Timely and thought provoking topics will be explored each day of the NJEA Convention. Besides the hundreds of professional development workshops available over the course of both days, the convention will feature discussions led by two successful educators and visionaries in education. On Thursday, Mark Weber, known by many as education blogger “Jersey Jazzman,” will share insights on the effects of politics and policy on the state’s public schools. Then on Friday, Lisa Funari Willever, a former Trenton Public Schools teacher and author of 24 children’s books, including the popular Nicky Fifth series, will discuss her writing and how to tap into children’s imagination to make education fun.

Thousands of educators will attend more than 300 professional development seminars, workshops, and programs designed to help teachers and educational support professionals hone their skills and stay current in their subject areas and chosen fields.

The 162nd annual NJEA Convention on Nov. 10-11 in Atlantic City offers participants the opportunity to ask questions of education policy-makers during the State Board of Education meeting on Thursday. On Friday, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy will join a discussion with NJEA officers on a wide range of issues confronting NJEA members and public education in New Jersey.

In addition to teachers and other certified staff, NJEA also counts among its members educational support professionals (ESP), college students preparing to become teachers, faculty and staff from the state’s community colleges, and retired educators.

“Over my years as a statewide officer, I’ve been pleased to see NJEA Convention opportunities expand for each group.” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer. “As always, the selection of workshops reflects the issues that are foremost in all our members’ minds.”

Edmodo is the premier sponsor of Digital Boulevard, formerly known as High Tech Hall, where members can participate in classroom-tested, technology-integrated activities. From one-on-one and small group instruction to exciting demonstrations and compelling speakers at this ever-expanding feature of on the convention floor.

Convention-goers will also take advantage of the Convention Center’s huge exhibit area, featuring more than 700 vendors and exhibitors.

An Education Discussion with Ambassador Phil Murphy

Join the NJEA officers on Friday, Nov. 11 at 9:30 a.m. in Hall A as they host an Education Discussion with Ambassador Phil Murphy, the NJEA-endorsed candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.


NJEA is New Jersey’s largest association of education professionals, representing 200,000 elementary and secondary teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, educational support professionals, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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