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Welcome to the New Jersey CEL Regional Institute on Intentional Literacy Leadership!

CEL is a constituent group of the National Council of Teachers of English. The Conference on English Leadership (CEL) fosters a professional community dedicated to building the leadership capacity of literacy educators, K–College.

As literacy leaders, CEL members are important influencers and contributors to the English language arts community. CEL members author curricular and instructional materials and professional learning resources. They provide professional learning programming and mentoring for teachers who aspire to be leaders and leaders who educate from the classroom or work in close collaboration with classroom teachers.

 Program Overview
(see detailed program below)


08:00-9:30 am

Breakfast with speaker Tom Marshall

09:45-11:45 pm
Interactive sessions led by local literacy leaders: see detailed program below

12:00-01:30 pm

Lunch with keynote speaker Chris Lehman

"Becoming Inspired to Be Inspiring: Choosing a Powerful Study for the Year Ahead"

 01:30-03:00 pm

Interactive sessions led by local literacy leaders: see detailed program below


Program Detail

8:00 - Registration Opens

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 - Morning Speaker, Tom Marshall

9:15 - 10:05

How to Create, Share, & House a Digital Curriculum

Kate Baker

Southern Regional High School

The Power of Instructional Rounds

Jennifer Wnuk

Marc Cicchino

Roxbury School District

An Administrator's Guide to Reading & Writing Workshop

Natalie Franzi

Cindy VanGlahn

Angela Mero

Middletown Public Schools

Getting the Assessment Conversation Started

Dr. Brad Siegel,

Northern Highlands

Dr. Robert Price,

Northern Valley

10:05 - 10:20 - Coffee Break

10:25 - 11:15

Chromebooks and Literacy -- Happy Together

John Fritzky

Byram Intermediate School

Brad Currie

Black River Middle School

Humanity in the Face of Insanity:Authentic Assessment in the ELA Classroom

Kevin Wittmaack

Livingston Public Schools

Be Your Own PD!

Valerie Mattessich

Pascack Valley High School

Reflections on Our First Year: The Challenges of Intentional Literacy Leadership

Virena Rossi

Mahwah Public Schools

Sue Ritter

Cranford Public Schools

Denise Velez

Kinnelon Public Schools

11:20 - 12:10

TechTheText: Improving Student Literacy Through Digital Platforms

Matt Morone

Tina Marchiano

Pascack Valley High School

Building Capacity Through Innovative Staff Development Methods that Maximize Growth and Cultivates Leaders

Elaine Bakke

Education Consultant

STEManities: The Intersection of STEM and Story

Sarah Gross

High Technology High School

12:15 - 12:45 - Lunch

12:45 - 1:30 Keynote Speaker, Chris Lehman

1:45 - 2:35

Round Table -

Integrating Technology

Round Table - Topic TBA

Round Table - Mentoring New Teachers?

Round Table -

Professional Development

2:45 - 3:15 - Closing Remarks & Door Prizes



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