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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.

The Great Ideas Forum showcases programs designed by NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education grant recipients. Stop by for one-on-one consultations with these New Jersey educators any time on Thursday or Friday. The Great Ideas Forum is located at the north end of Hall B near High Tech Hall. NJEA does not provide PD certificates for these drop-in experiences.
Grade Level: PK-12

The Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer: A Musical Journey into America’s Past
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Table 11
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Table 11
Presenter: Dr. Bruce A. Hooper

Learn a tune on the dulcimer or check out a DVD or interactive iPad presentation on this indigenous American instrument. Teach students to make one and play it.

The Blue Skies Project
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Table 12
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Table 12
Presenter: Rita R. Williams

The Blue Skies Project brings hope for the future to people in need through the power of children’s art.

The Breaking Down Barriers  Community Coaching Program
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Table 13
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Table 13
Presenters: Renee R. Lopardo-Taveras and Kristen A. Goracy

The Breaking Down Barriers Community Coaching Program supports core curriculum instruction of stu-dents with autism and equips them with the skills to thrive in society through community-based learning experiences.

Building Bridges: Connecting Children and Culture
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Table 2
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Table 2
Presenters: Paul C. Gorski and Debra L. Redding

Come and learn how to organize an extraordinary cultural experience for your elementary students. Children and adults celebrate and appreciate cultural diversity while exploring their own cultural heritage and demonstrating pride in being Americans.

“Carrion Cafe” or Motivating Struggling Students through Authentic Field Research
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Table 3
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Table 3
Presenters: Dr. Sven P. Strnad and Vickie Gurzau

Students make insect collections and conduct field studies teaching them facts about insects, nature, and lessons about themselves. Learners make contributions to insect and biology understanding.

Copy Cat Kids: Video Self- Modeling for Students with Autism
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Table 4
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Table 4
Presenters: Amanda N. Mirenda and Sharon DiPaolo

This program involves editing footage to create videos of students’ ideal performances of a skill. Students then watch the video to gather valuable information about appropriate replacement behaviors.

A Feast for Every Season
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Table 1
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Table 1
Presenter: Nino P. La Stella

The gift of the greenhouse curriculum is that it enables our students to appreciate the rhythm of the seasons. Seedlings to fully grown vegetables, soil preparation to planting: each has its time and cannot be rushed. With a feast for all seasons, we invite the community to join and celebrate with our students.

How Sweet It Is: Come Fly with Me
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Table 5
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Table 5
Presenters: Gayle R. Dubofsky

Students explore the world of backyard birds, including hummingbirds. They do bird watching in nour habitat that we set up outside of our classroom and do many craft projects.

Interactive Herbarium
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Table 6
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Table 6
Presenters: Cheryl A. Mcdonald and David A. Alfonse

Demonstration of an “Interactive Herbarium” designed by students of the Marine Academy of Science andTechnology at Sandy Hook, showcases native coastal vegetation via a traditional and media wiki format.

The Magic of Rhymes and Tales
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Table 14
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Table 14
Presenters: Susan M. Ort and Denise A. Scairpon

Use puppetry to develop language, reading, reading comprehension, and writing skills of first graders and preschoolers through the use of the classic literacy forms of fairy tales and nursey rhymes.

Middle School Students with Exceptionalities Discovering Citizenship through Experience
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Table 7
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Table 7
Presenters: Jessica N. Rader and Daniel E. Diveny

Our Hipp Team of teachers will be presenting a Classroom Closeup video, pictures, and art projects created by our students during the year. We will concentrate on the theme of American citizens who have “Broken Barriers.” Our team will also highlight how our students came together to create a classroom community that focused on having experiences to teach social skills and character. Finally, we will highlight our article in the NJEA Review about the Hipp Grant to show other teachers how to get the word out about their classroom endeavors.

River Watershed Project
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Table 8
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Table 8
Presenters: Lauren S. Ayers and Catherine A. Astor

Learn how to involve students in a research project that involves their environment. Become informed on how to utilize support and resources from the community. View our research project on the study of our local river. Photos, video, research project results and equipment will be available.

Saturday Morning Science
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Table 9
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Table 9
Presenters: Dr. Linda L. Szypula and Kelli A. Wenzel

This is a science show where high school students record elementary through middle school students covering numerous science concepts through hands-on activities.

Swimming Upstream: The One Room Schoolhouse Meets Modern America
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Table 10
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Table 10
Presenters: Justin A. Runne and Coleen T. Weiss-Magasic

High schoolers working with fifth graders? You bet! Join us as we share our successful experiences combining high school biology classes with fifth graders for stream studies and fish dissections.

Transition from High School to the Real World
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Table 15
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Table 15
Presenters: John Glusiec

Help students with disabilities learn skills enabling as much independence as possible in real life.

Convention Program

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