2016 Conference Highlights

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On May 20, 2016, the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional, and Character Development presented its Ninth Annual Conference at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. The theme of the conference was BUILDING CHARACTER:  Embracing ALL Students Academically, Socially, and Emotionally. This theme underscored the importance of good character for every student, even those in non-traditional school settings.

Conference Documents

2016 New Jersey Schools of Character

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The conference began with a ceremony honoring thirteen 2016 New Jersey Schools/Districts of Character. These schools earned this designation based on their implementation of the Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education of Character.org in Washington, D.C. These schools demonstrated that they have successfully met the criteria set down by Character.org to earn this recognition. The schools are…

2016 NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER

Alan B. Shepard Elementary School  •  Old Bridge, NJ
Carl Sandburg Middle School  •  Old Bridge, NJ
Carusi Middle School   •  Cherry Hill, NJ
Central Elementary School  •  East Hanover, NJ
Clara Barton Elementary School  •  Cherry Hill, NJ
Donald Stewart Center for Early Childhood Education, School No. 51  •  Elizabeth, NJ
E. A. Bogert School  •  Upper Saddle River, NJ
Hillside Elementary School  •  Livingston, NJ
Maple Road School  •  West Milford, NJ
McGalliard Elementary School  •  Hamilton, NJ
Nicholas S. La Corte-Peterstown School No. 3  •  Elizabeth, NJ
North Plainfield High School  •  North Plainfield, NJ
Woodmont Elementary School  •  Pine Brook, NJ

2016 NJ HONORABLE MENTION SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER

Broad Street School  •  Bridgeton, NJ
Burlington County Alternative School  •  Mount Laurel, NJ
Cinnaminson Middle School  •  Cinnaminson, NJ
Essex County Vocational Technical Schools  •  Newark, NJ
Helen Fort/Newcomb Middle School  •  Pemberton, NJ
Mahala F. Atchison School  •  Tinton Falls, NJ
Merriam Avenue School  •  Newton, NJ
Mine Hill School District  •  Mine Hill, NJ
Somerset Intermediate School  •  North Plainfield, NJ
Tinton Falls Middle School  •  Tinton Falls, NJ
Upper Township Elementary School  •  Marmora, NJ
Vineland Public Schools  •  Vineland, NJ

2016 NEW JERSEY EMERGING SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER

Harrison Elementary School  •  Roselle, NJ
John Marshall School No. 20  •  Elizabeth, NJ
Metuchen High School  •  Metuchen, NJ
Paradise Knoll Elementary School  •  Oak Ridge, NJ
Swimming River School  •  Tinton Falls, NJ

NJ State Board of Education President, Mark Biedron, NJEA President, Wendell Steinhauer, and Character.org President and CEO, Rebecca Sipos participated in the Recognition Ceremony praising the schools for their success and speaking about the importance of good character as part of the educational program. Dr. Phil Brown, Past President of  NJASECD, was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from NJASECD for his leadership in the field of SECD and his role as founder of NJASECD.  Dr. William Trusheim was also recognized for his leadership as president of NJASECD.

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Mark Biedron

Wendell Steinhauer

Rebecca Sipos

Phil Brown

Nina Kemps & Eileen Dachnowicz

Bill Trusheim

Rebecca Sipos also recognized thirteen New Jersey schools as National Schools of Character for 2016.  Those schools are…

2016 NATIONAL SCHOOLS OF CHARACTER

Alan B. Shepard Elementary School   •  Old Bridge, NJ
Carl Sandburg Middle School  •  Old Bridge, NJ
Carusi Middle School   •  Cherry Hill, NJ
Cedar Hill Elementary School  •  Towaco, NJ
Clara Barton Elementary School   •  Cherry Hill, NJ
Donald Stewart Center for Early Childhood Education, School No. 51  •  Elizabeth, NJ
E. A. Bogert School  •  Upper Saddle River, NJ
Hillside Elementary School  •  Livingston, NJ
Leroy Gordon Cooper Elementary School  •  Cliffwood Beach, NJ
McGalliard Elementary School  •  Hamilton, NJ
North Plainfield High School  •  North Plainfield, NJ
Virgil Grissom Elementary School  •  Old Bridge, NJ
Woodmont Elementary School  •  Pine Brook, NJ

(See Recognition Booklet)

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A Keynote Panel consisting of Dr. Brad Lerman, Dr. Nadia Ansary, Sulisnet Jimenez, and Patricia Fitzgerald spoke about the importance of Character Education for all students in all school settings.  These included special education students, students with different cultural backgrounds, ELL students and new immigrants, and students attending tech schools and magnet schools. The keynote panel idea was well received by conference attendees and will be continued in the future.
(See Keynote Panel Bios)

Twenty-seven breakout sessions followed the keynote and were given by experts and practitioners in the fields of Character Education, Social-Emotional Learning, and School Culture and Climate.
(See Conference Program and At-A-Glance)

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2015 National Promising Practices from New Jersey Schools were also on display as part of the Promising Practice Poster Session.  These posters were on display throughout the three breakout sessions in a second-floor classroom.

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