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NJ Educator Summit

NJ Educator Summit

Strengthening the Pipeline for New Jersey’s Future Educators:

Connecting P–12 and Higher Education

January 14, 2022 | 12–3:30 pm | Virtual (Zoom)

The NJ Educator Summit will provide a rare opportunity for faculty and staff from all levels of teacher preparation to gather, learn from each other, and work together to build a stronger system of recruitment and training for the next generation of educators.


Sarah Brown Wessling

Sarah Brown Wessling

2010 National Teacher of the Year
Laureate Emeritus, Teaching Channel


12:00–12:15 pm
12:15–1:15 pm
Keynote Speaker – Sarah Brown Wessling
1:20–2:05 pm
Breakout Sessions 1 – Topics: Recruitment & Curriculum
2:10–2:55 pm
Breakout Sessions 2 – Topic: Assessment
3:00–3:30 pm
Panel & Closing – Theresa Maughan, Kathy Assini, Laura Iskowitz, Jennifer Skomial, Diane Wilburn, Dedra Williams


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Bilingualism Matters
Dr. LaChan Hannon (Rutgers University – Newark)
This session is designed to introduce teachers and teacher educators to the power of bilingualism in education as a teaching tool. During our session, participants will explore the ways that bilingualism can help both teachers and students to learn about culture and appreciate cultural differences. This session is geared toward educators who desire to better support students learning to master bilingualism.
Collaborating to Diversify the Teacher Pipeline
Ms. Eileen Heddy & Dr. Suzanne McCotter (The College of New Jersey)
This session will provide an opportunity for P–12 and teacher educators to work together to identify ways to recruit and retain students from underrepresented groups into education programs.

Authentic Experiences to Engage Future Educators
Mrs. Jennifer Skomial (Morris County School of Technology)
How can we engage our future educators in activities that mirror the real world? Let’s discuss authentic experiences that go beyond the theory of teaching and are sure to provide our students with hands-on, deeper learning.
Respecting the Differences in Others
Dr. Julie Norflus-Good (Ramapo College of New Jersey)
As educators we need to be able to foster an environment in which all students feel included and a part of the classroom community. Attendees will begin to explore and understand simple techniques and strategies on how to accept the differences of others within the classroom.
Tools & Resources for Future Language Teachers
Mrs. Noemi Rodriguez (Pascack Valley Regional High School District) & Mr. Derek Sica (Jefferson Township Public School District)
Join us to learn about useful tools, incredible resources, and organizations to help support you as a beginning World Language teacher!


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Assessment and Feedback as a Means to Drive Meaningful Learning
Dr. Christopher Zegar & Dr. Charles Seipp (Roxbury Township School District)
Leveraging feedback and assessment to develop a dynamic learning experience relies on understanding the power of each as well as embracing teacher collaboration to inform lesson planning and delivering a culture for student growth.
Assessment, Feedback, and Application
Dr. Maureen Connolly (The College of New Jersey)
Assessment is meant to be a tool to guide instruction. However, assessment is often about the score, rather than the feedback that teachers can provide, next steps that students can take, or most important, ways the skills that students are developing matter beyond assessment. Come to this workshop to review models of how to support skills development through assessment, feedback, and engaging learning experiences, and how to help students think critically about and take action to change their world. Practical ideas that you can implement in your classrooms and inspiration are guaranteed!
Beginning Your CORE Exam Preparation Workshop
Mr. M.K. McKinley, Sr. (Educational Testing Services)
Praxis surveys indicate that 1/3 of individuals are unaware of the resources available and that individuals do not study before a test. The Program developed a workshop series on specific test resources candidates need to be successful on test day.
Leveraging Early Experiences to Prepare for edTPA
Dr. Lori Kroeger (Pearson – Evaluation Systems)
Teacher educators will discuss opportunities to incorporate and leverage early experiences into their work with future educators to help prepare their students for edTPA.

Thank you to our planning committee members!
Jennifer Skomial, co-chair (Morris County School of Technology) | Kathy Assini (Delsea Regional High School) | Diane Cummins (Clearview Regional High School District) | Elizabeth Harkins (William Paterson University) | Laura Iskowitz (North Brunswick Township High School) | Julie Norflus-Good (Ramapo College of New Jersey) | Nancy Norris-Bauer (William Paterson University) | Renee Whelan (William Paterson University)


How do I sign up for breakout sessions?

There is no pre-registration for individual sessions. Attendees will be free to choose on the day of the conference.

Who do I contact for further questions?

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