Building on the success of the 2023 Summer Institute hosted by the New Jersey Office of Special Education, the New Jersey Division of Educational Services recently announced that it will conduct more than 20 professional learning sessions as part of its Winter Institute, from Jan. 29, 2024, to Feb. 9, 2024.

The sessions are designed for school leaders and school teams, including local educational agency administrators, educators and other building and LEA professionals.

Participants will have a broad array of options for in-person and virtual professional learning opportunities focused on supporting all learners, with an emphasis on instruction, interventions, data-driven decision-making, selecting and collaboration and school climate.

Sessions are provided as part of the New Jersey Partnership for Student Success’s statewide, three-year effort focused on supporting students, families and educators with the goal of realizing academic gains, increasing graduation rates, reducing chronic absenteeism and improving student well-being and mental health.

Topics include:

  • Collaborative teams.
  • Chronic absenteeism.
  • Implementation science.
  • Supporting multilingual learners.
  • Least restrictive learning environment.
  • Using public data to identify student needs.
  • School safety and school climate.
  • Trauma-informed classrooms.
  • New Jersey tiered system of supports.
  • Alternate state assessment.
  • Preschool outcomes.

As part of the initiative, Dr. Edward Fergus, professor of urban education and policy at Rutgers University – Newark, will be presenting a special presentation about “Significant Disproportionality” on Jan. 30, 2024, and January 31, 2024, at the New Jersey Department of Education Offices at 100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton. Registration for the program is limited.

Signing Up

The Winter Institute website provides registration links and user-friendly access to learning opportunities.