Morristown, NJ —The New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS)  announced it will hold its Biennial Professional Development Conference on Monday, 24 October 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the College and Academy of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ.  Dr. Oz is the Keynote Speaker.

The theme for the conference is The Life Skills Summit:  Health, Wellness, and Steps to Stronger Learning Communities.  Over 1200 school teachers, administrators, and Heads of the NJAIS 84 member schools are expected to attend the conference.  Participants will learn from leading experts in health, wellness, mindfulness, learning styles, and character development.

“NJAIS schools distinguish themselves not only for their high standards in scholarship, athleticism, and the arts, but also in their care and attention to children’s social and emotional wellbeing," Carole J. Everett, Executive Director of NJAIS.

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Highlighted speakers include:

Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.:  Dr. Oz’s Keynote Speech, “Achieving the Good Life:  Tips for Educators,” will include his experience as a parent at an NJAIS school, observing the stress that affects faculty and administrators.  Dr. Oz has won seven Daytime Emmy Awards for “The Dr. Oz Show,” and is a Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. 

SUSAN CAIN’s presentation is “Quiet Kids:  How Our Education System Can Teach Introverted Students.”  Ms. Cain is the co-founder of the Quiet Revolution and the author of the bestsellers Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages, and has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over four years.  Visit Cain and the Quiet Revolution at

JENNIFER ASHTON, MD, is presenting “Pushing Perfect:  How to Promote Health and Real Happiness in Teenage Girls.”  Dr. Ashton is a Board-certified ob-gyn, and is also Board-Certified in obesity medicine.  She is one of the only M.D’s with a national media platform who also has a degree in nutrition.  She has a distinguished private practice and is also the Chief Women’s Health Correspondent for ABC News. Dr Ashton is the author of three books: Eat This Not That When Expecting, her award-winning book, The Body Scoop for Girls, is a relatable guidebook for teenage health, while, Your Body Beautiful, is a new-age head to toe guide to vitality and wellness for women age 30 and over.