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Dear Members,

A reminder that 2015 student scholarship applications are due on or before March 13, 2015.  The application for a $2,500 scholarship and relevant procedures is located at:  https://njafpa.org/scholarship/

Registration will open shortly on www.njafpa.org for the spring 2015 conference on June 10 and June 11 at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City.  Dr. John Hodge, president and co-founder of the Urban Learning and Leadership Center, an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap, is the keynote presenter on June 10, 2015. Dr. Lyn Sharratt is our keynote presenter on June 11, 2015.  Lyn is an experienced educator at all levels and is an expert practitioner in system and school improvement.  Lyn is lead author, with Michael Fullan, on both “Realization: The Change Imperative for Increasing District-Wide Reform” (Corwin, 2009) and, “Putting FACES on the Data: What Great Leaders Do!” (Corwin, 2012). Currently, she consults internationally, working with districts, administrators, curriculum consultants and teachers in Chile, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.  Her latest published book with Gale Harild is “Good to Great to Innovate- Recalculating the Route to Career Readiness, K-12+.”  Each day also features its own six terrific breakout sessions that occur after the keynote presentation and repeat after the luncheon.

A reminder that our March general membership meeting is March 26, 2015.  Our guest is William Poorten, Esq. from the United States Department of Education, NY Office of Civil Rights.  The presentation will focus on resource equity guidance around the UDOE “Dear Colleague” letter issued in October 2014 found here for your reference:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-resourcecomp-201410.pdf

The vendor sponsor for the meeting is Houghton Mifflin with Title I classroom resources.

SAVE THE DATE:  Our fall conference is now scheduled for October 30, 2015 at the Sheraton Eatontown with keynote address by Dr. Yvette Jackson.  Dr. Jackson is CEO of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, founded at The College Board and Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is a visiting professor at Harvard University and a member of ASCD’s Differentiated Instruction Cadre.  Her work has focused on assessing the learning potential of disenfranchised students and developing a systemic instructional approach through the integration of culture, language, and cognition to expand and accelerate student learning and achievement.  The day will also feature several relevant breakout sessions.

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