ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently attended the annual NJEA Convention (njeaconvention.org) in Atlantic City, one of the largest gatherings of educators in the world. We spoke to exhibitors, vendors and presenters about the unique programs and products they offer to both teachers and students in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Education Association holds their convention every November for two days, and educators travel from throughout the state, country and the globe to attend. The convention boasts noted speakers, professional development workshops, celebratory events and a plethora of information and ideas for educators. 2018 marked the 164th year of the NJEA Convention.

TAPintoTV spoke to the following people on the convention floor:

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  • Dr. Angela Cristini, Ramapo College/Mobile Food Lab
    The Mobile Food Lab (mobilefoodlab.org) promotes hand-on learning experiences for students in grades K-8 about food, nutrition and healthy eating.

  • Kerri Likakis, Registered Dietician, RWJBarnabas Health, KidsFit
    KidsFit (https://www.rwjbh.org/treatment-care/wellness/childrens-wellness-kidsfit/) is a program establishing healthier lifestyle habits for children via exercise, nutrition and behavioral changes that can foster and boost self-esteem.

  • Laura Overdeck, Founder, Bedtime Math
    Bedtime Math helps kids love numbers so they can handle math in real life. They post free, playful math problems on their app and website (bedtimemath.org), offer an after-school math club, and publish a series of children’s books.

  • Patrick McQuillan, VP of STEM Education, Liberty Science Center
    Liberty Science Center is a STEM Education Institution offering exciting a wide range of explorations for students, teachers, and families (www.lsc.org).

  • Madeline Downing, Doyle’s Farm
    Doyle’s Farm (http://www.doyles-farm.com) is a 6th-generation family farm that offers hands-on field trips to acquaint children with the vanishing heritage of farm living and help them understand where their food comes from.

  • Michael Franchino, Co-founder, Maker Depot
    Maker Depot (https://www.themakerdepot.com/) is a 6,000+ square foot makerspace which also offers classes and education in many different areas, such as 3D printing, woodworking, and electronics.

  • Carol Watchler, Central NJ Chapter of GLSEN
    GLSEN offers professional development as well as class and community resources supporting safe and inclusive schools for all regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression (glsen.org)

  • Maryellen McVeigh, Education Coordinator & Bill Schroh, Jr., Director of Museum Operations, Liberty Hall Museum 
    Built in 1772, Liberty Hall has been a witness to more than 200 years of American history. The Museum provides opportunities for students to see, touch and relive history through field trips and its educational programs (http://www.kean.edu/libertyhall) .

  • Chris West, Editor, NJ Teachers’ Lounge
    The NJ Teachers Lounge is an online community to help educators, administrators, and faculty in the state, in and outside of the classroom (https://nj-teachers.com).

TAPintoTV will be following up with expanded coverage on the NJEA Convention, so stay tuned.