Monday, February 16, 2009

New Jersey Future Educators Association Conference

Another strategy being used to implement the TQE-R Grant is the New Jersey Future Educators Association (NJFEA) Conference, which was hosted by the College of New Jersey on May 23, 2008. Around 300 students from 38 high schools attended 31 break-out sessions which placed particular emphasis on teaching in high-need school districts and high-shortage subject areas.

Other than the break-out sessions, a keynote address and advisors' workshop were held during the conference. The keynote address was given by Mr. Tyler Blackmore, principal of Asbury Park High School, who spoke on "The Urban Calling: Saving America's Most Important Schools." The workshop allowed students and advisors to share information about their chapter activities and future teacher recruitment efforts.

There has been an overwhelming response from schools and students that wish to attend the 2009 NJFEA Conference. Thankfully, it is expanding this year to allow students from more geographic areas in New Jersey to attend. There will be two NJFEA Conferences held in the spring of 2009 at Montclair State and Rowan Universities.

Watch a video about the 2008 NJFEA Conference and the Urban Teacher Academy:

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