NJEA Teaching and Learning Symposium

Published on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NJEA Teaching & Learning SymposiumThe NJEA Teaching and Learning Symposium will take place on Saturday, April 20 at the Princeton Marriott. This conference highlights instructional strategies and best practices for classroom management, assessment, engaging and supporting urban students, and fostering student learning styles, to name a few. Participants will earn five hours of professional learning credit, and must attend the entire session to receive a certificate.

Preregistration is required. Sign in and register online or complete and mail this registration form.

Only registered participants may attend the program sessions and meals. Registration deadline is March 31, 2013

Conference Schedule

8 – 8:45 am   Registration/ Continental Breakfast  
8:45 – 9 am Welcome
9 am – noon Program Sessions
Noon – 1 pm Lunch/Luncheon Remarks
1 – 3 pm Program Sessions continued/Certificates

For more information, or if you have a special physical, communication, dietary, or disability-related need which may require assistance or accommodations to permit or facilitate your attendance/participation in the conference, please contact Cindy Vannauker at 609-599-4561, ext. 2263.

Workshop Offerings

1. Assessment Strategies to Drive Instruction 

Presenter: Rochelle Kapel

Discover ways to go beyond assessment OF student learning and begin to assess FOR learning. How can current practices be refined to inform progress and hidden gaps in learning? How can grading policies be adjusted so that students can learn from their grades? It’s easy to use data-driven formative assessment to improve learning in all of your classes.

2. A Close Examination of the Common Core State Standards  

Presenter: Dr. Sandra Alberti

This deep examination of the Common Core State Standards for English-Language Arts and Mathematics will focus on concrete steps that support implementation of the standards in the classroom. Experience close encounters with literacy exemplars and the major work for implementing mathematics. The latest developments and plans for the upcoming PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Career) assessments will be shared.

3. Effective Classroom Management: Spend More Time Teaching!

Presenter: Dr. Tracey Garrett

Learn how to develop an environment conducive to learning. Specific topics include establishing effective rules and routines, fostering positive relationships, and preventing and responding to misbehavior. There will be an emphasis on the relationship between student motivation and effective classroom management.

4. Using Data to Support Instruction  

Presenter: Dr. Jay Dugan

Participants will learn to pinpoint Math and Language strengths and areas in need of improvement for all grade levels. Examine what data to collect and why, share collection methods, compare reporting methods, and learn how data can help plan lessons that address student needs. The impact of Professional Learning Communities on data analysis will also be addressed. (If possible, bring state assessment data, test/quiz results, rubrics, portfolios)

5. Working with Economically Disadvantaged Students:  Engaging and Supporting Urban Students

Presenter: Ernie Brattstrom

This program explores the unique challenges facing teachers in economically-disadvantaged urban schools and provides insight into teacher characteristics and behaviors that increase opportunities for students to demonstrate academic achievement. Discover a wide range of tips, resources, and ready-to-use materials and strategies.

6. Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain

Presenter: Dr. Marcia Tate

Why do some students not understand or recall important content? If your students are not learning the way you are teaching, then you must teach the way they learn! Experience 20 instructional strategies (based on brain research and learning style theory) that maximize memory and minimize forgetting. Ensure that your students retain key concepts, not only for tests, but for life!


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