Teachers' Insurance Plan of New Jersey - Upcoming Events

We like to share information about events happening around New Jersey for teachers so they can keep up with all of the latest tools and techniques available to them.

“Who stole the chocolate?” NGSS –aligned CSI Elementary Students Gr 1-5
April 20 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Montclair State University-PRISM Center, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043
$150

This workshop is like a game of CLUE in the classroom.  Participants will learn how to execute a crime scene investigation in the classroom setting so that little detectives (grades 1-5) can use simple materials to solve crimes.

Students will collect evidence and analyze it in labs to arrive at solutions.

Educators will take home with them the curriculum to use this unit in their classroom, as well as a differentiated student notebook and other resources to help students using the lesson.

Nerd Camp NJ
April 21 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Chatham High School, 255 Lafayette Avenue, Chatham Township, NJ 07928
Free

In the spirit of EDCAMP (an “unconference”) which is known for demonstrating teacher-led professional development, NERDCAMPNJ is a literacy inspired professional development event with workshops led by teachers, librarians, students and authors. In fact, there will be over 50 authors in attendance this year. Some of the speakers include (other speakers have yet to be announced).

Cracking the QR Code
April 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bergen County ETTC, 540 Farview Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652
$75

Have you tried using QR Codes in your classroom?  QR (Quick Response) Codes provides an alternative way for students to access information really quickly on the internet (a link, video, text, etc).  They provide an exciting element to the lessons and assignments you are already working with by giving students a cool and easy way to access resources on the internet. It also eliminates the frustration students may experience when they have difficulty typing in a web address, helping them to feel more independent in their learning.

In this three hour session, you will learn how to create and use Quick Response Codes in your classroom! Come learn about the many free tools available, you will be able to start using them right away!

Mindfulness for Teachers
April 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
SRI & ETTC, 10 W. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, NJ 08205
$106

Mindfulness is a hot topic in education right now. This session exists to help educators implement mindfulness practices in the classroom to help students regulate their behavior and focus on learning.

More specifically, (as explained by the ETTC): “Teachers will explore evidence pointing to the positive effects of mindfulness including increased lowered stress, greater ability to focus, self-awareness, as well as improvements in physical and mental health. Experiential activities include breathing, visualization and mindful moving techniques.”

The speaker of this event is also the founder of Toolbox for Teachers, Joanna
 Schwartz. Toolbox for Teachers exists to help teachers harness the power of educators to bring about positive change in the classroom.  With teaching experience, a Masters of Education and a Masters in Counseling  with a concentration in holistic studies, Joanna has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with educators/school professionals to help incorporate mindfulness in their classrooms.

Advocacy in Action: Accessing Effective Services for Students with Disabilities
April 28 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road , Morristown, NJ
Free

The Alliance of Private Special Education Schools in Northern New Jersey announces its 2018 Conference and Resource Fair, “Advocacy in Action.”

The event will feature keynote speakers and disability rights advocates, Senator Richard Codey and David Hespe, Esq., former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, among others.

Educators, parents, families, and service providers who attend will leave with concrete steps and strategies to help them secure needed services and improve outcomes for students with special needs.

The event is offered free of charge.

Registration is required: https://alliance2018.eventbrite.com.

Educators can earn 4 free CEUs by attending.

Liberty Science Center: Teacher Preview Days
May 5 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard , Jersey City, NJ
Free

If you’ve ever wondered if Liberty Science Center can help improve your students learning and support you as the teacher, come see for yourself in one of Liberty Science Centers’ previews days.  These days are designed to showcase for you how LSC programs and hands-on activities can help you in your classroom.

Check out (right from the website) what you will get as part of a preview day…for FREE: “Preview Days include breakfast, networking opportunities, live demonstrations, STEM program and workshop previews, a complimentary film, raffles, free exploration of the Science Center for the rest of the day, and discounts for family members while participants attend the workshop.”

In addition…Teachers can earn 2 hours of professional development time.  As you can probably imagine…these days fill up quickly and space is limited.  Contact LSC today to register by visiting the webpage and clicking on the date you are interested in.

Dates:

May 5, 2018 – Teacher Preview
June 3, 2018 – Teacher Preview

An Introduction to the New NJ Student Learning Standards and the National Arts Standards

May 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
NJPSA/FEA, 12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJ
$149

The National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) have changed in New Jersey and this session will look at the most recent version of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards to examine in which ways the two (the old and the new version) are the same and also how they are different.  This session will also explore ways in which the National Arts Standards is guiding the vision and future of arts education in New Jersey.

Google Applied Digital Skills
May 9 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
SRI & ETTC Meeting Rooms 107A – 108A, 10 West Jimmie Leeds Road , Galloway, NJ
Free

As part of the SRI and ETTC’s Grow with Google initiative, this workshop will help Educators lead students to gain new digital skills to execute problem solving with digital tools using G Suite.  By learning these skills, students can prepare for job and life situations. Instructors can use the whole Google Applied Digital Skills program or just some of the units. If you are interested to see how this program can benefit your classroom or school and how to tailor it to the needs of your students, this training is where you can explore the program and find your answers.

Whether you are a technology teacher, school administrator, media specialist, or just interested in learning more about Applied Digital Skills, this training will be useful to get you up and running with Google’s online program in your school.

Google and Web-Based Tools for the Music Classroom
May 16 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm  
SRI & ETTC Computer Lab #127, 10 West Jimmie Leeds Road , Galloway, NJ
$178

There is a lot of talk about using Google in the classroom…especially in classes like Math, Science and English.  Maybe you teach Music though? Although you are aware that technology can be used in your teaching to enhance student learning, maybe you don’t exactly know how??   In this session, you will find out more about the how.

As it is described on the website: “In this workshop participants will survey and explore a variety of apps that are useful for either General Music, Music History and Performance/Composition based Music curriculum. All of the apps explored will be free and available either on the web or from the Google App Store.”

*Important to know beforehand: Participants should have a Google account prior to the workshop.

Humor, Inspiration, and Motivation: Keeping “H.I.M.” in focus
May 22 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
FEA Conference Centre, 12 Centre Drive, Monroe, NJ
$149

It’s pretty obvious that when you lighten the mood and bring humor into your classroom, it feels better for both you and your students.  But did you know that research has shown that bringing humor into the classroom ACTUALLY makes it better?  The NEA has an article on their website about using humor in the classroom and the science behind the research of it’s impact on learning:  “We’re finding humor actually lights up more of the brain than many other functions in a classroom,” says Morrison, author of Using Humor to Maximize Learning. “In other words, if you’re listening just auditorily in a classroom, one small part of the brain lights up, but humor maximizes learning and strengthens memories.”

In this session, participants will be able view examples of how a school district uses H.I.M. (humor, inspiration, and motivation) and will leave with knowledge of how to utilize H.I.M. in assessment, standards, grading, interviewing, technology, and more—to motivate and inspire all students!

NJTESOL/NJBOE 2018 Spring Conference: Cross Curricular Conversations for ELL’s 
May 30 @ 7:30 am - June 1 @ 4:30 pm   
Hyatt Regency Hotel-New Brunswick, 2 Albany Street New Brunswick, NJ

NJTESOL/NJBE is a registered provider of professional development in the state of New Jersey.  As a result, participants will earn professional development hours every day of the conference based on the workshops they choose.  Attendees will also earn one PD hour for visiting exhibitors.  For pre-k through 12 teachers looking to increase their knowledge about bilingual/ELL theory and practice, this conference is for you!  There will be 3 keynote speaks and over 100 workshops and presentations to discuss the most up to date state and national information/developments to help you in your classroom.

Liberty Science Center: Teacher Preview Days
June 3 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Boulevard , Jersey City, NJ
Free

If you’ve ever wondered if Liberty Science Center can help improve your students learning and support you as the teacher, come see for yourself in one of Liberty Science Centers’ previews days.  These days are designed to showcase for you how LSC programs and hands-on activities can help you in your classroom.

Check out (right from the website) what you will get as part of a preview day…for FREE: “Preview Days include breakfast, networking opportunities, live demonstrations, STEM program and workshop previews, a complimentary film, raffles, free exploration of the Science Center for the rest of the day, and discounts for family members while participants attend the workshop.”

In addition…Teachers can earn 2 hours of professional development time.  As you can probably imagine…these days fill up quickly and space is limited. 

Contact LSC today to register by visiting the webpage and clicking on the date you are interested in.

Dates:

January 20, 2018 – Teacher Preview
March 24, 2018 – Teacher Preview
May 5, 2018 – Teacher Preview
June 3, 2018 – Teacher Preview

2018 Summer Institute for English Language Arts Educators: “Teaching Drama Without Fear” 
July 9 @ 9:00 am - July 12 @ 3:30 pm   
TCNJ, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ
$775

During this intense four day program, teachers (curriculum designers and administrators) will expand their knowledge and passion for teaching drama in the classroom while being mentored by TCNJ English Faculty experts.

While earning 20 hours of Professional Development, participants will increase confidence in teaching drama and learn how teaching it aligns with the New Jersey Student Learning Goals for English Language Arts (grades 6-12).

Participants will also benefit from coming together with a community of like-minded educators who can explore the art together and leave with tools and materials to enhance classroom instruction and practice.

All course materials, refreshments and free parking will be provided.

Come be inspired and prepared to take your drama education to the next level!

Teachers’ Insurance Plan of NJ: Teacher Week at the Beach
July 18 – 20
Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Check back soon for more details

Teachers’ School of Ecology
July 23 @ 8:00 am - July 27 @ 5:00 pm 
Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 11 Hardscrabble Road , Bernardsville, NJ

The New Jersey Audubon, one of the oldest independent Audubon societies, is offering professional development for teachers of grades 4-8 this summer! Participants will be able to experience hands-on, inquiry-based learning involving environmental issues (ecological concepts and practical uses).  Learning that can be placed into already established curriculum while exploring the ecosystems of the Passaic Watershed.

Exciting news from the website,

Participants will…

“—Receive free NJ-specific curricular materials and other supplemental information and resources.

— Earn 30 professional development hours

—Receive a $250 weekly stipend for the participation of all five days.

 * The Teacher’s School of Ecology is limited to 14 participants.

 * We encourage teams of teachers from schools or from within districts to apply; please consider asking others from your school or district to join in the fun!”

You can read more information about our teachers appreciation week or click here and find out about education and training available. Learn more about fundraising and look at additional resources available.

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