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Monday, October 24
 

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
 
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
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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

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
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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

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

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

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.


Speakers
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Joseph Martinelli

Program Director and Associate Dean, Seton Hall University IDAT/SLMS


Tuesday October 25, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 420 Fourth Floor - East
 
Wednesday, October 26
 

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

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