General Info

The 2017 NJEA Convention: Your most common questions answered

 

Admission

 

What is the admission fee to attend the NJEA Convention?

Members of NJEA, NJREA and NJEA Preservice have full access to the NJEA Convention at no cost. It is a benefit of membership.

 

Where’s my badge?

All badges will be issued onsite at the Convention Center upon arrival.

 

Can I visit the membership processing area  the Exhibit Hall opens?

Yes. The membership processing area in Hall D will be open on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

May I bring my spouse or other immediate family members along?

  • Only members may bring guests onto the Exhibit Floor. Guests are defined as immediate family members: spouse, civil union or domestic partner, parent, child or sibling. You may pick up guest badges on the second floor of the convention center.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Child care is available for children ages 3-14. See below.
  • No guests or children are permitted on the third and fourth floors of the convention center.
  • Guests do not receive certificates of attendance.

 

I’m not a member of NJEA. Can I attend the convention?

Nonmembers pay an admission fee based on how much access they wish to have to the convention. The fee covers both Thursday and Friday. There is no discount for attending only one day. Nonmembers may not bring guests.

  • Professional development access   (Exhibit Floor and workshop sessions): $150
  • Affiliated group members who are not NJEA members: $100
  • Exhibit floor only: $50

Nonmembers may purchase their admission badges in the box office located in the atrium or register and pay in advance at NJEAConvention.org. Nonmembers who register on-site will receive a certificate of attendance at the box office when they receive their admission badge. Nonmembers who register in advance will receive their certificate of attendance when they pick up their badge at the box office.

Admission may be paid on-site by credit card (Visa and MasterCard only) or cash. Checks are not accepted.

For questions, email tickets@njea.org.

 

I am a New Jersey college student preparing to become a teacher. What’s the best way for me to gain admission to the convention?

If you are a member of the NJEA Preservice, your admission is free.

Not yet a member? Join for $32. In addition to full convention access you’ll receive many other benefits of NJEA membership. You may join on-site at the convention center in Hall D or at njea.org/preservice

 

Convention Schedule

 

When is the NJEA Convention?

The 2017 NJEA Convention is Nov. 9-10.

 

When is the Exhibit Floor open?

  • Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Note that while the Exhibit Floor closes at 3 p.m. on Friday, workshops continue until 4:30. Please make sure to check your schedule carefully. An alphabetical list of workshops begins on Page 29. A detailed index of workshops listed by time begins on Page 58.

 

Special needs accessibility

 

How do I make advance arrangements for accommodations for a disability-related need?

A limited number of wheelchairs and scooters are available and can be rented from the UPS store at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Contact the UPS store at 609-449-2480 or store3584@theupsstore.com.

For other disability related needs, call the NJEA Convention office at 609-599-4561, ext. 2253 before Oct. 21.

 

Directions and parking

 

How do I get to the Atlantic City Convention Center?

Public transportation options are outlined on this page.

If you are using GPS, the address of your destination is:

Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Convention Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

 

Where do I park?

While parking is available at the Convention Center, it quickly fills to capacity and closes by 9 a.m. Alternate parking options can be found on Page 79 of this program.

Included among the parking options is Atlantic City High School from which you can take a shuttle to the convention center. Shuttles leave every 15 minutes between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday. Remember to make allowances for Atlantic City traffic patterns.

 

Other information

 

I’m staying at an NJEA-contracted hotel. Are shuttles available?

Shuttles are available from various hotels and other locations in Atlantic City to the convention center. See this page.

 

Where’s coat check? How much does it cost?

Look for coat check on the second floor of the convention center. The charge is $3 per item.

 

I need to call the NJEA Convention when I’m there. What’s the number?

During the NJEA Convention these phone numbers

will be active:

  • Information Center: 609-449-3952 or 609-449-3953
  • Presenter check-in: 609-449-3937
  • Newsroom: 609-449-3948 or 609-449-3931
  • Newsroom FAX: 609-449-3901
  • Sheraton: 609-344-3535
  • Caesars: 609-348-4411

 

Is the NJEA Convention on social media?

Make sure to like NJEA at facebook.com/njeaconvention and make sure to select “Get Notifications” when you hover over the “like” button.

  • Follow @NJEA on Twitter
  • Follow @njeaconvention on Instagram.
  • Follow TeamNJEA on Snapchat
  • Use #njeaconvention when communicating on social media platforms.
  • Download the NJEA Events app.
  • Text the word CONVENTION to 738674 to get updates during the NJEA Convention.

 

If I need emergency medical assistance while at the convention, what do I do?

Contact any building security or NJEA staff member or visit the EMT office outside of the Hall B entrance.

 

Any tips on where to meet up if my child gets lost or my friends and I get separated?

Go to the information booth on Main Street NJEA, which is in the middle of the Exhibit Floor. Lost children will be escorted to the information booth.

 

What if my district requires me to be at my school on NJEA Convention days rather than at the convention?

New Jersey law provides certain school employees—teaching staff members, secretaries, and office clerks—the opportunity to be absent from school for the purpose of attending the convention.

N.J. Statute 18A:31-2 states, “Whenever any full-time teaching staff member or any secretary or office clerk applies to the board of education for permission to attend the Annual Convention of the New Jersey Education Association, such permission shall be granted for not more than two days in any one year; and they shall receive full salary for days of actual attendance upon filing with the secretary of the board a Certificate of Attendance, signed by the Executive Secretary of the Association.”

 

Where do I find Certificates of Attendance?

All attendees, both NJEA members and nonmembers who pay for admission, will receive a Certificate of Attendance when they receive their Convention Badge upon registration at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The Certificate of Attendance will be printed on the back of each convention badge. Guests do not receive certificates of attendance.

 

Children

KiddieCorp, now in its 30th year of providing excellent child and youth services nationwide will provide a comprehensive menu of activities for children ages 3-14. The KiddieCorp team is committed to the motto of “safety first, but fun a close second!” While parents enjoy the 2016 NJEA Convention activities, children will join the KiddieCorp party with a wide variety of games, crafts, and other activities geared toward fostering friendships new and old.

 

Activities

Activities include exciting themes, arts and crafts, group games, music and movement, board games, story time, dramatic play, etc. Activities are appropriate for each age group, using safe and sturdy equipment. Children make their own choices within KiddieCorp’s program.

 

Where, when and for whom?

Camp NJEA is for children ages 3-14. Children must be toilet trained to be admitted.

Parents and guardians must provide lunch upon checking their children into the program, or provide meals during the day. KiddieCorp will provide only snacks and beverages.

Camp NJEA is housed in the Atlantic City Convention Center. Its hours are:

  • Thursday, Nov. 10 – 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Registration

The cost for the children’s program is $20 per day, per child. Visit www.njeaconvention.org/child-care-available to register.

All registrations must be completed online. The advance registration deadline is Oct. 27. Register early as availability is limited and handled on a first-come, first-served basis. KiddieCorp must receive both the registration/consent form and payment in full to hold any advance reservations. You are also welcome to register on-site, however, there is no guarantee space will be available, and it is not recommended.

 

Need more information?

KiddieCorp is always available to answer any questions. Feel free to contact KiddieCorp at (858)-455-1718 or at info@kiddiecorp.com.