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Monday, October 24
 

11:30am

911: What's Your Emergency?
Speakers
TE

Thomas Eldridge

School Business Administrator, Lawrence Township School District
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Lana Mueller

Operations Manager, Lawrence Twp Public Schools
Lana Mueller is an Operations Manager in the Superintendent’s Office of Lawrence Township Public Schools in Lawrenceville, NJ. Her responsibilities include connecting the dots of district operations as well as internal and external communications and public relations. Follow... Read More →


Monday October 24, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 416 Fourth Floor - West

11:30am

How Education Foundations can Provide Sustainable Alternative Funding for School Districts
Limited Capacity seats available

Local education foundations (LEFs) must become a more important component in the school district’s quest for alternative funding opportunities. The session will outline the very specific reasons why  LEFs underachieve and provide the three proven solutions and requirements that make them successful. The most successful education foundation in the state of New Jersey, the Montclair Foundation for Education Excellence and Executive Director Lois Whipple will provide the details of the foundation’s success.Stephen Gilfus, Founder and inventor of Blackboard will present new “cutting edge” solutions using “private-public” partnerships for providing alternative funding opportunities and outline how “shared services” can reduce costs among multiple participating school districts. Bob New, President of MACEF, will present how one PA 501 (C) (3) foundation supports many small school districts in a region/county generating new funding opportunities.


Speakers
CK

Connie Kindler

Retired Superintendent Camp Hill PA School District
BN

Bob New

Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Education Foundations, Inc


Monday October 24, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 419 Fourth Floor - East

11:30am

One Urban High School’s Collaborative Effort for 100% College Acceptance
Limited Capacity seats available

Attending college remains a challenge for underrepresented students. This session provides a road map for school educational leaders to diminish the disparity among low income and high income students’ college readiness and access by implementing a comprehensive college and career readiness program aligned with the ASCA National Model.


Speakers

Monday October 24, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 418 Fourth Floor - East

11:30am

What Your Educational Services Commission Can Do for Your District NOW!
Limited Capacity seats available

Every district is struggling to find cost effective ways to maintain district programs.Many districts are unaware that the ESC should be the first resource for cost effective, shared services. In a panel discussion format superintendents from geographically diverse ESCs will provide specific examples of the services and programs that are available or that can be developed by the ESC to meet district needs. 


Speakers
DC

Dennis Cox

Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission (HCESC)
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The Educational Services Commission of New Jersey

Silver Sponsor, The Educational Services Commission of New Jersey
The largest nonprofit shared services public entity in the state of New Jersey offering educational and business services
IL

Irene LeFebvre

Director of Education, Passaic County Educational Services Commission


Monday October 24, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 421 Fourth Floor - East

2:30pm

How to Efficiently Build Quality Programming for Students and Parents
Limited Capacity seats available

Group attendees will learn how to creatively think outside of the box to maintain and expand quality instructional programs through innovative measures.  Participants will learn how partnerships with local universities can offer courses and services that could not normally be funded through the school budget, share services with other school districts and the municipality, utilize local businesses and corporations to fund purchase of equipment and supplies, and offer grants and scholarships, and create job descriptions that offer efficiencies and cost savings.  The Clark Public School District in Union County, while committed to increasing the budget only three tax points per year (less than 1% growth), has recently been honored on the College Board's AP Achievement List in March, been cited as one of America's Best High Schools by Newsweek Magazine in 2010,  and listed as the 24th best place to place to live in New Jersey By New Jersey Magazine this past Spring.


Speakers
RD

Richard Delmonaco

High School Principal, Clark Public Schools
KJ

Kenneth J. Knops

Superintendent, Clark School District


Monday October 24, 2011 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 418 Fourth Floor - East

2:30pm

Maximizing Your Website
Limited Capacity seats available

Each of the three presenters will focus on her area of expertise (curriculum, technology development, and communications) with regard to the benefits of using a district website to support district goals. Specific examples and pages will be presented using PowerPoint or real-time access to the Marlboro Township School District website via the Internet.


Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Alexander

Kimberly Alexander

Supervisor of Technology & ESL, Marlboro Township Public School


Monday October 24, 2011 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 410 Fourth Floor - West

2:30pm

Opportunities to Enrich Gifted Education
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop, presented by the President of NJ Association for Gifted Children, will provide participants with resources of activities, contests, collaborations and ideas that have been used effectively with gifted students and which  provide opportunities to enrich learning, engage students, and stimulate creativity.  Many of these programs and contests are free.  Examples will be shared through DVDs and hands-on samples.  Information on grants received and how to fund some of these programs will also be provided.








Monday October 24, 2011 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 416 Fourth Floor - West

2:30pm

Organizing Your Charter Policy Manual
Limited Capacity seats available


This session will help Charter School Board of Trustees members and School Leaders to learn the importance of having an updated policy manual; What should be in their policy manual and why;How to organize their policy manual for quick and easy access; and to provide them with tools and services available to them to assist them in keeping their manual updated.


Speakers
LS

Lou Schimenti

Policy Consultant, New Jersey School Boards Association
Lou is a policy consultant with New Jersey School Boards Association and currently serves on their School Safety and Security Task Force and Charter Schools Committee, which he chairs. He has developed a Charter School Critical Reference Policy Manual.


Monday October 24, 2011 2:30pm - Wednesday October 26, 2011 3:30pm
Room 417 Fourth Floor - East
 
Tuesday, October 25
 

10:00am

"Blitzing" for Success: How to Create Test Festivals to Maximize Performance and Build Morale Prior to State Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

To solidify the skill sets necessary to help students perform optimally on state assessments, the Vernon Schools have implemented “blitz” programs for students in grades 4-8 and 11.  Using multiple forms of data, students are tiered according to their ability levels and several days before the tests move together as cohorts to different classroom experts in the buildings to focus on specific cluster areas, test taking strategies, etc.  The week culminates in an academic pep rally.  


Speakers
CM

Charles McKay

Assistant Superintendent, Vernon Township School District
Just to clarify, Mr. Joseph Picirillo will be presenting with Mr. DiBenedetto and me. Joseph is a not only a principal but also responsible for Special Projects in the district and one of the driving forces of the CTE programs in the district.


Tuesday October 25, 2011 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 417 Fourth Floor - East

10:00am

"I love BOOBIES," "BONG HITS FOR JESUS," and OTHER FIRST AMENDMENT CASES IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Limited Capacity seats available

Leading school attorneys will discuss complex, thorny free speech and religion issues that arise in public schools, including:

•   Disciplining students and employees for on-line speech
•   Imposing limits on free expression in school
•   Imposing limits on statements at board meetings by members and
    others
•   Responding to requests for accommodation of religious beliefs

Participants will be encouraged to ask questions about First Amendment issues and challenges in their districts.  The answers will not always be clear.  Lively discussion is expected.


Speakers
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Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland and Perretti LLP

Bronze Sponsor, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland and Perretti LLP
Highly skilled attorneys with significant experience representing boards of education, and the resources of one of the state’s oldest, largest, and most respected law firms.


Tuesday October 25, 2011 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 420 Fourth Floor - East

10:00am

Creating a Culture of Character: Reducing Bullying Behaviors and Harassment in our Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

The overarching goals of this interactive session are to provide board of education members and school leaders, with a review of, and discussion centered on, the universally accepted character traits of respect and responsibility as related to creating district policy and expectations that will help to foster a culture of character within the school district. The session will outline and review the benefits of strong policy expectations, academically infused character education within schools, and identify effective strategies for implementation within the district and whole-school community.


Speakers
SC

Stacie Costello

Principal, East Hanover Township Schools
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Dr. Joseph L. Ricca

Superintendent of Schools, East Hanover Township Board of Education
Joseph Ricca is Superintendent of Schools at East Hanover Board of Education, a position he has held since 2009. Dr. Ricca is an expert in the fields of academic achievement, character education, instructional technologies, professional evaluation, community relations and curriculum... Read More →


Tuesday October 25, 2011 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 418 Fourth Floor - East

10:00am

Lobbying from the inside out!
Limited Capacity seats available

Our session will have two moderators-one familiar with members' present advocacy activities and one familiar with the operation of local legislative offices and lobbying strategies. Through narratives and questions posed to four legislative aides, representing both political parties, and with NJSBA members with an interest in politics and advocacy, the moderators will demonstrate the importance of establishing and maintaining a two way dialogue with local district legislators, who direct the educational and fiscal policies that board members and administrators must follow in the governance and operation of school districts.


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Horl

Barbara Horl

Lobbyist, New Jersey School Boards Association
DJ

Dave Jenkins

Legislative Aide to Assembly Majority Leader Joe Cryan, 20th District
avatar for Ray Pinney

Ray Pinney

Director - Member Engagement and County Activities, NJSBA
TS

Tom Suthard

Chief of Staff to Assemblymen John Amodeo and Vince Polistina, 2nd District.
AW

Andrew Wynne

Chief Counsel, Assembly Republican Caucus


Tuesday October 25, 2011 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 421 Fourth Floor - East

10:00am

Ten Alternative Sources of External School Funding

In these days of shrinking revenue, reduced State and federal aid, 2% caps, exploding energy costs and taxpayer rejection of budgets and school facilities referenda, Board Members must look to creative ways to support ongoing educational programs.  This workshop will explore alternative funding sources including school bus advertising, naming rights, concessions, power purchase agreements and student activity fees.


Speakers
SB

Sean Boyce

Asst. Supt/Board Secretary, Freehold Regional
JM

Jonathan M. Busch Esq.

Counsel, Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC


Tuesday October 25, 2011 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 419 Fourth Floor - East

11:30am

Using Technology to Engage Your Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how your district can utilize technology to engage your parents, citizens and constituents. We’ll explain how you can use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Podcasts to connect with your community to share your district’s story. We'll hear first hand from a Superintendent recently launched her district Facebook page and from a social savvey former Edison High School student who rocked her school vote last April.

We'll show you how you can use web-based solutions to enable you to sell tickets for district events and fundraisers. We’ll explain how hyper-local news sites are transforming how citizens get the news. This fast paced presentation will help you and your district look at technology you can use, instead of technology you might be afraid of.


Speakers
avatar for Erik Endress

Erik Endress

Education Technology Specialist, New Jersey School Boards Association
AK

Ammaarah Khan

As an 18 year old freshman in college, I feel as if I am so much more different than my peers. In high school, when everyone was complaining about school, I realized the importance of it, and when budget cuts came around, I stood my ground, and spoke against them. I believe in public... Read More →


Tuesday October 25, 2011 11:30am - 12:15pm
The TD Bank Theatre Hall D

11:30am

Acting Like a K-12 District (for limited purpose schools)
Limited Capacity seats available

The Delaware Valley Regional High School and its K-8 Constituent Districts have sprung to action in response to a proposition from the Executive County Superintendent that limited purpose schools throughout Hunterdon County should start “acting like a K-12 District”. Best practices in sharing transportation, administration, technology, and facilities will be demonstrated.


Speakers
MC

Matthew Cirigliano

IT Manager, Delaware Valley Regional School District
EA

Elizabeth A. Nastus Ed.D.

Superintendent, Delaware Valley Regional School District


Tuesday October 25, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 408 Fourth Floor - West

11:30am

Alternative Sources for Funding Capital Maintenance
Limited Capacity seats available

In these challenging times, funding the capital maintenance our aging school facilities require can seem impossible. The real cost of deteriorating and aged facilities however can not just be seen in worn out paint and finishes but in adverse impacts on student performance. While pressured to deliver continually improving test results, administrators often overlook the benefits adequately maintained facilities can help deliver. Numerous opportunities to fund these improvements – with minimal capital outlay – are here today and can be employed to address maintenance backlogs today. Learn about programs like ESIP, solar PPA’s and other State incentive programs that can benefit your educational goals today.

 


Tuesday October 25, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 409 Fourth Floor - West

11:30am

Piscataway High School Redesign
Limited Capacity seats available

We are in our third year of our Freshman Foundation Program which was designed to transition freshman successfully into high school academically and socially.  Freshman have a morning academic block taught by a team of teachers with common preparation time. Students also have a Foundation class that offers academic support, enrichment and financial literacy.  The Sophomore component offers a focused Humanities Block of instruction, the Junior year focuses all academic classes on an overarching essential question and offers various pathways of non-traditional options culminating in a Senior Thesis.



Tuesday October 25, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 416 Fourth Floor - West

11:30am

Professional Learning Communities: Understanding, Developing and Supporting Their Growth
Limited Capacity seats available

Through an interactive presentation, participants will receive information on how significant teacher behavior changes, and documented student learning increases, when PLCs are used. Changes in teacher practice, developed through collaborative staff learning through PLC Teamss, results in increased academic achievement. Through hands-on activities, attendees will learn the components of PLC Teams (roles, agreements, norms, data analysis, SMART goals and evaluation), as well as the required district commitments.



Tuesday October 25, 2011 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 410 Fourth Floor - West

12:30pm

Learn@Lunch Live - Virtual Field Trips
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us on a super exciting virtual field trip at the TD Bank Theatre on the showfloor as we demonstrate how your district can leverage the Cisco TelePresence system to take students on virtual field trips. In this simulation, your scheduled mission puts you onboard the the space station as it glides through the silence of space, two hundred and fifty miles above the earth. The station's solar panels bathe in the sun's rays, generating the electrical energy vital to the station's systems. Everything appears tranquil and safe. A major solar flare, however, is about to erupt. We'll ask for a few volunteers from the audience to help us save the day while showing you how your students can take advantage of this technology saving your district money! 

 


http://www.e-missions.net/

Speakers
avatar for Erik Endress

Erik Endress

Education Technology Specialist, New Jersey School Boards Association


Tuesday October 25, 2011 12:30pm - 1:00pm
The TD Bank Theatre Hall D

1:00pm

Blogs, Tweets, and Bytes: Working with the New News Media
Limited Capacity seats available

The "new" news media represents a growing opportunity to communicate with your school district's stakeholders, but blogs, online publications, social media sites and the like also present unique challenges for districts.  Explore this topic with a distinguished panel of speakers, including veteran education reporter John Mooney, a founder of NJSpotlight.com


Speakers
FB

Frank Belluscio

Deputy Executive Director, NJSBA
JG

Jeanine Genauer

Director of Communications, Grants and Special Projects, West Orange Public School District


Tuesday October 25, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 421 Fourth Floor - East

1:00pm

Professional Development Academy
Limited Capacity seats available

For our presentation, we would like to share our district’s journey to provide meaningful and sustainable professional development for our teachers.  The district designed a Professional Development Academy to enhance the individual expertise of thirty eight staff members. Over the course of one school year, participants met in cohorts of ten, every month, and honed their skills in the areas of literacy and data-driven decision making. These experiences not only were quite manageable but also proved to be both sustainable and systemic. 



Tuesday October 25, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 409 Fourth Floor - West

1:00pm

Taking Our Show on the Road
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will be a follow-up to Jamie's keynote address: Welcome to The Great Conversation. Participants will gain a better understanding of how they can initiate and maintain an ongoing discussion with the people of their communities - including those who have no children in school - to secure the Prerequisites of Progress: community understanding, trust, permission, and support. 


Speakers
avatar for Jamie Vollmer

Jamie Vollmer

Jamie Vollmer is an award-winning champion of public education, and the author of the highly acclaimed book, Schools Cannot Do It Alone.  He has spent the last twenty years working with school districts, education associations, foundations, and chambers of commerce across the nation... Read More →



Tuesday October 25, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 418 Fourth Floor - East

1:00pm

The 20 Coolest Things You Can Do With a SMART Board

Explore some of the newest, and least known, uses for a SMART Board.  This fast paced session will explore 20 resources; some academic, and some just fun.  Following a "count-down" format, we'll delve into topics such as Mixed Reality, Prezi, Ripping Flash, Recognizing Tables, and more.


Speakers
MR

Matt Ringh

Instructional Technologist
LS

Lindsay Syed

NJ Sales Representative, TEQuipment


Tuesday October 25, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 419 Fourth Floor - East

1:00pm

Three Old Broads From Basking Ridge Teach You How to Make Friends With Parents, Seniors, Township Committee Members, Tea Partiers, and Anyone Else Who is Whining At You!
Limited Capacity seats available

Each of the three presenters will handle one of the community groups listed above.  Using a PowerPoint presentation and handouts, they will describe the planning and participants in each effort to engage various segments of the Bernards community.  The will detail the successes and failures. Then, they will assist participants in drawing up their own plan.  


Tuesday October 25, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 417 Fourth Floor - East

3:00pm

ABC's of School Security
Limited Capacity seats available

Using a combination of PowerPoint presentation, hand-outs, and time for Q and A, the presenters will discuss their experience in devloping a comprensive districtwide safe schools procedure and protocol.  This workshop will walk participants through all of the steps required to join the new anti-bullying and school security drill laws into a district's daily routine. The district safety team, which is comprised of a school administrator, senior maintenance safety advisor and a police captain will provide a detailed account of what they've learned that a district must identify and incorporate into new procedures that will comply with state law.  Participants will leave the workshop with a detailed understanding of how a district safety team needs to work together to make sure that all aspects of the school security are addressed.   



Tuesday October 25, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 418 Fourth Floor - East

3:00pm

Energy Savings Program Alternatives
Limited Capacity seats available

It is intended to use this direct experience presentation, necessarily limited by the available time, in conjuncection with a group session that will more fully explain various alternatives for financing and implementing energy savings improvements and renewable energy production facilities to reduce a district's energy costs and favorably impact energy policy in the State.



Tuesday October 25, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 419 Fourth Floor - East

3:00pm

Is Sustainability the Answer to the Academic & Financial Success of New Jersey Schools?

Decreased funding from the State and Federal Government, coupled with unwillingness on the part of voters to pay higher taxes, has caused many School Boards in New Jersey to look at Sustainability, as it relates to the greening of schools, as a means to keep their districts viable for the foreseeable future. A diverse panel experienced in greening new and existing school facilities and curriculum will address this question from their unique perspectives.

This panel discussion will be a precursor to a three year grant recently awarded to the Education Information and Resource Center (EIRC) by the Alliance for Competitive Energy Services (A.C.E.S.) to research the process of greening existing school facilities to determine if it results in lowering operating costs, and improving student achievement.


Speakers
CJ

Carol James

Director NJ Sustainable Schools Consortium, Educational information & Resource Center
PM

Patty Maillet

Director Business Development, New Jersery School Boards Association


Tuesday October 25, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 408 Fourth Floor - West

3:00pm

Summer Reading Program
Limited Capacity seats available

This session explores the power of collaboration among stakeholders in developing a K-12 summer reading program that promotes a love of reading. Hear from a parent, teacher, and supervisor how the Somerville Public School district;s Curriculum Committee created a dynamic summer reading program that celebrates the joy of reading throughout the year.



Tuesday October 25, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 420 Fourth Floor - East

3:15pm

Gaming and Transforming Education

Microsoft has made significant investments in gaming in education, in the classroom, physical education and with after school programs.  Hear, see, and interact with the Director of Worldwide Public Sector Education on the strategy of immersive learning, and how Microsoft can help your students and educators be more engaged.

With the most innovative approach to Kinesthetic immersive education, proven research backed in-school applications and the ability to deeply engage students, Kinect is re-defining how educators teach students. Consider Kinect for supplementing classroom education, enhancing physical education programs, engaging students in before and/or afterschool programs and deepening computer science curriculum

For educators who want to drive deeper student engagements, the most established leader in gaming, Kinect is quickly becoming one of the most innovative advancements in the classroom. Formerly seen as a gaming device, new education applications are transforming the way students learn and engage at school - in the classroom, gym, and afterschool programs. With Kinect, classroom instruction can be adapted to promote the well-being of students, as opposed to conditioning them to unnecessary classroom routines. There's tremendous application potential for the classroom, whether it's gesture-based input for smart boards or whiteboards, or the potential of having students getting more active in the classroom with projects and visual simulations, etc.

 


Speakers
avatar for Erik Endress

Erik Endress

Education Technology Specialist, New Jersey School Boards Association


Tuesday October 25, 2011 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The TD Bank Theatre Hall D
 
Wednesday, October 26
 

9:30am

Chapter 78 & Collective Bargaining

Chapter 78 should be a potential game changer in the area of employee benefits and collective bargaining.  Now that school employees will contribute a percentage of the cost of the premiums, most for the first time, they will start to become “consumers” of healthcare.  Since the SEHBP must offer alternate plan designs to reduce the premium cost of some plans, employees may be forced to consider benefit options that were previously too "corporate" such as High Deductible Health Plans and Health Savings Accounts in order to reduce their cost of participation.    In this session, we will examine Chapter 78, including the requirement to implement Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)  and how it is likely to change the collective bargaining landscape as it relates to employee benefits.


Speakers
avatar for Andrew B. Brown, Esq

Andrew B. Brown, Esq

Partner, SSE&C
I am an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in the area of labor and employment. I am eager to help school districts navigate the challenges of contract administration, personnel and other employee/employer relationships.
avatar for Lou Pepe

Lou Pepe

Assistant Superintendent for Business, City of Summit Public Schools
We are in the Business of Education - With more than 20 years of professional experience in management, operations and administration I am passionate about leadership and continued learning. This has led to development and maintenance of my Blog: http://businessedissues.blogspot... Read More →


Wednesday October 26, 2011 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 420 Fourth Floor - East

9:30am

Environmental Health and Safety Issues in Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

The New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association members are Certified Educational Facilities Managers in Schhol Districts in New Jersey.We have created a Resource Hand book for our members with fifty nine Heath and Safety issuses all from DOE,DEP,DOC,PEOSH,and DH.
We are sure Board Members,BA,s and Superintendents will be made aware from our presentation of the fifty nine issuses all school districts face that are mandated by an agency and have become the responsibiliey of the single school district. 


Speakers
NJ

New Jersey School Buildings & Grounds Association

A non-profit association of Certified Educational Facilities Managers.


Wednesday October 26, 2011 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 410 Fourth Floor - West

9:30am

Leveraging Solar Revenues
Limited Capacity seats available

Many school districts are in the process of installing solar photovoltaic panels on their facilities, or are thinking of doing so. Not that many have completed their solar projects or begun to realize energy savings/revenues. Our panel will include a Business Administrator from a school district which has been selling SRECS since 2009 and is now considering other energy projects, the Director of Marketing for an online auction for SRECS and other energy credits, and financial/energy advisors who have worked with numerous NJ Boards of Education on solar, energy and other capital projects.


Speakers
TE

Thomas Eldridge

School Business Administrator, Lawrence Township School District


Wednesday October 26, 2011 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 408 Fourth Floor - West

9:30am

The Environment of Learning Relating Energy Savings to Educational Opportunity
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2009, Governor Corzine passed legislation that supported the creation of the “Energy Savings Improvement Program” (ESIP). ESIP is an alternate funding vehicle that offers school districts in New Jersey the ability to pursue energy related school infrastructure improvements (HVAC, control systems, lighting, building envelope – windows, doors & roofs) without the need to go to a bond referendum, incur additional debt service, or deplete already thin capital improvement funds. ESIP allows districts to self-fund these projects through future expected energy savings.


With minimal state aid on capital projects expected in upcoming years and with the available “Pay for Performance” rebates available to school districts in New Jersey, the need to explore creative programs, such as ESIP, has never been greater. This presentation will discuss the program, its benefits, its pros and cons compared to traditional school infrastructure funding, AND how to use the process as a resource for education and awareness among students, staff and faculty of energy management.


Speakers
SA

SSP Architectural Group

Silver Sponsor, SSP Architectural Group
Architectural planning and design; specialized in energy planning and sustainable design, Celebrating 122 years of service!
avatar for Jeff Koziol

Jeff Koziol

I'm an industry professional who works with public school districts in New Jersey to upgrade their building infrastructure for the purpose of energy efficiency and improved comfort. I work, both on my job and in my personal life, to get people to embrace conservation and recycling... Read More →


Wednesday October 26, 2011 9:30am - 10:30am
Room 415 Fourth Floor - West

10:30am

Charters, Choice and the Opportunity Scholarship Act

Charter schools, school choice and the Opportunity Scholarship Act are being touted as reform options for children in failing schools. However, many questions remain, on issues such as accountability and funding. Panelists will discuss both sides of the issue.


Speakers
avatar for Ray Pinney

Ray Pinney

Director - Member Engagement and County Activities, NJSBA


Wednesday October 26, 2011 10:30am - 11:40am
The TD Bank Theatre Hall D

11:00am

Deciphering the Energy Project Implementation Process

During touch budget times, school districts need to know what opportunities they may have to save on energy costs.  Learn about ESIP, the "self-perform" process, Power Purchase Agreements, Direct Install and Pay for Performance from experts at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Concord Engineering and other partners who manage the programs, write the policy and guide school districts through these programs.


Speakers
MF

Michael Fischette

CEO, Concord Engineering
RK

Roger Kliemisch

AVP, TRC Energy Services
EM

Ed Mercer

Division of Economic Development & Energy Policy, NJ Board of Public Utilities
MP

Mark Pfeiffer

Deputy Director, NJ Department of Community Affairs, Division of Local Government Services


Wednesday October 26, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 411 Fourth Floor - West

11:00am

LearnDoEarn Workforce Development in Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

LearnDoEarn is a national program that gives students information they need to make the best academic, behavioral, career and financial decisions. Developed and presented by  educators and leaders in the business community, LearnDoEarn materials help motivate students to achieve at higher levels; set academic, behavioral, and career goals; and what is needed in grades 6 – 12 to prepare for, and succeed in, college, work and life. Used by more than 200 teachers this semester.  



Wednesday October 26, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 408 Fourth Floor - West

11:00am

Negotiating Your Superintendent Contract in 2011
Limited Capacity seats available

With the implementation of superintendent salary caps in conjunction with the accountability regulations, the ability of a board to recruit and retain a quality superintendent has become more complex. Our goal is to provide board members with the ins and outs of negotiating a new superintendent contract that will enable the board to fairly remunerate the superintendent while maintaining their fiduciary responsibility to their community. 


Speakers
GH

Gwen H. Thornton

Field Service Representative, NJSBA
KW

Kathy Winecoff

Field Service Representative, NJSBA


Wednesday October 26, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 410 Fourth Floor - West

11:00am

Where Are You Going? Engaging Your Community in Dialog and Decision Making
Limited Capacity seats available

Kingsway Regional School District took the bold step of embarking on a community-based strategic planning initiative to wake up its community to focus their resources toward a common vision.  Students, families, staff, Board and general citizenry came together through active engagement that streamlined an often cumbersome and lengthy process to produce a cost-effective strategic plan that has built a sense of community and ownership.


Speakers
avatar for Jim Lavender

Jim Lavender

Superintendent, Kingsway Regional


Wednesday October 26, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 409 Fourth Floor - West

11:30am

Question & Answer Session with the New Jersey State Board of Education

The state board will discuss the most pressing issues in public education in a question and answer format. Topics include: tenure and teacher evaluations; charter schools and school choice; school funding; regulations and their implementation; and the role school boards will play in education reform. 

 


Wednesday October 26, 2011 11:30am - 12:45pm
The TD Bank Theatre Hall D

12:45pm

Panel Discussion: Teacher Evaluations and Tenure

Tenure reform and teacher evaluations are key issues in the education reform movement. Panelists on both sides of the issue will offer their viewpoints.

 

 


Wednesday October 26, 2011 12:45pm - 1:45pm
The TD Bank Theatre Hall D

1:30pm

Job-embedded, Onsite and Cost-effective Professional Development
Limited Capacity seats available

School and university partners  share their accomplishments after 12 years of collaborative work in Professional Development Schools.  This work includes: mentoring preservice teachers, supporting novice teachers, reenergizing veteran teachers, co-teaching undergraduate classes, offering graduate classes at PDSs, clinics run by university students, facilitating professional learning communities, and much more



Wednesday October 26, 2011 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 408 Fourth Floor - West

1:30pm

Rethink, Redesign, Renovate
Limited Capacity seats available

With the challenges of a fragile economy and a 2% budget cap, districts must be more creative than ever in addressing facility needs with cost-effective solutions. Participants will learn about successful partnerships between the district and their municipal government. They will see examples of abandoned buildings transformed into exciting instructional settings. They will see how they can bring about energy efficiencies for cost savings today and for years to come. They will leave with information that could provide such savings in their own district.


Speakers
OC

Obi C Agudosi AIA

Senior Vice President / Principal, DMR Architects
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DMR Architects

Silver Sponsor, DMR Architects
Architecture, programming, interior design, sustainable design, long range facility planning, needs assessments, feasibility studies, construction administration.


Wednesday October 26, 2011 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 409 Fourth Floor - West

1:30pm

School Sports and Events Safety and Security: Board Vulnerability/Board Solutions
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will be able to understand the steps needed to improve security and safety at school events.



Wednesday October 26, 2011 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 419 Fourth Floor - East

1:30pm

The Evaluation & Research Coordinator Position and its Impact on Instruction
Limited Capacity seats available

As a result of a Strategic Plan initiative, Woodbury City Public Schools hired an Evaluation and Research Coordinator to facilitate the district’s efforts to improve instruction through the use of evidence-based decision making. This group session will highlight effective tools and strategies implemented by the Coordinator to facilitate these improvements and how these services may be beneficial to your district.


Speakers
JJ

Joseph Jones

Superintendent of Schools, Woodbury City Public Schools


Wednesday October 26, 2011 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 414 Fourth Floor - West

2:00pm

Conversation with The Acting Commissioner

As Acting Commissioner, Christopher Cerf oversees New Jersey’s 2,500 public schools, 1.4 million students, and 110,000 teachers in over 600 school districts.‪ Commissioner Cerf will discuss issues effecting public education in New Jersey and his vision for the future.

 



Wednesday October 26, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The TD Bank Theatre Hall D

3:00pm

Can your District Benefit from Receiving the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting?
Limited Capacity seats available

In today’s demanding financial times, it is important to instill confidence and creditability in our District’s financial reports. The ASBO COE in Financial Reporting Program recognizes school districts which achieve a high standard of financial reporting. The award is the highest recognition for school district financial operations offered by ASBO and it validates the credibility of the district’s operations while measuring the integrity and technical competence of the staff. The presentation will focus on the requirements of the program and the benefits a Board can receive if awarded the certificate.


Speakers
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Brian P. DeLucia

School Business Administrator, Piscataway Board of Education


Wednesday October 26, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 410 Fourth Floor - West

3:00pm

Odyssey of the Mind: A Cost-Effective Approach to Creativity and Problem Solving Strategies for our Students
Limited Capacity seats available

We will introduce the origin, mission and structure of the Odyssey of the Mind program. It is a low cost, effective way to bring creativity, problem solving, and differentiated instruction to a school district. Its alignment to State Standards will be made available.



Wednesday October 26, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 416 Fourth Floor - West

3:00pm

Your School District Brand: Is It All That It Can Be?
Limited Capacity seats available

The private sector has always recognized the importance and value of a strong corporate “brand.” Many school districts are now also realizing that shaping a positive school brand is essential for community support and student success.

Participants in this session will examine the message their schools send to their communities, students and staff.  They will explore Neptune High School’s commitment to it’s brand “Excellence: No Excuses” and the impressive results it has produced.



Wednesday October 26, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 417 Fourth Floor - East