies the employer can use during the negotiation process to challenge non-negotiable items presented by the union, discuss scope of negotiations petitions and briefly review unfair labor charges.


Speakers
EG

Elizabeth Garcia

Shareholder and Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group, Parker McCay P.A.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Parker McCay P.A. Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

The School Law Clinic

Everybody loves to speak with a school law attorney, especially when it is free. Two NJSBA staff attorneys will present an update on recent legal decisions and legislative developments affecting boards of education and charter schools. The session uses a combined presentation/question-and-answer format that will speak to significant recent developments in public education school law. There will be time allotted for an informal, open-ended discussion that will give the participants an opportunity to ask questions about the topics presented and any other area of school law.


Speakers
JB

John Burns Esq

Counsel Governmental Relations, New Jersery School Boards Association
MK

Michael Kaelber Esq

Director Legal and Labor Relations, New Jersery School Boards Association


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
PNC Bank Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Virtual Desktops – How to Run Microsoft Windows & Office on iPads, iPhones, Androids and More from Anywhere, Anytime!

Your district just bought many iPads. What do you do with them? There are many educational uses. However, can your users access the school's current applications running on Microsoft Windows PCs? This session shows a new technology called Virtual Desktops. Virtual Desktops allow you to use your Microsoft Windows PC on your iPad, iPhone,  Android, Kindle, Macintosh computer or another PC. You can control the same Virtual PC from anywhere on the Internet -- school, home or the car. No matter where you are, your Virtual PC screen always looks the same. You have all of your Office documents, Internet Explorer favorites and files on your Virtual Desktop available at all times. Meanwhile, you don't have to worry about Windows viruses, because your Virtual Desktop (PC) is managed by the school technology administrator. You will see examples of school districts that already built Virtual Desktops. Finally, you will see Total Cost of Ownership/Return on Investment (TCO/ROI) numbers that show how you can save money by implementing Virtual Desktops.

 


Speakers
YM

Yury Magalif, MASE, VCP

Manager, Data Center Solutions, Promedia Technology Services, Inc.
Yury Magalif is a Manager of Data Center Solutions at Promedia Technology Services Inc. in Little Falls, NJ. Yury is responsible for projects in VMware Virtualization architecture and implementation, Storage, Microsoft products and e-mail archiving. He has been working with all things... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Maschio's Food Services Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

A New Look at Students’ Cyber World - Cyber Empowerment
This workshop provides a comprehensive look into the cyber world of today’s youth. Sexting, gaming, social networking sites and more will be presented via guided group discussion, small group discussion, activities, videos and Power Point. We’ll explore how some electronic communications provide opportunities for bullying, bias crimes and violence among students. The state’s antibullying law will be covered, as well as empowerment strategies for students, parents, and staff. These strategies will promote adults’ understanding of online activity while teaching realistic ways to help students guard their own rights and respect the rights of others in the cybersphere.

Speakers
JC

Jeannette Collins

Director of Curricula, New Jersey Child Assault Prevention
CM

Cheryl Mojta

NJ Child Assault Prevention/EIRC


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Room: 318

11:00am EDT

Analyzing Salary Guides
Salary guides are one of the hottest negotiations issues currently faced by school districts, 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 learn to calculate salary guide costs, analyze the structure of a salary guide, identify problems and possible solutions to salary guides, and analyze the union’s proposed salary guide.

Speakers
RV

Rosemary Valeo

New Jersey School Boards Association


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Room: 319

11:00am EDT

AVID: Reviving and Accelerating Student Achievement
Throughout its 32-year history AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) has been adopted by districts and schools to help close the achievement gap as well as serve the overlooked academic middle. This session will explore how AVID’s system of acceleration and support not only prepares predominantly low-income students for college, but is also a catalyst for building a college-going culture that permeates entire schools and districts. The AVID approach features a college-preparatory elective course, a rigorous curriculum, trained college tutors, and a site team composed of the AVID coordinator, subject area teachers, parents, and tutors, dealing with schoolwide issues. A key component is professional learning for site and district leaders. Participants will hear from one New Jersey school that is currently implementing AVID and learn how it is helping to improve their college readiness efforts.

Speakers
BB

Beth Benfer

AVID Center
KH

Kimberly Hallenback

Millville City School District
JO

Jinan O’Connor

AVID Center


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Room: 320

11:00am EDT

Boards Matter – You Make the Difference in Student Achievement!
This presentation features an overview of the eight traits of highly effective boards. These are practices and processes which enable a board to truly focus on improving student achievement. Session activities include a visioning exercise, development of an annual calendar around goals, and activities that will help boards improve their governance processes and procedures. Participants will understand the power of data in improving student achievement, and learn how to respond to the myriad of changes on the educational horizon, including implementation of the Common Core Standards, EE4NJ, ESEA waiver, funding changes, tenure reform and more.

Speakers
GH

Gwen H. Thornton

New Jersey School Boards Association
CZ

Charlene Zoerb

New Jersey School Boards Association


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Room: 322

11:00am EDT

Building a Powerful School and District Brand
The private sector has always recognized the importance and value of a strong corporate brand. Many school districts are now also realizing that developing a positive school brand is essential for community support and student success. Participants in this Action Lab will examine the message their schools send to their communities, students and staff. They will discover examples of powerful school brands in the Neptune Township school district and engage in activities that will help them begin reshaping their own district's brand.

Speakers
RA

Richard Allen

Neptune Township High School
CK

Charles Kuzminski

Leadership Links, LLC
SM

Sally Millaway

Principal, Gables Elementary School


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Room: 309

11:00am EDT

Identifying Effective SMART Board Use
Learn how the SMART Board and SMART Notebook software can be used to create interactive activities and lessons designed to increase student engagement and support diverse learning styles. The session will provide participants with a variety of tools designed to help evaluate the use of SMART Boards and other interactive classroom technology in your school or district.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Room: 321

11:15am EDT

11:15am EDT

11:30am EDT

Outdoor Classrooms

Featured will be a "mini" outdoor classroom indoors with setup photos, objects, plants, PowerPoint slides and lessons/handouts.  Talk will focus on relevance and benefits of outdoor classrooms and how to develop them.


Speakers

Tuesday October 23, 2012 11:30am - 12:30am EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community

12:00pm EDT

HIBster: Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Compliant Software

The presentation will educate school personnel about the requirements of the state’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights and introduce a new software program, HIBster. The software helps schools track reported incidents, sort and organize incidents, evaluate incidents for HIB behavior, generate official reports, back up and store reports, manage required tasks and deadlines, automatically develop state forms and telephone calls to parents and provides support for HIB victims.



Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30am EDT
Investors Bank Learning Lab

12:00pm EDT

Financial Incentives from BPU

Is your district upgrading or replacing inefficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment? Looking for guidance to prioritize capital investments to ensure best payback? Learn about the LGEA (Local Government Energy Audit) that is free, and how to reduce projects costs using the various incentive programs from the New Jersey Board of Public Utility’s New Jersey Clean Energy program.


Speakers
DS

Douglas Shattuck P E

Senior Consultant, EAM Associates


Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC Learning Lab

12:00pm EDT

Flipping the Classroom for Student Success

“Flipping the Classroom' is a current ‘buzz phrase’ used often in the education industry now, but what does it really mean? Session participants will understand how flip teaching leverages learning in a classroom through the use of internet technology and teacher-created videos to offer engaging and individualized online instruction. Discover how a school in Yuma, Arizona, is receiving national recognition for its success in a flipped classroom model using technology from Education2020.


Speakers
EA

Elena Anguita

Education2020


Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Parker McCay P.A. Learning Lab

12:00pm EDT

High Performance Building Envelope: Controlling Air Leakage

Discover how a better building envelope can reduce energy demand on heating and cooling systems. Session participants will understand the significance of each part of the building envelope (including the top, bottom, vertical shafts and walls) relative to the efficient operation, and will examine the materials and methodology used in air sealing buildings.


Speakers
ST

Steven Tratt

National Sales Manager, TREMCO Incorporated - Canam Building Envelope Specialists Inc.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Nixle Learning Lab

12:00pm EDT

Providing a Next Generation Learning Environment

This presentation will feature a case study on how the Somerville school district was able to provide a next-generation learning environment through the use of a private fiber optic network shared with Somerville borough. The Fiber Optic Wide Area Network (WAN) has enabled the district and the borough to share the costs of a future proof network infrastructure.
Learn how the technology has enabled students and faculty to access content from anywhere, and has made it possible to conduct online and standardized state testing simultaneously without sacrificing bandwidth or Internet speed. Understand the advantages and benefits of a high speed network to educators and students, from enriched curriculum and new educational resources to ongoing professional development and administrative uses. Discover the benefits from a fiber optic network and how it delivers a robust portfolio of advanced data, voice, and network services for a higher quality, more efficient, and more reliable overall scholastic experience.


Speakers
avatar for Laura Stalter

Laura Stalter

Account Manager, Millennium Communications Group, Inc.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Cooper Levenson Learning Lab

12:00pm EDT

Using School Buses to Bring in Dollars

This presentation will provide board members with an understanding of recent legislation and the accompanying regulations governing the use of school buses for advertising purposes. Participants will understand how to generate additional revenue for their districts through the sale of advertising, and discuss topics such as contractual requirements and the content and location of ads. 

 

Materials

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110198185


Speakers
SM

Sean M. Brown

Member, City of Camden Board of Education
avatar for Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader

Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader

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


Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
PNC Bank Learning Lab

12:00pm EDT

What to Really Expect During an ESIP: A Case Study

With the aid of the Teaneck Board of Education, Di Cara Rubino Architects will provide an open and informative discussion on both the accomplishments and difficulties encountered during a recent Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) performed in the Teaneck school district. The panel will educate listeners on the steps required to get an ESIP started, what to expect during the process, and the importance of having the right team on board to handle implementing an ESIP. The dialogue will stress the environmental and financial benefits of ESIP’s, while candidly addressing the challenges involved.


Speakers
avatar for Di Cara | Rubino Architects

Di Cara | Rubino Architects

Silver, Di Cara | Rubino Architects
Architectural services, planning, programming, interior design, LEED/Sustainable Design, construction administration, Long Range Facility Planning, additions, renovations, new construction, ADA upgrades.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Maschio's Food Services Learning Lab

12:30pm EDT

The Technology and Engineering in “STEM”

The presentation will include an explanation of how the T&E in “STEM” create an opportunity, through Project Based Learning Design Challenges utilizing iSTEM pedagogy, to integrate each of the constituent STEM subjects.  Theory meets practice for participants who will then participate in an abbreviated version of an LED (Light Emitting Diode) Flashlight Design Challenge that addresses sustainable power & energy technologies, simple circuit design, and the Engineering Design Process.



Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community

1:00pm EDT

Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP): How to Implement Energy Facilities Projects Without Spending More Money

This presentation will  instruct school districts on how to undertake capital projects such as boilers, unit ventilators, and light fixture replacements at no additional cost to the taxpayer through the use of Energy Savings Improvement Programs. 


Speakers
WB

William Bauer

School Business Administrator, Phillipsburg Board of Education

Exhibitors
PS

Parette Somjen Architects, L.L.C.

Platinum Sponsor, Parette Somjen Architects
PSA is a full-service 40-person firm with 10 licensed architects, two nationally-certified interior designers, a licensed building inspector, and eight LEED-accredited professionals. We are expert in design, construction, project management and budgeting, holding licenses in professional... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Learning with the iPad

Educators all over the country are describing the iPad as a revolutionary learning tool. Discover why, in this collaborative and engaging session. Participants will learn how the iPad is being used by teachers and students, have the opportunity to play with a handful of Apps, and explore how it integrates with other educational technology such as the SMART Board, SMART Response, and Safari Montage’s Digital Curriculum Presenter.


Speakers
AG

Andrew Grefig

Director of Curriculum and Content, Teq


Tuesday October 23, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Investors Bank Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Legal Aspects of Compliant Communications

Is your school district potentially liable for a claim of deliberate indifference? How quickly can you disseminate emergency information? Can your students or staff anonymously report a threat, bullying or harassment via two-way communication? Is it cost effective to send a news bulletin to your entire community?  This presentation will discuss how districts can provide a secure, fast and efficient channel for the flow of information. 


Speakers
MH

Marc H Zitomer Esq

Attorney, Schenck Price Smith and King LLP
Marc H. Zitomer Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP Celebrating 100 Years of Service to our Clients and Community220 Park Avenue | PO Box 991 Florham Park, NJ 07932 Phone: 973-540-7329 Fax:  973-540-7300Email: mhz@spsk.comWebsite: http://www.spsk.comBio: View my Bio... Read More →
avatar for Mark B. Miller

Mark B. Miller

School Board Director, Centennial School District


Tuesday October 23, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Nixle Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Parent Portal – Your Gateway to the Community

Learn how more than 210 school districts in New Jersey are using the community portal of their Student Information System. Parents can view information about students’ schedules, grades, attendance, and assignments. In addition, they can manage their contact information and pay fees. Parents can now make scheduling requests online and schedule appointments with counselors and teachers. Many districts are replacing mailed report cards and saving postage and printing costs. Districts can post letters and messages from teachers and administrators that are specific to the student, as well as place district wide notices online for parents to see and acknowledge.


Speakers
avatar for Richard Heitmueller

Richard Heitmueller

Senior Systems Manager, Genesis Educational Services
Rich Heitmueller was the Director of Computer Services at the Asbury Park Board of Education Data Center. He has designed, developed and supported both Student Record and Financial systems (Payroll and GAAP) for school districts in New Jersey. As a Service provider, Asbury Park provided... Read More →
LM

Leonard M. Niebo

Director Information Technology, Brick Township Public Schools
CZ

Chris Zinn

Software Developer, Genesis Educational Services


Tuesday October 23, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
PNC Bank Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Self-Insured Employee Benefits: You Can, But Should You?

This presentation will familiarize school leaders with the pros and cons of self-insured employee benefits programs - the potential risks and the potential rewards. A benefits specialist and a representative from a New Jersey district that is already self-insuring its collectively bargained employee benefit plans will team up to discuss budgeting, reserve requirements, stop-loss protection, vendor selection criteria, and all major components of evaluating whether a district should be self-insured.

For a copy of the presentation, click here


Speakers
BP

Brian P. DeLucia

School Business Administrator, Piscataway Board of Education
avatar for Jim Finn

Jim Finn

Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits, Brown & Brown Benefit Advisors


Tuesday October 23, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Parker McCay P.A. Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Streamlining EE4NJ: Using a Web-based Student Information System to Manage Staff Evaluation Portfolios

Participants will understand the ease of use, functionality, and organization of using a web-based student information system to centralize all the data components between an observer /evaluator and student achievement, including assessment data, discipline records, attendance, and all NJSMART data, while exploring a solid and engaging process for developing locally-built evaluation portfolios.


Speakers
TL

Tracy Lederman Ed D

Director of Curriculum Products, Realtime Information Technology
avatar for Realtime Information Technology

Realtime Information Technology

Gold Sponsor, Realtime Information Technology
Integrated comprehensive student infomration system: student database special education scheduling teacher evaluation gradebook notification medical discipline family/student portal lesson planner data sharing food services.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Maschio's Food Services Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

The 'Do-It-Yourself' ESIP

ESIPs (Energy Savings Improvement Programs) offer districts the opportunity to substantially improve school facilities and reduce school operating costs without conducting a referendum. But many education leaders don’t know that their districts can capture the benefits of an ESIP multiple ways, including through a “do-it-yourself” method, similar to other capital improvements? We will illustrate the pros and cons of each alternative of accomplishing a successful ESIP, as each district's needs are unique and individual, and spotlight the "do-it-yourself" process, and its benefits and pitfalls.


Speakers
avatar for Spiezle Architectural Group  Inc

Spiezle Architectural Group Inc

Platinum Sponsor, Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
Provides architectural planning and interior design services. We plan and design every project to support your goals - while creating comfortable efficient spaces for learning.
RA

Robert A. Green, Jr.

Business Administrator/Board Secretary, Spotswood Public Schools


Tuesday October 23, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Cooper Levenson Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

N.J. Education Priorities 2012-2013: A Conversation with the Commissioner

Hear the Commissioner’s vision for increasing student academic performance, closing achievement gaps, reducing overregulation and turning around persistently low-performing schools.   Learn about state initiatives* including the Regional Achievement Centers (RACs), the NJ-SMART performance reporting/accountability system, the waiver of federal No Child Left Behind requirements, and innovations in school choice and digital learning.

Following his presentation, the Commissioner will take part in a discussion of current educational issues with NJSBA Director of Governmental Relations, Michael Vrancik.

*   Workshop 2012 includes 10 NJDOE-hosted sessions, designed to inform local school board members and administrators about the state’s evaluation system pilot project, the Common Core Standards, the Partnership of Assessments for Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC), early childhood education, and other programs.


Speakers
CD

Christopher D. Cerf

Commissioner, New Jersey State Department of Education



Tuesday October 23, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
TD Bank Theater

1:30pm EDT

Sustainable Jersey and NJ School Boards Collaboration on Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Please join program leaders from hugely successful Sustainable Jersey municipal government certification program and NJ School Boards Association to learn about an exciting new partnership to support the development of a Sustainable Jersey program for Schools.  Explore ways that your school district, organization or business can become part of the process over the next year.


Speakers
avatar for Tony O'Donnell

Tony O'Donnell

Economist, The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey
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Donna Drewes PP

Co Director, Sustainable Jersey


Tuesday October 23, 2012 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community

2:00pm EDT

ABCs of Finance: Bringing Financial Literacy into the Classroom

This session will discuss the importance of teaching the basics of personal finance to students as well as strategies for presenting information on credit, savings and budgeting to children.



Speakers
avatar for TD Bank , N.A.

TD Bank , N.A.

Bronze
America's Most Convenient Bank®, provides a full range of municipal banking products and services, including deposit accounts, investments, leasing and cash management solutions.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Parker McCay P.A. Learning Lab

2:00pm EDT

Healthy U Child Obesity Prevention Program

The Healthy U school-based program uses the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) curriculum in physical education to promote, educate, and create an environment and culture for health living. This presentation will provide an overview of the program and the curriculum and their positive outcomes. Participants and presenters will also discuss how the partnership allows schools to impact a larger population of students.


Speakers
NJ

New Jersey YMCA State Alliance

Bronze Sponsor, New Jersey YMCA State Alliance
Healthy U provides FREE resources to NJ Elementary schools to support school health initiatives. Partnering schools receive nutrition and PE curriculum and equipment plus technical support to implement environmental changes and student positive behaviors. Healthy, active students... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Nixle Learning Lab

2:00pm EDT

How Three D's can still get you an A + in Insurance... Decisions your District can make that keep Dollars in the classroom!

Your property and casualty insurance cost can be controlled!  NJSBAIG’s expert in-house panel of Loss Control, Claims and Member Services will discuss facilities usage exposures your district faces and ways to avoid liability in your district.  Learn how to keep dollars in the classroom!



Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Investors Bank Learning Lab

2:00pm EDT

Maximizing Your Wide Area Network

School districts rely on their communications networks. Will the current Wide Area Network your district uses be sufficient for future communications requirements? This session will help participants learn more about the topic and adequately plan for their district’s needs in coming years.


Speakers
JB

Jeffrey Boyer

Director of Sales, Xtel Communications
avatar for Xtel Communications

Xtel Communications

Silver Sponsor, Xtel Communications
Providing voice, Internet, data and Wi-Fi services to New Jersey schools, municipal government entities, libraries, and small, medium and enterprise businesses since 1994.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Maschio's Food Services Learning Lab

2:00pm EDT

SBS360 Assessment Process

Workflow optimization can help control costs and improve administrative functions. This presentation will focus on familiarizing school districts with how Stewart Business System’s 360 Assessment Process can help reduce and control print and copy costs and minimize paper waste while at the same time streamlining processes and improving efficiencies both for teachers and administrative staff.



Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
PNC Bank Learning Lab

2:00pm EDT

School Facility Energy and Maintenance Planning

Every school district has experienced state aid cuts and the need to more efficiently deliver educational excellence. School administrators must find more cost effective ways to maintain aging facilities. This presentation will describe a step by step approach to managing school facilities including the initial feasibility studies and assessment, planning and implementation. Participants will learn how to lower the cost of maintaining and operating a school facility.

Materials:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110632209



Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC Learning Lab

2:00pm EDT

Thinking Outside the Solar Energy Box – Sustainable Energy Planning for your District

School districts have many attractive ways to address the high costs of energy today that go beyond solar systems. New Jersey has been at the forefront of energy programs and offers several programs for districts to consider, some at little or no cost to the district. This session will address how a district can make sense of all these options and provide districts with a blueprint to use in developing a comprehensive long-range energy plan to meet individual energy needs.


Speakers
SP

Scott P. McCartney, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools, Egg Harbor Township School District


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Cooper Levenson Learning Lab

2:00pm EDT

NJASA LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY
Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Room: 421

2:15pm EDT

Breakfast Fuels Learning
Attendees of the session will learn about the importance of serving breakfast to all children in all schools every day.  New Jersey ranks a disappointing 48th  in school breakfast consumption according to the Food Research and Action Center. Recently, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the New Jersey Department of Education sent a release to all schools in the state expressing how important it is for schools to work on increasing breakfast consumption.  The American Dairy Association and the Dairy Council, Inc. are  committed to helping schools increase the daily participation rate. The session will offer ideas and solutions to this crucial issue as well as underscore the link to learning and overall wellness.

Speakers
AK

Aisha King

American Dairy Assoc. and Dairy Council, Inc.
PM

Pamela M. Rusnak

American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Room: 412

2:15pm EDT

Federal Entitlement and Discretionary Grant Application Process
This session will enhance school leaders’ understanding of the federal entitlement and discretionary grant application process. Participants will gain knowledge about the differences between entitlement and discretionary grants, as well as learn how districts and agencies submit these grants through the NJDOE's online grant management systems. Participants will gain further insight into the steps involved in the grant review process, from application submission to application approval, and be able to navigate within an online grant, in order to find pertinent programmatic and fiscal information.

Speakers
CB

Chris Bleinholder

New Jersey Department of Education
AS

Andrea Sunderville

New Jersey Department of Education


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Room: 419

2:15pm EDT

Increase Revenue by Sharing District Services with Charter Schools

This session will explore strategies school districts can use to recoup funds lost to charter schools by selling the charter schools shared services. Some possibilities that will be discussed include: renting of unused space, maintenance or IT services, data reporting, back office services, school food services, grant administration services, child study teams, special education instruction, transportation, and human resources administrative services.


Speakers
DM

Dr. Marcia Lyles

Superintendent, Jersey City School District
KP

Kathleen P. Mone

Elysian Charter School
GT

Gerald Truehart SBA

Paul Robeson Charter School
DM

Dr. Mark Toback

Superintendent, Hoboken School District


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Room: 418

2:15pm EDT

Lessons Learned from Pilot Participants on Implementing the New Teacher Evaluation System Feature: Ocean City School District
During the 2011-2012 school year, 11 districts and 19 School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools were engaged in the Excellent Educators for New Jersey (EE4NJ) Cohort 1 teacher evaluation pilot. Participants will hear from school leaders and teachers in pilot districts about important initial considerations for the development and implementation of an improved evaluation system. The session panelists will describe successes and challenges, as well as strategies for resolving problems. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions to the panelists on issues they may be facing in their own districts.

Speakers
RF

Robert Fisicaro

New Jersey Department of Education


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Room: 420

2:15pm EDT

Save Money and Protect Health: The Need to Remove Old Lighting Fixtures that contain PCBs with new energy efficient lighting

Session participants will gain a better understanding of the prevalence of PCBs in old lighting fixtures in schools, the health effects of PCBs  and how problems can be identified. The presenters will also discuss the benefits of energy-efficient lighting upgrades and how energy service companies can be used to fund lighting replacements in schools.




Speakers
JG

John Gorman

Branch Chief, Division of Enforcement, Compliance and Assurance, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Room: 409

2:30pm EDT

Insights from NJ’s Governmental Relations Directors

The governmental relations directors from around New Jersey work directly with legislators on education issues that impact local schools. Join us for an informative conversation and an inside look into the perspective of the governmental relations directors. The discussion will be moderated by John Mooney, founding editor and education writer at NJ Spotlight.


Speakers
JD

John Donnadio

Executive Director, New Jersey Association of Counties
avatar for Debra Bradley, Esq.

Debra Bradley, Esq.

Governmental Relations Director, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association  
Debra Bradley has been an advocate for public education and the membership of the NJ Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) since 1990. NJPSA is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in education through the ongoing support of New Jersey's school leaders via advocacy, professional... Read More →
JM

John Mooney

Senior Director, Spotlight, WNET / Spotlight
JS

Judy Savage

Executive Director, NJ Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools
GC

Ginger C. Gold Schnitzer

Governmental Relations Director, New Jersey Education Association
LS

Lynne Strickland

Executive Director, GSCS, Garden State Coalition of Schools
Executive Director Lynne Strickland, Executive Director  Garden State Coalition of Schools   As Executive Director of the Garden State Coalition of Schools, Lynne represents 100 New Jersey school districts and their communities. GSCS is a statewide, grassroots volunteer association... Read More →
MA

Michael A. Vrancik

Governmental Relations Director, New Jersey School Boards Association


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
TD Bank Theater

2:30pm EDT

NJ School Gardens

The story of what the snapshot of a NJ's school gardens, based on the survey results from the Department of Heath Survey and the response we received from the School Garden of the Year Award.  The objective of this talk is to stress the need for systemic school-wide support for school gardnes from administration down to parent and community volunteers.


Speakers
BF

Beth Feehan

Director, New Jersey Farm to School Network


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community

2:30pm EDT

Costing Out the Labor Agreement
Negotiating employee compensation and the terms and conditions of employment is one of the most important tasks of any school board. Because employee compensation comprises the largest expenditure in a district’s budget, it is essential that the school board ascertain the current and projected costs of salaries and benefit. This process is called “costing out” the labor agreement. Participants in this session will learn how to cost out the labor agreement and make sure that expenditures for employee compensation are consistent with the board’s management goals.

Speakers
PD

Patrick Duncan

New Jersey School Boards Association
SR

Sandy Raup

New Jersey School Boards Association


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 313

2:30pm EDT

Designing Buildings for Energy Efficiency
How can we predict how much energy a new building will use? What can we do during the design to make it more efficient? This session will discuss energy modeling programs, and how they can be used as design tools during the building design process.

Speakers
avatar for William Amann

William Amann

President, M & E Engineers, Inc.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 319

2:30pm EDT

Designing Buildings for Energy Efficiency
How can we predict how much energy a new building will use? What can we do during the design to make it more efficient? This session will discuss energy modeling programs, and how they can be used as design tools during the building design process.

Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 319

2:30pm EDT

Effective Grievance Handling
Learn the steps which need to be taken to effectively respond to and defend grievances filed by labor unions, understand the contract language that can be beneficial or harmful to the board, and explore special grievance arbitration issues. Session participants will be led through the grievance process from the constitutional and statutory requirements through to the appeal process.

Speakers
RG

Robert Greitz

New Jersey School Boards Association


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 314

2:30pm EDT

Inclusion Works!

This session will address school district program options that support students with disabilities in general education.


Speakers
avatar for MaryAnn Joseph

MaryAnn Joseph

Special Education Consultant, EIRC/LRC
All students in New Jersey, including students with disabilities, must have an opportunity to learn the high expectations of the Common Core State Standards. In this presentation, you will hear ways that school districts can support students with disabilities in inclusive settings... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 315

2:30pm EDT

Principles and Practices for Developing Effective School Safety Teams
Efforts to create safer, more respectful school environments require productive, meaningful collaboration among cohesive teams of stakeholders, including School Safety Teams. This Action Lab will offer interactive, hands-on activities that enable participants to explore elements of effective team functioning; scenarios that represent real-life challenges School Safety Teams may face; and an approach to assessing school needs related to programming to support a safe, respectful school climate. Participants will also explore two replicable, evidence-based models that better connect students to their schools and integrate best practices for mentoring and bullying and violence prevention.

Speakers
SA

Scott Albert

Princeton Center for Leadership Training
AR

Alaina Renson

Princeton Center for Leadership Training


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 316

2:30pm EDT

Role of the Board President
Being the board president can be challenging. A board president must balance the needs of all to be heard with the need to use the board’s time efficiently and effectively. Whether the issue is personnel, a divided board, or public participation, the board president’s leadership can help guide the board through difficult situations. Using scenarios brought by both the presenters and those in attendance, the attendees will be provided with the legal and practical information to navigate through the challenges they face. The roles and responsibilities of the board president before, during and after the board meeting along with the president’s relationship with fellow board members and the administration will all be part of this discussion.

Speakers
TL

Theresa Lewis

New Jersey School Boards Association
MH

Marc H. Zitomer

Schenck, Price, Smith and King LLP


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 318

2:30pm EDT

Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights: Connecting the Dots One Year Out

Presenters will address the legal and policy implications of the Anti-Bullying Act and the underlying goal of the legislation: protecting all children and assuring a safe and healthy school environment.

Materials

Cynthia Jahns Presentation: http://www.scribd.com/doc/110095724

Phil Sterns Presentation: http://www.scribd.com/doc/110096319

Bullying Powerpoint Presentation: http://www.scribd.com/doc/110095720


Speakers
CJ

Cynthia J. Jahn

New Jersey School Boards Association
LS

Leisa-Anne Smith

New Jersey State Bar Foudation
PE

Phillip E. Stern

Adams Stern Gutierrez & Lattiboudere


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 410

2:30pm EDT

Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math require significant changes. This session will provide an overview of the standards, adopted by 45 states including New Jersey, and will highlight the major changes from prior standards. Activities underway across the country to support effective implementation of the standards, as well as required changes to instruction and other policies, will also be discussed. 

Speakers
LE

Lucille E. Davy

Senior Advisor, The Hunt Institute


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 411

2:30pm EDT

Increase Student Achievement and Enrich the Learning Experience With In-Class Video

Lance Ford, an educator at the forefront of using video conferencing technology in the classroom, will present via Cisco Telepresence video conferencing and will review several ways you can harness this dynamic technology to improve the student experience. Mr Ford will discuss ways to use basic video conferencing in the classroom, how to integrate video conferencing with Smart Board technology; and recording functions of video conferencing that allow you to flip the classroom and create content for students.


Speakers
avatar for Dan Burger

Dan Burger

Director of Customer Engagement, Promeda, a New Era Technology Company
Having spent 15 years assisting non profit organizations and school districts in using technology to educate and influence, Dan Burger is passionate about providing tools for educators to facilitate collaborative learning. Dan has worked with School Districts throughout the state... Read More →
LF

Lance Ford

Education Advocate, Cisco Systems


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 404

2:30pm EDT

Security in Our Schools: Protecting Our Greatest Asset
This session will review existing threats to our students and our school facilities.  There will be discussion of historical threats since the early 1900s through modern day. Participants will be encouraged to examine the security of their own schools, and to learn how to do a security assessment. The presenters will review a sample security assessment undertaken for a school district and the various solutions that are available.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Jane Canose

Mary Jane Canose

School Business Administrator, Chester Board of Education
AI

Alfonse Imperiale

Director, County Critical Infrastructure, Homeland Security Unit, Morris County Prosecutors's Office

Exhibitors
PS

Parette Somjen Architects, L.L.C.

Platinum Sponsor, Parette Somjen Architects
PSA is a full-service 40-person firm with 10 licensed architects, two nationally-certified interior designers, a licensed building inspector, and eight LEED-accredited professionals. We are expert in design, construction, project management and budgeting, holding licenses in professional... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 401

3:00pm EDT

Characteristics of High-Performing Boards

This session will examine the topic of effective boardsmanship and what boards need to do to be able to successfully accomplish their goals, improve student achievement in their districts and meet the expectations of stakeholders.


Speakers
MA

Mary Ann Friedman

New Jersey School Boards Association
CZ

Charlene Zoerb

New Jersey School Boards Association


Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Nixle Learning Lab

3:00pm EDT

How to Talk to Reporters

Board members are frequently asked to comment on school-related topics by reporters.  Two NJSBA staff members, both former reporters, will discuss media relations issues such as who should speak for a board; how to spread good news about your district; which topics are always off-limits for board members; when you should consider that your comments are “off the record”; and when it’s okay to ask reporters the questions. 


Speakers
JB

Janet Bamford

Manager, Communications and Publications, NJSBA


Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
PNC Bank Learning Lab

3:00pm EDT

Legislative Roundtable

Get an update on recent education legislation and its impact on New Jersey schools and boards, including changes to tenure, the November election option for school boards, school ethics proposals and more.


Speakers
JB

John Burns Esq

Counsel Governmental Relations, New Jersery School Boards Association


Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Maschio's Food Services Learning Lab

3:00pm EDT

Operation Superpower

This presentation will acquaint attendees with “Operation Superpower,” a fresh new approach to arts outreach, music appreciation and bullying. Meet three Julliard students who will deliver “Operation Superpower, ” an interactive superhero-themed classical music experience for students in grades ranging from primary through secondary. Operation Superpower can be presented as a school visit, in school assembly or in a subscription concert with a local symphony orchestra.


Speakers
JB

John Brancy

Student, Julliard School of Music
SL

Sandy Loewe

Assistant Director, Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC)


Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Parker McCay P.A. Learning Lab

3:00pm EDT

Ramp Up Your High School Curriculum with Option 2

Learn how school boards can ramp up their curriculum by giving students additional choices. Option 2, which is often called dual credit/dual enrollment, involves community college courses that count toward high school graduation. The purpose of Option 2 is to provide students with meaningful and relevant educational experiences beyond the scope of the current school curriculum. It can also provide big savings in college costs for parents. Learn how to get started, how to write policy on Option 2, and how to avoid common pitfalls.


Speakers
DW

David Wm. Bosted

Policy Consultant, New Jersey School Boards Association
I'm Passionate about POLICY. Policy can be a FORCE to set priorities and get things accomplished in your school district.


Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Investors Bank Learning Lab

3:00pm EDT

The Anti-Bullying Law – Where Are We Now?

The new Anti-Bullying legislation was enacted a little more than a year ago. This session will discuss school district experiences in implementing the legislation, any new developments in the law, and challenges facing districts in complying with the new requirements. 


Speakers
SM

Steven McGettigan Esq

Manage Policy Services, New Jersery School Boards Association


Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Cooper Levenson Learning Lab

3:00pm EDT

The School Law Clinic

Everybody loves to speak with a school law attorney, especially when it is free. Two NJSBA staff attorneys will present an update on recent legal decisions and legislative developments affecting boards of education and charter schools. The session uses a combined presentation/question-and-answer format that will speak to significant recent developments in public education school law. There will be time allotted for an informal, open-ended discussion that will give the participants an opportunity to ask questions about the topics presented and any other area of school law.


Speakers
JB

John Burns Esq

Counsel Governmental Relations, New Jersery School Boards Association
MK

Michael Kaelber Esq

Director Legal and Labor Relations, New Jersery School Boards Association


Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC Learning Lab

3:30pm EDT

New Jersey Teacher Evaluation and Rater Reliability Planning
Teachscape is working with five of the 10 Excellent Educators for New Jersey (EE4NJ) teacher evaluation pilot program districts, 17 of the 19 SIG schools and more than 100 other New Jersey districts to implement their observation systems. This session will explore what those districts are doing to gain access to teacher data to make informed decisions, increase principal walk-throughs to 8-10 per teacher annually, provide targeted professional development for teachers with actual classroom examples, and install an effective rater reliability certification system for their principals.

Speakers
EE

Evan Erdberg

Teachscape


Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Room: 408

3:30pm EDT

School Integrated Pest Management
Pests do not enter schools for the math lessons. They are there for food. Through the process of inspections, monitoring, sanitation, maintenance and exclusion most pests can be eliminated from schools, reducing significantly the need for pesticide treatments. This presentation discusses integrated pest management (IPM) and pesticides, explains the relationship between the special vulnerability of children and pesticides use in schools, actions to eliminate pests and the benefits of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). School IPM is a New Jersey mandate, so all districts need to be in compliance.

Speakers
MA

Marcia Anderson

United States Environmental Protection Agency


Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Room: 414

3:30pm EDT

Supporting the Common Core State Standards and Educator Evaluation Systems with Quality Professional Development
In the coming year, school districts will be implementing the Common Core State Standards and building capacity for improved educator evaluation systems. To be successful in improving student achievement, these initiatives must be tightly connected to high-quality professional development. In this presentation, New Jersey administrators will share how they integrated these key state initiatives with opportunities for collaborative, job-embedded professional learning to improve their student results. The presenters will explain how they’ve reorganized their work to leverage student and educator performance data and to develop a comprehensive educator support system for the continuous improvement of teaching and learning.

Speakers
CA

Carol Albritton

New Jersey Department of Education
EA

Eileen Aviss-Spedding

New Jersey Department of Education
JH

Janet Holloway

Hammonton School District


Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Room: 417

3:30pm EDT

The Barnegat Board of Education's ESIP Success Story

The Barnegat school district is one of the few New Jersey school districts to successfully implement an Energy Savings Improvement Plan ("ESIP"). Participants will hear the start-to-finish story of a successful ESIP project and learn how to install energy conservation measures without additional tax dollars by having the project costs re-paid with the resulting energy savings.


Speakers
RA

Robbi Acampora

Project Manager, Sustainable Jersey
DA

Dean Allison

Business Administrator, Barnegat School District
JM

James Mihalik

Member, Barnegat Board
VM

Valerie Moran

Account Executive, Johnson Controls, Inc.
SS

Steven Siegel

Senior Associate/Project Manager, Spiezle Architectural Group
KW

Karen Wood

Superintendent, Barnegat School District


Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Room: 416

3:30pm EDT

The NJHEPS Design Guide: A Comprehensive Tool for Your Campus
Drawing on the New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability’s (NJHEPS) design handbook, this session will focus on answering questions, including what is sustainable design and how does it affect school districts, what is LEED and EO 13514. Participants will learn the how and the why of green buildings.



Speakers
JP

Joseph Porrovecchio

Carbon-Key LLC


Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Room: 415

3:30pm EDT

Water Conservation

Come learn what New Jersey American Water is doing about New Jersey’s dwindling water supply and aging infrastructure.



Tuesday October 23, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community

4:00pm EDT

Creating A Community Cloud To Reduce Your Districts' Technology Costs

Cloud computing is driving a transformation in how IT applications and services are delivered and consumed.  A Community Cloud allows its members to access applications hosted in a shared infrastructure, sharing and reducing the cost of delivering those services, which can be accessed from devices ranging from the traditional desktops to the iPad.

In this session we will explore the concepts of Cloud computing, its value to institutions, considerations in building and managing a Cloud and how a statewide community cloud like the one being considered by NJSBA and NJEDGE could benefit its members from a cost savings, shared services and student achievement standpoint.

 


Speakers
avatar for Erik Endress

Erik Endress

Education Technology Specialist, New Jersey School Boards Association
JM

James Matthews

Sr. Cloud Specialist, VMware Center of Excellence
V

VMWare

Diamond Sponsor, VMWare
VMware and EMC are leaders in Server Virtualization, VDI,Cloud, and Storage Infrastructure solutions that enable School Districts to thrive in the Cloud and BYOD era. More than 500,000 customers today rely on VMware and EMC to transform the way they build, deliver and consume IT in... Read More →


Tuesday October 23, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
TD Bank Theater

8:00pm EDT

The Dance Party

Put on your dancing shoes and boogie the night away at this Workshop tradition. Central Park the Band, provided by Promedia Technology Services, will be playing the greatest hits of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s from 8:00 - 12:00 a.m. Cash bar.

 


Tuesday October 23, 2012 8:00pm - Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00am EDT
Trump Taj Mahal Ballroom
 
Wednesday, October 24
 

9:00am EDT

9:00am EDT

Exhibit Hall Open

Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Hall D

9:30am EDT

Partnership of Assessments for Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC)
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a 24-state consortium working together to develop next-generation K-12 assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. New Jersey is a Governing Board state in PARCC and has been actively involved in the development of the assessment system. PARCC assessments will replace New Jersey’s current assessments and are scheduled to be administered statewide in 2014-2015. The presentation will review PARCC’s assessment system and provide an update on current PARCC activities.

Speakers
JB

Jeffrey B Hauger

Director, Office of Assessments, NJDOE
PM

Penny MacCormack

New Jersey Department of Education


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Room: 417

9:30am EDT

Response-to-Intervention (RTI)
Response to Intervention is a method to provide educational support to struggling students, most often in elementary grades. RTI involves having a teacher try out different instructional methods and monitor academic progress in students. Learn how districts and charter schools are using RTI to the lower special education costs and improve student learning . Even if your knowledge of RTI is slim-to-none, this program will improve your understanding of how RTI works, and why.

Speakers
MA

Melissa A.N. Benford

School Leader, International Charter School of Trenton
DW

David Wm. Bosted

Policy Consultant, New Jersey School Boards Association
I'm Passionate about POLICY. Policy can be a FORCE to set priorities and get things accomplished in your school district.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Room: 418

9:30am EDT

Teacher Evaluations: Maximizing Personnel Performance
While a new pilot program is underway to reform teacher evaluations statewide, districts still have to move forward with a manageable process. Participants will learn to develop and implement personnel evaluation processes designed to measure and improve performance and establish realistic goals, yet provide a solid basis to support more serious management actions should they be necessary.

Speakers
DR

Dr. Richard Tomko

Superintendent, Elmwood Park School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Room: 419

9:30am EDT

The 9/12 Generation Project
This presentation discusses the 9/12 Generation Project, which teaches students about the 9/11 attacks through the kind acts of 9/12. Many educators, especially in New Jersey, were traumatized by the events and are unsure as to how to speak of the 9/11. Others are worried about frightening students who are too young to have first-hand memories of that fateful day. By focusing on 9/12 and all the good that came the day after the attacks, this project focuses on the positive. The 9/12 Generation Project contains the educational version of the “New York Says Thank You” educational film; teacher discussion guides based on the nine core values in the film; and service-learning project guides which meet common core curriculum standards and empower teachers to engage students in six unique volunteer projects focused on disaster relief, community revitalization, and the arts. The project was developed by "New York Says Thank You," which was created to thank the thousands of volunteers who flooded New York to help the city heal the day after the attacks.

Speakers
JP

Jeff Parness

Founder, 9/12 Generation Project
MT

Mia Toschi

Community Relations, 9/12 Generation Project
TE

Tracey E. Vitchers

National Project Director, The 9/12 Generation Project
Tracey E. Vitchers is the co-founder and National Project Director of The 9/12 Generation Project, which is the youth service-learning division of The New York Says Thank You Foundation. Tracey holds a Bachelor of the Arts with honors in Women’s Studies and English from Williams... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Room: 420

9:30am EDT

The Integration of Teacher Evaluation and Principal Evaluation in Building a District-Wide Educator Evaluation System

Although much of the emphasis on district evaluation reform efforts has been focused on teachers, there is a concomitant need for reforming principal evaluation. The two systems must inform each other and contribute to a coherent message about effective educational practice. The primary linking points are the critical role that the principal plays in teacher evaluation and the use of student achievement data to inform both systems, but there are other important links as well. This session will help participants understand the connections between the two types of evaluations and provide concrete examples from districts who have begun making these connections.


Speakers
TG

Thomas Gambino, Ed.D

Education Program Development Specialist 3, Office of Evaluation, New Jersey Department of Education
KM

Keesha M. Wright

Education Program Development Specialist 3, Office of Evaluation, New Jersey Department of Education


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Room: 416

9:30am EDT

All Students Achieving - Making School Improvement Everyone's Business

Learn how one district has successfully integrated sound educational leadership, reporting and accountability practices from the corporate sector, and strong communication practices to promote student achievement and community involvement.  Do all members of your community understand your plan for school improvement? Do they know and embrace your values, mission, vision and goals? Session participants will discover a model that makes this information accessible and understandable by all, and can rally an entire community around achieving results for students.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Christopher M. Manno

Dr. Christopher M. Manno

Superintendent, Burlington Township School District
Dr. Chris Manno graduated from Trenton State College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics. He began his formal career in education in Hillsborough, New Jersey teaching middle and high school students mathematics, and coaching Cross Country, Swimming, and Track and... Read More →
LS

Liz Scott

PIO/Curriculum Supervisor, Burlington Township School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

9:30am EDT

Parent Access: Your Gateway to the Community

Session participants will learn how more than 200 school districts in New Jersey are using the parent portal of their Student Information System. Parents can manage student’s schedules, grades, attendance, assignments, discipline, contacts and fees. Districts post letters and messages specific to the student from teachers and administrators, as well as place districtwide notices online for parents to see and acknowledge.  Many districts are now going paperless and realizing significant savings in postage costs, while parents benefit from instant notification from their child’s school. 


Speakers
LM

Leonard M. Niebo

Director Information Technology, Brick Township Public Schools

Exhibitors
avatar for Richard Heitmueller

Richard Heitmueller

Senior Systems Manager, Genesis Educational Services
Rich Heitmueller was the Director of Computer Services at the Asbury Park Board of Education Data Center. He has designed, developed and supported both Student Record and Financial systems (Payroll and GAAP) for school districts in New Jersey. As a Service provider, Asbury Park provided... Read More →
CZ

Chris Zinn

Software Developer, Genesis Educational Services


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

9:30am EDT

School PR Unchained

The New Jersey Department of Education’s fiscal accountability regulations had an impact on every facet of school districts' operations including public relations. The regs led to misinformation and questions among boards and administrators concerning the legality of school public relations that remain today. The New Jersey School Public Relations Association (NJSPRA) has the answers:  Yes, the regs absolutely permit school districts to have a public relations function.  NJSPRA's current president and immediate past-president will provide a crash course on the topic, reviewing the regs, discussing the value of and cost-effective approaches to school public relations and how NJSPRA can help districts make the most of their public relations budgets. 


Speakers
LB

Laura Bishop

Managing Principal, Laura Bishop Communications LLC
Laura Bishop Communications is a public relations firm based in South Jersey with an extensive practice in public relations and marketing communications for schools and education related businesses and organizations. As president of the NJ School PR Association (NJSPRA), I am passionate... Read More →
MK

Marianne Kligman

Community Information Officer, Red Bank Regional School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

9:30am EDT

Serving Up School Spirit

During this roundtable, presenters from the East Hanover Township school district will share fundraising efforts that they have initiated over the last five years. These events have increased the involvement of parents and community members in schools and have built goodwill and positive public perception of the schools while raising needed funds for district technology. Experiences discussed will include  Serving Up School Spirit – Inter-Schools Parent Volleyball Game; iWalk-a-thon; Community Night of Respect; Parent Principal Breakfasts; and School-Based Planning Teams.



Speakers
SC

Stacie Costello

Principal, East Hanover Township Schools
MF

Melissa Falcone

Principal, East Hanover Township Schools
KQ

Kerry Quinn

Principal, East Hanover Township Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

9:30am EDT

The Importance of Community Relations

This session will highlight the importance of building relationships not only with your local media, but also with your education stakeholders. Participants will learn how to identify community stakeholders (commuters, senior citizens, parents, local government officials, etc.), and how to become Community Liaisons. Examine specific strategies of how a district currently executes a community relations plan throughout the year, not just when support is needed for a vote. Learn to creatively engage the community with the school system to continuously showcase tax dollars hard at work. 


Speakers
DS

Dina Silvestri

Community Relations Officer, Brick Township School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

9:30am EDT

To Blog or Not to Blog

In this day and age of soundbytes, school communications consist of a myriad of touch points. Should one of those points be blogging?  Participants will understand what a blog is, how to get started, the advantages and disadvantages of blogging, and will have the tools to determine if this is a method of communication appropriate for their district. 



Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

9:30am EDT

The Einstein Fellowship and the benefits to school districts

Einstein Fellows will make 5 minutes presentations on why they became a Fellow and what they accomplished during their fellowship. The Program Manager will talk about the benefits to districts and schools who support a Fellow and the relationships built with the sponsoring agencies.



Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community

9:30am EDT

Creating College and Career Ready Students
The LearnDoEarn Student Achievement System, developed by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, motivates students with honest messages about what colleges and employers will expect from them. Messages are delivered through electronic presentations and simulation games appropriate for classrooms, or ‘boot camps’ in which students are immersed in a series of unique activities that include The Hiring Game, Avatar University, and Hamburger Café, among others. Students can also apply for jobs and take standard pre-employment tests on the Almost Real Products website. Used by more than 400 schools in New Jersey, data shows that LearnDoEarn generates increases in enrollment in challenging courses. Participants will be able to download materials for each of the games for use in their school districts after the session is over.

Speakers
DE

Dana Egreczky

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
SH

Sue Herring

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Room: 313

9:30am EDT

Strategic Planning for School Districts
Understand strategic planning as a unique opportunity to set your district’s course to meet identified needs, while remaining cognizant of the interests and demands of your local district, its future possibilities and the internal and external forces your schools are subject to. Dive into an activity that recognizes the strength of an organized process, brainstorm the elements of excellence, and examine educational beliefs.

Speakers
MA

Mary Ann Friedman

New Jersey School Boards Association


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Room: 314

9:30am EDT

Superintendent Search -- The Process
Explore all aspects of the superintendent search process. Examine the CSA’s areas of responsibility and reach consensus on your expectations. Move to the preparation stage and discuss the decisions that have been made. Write a “help wanted” ad for a superintendent, and then move into the processing stage, which involves setting up a calendar, reviewing the applications, and conducting the interviews. Review the legality of interview questions. Explore the final selection stage, which includes choosing the finalists, district visits, negotiating the contract, and hiring the new superintendent.

Speakers
CZ

Charlene Zoerb

New Jersey School Boards Association


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Room: 315

9:30am EDT

Understanding Bullying, Its Impact and How to Intervene Effectively
In accordance with the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, session attendees will understand how to conduct on-the-spot intervention; and report, investigate and prevent incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying. This presentation includes lecture, role-play DVD segments and appropriate handouts.


Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Room: 316

9:30am EDT

Labor Relations Mini-Workshop

School district financial resources are being stretched as never before. Employment costs continue to rise and the expectations of the public and the unions are often completely at odds. In this environment, negotiating school labor contracts becomes an even more difficult, and crucial, challenge. Come hear from experienced practitioners and school negotiators who will provide advice and information that can help your district achieve its bargaining goals.


Speakers
avatar for Andrew B. Brown, Esq

Andrew B. Brown, Esq

Partner, SSE&C
I am an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in the area of labor and employment. I am eager to help school districts navigate the challenges of contract administration, personnel and other employee/employer relationships.
MK

Michael Kaelber Esq

Director Legal and Labor Relations, New Jersery School Boards Association
AP

Anthony P. Sciarillo Esq.

Attorney, Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper
avatar for Jim Finn

Jim Finn

Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits, Brown & Brown Benefit Advisors
LH

Lorraine H. Tesauro

Director of Conciliation & Arbitration, NJ Public Employment Relations Commission
RV

Rosemary Valeo

New Jersey School Boards Association


Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Room: 303

9:30am EDT

NJASA MENTOR TRAINING DAY 2
THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY
Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:30am - 3:00pm EDT
Room: 413

10:00am EDT

Student Performance

The Perth Amboy Show Choir has received numerous awards and for two years consecutively, has won all categories including Grand Champions at the Fiesta-Val in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Choir has performed at both Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to standing ovations. In 2008, the Show Choir was one of only three schools selected to perform at the National School Board Association in Orlando, Florida.  Their performance of a montage from Disney's The Lion King brought the audience to their feet. They have also performed at the State Theatre in New Brunswick as part of the Kids in Concert series and have performed at Princeton University. 


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 10:15am EDT
TD Bank Theater

10:00am EDT

A Team Approach to Increasing Your District’s School Breakfast Participation

In many districts not enough students are participating in school breakfast programs. Learn why it is important to do so and how districts and students can both benefit from increasing breakfast consumption. Discover the options available to districts, which they can implement in a team effort to increase breakfast participation in schools.



Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Maschio's Food Services Learning Lab

10:00am EDT

ABCs of Finance: Bringing Financial Literacy into the Classroom

This session will discuss the importance of teaching the basics of personal finance to students as well as strategies for presenting information on credit, savings and budgeting to children.



Speakers
avatar for TD Bank , N.A.

TD Bank , N.A.

Bronze
America's Most Convenient Bank®, provides a full range of municipal banking products and services, including deposit accounts, investments, leasing and cash management solutions.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Cooper Levenson Learning Lab

10:00am EDT

Hot Topics in Public Finance: School Refunding Bonds & Energy Savings Improvement Programs

This presentation will include an overview of newly adopted regulations that permit the issuance of certain refunding bonds without prior Local Finance Board approval, provided certain criteria are met, and the procedure for issuing such refunding bonds. Participants will also learn more about the use of Energy Savings Improvement Programs (ESIP) by school districts to finance the installation of new energy conservation measures.


Speakers
avatar for Alexis B. Batten

Alexis B. Batten

Associate, Parker McCay, P.A.
CG

Craig Gargano

Associate, Public Finance Department, Parker McCay P.A.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Parker McCay P.A. Learning Lab

10:00am EDT

Legal Aspects of Compliant Communications

Is your school district potentially liable for a claim of deliberate indifference? How quickly can you disseminate emergency information? Can your students or staff anonymously report a threat, bullying or harassment via two-way communication? Is it cost effective to send a news bulletin to your entire community?  This presentation will discuss how districts can provide a secure, fast and efficient channel for the flow of information. 


Speakers
avatar for David B. Rubin, Esq.

David B. Rubin, Esq.

Owner, David B. Rubin, P.C., Attorney at Law
avatar for Mark B. Miller

Mark B. Miller

School Board Director, Centennial School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Nixle Learning Lab

10:00am EDT

School Facilities as a Green Learning Labs

While the opportunities to create green school buildings continue to expand, integrating sustainability into your curriculum magnifies the benefits of green schools. School buildings as teaching tools create opportunities for students to see their school as a source of learning itself. Learn what you can do to turn your school into a learning tool.


Speakers
SP

Scott P. McCartney, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools, Egg Harbor Township School District
avatar for Spiezle Architectural Group  Inc

Spiezle Architectural Group Inc

Platinum Sponsor, Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
Provides architectural planning and interior design services. We plan and design every project to support your goals - while creating comfortable efficient spaces for learning.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
PNC Bank Learning Lab

10:00am EDT

Solid Ground or Quicksand? The Board's Role in Student Discipline and Discipline Related Hearings

This session will explore and clarify the role of school board members in the student disciplinary hearing process. How boards handle different types of discipline hearings will be discussed, including the topics such as board access to information, student confidentiality, victim complaints, student discipline appeals, and HIB (harassment, intimidation and bullying) hearings. Participants will review the required board disciplinary hearing process for expulsion, including the reasons to legally expel a student. The audience will have the opportunity to participate in case scenarios and ask questions.

Materials:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110631910


Speakers
JB

John Burns Esq

Counsel Governmental Relations, New Jersery School Boards Association
JH

Jean Harkness

Consultant, Policy, NJSBA


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Investors Bank Learning Lab

10:00am EDT

Using State-of-the-Art Physical Security to Protect Your Students

The world of physical security has changed. A few cameras throughout a building on a closed circuit television network are no longer adequate in today’s world. Now, physical security includes IP video cameras that are connected to the network, can be managed from anywhere, and can work in conjunction with card access technologies to truly protect your students and your investments. The presentation will discuss aspects of building security, including the ability to manage a physical security system from anywhere in your district, including on an iPad; video security systems as a tool to address bullying, vandalism, and theft in schools; card access integration to give different people access to different areas of buildings (computer labs, chemistry labs, etc.); and card access as a tool to secure lockers and even streamline attendance policies.


Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC Learning Lab

10:15am EDT

10:30am EDT

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Schools

The presentation and the information available will feature how USGBC NJ chapter is the foremost leader promoting, advocating, and providing education for the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of high performance buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible,  cost  effective, productive, and healthy places to live, learn and work. It will also highlight Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for schools.


Speakers
FB

Florence Block

Executive Director, NJ Chapter USGBC
NJ Chapter of the US Green Building Council dedicated to the advocacy and education of green building and sustainable communities


Wednesday October 24, 2012 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community

11:00am EDT

Can Your District Save Money on Current Buyouts?

This presentation will help school districts determine whether they can save money on unused sick time and vacation payouts when employees retire.


Exhibitors
MR

MetLife Resources

Specializes in providing retirement products and services to nonprofit healthcare providers, schools, institutions of higher education, associations, foundations, and government organizations


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Maschio's Food Services Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP): How to Implement Energy Facilities Projects Without Spending More Money

This presentation will  instruct school districts on how to undertake capital projects such as boilers, unit ventilators, and light fixture replacements at no additional cost to the taxpayer through the use of Energy Savings Improvement Programs. 


Speakers
WB

William Bauer

School Business Administrator, Phillipsburg Board of Education

Exhibitors
PS

Parette Somjen Architects, L.L.C.

Platinum Sponsor, Parette Somjen Architects
PSA is a full-service 40-person firm with 10 licensed architects, two nationally-certified interior designers, a licensed building inspector, and eight LEED-accredited professionals. We are expert in design, construction, project management and budgeting, holding licenses in professional... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Cooper Levenson Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

How to Get the Most Our of Your Bank

The presentation will focus on banking services and the many changes that have affected the banking industry over that past few years. There will be a discussion of the Governmental Unit Deposit Protection Act (GUDPA); a supplemental insurance program to protect the deposits of local government agencies and municipalities, as well as the new collateralization requirements. The session will also discuss how to create an effective Request For Proposals (RFP) for banking services and help the participants understand what to look for from a bank.


Speakers
avatar for Investors Bank

Investors Bank

Diamond Sponsor, Investors Bank
A full-service community bank with $20.9 billion in assets and a network of more than 140 branches located in New York and New Jersey.
DB

Dennis Budinich

Chief Culture Officer, Investors Bank
avatar for Lou Pepe

Lou Pepe

Assistant Superintendent for Business, City of Summit Public Schools
We are in the Business of Education - With more than 20 years of professional experience in management, operations and administration I am passionate about leadership and continued learning. This has led to development and maintenance of my Blog: http://businessedissues.blogspot... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Investors Bank Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Integrating Core Curriculum into SMART Board Lessons

This course is designed to provide educators with an in-depth understanding of the Common Core Standards, while instructing them to effectively navigate various Common Core web resources, and successfully use Common Core Standards with existing SMART Board lesson plans.



Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Parker McCay P.A. Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Introducing the OnCourse Observation and Evaluation Data System

The OnCourse Observation and Evaluation Data System is a free, web-based software tool for New Jersey schools to manage the teacher and principal evaluation process. This powerful and flexible tool can be populated with the district’s evaluation instrument of choice and can be customized to comply with local and state mandates. This session will acquaint participants with an understanding of how the system can be used to schedule observations, including pre- and post-conferences, collect evidence, rate observations, provide feedback and produce summative evaluation reports, as well as use a mobile application to perform on-site observations and walk-throughs via a mobile device. All of this functionality is provided to New Jersey school districts at no cost and can be seamlessly integrated with their existing human resources or staff information systems.


Speakers
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Jackie Howell

Educational Solutions Advisor, OnCourse Systems for Education
Jackie has played a critical role in connecting over 200 NJ public and charter districts with technology tools to empower their educators and communities. Jackie is a specialist in NJ requirements and played an important role in developing and implementing technology-supported solutions... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
PNC Bank Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

The McGovern v. Rutgers Decision: What it Means for Your Board

The attorney-presenters, along with the vice-president of the Edison Township Board of Education,will discuss the implications of the McGovern v. Rutgers decision on the obligations of school boards under the Open Public Meetings Act. Participants will gain a better understanding of proper procedures for conducting a special meeting, notification requirements and the manner for proceeding in closed session, when necessary.


Speakers
JM

Jonathan M. Busch Esq.

Counsel, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC
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Douglas M. Silvestro Esq.

Attorney, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC
Mr. Silvestro works with the firm’s school board clients in all areas of school law, particularly tenure/seniority, special education and public contracting. Mr. Silvestro has served as a presenter at the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s 2009 and 2011 Law-Related Education Conferences... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Transforming IT Together and Helping Educators Excel

This session will discuss the advantages of a hosted communications and collaboration information technology (IT) solution. Hosted collaboration allows workers to streamline the collaborative process, raising productivity, allowing individuals to work together in real time, and reducing communications costs.


Speakers
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NWN Corp.

Bronze Sponsor, NWN Corp.
Helps clients solvew their business problems through technology NWN offers the following solutions and services: DC UC networking end-user computing application and data services security managed services staffing and cloud.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Nixle Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Applying Special Education Practices into the General Education Classroom

This presentation will discuss an educational intervention used in classes for special education students on the autistic spectrum. It entails finding the strengths and weaknesses of a child and building upon these skills in a teaching interaction. This technique can be applied in a general education classroom by identifying educational goals for students and developing specific strategies to help students reach them. Session participants will learn how teachers identify learning objectives, break them down into specific steps and implement a process that will help students achieve the objectives incrementally. This approach can be applied to help students reach both educational and behavioral goals.


Speakers
ML

Mary Lillis

Special Education Teacher, Clark School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Assistive Technology Tools at Work in the Classroom

During this hands-on session, participants will have the opportunity to be introduced to a medley of assistive technology tools that have proven to be successful educating students with diverse learning needs in the least restrictive environment.
A small group of our assistive technology team of elementary and middle school teachers will demonstrate the use of several programs that are assisting students with the access to the curriculum as well as promoting student engagement, work production and achievement. Student work samples will be presented, along with an opportunity for participants to try the programs.


Speakers
RC

Robert Comba

Principal, Warren Middle School
SC

Scott Cook

Dean of Students, Warren Middle School
TK

Ted Kozlik, Ed.D.

Interim Director of Special Services, Warren Township School District
MR

Mary-Ellen Roberts

Technology Coordinator, Warren Middle School
DB

Donna Bardy; Catherine Lazas; Kathryn DiDia; Melissa Valdez

Special Education Teacher, Warren Township School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Bridging the Gap Through Quality Preschool & Kindergarten Programs

In this session on best practices in pre-K-3rd grade education, participants will consider how school districts can plan for and design targeted strategies that are aimed at closing the achievement gap by third grade. The program will summarize state and national research on early learning and highlight implications for school districts by discussing the early learning initiative in Freehold Borough. The presentation will close with action steps for administrators and school board members to consider.


Speakers
VC

Vincent Costanza

Executive Director of RTT-ELC, NJ Department of Education
RD

Ronnie Dougherty

Principal, Freehold Borough School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Building School Morale: Acceptance for All

In order to enhance a positive school climate, Cinnaminson High School created some innovative projects which can be replicated in other schools. They include Project X, a schoolwide video that received 37,000 hits on YouTube, "pink compliment" cards, free hug day, the hands to acceptance project, a senior citizen computer literacy mission, blankets for the needy, food bank service and more.


Speakers
MD

Melissa De Clementi

Teacher, Cinnaminson Middle School
DL

Donna Lobascio

Guidance Counselor, Cinnaminson High School
TL

Terry Luxenberg

Assistant Superintendent, Cinnaminson School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Carnival of the Animals: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Cooperation and Writing Through the Use of Music and Art

In this cross-curricular, cross-grades level program, kindergarten and 3rd grade students explore concepts in music, science and language art using the master work of music, Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns. Students learn music concepts such as singing, dynamics, tempo, timber, and conducting. The kindergarteners share their ideas about animals with the third grade. The older students have the opportunity to be the “leaders”and they compose poetry about the animals and then read their poems at the concert. This program is an interactive performance that shares the classroom experience in a concert setting.


Speakers
CD

Chris Donohue

Teacher, Campbell Elementary School
MT

Margie Thomas

Music Teacher, Campbell Elementary School


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Celebrating Literacy and Diversity

Using nonfiction books about celebrations, students worked with partners as researchers taking notes. After sharing notes and choosing four of their favorite celebrations, the students applied what they learned and wrote about the traditions they celebrate in their own homes. Students were guided through the drafting, editing, and the revising process. After finishing the writing process, the students had the opportunity to publish their work, creating a book with illustrations. All members of the class were able to learn more about the different cultures and traditions that fellow students observe. Parents were invited to a classroom celebration of the students' accomplishments and students were encouraged to bring in food or symbols that were related to the celebrations they wrote about.


Speakers
JS

Jenna Stafford

Second Grade Teacher, Clark School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Combating Complacency to Promote Student Achievement

The school district’s goal was to change the thinking of the high school community and to raise expectations. To prepare students to be successful in college, emphasis is placed on the course registration process and to appropriately place students into accelerated courses. An extensive rubric, which includes PSAT scores (administered annually to underclassmen), teacher recommendations, and classroom achievement, is used to place students in the most challenging courses. In the last four years, the number of AP exams given has risen from 226 to 349 exams, and the school has been recognized on the AP Honor Roll for the past two years.


Speakers
RD

Rick Delmonaco

High School Principal, Clark School District
CG

Colleen Gialanella

Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services, Clark School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Cost – Effective Options for Autism Education Programs

This presentation will help participants understand program choices and give them the tools to determine the best educational option for their Autism Spectrum population of students. Considerations will include budgetary and programmatic advantages and disadvantages, as well as comparing in-district, out-of-district and newer hybrid approaches. Methods of involving the district stakeholders in any transition to a new model will be described and discussed by a panel of educators and parents who have experienced the successful use of each of these approaches.

Materials

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110095727

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110095754


Speakers
CG

Candace Galvez

Principal, New Beginnings School
HH

Howard Heller

Director of Special Services, West Milford Board of Education
DJ

Dr. John Kazmark

Executive Director, Gramon Family of Schools
Gramon Family of Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

District Instructional Council

This program will highlight the value of a District Instructional Council as a forum that meets monthly to discuss and propose curricular and instructional issues. The District Instructional Council acts as a "bottom up" approach to vetting curricular and instructional topics through a group of staff members representing various schools and grade levels, as well as special and general education teachers, novice and veteran teachers, related arts teachers and administrators. Workshop participants will understand how this forum provides input and feedback on programs, initiatives and proposals in a collegial manner, thus assuring buy-in and a strong sense of professionalism and cooperation throughout the district. Innovations coming out of District Instructional Council are then advanced through the schools and the Board of Education Curriculum and Instruction Committee.


Speakers
EG

Edward Grande

Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Clark School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Effective Uses of Social Media in the Language Arts Classroom

This presentation reviews effective ways to use social media within middle school Language Arts classes, focusing upon the effectiveness of social media to build critical reading, writing, and discussion skills.


Speakers
LD

Linda Donohue

Teacher, Metuchen High School
MK

Melissa Kovacs

Teacher, Metuchen High School
EC

Edward C Porowski

Principal, Campbell Elementary School Metuchen Public Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Enhanced Teacher Effectiveness Through a Collaborative Induction Program

Point Pleasant Borough Schools‘ operating philosophy centers around the belief that educators are the engineers of student achievement. The district is committed to ensuring that all teachers - veteran and novice - are equipped with the tools to achieve and maintain the highest levels of effectiveness throughout their careers. An intensive three-year Teacher Induction Program, along with staff engagement in consistent and meaningful professional development opportunities, unite district faculty toward the common goal of improving student outcomes.

Materials:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110223232


Speakers
RA

Robert Alfonse

Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Point Pleasant Borough School District
JN

Jill Nydam

Guidance Counselor/Induction Team Member, Point Pleasant Borough School District
VS

Vincent Smith

Superintendent, Point Pleasant Borough BOE


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Fitness For All

The program will discuss ideas on how to incorporate physical movement and gross motor skills into daily routines to assist children's awareness and understanding of their bodies, and will includes ideas for music, movement, and activities. By incorporating these principles daily, students show increased self-control, concentration, and social development. These initiatives are designed to be used in conjunction with a pre-planned physical education program.


Speakers
VL

Valerie LaManna

Teacher, Clark School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

Graphic Biographies

This presentation will discuss the Graphic Biography project, a literacy technology project for fifth-grade students at Edgar Middle School in Metuchen that asks students to explore the life of a famous person. The purpose of the project is to teach students how to acquire new knowledge even if they know nothing about a particular topic. Students are taught how to build knowledge with a reliable first source and then use that knowledge to scaffold additional knowledge on the specific topic. Along the way, they are taught how to ask good questions to further refine their internet- based searches and to find extra bits of information without getting lost in a sea of search results. This project was highlighted at the New Jersey Department of Education Kid Tech Day in Trenton on April 18, 2012. Kid Tech Day showcases exemplifying best practices in technology that lead to student achievement in a specific content area.


Speakers
JB

Jane Brown

Media Specialist, Edgar Middle School
RM

Roseann Misrahi

Technology Teacher, Edgar Middle School


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

How Creativity and Innovation Can Revitalize Your School System

Join with others to examine how creativity and innovation can revitalize a school district. Hear examples of innovative models that exist in the state from superintendents, principals, teachers and students. Learn what is happening in all subject areas to make schools incubators of innovation. This session is an exploration of creativity. What is creativity in the schools? Where do we find it? What does it look like? Schools across New Jersey are doing exciting, innovative things and this session will highlight some inspiring examples.


Speakers
LC

Larry Capo

Executive Director, Young Audiences/NJ
WL

Wendy Liscow

Program Director, Education, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Wendy Liscow provides a wealth of programs promoting nonprofit best management practices.
WS

Willa Spicer

Former Assistant Commissioner/Director of Curriculum, Montgomery Township School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:00am EDT

The Anti-Bullying Collection of Stories

This session discusses the Anti-Bullying Collection, a compilation of stories written for and by children that address common issues related to bullying. Fourth and fifth grade students survey teachers in the primary grades to determine which issues are common among their students. They also study published children’s books to learn about the story elements and text features. Each student selects a bullying issue and writes a children’s book to teach a lesson about it. After publishing, the student-authors read their stories to children in the primary grades.


Speakers
ER

Erin Reilly

Special Education Teacher, Clark School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

11:15am EDT

Keynote Address - “The Magic of Education”

Billy Riggs, an inspirational speaker, uses humor and the power of illusion to entertain and motivate his audience.

Riggs' positive message is one educational leaders will appreciate: "by formulating, nurturing, and communicating the proper belief system, you can quickly inspire and motivate students, faculty, and staff to exemplary status."

He has spread his positive message to more than a million people on five continents, presenting before Fortune 500 corporations, school officials, and federal and statewide government agencies.  For 17 years, he has used television, radio, books, videos, and his website (billyriggs.com) to spread his message. "The Magic of Education" will teach educators  the power of dreams, optimism, perseverance and focus in the face of criticism or opposition.


Speakers
BR

Billy Riggs, M.Ed., M-Div., CSP

As an inspirational speaker, Billy Riggs uses humor and the power of illusion to entertain and motivate his audience. In fact, he's spread his positive message to more than a million people on five continents, presenting before Fortune 500 corporations, s



Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
TD Bank Theater

11:30am EDT

Learning about Oceans using real scientific data

Rutgers University's Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences and Education/Public Outreach Group has been focused on taking a systems approach to learning about the ocean using real scientific data. Our goal is to design easy-to-use curriculum activities and simple, intuitve computer interfaces for accessing online data. We will highlight our efforts to bring current research and data into the classroom and present out Real-Time Date Framework that categorizes the different levels of student engagement with data, provides examples of how different type of data fit into education, and shows educators a pathway to increase learner data literacy.


Speakers
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Carrie Ferraro

Associate Director, Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience Initiative,Rutgers University
Carrie Ferraro's interests are in education and effective practices for communicating research more broadly. She is the Associate Director for Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience (C2R2), an NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) working to prepare the workforce that will build coastal resilience... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community

12:00pm EDT

A Short Course on Gifted Education for New School Board Members

This session will provide board members with background information on gifted students: who they are, how they are identified, and ways to meet their needs. There will also be discussion of the New Jersey Department of Education district requirements for gifted student education, which is part of the NJQSAC monitoring. In addition, session participants will review the terminology of the field of gifted education, such as acceleration, compacting curriculum, cluster grouping and differentiated instruction.


Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Investors Bank Learning Lab

12:00pm EDT

How Three D's can still get you an A + in Insurance... Decisions your District can make that keep Dollars in the classroom!

Your property and casualty insurance cost can be controlled!  NJSBAIG’s expert in-house panel of Loss Control, Claims and Member Services will discuss school board legal liabilities your district faces and ways to avoid liability in your district.  Learn how to keep dollars in the classroom!



Wednesday October 24, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Cooper Levenson Learning Lab

12:00pm EDT

How to Effectively Deploy and Manage iPads and Other Mobile Devices in Your District

The use of mobile devices such as iPads, Androids and iPhones in education have made today’s classroom is a more dynamic environment than ever before. Teachers and students can take part in interactive lessons and devise new educational strategies. But how can your district ensure that that it is able to take full advantage of these revolutionary technologies? Promedia will discuss topics such as: district readiness for mobile devices; the role of mobile device management systems such as JAMF Casper Suite; and developing a strategy for your district.


Speakers
avatar for Dan Burger

Dan Burger

Director of Customer Engagement, Promeda, a New Era Technology Company
Having spent 15 years assisting non profit organizations and school districts in using technology to educate and influence, Dan Burger is passionate about providing tools for educators to facilitate collaborative learning. Dan has worked with School Districts throughout the state... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
PNC Bank Learning Lab

12:00pm EDT

Managing Challenging Behaviors

Challenging behavior is the language students use to communicate when demands of their environment are misaligned with their social, emotional, or adaptive capacities. Ramapo for Children, which provides direct service youth programs for children with a range of emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties, as well as training programs for adults, has helped hundreds of schools increase teacher satisfaction and keep students in the classroom by focusing on skills that bridge the gap between teachers’ formal training and the challenges of managing a classroom. Session participants will learn about exercising positive leadership, building relationships with children, structuring productive environments, coaching social and emotional skills and actively intervening as needed.


Speakers
LT

Lisa Tazartes

Director, Ramapo Training, Ramapo for Children
Lisa Tazartes is a founding director of Ramapo Training. Her career has been devoted to building the skills and capacity of educators and youth-service professionals. She has taught special education and is an experiential education specialist. Lisa is also certified in adventure-based... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Maschio's Food Services Learning Lab

12:00pm EDT

Managing Printing Services to Reduce Costs

School districts can reduce printing costs by 30 percent or more through managed print services (MPS), the active management and optimization of document output devices. This presentation will discuss how MPS analyzes the current printing environment, and how districts can efficiently and securely collect usage data from their print fleet in order to cut costs, improve employee workflow and optimize infrastructure.



Wednesday October 24, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Nixle Learning Lab

12:00pm EDT

Managing Today's Office

Session participants will learn about the total costs of managing today’s office technology and the requirements of the New Jersey Department of Archives and Record Management (DARM).


Speakers
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Anthony N. Dragona, Ed.D.

School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, Union City Board of Education
Association of School Business Officials International, President (2017) School Business Administrator/ Interim Board Secretary Union City Board of Education New Jersey Association of School Business Officials President (2011-2012) Association of School Business... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Parker McCay P.A. Learning Lab

12:00pm EDT

SMART Boards and STEM

SMART technology can play a role in improving instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by engaging students in inquiry, discovery, and learning. In this session participants will learn how to successfully combine STEM concepts, proper pedagogical knowledge, and technology to help to make the material easier to understand and more engaging.


Speakers
AG

Andrew Grefig

Director of Curriculum and Content, Teq


Wednesday October 24, 2012 12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC Learning Lab

12:30pm EDT

NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium...It is Easy Being Green with NJSSC! Featuring the Green Ribbon Schools Program

NJSSC is a network of prominent leadership organizations working together to educate key stakeholders on the best sustainable practices, technologies, and green curriculum that will help create healthier schools at lower costs and promote academic achievement.


Speakers
CJ

Carol James

Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC)


Wednesday October 24, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community

1:00pm EDT

ABCs of Finance: Bringing Financial Literacy into the Classroom

This session will discuss the importance of teaching the basics of personal finance to students as well as strategies for presenting information on credit, savings and budgeting to children.



Speakers
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TD Bank , N.A.

Bronze
America's Most Convenient Bank®, provides a full range of municipal banking products and services, including deposit accounts, investments, leasing and cash management solutions.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Alternative Pathways for E-Learning

Many students who are failing, need credit recovery, are homebound or need summer school programs are looking for alternatives their local school doesn’t offer, such as a complete or blended online/at home education. Learnbeyond augments a school’s offerings without major cost and enables a district to retain students rather than losing them to a private or virtual school. This session will cover Learnbeyond’s e-learning tools, content and capabilities.



Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
PNC Bank Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Innovative, No-Cost Ways to Meet New Jersey’s Financial Literacy Standard

Empower your students to own their economic success-while meeting New Jersey's Core Curriculum Content Standards in financial literacy-at no cost to your school district.  Junior Achievement Finance Park is an innovative, hands-on program that focuses on important elements of money management and career exploration.  Participants will have a better understanding of the CCCS 9.2: Personal Financial Literacy, and see how their districts can take advantage of the partnerships JA has built with businesses and educators across the state of New Jersey.


Speakers
EM

Eva M Nagy

19 Years Board Member Franklin Township Somerset, NJ15 Years President Franklin BOEPresident Somerset County School Boards AssociationChair of Trustees- New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group NJSBA Board of DirectorsPast NJSBA VP for Legislation and ResolutionsCo-chair... Read More →
CT

Christy Tighe

Vice President, Education and Programs, Junior Achievement of New Jersey


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Investors Bank Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

New Choices for Improving Schools

School facility improvements have been a struggle in recent years, as districts have operated under significant fiscal challenges. But there are creative alternatives to accomplish these necessary tasks. The presentation will discuss these new choices that can help districts accomplish goals with minimal upfront capital outlay.


Speakers
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Spiezle Architectural Group Inc

Platinum Sponsor, Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
Provides architectural planning and interior design services. We plan and design every project to support your goals - while creating comfortable efficient spaces for learning.
CJ

Carol James

Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC)


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Nixle Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Partnering to Deliver High-Quality Out-of-School Time Programs to Your Students

School districts work hard to ensure the quality of the core school day and to see that it meets both both state education requirements and student needs. Can you guarantee that same high quality experience in your before- and after-school programs? Two superintendents will share their insights on building strong out-of-school time experiences for students through their partnership with a national leader in extended learning programs.


Speakers
KJ

Kim Jennings

Manager of Business Development


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Cooper Levenson Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

The Rutgers University Carpet Standards Program

Rutgers University has established a standards program for carpet to make sure carpets being selected for use meet the school’s guidelines for proper wear and ease of maintenance and that they are manufactured from materials that help create a healthy environment. This information will be helpful to schools so they can get the best return on the limited funds they invest in floor coverings. 



Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Maschio's Food Services Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Winning Teamwork on an Athletic Fields Project

Springfield Board of Education is in the midst of a $3.5 million upgrade of its athletic fields at a 9.38 acre tract, adjacent to the high school. The township and the school board plan to construct two synthetic turf athletic fields in an area currently occupied by both tennis courts and a natural turf baseball field. The board, along with its appointed engineer, coordinated extensively with the township on the design and funding of this project, a new community resource. The program presenters will discuss how funding was secured, as well as the details of and the lessons learned from the project.

Materials

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110191233


Speakers
MC

Matthew Clarke

Business Administrator, Springfield Township School District
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Michael A. Davino

Superintendent of Schools, Springfield Public Schools
I have been superintendent since 2004. During that time, we have initiated a one to one laptop program for students in grades 6-12. We are proud charter members of InnovateNJ and have had an ongoing collaborative project with The Long Branch Public Schools. Additionally we are an... Read More →
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Pennoni

Bronze Sponsor, Pennoni
Consulting Engineers


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Parker McCay P.A. Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Incorporating Student Centered Learning Activities

Students learn best when engaged in the material being presented and every educator’s challenge is to find innovative ways to promote student engagement. By adapting curriculum to incorporate a student-centered approach, teachers can promote student engagement and enable students to take control of their own learning experiences. This workshop will provide examples of creating student-centered learning activities which can be adapted across various disciplines. It will highlight units that have stimulated student interest though cross-curricular, differentiated, and service-based learning projects.




Speakers
NM

Nicole Mailloux

English Teacher, Clark School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

iPad Explorers Club

This program will discuss the iPad Explorers Club for fifth-grade students at Valley Road School. During the seven club meetings, which incorporate various activities and discussions, the students learn about different applications that are available for the iPad. The topics include outer space, geography, photography, ocean life, art, math, and dinosaurs. At the conclusion of the students’ time in the club, they write about their favorite application and explain how it can be brought into the classroom.


Speakers
JW

Jennifer Wilkinson

Basic Skills Teacher, Clark School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Learning Through Collaborative Modeling

This session will examine the benefits of using models to increase understanding of complex systems in middle school science. Edgar Middle School has been working jointly with faculty from Rutgers University for several years to pilot a curriculum developed by an interdisciplinary group of biologists, educational psychologists, and computer scientists. The curriculum provides students with computer-based tools (simulations, models, and resources) that allow student learning through evidence gathering, model revision, and inquiry-based group collaboration.


Speakers
JG

Judith Graziano

Science Teacher, Edgar Middle School


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Making a Difference

This session will discuss a program that involves the entire school and staff, as well as parents. Each marking period, the staff is asked to nominate a student they feel has demonstrated an extraordinary act. We match their act with a trait or characteristic the staff tries to model and teach to the students each day. A committee reviews the nominations and prepares for a celebration. The student's parents are made aware through a letter that their child has been nominated and that he or she will be presented with a certificate. The nominated student is kept in the dark until the morning of the announcement.
The families and staff meet before school for the celebration. Our principal then introduces and explains in detail why the student was nominated. The student is then given a certificate and a special button to wear with pride. The “Making a Different program” provides wonderful moments for teachers and families to be a part of something important.


Speakers
AE

AnnMarie Estevez

Teacher, Clark School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis is an interdisciplinary project that highlights the application of art and math curriculum and focuses on scale, proportion, geometric concepts, tessellations and measurement. Funded by a local non-profit organization, students recreated the artist M.C. Escher's mural, Metamorphosis, on a hallway wall in the building. Using a 1-to-4 ratio, students enthusiastically learned how to apply textbook principles to a real-life situation. This session will include a slide show highlighting phases of the project, and will also provide tips on creating a math scavenger hunt using the painting, and pre-project lesson outlines.


Speakers
JG

Jennifer Gumbrecht

Art Teacher, Edgar Middle School
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Sandy Vorensky

Instructional Math Coach/Middle School Teacher, Metuchen School District
Sandy Vorensky is an instructional math coach and middle school math teacher for Metuchen School District in New Jersey. Achievements have included NJ Middlesex County 2013 – 2014 Teacher of the Year, NJ Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award, National Raytheon Math Heroes award... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

More than Music -- 21st Century Guide to General Music Curriculum

This presentation demonstrates how an eighth-grade general music course has evolved in order to reach the “other 80 percent” of students who are not in chorus, band or orchestra. The curriculum includes the use of technology in composition, whereby students create ringtones for their phones; the creation of a multimedia advertisement and jingle, as a cross-curricula with language arts persuasive writing; covers present-day issues such as teen hearing loss and discusses the tangle of copyright law as it pertains to the internet. Students in this course also learn how to play songs on piano and/or guitar.


Speakers
CD

Christine DeSimone

Music Teacher, Edgar Middle School


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Operation Superpower

This presentation will acquaint attendees with “Operation Superpower,” a fresh new approach to arts outreach, music appreciation and bullying. Meet three Julliard students who will deliver “Operation Superpower, ” an interactive superhero-themed classical music experience for students in grades ranging from primary through secondary. Operation Superpower can be presented as a school visit, in school assembly or in a subscription concert with a local symphony orchestra.


Speakers
JB

John Brancy

Student, Julliard School of Music
SL

Sandy Loewe

Assistant Director, Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC)


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Reading Readiness Infused with Technology

This session will focus on the necessary skills of reading readiness in kindergarten. The main focus will be on the importance of recognizing high-frequency words, identifying letter sounds and displaying phonemic awareness with the use of iPads.


Speakers
ED

Emila DiFrancesco

Reading Readiness Infused with Technology, Clark School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

School Gardens are Blossoming

School gardens can encourage good nutrition, wellness, healthy eating, outdoor activity, environmental awareness and more. Gardens can be integrated into the science curriculum. A board of education’s policies can be a force to get a vigorous school garden program going and growing in your district. Find out how school gardens are taking root in the Garden State.


Speakers
DW

David Wm. Bosted

Policy Consultant, New Jersey School Boards Association
I'm Passionate about POLICY. Policy can be a FORCE to set priorities and get things accomplished in your school district.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Talk It Out! Conflict Resolution Center

This session will demonstrate how to create a safe space for students to communicate, resolve conflicts and help students acquire skills to communicate effectively in a structured setting. Having children sit down face-to-face and teaching conflict resolution skills in a formal manner helps students use the same skills in a less structured social setting. The center features guidelines, character education literature and visual solutions. Initially created for preschool but able to be tailored to any grade, the 'Talk It Out Center' would be a valuable addition to any classroom to teach respect and the importance of conflict resolution in a healthy safe environment.


Speakers
EB

Erika Barrett

Teacher, Clark Board of Education


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

The 2011 New Jersey Arts Education Census Report – Five Years Later

In 2007 the release of the groundbreaking report on the state of arts education in our schools – “Within Our Power: The Progress, Plight and Promise of Arts Education for Every Child,” documented the status and condition of arts education in the state. The findings and recommendations contained in the report became the road map for providing access to and equity in arts education for all of our children. This presentation will delve into the 2011 update to the Census Report reviewing changes in the last five years regarding policy, resources, students, teachers and community as well as new recommendations for creating change.


Speakers
BM

Bob Morrison

Board Member, Watchung Hills Regional High School
KW

Kristin Wenger

Director, NJ Arts Education Partnership


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

The Hungry Writer's Club

The Hungry Writer’s Club, which meets during students’ entire lunch and recess period four times a month, has encouraged children to write, helping them develop writing strategies and skills. It allows students to express their thoughts and ideas while learning a variety of different writing techniques. Students have the opportunity to publish and share their completed stories. Second-graders and kindergartners also have the chance to work together as writing partners. The club ends with a Publishing Party to celebrate the completed writing pieces. The club also serves as a way for other teachers to come in and observe the format of a writer's workshop.


Speakers
JK

Jennifer Kelleher

Teacher, Clark School District
MS

Melissa Sakowski

Teacher, Clark School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

The Library of Progress

The new Common Core State Standards have arrived. Meanwhile in every district there are rising expectations for academic achievement and an increased focus on accountability. Joining media instruction together with curricular areas subject to assessment can help ensure every area of your K-12 instructional program is aligned to the Common Core. This presentation will demonstrate how the Jackson school district is designing its new “e-Library” to improve performance on standardized tests.
Participants will also learn about the value of the e-Library in strengthening the home-school and community-school connection, about the district’s Nook and iPad pilot programs and how the new Destiny library management system has created a more interactive and efficient culture in the media center.



Speakers
LA

Lu Anne Meinders

Deputy Superintendent, Jackson Township School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

The Superkids Reading Program: Teaching Children How to Read by Providing the Right Instruction At the Right Time

Participants will be introduced to the Common Core Standards for nonfiction literature and to criteria for selection and use of nonfiction texts for reading instruction in the primary grades. Effective strategies for using nonfiction decodable texts for beginning reading will be demonstrated, as will ways to support student application of effective decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension skills and strategies through the use of a variety of nonfiction materials appropriate for early readers.


Speakers
AS

Alicia Sparks

Literacy Coach, Rowland Reading Foundation


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Two Cultures Meet - A Saturday of Service

The program will demonstrate how students and parents can participate in a community service project together.


Speakers
JB

Joseph Beltramba

Principal, Clark School Distict


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
NJSBA Learning Lab

1:00pm EDT

Mock Board

Attorneys participate in a scripted presenation of a board of education meeting featuring all the key players, as well as legal issues to discuss.  After the presentation, participating attorneys will move from the Exhibit Floor Stage to one of the 7 Exhibit Floor Learning Lab locations for a 30 minute sessions presentated twice on a topic of their choice.



Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
TD Bank Theater

1:00pm EDT

Communicating Your Ideas: The Integrated Approach to Design
Design efforts often require teams to communicate ideas and desires for the project, and integrated design requires the entire design team to work together. All stakeholders must work together throughout the project phases to evaluate the design for cost, quality-of-life, future flexibility, efficiency, overall environmental impact, productivity and creativity.

Session participants will explore the role of all stakeholders across the life cycle of a project, from defining the need for a building, through planning, design, construction, building occupancy, and operations. There will be a mock ‘charrette process,’ a term which describes a collaborative design session.



Speakers
JK

Jason Kliwinski

Spiezle Group


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room: 315

1:00pm EDT

CSA Evaluation
Evaluating the chief school administrator, or superintendent, is one of the most important responsibilities of a board of education. Boards, in general, are reluctant to carry out this important responsibility for a variety of reasons. This session will help participants develop a clear understanding of the board’s legal authority and responsibility to evaluate the CSA. Distinguish among district goals, board goals and CSA personal goals. Practice the skills needed by working as a fictional board and using its evaluation process. Additionally, participants will review the format of the NJSBA evaluation document and develop a calendar for the process.

Speakers
AA

Al Annunziata

New Jersey School Boards Association
BB

Bernard Baggs

New Jersey School Boards Association
TL

Theresa Lewis

New Jersey School Boards Association


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room: 316

1:00pm EDT

Introduction to Labor Relations for School Management
Effective school managers must run their schools in a cost-effective manner and in a way that provides the best possible education to students. A big part of the challenge involves optimizing a district’s greatest assets – school employees. What skills and knowledge are needed to do that? Sessions participants will gain a working understanding of New Jersey public school labor relations principles, including the PERC law, grievance handling, impasse procedures and the duty to bargain.

Speakers
PD

Patrick Duncan

New Jersey School Boards Association
RG

Robert Greitz

New Jersey School Boards Association


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room: 314

1:00pm EDT

Laughing for the Health of It
Tickle your funny bone, release tension and get a taste of free-flow laughter with this fun workshop. Experience and learn practical tools that produce immediate results. Enjoy the liberating and empowering effect that proves laughter is the best medicine. It’s a great stress-reliever and heart-pumping fun. Your inner child will take days to settle down!

Speakers
DP

Diana Perez

Jolliologist, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, Laughter Heart


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room: 313

1:00pm EDT

Nature is a Classroom

This interactive session will use selected hands-on activities from Projects' WILD, WET, Aquatic WILD and Learning Tree. Each mini-session will focus on  a specific environmental resource or problem (forestry, wildlife, aquatic systems and water) for participants to examine, interpret and manage. Participants will learn how to employ field investigation methods with students for exploring and assessing the local environment,  and discover how to guide students in meaningful dialogue and decision-making. 


Speakers
LJ

Liz Jackson

Senior Public Information Assistant, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
KK

Kevin Kopp

State Coordinator, New Jersey Project WET
KL

Karen Leskie

Biologist, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room: 318

1:00pm EDT

NJASA Women's Leadership Initiative

We invite you to join us for this afternoon’s session which is designed to help women in or aspiring to positions in educational leadership. 

Most involved in public education agree that school districts in the state of New Jersey are facing more changes today than in any period of time in recent memory.  Successfully managing changing expectations is the key to thriving as a school leader.  Please plan to join the members of the Women’s Caucus for an informative session in which leaders in education and business will share successful strategies for not only adjusting to change but to flourishing under conditions of uncertainty.  A distinguished panel will address the issue of managing change and then lead those in attendance in a networking activity designed to widen the circle of contacts for participants.  Participants are asked to bring business cards to the session.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Donna Van Horn, President of NJASA and CSA in Weymouth Township
  • Bernadette Mitchell, Vice President and Managing Director, AXA Equitable
  • Christina Everard, District Sales Manager at Pearson
  • Mary Ellen Payne, Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Marketing at Verizon

Speakers
MB

Monica Browne

Superintendent, Upper Saddle River Public Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room: 403

1:30pm EDT

Enhancing Communications with Blackboard Mobile App
Edison Township Public Schools is the first K-12 district in the United States to leverage the Blackboard Mobile Central platform widely used by higher education institutions, including Stanford, Duke and Northwestern. In this session, Richard O'Malley, superintendent, Edison Township public schools, will share how Edison is leveraging mobile technology to transform the way students, teachers, parents and the larger community engage and connect with each other in all parts of the educational experience. Participants will learn about:why Edison decided to go mobile; how the application was developed and marketed to the community; and the impact the app is having on the Edison community.

Speakers
RO

Richard O'malley

Edison School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room: 416

1:30pm EDT

Going Green with Project Learning Tree

Discover ready-to-use investigations for students to use at their school to learn about water and energy conservation, indoor air quality, waste and recycling and the outdoor environment. Students will understand "how to think, not what to think" about local issues and become empowered to take positive action on behalf of the environment. Session participants will learn how to take this program back to their school and use immediately. Handouts will be provided.



Speakers
EF

Elizabeth Faircloth

PLT Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
JL

Joshua Loveland

Science Supervisor, Neptune School District
SM

Sally Millaway

Principal, Gables Elementary School


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room: 418
  Group Session, Curriculum

1:30pm EDT

Policy 101 for Charter Schools
This session is targeted to both trustees and school administrators and is designed to help explain the importance of an updated policy manual; what should be in the manual and why; how to organize a policy manual for quick and easy access and the tools available to them to help keep a manual updated. Participants will learn how to keep their policy manual updated and compliant with law and code, and understand how the policy manual can improve a charter school’s governance over curriculum, student achievement, board operation, and staff/student responsibilities while reducing potential liability.

Speakers
RM

Robert Mitchell

Pride Academy Charter School
LS

Lou Schimenti

Policy Consultant, New Jersey School Boards Association
Lou is a policy consultant with New Jersey School Boards Association and currently serves on their School Safety and Security Task Force and Charter Schools Committee, which he chairs. He has developed a Charter School Critical Reference Policy Manual.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room: 415

1:30pm EDT

The Journey of Sustainability
Session participants will learn the business case for sustainability, learn how to make the journey from being “less bad” to having a positive impact, and discuss whether it is possible for humans to actually restore our planet.



Speakers
RD

R.J. Donnelly

Donnelly Energy Solutions


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room: 419

1:30pm EDT

Understanding and Applying the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act

This session is designed to orient participants to the requirements of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act. The session will focus on the provisions of the law, including the requirements for harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) policies, district and school staff functions, and HIB reporting and investigation procedures. Attention will be given to HIB best practices research, school climate improvement and action planning. Time will be provided for participant questions.

Materials:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/110322287


Speakers
GV

Gary Vermeire

New Jersey Department of Education


Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room: 417

1:30pm EDT

School Recycling Basics

Demonstration will feasture recycling inplements and samples, slides, photos, models and lessons/handouts. Talk will focus on how to set-up a recycling program and the role of the board.


Speakers

Wednesday October 24, 2012 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community

2:15pm EDT

Social Media - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Does your district feel overwhelmed by issues raised by the use of social media? Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other outlets continue to grow and districts do not not want to be left behind. This session will discuss the legal implications of the use and misuse of social media.


Speakers
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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.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Cooper Levenson Learning Lab

2:15pm EDT

Board Member Texting and Emailing: The Legal Concerns

This presentation will provide an overview of the Open Public Meetings Act and the Open Public Records Act and review how board members’ use of email and text messaging to discuss board business is governed by those laws.  Recent and pending legislation amending the laws will be examined. 


Speakers
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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.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Investors Bank Learning Lab

2:15pm EDT

Conduct of the Board Hearing

This session will examine how boards of education go about conducting hearings on issues such as student discipline, residency, and Donaldson appeals. The discussion will focus on procedures, time allotment, live testimony and documentary evidence. Participants will learn the types of questions boards should ask of their staff and of parents and students. Another important component that will be reviewed is the role of the "Hearing Officer," who is usually the board attorney.


Speakers
CT

Carl Tanksley, Jr.

Senior Associate, Parker McCay P.A.
RT

Reverend Toby Sanders

President, Trenton School District
RG

Richard Golden  

Associate, School Law Practice Group, Parker McCay


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Parker McCay P.A. Learning Lab

2:15pm EDT

Disciplining Students for the Use of Alcohol and Drugs Off School Grounds

This session will detail the legal limits of disciplining students for conduct away from school grounds, and will discuss the recent court decisions regarding the Ramapo and Haddonfield  school districts.  Topics reviewed  will include the nexus between the conduct off school grounds and the school day, what constitutes discipline and privilege, and how random drug testing may assist boards in ensuring their student athletes do not engage in alcohol or drug use.  


Speakers
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Kimberly A. Sukinik

Associate, Comegno Law Group, P.C.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Nixle Learning Lab

2:15pm EDT

Funding Facility Improvements in Challenging Times

State school facilities aid is on hold.  School districts are proceeding with smaller, essential projects anyway and finding that low interest rates and construction costs may offset lost state assistance.  Districts may combine needed capital improvements with savings from energy savings projects, refund or retire debt from earlier projects, or use other budget strategies to make facilities improvements possible.  Projects may include current and capital fundings, small bond issues, equipment leases, facilities leases, energy savings, financing shared service programs or county improvement authority financing on several of these.  Program participants will learn about various alternative financing plans, and will be better equipped to make informed decisions on choosing the most effective financing program to meet a district’s needs. 



Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Maschio's Food Services Learning Lab

2:15pm EDT

Public Participation at Board Meetings

This program will address the topic of public participation at Board of Education meetings. Issues considered will include attempts to restrict the content of public comments, limitations on the length of comments, and suggestions for dealing with the public at meetings. This 30-minute program will be presented twice during the hour-long time slot.


Speakers
AM

Alison M Kenny Esq

Associate, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso
JE

John E. Croot Esq.

Partner, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC Learning Lab

2:15pm EDT

The TEACH-NJ Act, Tenure, Evaluations and the Revised Dismissal Process

This session will spotlight revisions in the state’s tenure law and the new timelines and standards for attaining tenure. Presenters will also highlight the key legal principles involved in observation, evaluation and development of corrective action plans for non-tenured and tenured staff. The proposed statewide evaluation rubric will be discussed, as well as the new requirements related to teacher mentoring and targeted professional development. The presentation will conclude with a review of the new process for inefficiency charges as well as due process revisions applicable to all tenure charges.


Speakers
PL

Perry L. Lattiboudere Esq.

Partner, Adams Gutierrez & Lattiboudere
Perry L. Lattiboudere, a founding member of Adams Stern Gutierrez & Lattiboudere, has been practicing before federal and State courts for nineteen years and has represented school districts for over fourteen years. Prior to the founding of ASG&L, Mr. Lattiboudere served as the Chief... Read More →
DM

Dr. Matthew Jennings

Superintendent, Alexandria Township School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
PNC Bank Learning Lab

2:30pm EDT

NJ Water Champions Project

New Jersey's continued population growth and expanding competition for water progressively strain the state's limited water resources.  Curtailing unnecessary water waste in our everyday life is essential for maintaining a safe and reliable water supply in the foreseable future. The NJ Water Champions Project works with youth to raise tehir consciousus about water conservation so it becomes standard practice.



Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community

2:30pm EDT

Great Schools of New Jersey Roundtable Discussion
Discussions will highlight successful practices developed in New Jersey's most challenged high needs public school districts...including teacher effectiveness, teacher/principal evaluation, curriculum alignment and assessment, data driven decision making, sustained professional development and parental involvement.

Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 303

2:30pm EDT

NJASA Choice Schools Committee Meeting
THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY
Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 421

2:45pm EDT

Thinking Outside the Solar Energy Box – Sustainable Energy Planning for your District

School districts have many attractive ways to address the high costs of energy today that go beyond solar systems. New Jersey has been at the forefront of energy programs and offers several programs for districts to consider, some at little or no cost to the district. This session will address how a district can make sense of all these options and provide districts with a blueprint to use in developing a comprehensive long-range energy plan to meet individual energy needs.


Speakers
SP

Scott P. McCartney, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools, Egg Harbor Township School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 2:45pm - 3:15pm EDT
Cooper Levenson Learning Lab

3:00pm EDT

Prize Winner by John Donahue
Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
TD Bank Theater

3:00pm EDT

How Regional Achievement Centers Can Support Districts with Priority and/or Focus Schools
The Regional Achievement Centers (RACs) are seven newly-created field teams that will lead the state’s efforts to turn around persistently struggling schools and those with troubling achievement gaps. The RACs represent the New Jersey Department of Education’s most ambitious, focused effort to improve student achievement across the state. This session will define the intervention strategies, based upon eight proven turnaround principles that can drive student achievement in low-performing schools. The session will also review the resources – including the explicit plans, tools, and funding – and the partnerships with the district, school, board of education, parents, communities and students that are necessary to increase student achievement.

Speakers
PM

Penny MacCormack

New Jersey Department of Education
RS

Rochelle Sinclair

New Jersey Department of Education


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 420

3:00pm EDT

Making Your Board Meetings and Policy Manual Environmentally Friendly
Participants will learn how technology can be used to manage and access the board’s policy manual and how paperless board meetings can save the district money while helping the environment.

Speakers
JE

Jim Edwards

MicroScribe Publishing
LS

Lou Schimenti

Policy Consultant, New Jersey School Boards Association
Lou is a policy consultant with New Jersey School Boards Association and currently serves on their School Safety and Security Task Force and Charter Schools Committee, which he chairs. He has developed a Charter School Critical Reference Policy Manual.


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 415

3:00pm EDT

No-Cost Ways to Excite and Inspire Your Students
This presentation will introduce attendees to all of the Celebrate NJ (K-8) and Students in Action (high school) programs. Participants will take a tour through the websites filled with teaching resources and curriculum driven tools; will receive overviews of all of the programs; and will discuss the benefits of bringing our programs into their respective schools. Discover strategies to inspire and excite students.

Speakers
KH

Karen Hatcher

Celebrate NJ/Students in Action NJ


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 417

3:00pm EDT

Practicing What We Preach: Administrator Professional Learning Communities
The administrative and supervisory team in Metuchen public schools has taken a leadership role in modeling the same expectations that it has of its instructional staff by participating in their own Professional Learning Community. This presentation will describe the formation of the PLC, the development of goals and objectives for the team, and the protocols used within the group to affect professional growth among the administrators and supervisors.

Speakers
KA

Kathryn A. Glutz

Edgar Middle School
EC

Edward C Porowski

Principal, Campbell Elementary School Metuchen Public Schools


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 418

3:00pm EDT

Serious Business: Aligning Education Foundations for Student Success

Highly successful educational foundations can bring millions of dollars of revenue to tackle critical academic, artistic and athletic needs that are lacking support in the school district. Foundations will become even more important to ensure every student’s success. With school districts budgets not being able to support fundamental learning opportunities critical to student, foundations will be asked to help share the burden. But foundations need proper alignment of priorities. The session will demonstrate how online academic courses supported by the foundation will broaden the horizon of students in all academic areas, and how foundations have supported “students-at-risk” programs.
With school districts budgets not being able to support fundamental learning opportunities critical to student, foundations will be asked to help share the burden.


Speakers
GD

Greg Derham

Haddonfield Educational Trust


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 419

3:00pm EDT

Voluntary Model Curricula and Assessments Aligned with the Common Core State Standards
This year, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) worked with curriculum directors and supervisors, university professors, and other educators to write student learning objectives (SLOs) aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and for Mathematics. This session will discuss version 1.0, currently posted on the NJDOE website for teachers and districts to use when developing their own curricula. The model curricula are required for schools designated as priority or focus schools that do not yet have their own high quality curricula to meet the demands of the CCSS.

Speakers
MJ

Mary Jane Kurabinski

New Jersey Department of Education
MS

Meghan Snow

New Jersey Department of Education


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room: 416

3:00pm EDT

ASK GR

NJSBA’s governmental relations department monitors pending legislation, works with state legislators, advocates for boards of education before state and federal lawmakers, and works with other state and federal education associations, as well as individual board members.

Legislators and NJSBA's governmental relations staff will provide information on the legislative issues currently impacting public education in New Jersey. The session will also include a question and answer session.


Speakers
JV

Jeff Van Drew

Senator, Legislative District 1
JB

John Burns Esq

Counsel Governmental Relations, New Jersery School Boards Association
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Barbara Horl

Lobbyist, New Jersey School Boards Association
SS

Sharon Seyler

Legislative Advocate, NJSBA
MA

Michael A. Vrancik

Governmental Relations Director, New Jersey School Boards Association
JW

Jim Whelan

Senator, Legislative District 2
DW

David W. Wolfe

Assemblyman, Legislative District 10


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Room: 404

3:00pm EDT

Learning Ally: Partnering for Educational Success

Learning Ally, formerly called Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, has accessible educational materials, support and services. Session participants will gain a deep understanding of the needs of diverse learners, be introduced to the range of effective educational solutions available, and discover how Learning Ally works with boards of education to assist schools, parents, teachers and students.


Speakers
CR

Christine Ranaghan

National Director Program & Services, Learning Ally
CS

Corliss Smith

Coordinator, Strategic Training & Development – Program & Services, Learning Ally


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Room: 408

3:00pm EDT

Practical Advice on Changing Teacher Evaluation
Alexandria Township is a pilot district for the Excellent Educators for New Jersey program. In this session Alexandria's superintendent will share with the audience the lessons the district has learned as it has experienced the process of changing teacher evaluation procedures to meet state requirements, as well as advice for implementation as other districts move forward with changing their own teacher evaluation programs.

Speakers
DM

Dr. Matthew Jennings

Superintendent, Alexandria Township School District


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Room: 401

3:00pm EDT

Sustainability Best Practices for School Leadership

This session will introduce participants to the NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium (NJSSC), which is a network of leadership organizations, private companies, programs, and services promoting the greening of NJ Schools through collaborative action and the leveraging of resources. Participants will learn about sustainable best practices, polices, technologies, and green curriculum that can assist districts in creating healthier schools at lower costs, with improved student achievement.  It will feature programs such as Green Ribbon Schools, Green Schools Leadership Institute, NJ Sustainable Schools Conference, Project Learning Tree – Green Schools!, and more, that are ready to assist districts in implementing a green strategic plan. The session will feature a panel of experts from EIRC, NJASA, and the Egg Harbor School District.

 


Speakers
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Scott P. McCartney, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools, Egg Harbor Township School District
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Carol James

Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC)
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John Jones

Sixth Grade Teacher and Catawba Project Advisor, Alder Ave Middle School Egg Harbor Township School District
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Joseph Marinelli

Pricipal, Egg Harbor Township School District
Joseph Marinelli has been an educator and administrator since 1993 and has been an advocate for community service and environmental awareness since his youth. That life-long dedication was rewarded when his school received the National Green Ribbon Award from Education Secretary... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Room: 409

3:30pm EDT

Energy Savings Programs for Schools

Due to the recent signing by the Governor on Sept 21st, 2012, of Senate Bill 1753 and Assembly Bill 2313, the NJBPU has new responsibilities.  It would be our intention at your workshop to explain NJ BPU's new responsibilities and  ways that we can help school districts through the process, to enjoy energy capital improvements, without the use of referendum.  While developing and energy savings program certain improvements can be made with grants, as well as using the saved energy costs to make these same improvements.


Speakers
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Michael Thulen

ESIP Coordinator, NJ BPU


Wednesday October 24, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
STEM & Sustainability Community
 
Thursday, October 25
 

9:00am EDT

42nd Annual School Law Forum

 

PLEASE NOTE: Separate registration for this program is required.

 

Learn about recent developments in existing law and emerging issues.  Practicing school board attorneys will draw upon research and their own experiences in addressing the latest court decisions, administrative rulings, and statutes and code that affect public education and school district governance.

 

Topics for the School Law Forum include:

  • School Law Update
  • Lessons from Penn State – Implications for boards of education
  • McGovern v. Rutgers – Sunshine Law implications
  • HIB Panel - Update on the law
  • Labor Relations Update
  • Electronic Communications
  • G.D.M. & T.A.M. v. Ramapo-Indian Hills Board of Education – ‘24-7’ policies regarding extracurricular activities
  • Social Media: Facebook, email, texting, Twitter and more – OPMA and OPRA implications for school districts
  • Tenure Reform Legislation Overview
  • School Attorney Ethics

 

COST (Registration fee includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch.)

  • Workshop Registrants: $75 per person
  • Members: $185 per person
  • Non-Members: $250 per person

 

REGISTER NOW - Registration may be done online, but only by the school business administrator. Business administrators wishing to register officials from their districts should complete the following online form. Please have a scanned purchase order ready to attach to the registration. For questions regarding registration, email the NJSBA Call Center at callcenter@njsba.org.


Thursday October 25, 2012 9:00am - 3:00pm EDT
Room: 402

9:30am EDT

Creating an In-District Orientation Program for New Board Members
Attending your first board meeting as a newly elected or appointed board member can be similiar to jumping into the deep end of the pool and not knowing how to swim. New board members have many questions: How is board leadership selected? How do I get an item on the agenda? Is it ok to call the superintendent every day and ask questions? Who can answer my questions? This session will demonstrate how a well-designed, in-district orientation program can provide valuable information and resources to assist your newest board members as they jump in to their new role and strive to become effective members.

Speakers
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Mary Ann Friedman

New Jersey School Boards Association


Thursday October 25, 2012 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Room: 316

9:30am EDT

Energy Conservation Programs and Curricular Learning Opportunities
Sustainable Jersey, the EIRC and the Cloud Institute will provide participants with an overview of programs that position the school as the focal point and a learning lab for community sustainability. Learn about energy conservation programs such as Clean Energy Program (CEP) and Energy Saving Improvement Program (ESIP) and funding available that will provide pathways for low- or no-cost energy conservation action steps. Presenters will discuss successful curriculum that addresses and links sustainability models, and will address leadership strategies for schools that will save money, engage students and create a healthy school environment.

Speakers
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Winnie Fatton and Robbi Acampora

Project Manager, Sustainability Institute at The College of NJ (Sustainable Jersey)
As staff members working on the Sustainable Jersey program, we are passionate about helping municipalities, schools, businesses and the general public to understand how they can become more sustainable, and why it's important.
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Jamie Cloud

Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
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Carol James

Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC)


Thursday October 25, 2012 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Room: 315

9:30am EDT

The 'All In' Approach to Professional Development
Explore how a small K-8 school district – Green Township – is using a shared services approach to professional development to create the best on-going, job-embedded training that changes a culture quickly and creates a student-centered school focusing on academic intensity and learning momentum. Session participants will develop plans for improving professional development in their schools and use technology currently being used in Green Township.

Speakers
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Dr. Derek Cabrera

Cornell University/Thinking at Every Desk
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Laura Collosi

CEO, Think Works
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Debbie Diller

Debbie Diller & Associates Educational Consulting
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John Nittolo

Superintendent, Green Hills School
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Frank Serafini

Professor, Arizona State University
An avid hiker and adventurer, Frank Serafini created backcountryimages.com to showcase his photographic journeys and artistic creations. The images included on www.backcountryimages.com have been created to help people see the world a bit differently and more fully appreciate the... Read More →


Thursday October 25, 2012 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Room: 314

9:30am EDT

Using STEM to Prepare Students with 21st Century Skills
Participants will be actively engaged in problem-solving challenges that promote K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning that is integrated with literacy and social studies. Participants will experience firsthand how district curricula can be enhanced by incorporating activities that totally engage students while fostering 21st century skills.

Speakers

Thursday October 25, 2012 9:30am - 11:00am EDT
Room: 313

9:30am EDT

GOV IV

Reelected/Reappointed Board Members in the first year of any succeeding term – Legal Update

Please Note: Pre-registration for mandated training is not included with the general workshop registration. Registration is required through your district office.


Thursday October 25, 2012 9:30am - 11:30am EDT
Room: 302

10:00am EDT

Implementation of the Common Core State Standards
In June 2012, the New Jersey State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts and in Mathematics. The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and other experts to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our students for college and careers. This session will present the basic instructional shifts needed to meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards. It will also explain timelines for implementation and the alignment of the standards with new curricula and assessments.

Speakers
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Mary Jane Kurabinski

New Jersey Department of Education
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Meghan Snow

New Jersey Department of Education


Thursday October 25, 2012 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Room: 415

10:00am EDT

Attracting Funding and Community Support for a New STEM Program
In 2010, Hopewell Valley Regional School District’s Timberlane Middle School principal developed the idea to offer pre-engineering courses as elective choices in the school. He was faced with the challenges of finding appropriate curriculum, incorporating classes into the existing structure and funding the facilities teacher professional development transition. Session participants will learn how the district and the school were able to collaborate with outside organizations to launch this program and receive funding from sources such as foundations, corporations and an engineering trade organization, while generating enthusiastic support from teachers, parents and the community at large

Speakers
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Judy Karp

Hopewell Valley Education Foundation & TMS PTO President
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Lisa Wolff

Hopewell Valley Regional School District


Thursday October 25, 2012 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room: 414

10:00am EDT

GOV III
1st Term, 3rd full year of service – Student Achievement

Please Note: Pre-registration for mandated training is not included with the general workshop registration. Registration is required through your district office.

Thursday October 25, 2012 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Room: 301

10:30am EDT

GOV II
1st Term, 2nd full year of service - Finance

Please Note: Pre-registration for mandated training is not included with the general workshop registration. Registration is required through your district office.

Thursday October 25, 2012 10:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Room: 304

11:30am EDT

High Performance Building Envelope: Controlling Air Leakage
Discover how a better building envelope can reduce energy demand on heating and cooling systems. Session participants will understand the significance of each part of the building envelope (including the top, bottom, vertical shafts and walls) relative to the efficient operation, and will examine the materials and methodology used in air sealing buildings.



Speakers
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Steven Tratt

National Sales Manager, Canam Building Envelope Specialists Inc.


Thursday October 25, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Room: 419

11:30am EDT

Teacher Assistant Initiative
The Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission (HCESC) started the program of "outsourcing" teacher assistants as a way to offer most cost effective programming for its member districts. This session will provide the attendees with a step-by-step process to ensure success in a transition to the program. Topics covered will include: issues that must be resolved before beginning, the contract between the HCESC and a board of education; the number of positions and types of classrooms; initial interviews, the offer of employment, the orientation to the HCESC and to the contracted district; professional development; communication regarding employees’ performance; evaluation of employees; addressing needs, concerns and successes of the program; and reports to the board and to community members.

Speakers
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Andrea Romano

Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission (HCESC)
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Corinne Steinmetz

Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission (HCESC)


Thursday October 25, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Room: 416

11:30am EDT

Transforming Schools Through Powerful Systematic Walkthroughs
The Millville school district will share its story of how it has been able to increase student achievement and deepen conversations with teachers and administrators about effective instruction. Session participants will learn how to use tools such as walk-throughs, and grade level and administrative meetings to improve the quality of instruction, as well as discover how to create district-wide organizational tools through Classroom Instruction that Works strategies to analyze data and change the culture of their school district. Participants will also explore how to use handheld devices to perform 3-5 minute informal walkthroughs.


Speakers
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Dr. Pamela Moore

Millville School District


Thursday October 25, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Room: 417

11:30am EDT

Turning the Table on Curriculum
In this session, which showcases teachers and students from Vernon Township school district, participants will experience classroom technology that enables teachers to easily create interactive learning centers while fostering collaboration, problem solving, and communication among all students. The multi-touch SMART Table interactive learning center engages students in reinforcing academic concepts while promoting social skills. Presenters will demonstrate learning center activities and show how to adapt them to the needs of individual students based on the principals of universal design for learning.

Speakers
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Carolyn Bennett

Education Consutlant, Keyboard Consultants, Inc.
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Janet DeSenzo

Technology Coach/Assistive Technology Specialist, Vernon Township School District
I've been working in the field of assistive and educational technology for over ten years. I love to find creative and innovative ways to help teachers foster a love for learning using technology.


Thursday October 25, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Room: 418