2011 NJEA Convention The NJEA Convention is only days away! Whether you planned your trip to the biggest professional development conference of its kind months ago or just decided to head to Atlantic City, there are a few things you can do to ensure a great convention experience.

For example, check out the sidebar for a list of changes to the NJEA Convention Program. If you have misplaced your program, just go to njeaconvention.org and download a PDF of the program.

NJEA launches convention blog, smart phone app

Don't miss the new NJEA Convention blog for short articles on convention highlights, resources, and links to help you plan for convention and discover new things while you're there. You can also access the blog at njeaconvention.org.

The Association is thrilled to announce the creation of an NJEA Convention smart phone application. Designed to run on Apple iPhones, and Android-based and Blackberry smartphones, the “app” will allow you to search for a session, find an exhibitor, and receive alerts and updates to keep you informed while you’re in Atlantic City at the convention. Download your new app today!

Plan your tour of the exhibit floor with the Virtual Exhibitor Directory

Get the most out of your time on the exhibit floor--create your very own personal “My Show Plan” list of exhibitors and their booth locations to visit. Visit the NJEA Convention Virtual Exhibitor Directory before, during and after the convention to search by product/service category or by company name. View exhibitors’ descriptions, contact information, and link to their company websites. Can’t get to the convention this year…or missed a few exhibitors you wanted to see? You can access the exhibitors at the Virtual Exhibitor Directory until March 1, 2012 at njeaconvention.org.

Register in advance for selected workshops

Has this happened to you? You select a workshop at the NJEA Convention you really don’t want to miss, only to arrive at the door and find out it’s filled up. It’s frustrating. Help is here! NJEA is offering advance registration for 11 workshops. They are:

  • Assessing Ourselves and S.M.A.R.T. Journey for Purposeful Collaboration
  • You Know How Well They’re Learning—What Next?
  • Team: Work It Out
  • Give Your PLC Some TLC
  • Seven Habits of Highly Accomplished Teachers
  • Public and Permanent: Prevent Digital Problems—Sexting, Bullying and Beyond
  • Stress and Anxiety: Interventions for Students and Staff
  • Motivating Middle School Mathematics—Key to an Interesting Lesson
  • Heroic Imagination: Dealing with Bullying by Mobilizing Students
  • Basic Moves
  • Professional Learning Communities: Understanding, Developing and Supporting Their Growth

Get more information on Page 39 of your convention program or just go to njeaconvention.org.

Child care available

This year, NJEA has enlisted the services of ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements to offer NJEA members attending the convention low-cost child care.

ACCENT is the official child care provider at the NEA Representative Assembly and has more than 20 years of experience providing child care at conventions and other large-scale events.

Up to 200 children, preschool to age 12, can be accommodated. Children must be toilet trained. Only children of NJEA members will be admitted.

The cost is $20 per child, per day. Parents/guardians have the option of providing lunch or ordering lunch through ACCENT for an additional fee.

To take advantage of this service, you must register at njeaconvention.org.

Get in on the fun with the Boardwalk Run

Not a runner? Then why not try the Fun Walk? The 32nd Annual NJEA Boardwalk Run is a 5,000 meter race that is TAC sanctioned. The course is the traffic-free scenic Atlantic City Boardwalk in front of Old Convention Hall.

The run takes place on Friday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. The Fun Walk starts immediately following the run and follows the same course. Both events are held rain or shine.

You can register for either event at the convention center. The cost is $30; all participants receive a long-sleeved T-shirt. See Page 85 of the convention program for more information.