Professional Development Credit in High Tech Hall
NJEA encourages members to document their professional learning experiences as they work to meet and exceed the professional development required of certified teaching staff. For the more traditional 1.5 hour programs listed on pages 38-61, members who are present at an entire session receive a professional development certificate upon exiting the classroom. However, such documentation is more challenging to capture and record in the differently structured programs available to members in High Tech Hall.
This year, to help members document their professional development experiences in High Tech Hall, NJEA has established the following procedures:
- Members who attend a scheduled classroom session in either the Teq Connected Classroom or the Verizon Classroom will scan their convention badge upon arrival and will receive a link to their certificate via an email following the convention. No paper certificates will be distributed for these activities.
- Members who spend time in the Technology Integration Showcase and the Teacher-to-Teacher Learning Lab may document their learning using a log sheet that they can pick up in High Tech Hall. No certificates will be available for these activities. The log will detail the titles, presenters and a brief description of each activity with a place to identify the amount of time spent at each demonstration area. Members may present this log to their supervisor/principal following their visit to Atlantic City to document the amount of time spent in learning in these areas of High Tech Hall.
NJEA recommends that members speak with their supervisor/principal prior to the NJEA Convention to discuss how much time they intend to spend in the Technology Integration Showcase and Teacher-to-Teacher Learning Lab areas. This procedure is consistent with practices supported by the N.J. Department of Education. Members are reminded that all professional learning activities must be aligned with their individual professional development plan to be eligible for accrual toward the professional development requirement.