General Info

The 2016 NJEA Convention: Your most common questions answered

Admission

What is the admission fee to attend the NJEA Convention?

Members of NJEA, NJREA and the New Jersey Student Education Association have full access to the NJEA Convention at no cost. It is a benefit of membership.

Where’s my badge?

In past years all members received their convention badge in the mail. This year, only members for whom we have an electronic record for having attended either the 2014 or 2015 and new members will receive a badge in the mail.

If you do not receive your badge in the mail see these instructions to get your badge.

Can I visit the membership processing area before 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.

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 here. 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 may 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 New Jersey Student Education Association (NJSEA), your admission is free.

Not a member of NJSEA yet? Join NJSEA 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/NJSEA.

Convention schedule

When is the NJEA Convention?

The 2016 NJEA Convention is Nov. 10-11.

When is the Exhibit Floor open?

  • Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 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  Travel page.

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  Travel 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.

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 9 p.m. on Thursday and 7 a.m. and 6:30 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.

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

Look for coat check outside of the Hall D Admissions/Badge Replacement area. 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?

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

  • Follow @NJEA and @NJEAPD on Twitter and @insta_njea on Instagram.
  • Use #NJEAConv 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?

Certificates of Attendance for members are distributed on the Exhibit Floor in the rear of Hall B on Thursday and Friday only. Nonmembers receive their certificates of attendance upon on-site registration at the box office in the atrium if they registered in advance for the convention. Guests do not receive certificates of attendance.

Are child care issues keeping you away?

Bring the kids with you! They’ll have tons of fun and loads of learning at Camp NJEA.

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.  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 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.