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Past Events

FINAL SHOWCASE: ASCENT Project

Date: June 27, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: Juan Pablo Duarte - Jose Julian Marti School 28, 25 First St. Elizabeth, NJ - 908-436-3950

FINAL SHOWCASE:  ASCENT Project

Join us and see first-hand how partnerships of “schools teaching schools” with a focus on character can become the new model for national school improvement.  Fifty educators from three states share what worked with “vulnerable” students—those who come from homes in which English is not always spoken, and who have to contend with poverty, a different culture, and the warring calls of the neighborhood. Nine National Schools of Character in NJ, NY and PA with records of success in teaching these oft-forgotten kids coached nine schools with similar demographics in a year-long ASCENT Project (An Alliance of Schools of Character for Enrichment, Networking & Transformation). Educators from these schools will tell you what they did, what changes they observed, and provide you with data and practices. Ask questions and network with colleagues as three states join hands in a replicable model for school improvement.

Admission is FREE and a light breakfast and lunch will be served.  Attendance is limited to the first 150 registrants.

SEL4NJ June Meeting – Save the Date!

Date: June 18, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM to 12 Noon

Location: NJ PSA, 12 Centre Drive, Monroe, NJ 08831

SEL4NJ June Meeting – Save the Date!

The enthusiasm for a collective voice within the state continues to grow, and the timing seems to be serendipitous, given the conversations taking place nationally.  We are working hard behind the scenes to ensure a strong infra-structure and framework that will allow us to move forward efficiently and with significant impact.

At this meeting, we will hear initial reports from our six work groups and discuss next steps to be taken by SEL4NJ.

EdCamp for Equity & Inclusivity

Date: June 8, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM

Location: West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, 346 Clarksville Road, West Windsor Township, NJ 08550

EdCamp for Equity & Inclusivity

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District will be hosting an EdCamp for Equity & Inclusivity at High School South. As a district, we believe that all of our stakeholders need safe places to have conversations that will push the work forward: to ask questions, to share, to learn, to team, and to find allies. Doing this work will allow us to create a culture that includes, honors, and empowers every voice.

This event is free and open to all. You can register online or at the door. Doors will open at 7 am and the first session will start at 8 am. A cold lunch will be available for purchase for $5. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided in the morning.

Putting It All Together: Character, Climate and Social Emotional Learning

Date: May 31, 2019

Time: 8:15 AM to 2:45 PM

Location: Fine Arts Building, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ

Putting It All Together: Character, Climate and Social Emotional Learning

The theme of the conference is “Putting It All Together:  Character, Climate and Social Emotional Learning.”  The importance of this theme lies in the use of a common language which embraces all of these terms and “buzz words” that fall into the realm of what is often known as “soft skills.”  We know from our experience working in schools that these skills are essential to the development of every student and need to be part of how we define student achievement and success.  The conference fee includes a buffet lunch and a one-year membership in NJASECD.

SEL FORWARD: NJDOE Conference on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Date: May 23, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: Busch Campus Center, Rutgers University, 604 Bartholomew Road Piscataway , NJ 08854

All school staff, including administrators, teachers, counselors, and other support staff are invited to attend the statewide conference on social and emotional learning (SEL). This full-day conference, titled SEL Forward, hosted by the New Jersey Department of Education in collaboration with the School Climate Transformation Project, will highlight the importance of SEL and school climate, with a focus on the practical application on how to effectively implement SEL within schools. In addition to attending breakout sessions, attendees will also hear from esteemed speakers within the field and have an opportunity to network and connect with schools and organizations presently immersed in this critical work.

Due to limited seating capacity, please register no more than three representatives per school district. Each individual must submit a separate and distinct registration entry. There is no charge for this conference.

SSN May 15 Meeting in Morris County

Date: May 15, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Saint Joseph Conference Room, College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ

Building Relational Trust: The Foundation Of Your School Community presented by Erica Brentan

The School Support Network brings together educators who are interested in promoting a positive school culture and climate as well as positive character traits and social-emotional skills for students and staff members alike. Each of these meetings provides an opportunity for networking, a professional development experience, and a school showcase where schools share best practices.

SEL4NJ April Meeting

Date: April 29, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: To Be Announced

SEL4NJ April Meeting

The enthusiasm for a collective voice within the state continues to grow, and the timing seems to be serendipitous, given the conversations taking place nationally.  We are working hard behind the scenes to ensure a strong infra-structure and framework that will allow us to move forward efficiently and with significant impact.

At this meeting, we will hear initial reports from our six work groups and determine next steps with the landscape analysis project and plan further research.

SSN April 10 Meeting in Morris County

Date: April 10, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Flex Rooms, Annunciation Center, College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ

At this Morris County meeting, Dr. Patricia Heindel will present “Data Driven Decision-Making for SEL and School Climate, Part 2.”

The School Support Network (SSN) brings together educators who are interested in promoting a positive school culture and climate as well as positive character traits and social-emotional skills for students and staff members alike. Each of these meetings provides an opportunity for networking, a professional development experience, and a school showcase where schools share best practices.

SSN April 3 Meeting in Somerset County

Date: April 3, 2019

Time: 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: The Hillsborough Library, 379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

At this Somerset County meeting, Dr. Maurice Elias will speak on “Enhancing Student Motivation and Engagement through Social, Emotional, and Character Development.”

The School Support Network (SSN) brings together educators who are interested in promoting a positive school culture and climate as well as positive character traits and social-emotional skills for students and staff members alike. Each of these meetings provides an opportunity for networking, a professional development experience, and a school showcase where schools share best practices.

SSN April 2 Meeting in Warren County

Date: April 2, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Warren Hills Regional School District, 89 Browerstown Road, Washington, NJ

At this Warren County meeting, the topic will be “Research-Based Bullying Prevention and Response Practices: Creating Safe and Equitable School Environments for all students” by Dr. Paula Rodriguez-Rust.

The School Support Network brings together educators who are interested in promoting a positive school culture and climate as well as positive character traits and social-emotional skills for students and staff members alike. Each of these meetings provides an opportunity for networking, a professional development experience, and a school showcase where schools share best practices.