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    AASA, NJASA, FEA Women’s Leadership Conference

    Experts in the legality of day-to-day operations of a school district, leadership and effective collaboration, the cycle of complacency, and strategies for living a harmonious life shared their insights recently at the 2016 Women’s Leadership Conference at the FEA Conference Center in Monroe Township.

    Guest speakers included Opening Keynote Speaker Maree Sneed, Attorney, Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC, and Luncheon Keynote Speaker New Jersey Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey (D) District 27. The Assemblywoman was first elected in 2007, and is serving her third term representing 14 towns in Essex and Morris Counties. She is Chair of the Higher Education Committee, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on the Public Schools, Vice-Chair of the Housing & Community Development Committee and a Member of the Education Committee. Prior to joining the Assembly, Ms. Jasey served as a Member of the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education for three terms, including two years as President and as a member of the PTA and HSA President for two years. 

    Womens Group During the interactive networking lunch, Assemblywoman Jasey, who has built a reputation as a leader in the area of education, provided an opportunity to participate in discussions on critical topics relating to women’s leadership.

    Photo from left, NJASA Interim President-Elect Judith Rattner; NJ Leaders 2 Leaders Mentor Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan; NJPSA Executive Director Patricia Wright; Assemblywoman Mila Jasey; and Former NJASA President-Elect Dr. Antoinette Rath

    Passaic Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Rachel Goldberg commented, "Assemblywoman Jasey shared her leadership journey and challenged us to be intentional in developing our leadership skills by accepting as many challenges and opportunities as are offered.  The Women’s Leadership Conference has provided me with a unique opportunity to spend a day with strong female education leaders from across the state."

    The full-day program featured concurrent breakout sessions covering a variety of topics, including techniques to recruit and build a strong administrative team; the role of stress on the health of the female superintendent; and mindfulness for the over scheduled and overbooked education leader.

    The Conference concluded with a panel discussion, featuring representatives of AASA, NJASA and NJPSA Legislative Teams, that addressed current federal and state legislative issues.

    Conference Presentations:

    Taking Action to Improve Ineffective Instructional Leadership
                Lance Dempsey, Principal, Northwest High School, Montgomery County Public Schools
                Debra Munk, Director of High Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools

    2016 NJPSA Legislative Conference
                Laws of the 216th Legislative Session Impacting Education, Students, School Leaders, and Schools

    NJ Pension Constitutional Amendment

    Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Overview and Implications for New Jersey
               Peter Shulman and Jill Hulnick
               Deputy Commissioner and  Deputy Chief Talent and Performance Officer

    2016 AASA, NJASA, FEA Women's Leadership Conference
               Sasha Pudelski, Assistant Director, Policy & Advocacy

    Managing the Administrative Shortage
               Anne Mucci, Ed.D., Superintendent, Mountain Lakes School District

    Every Student. Every day.

    Mindfulness 101 for the Over scheduled and Overbooked Education Leader

    Breaking Gender Roles To Promote Egalitarianism
               Kimberly Clark, Ed. D.

    Slowing Down the See Saw: Seven Strategies for Living a Harmonius Life
              Kimberly Shaver-Hood, Superintendent of Schools, Wareham Public Schools (WPS), Wareham, MA
              Maureen Manning, Director of Beyond School Time~ Communications & Global Education, WPS

              Jane Collins-Fondulis, Director of Beyond School Time~ Academic and Enrichment Support Services, WPS

    How To Achieve Balance In Your Life

    The Role of Stress on the Health of the Female Superintendent 
             Kerry Robinson, Ph.D., University of Tennessee

    Building the Perception of A Brighter Future Through Strategic Branding


    Editor’s Notes:

    Special thanks for NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard Bozza; NJASA Interim President-Elect Judith Rattner; Former NJASA President-Elect Dr. Antoinette Rath; AASA Leadership Development Director MaryAnn Jobe; and NJPSA Executive Director Patricia Wright for their dedication and efforts in bringing this conference to New Jersey.

    AASA, NJASA & FEA thank AXA, their conference partner.

    Congratulations to NJASA Interim President-Elect Judith Rattner on her appointment to the AASA National Consortium, "More Than a Power Lunch: Building Networks to Support and Advance Women in School Leadership."