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Informed Citizens

are Better Citizens

Conference for New Educators

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation mission is to serve as a free education resource by providing civics and law-related publications, mock trial competitions for grades 3-12, and educator trainings to promote a positive school climate. We are hosting a new conference for new teachers,  educators, and school counselors.

For: Teachers/Educators/School Counselors with less than 5 years of experience as well as college seniors and master’s level students pursing a teaching, education or school counseling or education degree*

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2024 ~ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Where: New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

  • Free event + free parking
  • Earn 4 Professional Development Credits
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Space is limited to 200 attendees

*University and College Deans, Department Heads, Program Chairs and Professors are also welcome to attend.

Conference Agenda:

  • Registration and Breakfast
  • Welcome
  • Keynote: Dr. Tawanda L. Hubbard ~ Seeing Beyond Oppositional Behaviors and Attitudes: Embracing the Practice of Mattering in Our Interactions with Youth
  • Concurrent Workshops. Select your first choice and alternate choice when registering. Each workshop is three hours in length. Click on the buttons below for workshop description.
  • Lunch, networking and closing remarks

Dr. Tawanda L. Hubbard is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Rutgers School of Social Work (RSSW) and Ph.D. candidate pursuing her second doctorate in Family Science and Human Development at Montclair State University. Dr. Hubbard was honored in 2023 and 2022 with the Outstanding Clinical Specialization Professor award from RSSW and in 2021 with the National Teaching Leadership Award in Higher Education by JV Educational Consultants. She has over 19 years of experience in child welfare, mental and behavioral health, case management, advocacy, and clinical practice with a small private practice and consulting firm. Dr. Hubbard is trained in family therapy and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) and is certified in rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT) and child sexual abuse therapy. She holds two post-masters in clinical practice with adolescents and social work and spirituality. Dr. Hubbard is a Council of Social Work Education-MFP Doctoral Fellow Alumna and Family Process Institute New Writers Program Fellow Alumna. She designs curricula and provides workshops, keynotes, webinars, and publications connected to her scholarship and practice interests. Dr. Hubbard is the past president of the National Association of Social Workers, NJ Chapter. She also serves on various councils, advisory boards, and coalitions and belongs to associations focused on social work, family relations, child and adolescent development, mental/behavioral health, and child welfare.

Unconscious Bias Workshop

An interactive workshop that will introduce participants to the concept of unconscious (or implicit) bias, demonstrate how unconscious bias manifests itself, and identify strategies to address unconscious bias in ourselves and in our schools.

Social Emotional Character Development

Explore how to integrate the five competencies of social and emotional learning (SEL) into the school setting. Educators will learn to incorporate self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making into the classroom through lessons, journaling and habits.

Restorative Justice: Community Building Workshop

Restorative Justice is a proactive approach that is used in schools to build community, prevent and address harm and conflict, and help students positively re-integrate into school after an absence. This training will introduce educators to the concept of restorative justice and provide strategies for implementing tier 1 community building restorative practices in schools such as talking circles, shared values, and daily restorative check-ins.