Have you ever made a list of NJEA Convention workshops you absolutely wanted to attend, only to discover the room had reached its capacity before you got to the door? For certain workshops at the 2019 NJEA Convention, you will be able to guarantee yourself a seat. NJEA is piloting a preregistration program for certain workshops this year.

As long as you register in advance for the workshops listed below—and you arrive at the workshop on time—there will be space for you in the room. Unless otherwise noted, preregistration for these workshops is recommended, but not required.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is full

 

The Math Institute

Elementary school math teachers can decide to turn their convention experience into a two-day math institute with six offerings from the Bedtime Math Foundation. Each day begins with a keynote presentation followed by two additional workshops each day. You may attend the entire institute, or go a la carte, selecting individual workshops.

All NJEA members, regardless of job description, may want to attend “Teaching Algebra in New Jersey State Prisons” from the all-volunteer Prison Teaching Initiative.

Bedtime Math Foundation is a New Jersey-based national nonprofit that has become a leading provider of childhood math content. Its core product is a series of playful online math problems that parents can do with their kids every day, garnering more than a quarter of a million followers. Bedtime Math is also the creator of Crazy 8s, the nation’s largest recreational after-school math club. For more information, visit bedtimemath.org.

The workshops that comprise the Math Institute are:

Exploding Dots: A New Frontier in Discovering Numbers (Keynote)

James Tanton • Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Exploding Dots in Depth

James Tanton • Thursday, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

In Real Life, We Are All Mathematicians

Shayna Sackett-Gable • Thursday, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Teaching Algebra in New Jersey State Prisons (Keynote)

Jenny Green • Friday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Nine Ways to Skin a Math Question

Laura Overdeck • Friday, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

At Last! Practical Ways to Differentiate Instruction

Cathy Chao and Courtney Bachmann • Friday, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation

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 workshops that comprise the offerings of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation are:

Exploring Current Events and Recent History Through Popular Music

Thursday, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Music and Visual Arts

Thursday, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.

Stonewall 50: Music and LGBTQ Issues in the U.S.

Friday, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Using Music to Put the “A” in STEAM

Friday, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.

Rock and Roll Forever Foundation Preservice Teacher Event

Day One: Music and Culturally Responsive Curriculum

Dayna Orlak • Thursday, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Day Two: The Preservice Mixer

Dayna Orlak • Friday, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop

(Preregistration required for this program)

Dr. Lucy Calkins

Acclaimed literacy educator and author Lucy Calkins will present a Readers and Writers Workshop program.

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. 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.

Because of the anticipated demand for this program, pre-registration will be required.

Readers and Writers Workshop

Dr. Lucy Calkins • Thursday, 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Advocacy

The NJEA Convention is the largest professional development conference of its kind in the world. The NJEA members who attend are dedicated to enhancing their professional and career learning. As the most popular statewide event NJEA offers, it is for many members, the only statewide NJEA event in which they participate. These members may have many questions about what it means to be a member of a union.

Have your ever wondered how your union works? How to access services from and connect to leadership in your local, county or statewide union?

Attend this workshop for the answers to these and many other questions.

NJEA: Your Union

Al Beaver, John Staab and Michael Kaminski

Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • Friday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Equity, educational justice and leadership examined at NJEA Convention

The Equity Alliance Area will feature guest speakers who will talk about issues related to equity, educational justice and leadership. NJEA members from the Human and Civil Rights, Urban Education, Minority Leadership and Recruitment, Women in Education, and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity committees will be available to talk, share resources, and answer questions. All members who visit the area will have an opportunity to receive a ticket to the Social Justice Networking Event.

The schedule for the Equity Alliance includes two full days of programming.

Thursday

8:30-11 a.m.: Conversations with committee members

11 a.m.-Noon: Emerge New Jersey – Emerge New Jersey identifies, trains and encourages women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office.

1-1:30 p.m.: Conversations with committee members

1:30-2:30 p.m.: GLSEN – GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQIA+ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.

2:30-3 p.m.: Conversations with committee members

3-4 p.m. Keynote Q&A with Priya and Winona, CHOOSE Racial Literacy – Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo will offer the NJEA Convention keynote presentation on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in Hall A. This session will be your opportunity to have a follow up conversation on racial literacy with them.

8-11:55 p.m. Social Justice Networking Event – All members who visit the Equity Alliance area will have an opportunity to receive a ticket to this event, which will be held at Bally’s Diamond Lounge. However, space is limited, so visit early.

Friday

8:30-11 a.m.: Conversations with committee members

11 a.m.-Noon: Rethinking Schools – A nationally prominent publisher of educational materials committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy.

1-1:30 p.m.: Conversations with committee members

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Rethinking Schools – A nationally prominent publisher of educational materials committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy.

2:30-4 p.m.: Conversations with committee members

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