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Institute Co-Chairs

CEL believes in the power of collaboration! Below, learn more about the CEL leaders who organized the NJ CEL Regional Institute in October 2015. 

Please check back to learn where and when CEL's next regional institute will take place in 2016!


Heather Rocco and Edie Weinthal, Co-Chairs

Heather Rocco serves as Supervisor of English Language Arts 6-12 for the School District of the Chathams in New Jersey and as a Consultant for the Educator Collaborative. With nearly twenty years of literacy instruction expertise at the secondary level, she has served as a classroom teacher, English Language Arts Supervisor for grades K-12 and an education consultant in some of the highest performing schools in New Jersey.  

Additionally, Heather has an extensive background in supporting and coaching literacy leaders. Heather has served as Program Chair for NCTE’s Conference on English Leadership (CEL) Annual Convention and was elected CEL’s Associate Chair in 2014. She facilitates the organization’s #LitLead, a monthly Twitter chat for literacy leaders.

Heather has presented at national, state, and local conventions, including NCTE, ASCD,CEL, NJPSA and NJLALA.  Her work has been published in the English Leadership Quarterly, Educational Viewpoints, and the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English Journal. She is currently doing research for a book on learner-centered, secondary level instruction.

Follow her on Twitter @HeatherRocco.


Edie Winthal

Edie Weinthal serves as District English Supervisor for the Pascack Valley Regional HS District in Montvale, N.J.  She has held that position for the past sixteen years. Edie has taught English on every grade level from kindergarten through college. She was chosen as the 2008 Language Arts Educator of the year by the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English.

Edie has been a member of NCTE and CEL for the past twenty years.  She has served as CEL Member-at-Large and the Chair of the 2008 San Antonio National Convention. She is a frequent speaker and presenter at NCTE, CEL, ASCD and National School Boards. She has presented all over the United States and in Europe. 

Edie has written two books: Teachable Moments:  A Parent’s Guide for Helping Your Child Excel and Barron’s HSPA, a New Jersey study guide for the state mandated graduation test in language arts.  


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