At a Glance
New Jersey Association of Federal Program Administrators Annual Conference
Virtual Conference Dates
Thursday, May 6th, 9:00-11:30 am
Friday, May 7th, 9:00-11:30 am
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Keynote: Leading Adaptive Change: The Answer is the Questions
by Dr. Tracey Severns
In Leadership on the Line (2002), Heifetz & Linsky distinguish between “technical challenges” that can be resolved by using current know-how, and “adaptive challenges” that require people throughout the organization to use new ways to solve unprecedented problems. During times of rapid change and uncertainty, like reopening schools in a post-pandemic era, anxiety and adaptive challenges abound. Heifetz and Linsky warn, “When fears and passions run high, people can become desperate as they look to authorities for the answers. This dynamic renders adaptive contexts inherently dangerous.”
Despite the demands for immediate answers, educators must stop doing, stop knowing, and start asking. This requires three things: the willingness to ask, the skill to question, and the knowledge of what to do with the questions once they’ve been raised. During this highly interactive session, participants will gain knowledge and skills in:
- Understanding and applying the research on question-centered leadership.
- Using the “Why, What if, How” framework to lead a process of collaborative inquiry that promotes reflection, elicits engagement, creates possibilities, and produces new ways of thinking and acting.
- Cultivating a culture of inquiry that uses questions to fuel a continuous cycle of improvement.
- Developing the competence and confidence to lead a variety of question-based activities.
Biography for Tracey Severns, Ed.D.
Dr. Tracey Severns has dedicated her career to the service of students, teachers and administrators since 1992. She has served as a classroom aide, special education teacher, vice principal, principal, director of student performance, superintendent, adjunct professor, and Chief Academic Officer for the New JerseyDepartment of Education.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Severns has received numerous awards for her outstanding service and achievements. In 2011, Dr. Severns received the Middle Level Leadership Award and was selected as New Jersey’s Visionary Principal of the Year. In the same year, Dr. Severns was named a National Distinguished Principal. In 2012, while Principal of Mt. Olive Middle School, her school was named a National School of Change, one of only six schools in the United States to receive this distinguished honor. In 2014, Dr. Severns was named Educator of the Year by the Peace Islands Institute and was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Georgian Court University.
Currently, Dr. Severns works with individuals and school districts across the nation, providing educational consulting, professional development and coaching services through her company, Teach4Results. Dr. Severns also offers individualized job coaching services that include resume writing, interviewing skills, and creating administrative entry plans.
Member Event Registration
Thank you for registering for the NJAFPA Annual Spring Conference!
We are committed to providing a quality learning experience for our participants.
$75 Registration Fee provides each participant with:
- Powerful keynote session and closing session provided by renowned Dr. Tracey Severns
- Interactive workshop sessions provided over 2 days so you can balance learning and work obligations
- Virtual Exhibition Hall with access to the latest programs and resources
- A range of meaningful sessions crafted for administrators, building leaders, and teachers, facilitated by top New Jersey educators
- Opportunity for virtual networking
- Access to conference materials through our website
- PD Certificate for 5 hours of professional learning upon completion of our feedback form
Call for Presenters
We are seeking dynamic, engaging, and knowledgeable presenters for the 2021 NJAFPA Annual Conference!
Caring for our School Family for a Safe and Successful Return
The primary conference audience consists of District Administrators, Directors, Program Coordinators, Building Principals, and Teachers who coordinate the use of Federal Funds (Title I, II, III, IV) to support student achievement. Workshop content and instruction should be geared to a level that is appropriate for the target audience.
Proposals are solicited for virtual presentations using the ZOOM platform that are interactive, creative, dynamic, and feature best practices in the area of:
- SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING & MENTAL HEALTH
- ACADEMIC INTERVENTION
- CREATIVE USE OF TITLE / CARES FUNDING
- FAMILY ENGAGEMENT
The presentation time frame will include introductions, presentation material, question and answer session, and evaluation.
Attendees should leave with specific knowledge and skills about various aspects of the topic and how it relates to the planning, implementation, evaluation, and sustainability of using Federal Funds.
Presentations should provide attendees with educational value and refrain from promoting a specific business, product, or service.
Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration
Kindly complete the entire form to register as an exhibitor for the annual NJAFPA Virtual Conference.
The primary conference audience consists of District Administrators, Directors, Program Coordinators, Building Principals, and Teachers who coordinate the use of Federal Funds (Title I, II, III, IV) to support student achievement. Workshop content and instruction is geared to a level that is appropriate for the target audience.
|BRONZE $100||SILVER $250||GOLD $350||PLATINUM $500|
Your company logo displayed on NJAFPA Website, Virtual Program, Social Media, Virtual Exhibition Hall.
|Sponsor a Meal Break|
15-minute live breakout session.
|Sponsor a Presenter|
Company branding in the workshop 5-minute access to speak with participants in a workshop session.
|Sponsor a Session|
Facilitate your own 60-minute PD session sharing best practices & benefits of your program.