At a Glance
Welcome to the 2013 NJEA Convention where you’ll find top-notch professional and career development. Many opportunities await you when you come to Atlantic City, including “America’s Favorite Playground” itself, which has more than rebounded from Superstorm Sandy. Make sure to take time outside convention hours to “DO AC” and support this historic American city.
Many of the features set to premier at last year’s cancelled convention are part of this year’s convention.
This year, NJEA is proud to again feature a plenary session each day of the convention at 11:30 a.m. On Thursday, Dr. Marcia L. Tate will speak on brain-based learning. Tate is the founder of Developing Minds Inc., an international educational consulting firm. Tate is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County school system in Georgia and was a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and language arts coordinator.
On Friday, Chris Lehmann, will speak. He is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement nationally and internationally.
The schedule for professional development sessions is arranged so that you don’t have to choose between these two dynamic speakers and a workshop you want to attend. See the Plenary Speakers page for more about the plenary sessions.
Take a stroll along Main Street NJEA, located in the middle of the floor to learn about the broad range of services and opportunities for advocacy as well as career and professional development to which your dues entitle you.
ESP members will want to visit the Educational Support Professionals Pavilion on the exhibit floor. Stop by for round-table discussions, NJEA’s services for ESP members, and career development opportunities.
High Tech Hall continues to grow bigger and better. In the Technology Integration Showcase, sponsored by the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning, NJEA members will demonstrate how they have successfully integrated technology into their instruction. In the Verizon and TEQ classrooms and the Teacher to Teacher Learning Lab, NJEA members and others will show many exciting ways to use technology for lively instruction.
As always, you’ll find hundreds of workshops for both teachers and educational support professionals. You’ll find that this program lists workshops in a variety of ways to help you make the most of your convention experience.
It’s a good idea to arrive early for your workshops and to have a back-up plan should your first choice reached its legal seating capacity.
Take the opportunity to address the State Board of Education and Commissioner of Education Christopher Cerf and to visit the hundreds of exhibits on “The Floor.” See what your colleagues are up to at the Hipp Foundation’s annual Celebration of Excellence, the Great Ideas Forum, and Authors’ Alley.
Support our students and be awed by their talent at the All-State Chorus and Orchestra, the All-State Jazz Ensemble and New Jersey Honors Jazz Choir concerts. Be sure to visit the Art Gallery in the Exhibit Hall and enjoy student-created visual arts.
We look forward to seeing you in Atlantic City on Thursday, Nov. 7 and Friday, Nov. 8. We hope you take this opportunity to learn something new, share what you know, and network with members from around the state.