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NJAFPA 2017 Spring Training Conference

NJAFPA Training Institute- Friday, May 5, 2017
Join us for registration, coffee and a continental breakfast at 8:45 am.

David I. Steinberg, Ph.D.

David Steinberg will be kicking off our morning at 9:30am with a motivational leadership message that resonate with everyone in their daily work life.

Dr. David Steinberg has taught the lessons of leadership to thousands of people in the United States and from around the world. He has had the unusual experience of having served as principal of all three levels of school (elementary, middle, and high school), with a record of having led each school to a significant rise in academic achievement and improvement in school climate. Previously, he taught almost all grade levels, including primary aged students with multiple handicapping conditions, middle school gifted students, and high school students with learning disabilities.
He earned a B.S. in Political Science, History, and Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Brockport, a M.Ed. in Special Education from American University, and a Ph.D. in Education, Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Steinberg has been a keynote speaker and workshop leader at many conferences and has consulted with public school systems, private schools, colleges and universities. He is the Director of the Department of Professional Growth Systems with Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. He teaches graduate courses in school administration at Hood College and undergraduate courses in education at Montgomery College.
Dr. Steinberg has won awards for teaching, school leadership, and building parent, business, and community partnerships including the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award.  Dr. Steinberg is the author of Lead Like the Legends: Advice and Inspiration for Teachers and Administrators (Routledge, 2016).
“Lead Like the Legends” Presentation
What can we learn about leadership from the legendary performers of popular music? Come to an entertaining and interactive keynote presentation and discover how the great American songwriters, singers and musicians can inspire our work in schools and offices. David Steinberg has had the unusual experience of having served as principal of an elementary, middle, and high school, and led each school to a significant rise in academic achievement and improvement in school climate. In “Lead Like the Legends,” David shares the lessons he has learned from the legends of music, how the lessons link to the best research in teacher and administrator leadership, moving stories of inspiring leaders that put these lessons into action and practical strategies that help schools, offices, teams and all organizations move forward so that students and employees succeed. Based on the book: Lead Like the Legends: Advice and Inspiration for Teachers and Administrators (Routledge, 2016).

After a brief coffee break and a visit with our sponsoring vendors, please join us for an informative and inspiring presentation by Amelia Van Name Larson.  Amelia’s presentation is sponsored by the:

Amelia Van Larson, Vice President, Innovations and School

Amelia Van Name Larson, Vice President, Innovations and School Supports
Amelia supports American Reading Company’s program design, with a special emphasis on District Partnerships and Accelerated Progress sites. She is also actively involved in new business development efforts. A dedicated and resourceful educator with 20 years of field experience, Amelia’s areas of interest include implementation of innovative solutions for the purpose of organizational development, continuous improvement and systems optimization, and new pedagogies for deeper learning, and social justice. She spearheaded the district-wide implementation of MTSS (RtI) as Supervisor of Student Services for Pasco County Schools prior to advancing to Supervisor of Curriculum and Instructional Services and ultimately Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement. Amelia has also served as an educational consultant, delivering professional development and supports to schools, districts, national organizations, and state departments of education nationwide.

Amelia received her early childhood teaching certification from Brazilian Baptist College, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of South Florida. She later earned a Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees in school psychology and a certification in PreK–12 Education Leadership from University of South Florida.

Amelia’s presentation: “Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Future-Ready Students”  Presentation 

Systems are perfectly aligned with the results they get. What kind of systems, teaching, learning, and leadership will pave the way for a better future? 

The job we have in public education is only getting harder as driven by democratization of information, increased wealth disparity, increased diversity, an expanding underclass, and an increased opportunity gap. While we know that one size fits none, we face the formidable challenges of keeping students engaged in their learning process, graduating more students with 21st century skills, and transitioning to more rigorous content and expectations.  This session will reframe MTSS as a framework for school transformation by providing equity of access to high-quality learning.

During the lunch break, please take a few moments to visit with our wonderful sponsors to say “Hello” and check out their products and services. After luncheon, we continue our programming with an exciting presentation by Dr. Eric Milou, Professor of Mathematics and the STEM Center Director at Rowan University.
Eric Milou, Ed.D.

Dr. Milou will present the topic: “Redefining Problem-Solving in Mathematics”  
Description:  A discussion of the importance of foundational algebra skill and how the teaching of such skills must move to a more engaging problem-solving environment by eliminating the text, eliminating the jargon, eliminating the structure and instead using discovery, multimedia, and wonder to engage the learner.

We will conclude our afternoon programming with a presentation by Debra Jennings, executive co-director of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, a non-profit organization committed to working with parents and professionals to attain the educational rights of all children, thereby enabling them to become fully participating and contributing members of our communities and society.

Ms. Debra Jennings

Ms. Jennings has worked with schools, parents, and communities in school improvement and other initiatives benefiting children and families.  Ms. Jennings chaired Governor’s Family Involvement Committee in New Jersey and participates on the NJ Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, NJ Teacher Quality Enhancement Consortium Advisory Board, the National Center on Special Education Monitoring & Accountability Advisory Board, the NJ Association of Partners in Education Board, the NJ State Improvement Grant Management Team, the Child Behavioral Health/Children’s System of Care Implementation Advisory Committee, the Board of the NJ Parents’ Caucus, and the Improving Minority Achievement Network Initiative.   She is the founder of Concerned African-American Parents, and has served as a School Board member.  Jennings directs SPAN’s START (Statewide Technical Assistance Resources Team), funded by the NJ Department of Education in part through NJ’s State Improvement that provides technical assistance and support to parents in local communities to develop and/or strengthen parent support groups.  

At SPAN, she has developed numerous informational materials, including Parent Involvement, Choice and Notice under NCLB and Other Federal Laws; Parent’s Guide to No Child Left Behind; the Family Guide to Selecting Supplemental Service Providers (2003).  She has also developed numerous trainings, including No Child Left Behind & IDEA: Tools for Student Achievement; Choosing and Using Supplemental Service Providers; Parent-Professional Partnership in Developing your School’s Parent Involvement Policy; The Parent’s Role in Teaching and Learning; and Using Data to Make Decisions for School Improvement.

In addition to organizing people and projects, her professional background also includes economic development, real estate finance and construction.   A graduate of Northwestern University, Ms. Jennings is completing further graduate study as the Kellogg Foundation Non-Profit Management Opportunity Fellow of the Seton Hall University Center for Public Service Masters in Public Administration program.

Certificates of attendance/participation will be distributed to all registrants at the conclusion of Ms. Jennings’ remarks.