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The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation was established by Steven Van Zandt, the songwriter, producer, actor and activist who is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. TeachRock is the foundation’s national middle and high school curriculum initiative. Created to address the challenges of an environment in which schools face cuts to arts funding, TeachRock includes interdisciplinary, arts-driven materials designed to keep students engaged and in school. Its groundbreaking curriculum is available at no cost to educators.

The foundation will bring its impressive resources to the 2019 NJEA Convention.

The foundation is planning workshops that address historical events through music including:

  • 9/11
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • The Berlin Wall
  • Anita Hill and Third Wave Feminism
  • LGBTQ history

The foundation will also provide programs for music and visual art, STEAM and music, and culturally responsive perspectives on history through music.

You’ll also find the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation on Digital Boulevard where presenters will showcase their tech tools, which are built into the foundation’s PBS Soundbreaking lesson plans.

In addition, the foundation is creating a two-day program for NJEA Preservice members that addresses curricular integration of art and music and a documentary screening during through which participants will create their own lesson and unit plans from the material.

Readers’ and writers’ workshops with Lucy Calkins

Lucy Calkins

Acclaimed literacy educator and author Lucy Calkins will run a full day of readers’ and writers’ workshop programs. To ensure that no one is disappointed upon arriving in Atlantic City and finding her sessions full, pre-registration will be available for attendees. See future editions of the NJEA Review and the NJEA Convention Program for details.

Lucy Calkins is the author of over 40 books that have quickly become an indispensable part of classroom life in tens of thousands of schools around the world. These include Leading Well: Building Schoolwide Excellence in Reading and Writing; Units of Study in Phonics, Grades K-2; the best-selling, grade-by-grade Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grades K-8; and Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grades K-8; Up the Ladder: Accessing Grades 3-6 Units in Narrative, Information, and Opinion Writing series. She has also authored such classroom essentials as the groundbreaking Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Classroom Libraries and the Workshop Help Desk series.

Calkins is also the author or coauthor of numerous foundational professional texts with Heinemann, including The Art of Teaching Writing; Writing Pathways: Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions, Grades K-8; and One to One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers. She is also the author of The Art of Teaching Reading.


A whole new view of math

You and your students will be saying “Gimme More Math!” as you learn how to make math everyone’s favorite subject! Shake up your view of numbers, shapes, and math literacy in this first-ever convention math institute.

Speakers on the mathematics behind Jersey Mike’s subs, Cake Boss creations and Atlantic City casino tricks will connect shapes and numbers to our favorite real-life fun. “Math engagement gurus” James Tanton of Exploding Dots and Laura Overdeck of Bedtime Math will illustrate how small tweaks in the ways we present math can entice kids to hunger for more.

Teachers will come away with a whole new view of math as the obvious best part of the school day, with concrete tools for stoking students’ curiosity, perseverance, and sense of victory at problem-solving.

The NJEA Convention Committee oversees convention programming. Last year, they took a break from their busy convention schedules for a quick photo. In the foreground is Convention Committee Chair Susan Davis.

Nicky Fifth makes a triumphant return

For five of the last six years, author Lisa Funari Willever has caused long lines that snake around the aisles of the Atlantic City Convention Center’s exhibit hall floor. Why? Because the former Trenton teacher makes a big splash when she releases her newest books at the NJEA Convention, exclusively for New Jersey educators. After a one-year hiatus, Funari Willever will return to launch her latest titles and distribute classroom sets of selected titles complete with teacher’s guides designed for educators in second through 12th grades.

Funari Willever is best known for her pride in New Jersey as exemplified in her Nicky Fifth series. The books follow Nicky and his friends, T-Bone, Wanda and Timmy as they get caught up in all sorts of humorous adventures set in the Garden State. Funari Willever was inspired to write the series after attempts to teach students about New Jersey from the texts available.

“I was all too familiar with the dry, boring materials that were used to present our great state,” Funari-Willever writes in Nicky Fifth’s New Jersey Teacher’s Guide. “A classroom full of excited, enthusiastic children and no one thought, ‘Hey, maybe we should make this fun. Maybe we should get them excited enough to explore and see the state firsthand.’”

Career development for educational support professionals

Each year, NJEA’s options for educational support professionals have grown, whether it is new workshop programs, networking opportunities, or more resources on the exhibit hall floor. This year, it will be taken to a new level as NJEA works with partners in NEA to bring new workshops and programs to meet the needs of secretaries, custodians, paraprofessionals and aides, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, security, all others who make up the school team.

Favorites return

Everything else that helps make the NJEA Convention the association’s most popular event return: Digital Boulevard, Higher Education programming, the Celebration of Excellence, Hipp Grant winners, NJEA member authors, NJEA Preservice workshops, sessions with the New Jersey Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education, the Boardwalk Run and Fun Walk, Main Street NJEA, and hundreds upon hundreds of exhibitors on the main floor of the Atlantic City Convention Center.

We’ll see you in November.

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