Fall Meeting – Friday October 9, 2015 @NJPSA

The fall meeting of the New Jersey Social Studies Supervisors Association will take place on October 9, 2015 at the NJPSA/FEA Conference Center in Monroe, NJ (12 Centre Dr, Monroe Township, NJ 08831), from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  Registration for the meeting is now open on this link. The main focus of the meeting is “Providing Teachers With Effective Feedback”.

The Agenda includes:

  • updates from Beverly Plein, NJDOE;
  • Using the teacher evaluation instruments to improve social studies instruction;
  • Development of Observation Look-Fors;
  • Advocacy and Legal Issues.

There is NO CHARGE for this meeting, thanks to our generous sponsors, National Geographic/Cengage and ListenCurrent.

Spring Meeting 2015

New Jersey Social Studies Supervisors Association Spring Meeting 

May 8, 2015

NJPSA/FEA Conference Center – Monroe, NJ

Registration and breakfast

Welcome and introductions 

Sponsor presentation – Nicole Sheppard, Bedford, Freeman and Worth 

Redesign of AP European History/Connections to AP US History 

Linda Burns, Director of AP History Instructional and PD Resource Development, College Board

Discussion of Best Practices

  • Share a best practice from your AP courses – how has instruction changed as a result of the redesign?
  • How can/should the skills and concepts emphasized in the AP course redesigns be reflected in other courses?
  • How do the skills and concepts emphasized in the redesign support implementation of Common Core?  Of C-3?
  • Group share-out: What lessons from your experience with AP courses can you apply broadly across your other courses?

Sponsor Presentation – Sandra Brand, Pearson 

Business Items:

  • Election – N. Baxter
  • Google Group/Listserve
  • Logistics of membership and registrations – S. Maher


  • NJSSSA Elementary Social Studies Meeting – N. Baxter
  • NJCSS Professional Development – B. Cameron
  • NJCSS Fall Conference – proposal deadline is June 1 – N. Baxter
  • Mock Election – R. O’Dell
  • Submission of testimony about testing – K. Fox
  • NJPSA meeting on evaluations – K. Fox
  • Pre-service event was cancelled – N. Baxter

Policy Updates and Advocacy  – Debra Bradley, NJPSA director of government relations


Fox and K. Dennison

Fall Meeting 2014

 NJ Social Studies Supervisors Association Meeting

October 17, 2014

NJPSA/FEA Conference Center – Monroe, NJ

best practices in assessment

  • Breakfast and Registration
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Sheila Miller, Nystrom and Social Studies School Service – Active Classroom
  • Presentation by Claudia Ocello, Montclair Historical Society film project – asking for assistance – 1920 to 1965 New Jersey Documentary
  • Introduce new Board and Officers; Membership reminders
  • NJCSS events and initiatives (professional development)
  • Mock Election – Bob O’Dell
  • NJ350 – Arlene – two web sites; www.officialnj350.com -short videos and http://civiced.rutgers.edu/njlessons.html for use in 4th grade but also has resources for other grades (2-8) – lessons. Looking for teachers to pilot.
  • Model Assessment update
  • Lunch
  • SGO 2.0 debriefing
  • Discussion about NCSS statement on standards


Sponsored Presentations

Active Classroom


Winter Meeting 2015


NJ Social Studies Supervisors Association Meeting

January 30, 2015

NJPSA/FEA Conference Center – Monroe, NJ

  • Breakfast and Registration
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • National Geographic Presentation
  • Updates from Beverly Plein, NJDOE
  • “Creating Effective Assessments” – Dr. Mari Pearlman
  • “Using Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to Improve Assessments” – Liz Azukas, Jefferson Township Public Schools
  • Workshop on Assessment Development – NJSSSA Board of Directors
  • Lunch
  • Presentation by Benchmark Education
  • Business Meeting

Presentation – Assessment in Social Studies – Dr. Mari Pearlman

Mari PearlmanDr. Mari Pearlman is the founder and principal of the Pearlman Education Group.  Dr. Pearlman assists a broad range of education organizations in fulfilling their missions, using her experience in not-for-profit executive management, educational measurement, and educator professional development.  She has provided both for-profit and not-for profit education organizations with strategy analysis and advising, market analysis, partnering advice and support, assessment and evaluation design.  Dr. Pearlman’s professional experience allows her to apply frameworks, analytical tools, and disciplines common to effective for-profit businesses to the education industry.  She has particular expertise in the interrelationships between strategy and fiscal decision-making, design and leadership of team-based new product development, market analysis, organizational management strategies, and leadership development.  Dr. Pearlman’s talent development efforts have centered on school principals and teachers, developing their expertise in evidence-centered instructional practice.  Dr. Pearlman’s PhD is from Rutgers University; she is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.


Sponsored Presentations

NJSSSA Jan Logos

NJSSSA Business Items 

  • Elections (M. Mingle)
  • Human Rights Education curriculum guide (W. Fernekes)
  • Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Studies (M. DiBiasse)
  • Listserve and membership (N. Baxter)
  • Google Group (S. Maher)
  • Standards cheatsheets (N. Baxter)
  • State BOE Public Testimony on Impact of Testing (N. Baxter)