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Instructional Strategies and Culturally Relevant Teaching Conference

For: All Educators; especially new and novice teachers and those looking to reenergize their teaching

Tuesday - Thursday, August 16 - 18, 2022

Morristown-Beard School

70 Whippany Rd.

Morristown, NJ 07960

This three-day workshop for K-12 teachers will explore the current understanding of how children learn and investigate an array of teaching strategies and feedback techniques based on cognitive science research. Participants will explore principles of effective learning, including the role of student beliefs and mindsets in influencing that effectiveness.

Identity, belonging, and equity work are paramount to creating classrooms in which each student feels seen, heard, valued, and, thus, able to succeed. Workshop sessions will also include exploration of learning contexts beyond the classroom, including advisory, parent conferences and communication, assemblies, athletic areas, and more.

Day One

How Memory Works and the Instructional Implications for Teaching and
Student Learning Strategies
How Student Mindsets Influence Learning

Day Two

Feedback and Active Learning ~ Closing Performance Gaps and Making Learning Stick
Metacognition and Visible Thinking

Day Three

Social Emotional Learning Strategies
Cultural Competencies and Equity Work

Workshop Leader for Day One and Two:

Kevin Mattingly, PhD, Director of Riverdale School’s PLUSSED Learning Design Studio and Teachers College Columbia University

Kevin Mattingly has been a science teacher, administrator and athletic coach for more than forty years in junior high and high schools. He has been involved for over twenty-five years with teacher professional development programs at Teachers College Columbia University and is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Organization and Leadership. There, he teaches graduate courses on learning theory and its implications for curriculum design, assessment, and classroom instruction. Mattingly is the co-author of the popular edX MOOC, The Science of Learning: What Every Teacher Should Know, developed by the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College in conjunction with the Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning. He has also taught courses in learning at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Before becoming Lead Learning Design for Plussed Learning at Riverdale School (NYC), Mattingly was dean of faculty and then director of teaching, learning & educational partnerships at the Lawrenceville School (NJ). Over the years he has helped start a school (Mountain School in VT), been a consultant to several systemic school reform initiatives, and worked with over forty schools on curriculum design, teaching strategies, assessment, and professional learning programs. He has been involved with a variety of summer academic programs for students including the New Jersey Scholars, Vermont Governor's Institute on Science and Technology, Hotchkiss Summer Portals, and a number of summer enrichment programs for public school students from New York City, Philadelphia and Trenton. Dr. Mattingly also has a background in experiential education and has led students and faculty on trips around the world. He was a lead teacher in the Klingenstein Center's (Columbia University) Summer Institute for 17 years and has taught in their year-long and summer master’s leadership programs for the past 15 years. In his role at the Klingenstein Center, he has most recently worked with schools in China, Vietnam, Tanzania, and India incorporating best practice instructional and assessment strategies based on cognitive science research. He holds a Ph.D. in ecology and a B.A. in biological sciences from Indiana University.

Workshop Leaders for Day Three:

Jen Cort, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Consultant, Author, and Speaker

Jen Cort is a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice consultant working with schools and organizations in multiple countries. As an educator and clinical social worker, Jen has served as an assistant head of lower school, head of a middle school, and senior administrator as well as a counselor in lower, middle and upper schools and private practice. Jen works with groups to create sustainable and systemic change and to live out their missions regarding diversity and inclusion. Her goal is to create spaces where students, and all community members, can be seen and heard while learning to be visible and use their voices in productive ways. Jen has presented at national conferences, hosts a diversity institute, is a frequent contributor to publications, and her work has been quoted in Racing Toward Diversity, Insights, Friends Journal, NAIS Independent Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York Times, and more. Jen is the host of an internationally syndicated podcast "Third Space With Jen Cort".

Chantille Kennedy, Middle School Counselor and Cultural Competence Co-Chair and The Hun School of Princeton

Chantille Kennedy is the Middle School Counselor, a boarding faculty member, and a basketball coach at the Hun School of Princeton. She earned her Masters of Science in Education in Counseling and Mental Health, and a Masters of Philosophy of Education Professional Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. She also leads riveting presentations and discussions on stereotype threat, and consults various independent schools in the DE region on how to navigate racial tensions and divides. During her undergraduate tenure at Bryn Mawr College, she lead the African-American affinity group. Chantille is a member of Hun's Cultural Competency Committee, and has been a two year core facilitator of their Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Summit.

Registrations Before July 15:

$400 per Participant, Member Schools; $500 per Participant, Non-Member Schools ~ Three Day Option

$150 per Participant, Member Schools; $250 per Participant, Non-Member Schools ~ August 18 Only

Registrations on and after July 15:

$500 per Participant, Member Schools; $650 per Participant, Non-Member Schools ~ Three Day Option

$175 per Participant, Member Schools; $275 per Participant, Non-Member Schools ~ August 18 Only

Registration includes breakfast and lunch daily, all conference materials and sessions

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MEMBER INFORMATION: If your school is a member of NJAIS, upon receipt of your registration, we will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice.

NON-MEMBER INFORMATION: If you are an employee of an organization or school that is NOT a member of NJAIS and you are registering for this workshop, please provide the company/school address. We will automatically generate an invoice and send it to your Business Office. Payment is not required at the time of your registration. Your school will have 30 days to pay the invoice. Thank you.

COVID Safety Guidelines

Providing a safe environment for learning is a top priority for NJAIS, as it is in your schools. We need your help to achieve this goal. We want to help keep you safe and healthy as we deliver this stellar lineup of speakers and sessions.

All participants:

  • Will be up to date with their COVID vaccination according to CDC guidelines or will submit a negative PCR test administered within 48 hours of arrival at the event in the event that they need a vaccination accommodation.
  • Will wear a mask throughout the conference except while actively eating/drinking if recommended by current health guidelines.

Acknowledgement of Risk and Safety Procedures

Participation in NJAIS events signifies an attendee’s acknowledgement of infectious and other diseases and voluntary assumption of the risk of exposure or infection by attending the event. Attendees agree to comply with all guidelines and procedures, both those outlined above and additional guidelines NJAIS sees fit as the date of this event draws closer, in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and other public health authorities.

Cancellation Policy:

Registration fees will only be refunded if NJAIS is notified of your cancellation two weeks prior to the program, Tuesday, July 26, 2022. You may transfer your registration to a colleague in your school at no cost.

Cancelation requests should be sent via email to Rachel Folan, rfolan@njais.org.