Social justice theme will inform, inspire

The theme of the 2017 NJEA Convention is Standing Together: Social Justice = Education Justice = Student Success. Professional development workshops and exhibits have been designed to reflect this theme throughout the convention experience.

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 Convention Floor will be filled with exhibitors offering classroom materials, field trip and fundraiser ideas, graduate school programs, and great buys on tons of products.

Plenary speaker Ilyasah Shabazz is an inspirational role model and advocate for women’s and girls’ empowerment. Following her address on Thursday morning, Ms. Shabazz will moderate a student panel discussion on youth and social justice.

Convention participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of education policy-makers during the State Board of Education meeting on Thursday afternoon.

Friday’s plenary will feature Mike Kuczala, the Director of Instruction for the Regional Training Center, an educational consulting firm based in Randolph, NJ. Mr. Kuczala is a bestselling author, acclaimed speaker and innovative professional developer in both education and corporate settings.

On Friday afternoon, another highlight event includes A Celebration of Excellence to honor NJEA Hipp Foundation grant recipients, the 2017-2018 New Jersey Teacher of the Year Amy T. Andersen, and this year’s Award for Excellence recipient Patricio Molina.

This year, Kiker Learning is the premier sponsor of Digital Boulevard. Other sponsors include Code.org, eGlobal Nexus, EverFi and Maker Depot Academy. 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 on the convention floor.

See the NJEA Review Official Convention Issue for a complete listing of all events, including speakers, times, and topics.

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