2021 NJEA Convention will be presented in-person with remote components
The NJEA Convention returns in person to Atlantic City on Nov. 4-5. The convention will also include virtual professional development sessions to enable members who wish to participate remotely yet still benefit from much of what the NJEA Convention has to offer.
Both in-person and remotely, members will have access to what has become the convention’s signature feature—professional and career development workshops and programs for every member. Keynote speaker Bill Nye will appear remotely both for in-person attendees and those attending remotely. The convention’s three in-person keynotes—Henry Louis Gates Jr., Sonia Manzano and Eric Liu—can also be attended remotely.
The massive exhibit hall, featuring Main Street NJEA, education vendors, publishers, field trip opportunities, colleges and universities, NJEA Member Benefits sponsored vendors, the Member Showcase, the Nicky Fifth series author Lisa Funari-Willever, and so much more will return for the in-person convention only.
Workshops that are presented remotely will be optimized for the virtual environment and will generally not be broadcasts of the in-person workshops. All sessions—both virtual and in person—will require pre-registration. No walk-ins will be permitted for in-person sessions in the convention center.
Boardwalk Run returns
The very popular George M. Adams Boardwalk Run and Fun Walk, a 5K event, is scheduled to return to this year’s convention. This year, registration for the run will be electronic. More details concerning registration and safety protocols will appear in the October NJEA Review, and on njeaconvention.org as soon as available.
Safety protocols established for in-person convention
In order to protect the health and safety of all persons attending the 2021 NJEA Convention, the practices below will be in place for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status.
- Every attendee must wear a mask.
- Temperature checks will be administered upon entry. If a fever is measured, rapid COVID testing will be available.
- No one under 18 years of age will be admitted. Childcare is suspended for the 2021 NJEA Convention.
- Food and beverages will be available but must be consumed in designated areas. No food or beverages will be permitted in any other area of the convention center. There will be an expanded area for dining adjacent to the Exhibit Hall.
- Capacity in workshops and meeting rooms will be reduced from previous year to enable social distancing. As currently envisioned, workshop presenters will be permitted to unmask when they begin their sessions, but must remain at the front of the room and maintain an appropriate distance from the audience.
NJEA will adhere to the safety protocols established by the New Jersey Department of Health, which may add to or modify the above practices.
Visit njeaconvention.org regularly for more information.
Stay overnight at the NJEA Convention
Want to reserve a room in Atlantic City for the NJEA Convention at a great rate? Take a look at these discount rates available at Bally’s, Borgata, Caesars, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock, Harrah’s, Resorts and Tropicana.
To make reservation, go to njeaconvention.njea.org/hotels. To access the room reservation tool, you’ll need to log in as a member. For your PIN, use either the email address you’ve previously given NJEA or the PIN that is found on your membership card. Your password is the last four digits of your Social Security number unless you have changed it.