Thank you for attending the NJSBA/ Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies Virtual Engagement and Online Learning Conference. This conference will consist of four (4) time blocks, each offering three (3) sessions for attendees. Each of the session rooms will open 15 minutes prior to the listed start time.

You will be able to choose your sessions from the following:

Block 1

Presented by staff members from Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies

Session A: Intro to Online Teaching - Joseph Yankus, Senior Instructional Designer

Interested in teaching your first online course but don’t quite know where to begin? This introductory workshop identifies the most important pedagogical considerations you’ll need to get started teaching online, including the unique needs of online students and characteristics of a successful online course. Tools to address these needs will also be briefly highlighted.

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Session B: Creating Accessible Content- Images, Documents, and Videos - Natalia Kouraeva

Join us for an exploration of how to take a few easy steps that will make your course more accessible. We will discuss and demonstrate how to create accessible documents (Word/PDF), add an alternative text to images, and provide captions and transcripts for videos. We’ll also review key accessibility features in the Canvas LMS.

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Session C: Alternate Assessment: Beyond Exams - Karen Harris, Instructional Designer

You’re teaching fully online now, but have you considered how you will assess the learning? If you usually depend on high-stakes exams, but would rather not dive into online proctoring, now may be the time to brainstorm some new summative options that offer more varied opportunities for your students to demonstrate how well they have achieved the course learning objectives!

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Block 2

Presented by staff members from Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies

Session A: Best Practices for Lecture Capture - Joseph Yankus, Senior Instructional Designer

Instructors teaching online, hybrid, and even face-to-face courses often consider recording multimedia content such as video lectures and demonstrations to supplement their curriculum. This session will introduce you to the best practices and tools you’ll need in your arsenal to not only record your own media content, but to do it well.

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Session B: Differentiated Instruction for online learning - Natalia Kouraeva

Educators strive to provide all students, including students with disabilities, with meaningful learning opportunities, but designing differentiated projects and accessing them can be overwhelming and challenging to manage.

In this workshop we will explore how to apply the main principles of Differentiated Instruction (DI) to create differentiated multimedia-based assignments for students and manage them without being overwhelmed. You will learn to simplify the process of providing choices for students’ product and review some of the technology tools that can help you to differentiate instruction.

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Session C: Alternate Assessment: Beyond Exams - Karen Harris, Instructional Designer

You’re teaching fully online now, but have you considered how you will assess the learning? If you usually depend on high-stakes exams, but would rather not dive into online proctoring, now may be the time to brainstorm some new summative options that offer more varied opportunities for your students to demonstrate how well they have achieved the course learning objectives!

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Block 3

Presented by staff from New Jersey School Boards Association

Session A: CSA Evaluation Process - Jesse Adams, Field Service Representative and Charlene Peterson, Field Service Representative

With the CSA evaluation due date approaching, join us for an overview of NJSBA’s CSA Evaluation Tool, developed in cooperation with the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. We will review the process, the evaluation standards that reflect the qualities and values of leadership that are integral to student success, and focus on the communication between the board and superintendent. Also covered will be the preparation of the Annual Performance Summary using the user-friendly template

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Session C: Pandemic Isolation- Supporting the Emotional and Mental Health of students and their families - Vince DeLucia, Educator-in-Residence/ Director of Training

The health crisis combined with isolation can lead to temporary or long-term stress, anxiety, and depression for children and their families. Ideas, practices, and resources that can help kids, their parents or caregivers address the spectrum of emotions they may experience will be discussed.

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Presented by staff from New Jersey School Boards Association

Session A: CSA Evaluation Process - Jesse Adams, Field Service Representative and Charlene Peterson, Field Service Representative

With the CSA evaluation due date approaching, join us for an overview of NJSBA’s CSA Evaluation Tool, developed in cooperation with the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. We will review the process, the evaluation standards that reflect the qualities and values of leadership that are integral to student success, and focus on the communication between the board and superintendent. Also covered will be the preparation of the Annual Performance Summary using the user-friendly template

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Session B: Legal Update during COVID-19- Carl Tanksley, Director of Legal and Labor Relations and John Burns, Counselor

Join NJSBA’s Legal department for an update on COVID-19 related orders impact on Public Education.

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