The convention, which was canceled last year in the
aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, takes place Nov. 7-8 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
It will be the 159th edition of the convention, which represents nearly 200,000 elementary and secondary teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, educational support professionals, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.
“When we made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel last year’s convention, we promised to return bigger and better than ever this year, and we are delivering on that promise,” NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer said in a prepared statement. “We have always prided ourselves on delivering world-class professional development and resources to our members, and this year’s convention takes that to a new level.”
According to the NJEA, several features that were scheduled to be on display last year will debut at this year’s convention. This includes a revamped exhibit floor featuring Main Street NJEA, showcasing all the many programs that NJEA offers to its members.
It also includes the ESP Pavilion, which offers materials and information designed specifically to meet the needs of educational support professionals.
Other highlights will include sessions and presentations by brain-based educator Dr. Marcia Tate and Chris Lehmann, founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, and Charlotte Danielson, a teacher evaluation expert.
The High Tech Hall, an “open classroom” where educators learn the latest in education technology, will return, and over 700 vendors will display their wares in an exhibition area.
Recipients of the NJEA Award of Excellence will also be recognized, including the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook, among others.
Kathleen Assini, a social studies teacher at Delsea Regional middle and high schools, will be recognized as the 2013-14 New Jersey Teacher of the Year.
Events will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 7, and from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Nov. 8.
The complete list of events can be found in the NJEA Reporter Official Convention Issue.