This blog was created by Members of the New Jersey Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Contact us at njaecte@yahoo.com Maintained by Dina Rosen, VP Membership, Assistant Professor at Kean University

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Registration is OPEN!

JUNE 1, 2007

Paul Robeson Campus Center
350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ

9:30 - 10:00 Continental breakfast and registration
10:00 - 11:00 Concurrent Sessions
11:15 - 12:15 Concurrent Sessions
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:30 Keynote - Leadership: Issues and Action
Dr. Stacie Goffin, Goffin Strategy Group
Invited respondents: Selected key statewide leaders

Stacie Goffin is a recognized authority in early care and education who has been involved in leading significant change initiatives. Spanning higher education; local, state, and national organizations; organizational development; and advocacy, her efforts have resulted in change for both policy and practice.
Stacie designs, facilitates and implements strategic and field-building initiatives. Well-known for her analytical insights, big-picture thinking, and organizational capacity, she has directed major field-wide initiatives, such as Ohio’s School Readiness Solutions Group and NAEYC’s five-year project to reinvent its nationally recognized early childhood program accreditation system. She led the founding – and served as founding chair - of the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, the West Virginia Network for Young Children, and Kansas City’s Metropolitan Council on Early Learning. A former senior program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, she began her career as a preschool and primary grade teacher of children with special needs. She also has taught extensively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A member of numerous organizations and editorial boards, she has authored or edited more than 50 publications. Her forthcoming book, Ready or Not, Leadership Choices for Early Care and Education (written with Valora Washington) will be available in June 2007.

* Travel for Stacie Goffin is subsidized by the Early Childhood Program at Rider University,
Location: Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers-Newark
350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Newark, NJ

Directions: http://www.newark.rutgers.edu/visitors/index.php?sId=gethere

Parking: Central Parking Garage 117 University Ave. (behind Newark Museum)
approximately 3 blocks away. Walk out of the parking lot onto University Ave. Go left heading towards Central Ave. (less than a block). Walk 1 block up Central Ave. to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and turn left. Walk 1 block and cross Bleeker St. The Paul Robeson Campus Center is on the corner of Bleeker and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Public Transportation: Newark Penn Station- 7 block walk up Raymond Blvd to left
on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd for 2 blocks or approximately $5.00 taxi

Registration Fees
Early Registration: $75 until May 18th
$50 for presenters $25 for students
Registration: After May 18th: $85 for all (including presenters and students)

Register online:

Easy to do: Checks, Visa/MC and Purchase Orders Accepted.
Register by mail: Checks only. Must be postmarked by 5/18.
Make check payable to: NJAECTE
Mail to: Holly Seplocha
William Paterson University
1600 Valley Rd. Room 4103
Wayne, NJ 07474-0920

ONLY if registering by mail, please copy this page and mail a separate form for each attendee

NJAECTE Leadership Conference Early Registration Mail-In Form (Submit form by May 18)




____ Participant ($75) ____ Presenter ($50) ____ Student ($25)

Check Payable to: NJAECTE
Conference Contact Information:
Dina Rosen drosen@kean.edu Registration Committee Online
Arlene Martin amartin@kean.edu Registration Committee
Holly Seplocha seplochah@wpunj.edu Conference Chair
Workshop Sessions: You will be able to attend 1 session for each time slot

10:00 – 11:00
A.Workshop Session: Research Update on the Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effectiveness Study (APPLES)
This session describes APPLES findings. The purpose of this study is to determine what the short-term, yearly, and long-term effects of the Abbott Preschool program are on children’s academic skills from early in kindergarten through fourth grade. The sample children are currently in first grade.
Presented by: Dr. Ellen Frede, Associate Professor, The College of New Jersey; Co-Director, National Institute for Early Education Research

B.Do What I Say and What I Do: Teacher Leaders in the Early Childhood Classroom
This session defines teacher leadership and identifies examples of teacher leaders. Participants will discuss how to assist teachers in developing these traits.
Presented by: Corine Cadle Meredith, Assistant Professor, Rowan University

C. Poster Session
1. Children’s Experiences of Transition to Kindergarten
This research captures children’s observations and experiences as they visit a kindergarten for the first time in order to describe transition to kindergarten from children’s perspectives.
Presented by: Ave Latte, Doctoral Candidate at Rutgers University; Instructor, Brookdale Community College; Chair, Monmouth County Coalition of Early Childhood

2. Examining Work Organization in Child Care
This research shares the preliminary findings of a study that uses organizational learning theories to examine the experiences of child care teachers and assistants.
Presented by: Dr. Sharon Ryan, Associate Professor, Rutgers University & Debra Lancaster, Director of OTEC, Rutgers University; Senior Research Associate, Center for Women and Work

11:15 – 12:15
D. Workshop Session: A Snapshot of Quality in Abbott Kindergartens
This session describes findings of a study of Abbott Kindergartens in terms of overall quality, literacy environment, and teaching strategies related to literacy.
Presented by: Dr. Holly Seplocha, Associate Professor, William Paterson University &
Dr. Janis Strasser, Professor, William Paterson University

E. Workshop Session: Educating The Whole Child in the Age of NCLB
This session identifies the major issues currently confronting school districts in New Jersey and provides a model for the education of young children in suburban/urban school settings.
Presented by: Suzanna Kaplan, Principal, Bryant School, Teaneck, NJ &
Anthony Calandrillo, Director of Specialized Educational Services Teaneck Public Schools

F. Roundtable Session.
1. Educational Robotics for Young Learners
This session describes educational robotics – LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System and the RoboLab Programming environment and shares how to use educational robotics with young learners.
Presented by: Dr. Amy Eguchi, Assistant Professor, Bloomfield College

2. Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment in the ECTE Classroom: Meeting the NJ
Legislative Mandate
This session shares strategies in the implementation of anti-bullying and anti-harassment education in early childhood teacher education and professional development programs.
Presented by: Dr. Blythe Hinitz, Professor, The College of New Jersey

Anthony Calandrillo is the Director of Specialized Educational Services for Teaneck Public Schools. He has worked on both the general education and special education sides in public education. As a result he remains perplexed as to why two parallel structures have emerged. He is committed to the development of a more holistic approach to education.

Dr. Amy Eguchi is an assistant professor of education at Bloomfield College. She teaches Introduction to Education and Robotics as Learning Tool, and helps to integrate technology in all education courses at the college. She received a BA degree in English Linguistics from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan; an MA degree in Human Development, specialization in Bicultural Development, from Pacific Oaks College, California; an Ed.M. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Cambridge, the United Kingdom. She was a visiting researcher at M.I.T where she began her research in robotics. She began teaching educational robotics when she was a visiting scholar at Columbia University. She has taught educational robotics to K-12 teachers and students as well as undergraduate and graduate students. She has been involved as a committee member of RoboCupJunior, an International Educational Robotics Initiatives, since 2000.

Dr. Ellen Frede is an associate professor at The College of New Jersey and Co-Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research. A developmental psychologist specializing in early childhood education, Dr. Frede is a widely published researcher and teacher with extensive experience in early childhood program implementation and administration. Prior to joining NIEER as co-director, she served as Assistant to the Commissioner for Early Childhood Education at the New Jersey Department of Education. She began her career teaching in a variety of early childhood classrooms. At the High/Scope Foundation, she assisted programs throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since earning her doctorate, she has served as principal investigator on federal, state and foundation-funded research projects, as an editor on the review boards of national journals and as a consultant to local agencies, state governments and the World Bank. She primarily investigates the relationship of program quality to child outcomes.

Dr. Blythe Hinitz is Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at The College of New Jersey. Recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Researcher Award of NJAECTE, her current research focuses on the areas of: history of early childhood education [the subject of her co-authored book History of Early Childhood Education]; peace education - anti-bullying, teasing and harassment [the subject of The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book for Preschool Classrooms - winner of the 2007 Teachers Choice Award from Learning Magazine]; and raising and educating healthy boys [as a participant in the EEC-AED grant-
funded project]. Her most recent publications are entries in Encyclopedia of the Midwest and Early Childhood Education: An International Encyclopedia. Most recent presentations were: 2007 – AERA & Hawaii International Conference on Education; 2006 – NAEYC, NCSS, History of Education Society & International Froebel Society (Dublin, Ireland). She is currently editing the festschrift for Dr. Dorothy Hewes.

Suzanna Kaplan is presently the Principal of Bryant School in Teaneck, New Jersey. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at New York University and City College of New York. She has worked with young children for over 25 years and believes that the many of the problems confronted by schools could be avoided by creating communities that have greater understanding and tolerance of developmental differences.

Debra Lancaster is founder and director of OTEC, Rutgers University and Senior Research Associate, Center for Women and Work. In addition, she is an Educational Consultant with the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. She has over 10 years of experience leading a grant funded training and
education consortium focused on improving the skills of individuals and organizations through participatory education and training emphasizing capacity-building, problem-solving, and strategic planning. She has worked with stakeholders in a range of industries, including long-term care, hospitality and petro-chemical. Debra’s research interests include care work, early care and education policy and workforce development, and new and emerging organizations that offer alternative forms of collective representation, advancement, and advocacy.

Ave Latte is an instructor in the Education department at Brookdale Community College. A doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, Ave focuses her study on early childhood education with a specific emphasis on transition to kindergarten. Ave has made presentations at NAEYC national conventions, 2005, 2006 and at the Shore AEYC conference in 2004, 2005. In addition to her doctoral work Ave serves the college and early childhood education community through policy and advisory board memberships as well as local and regional early childhood affiliations. She is chair of the Monmouth County Coalition of Early Childhood, and was awarded National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, national recognition for contributions to the community. In 2006 she received the Outstanding Faculty recognition award at Brookdale Community College.

Corine Cadle Meredith teaches as an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department at Rowan University. Her current courses focus on inquiry-oriented instruction and how the discovery process can be utilized to instruct at all educational levels. She is a former elementary classroom teacher with special interest in integrated curriculum and differentiated instruction.

Dr. Sharon Ryan is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University after completing a dissertation that used post-structural theory to explore student choice in a kindergarten classroom. Dr Ryan’s research interests are early childhood curriculum and policy, teacher education, and the potential of critical theories for rethinking early childhood practices. Her most recent research is a series of quantitative and qualitative studies examining the preparation and professional development of preschool teachers in New Jersey.

Dr. Holly Seplocha is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at William Paterson University. She has been working in the field for nearly 30 years as a classroom teacher, administrator, university professor, researcher, teacher educator and advocate for children and families. She is a Consulting Editor for NAEYC’s journal Young Children and has numerous publications including a new book for early childhood leaders and trainers: The Essential Literacy Workshop Book. As a researcher, she was the Principal Investigator for The Newark Lighthouse Initiative, and is the Project Director at WPU for NJ DOE’s Early Learning Improvement Consortium and the Early Launch to Learning Initiative grant. Dr. Seplocha was awarded the Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator of the Year for 2005 by the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) and Allyn & Bacon Publishers.

Dr. Janis Strasser is Professor of Early Childhood Education at William Paterson University. She has been in the field of early childhood for more than 30 years. She has been a preschool, kindergarten and music teacher, Head Start Education Coordinator. She is a consulting editor for Young Children and frequently presents workshops at state and national conferences. She was the recipient of the 2005 NJAECTE New Jersey Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Outstanding Teacher Educator Award, 2005 NJAECTE Outstanding Researcher Award, and the 2004 William Paterson University Faculty Excellence Award for Service.



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