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Child Care Available

NJEA will again enlist the services of ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements to offer NJEA members attending the Convention low-cost child care. The cost is $20 per child, per day. Registration will be available in September.

Convention App

Smartphone users will be able to “let their fingers do the walking” at this year’s NJEA Convention with an application designed to run on iPhones, Android-based phones, and Blackberrys. The 2014 NJEA Convention app will be available in your app store this fall.

Connecting Mathematical Experiences through Literacy in the Early Childhood Environment
Friday: 10 – 10:30 a.m.  Area 3
Presented by LRC Staff
This session will provide hands-on activities using storybooks to enhance mathematical learning in preschool classrooms. The activities are aligned to the New Jersey Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards.

Environmental Education Sampler– Alliance for N.J. Environmental Education (ANJEE)
Thursday: 12:30 – 1 p.m.  Area 7
Friday: 12:30 – 1 p.m. Area 7
Presented by ANJEE members
Looking for ways to incorporate environmental topics across your curriculum? Want your school to “Go Green”? Join members of ANJEE to learn what is new in environmental education.

Ground Water, Ground Water, Keep it Clean!
Thursday: 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Area 1
Friday: 9:30 – 10 a.m. Area 1
Presented by Sheri Bone, Pocono Environ. Edu Ctr.
See how what happens above ground can affect the water underground! Using a Ground Water Model, students create pollution and watch it move to wells, springs, and other water sources.

Intel Teach
Thursday: 10:30 – 11 a.m.  Area 10
Friday: 10:30 – 11 a.m. Area 10
Presented by Intel Regional Staff
This is an overview of a series of compelling courses that will provide a deeper exploration of the 21st century learning concepts. Courses offer high quality multimedia content designed to prepare teachers for the Common Core Standards and beyond. A variety of media is explored.

Operation Superpower
Thursday: 1 – 1:30 p.m.  Area 8
Friday: 1 – 1:30 p.m.  Area 8
Presented by Performance Group
This is the first interactive superhero-orientated classical music experience for students of all ages created by three Julliard students. See what can be accomplished to heighten awareness of music and humanity.

Painting a Picture of Success: Creating a Successful National Board Certification Initiative
Thursday: 1:30 – 2 p.m.  Area 9
Friday: 1:30 – 2 p.m.  Area 9
Presented by National Board of Certified Teachers
We hope you will be able to join us and see what National Board champions are doing to foster accomplished teaching. The presenters will share how they have elevated the voice of the teaching profession through the National Board Certification process. Presenters and participants will engage in conversations about the National Board process and its positive impact on school culture, teacher effectiveness, and student learning.

Read, Plant, Eat
Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.  vArea 5
Friday: 11:30 am – 12 p.m.  Area 5
Presented by Suzanne Macauleu, NJ Agricultural Society
Nourish your students’ minds and bodies with this workshop that focuses on children’s books about vegetables, planting those vegetables, and cooking those vegetables! Learn how to connect your literacy lessons to the garden, and ultimately to the plate, creating a hands-on approach to learning for your students.

Stories From the Land: Connecting Students to Nature, Life Skills and Learning through Stories
Thursday: 11 – 11:30 a.m.  Area 4
Friday: 11 – 11:30 a.m.  Area 4
Presented by Brian Hayes and Erik Mollenhauer
People have always conveyed important lessons through stories. We do it every day. Stories are how we learn and understand each other and the world. In this workshop, we explore how to be better teachers, learners, and human beings through stories about the natural world. Stories From the Land is an interactive project for students of all ages and abilities. Through a shared outdoor experience, working as collaborative teams, and using a variety of communication and writing skills, students create and share stories. Learn how this new state-wide initiative can work for you.

Ten Terrific Technology Tools!
Thursday: 10 – 10:30 a.m.  Area 3
Presented by LRC Staff
LRC presenters will showcase 10 technology tools that can be used with students, including those with disabilities, to provide access to the general education curriculum. This session will be an overview of various tools that can be used in classrooms grades 1-5 and presenters will show how these tools can be used to enhance learning while offering a new way to engage students in learning through the thoughtful use of technology in the classroom.

Witness the Power of Storytelling– a Tool to Reach All Kinds of Students
Thursday: 12 – 12:30 p.m.  Area 6
Friday: 12 – 12:30 p.m.  Area 6
Presented by Julie Della Torre, Storytelling Arts
Experience stories shared by a professional storyteller and discuss ways they can be used to create an intellectual and emotional “space” in your classroom. In this space students can listen, process, internalize and discuss ideas that are not always easy to communicate. Folk tales that deal with tolerance, literature appreciation, and lessons from nature will be presented and discussed. Experience the art of storytelling and be prepared to have your questions answered.

Convention Program

The 2014 Convention Program will be available in September.

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Look for the Scan to Win logo at High Tech Hall, Main Street NJEA and the Sponsored Vendors Area!