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Learning Forward New Jersey Annual Conference

August 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - August 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm


Learning Beyond the Horizon: Making it Matter for Educators and Students

August 2nd & 3rd, 2018

Princeton Marriott at Forrestal, Princeton, New Jersey

Join us for an exciting two days of networking, presentations, workshops, and professional learning!

Conference Theme:
Learning Beyond the Horizon:
Making it Matter for Educators and Students
This year’s keynote speakers will be:
Jennifer Abrams, International Educational Consultant – Watch a video of Jennifer here!

Melinda George, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Learning Forward
Amy Andersen, NJ Teacher of the Year

Conference Strands:
● Transforming How Teams and Individuals Learn
● Transforming School Culture
● Transforming Teacher Leadership
● Transforming District Professional Learning

Two Day Cost – $340

One Day Cost- $180

Team of 2 for Two Days – $650

The Marriott has reserved rooms for conference guests.

The New Jersey Department of Education has approved a travel waiver for August 2, 2018.

Click here to register for the conference.

Click here to view the travel waiver.

View the conference schedule here.



Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

  • Princeton Marriott at Forrestal  for 139.00 USD  per night

Book your group rate for Learning Forward NJ Conference

Type in the code FDWFDWA under Special Rates/Group Code.

Conference Materials:

Having Hard Conversations Jennifer Abrams

I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE… And It Looks Like Bistro Tables

Customizing Professional Learning For All

Gratitude Creates Growth: The Importance of Relationship and Growth Mindset for Maximizing Student & Teacher Potential

Assessing our Own Culture, Diversity, Equity-Learning Forward Conference 72618rev

Teaching Artists & Teachers Unite Handout 1

Teaching Artists & Teachers Unite Handout 2

Teaching Artists & Teachers Unite Handout 3

Teaching Artists & Teachers Unite Handout 4

A Better School Climate – 5 Steps

Katherine Bassett Now What Do You Do?

Breaking Down Barriers to Build Success

Integrating a Digital Learning Culture

Plan Smarter – Using Data to Drive Instruction

Plan Smarter – Data Tables

Plan Smarter – Instructional Strategies List

Plan Smarter – KASAB Protocol

Plan Smarter – Looking at Data Protocol

Plan Smarter – Tree Diagram Template and Example

Plan Smarter – Windowpane Reflection

On Our Plates Food Insecurity

Bridging the Data Divide Between Professional Learning and Student Growth

Bridging the Data Divide Handout 1

Connecting the Pieces – Tracey Severns

From Co-Blaboration to Collaboration

Students WIN when PLC teams Drive Instruction with Data

Hot Spotters, Needful Students and Data: Emerson’s Journey

Melinda George – Becoming a Learning Team

Conference Evaluation:

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August 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am
August 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm


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