New Jersey native Steven Van Zandt is a musician; performer; songwriter; arranger; music producer and supervisor; actor; director; Broadway, TV and live event producer; TV and film composer; international DJ; activist; teacher; member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; public education advocate; and is recognized internationally as one of the world’s foremost authorities on both contemporary and traditional rock and roll.
He is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and successful solo artist, recording and performing solo with his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.
“Steven Van Zandt was the 2017 commencement speaker at Rutgers University, and I understand that he received rave reviews,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director. “The work of his foundation has helped educators throughout the U.S. place a greater emphasis on the arts.”
Van Zandt is also the founder of The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The foundation’s TeachRock project integrates arts throughout K-12 classrooms via standard-aligned lesson plans and hands-on teacher workshops, delivered to educators and districts at no cost. Van Zandt will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Workshop, while Rock and Roll Forever Foundation staff will host a Hometown Documentaries Student Film festival and will also present at the conference.
The Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul Hard Rock concert is a launching point for the band’s two-month Teacher Appreciation Tour, a nationwide celebration of arts integration that offers educators a professional development experience and concert, both free. Learn more about the tour and the Rock and Roll Professional Development Experience here.
Those interested in attending the concert should RSVP* online.
*Pre-registered guests may pick up concert tickets on the Workshop 2018 exhibit floor at the Roll Forever Foundation table, the NJSBA Services Area, or the County Cafe. Attendees must have a ticket and conference badge to enter the concert.
About Workshop Workshop 2018, taking place Monday, Oct. 22 through Thursday, Oct.25 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, is the largest professional development event for school leaders in New Jersey.
Housing Deadline A block of hotel rooms are reserved at a number of hotels in Atlantic City. Please review the housing information on the Workshop website. Housing must be handled by the school business administrator. The last day to pay for and to make reservations under the Workshop 2018 block is Friday, Sept. 21.
Expanded Group Registration The group rate now includes up to 20 team members for only $1,600. Workshop 2018 will feature over 250 training programs and has something for every member of the district team, including school board members; business administrators (who can earn Qualified Purchasing Agent credits); superintendents; principals; charter school trustees and lead persons; school technology professionals; school facilities managers (who can earn Certified Educational Facilities Manager credits); curriculum directors; teachers and more. Team members can stay one day or all four days.
More Information To learn more about Workshop 2018, visit workshop.njsba.org.