NOTE: 2015 Program – 2016 sessions coming soon

Managing Your School Garden

Thursday: 2 – 2:30 p.m. Area 10
Friday: 9 – 9:30 a.m. Area 1

Grade Levels: Pre-K – Adult
Presenter: Carolyn Taylor (NJ Ag in the Classroom)

This workshop offers ideas, activities and tips to make managing your school garden easier. Discover great activities for the rest of your class when you work with small groups in the garden. Learn how to plant a garden full of vegetables your students can harvest and eat during the school year.

Picking Up STEAM

Friday: 1 – 1:30 p.m. Area 9

Grade Levels: K – 12
Presenters: Dr. Jay Dugan, EIRC
Today’s kindergarten class will retire in 2075. We don’t know what jobs will look like in 2020, but we know they will involve the STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Come find out why the adding the Arts, as in STEAM, is an integral part of our students’ preparation for STEM careers.

The Retirement Paradigm

Thursday: 12:30 – 1 p.m. Area 7
Friday: 9:30 – 10 a.m. Area 2

Grade Level: All teachers
Presenter: Dr. Charles Ivory, EIRC
Retiring soon? Thinking about what’s next? Teachers develop so many skills over their careers. Why not make use of those skills? EIRC can help you identify your Unique Abilitytm to launch your next career.

Safe, Strong and Free!

Thursday: 1 – 1:30 p.m. Area 8

Grade Levels: Pre-K – Adult
Presenters: Jeannette Collins, Cheryl Mojta, Patricia Crimaldi, Alysha Riley, NJ CAP
Can learning bullying prevention strategies be the key to empowering all children, even as young as preschool, to stand up for themselves? Find out more about how this premier primary prevention program, which is implemented in every county of our state, can help your school community be “Safe, Strong and Free!”

Stories from the Land: Connecting Students to Nature through Story

Friday: 12:30 – 1 p.m. Area 8

Grade Levels: All Grades
Presenters: Brian Hayes, Monarch Teacher Network
People have always conveyed important lessons through stories. We do it every day. Stories are how we learn and understand each other and the world. In this workshop, we explore how to be better teachers, learners and human beings through stories about the natural world.

Sustainability and the 3 R’s

Thursday: 2:30 – 3 p.m. Area 11

Grade Levels: Middle School
Presenters: Sheri Bone, Pocono Environmental Education Center
Engage in a discussion about sustainability and the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle, emphasizing the first two. Acquire tools to use in the classroom and beyond.

Teaching About the Out of Doors 101

Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – noon Area 5

Grade Levels: Elementary
Presenters: Sheri Bone, Pocono Environmental Education Center
How comfortable are you when it comes to teaching environmental topics in your classroom? If you are not comfortable in the out of doors, join this discussion about bugs, critters and the environment.

Tech Tools for Teaching

Thursday: 10 – 10:30 a.m. Area 2

Grade Levels: Pre-K and students with disabilities
Presenters: LRC Staff
This session offers an overview of a variety of tools that provide access to instruction through the thoughtful use of technology to enhance learning for all students, including those with disabilities.

Technology Standard 8: Are You Ready for Implementation?

Friday: 1:30 – 2 p.m. Area 10
Grade Levels: K – 12
Presenters: Terry Vanaman-Cole, EIRC
Technology isn’t an option. Are you ready to implement the new technology standards? Join this workshop to learn more about current resources and how to enhance your classroom practices with technology.

Tips to Tackle the PARCC Assessment for ELA and Social Studies Teachers

Thursday: 10:30 – 11 p.m. Area 3
Grade Levels: All Grades
Presenters: Becky Garofalo, EIRC
Consultant How can you help your students prepare for the PARCC assessment? Learn simple tips and strategies that will help your students with the components of the PARCC ELA assessment.

Why We Need the Monarch Butterfly

Thursday: Noon – 12:30 p.m. Area 6
Grade Levels: All Grades
Presenters: Brian Hayes and Monarch Teacher Network
Inspire students through the amazing story of the monarch butterfly. There are larger lessons to be learned that relate to the environment of New Jersey, North America and the world. All subject areas can be taught through this innovative and inspiring program.