Programs preceded by a check are eligible for credit toward your professional development requirement. You will receive a professional development certificate for each session you attend. The information that follows will help you get the most out of all the quality professional development experiences this year’s convention has to offer.
What counts towards the professional development requirement?
Professional learning programs sponsored by NJEA are acknowledged for their high quality and relevance to improving educational practice. Most of the professional development experiences described in the Convention Program are eligible for credit toward the continuing education requirement.
Activities that are not related to your teaching practice and/or school and students’ needs do not fit the “what counts” criteria.
Time you spend working with other teachers at the Great Ideas Forum—for example— may count if you are working on a goal that is in your approved Professional Development Plan (PDP). NJEA cannot issue professional development certificates for visits to exhibitors, the Great Ideas Forum, or the Technology Integration Showcase, and similar programs.
However, NJEA has put a procedure in place to assist members in documenting time spent in High Tech Hall. See this page for details.
Documenting your professional development experiences
NJEA will provide members who attend workshops, seminars, and other eligible professional development (PD) experiences with an official program certificate. The certificate will include a brief description of the program, length of program, and date attended. To receive the certificate, members must be present for the entire program and complete the evalutation form attached to the certificate.
Members are urged to keep their PD certificates in a safe place. These certificates prove you participated in an approved PD experience. Whether the experience will count toward an individual’s PD hours will depend on the goals specified in that individual’s PDP.
To help safeguard their certificates, members can pick up an attractive, sturdy portfolio at the PD booth in the NJEA Services Center on the exhibit floor.
NJEA offers members an opportunity to retain an individual, confidential electronic transcript through the Members Only section of njea.org for certain NJEA statewide PD activities, including the NJEA Convention.
At the NJEA Convention, members’ participation in all convention PD workshops will be uploaded into their individual NJEA electronic transcripts, if the program evaluation form is properly completed.
Once entered, transcript information is retained for seven years.
NJEA expects a large turnout at this year’s convention. To meet this anticipated demand, we have made a special effort to add more qualified experiences and, where possible, larger venues to this year’s array of fine programs. There is no pre-registration for workshops, so please arrive early to secure a seat.
Nevertheless, you may find that you will not be able to get into all programs and/ or presentations. Please make note of a second-choice program.