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    Early Registration for Exhibitors and Attendees

    Wednesday, January 29, 2020

    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Waterfront Conference Center - 1st Level/Wildwood Ballroom Registration Desk

     

    Thursday, January 30, 2020

     

    Conference Registration                                                                

    7:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Location:  Wildwood Ballroom Registration Desk

     

    Exhibitor Registration                                                                    

    7:00 am - 8:00 am

    Location:  Wildwood Ballroom Pre-Function

     

    Exhibit Hours

    8:00 am - 4:15 pm

     

    Exhibit Hall Opens!                                                                       

    8:00 am

    Continental Breakfast                                                                    

    Location:  Wildwood #11/#16 (Exhibit Hall)

     

    Opening General Session:                                                             

    9:00 am - 10:15 am                           

    Welcome – Dr. Lamont Repollet                                                 

    Location:  Avalon #5/#11

    Commissioner of Education

    New Jersey Department of Education

     

    Keynote Speaker:

    Matt Miller                        

    Matt Miller is an educator, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the book Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom and writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. He is a Google Certified Innovator (Austin ’14), a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, a Bammy! Awards nominee, and winner of the WTHI-TV Golden Apple Award.

    After trying to do the traditional “teach by the textbook” for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities were often custom-produced for his students as well as infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and his students do, too.

    Matt has presented to thousands of teachers at dozens of workshops on a number of topics related to educational technology, world language instruction and more. He combines a conversational, engaging speaking style with loads of resources, leaving educators equipped and inspired to move forward.                                                         

     

    Take a Break!                                                                                

    10:15 am - 10:30 am

    Exhibit Hall Refreshments/Networking                                      

    Location:  Wildwood #11/#16 (Exhibit Hall)

    Group Sessions

     

    Session 1

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #5

    Esports is Taking the World by Storm, Evolving to Becoming a Billion Dollar Industry

    Chris Aviles and Steve Isaacs have been deeply embedded in the esports in education community since the beginning. They both run very successful esports programs but have come at creating their programs from different angles. Hear their stories as they will provide great insight into the challenges as well as the successes involved in bringing a program from idea to implementation. This session will provide an overview of esports in education including the academic and social emotional benefits and how we can prepare our students for future opportunities in and around the industry. Join us for our first TECHSPO Technology Chat!

    Moderator: 

    Glenn Robbins

    Superintendent

    Brigantine Public School District

     

    Presenters:

    Chris Aviles

    Teacher

    Fair Haven Public Schools

     

    Steve Isaacs

    Teacher

    Bernards Township School District

     

    Session 2

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #1

    Empowering Staff Through Tech Coaching

    Participants in this session will gain practical steps taken to develop a comprehensive tech coach program across their district by exploring our district's journey to use existing infrastructure and staff to innovate and build capacity across our K-8 district.  Through our successes and hurdles, we will explore the process for infusing technology into all subject areas and grade levels - while sharing artifacts that will give context to the vision behind our goals. Participants will work collaboratively to build their own action plan and identify core areas of focus.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Al Lewis

    Curriculum Supervisor - Science & Technology

    Gloucester Township Public Schools

     

    Tim Trow

    Assistant Superintendent

    Gloucester Township Public Schools

     

    Cheryl Vassallo

    Tech Trainer Coordinator

    Gloucester Township Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    alewis@gloucestertownshipschools.org

     

    Session 3

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #2

     

    Making Your Website and PowerPoints ADA-Accessible

     

    School districts, teachers, and school staff are obligated to comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act when designing websites, power point presentations, and most other communications.  Students, staff and members of our public with disabilities deserve accessible communications from and with  our schools.  This interactive workshop will share the applicable educational and legal standards for ADA-compliant communications, and also provide "how-to" models with pedagogical and legal expertise.  Attendees will leave this session with the knowledge and tools to create ADA-accessible communications - websites, PowerPoints, and other modes of communication.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Vincent McHale

    Superintendent

    Closter Public Schools

     

    Philip E. Stern

    Attorney

    DiFrancesco Bateman Kunzman Davis Lehrer & Flaum, P.C.

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    www.newjerseylaw.net; www.closterschools.org

     

    Session 4

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #3

     

    Technicians to Technologists

     

    In today's world, the role of the computer technician has transitioned quickly from a break fix engineer to an individual that is customer service oriented and truly understands the field that they are working in.  Come learn how school districts around NJ used PD models from multiple Fortune 500 companies and are now placing a heavy emphasis on Professional Development for their computer technicians in a unique way to make them an integral part of the learning environment and providing them with opportunities to grow within their organizations.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Evan Abramson

    Director of Technology

    Millburn Township Public Schools

     

    Lenny Libitz

    District Technology Coordinator

    South Bound Brook Public School District

     

    James O'Boyle

    District Technology Manager

    Hamilton Township School District

     

    Session 5

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #4

     

    Why Most Schools Are STILL Not Fully Prepared for a Lockdown

     

    With the strong push to improve school safety, districts are looking to invest in technology solutions that are both effective and budget friendly. To accomplish this, a school must understand the challenges that the technology needs to address.  Additionally, the technology must work with existing infrastructure to avoid costly rip-and-replace solutions.  During this session, attendees will learn:

    • How Delaware Valley Regional High School improved their day-to-day communications and school safety - all within budget;
    • What the safety technology needs to address based on actual events such as the Columbine and Sandy Hook shootings;
    • The 3 principles to follow when purchasing school safety technology solutions;
    • How existing technologies such as phone and paging systems can integrate with a lockdown and emergency notification system to create a complete, cost-effective, comprehensive solution.

     

    Attendees will walk away with practical, actionable ideas that will not only improve school safety, but enhance the district's day-to-day communications at an affordable budget.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Matt Cirigliano

    Information Technology Manager.

    Delaware Valley Regional High School District

     

    Paul Jenne

    Sales Manager

    Eastern DataComm

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://easterndatacomm.com/lockdown-2/

     

    Session 6

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #5

     

    Extreme Makeover:  TEAMs Edition

     

    Successful transition planning plays a vital role in any organization looking to make a change.  Through Randolph's Technology Advisory Council (TAC), a strategic plan was created to focus on encouraging collaboration, technological literacy, and educational innovation across the organization using Microsoft 365 and Teams.  This session will explore how Randolph completely revamped its district learning management system in favor of a platform that works for students at all levels and prepares them for the future.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Matt Agrati

    High School Vice Principal

    Randolph Township Schools

     

    Peter Emmel

    Director of Technology

    Randolph Township Schools

     

    Jennifer Fano

    Superintendent

    Randolph Township Schools

     

    Frank Perrone

    Visual and Performing Arts Supervisor

    Randolph Township Schools

     

    Session 7

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #6

     

    Transitioning with Technology

     

    In honor of the 25th anniversary of TECHSPO, students will showcase how technologies in the classroom have changed and evolved over time.  Students will explore where technology has been, where it is right now, and how they are preparing for where it is going.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Brittany Murro

    iSTEM Teacher

    Tabernacle Township School District

     

    Heather Petersack

    iSTEM Teacher

    Tabernacle Township School District

     

    Session 8

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #7

     

    Cyber Security - What Is It?  Why Do I Need It?

     

    Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks.  Implementing an effective cybersecurity plan is not as simple as loading a new security program.  It encompasses a well thought out plan that involves everyone, not just the technology team.  Since over 80 percent of cyber-attacks are due to end user error, everyone needs to be involved.  Some of the topics we will discuss are:  the importance of having a plan, security audits, strong passwords, antivirus software, spam/malware protection, next generation firewalls, patching of software, multifactor authentication, complete and tested backups; remediation and continuous user education.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Tom Matty

    Technology Coordinator

    Hasbrouck Heights School District

     

    Howard Adler

    President

    Pascack Data Services, Inc.

     

    Jon Phil

    Senior Security Engineer

    Sonicwall Corporation

     

    Session 9

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #8

     

    Podcasting for PD and Differentiation

     

    In this session, participants will learn the many ways in which podcasting can be used in and out of the classroom. Half of the session will discuss how podcasting can be used to differentiate student tasks within the classroom. The second half of the session will discuss how staff and administrators can use podcasting to train teachers and build stronger communities.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Don Biery

    Math and Physics Teacher

    North Warren Regional School District

     

    Courtney Matash

    Teacher of English

    North Warren Regional School District

     

    Ken Morris

    Special Education and Woodshop Teacher

    North Warren Regional School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    cmatash14@gmail.com

     

    Session 10

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #9

     

    It's Elementary - Ocean Drifters Exploration

     

    Within the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District, Sixth Grade students under the direction of STEAM Teacher, Ms. Cathy McBride and Superintendent, Dr. Peter Kopack deployed an Ocean Drifter on April 27, 2018. The Ocean Drifter has been traveling in the Atlantic Ocean generally along the edge of the continental shelf, and is now headed east in the Gulf Stream.  As the battery level has since depleted and the current location of the Ocean Drifter unknown, you may click on the following link to view its 6 month journey.  Be sure to zoom in to observe the past effects of the eddies and currents on its movement: https://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/drifter/drift_lbis_2018_1.html

    This project enabled teachers and students to accomplish many challenges:  Skype with researchers, design and build an oceanographic device, research historical and visible drifters, discuss environmental concerns, and analyze and present real-time data throughout the mission.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Dr. Peter Kopack

    Superintendent

    Long Beach Island School District

     

    Cathy McBride

    Teacher

    Long Beach Island School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    www.lbischools.org

     

    Session 11

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #1

     

    Implementing One-to-One Devices in Middle School

     

    This session will focus on how the Camden City School District developed a scope and sequence of course work for sixth through eighth grade students and teachers to prepare them for the District's implementation of one-to-one devices.  The course work for students spanned across four months and topics ranged from being responsible for the device to appropriate use of the internet and social media.  Teachers participated in sessions ranging from digital curriculum implementation to device management.  Participants will leave with a blueprint for successful implementation.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Lynne Price-Jones

    Senior Lead Educator K-8 Mathematics and Social Studies

    Camden City School District

     

    Christie Whitzell

    Chief of Staff for School Support

    Camden City School District

     

    Tonya Wilson

    Senior Director of Special Content Area Instruction

    Camden City School District

     

    Session 12

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #2

     

    Enhancing Problem Solving Through the Flipped Classroom

     

    Want to dive deeper, enhance questioning, engage all learners, and equip students with problem solving skills so they leave us as first rate problem solvers, not second rate calculators?  This session will discuss best practices in the flipped classroom model for people of all technological skill levels and will show how this allows for greater time and access to your students to develop those problem solving skills.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Gerard Marrone

    Teacher of Mathematics

    Point Pleasant Borough School District

     

    Session 13

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #3

     

    Increasing Student Achievement Through Short Cycle Assessment

     

    Learn how Bergenfield Public Schools has used short cycle assessments over the last twelve years to improve student performance.  The district has used the data collected through these assessments to measure and monitor student growth, as well as, develop academic programs to support continuous improvement.  The commitment to using assessment to inform instruction has resulted in tremendous student growth and opportunities.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Christopher Tully

    Superintendent

    Bergenfield Public Schools

     

    Kellie Steller

    Account Executive

    Renaissance Learning

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    www.bergenfield.org/njasa

     

    Session 14

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #4

     

    Seamless Parent-Teacher and Parent-School Communication

     

    ClassDojo is a free school communication platform that can transform how educators and schools communicate with parents.  Attendees will hear about one school’s experience of implementing this resource school-widee and learn about the valuable features, as well as some tips and tricks regarding school-wide implementation.  Attendees will also get hands-on experience and use the digital portfolio feature in order to get a sense of how students can be empowered to demonstrate and share what they are learning in the classroom through photos, videos, and messages with their parents.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Linda Lampert

    Technology Facilitator

    Rahway Public Schools

     

    Dyan McMillen

    Technology Facilitator

    Rahway Pubic Schools

     

    Session 15

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #6

     

    Technology in the Workplace - Top 10 Issues for School District Employers

     

    Session leaders will present the top 10 current issues relating to the misuse of technology and the implications for school district employers.  Presenters will discuss social media, data security, email etiquette, mobile devices, texting, acceptable use of computers, internet usage, and more.  The discussion will include solutions to address these common misuses of technology, as well as preventative measures including training sessions and frequently-updated policies, given the changing digital landscape.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Joe Langowski

    Superintendent

    Lumberton Schools

     

    Amy Guerin, Esq.

    Attorney

    Parker McCay P.A.

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    shsmith@parkermccay.com

     

    Session 16

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #7

     

    Welcome to the Lions’ Den… Where an Innovative Work Space Meets Inquiry-Based Instruction

     

    From an idea, to inception, to implementation, join us on our journey through the creation of a collaborative workspace, where innovative teaching and learning experiences are advanced through the use of technology. Presenters will share tested and proven examples of critical thinking, engineering and design, collaborative problem solving and integration of related arts as the cornerstone of their inquiry-based learning initiatives.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Mary Joy Falcone

    District Technology Coordinator

    Mendham Borough School District

     

    Dr. Mitzi Morillo

    Superintendent

    Mendham Borough School District

     

    Aimee Toth

    Principal, Mountain View Middle School

    Mendham Borough School District

     

    Session 17

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #8

     

    K-12 Master Scheduling with Google Sheets and Genesis

     

    This presentation will share how through the use of a student-driven scheduling system, the district was able to achieve efficiency and increase access and options for students.  The team of administrators and the district’s data manager will explain how they leverage Google Sheets and Genesis to achieve this with a variety of schedule types, including elementary, middle, and high school.  The presentation will highlight North Plainfield’s innovative approach to make the common scheduling struggles a thing of the past by describing the benefits, implementation process, and valuable lessons learned.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Giancarlo Colosimo

    Data Manager

    North Plainfield School District

     

    Daniel Kushner

    Supervisor of Science, Technology, and Engineering

    North Plainfield School District

     

    Filipe Luis

    Elementary Principal

    North Plainfield School District

     

    Charles Rowan

    HS Assistant Principal/Supervisor of Social Studies

    North Plainfield School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    daniel_kushner@nplainfield.org

     

    Session 18

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #20

     

    Microsoft Round Table

     

    It’s time for the community to come together and share things that worked and didn't with others in our community to share feedback.  If you have issues or success you want to share with others and get feedback on Microsoft related products this is the place to do it among your peers.  Please email tragavas@monmouthregional.net with topics and a document will be created to share with all.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Theodore Ragavas

    Supervisor of Technology

    Monmouth Regional High School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    tragavas@monmouthregional.net

     

    Session 19

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #9

     

    Standards Based Grading - Using Technology to Move from Transitioning to Successfully Implementing

     

    This session is a follow-up to my well attended session from TECHSPO 2019.  Last year, I discussed how to use technology to begin the process of grading by standard and creating a framework to work in.  This year, I plan to bring a co-presenter to fully discuss the day-to-day actions that occur in a school with fully implemented standards based grading and all of the software we use to save time, track data, and communicate with parents. Participants will leave with an understanding of how an average school day can look with improved grading procedures that follow research driven practices.  Our partnership with the Waterford Township School District, OnCourse, and IXL will also be highlighted in the presentation.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Julie Lyons

    Director of Curriculum

    Waterford Township School District

     

    Jack Marcellus

    Superintendent

    Gibbsboro School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    jmarcellus@gibbsboroschool.org

     

    Session 20

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #10

     

    Tips and Tools to Establish Individualized PD in Instructional Technology by Utilizing Teacher Leaders and Peer Coaches

     

    Looking for ideas on how to enhance a culture of instructional technology through meaningful professional development?  This session will focus on how to develop teacher leaders and how to effectively establish peer support groups within your school or district.  This segment will also explore how to empower teachers by establishing Tech Cohorts, Steering Committees, ScIP goals and Tech PLCs. 

     

    Presenters:

     

    Dr. Jeanene S. Dutt

    Principal

    North Warren Regional School District

     

    Jeff Louw

    Supervisor of Instructional Technology

    North Warren Regional School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    jdutt@northwarren.org

     

    Session 21

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #12

     

    Making Data-Driven Instruction a Reality

     

    What does it look like when three components - diagnostic assessment, teacher-led instruction and digital instruction are driven by data?  Explore the high-fidelity, i-Ready blended model that is advancing classroom culture to a 21st century, student-centered work environment.  Mansfield Township will share their experiences using i-Ready and how it is transforming culture, instruction and accountability around data.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Kelly Gamez

    Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction

    Mansfield Township School District

     

    Tiffany Moutis

    Superintendent

    Mansfield Township School District

     

    Elizabeth Schrader

    Educational Consultant

    Curriculum Associates - i-Ready

     

    Session 22

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #13

     

    Google Update 2019:  Takeaways Guaranteed to Ensure Your District is Productive, Efficient, & Progressive

     

    Change happens.  Let’s face it.  Google for Education is one of the most dynamic and incredible resources we have access to as educators.  Google is constantly updating all of their applications, so it is essential to keep current on the constant updates to ensure that your district is efficient, progressive, and taking advantage of the full extent of the Google platform.  Come see the most important updates from the last year that will make you more efficient and productive.  If your district doesn’t follow the updates and leaves Google to chance, you will leave this session with enormous Google takeaways!

     

    Presenter:

     

    Dr. Eric M. Hibbs

    Superintendent

    Marlboro Township Public Schools

     

    Session 23

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #14

     

    Equitable Tech for ALL Learners

     

    An interactive presentation incorporating the Universal Design for Learning principles featuring various apps, extensions, and websites that meet the educational needs for diverse learners.  Assistive technology promotes classroom equity, flexibility, accessibility, communication, independence, and motivation for all students. Utilizing Nearpod, we will introduce Chromebook accessibility features, Read & Write, OpenDyslexc Font, BeeLine Reader, and more.  The technology will serve as the bridge to equitable access for students to learn, engage, and interact in a cost effective way.  Join us on this educational path to ensure success for ALL students!

     

    Presenters:

     

    Carrieann Devito

    Director of Special Services

    Secaucus School District

     

    Jennifer Montesano

    Superintendent

    Secaucus School District

     

    Dr. Daniela Riser

    Director of Curriculum and Instruction

    Secaucus School District

     

    Patricia Smeyers

    Teacher/2019 NJSTOY Finalist & NJTEEA Excellence Award

    Secaucus School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    http://www.sboe.org/

     

    Session 24

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #15

     

    Chromebooks as Consumables

     

    With a drive toward 1 to 1 initiatives ensuring equitable access to technology, consideration of replenishment cycles, and the accessibility of low cost high tech devices, it’s time for districts to start considering technology as a consumable product.  In this session we will discuss how the Rockaway Township School District has shifted its policy to allow students to keep devices not only through their school career, but after the end of their term.

     

    We will discuss the benefits for creating an environment that promotes investment in the students, as well as the specific changes required in policy, practice and mindset to enable this transition.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Bebarce El-Tayib

    Chief Technology Officer

    Rockaway Township School District

     

    Michael LaFranca

    Network Support Technician

    Rockaway Township School District

     

    Vanessa Waxman

    Instructional Technology Coach

    Rockaway Township School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    beltayib@rocktwp.net

     

    Session 25

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #16

     

    How Districts Are Improving Outcomes in the MTSS / NJTSS Framework:  A New Approach Utilizing Existing Resources and Innovative Advances in Technology

     

    MTSS, RTI and the new NJTSS model are proven research-based frameworks.  However, the overall execution of the systematic and practical approach continues to be a long and difficult challenge for many.  Now, through the combination of innovative use of existing district resources, creative approaches to building capacity, and new technology, these models are finally realizing their potential in NJ.  Hear real-world case studies from NJ school districts on how they are building on existing initiatives and targeting highly leveraged practices to create a tiered system of support that has an impact on instructional practices and meeting the needs of varying populations.  Learn practical approaches on how to start, expand and scale the frameworks based on the real-world experience of NJ school district leaders.  See a new MTSS “playbook” that helps many districts transition from theory into practice. Discover new technology that provides job embedded professional development and resources that support implementation.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Dr. Christie Schutz-Vincelli

    Supervisor of Special Education (Special Class Programs)

    East Brunswick Public Schools

     

    Andrew Horelick

    Head of Partnerships and Success

    Goalbook

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    andrewh@goalbookapp.com

     

    Session 26

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #17

     

    The Power of Engagement, Motivation, and Student Choice Leading to Student Success!

     

    Reading engagement connects directly to achievement.  There is a strong link between motivation and reading comprehension.  Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better academically than their peers who rarely read.  Let us show you how to put essential data into your hands, as well as at the student, building and district level.  Join us and learn how we are harnessing the power of an adaptive technology to guide each student through a personalized, data-informed pathway to reading mastery.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Faith Alcantara

    Principal, Heywood Avenue School

    Orange Public Schools

     

    Mary Beth Barrios

    Teacher, Heywood Avenue School

    Orange Public Schools

     

    Anita Freeman

    Teacher, Heywood Avenue School

    Orange Public Schools

     

    Marcus Ferrara

    Director of Digital Instruction – N.E.

    Scholastic Education

     

    EXHIBIT HALL ACTIVITIES                                                                                   

    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Box Lunches                                                                                                                

    Location:  Wildwood #11/#16

    Refreshments                                                                                                               

    Prizes!

     

    Your TECHSPO® 2020 badge is your ticket for a box lunch. 

    No competing sessions or activities at this time.

     

    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    NJASA Executive Committee Meeting

    Location:  Avalon #22-24

    (This is a closed meeting for Committee Members)

     

    Group Sessions

    Session 1

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #8

     

    A Baby Boomer and a Millennial Walk into a Meeting:  Now What?

     

    Schools are now engaging stakeholders from five different generations.  How do you connect with and inform Baby Boomers, Gen X'ers, Millennials, and Gen C?  Attend this session to find out.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Dr. Scott Rocco

    Superintendent

    Hamilton Township School District

    President, NJASA

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    scottrocco@gmail.com

     

    Session 2

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #10

     

    Moving Your School Along with The SAMR Model:  An Interactive Discussion

     

    In this session, participants will physically move to understand and change their daily practices along the SAMR Model.  Using existing technologies, schools will be able to bring their concerns to this session, and they will be remedied by the experts.  Presenters will provide examples from core content areas for further understanding and clarification.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Don Biery

    Math/Physics Teacher

    North Warren Regional School District

     

    Jeff Louw

    Technology Coordinator

    North Warren Regional School District

     

    Courtney Matash

    Teacher of English

    North Warren Regional School District

     

    Ken Morris

    Special Education and Woodshop Teacher

    North Warren Regional School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    cmatash14@gmail.com

     

    Session 3

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #2

     

    Revolutionizing SEL with Student-Created VR

     

    This session will provide an innovative approach to the Social Emotional Learning curriculum.  Students will demonstrate how creating their own virtual reality videos has been key in targeting bullying and delivering social and emotional awareness through virtual reality tools to students, parents and community.  Participants can experience a true “walk in my shoes”  emotional journey.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Sarah David

    Middle School Social Studies Teacher

    Springfield Public Schools

     

    Timothy Kielty

    Middle School Principal

    Springfield Public Schools

     

    Session 4

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #12

     

    STEAM for Everyone:  Creating an Expo that Addresses All Needs

     

    STEAM is all the rage in general and special education.  Participants will learn how the Morris-Union Jointure Commission’s Developmental Learning Centers, which educate students with severe autism and behavioral disabilities, brought STEAM into the classroom and developed an annual STEAM Expo.  Students choose motivating topics, research the topics, create materials and later present the information at an expo.  Come learn how a STEAM expo is a meaningful, motivating, and creative opportunity for addressing goals for all students.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Dr. Janet Fike

    Superintendent

    Morris-Union Jointure Commission

    Secretary, NJASA

     

    Jason Parenti

    Director of Curriculum and Instruction

    Morris-Union Jointure Commission

     

    Denise Smallacomb

    Assistant Superintendent

    Morris-Union Jointure Commission

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    dsmallacomb@mujc.org

     

    Session 5

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #13

     

    Digital Tools:  Designing a Plan that Will Make You a Digital Tools Superhero

     

    Digital Tools are one of our most important resources we have as educators.  Quite plainly, too many districts leave the Digital Tools plan to chance.  When you leave this plan to chance, there is the distinct chance the outcome you seek will never come to be.  This session will leave you with real takeaways that will enable you to become a Digital Tools Superhero at the district, school, teacher, and student level.  You are guaranteed to leave this session with real ways you can ensure your Digital Tools Plan is effective, progressive, and comprehensive.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Michael Ballone

    Director of Curriculum

    Marlboro Township Public Schools

     

    Morgan Gross

    Supervisor of Instructional Technology

    Marlboro Township Public Schools

     

    Dr. Eric M. Hibbs

    Superintendent

    Marlboro Township Public Schools

     

    Session 6

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #7

     

    Accelerating Literacy, Learning, and Lifelong Success

     

    How can we cultivate, and even accelerate, literacy growth through research-based practices that prepare students for the demands of high school and beyond?  How do we reinforce that literacy is not confined to the English classroom, but that age-appropriate Lexile levels are correlated with success in gateway courses such as Algebra?

    Join the Toms River Regional Schools administrative team and Achieve3000 for a workshop tackling John Hattie’s research on instructional impact, strategies that provoke text-based conversations, collaborations, and deeper learning and thinking, and how Toms River teachers and students are putting these practices into action every day to build a district-wide culture of literacy focused on students’ success across the content areas and in preparation for college and careers.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Norma Denoia

    Curriculum Director 6-12

    Toms River Regional Schools

     

    Christy Downs

    Supervisor of Language Arts Grades 6-8

    Toms River Regional Schools

     

    Bobbi Bear

    Director of Customer Success and Advocacy

    Achieve3000

     

    Kimberly Warner

    Regional Director

    Achieve3000

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    kimberly.warner@achieve3000.com

     

    Session 7

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #18

     

    Disaster to Recovery in Minutes Not Hours

     

    This session will teach you the steps needed to implement a fully functional DR solution using Microsoft Azure Backup Server to implement Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) in your environment.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Michael Estrada

    Chief Technology Officer

    South Plainfield School District

     

    Scott Brousseau

    Chief Technology Officer

    PBG Networks

     

    Geoffrey Ivins

    Senior Network Engineer

    PBG Networks

     

    Paul Wozniak

    Technician

    PBG Networks

     

    Session 8

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #1

     

    Utilizing Google For Communication & Collaboration in Your District

     

    Whether you are a large or small district, utilizing hangouts, calendar or groups can optimize communication and collaboration.  Here is how our district with over 1000 employees is starting to use advanced tools available from Google Apps to communication meetings, events and building learning communities.  Teachers collaborating during common planning via hangouts or google groups or principals managing multiple meetings and events on one calendar are just some of the examples of how we as a District are becoming more and more efficient.  Please be prepared to share your experiences if you are using these tools.  We want this session to be full of collaboration!

     

    Presenters:

     

    Dr. Amy Arsiwala

    Instructional Tech Coach

    Franklin Township Public Schools

     

    Myra Brown

    Instructional Tech Coach

    Franklin Township Public Schools

     

    Ted Samaras

    Instructional Tech Coach & Certified Google Trainer

    Franklin Township Public Schools

     

    Connie Tripi

    Instructional Tech Coach

    Franklin Township Public Schools

     

    Session 9

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #9

     

    Coding Across the Ages (Grades PK-8)

     

    In this session, the technology used in the district will be discussed. Those attending the session will be provided the opportunity to learn about different coding activities that can be implemented in the preschool through eighth grade classroom settings and practice using different resources.  Presenters will talk about school initiatives and incorporating the community in The Hour of Code.  Flyers, resource lists, and other materials will be provided.  Furthermore, the importance of coding in the 21st century will be discussed.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Elisabeth Alexander

    Teacher

    Franklin Township School District

     

    Lindsay Gooditis

    Principal

    Franklin Township School District

     

    Session 10

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #2

     

    Making Learning Data Useful:  Building Student Growth Stories for More Personalized Learning

     

    Learning and other important social and emotional data reside in various digital silos throughout our district.  In order to make the data more useful, help guide decision making and allow teachers to view a holistic narrative or story about a students learning progress over time, we created a unique Google sheet called Student Growth Story. Each student has a growth story where all relevant data is ported into to provide teachers, counselors, I & RS committee members, support staff and school leaders with one place to view individual student progress toward meeting social, emotional and academic learning goals as well as any potential barriers.  This workshop will demonstrate how we constructed and update the student growth stories as well as how each member of the learning community is using them to improve learning for each individual student.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Gregg Festa

    Principal

    Ringwood Public Schools

     

    Steven Fiedeldey

    Director of Special Services

    Ringwood Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    fiedeldeys@njrps.org

     

    Session 11

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #3

     

    Hands-on Applications for ABA Instruction

     

    Advances in instructional technology provide special education teachers powerful tools to enhance student learning and individualize instruction.  To be sure, effectively implementing instructional technology relies upon our teachers’ ability to stay abreast of and integrate the many applications into curriculum and ultimately instructional delivery.  The use of applications such as Tiny Tap, Choice Works, Visual Cue, and IXL to engage students on the Autism spectrum will be demonstrated, with time for attendees to get “hands-on” experience with each application.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Mary Beth Conley

    Principal

    Educational Services Commission of NJ/Center for Lifelong Learning

     

    Meghan Langan

    Teacher

    Educational Services Commission of NJ/Center for Lifelong Learning

     

    Gary Molenaar

    Assistant Superintendent

    Educational Services Commission of NJ

     

    Nicole Paturzo

    Teacher

    Educational Services Commission of NJ/Center for Lifelong Learning

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    www.escnj.us

     

    Session 12

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #4

     

    Increase the Accuracy and Efficiency of Behavioral Monitoring; A No-Cost Adaptable System for Teachers to Improve the Integrity of Behavioral Data Collection

     

    Traditional systems for monitoring behavior and tracking data can be cumbersome for teachers and cut into instructional time for students.  Join us for an interactive workshop that will address the implementation of a no-cost solution for ensuring accurate and efficient behavioral data collection that can be adapted for use at multiple levels including individual, small group, whole class, grade level and/or whole school.

     

    Presenters:

     

    David Damaschke

    History Teacher- M.A.P.S. Program, Somerville High School

    Somerville Public Schools

     

    Scott Hade

    Principal, M.A.P.S. Program, Somerville High School

    Somerville Public Schools

     

    Dr. Tanya McDonald

    Director of Special Services

    Somerville Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    www.somervillenjk12.org

     

    Session 13

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #6

     

    Successful STEAM - Integrating a Comprehensive STEAM Program

     

    STEAM is omnipresent in today's educational environment.  It is becoming a mainstay in almost all district programs.  Children need to explore, discover, and think.  At every age, students should be encouraged to think deeply so they have the chance to become the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.  Successful STEAM programs cultivate progress from project-based learning through hands-on experiences, collaboration, and problem solving.   In this session, participants will learn what it takes to develop a successful and meaningful STEAM program.  Topics to be discussed include: physical layout of the STEAM space, unit planning with project ideas, staffing requirements, and administrative support.  You will leave this class inspired and ready to bring STEAM back to your district!

     

    Presenters:

     

    Mike Andriulli

    Principal

    Woodcliff Lake School District

     

    Fred Maltzan

    STEM Instructor/Technology

    Woodcliff Lake School District

     

    Thomas Nikolaidis

    STEM Instructor

    Woodcliff Lake School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    TBD - Will be shared with session participants.

     

    Session 14

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #7

     

    Creativity and Storytelling with Adobe Spark

     

    Adobe Spark is the integrated web and mobile solution that enables everyone, especially teachers and their students of all ages, to easily create and share impactful visual stories.  Learn how to integrate all the tools in Adobe Spark like video, graphics, and web pages for free.  From creating School marketing materials with branded colors and logos, video book reports to student portfolios.  In this BYOD session, you will learn how any educator can integrate this free program to maximize creativity in their classrooms and schools.  Perfect for 1-to-1 chromebooks, ipads, or tablet programs.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Emily Bonilla

    Vice Principal and District Arts Based CTE Supervisor

    Essex County Schools of Technology

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    ebonilla@essextech.org

     

    Session 15

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #8

     

    New Standards in Special Education:  Being Compliant Isn’t Enough – How to Prepare Your District for the Increasing Responsibility to Improve Student Outcomes

     

    Recent shifts in special education are requiring school districts to shift their focus beyond compliance to improving outcomes for students with disabilities.  Participants in this session will learn about the shift from compliance to outcomes and its implications, with a specific focus on how districts can leverage technology to develop and support processes and practices that result in quality Individualized Education Program (IEP) development, increased family engagement, measurable student goals, and progress monitoring.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Lauren English-Mezzino

    Senior Consultant

    Public Consulting Group, Inc.

     

    Kattrina Schmitzer

    Client Services Manager

    Public Consulting Group, Inc.

     

    Session 16

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #9

     

    Using Online Learning Environments to Empower and Engage Students, Parents, and Staff

     

    NVRHS developed an online learning hub where students can engage in online coursework (developed in-district, as well as by leading universities around the world), where parents can educate themselves regarding new district initiatives, and where teachers can engage in "virtual PD" ranging from online courses to "virtual learning walks" using immersive 360 video.  Learn about the successes and challenges we encountered as we developed and implemented these "future ready" online learning experiences, so that you can bring relevant practices back to your own district.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Marc Cicchino

    Director of Innovation

    Northern Valley Regional High School District

     

    James Santana

    Superintendent

    Northern Valley Regional High School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    cicchinom@nvnet.org

     

    Session 17

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #6

     

    Building Empathy and Social Emotional Learning Through Technology Led Global Learning

     

    Using Technology, we will showcase how we achieve global learning competencies while increasing empathy.  Student Ambassadors will demonstrate several of our free and easy to use resources such as Zoom, Empatico, and Skype as we connect live with classrooms around the world and country.  The power of technology leads to amazing social emotional learning while helping us experience diverse cultures around the world.  The classroom is no  longer limited by the four walls.  Students will present alongside their teachers as we all share how our learning has been transformed.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Stacia Delaney

    Third Grade Special Education Teacher

    Tabernacle Township School District

     

    Michael Dunlea

    Third Grade General Education Teacher

    Tabernacle Township School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    dunleam@tabschools.org

     

    Session 18

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #3

     

    Quietly Brilliant: Maximizing Your IT Budget for Districtwide Success

     

    “If you don’t see us, that means everything is up and running” is the slogan used in most IT departments.  By coming to this session, you will learn multiple ways to be Quietly Brilliant!  This session will help you understand the advantages of maximizing your E-Rate budget, Backup as a Service, Disaster Recovery as a Service and implementation of Managed Services.  This session will also show you multiple ways to gain traction in your district for moving IT projects forward with the District Administration actually thanking YOU!

     

    Presenters:

     

    Evan Abramson

    Director of Technology

    Millburn Township Public Schools

     

    Chris Clark

    Director of SLED

    Computer Design & Integration

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    evan.abramson@millburn.org

     

    Session 19

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #4

     

    Equity in Mathematics:  All Students are Math Learners!

     

    This workshop will explore the implementation of a district-wide plan for providing equity for all Math learners.  Presenters will review a variety of strategies promoting equity by providing every student with the tools to guide them into working in their zone of proximal development using technology, data and good teaching practices for success with all students:  ELLs, Special Education, Gifted and Talented and the entire student population.  Equity = success for all!

     

    Presenters:

     

    Lionel Dugue

    Teacher

    Camden City School District

     

    Ericka Okafor

    Supervisor of Bilingual Education

    Camden City School District

     

    Janel Williams, M.A., M.S. Ed

    Senior Lead Educator Mathematics & Science

    Camden City School district

     

    Daniel Savarese, M. Ed.

    Customer Success Manager

    Imagine Learning

     

    Session 20

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #14

     

    The 21st Century Digital Classroom:  Let’s Embrace It!

     

    In a technological world, it is necessary as educators and administrators to keep up to date with the newest ways to engage students and still give them the freedom to navigate and explore the 21st Century world.  In this session, we will demonstrate and share our tried and true strategies in managing the implementation of 1:1 technology while instilling student responsibility with proper use of devices and websites.  Everything from managing distractions, entrance and exit formative assessments, HyperDocs, PBL's, and even how to use Google Classroom so that students never miss a class is the goal of this presentation.  We have tried it all, and we want to share our successes with you!

     

    Presenters:

     

    Jennifer Edson

    Teacher

    Franklin Lakes School District

     

    Tania Zaporoshan

    Teacher

    Franklin Lakes School District

     

    Session 21

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #15

     

    “Hey Siri, Lock Down the School” - Physical Security Meets Information Technology

     

    IT Staff have always been tasked with protecting data systems and information but now the physical protection of students is becoming a new priority.  Most districts think about locks, gates, alarms, and security guards when they think about security but now these systems rely on a secure data infrastructure in order to function.

    Come learn how Westfield has converged Physical Security and IT to create an integrated ecosystem.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Brian Auker

    Chief Technology Officer

    Westfield Public Schools

     

    Joseph Marateo

    Assistant Network Manager

    Westfield Public Schools

     

    Arvin Vidal

    Network Manager

    Westfield Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    www.westfieldnjk12.org

     

    Session 22

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #16

     

    How One Big Change Boosted Parent Participation and Unburdened Staff

     

    At Sayreville Public Schools, we set out to create a more valuable and engaging online experience for our staff and parents.  We committed to re-imagining every process to find any opportunity to become more efficient and effective.  In 2017, we changed our approach to ed-tech; we would sunset as many disparate systems as possible in favor of pursuing a more seamless, all-in-one experience.  In this workshop, we will discuss how this project led to superior experiences for staff, a large reduction in support calls, and a marked improvement in data accuracy district-wide.  Our chosen partner for this platform was OnCourse Systems for Education.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Eric Glock-Molloy

    Assistant Superintendent

    Sayreville Public Schools

     

    Dr. Richard Labbe

    Superintendent

    Sayreville Public Schools

     

    Mike Waranowicz

    Director of Technology

    Sayreville Public Schools

     

    Tre Gonzalez

    Director of Growth

    OnCourse Systems for Education

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    alantz@oncoursesystems.com

     

    Session 23

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #17

     

    It’s Lonely at the Top.  Your IT!  Stop Working in a Silo!!

     

    Finding resources regarding the educational technical is very limited.  Vendor and manufacturer resources does not always fit the educational culture and climate of schools.  In this session, you will learn about CoSN, CETL certification and their resources.  CoSN has developed and provided technical thought leaders resources, community, best practices and advocate for resources that supports the technical and digital transformations in education.  In this session, you will be given an opportunity to learn about these available resources and how they can be beneficial to your daily decision making on what’s best for your school/district.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Sandra Paul

    Director of IT and Operations

    Township of Union Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    spaul@twpunionschools.org

     

    Session 24

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #1

     

    Edcamps, Twitter & CoffeeEDU:  Professional Development that Works

     

    This session will focus on three of the best professional development tools/models that every educator can benefit from utilizing.  Participants will learn about the Edcamp unconference model and how to use it to design meaningful professional development in their district.  Participants will also learn how to establish a local CoffeeEDU for sparking meaningful conversation and networking.  Lastly, participants will be shown how to utilize Twitter for professional networking with fellow educators around the world and telling their story.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Jennifer Kressler Duda

    Special Education Teacher

    Mercer County Special Services School District

     

    Christopher Harris

    Director of Technology & Innovation

    Pennsauken Public Schools

     

    Session 25

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #5

     

    Inclusivity and Equity:  The Bigger Picture

     

    Now that many districts have transitioned to digital content for their instructional and communication needs, how can we be sure that digital opportunities are equitable and inclusive?  What does equity really mean in 2020? Minimal expectations that focus on compliance alone may unintentionally leave out some students, parents, and other stakeholders.  We will discuss new definitions, explore challenges, and share resources to move toward more genuine digital equity and inclusivity.

     

    Presenters:

     

    John Donaldson

    Director of Media & Communications

    Lenape Regional High School District

     

    Chris O'Neal

    K12 Solutions Engineer

    Blackboard Inc.

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://tinyurl.com/TECHSPOBb

     

    Session 26

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #5

     

    Coding from PreK to 12:  Exceeding the 2022 Mandate

     

    Computer science, particularly coding, is not only woven into every aspect of our lives, but the process of learning and applying CS and the mindset behind it brings value to every content area and helps students become future ready problem solvers.  Meeting the new NJDOE mandate-- for all high school graduates to study coding starting in 2022-- could be as simple as adding a new course, but we’ll explore a more holistic and integrated approach that begins with our youngest students.  This will be a hands on experience.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Tiffany Lucey

    Supervisor of Ed Tech

    Toms River Regional School District

     

    Dr. Marc Natanagara

    Assistant Superintendent

    Toms River Regional School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://sites.google.com/view/makelearningauthentic/resources/articles-data-media?authuser=0

     

    Take A Break!                                                                                              

    2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

    Exhibit Hall Refreshment Break                                                                

    Location: Wildwood #11/#16

                                                                                                                                                         

    Group Sessions

    Session 1

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #1

     

    Technology Cost-Savings Through Shared Services and Consortium Purchasing

     

    Technology procurement strategies and tips will be discussed to highlight ways to help school districts save time and money in procuring technology.  Learn ways to purchase technology offered in the NJSBA TEC cooperative pricing system, which eliminates the need to undergo the competitive bidding process.  NJSBA TEC include 21st century classroom furniture and technology; cybersecurity solutions; and E-Rate assistance.  Participants will also learn about NJSBA’s partnership with Edge and the shared services approach we put into place, which connects districts to even more state of the art technology at competitively bid and negotiated prices.  Learn how easy it is to purchase off NJSBA’s contracts and start putting district dollars back into the classroom.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Michael Esolda

    K-12 Technology Strategist

    Woodbridge Township School District

     

    Patrice Maillet

    Director, Business Development

    New Jersey School Boards Association

     

    Lou Schimenti

    Manager, Products and Services

    New Jersey School Boards Association

     

    Adam Scarzafara

    Associate VP for Marketing and Communications

    EDGE

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    lschimenti@njsba.org

     

    Session 2

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #2

     

    Utilizing Technology to Provide K-5 World Language Instruction

     

    Hear one district's story how they were able to implement World Language Instruction for students in grades K-5 (across 17 elementary schools).  During this session, attendees will learn how general education teachers are able to utilize an online program to engage students in the World Language experience.  Additional information will be shared regarding partnership with the vendor, meeting QSAC requirements, and tapping into the talents of other instructional staff.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Alejandro Batlle

    Supervisor of World Language/Heath & PE

    Hamilton Township School District

     

    Anthony Scotto

    Director of Curriculum & Instruction

    Hamilton Township School District

     

    Charlie Craighill

    National Account Manager

    Fuel Education

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    ascotto@hamilton.k12.nj.us

     

    Session 3

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #3

     

    Connecting Students, Teachers and Parents with a Digital Learning Management System

     

    The Glen Rock Public Schools implemented an interactive learning management system (LMS) to consolidate students’ instructional resources including online textbooks, digital materials, assignments and standards based assessments to provide the students with an authentic College and Career Readiness experience beginning in kindergarten and continuing through grade 12. Our LMS, Schoology, allows for enhanced communication through email and push notifications on the app to keep students and parents aware of information pertaining to their courses, sport teams, clubs and school activities.  Attendees will see examples of how the platform is actually used in K-12 classrooms including a remote demonstration with students.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Paul Cusack

    Special Projects Coordinator

    Glen Rock Public Schools

     

    Nicole Hirsch

    Elementary Math Specialist

    Glen Rock Public Schools

     

    Kathleen Regan

    Director of Curriculum and Instruction

    Glen Rock Public Schools

     

    Kathleen Walter

    HS Social Studies Department Chair

    Glen Rock Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    http://bit.ly/2AHee1s

     

    Session 4

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #4

     

    Chromebook White-Glove Service on a Budget

     

    Learn how we gave our new Chromebooks the white-glove service without the high cost.  In this session, we will discuss how we utilized student technicians, Arduino with Centipede, and the B-PAC labeling solution.  We will go into detail on how we automated Chromebook enterprise enrollment and asset labeling.  As a bonus, we will discuss our future plans for increasing quality control by verifying enterprise enrollment using the Google Admin API.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Joseph Fulginiti

    Network Engineer

    West Deptford Township School District

     

    Tom Tucci

    Director of Technology and Special Projects

    West Deptford Township School District

     

    Session 5

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #6

     

    Visible Learning in the Digital World

     

    Participants will walk away with a working knowledge of the research and best practices related to technology integration at the classroom, school, and district levels. Through the lens of the National Education Technology Plan and John Hattie's Visible Learning, district leadership and technology coaches from the Chester District will show participants how innovative learning environments that promote student success are supported through the belief that pedagogy trumps technology.  Specific teaching methods, learning strategies, and leadership methods will be highlighted.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Jerry Castro

    Technology Coach

    Chester School District

     

    Brad Currie

    Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

    Chester School District

     

    Mike Dougherty

    Technology Director

    Chester School District 

     

    Laura Garrison

    Technology Coach

    Chester School District

     

    Tricia Pohan

    Technology Coach

    Chester School District

     

    Francesca Ragonese

    Technology Coach

    Chester School District

     

    Session 6

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #7

     

    Internal and External Media Streaming

     

    The development, implementation, and distribution of daily media content along with insight to the infrastructure needed to stream locally and online.  This presentation will focus on example classroom management, light audio/video set-ups, and network requirements/roadblocks.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Joe Emerson

    Network Administrator

    Hazlet Township Public Schools

     

    Joe Gagliardi

    Technical Data Management Coordinator

    Hazlet Township Public Schools

     

    Thomas Leonard

    Teacher of Media Studies

    Hazlet Township Public Schools

     

    Dr. Scott Ridley

    Superintendent

    Hazlet Township Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    jemerson@hazlet.org

     

    Session 7

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #8

     

    Creating a Digitally Collaborative Experience

     

    Attendees will be introduced to Microsoft Teams as the digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place.  Teachers and Administrators will see how Teams can promote equity and student voice with collaborative classrooms, easily connect in professional learning communities, and communicate with staff.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Theodore Ragavas

    Technology Supervisor

    Monmouth Regional High School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    cfamelio@monmouthregional.net

     

    Session 8

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #9

     

    Analytics and Customized Learning Experiences for Diverse Learners

     

    Today teachers are being asked to educate more diverse learners than ever before.  As hard as that challenge may seem, technology makes this possible through the use of adaptive tools that provide at-student level work with detailed analytics in order to best target student’s needs.  Through the use of software tools like Newsela, EnVision, IXL, Google Classroom and a host of others, a savvy teacher can help today's students achieve success at their level. See how you can leverage your resources (technology and social) in order to help all learners work up to their potential.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Christine Picerno

    Math & Supervisor K-5 District-wide

    Township of Ocean School District

     

    Kevin Ruane

    Teacher

    Township of Ocean School District

     

    Dr. Doreen Ryan

    Principal

    Township of Ocean School District

     

    Kristin Vona

    Supervisor PS-5 Special Education and Basic Skills

    Township of Ocean School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    kruane@oceanschools.org

     

    Session 9

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #10

     

    Managing Technology Convergence in Schools

     

    To teach management practices that address risk associated with the exponential increase in the acquisition of digital devices and software while purposely working toward curricular and operational goals.  IT is forcing convergence of purpose across functional departments where knowledge sharing and deliberative purposes are necessary to assure a highly functioning organization.  The goal is to help school district leadership approach digital assets with a proper lens before making acquisitions.  The lens includes evaluating usefulness (does it add real value to our curricular and operational objectives), capacity (can we actually learn to be robust users and take full advantage of the asset), identity risk (does this asset pose a threat to information security) and practical risk (can we manage the risk/s this asset brings short and long term).  Bo Cheng, President of Altovista Technology, Inc., will discuss the impact and challenges on organizational capacity and mission that the rate of change in IT creates.  He will discuss the need for a highly collaborative approach to managing this reality in order to achieve enterprise mission and goals.  Ed Moskal, Associate Professor Department of Computer & Information Sciences, Saint Peter's University will provide the perspective of higher education where the rate of change and investment is accelerated well beyond public primary and secondary school systems demanding an enterprise approach to risk management acutely associated with technology that ties instructional goals together with other enterprise goals.  Our purpose is to help administrators develop effective strategy as they digitize their districts.

     

    Presenters:

     

    James Heiser

    Business Administrator

    Delanco Township School District

     

    Bo Cheng

    President

    Altovista Technology, Inc.

     

    Ed Moskal

    Associate Professor, Department of Computer Information Sciences

    Saint Peter's University

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    jheiser@delanco.com

     

    Session 10

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #8

     

    Building ROVs in the Classroom

     

    Discover how Harrington Middle School students are exploring ocean technology by building remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) in a STEM classroom.  Get an in-depth look at the resources we use, skills we teach, and topics we explore while building underwater robots.  Meet some of our students who have taken this technology to the next level by designing and building ROVs to compete in local, national, and international competitions.  Learn how you can teach your students why we should explore our oceans and how we explore them.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Maureen Barrett

    STEM Teacher, Harrington Middle School

    Mount Laurel Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    http://www.mtlaurelschools.org/Community/ROV-PowerPoint/index.html

     

    Session 11

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #13

     

    Enter the MultiVRse

     

    This session will look at the best practices for bringing the engaging world of Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality to the K-8 classroom.  We will explore tools that go beyond Expeditions into the incredible opportunities immersive technology can have for students.  During our time we will look at the value, costs, and best tools currently available for bringing immersive tech to the classroom.  In this session we learn, test, and sample incredible tools to get your kids creating and learning through interactive immersive environments.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Brian Costello

    Digital Innovation Specialist

    Egg Harbor Township School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rE_UVE-ly62f8fL9lE730Uo9DuyKCZG7iCickQFGQVw/edit?usp=sharing

     

    Session 12

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #14

     

    Cloud-Based Building Security Solutions:  Secure and Effective

     

    Trust in cloud-based solutions is continually increasing and the ability to securely utilize cloud solutions for building security is changing the way systems are deployed, maintained, and integrated.  If deployed properly, cloud security solutions provide greater system scalability, better ongoing support, and improved usability for end users without compromising network security.  This session will address how cloud technology is changing, and how cloud-based security solutions can be best utilized and integrated into a larger scales security strategy.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Tony Tomasello

    Technology Teacher/Coordinator

    Avalon & Stone Harbor School Districts

     

    Bill Lawrence

    Security Division Manager

    CM3 Building Solutions, Inc.

     

    Daniel Naylor

    Director of Marketing

    CM3 Building Solutions, Inc.

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    billlawrence@cm3inc.com

     

    Session 13

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #15

     

    Leveraging Technology to Personalize Learning for Staff and Students

     

    In this session, Middletown Township Public School administrators will share our district vision for personalized learning for our staff and students.  Our district goal is for both our adult and young learners to develop their own learning paths using a variety of platforms and strategies.  Participants will gain access to our Professional Learning Hub, as well as resources we have developed to support students in developing interest-based projects using their own data.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Wendy Morales

    Supervisor of Technology & Social Studies K-12

    Middletown Township Public Schools

     

    Jessica Shaw

    Director of Staff Development

    Middletown Township Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    moralesw@middletownk12.org

     

    Session 14

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #16

     

    Creating an IDEA (Innovation Design Engineering Art) Studio

     

    Spring Lake Heights converted an old music classroom into a state of the art multimedia/steam lab.  Complete with our own "Live with the Lions" news studio, flexible seating, robotics, 3D printing, little bits, coding, lego wall, and numerous other innovative tools, this space has transformed learning at SLH.  Come learn how enlisting both your PTA and Education Foundation along with creative thinking can make this happen in your school!

     

    Presenters:

     

    Elisa Schneider

    G&T - STEAM Teacher

    Spring Lake Heights School District

     

    John Spalthoff

    Superintendent

    Spring Lake Heights School District

     

    Caryn Wojcik

    Science Teacher

    Spring Lake Heights School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    jspalthoff@slheights.org

     

    Session 15

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #25

     

    Flip the Script:  Get Your Teachers to Rally for Data!

     

    Research has repeatedly shown that top-down change is almost always met with resistance.  Research has also shown that the effective use of data is critical to academic improvement.  This session will provide an overview of how to meet the teacher where they are and get them on board with using data in the classroom to improve student outcomes.  Vineland's leadership team will discuss its recent transition from the state-sponsored assessment and data tool and how it has successfully developed teacher leaders who embrace change and inspire other staff to buy-in.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Lauren DeBello

    Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction

    Vineland Public Schools

     

    Nancy Hollenweger

    Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction

    Vineland Public Schools

     

    Jennifer Laning

    Instructional Coach

    Vineland Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    nhollenweger@vineland.org

     

    Session 16

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #18

     

    Defending Litigation with Technology

     

    Attendees will understand how the use of video surveillance, Realtime, e-mail servers, and other modern systems can save your district from baseless law suits.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Brett Gorman

    Counsel

    Parker McCay P.A.

     

    William Morlok

    Associate

    Parker McCay P.A.

     

    Kellee Lee Murray M.Ed., MAIT

    Senior Product Specialist

    Realtime

     

    Session 17

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #19

     

    Making Learning Visible Through Technology-Based Assessments

     

    Visible learning is a synthesis of more than 800 meta-studies covering more than 80 million students.  Based on John Hattie's findings, Visible Learning is the result of 15 years of research about what works best for learning in schools.  By attending this session, participants will dive deeper into this research and explore how technology can serve as a valuable platform for obtaining authentic assessment data to design and inform instruction.  Come see how technology platforms such as Flipgrid, Nearpod, BrainPop, and Edmentum's Exact Path, to name a few, make learning truly visible in the classroom environment.

     

    Presenters:

     

    John Acampora

    Director of Curriculum and Instruction

    Little Egg Harbor School District

     

    Richard DiMauro

    Special Education Teacher

    Little Egg Harbor School District

     

    Alisa Palazzi

    Literacy Coach

    Little Egg Harbor School District

     

    Lindsay Foglio

    NJ Partnership Manager

    Edmentum

     

    Session 18

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #20

     

    Exposing Students to Careers with Real World Connections!

     

    Gateway 2 Careers is more than just the signature program of Gateway Regional High School (7th-12th grade). Beyond our expansive job-shadowing and internship experiences for students, Gateway infuses career exploration and education in all classes for all kids, all year.  In this session, we will share how we infuse career exploration and entrepreneurial experiences across all curriculums and how we leverage technology and Nepris to give all students real-world experiences and connections.  Using the extensive video library, collection of past session requests, and instructor database, Nepris puts engaging communities, ideas, lesson plans and much more just a few clicks away.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Amy Mount

    PK-12 Director of C&I

    Gateway Regional High School District

     

    Mary Ellen Wilson

    Educational Technology Specialist

    Hillsborough Township Public Schools

     

    Hugh Mac Donald

    Regional Sales Manager

    Nepris

     

    Session 19

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #1

     

    An Introduction to IPv6 and its Impact on Your District’s Cyber Security

     

    Did you know that over 25% of the Internet is running over IPv6?  IPv6 is the next generation Internet protocol and eventually all organizations will have to migrate to it from IPv4.  While many companies, service providers and universities have begun the migration to IPv6, K-12 institutions continue to lag behind.  This session is intended to provide district CIOs and network administrators a high-level overview of IPv6, how it differs from IPv4 and how ignoring IPv6 is reducing your district’s cybersecurity and opening up a potential avenue for attack.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Roberto Rubino

    CIO

    Passaic County Vocational School District

     

    Session 20

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #2

     

    Effective Strategies on Using Data to Understand, Develop and Support Building-Level Narratives in the New ESSA Environment

    In this new ESSA environment, school leaders are challenged to connect building performance to financial investments.  This session will take a step by step approach of using data and analytics to help understand the “why”; and then create a strategic path to working with your leadership team and stakeholders on the development of a narrative for each of your district’s buildings.  

    Presenters:

    Dr. Anthony N. Dragona, RSBA

    School Business Administrator

    Interim Board Secretary

    Union City Board of Education

     

    Jeff Carew

    Managing Director

    Forecast5 Analytics, Inc.

     

    Session 21

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #4

     

    IT Departments in K-12 Education

     

    IT positions in K-12 education are new with new positions being created every year (tech coaches, SIS Specialists, and more)!  How do you navigate and negotiate salaries with a Board of Education and administration who may not understand Tech job descriptions?  Come find out how one district established a Tech Department with a salary guide.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Matt Shea

    Chief Technology Officer

    Vernon Township School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    bit.ly/ITK12techspo

     

    Session 22

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #5

     

    Creating A Paperless Elementary Science Classroom

     

    Interested in learning how to create a paperless elementary science room?  Are you interested in using GSuite products in the science Elementary classroom?  GSuite products provide a way to create a 1:1 learning and paperless environment, even in the Science classroom.  Attendees of this workshop will learn how to use Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Classroom, and Google Docs to create a paperless elementary science room.  Examples will be shared how we have created a paperless classroom for third and fourth-grade students at Beatrice Gilmore Elementary School while having fun with science.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Billy Krakower

    Teacher, Beatrice Gilmore Elementary School

    Woodland Park School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    wkrakower@wpschools.org

     

    Session 23

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #6

     

    Boom Learning

     

    Students today intuitively make meaning and demonstrate learning across multiple modalities.  At the same time, teachers are challenged with finding digital tools to facilitate this type of learning and provide the data they need in real-time.  Boom Learning is a platform that houses digital task cards (called “Boom Cards”) created by and for teachers.  These interactive resources are self-grading, enabling students and teachers to get immediate feedback.  In addition to the resources posted on the platform, teachers are able to create their own Boom Cards to target their students’ specific needs.  This presentation is geared toward all educators in grades K-12.  Teachers will have the opportunity to explore ways to use and/or create Boom Cards to address the needs of their individual classes.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Dr. Sheila Frye

    Reading Specialist

    Montville Township School District (Valley View Elementary School)

     

    Dr. Tara L. Jakubik

    High School English Teacher and PTL

    Hackensack Public Schools (Hackensack High School) and Rutgers University

     

    Session 24

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #7

     

    VR:  Immersive Experiences in Every Classroom

     

    Come see how virtual reality has helped Point Pleasant Beach High School create immersive experiences and engage students in every classroom and every subject area.  Learn about devices for every price range and their capabilities to generate new classroom adventures.  Explore apps and websites to gather ideas for your classroom.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Chris Wilson

    District Supervisor of Curriculum

    Point Pleasant Beach School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    wilsonc@ptbeach.com

     

    Session 25

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #12

     

    Effective 1:1 Implementation and Management for School Districts

     

    When it comes to implementing 1:1 and using mobile devices throughout your school district it is important to ensure your plan addresses the following:

    1. Effectively enhancing learning with digital devices
    2. Efficiently managing devices
    3. Ensuring students are navigating the internet safely

     

    Discover how Glassboro Public Schools met these goals for effective 1:1 implementation and management using best practices that you can implement in your own district.

     

    Presenters:

     

    George J. Weeks

    Director of Technology

    Glassboro Public Schools

     

    Alex Ball

    Vice President of US Sales

    Impero Software

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    info@imperosoftware.com

     

    Session 26

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #9

     

    How the Heck Can I Build a TV Studio in My School

     

    A TV studio in school sounds awesome!  But how do you get started?  How can you build an educational component in the studio?  How can the students in all grade levels get an opportunity to explore the world of TV?  Join Cinnaminson Township Public Schools, as they go from beginner to advanced, for the answers to all of these questions and many more!

     

    Presenters:

     

    Thomas Angelone

    Teacher, Cinnaminson Middle School

    Cinnaminson Township Public Schools

     

    Kathleen Hennelly

    Supervisor

    Cinnaminson Township Public Schools

     

    Michael Noble

    Teacher, Cinnaminson Middle School

    Cinnaminson Township Public Schools

     

    Robert Spier

    Teacher, Cinnaminson Middle School

    Cinnaminson Township Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://bit.ly/30Gowtm

     

    Session 27

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Avalon #17

     

    Cybersecurity - Are We Doing Enough?

     

    The 4th revolution is now.  In this Information Age, how do we allow for students and teachers to be innovative and creative but also protect them from the Big Bad Wolf?  In this session, we will be learning about how we can protect our school network infrastructure with the limited resources we have in our IT department.  Discover how educational and government entities are the major targets for hackers and how we can be proactive in preventing these issues.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Sandra Paul

    Director of IT and Operations

    Township of Union Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    spaul@twpunionschools.org

     

    Session 28

    2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #3

     

    Gamification for Newbies

     

    Games are a cultural phenomenon:  More than just the #1 form of entertainment among young people, they’re uniquely capable of creating the type of sustained engagement that educators dream about.  So how can non-gamers harness the power of games to improve teaching and learning?  We offer a primer on the power of games and how they can (easily) be integrated into the classroom. We explain the difference between games and gamification, explore the need to balance collaboration and competition, and discuss everything that games and great teaching have in common.  Most importantly, we examine how gamification can foster real-life connections between students, and how educators are using the power of games to tackle some of the biggest challenges in front of them.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Evan Abramson

    Director of Technology

    Millburn Township Public Schools

     

    James Shetler

    Partnership Manager

    Classcraft

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    www.classcraft.com

     

    EXHIBIT HALL!                                                                          

    3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

    Networking and Refreshments (cash bar)                                     

    Location:  Wildwood #11/#16

    Grand Prize Drawing!                                                     

    (You must be present to win)

     

    RECEPTION                                                                                  

    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Sponsored by Altice                                                                      

    Wildwood Ballroom Pre-Function

     

    Friday, January 31, 2020

     

    Conference Registration                                                                

    7:30 am - 1:35 pm

                                                                                                            

    Location:  Wildwood Ballroom Registration Desk

     

    Exhibitor Registration                                                                    

    7:30 am - 8:00 am

    Location:  Wildwood Ballroom Pre-Function

     

    Exhibit Hours

    8:00 am - 1:30 pm

     

    Exhibit Hall Opens!                                                                       

    8:00 am

    Continental Breakfast                                                                    

    Location:  Wildwood #11/#16

     

    Opening General Session                                                              

    9:00 am - 10:15 am

    Location:  Avalon #5/#11

     

    Keynote Speaker:

    Dr. Katie Martin               

     

    Dr. Katie Martin is the author of Learner-Centered Innovation and Vice President of Professional Learning at Altitude Learning.  She has worked in diverse contexts to learn, research, and support deeper learning for all students. She has served as middle school English language arts teacher, instructional coach, and led the district's new teacher mentoring program.  Katie has a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in middle school education and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on the support that impacts teacher efficacy and retention.

     

    At the university, district, and school-level Katie aspires to create experiences that empower all learners to develop knowledge, skills, and mindsets to thrive in a changing world. As a mom, she wants her kids to have learning experiences in school that build on their strengths and interests and as an educator; she is passionate about making sure we do the same for all kids. 

     

    Take a Break!                                                                                

    10:15 am - 10:30 am

    Exhibit Hall Refreshments/Networking                                      

    Location:  Wildwood #11/#16

     

    Group Sessions

     

    Session 1

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #5

     

    The Role of Students and Technology in the Future of Sustainability

     

    It is clear that substantial innovation and technological creativity will be needed to help us address the sustainability challenges humanity collectively faces, from climate change to global food security and more.  Preparing our students to address these challenges requires a firm grounding in the STEM fields to be sure; but it also requires a strong capacity for innovation, creative and interdisciplinary thinking, ethical reasoning, and resilient problem-solving.  We must train our students for a wide array of challenges, some of which are not fully understood, and ever-changing jobs, some of which do not yet exist, and all of which will be vital to our collective future.  To accomplish this, we must move beyond conventional teaching practices and toward a reinvention of STEM education for a sustainable future.  Join us for a Friday morning conversation with Stockton University Professor Patrick Hossay as part of our TECHSPO Technology Chat. 

    Moderator:

    Dr. Scott Rocco

    Superintendent

    Hamilton Township School District

    President, NJASA

     

    Presenter:

     

    Patrick Hossay

    Professor

    Richard Stockton University

     

    Session 2

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #1

     

    Utilizing AAC Devices and Evidence Based Techniques to Improve Functional Communication in Learners with Autism

     

    This presentation will showcase the integration of AAC devices and other forms of adaptive communication systems into Autistic learners' communication repertoire, and highlight how they are utilized within the school and community settings to improve student communication and reduce displays of maladaptive behaviors.  Presenters will review a variety of evidenced based practices in communication and show videos of students learning how to use communication devices with varying degrees of prompt levels and then with independence.  This presentation will show how students can also not only learn to independently use their communication devices within the school building, but also how the students will be able to generalize the usage in community settings, for wrap around success.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Katie Feiles

    School Principal

    Educational Services Commission of NJ, Future Foundations Academy

     

    Jennifer Kogan

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Educational Services Commission of NJ, Future Foundations Academy

     

    Cassandre Lavard

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Educational Services Commission of NJ, Future Foundations Academy

     

    Deirdre Llatch

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Educational Services Commission of NJ, Future Foundations Academy

     

    Session 3

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #2

     

    What Instructional Model is Your District Using in Your 1:1 Learning Environment?

     

    Does your district have an instructional model for your 1:1 learning environment?  In this session, you will learn how the Hopewell Valley Regional School District adopted Blended Learning as their instructional modality for their 1:1 initiative.  This includes a combination of face-to-face and online learning while using data to inform instruction.  In this session, participants will learn about the key components in a blended learning environment that will enable students to learn at their own pace, personalize learning, and teachers tailoring instruction to meet individual student needs.  We will also provide you a plan for district implementation as well as tools to assess your current model of instruction.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Jane Ellen Lennon

    Principal

    Hopewell Valley Regional School District

     

    Raquel Rivera

    Vice Principal

    Hopewell Valley Regional School District

     

    Tony Suozzo

    Assistant Superintendent

    Hopewell Valley Regional School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    anthonysuozzo@hvrsd.org

     

    Session 4

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #3

     

    Tech Night:  Plug Into the Community

     

    Join the Technology Facilitators of the Hamilton Township School District as they share their experience in planning and hosting an annual “Tech Night” and how you can organize your own for your school or district.  Tech Night is a great way to showcase the incredible ways students and teachers are using technology and share it with the community.  Attendees will leave with the knowledge and resources to plan and host a Tech Night for their school or district.

     

    Presenters:

    Chris Corney-McGee

    Instructional Technology Facilitator

    Hamilton Township School District

     

    Cara Flodmand

    Instructional Technology Facilitator

    Hamilton Township School District

     

    Joe Valver

    Instructional Technology Facilitator

    Hamilton Township School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XoIz2aqLBRbo-gbZfOOpmbSDQcbiECw9uhZe4yNNBfg/edit?usp=sharing

     

    Session 5

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #4

     

    Protecting End Users in the Cloud from Themselves

     

    Security tools are a must for protecting your data and essential in preventing/responding to cyber security incidents, but how do you know if your end-users are accidently sharing HIPPA or FERPA classified data with everyone?  How do you track 3rd party applications your teachers and students are using with school issued accounts?  How can you tell if your email accounts have been compromised?  Please join us for an interactive session to help answer these questions.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Robert Iocona

    Chief Technology Officer

    Kingsway Regional & South Harrison Township Elem. School Districts

     

    Michele Kramer

    Account Manager

    Core BTS

     

    Bob Perciaccante

    National Director Security Solutions

    Core BTS

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    michele.kramer@corebt.com

     

    Session 6

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #6

     

    Thrill Ride Extravaganza

     

    The question often asked by students is:  Why don’t roller coaster cars fall off the track when suspended upside down?  It is not magic.  It is math.  In a 21st-century inquiry-based project, students design & build an authentic 3-dimensional functional roller-coaster.  The “twist” is they must apply their knowledge of pre-calculus and other requisite skills learned throughout their high school math and science courses.  In this session, participants will be provided with the transformation of these projects within the past decade.  Participants will walk away with the strategies needed to bring this project back to their own classroom/schools.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Tamer Mamkej

    Network Administrator

    Hawthorne School District

     

    Cheryl Pasquale

    STEM Supervisor

    Hawthorne Public Schools

     

    Richard Spirito

    Superintendent

    Hawthorne Public Schools

     

    Kristen Trabona

    Director of Education

    Hawthorne Public Schools

     

    Session 7

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #7

     

    It's Not Complicated - Why Future Ready Librarians Can Help Solve the Problems that Keep (You, Yes You!) Up at Night

     

    Need help with PD for your staff?  Need help with 1:1 implementation?  Need help with your equity initiative? Need help boosting reading scores?  Your Future Ready School Librarian can do that and lots more.  Learn about this and also the Future Ready Librarians Framework from the Chairperson of the NJ Future Ready Librarians Taskforce.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Arielle Goldstein

    Technology Facilittor

    Millburn Township Public Schools

     

    Elissa Malespina

    Verona High School Librarin

    Verona Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    www.elissamalespina.com

     

    Session 8

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #8

     

    Managing and Securing Your District Data in Today's Connected World

     

    1:1, cloud storage and online gradebooks, oh my!  The fervent push for connected learning over the last decade has left district tech departments scrambling to keep up; but data security and privacy cannot be the responsibility of the technology department alone - every staff member must play a role.  Join us as we delve into technical and organizational best practices for safeguarding student and staff data and privacy.  We will also explore recommendations and resources for achieving Exemplary Status on key Future Ready Schools (New Jersey) Data Privacy indicators such as Data Governance, Data Security and Privacy and Operational Best Practices.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Adrian Cepero

    District Technology Coordinator

    Hackensack Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    http://bit.ly/techspo2020-dps

     

    Session 9

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #9

     

    Achieving Social Emotional Learning Skills and Equity Through STEAM Practices

     

    STEAM education does not only produce our next generation of engineers; it promotes self-awareness, confidence, self-management, and interpersonal skills vital to succeed in an ever-changing world.  Our STEAM Academy provides for an inclusive and diverse program promoting an intrinsic learning model through the application of 21st Century Skills.  Students collaborate in the classroom and at afterschool programs to design, create, and explain their projects to their teachers, peers, and the community.  During this process, students negotiate conflict constructively, effectively managing stress, and demonstrate a sense of optimism.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Frank Barquin

    Supervisor of Science

    West New York School District

     

    Clara Brito Herrera

    Superintendent

    West New York School District

     

    Session 10

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #10

     

    Esports in New Jersey Schools

     

    Did you know competitive video gaming pulls in more viewers than the World Series of Baseball, The Masters, NBA finals, and the Stanley Cup?  Esports has become too popular to ignore, and now that it is at the collegiate level, it is only a matter of time until it trickles down to the High School level.  This presentation will discuss how to build a competitive team, infuse a culture of Esports in your district, and how it will ultimately affect the curriculum.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Dr. Jared E. Keshishian

    District Supervisor of Science and Esports Coach

    North Bergen School District

     

    Dr. George Solter Jr

    Superintendent

    North Bergen School District

     

    Tim Edmonds

    Helix Manager

    Helix Esports

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://tinyurl.com/yxn6e7ul

     

    Session 11

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #12

     

    Programming Education for 21st Century Middle School Learners

     

    Reinforcing 21st-century skills ensures learners are on the path to becoming successful in a global community that is constantly changing.  Because of this, Linden Public Schools (LPS) has incorporated a robust coding curriculum. Coding develops critical thinking and computational skills applicable both inside and outside of the classroom. Attendees can expect to see how LPS created courses that allow students to use various iPadOS coding applications to solve puzzles, program robots, and fly drones.  Attendees will also gain insight as to how this will improve students’ logical reasoning and their methods of computational thinking to solve real-world problems.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Durell Burress

    Teacher of Technology, Joseph E. Soehl Middle School

    Linden Public Schools

     

    Russ Marchica

    Teacher of Technology, Joseph E. Soehl Middle School

    Linden Public Schools

     

    Howard Schulz

    Teacher of Technology, Myles J. McManus Middle School

    Linden Public Schools

     

    Michael Walters

    Acting Assistant Superintendent

    Linden Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    http://www.linden.k12.nj.us/?wpfb_dl=798

     

    Session 12

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #13

     

    Engage.  Collaborate.  Empower

     

    This session will introduce digital tools to use with your Reading and Writing curriculum for grades 3-12. This workshop focuses on how to enhance curriculum, foster global learning and empower students through creation. Specifically in this session, we will introduce Google Data Studios for interactive reading logs, Google Jamboard for partnering with other professionals and highlighting Book Creator for individual class creations. Please come learn and discuss the potential of these digital tools within the ELA curriculum.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Brianna Charles

    Technology Facilitator, South Mountain Elementary School

    Millburn Township Public Schools

     

    Dani Haggerty

    Technology Facilitator, Washington School

    Millburn Township Public Schools

     

    Session 13

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #14

     

    Educational Return on Technology Investment: Aligning District Goals, Data, and Professional Learning to Increase Student Engagement

     

    Devices, check.  Wireless infrastructure, check.  Software and services, check.  You’ve invested time, talent, and more importantly, significant dollars into developing a cohesive ecosystem of educational technology for all stakeholders.  What is your return on investment?  How will you measure and quantify its impact on teaching and learning?  During this session, attendees will discover how one district aligned its goals, professional learning, and budgetary spending through the collection of actionable data.  A list of tools for data collection and analysis will be shared.  Presenters will provide their district’s data and outline its impact on improving the learning experience for all students.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Sean Beavers

    District Technology Coordinator

    West Morris Regional High School District

     

    Edward Braun

    Assistant Superintendent

    West Morris Regional High School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    sbeavers@wmrhsd.org

     

    Session 14

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #15

     

    How Districts Can Support Each Student Through a “Learner Positioning System”:  The Convergence of Data Interoperability, Social-Emotional Learning, and Equity

     

    What does it mean to use data in service of learning?  How can data interoperability change instructional practice in the classroom and impact students’ SEL competencies?  This presentation outlines the theory and process behind the Morris School District’s development of a “Learner Positioning System” that leverages the entire school system to support each student.  Drawing from a range of data coordinated and synthesized within our district’s Student Success Dashboard (designed and sustained in partnership with Panorama Education), we argue for the transformative potential of interoperability in affording students equal access to the academic, behavioral, social and emotional supports they need.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Mackey Pendergrast

    Superintendent of Schools

    Morris School District

     

    Ryan Werb

    Account Director

    Panorama Education

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    jennifer.vanfrank@msdk12.net

     

    Session 15

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #16

     

    Assessing Your District's Cybersecurity Risk

     

    Ensuring the security of your District’s Information Technology environment is essential to protect the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of data and systems that impact teaching and learning.  Roxbury Public Schools and PKF O’Connor Davies will walk you through the information technology audit process that helped us assess our environment and prioritize identified risks to improve our security posture.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Teresa Rehman

    Director of Technology

    Roxbury Public Schools

     

    Thomas DeMayo

    Principal, Cyber Risk Management

    PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP

     

    Session 16

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #17

     

    We Have Devices - Now What?

     

    Now what’s needed is a platform for integrating technology in instructional practice.  We will share our story of how Nutley Public Schools selected and implemented Schoology as our learning management system and assessment management platform.  We will highlight the features, functions, and benefits of using Schoology for classroom productivity, student engagement, assessments and data, integration with Google and other tech tools, and so much more!

     

    Presenters:

     

    Kent Bania

    Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (6-12)

    Nutley Public Schools

     

    Jessica Shoja

    Coordinator of Integrated Instructional Technology

    Nutley Public Schools

     

    Philip Terra

    Regional Director

    Schoology

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    jshoja@nutleyschools.org

     

    Session 17

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Avalon #18

     

    Inclusive Coding for Kids with Special Needs

     

    "Coding and Robotics aren't just for the regular education classes!!!"  This session will focus on "Why" you should be teaching all students how to code, how to incorporate coding and robotics within the current curriculum, as well as inspire students and teachers within the special needs classroom (varying levels of cognitive ability).  Real life examples and videos will showcase how students in an Autism program and Cognitive Moderate program utilize various coding sites and apps to increase their computer literacy.  In addition, the presenters will demonstrate how to use small classroom friendly robots, such as Ozobots, Sphero's and Drones as part of a coding lesson.  Discussion will focus on “brainstorming” additional ways/ideas that educational professionals can use coding apps and robots in a variety of subject areas.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Christopher Harris

    Director of Technology & Innovation

    Pennsauken Public Schools

     

    Jennifer Kressler Duda

    Special Education Teacher

    Mercer County Special Services School District

     

    Session 18

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #1

     

    Forming a SWAT Team - Students Working to Advance Technology

     

    Many schools are turning to student-led technology clubs, such as S.W.A.T. Teams, to provide additional support in their 1:1 initiative.  Join me as I share my experience in creating this club, what I’ve learned in the process, and how it’s been impacting our school.  Aspiring and experienced club advisors are especially welcome!

     

    Presenter:

     

    Derek Tranchina

    Technology Integration Specialist

    Township of Ocean School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1hNvN8_cdqMOdocCc7YM-xQBAJK7VEdyPiptBM8dwFyQ/edit?usp=sharing

     

    Session 19

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #2

     

    Personalized Virtual Learning for At-Risk HS Students

     

    As our school and local community continues to grow and evolve, we find ourselves struggling to build a traditional educational program designed to fit the unique needs of all of our learners. Our diverse population of students require personalized learning plans to ensure they meet all requirements towards earning their NJ high school diploma, exploring college or career options, and beyond.  Through Educere, our recommended online course provider, we are able to provide students with a structured virtual learning experience, paired with a personal learning coach, to meet their personal needs.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Dr. Joseph Cirillo

    Superintendent

    Palisades Park Public Schools

     

    Amani Dyer

    Technology Coordinator

    Palisades Park Public Schools

     

    Angela Spasevski

    Business Administrator

    Palisades Park Public Schools

     

    Krista Voorhis

    Vice Principal

    Palisades Park Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    jcirillo@palpkschools.org

     

    Session 20

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #3

     

    Creating a Connected Culture Through Purposeful Planning and Communication

     

    Mahwah Township Public Schools utilized a unified approach that includes all district stakeholders to make meaningful connections with the community while building our brand.  We are committed to improving community connections and communication with the help of all staff, students, administrators, leaders, and board members.  Join the conversation to learn how to tell your story and build your brand while strengthening connections with your community.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Ruth Davis

    Supervisor of Technology Integration

    Mahwah Township Public Schools

     

    Dr. Michael DeTuro

    Director of Curriculum & Instruction

    Mahwah Township Public Schools

     

    Dennis Fare

    Assistant Superintendent

    Mahwah Township Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    bit.ly/MahwahConnectsTechSpo20

     

    Session 21

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #4

     

    Esports: Career Pathway or Entertainment Craze?

     

    With over 80 colleges offering scholarships and 300+ fielding competitive teams, esports is bursting into the education scene.  What does this mean for K12?  Is esports merely an extracurricular activity that offers teaming opportunities for more students or should it be integrated into curriculum as a career pathway?  Join a discussion that includes districts with esports programs, professional teams, and leaders to look at the impact esports is and should be making in K12.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Jeremiah Okal-Frink

    Senior Education Strategist

    Dell Technologies

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://tinyurl.com/Dell-Techspo2020

     

    Session 22

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #5

     

    Maximizing Digital Media to Develop a Climate and Culture of Kindness and Empathy

     

    Through the use of digital tools such as GAFE and Social Media, WV shared over 3,000 messages of positivity and kindness unanimously during our Week of Kindness.  Working collaboratively with students and staff, The Unanimous Third Party Compliments has been an impactful activity during our week of respect.  Use of Docs, Sheets, Social Media and AutoCrat allows us to collect, create, review, and share the messages efficiently.  This is one of several activities that has to lead to a decline is HIB reports and overall discipline while creating a culture of respect, kindness, and positivity within our school community.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Kenneth Palczewski

    Principal, Wayne Valley High School

    Wayne Township Public Schools

     

    Christina Sebak

    Teacher & Club Advisor, Wayne Valley High School

    Wayne Township Public Schools

     

    Scott Wisniewski

    Assistant Principal, Wayne Valley High School

    Wayne Township Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mPtzXFaSArR5qRDhkbgVOFZe6Q8NeZm2BmGKzTzzZ3o/edit?usp=sharing

     

    Session 23

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #6

     

    Rockaway Township School District’s Journey to Building a Culture of Data

     

    At Rockaway Township School District, we have taken steps to begin our journey in building a culture of data.  In just a few short months, we have put student-level data in the reach of teachers, supported them in the analysis of trends, and how to use data to drive instruction.  Learn about how it came together, how teachers received it, and our plans moving forward to continue this important work.  Come see how you can implement a data culture in your district.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Anne Nicole Fisfis

    Data Manager

    Rockaway Township School District

     

    Alfonso Gonnella

    Principal

    Rockaway Township School District

     

    Vanessa Waxman

    District Instructional Technology Coach

    Rockaway Township School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    anfisfis@rocktwp.net

     

    Session 24

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #7

     

    Making Equity and Personalization a Reality with STMath

     

    Three superintendent's, who hail from urban, suburban, and rural districts respectively, will share how a blended learning platform that focuses on spacial temporal reasoning (STMath) has transformed K-3 math instruction in their schools.  Proven strategies to harness STMath to increase equitable access to simultaneous enrichment and intervention will be explored.  Particular attention will be paid to how STMath fits into a  comprehensive RTI/MTSS program to make Tier 3 personalization a reality in a Tier 1 setting.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Dr. Joseph Cirillo

    Superintendent

    Palisades Park Public Schools

     

    Anthony Giordano

    Superintendent

    Mansfield Township School District

     

    Dr. Robert R. Zywicki

    Superintendent

    Mount Olive Township School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://twitter.com/zywickir

     

    Session 25

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #8

     

    STEAMCraft:  Story Centered Design Thinking Through Gamification

     

    Come embark on an Epic STEAM PD adventure and learn how to craft your own curricular quests, with storytelling and empathy at the heart, and gamification driving student motivation.  Using a Story Centered Design Thinking Lesson Template, Classcraft, and video hooks, you will experience a lesson first hand, while walking away with the materials to create your classroom quests for any content area.  District administrators will also get a crash course on the “why” behind the journey so the encouragement can come from the whole school community!

     

    Presenters:

     

    Evan Abramson

    Director of Technology

    Millburn Township Public Schools

     

    Amanda Fox

    Creative Director

    Steampunks L.L.C.

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    evan.abramson@millburn.org

     

    Session 26

     

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

    Location:  Wildwood #9

     

    HOW DO YOU KNOW?  The Shift to Cloud Computing in Education and Third-Party Vendor Cybersecurity Risk Management

     

    The emergence of cloud computing in education to reduce cost and improve the overall efficiency in school districts' operations raise important questions about data privacy and security.  HOW DO YOU KNOW if your District’s information is in a private, secure, and redundant environment when third-party vendors provide you with services that include storing and managing your data offsite?  How do you manage the risk?  The objective of this workshop is to provide an overview of a School District’s risk management program and educate stakeholders on the risks associated with using third-party vendors.  It’s about holding vendors accountable for their cybersecurity practices through the implementation of a formal vendor assessment program that identifies vendor vulnerabilities and establishes a remediation plan to reduce risk and strengthen data privacy and security.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Fil Santiago

    Director of Technology

    West Orange Public Schools

     

    Vince LaForgia

    CEO

    Vanguard Technology Solutions

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    fsantiago@westorangeschools.org

     

    EXHIBIT HALL ACTIVITIES                                                    

    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Box Lunch                                                                                     

    Location:  Wildwood #11/#16

    Refreshments

    Prizes!

    Your TECHSPO® 2020 badge is your ticket for a box lunch. 

    No competing sessions or activities at this time.

     

    Group Sessions

     

    Session 1

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #20

     

    NJ School Tech Coordinators Meetup G+

     

    Welcome to the 3rd annual meetup of the NJ School Technology Coordinators Google + group.  All are welcome to attend our round table.  We are a group of like minded school tech leaders from the google + group of the same name.  All topics can be discussed in an open forum.  See you there!

     

    Presenter:

     

    Justin Marcinkowski

    Technology Coordinator

    Barnegat Township School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    jmarcinkowski@barnegatschools.com

     

    Session 2

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #1

     

    Gamify Your Classroom

     

    What if there was a way to raise student engagement, interest, and excitement in your classroom, would you be interested?  Of course you would!  Learn how you can gamify your classroom and get even the most uninterested students excited to walk in the door.  During this session ,we will discuss instructional techniques and introduce web applications that will help transform your classroom and curriculum.  We will even spend a few minutes playing the games ourselves!  Be prepared not just to listen, but to participate.

     

    Presenter:

     

    John Wilson

    District Technology Coordinator

    Northfield Community School

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    http://bit.ly/TechSpo20GYC

     

    Session 3

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #2

     

    Link Data with Intervention - Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District

     

    In Manalapan, data is deeply integrated into the district's culture and embedded into all aspects of teaching, learning, and leadership.  For the last 7 years, teams of interventionalists, classroom teachers, and administrators have facilitated Tri-Annual Data Sweeps to identify students, assign tiered interventions, and set individualized learning plans.  In this session, members of Manalapan’s Leadership Team will review the process of systematically collecting multiple measures, analyzing roster and eligibility reports, and leveraging standards and skills-based reports within the classroom to differentiate instruction.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Kim DiMarco

    Supervisor of Special Projects

    Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District

     

    Dr. Nicole Santora

    Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources

    Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District

     

    Chad Marcus

    Chief Academic Officer

    LinkIt!

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    tinyurl.com/ManalapanTechspo2020

     

    Session 4

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #3

     

    Successful Tech/STEM Integration

     

    Too often we use technology in place of something we’ve previously used (ex: worksheet on paper vs. same questions in Google Forms). We should be using technology to enhance student learning, not just because it’s a cool new gadget!  Let’s discuss some ways!  This workshop will focus on robotics across the curriculum, green screen for a purpose, integrating STEM into the technology lab and other tricks for successful integration.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Deanna R Fioresi

    Technology/STEM/TAG Teacher

    Upper Pittsgrove School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1os_GUPv0wrL5dMnV9KROtrYq_4eazQbzKFig2Cp6Zdw/edit#slide=id.p

     

    Session 5

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #4

     

    Apodcalypse Now:  Amplifying Student Voice Through Podcasting

     

    Podcasting has exploded in popularity, and rightly so.  This session will present the case for why podcasting should be incorporated into schools, how schools can get started, as well as some examples of how podcasting is changing school culture in our district.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to get their hands on some recording equipment.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Michael Ancona

    Teacher of Language Arts

    Marlboro Township Public Schools

     

    Jay Seibert

    Media Specialist

    Marlboro Township Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    jseibert@mtps.org

     

    Session 6

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #6

     

    It's 11:59 am:  Do You Know Where Your Bandwidth is?

     

    Your students expect instant access to internet data and unquestioned responsiveness, with no fear of intruders.  But it's not a perfect world.  Things slow down, sometimes defying all reasonable explanation.  And bad actors take up residence in odd places.  We're going to talk about how to identify root-causes and easily explain them to administrators.  This is all done in a scientific, data-driven manner.  We will show you a world where you can make intelligent performance and security improvements without guessing.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Chris Armstrong

    Superintendant

    North Wildwood School District

     

    Karen Aldridge

    IT Services Consultant

    All Covered

     

    Session 7

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #7

     

    The Value of a Technology Facilitator

     

    In Millburn, we have a technology facilitator in each K-8 building.  This model has proven successful for the integration of technology (including coding, robotics and STEM/STEAM) into the curriculum, ongoing professional development for staff on demand and tech help for anyone who needs it.  They are a resource to teachers, administrators and support staff, as well as students.  Join some of Millburn’s Facilitators who will share the evolution of the position and their successes with you in this presentation.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Elizabeth Bagish

    Technology Facilitator

    Millburn Township Public Schools

     

    Eric Demel

    Technology Facilitator

    Millburn Township Public Schools

     

    Kate Lissy

    Technology Facilitator

    Millburn Township Public Schools

     

    Lori Princiotto

    Technology Facilitator

    Millburn Township Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    lori.princiotto@millburn.org

     

    Session 8

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #8

     

    Student Technology Literacy - Leveling Up

     

    Teaching digital literacy to the digital native can be a daunting task, but it is achievable with the right strategy in place.  Learn how Hackensack Middle School, part of a large urban district, launched a school-wide technology literacy program.  In this class, teachers used a comprehensive curriculum, created in-house, to accommodate the district’s unique needs.  This class ambitiously braided together digital portfolios, coding, and Genius Hour.  Broad digital studentship skills are also included, such as keyboarding, fluency in G Suite tools, email etiquette, effective online research, and more.  This effort helped closed the gaps in many areas and served as a catalyst for upgrading from Bronze to Silver Future Ready status.  This session will describe the process for implementing a curriculum of this scale, the challenges, and successes along the way.  You will leave with knowledge of free tools that you can begin using tomorrow in your own school.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Maureen Carroll

    Library Media Specialist, Hackensack Middle School

    Hackensack Public Schools

     

    Dee Ross Kalman

    STEM Teacher, Hackensack Middles School

    Hackensack Public Schools

     

    Session 9

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #9

     

    Cyber Security:  Best Practices in Schools

     

    You will experience a hands-on planning session in strategies to create a cyber security plan for your district.  We will cover FERPA and COPPA compliance to best practices in password policies, networking, and cloud services (e.g. AWS).  Examples in real-world scenarios and best practices for cyber security in a school environment. Presentation and handouts with information to assist district technology leaders in developing cyber security plans for their school districts will be provided.  Attendees will leave the session with information on starting a cyber security plan for their district.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Chris Alworth

    Supervisor of Technology

    Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School District

     

    Gary Lo Monaco

    Sr. Director of Instructional Technology

    ClassLink, Inc.

     

    Jeremy M. Livingston

    Associate Vice President

    Security Solutions Development & Chief Information Security Officer

    NJEdge

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    http://rebrand.ly/techspo2020

     

    Session 10

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #13

     

    Using Vlogs & YouTube Channels to Increase Student Engagement

     

    Come see an engaging group of Pequannock Township High School Students and their teacher present how to create Vlogs (video logs).  They will discuss why they feel it is a worthwhile engaging and learning experience!  In this session, participants will learn how to organize for, how to create, and how to upload them to YouTube channels that are private and protected from general public access.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Richard M. Hayzler

    Principal, Pequannock Township High School

    Pequannock Township School District

     

    Robert Mulato

    Spanish Teacher

    Pequannock Township School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    Richard.Hazler@pequannock.org

     

    Session 11

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #14

     

    Break-Fix the Traditional School IT Model

     

    In years past, the traditional school IT Department was mostly only break-fix.  The technology staff had little interaction with teachers and was called on to repair broken technology. With shrinking budgets and greater technology integration in the classroom, the traditional IT model is breaking.  Join us as we explore how Pitman Public Schools has completely changed their IT model.  Our IT Department will explain our job responsibilities, from helping teachers with instructional technologies to being systems administrators. You will see the tools and resources we use to help Pitman run smart.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Howard Galowitz

    Supervisor of Technology, Data, and Assessment

    Pitman Public Schools

     

    Max Pozza

    Systems Administrator/Computer Technician

    Pitman Public Schools

     

    Jon Wagner

    Systems Administrator/Computer Technician

    Pitman Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://sites.google.com/pitman.k12.nj.us/thepen/home

     

    Session 12

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #15

     

    One District's Vision:  A Journey to Personalized Learning

     

    Who could possibly argue against meeting students where they are and challenging them to meet or exceed grade-level standards?  Who could dare say no to raising achievement through equitable access?  One might think no one, yet personalized learning are two words that seem to create controversial and heated discussions in the education world today.  With an emphasis on choice, differentiation, and mastery, personalized learning is a paradigm shift away from the traditional whole class, stand and deliver approach.  Coupled with grading and mindset shifts, the very essence of teaching and learning can be elevated to a new level with the implementation of personalized learning.  Technological advances are essential to developing and sustaining a personalized environment.  Hear our story,  enjoy a glimpse into our journey and in the words of Theodore Roosevelt keep in mind, “Nothing worth having comes easy.”  But the rewards of the challenge...WOW!

     

    Presenters:

     

    Andrea Caldes

    Middle School Principal

    Plumsted Township School District

     

    Rick DeMarco  

    High School Principal

    Plumsted Township School District

     

    Michelle Halperin-Krain

    Director of Literacy

    Plumsted Township School District

     

    Gerald North

    Superintendent

    Plumsted Township School District

     

    Thomas Semko

    Director of STEAM

    Plumsted Township School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    www.newegypt.us

     

    Session 13

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #16

     

    Building an Instructional Technology Coaching Program from Scratch

     

    In this session learn how our district created an award-winning Master Tech Teacher program that meets the technology integration needs of teachers and staff.  Through a combination of knowledgeable coaches, Instructional Technology Support teachers and district technology goals, we have developed a coaching model that is reflective of the ever-changing world of instructional technology and integrates best practices.  This session will explore how the program has evolved and provide examples of methods and success stories to bring back to your district.  Learn how we have leveraged platforms like Google Apps for Education and the SAMR model to engage our teachers and create excitement and unique learning opportunities for our students.

     

    Presenter:

     

    Jeanine Gottko

    Master Technology Teacher

    Westfield Public Schools

     

    Session 14

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #8

     

    Gaggle Student Safety - Panel Discussion

     

    Gaggle has become an integral component of student safety for many NJ districts.  Our mission for the last 20 years has been to ensure the safety and well being of your students.  Come, listen in, ask questions, be part of the conversation and learn why your peers lean on Gaggle to help identify students in crisis, stop the spread of bullying, hate speech, self-generated child-pornography and other inappropriate content.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Joe Borchard

    Director of Technology

    Wayne Township Public Schools

     

    Jennifer Carullo

    Technology Teacher

    Monroe Township Public Schools

     

    Mohammed Saleh

    Technology Director

    Teaneck Public Schools

     

    Jodi Lott

    Regional Sales Manager

    Gaggle

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    jodi@gaggle.net

     

    Session 15

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #17

     

    Using Digital Portfolios to Enhance Student Reflection and Engagement

     

    Over the past several years, the Township of Ocean School District has rolled out a Digital Portfolio initiative for all students in grades 6-12.  In this session, learn how Ocean students and teachers are using digital portfolios to select, collect, and reflect upon evidence of learning in all of their courses.  Presenters will provide an overview of how OT's Digital Portfolio initiative has evolved, best practices in compiling student portfolios, and how to tap into the talents of stakeholders including teachers and Ed Tech support staff in service of this goal.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Mike Huston

    Media Specialist

    Township of Ocean School District

     

    Patrick O'Neill

    Supervisor of Technology and Innovation

    Township of Ocean School District

     

    Ian Schwartz

    Supervisor of Humanities

    Township of Ocean School District

     

    Tim Spaeth

    Ed Tech Coach

    Township of Ocean School District

     

    Derek Tranchina

    Ed Tech Specialist

    Township of Ocean School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    ischwartz@oceanschools.org

     

    Session 16

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #18

     

    Leveling Esports for Education

     

    This program will focus on developing the necessary steps for a successful esports program and facility. From curriculum to competition, we will take an in depth look at the industry and trends surrounding esports.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Tyler Gardner

    Esports Advisor

    Egg Harbor Township School District

     

    Mike Sweeder

    Technology Coordinator

    Egg Harbor Township School District

     

    Joshua Kell

    CEO

    Horizon AVL/Esports Integration

     

    Session 17

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Avalon #19

     

    Providing Equity for Students with Technology

     

    Technology can be a tool to provide equity for students in the classroom.  Our students come from different ethnic, economic, physical, emotional and cultural backgrounds.  How do we provide an equitable education for these students in our classrooms?  How do we encourage the diversity in our schools to be interested and want to enter careers in technology?  In this session, we will take you on a personal journey of being female in technology, understanding the difference between equality and equity, how technology, devices and resources, can be used to provide equity in the instructional process.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Sandra Paul

    Director of IT and Operations

    Township of Union Public Schools

     

    Regina Schaffer

    Instructional Technology Specialist

    Middletown Township Public Schools

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    spaul@twpunionschools.org

     

    Session 18

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #7

     

    The Real Cost of a Ransomeware Attack

     

    During this session we will cover the overall Cyber threat landscape facing school districts in 2020, based on actual data.  We will also discuss in detail the true impact of a Ransomware attack on a school district -  including the financial impact (the obvious and the hidden costs), lost productivity, remediation and recovery.  More importantly, we will discuss steps that can be taken to avoid being the victim of a Ransomware attack.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Ross Ellicott

    Director of IT

    Brick Township Public Schools

     

    John Phil

    Territory Engineer

    SonicWall

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    fadamo@sonicwall.com

     

    Session 19

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #6

     

    MC Tech Council Panel Discussion

     

    Join us in sharing our experiences regarding current issues impacting technology departments and the powerful impact a culture of collaboration between districts has on best practices and lessons learned.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Ralph Barca

    Director of Technology

    Edison Public Schools

     

    Christopher Irovando

    Supervisor of Technology

    Piscataway Township School District

     

    Sharon Johnson

    Director of Technology

    South Brunswick School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    http://www.mctechcouncil.com/

     

    Session 20

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #5

     

    Introducing Design Thinking Interactive Cards

     

    You’ve heard about design thinking and want to use it in the classroom, but don’t know where to start.  You’ve heard observations and interviews are some of the hallmarks that make design thinking. Come to this session and work through the steps of design thinking using the “Teachernerdz” interactive design thinking cards.  Learn how  students can do virtual interviews and take notes with our special stakeholders.  You will have a chance to work through the DT process with aliens, snowmen, fairy tale characters, and more.  Leave with links to take these cards back to your classroom or district.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Joe DePaulo

    3rd Grade Teacher

    Southampton Township School District

     

    Ronald Nober

    Technology STEAM teacher

    Southampton Township School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    teachernerdz@gmail.com

     

    Session 21

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #4

     

    Coding with Ozobots

     

    Coding helps students with communication, creativity, math, writing, problem solving, and critical thinking by allowing students to take a multi-faceted approach to coding.  In this workshop, participants will use color coding to write commands for Ozobots to follow.  Aside from using color coding, OzoBlockly, an online feature where students can sync drag and drop programming to their Ozobot Bit or Evo, will also be demonstrated.

     

    Presenters:

     

    Ian Denzer-Weiler

    Gifted and Talented Teacher

    Oxford Township School District

     

    Jeanne Kimball

    Math and Science Teacher

    Oxford Township School District

     

    Session 22

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location:  Wildwood #3

     

    EscapED:  Unlocking Student Engagement with Breakout EDU

     

    Start engaging your students in a learning experience that entices them to analyze media in any form and make inferences from complex sets of information.  Do all of this while also building collaboration, curiosity, and critical thinking skills through developing your own Digital and Hybrid Breakout games around your own content at any level.  Learn the skills necessary to engage your students in the content you teach through playing, developing, and testing games created during the session. 

     

    Presenter:

     

    Brian Costello

    Digital Innovation Specialist

    Egg Harbor Township School District

     

    The Website where my Presentation/Materials can be viewed after my session:

    https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1lb1SGe2UIEq8IN5HQjbMArZ0TvoyZIS5uBZkDGJN10s/edit?usp=sharing

     

    GRAND PRIZE DRAWING!                                                      

    2:45 pm

    You Must Be Present to Win!                                                     

    Location:  Wildwood Ballroom Registration Desk