NJEA Convention returns to Atlantic City
In its nearly 160 year history, the convention has been cancelled only twice.
1n 1893, no convention was held so that members of what was then called the New Jersey State Teachers’ Association could participate in the Chicago World’s Fair. It was again held every year until 2012, when Superstorm Sandy came ashore on Oct. 29 devastating communities across the state and closing schools anywhere from a few days to the remainder of the school year.
This year the NJEA Convention returned and with it tens of thousands of NJEA members.
Some came for the over 300 workshops and special programs that are the hallmark of the largest gathering of educators in the world. Some came for High Tech Hall, for the plenary sessions with world class speakers, or to consult with publishers, authors, and accomplished educators. Still others came to share ideas and strategies with their colleagues from across the state.
Educational support professionals (ESPs) found more programs than ever before related to their work as well as new features in the Exhibit Hall.
The newest feature was Main Street NJEA, which showcased NJEA’s programs and member services in a more entertaining and accessible manner.
For many reasons, NJEA members made their way to Atlantic City on Nov. 7 and 8 to attend the 159th NJEA Convention.
Thursday’s highlights included a plenary session with Marcia Tate, a meeting with the State Board of Education, and a concert from the New Jersey All-State Jazz and Honors Jazz Choir.
Friday brought the Celebration of Excellence where members met New Jersey State Teacher of the Year Kathleen Assini, winners of NJEA’s Hipp Foundation Grants, and four public school graduates who have gone on to demonstrate exceptional leadership in their careers. Members were introduced to educator Chris Lehmann, who headed Friday’s plenary session.