Advisor Professional Development

The NJASC is certified by the New Jersey Department of Education as a Professional Development Provider.  We offer programs at each seasonal conference as well as during LTC for Student Council Advisors and other educators interested in student leadership.  These workshops and programs count toward the "100 Hours" Certification Requirement for Professional Development in New Jersey.

Advisors' Conference - NEW!

In March 2016, we laid the groundwork for building a statewide Advisor Community with our NJASC Advisors' Conference. This one-day event provides Student Council and other activity advisors the chance to network with peers while receiving valuable training and information about how to become more involved with their State Association.

Our first Advisors' Workshop in several years was the first step toward building a New Jersey community of Student Council & Activity Advisors. We hope to make this an annual event, welcoming back past participants while welcoming new ones into our group! Whether young or just young at heart, experienced or brand new, from North or South (remember, Central does not exist) Jersey all came together to begin the process of establishing this new community...

After having some breakfast and checking out the goody bags (which included a really cool shirt!), we began with "Make Your Time Count". This workshop, a version of which is taught to our delegates at LTC, focuses on the difficult (but not insurmountable) task of getting everything done while keeping your head above water. Our Advisors learned (and experienced) the importance of multitasking, triage, keeping no more than "10 items in our bag" and making sure to carve out time for themselves...
Part of building a community is getting to know each other and making new friends. After our first full workshop we split into groups and played "The Name Game", just like they do at LTC. Not only did our Advisors Workshop participants get to meet new people, they got to test their memory in an enjoyable way as they began to make connections with their colleagues from throughout the Garden State...
Great ideas were shared on a variety of topics at our Roundtable Sessions, in which groups of 8-10 advisors moved in 15-20 minute rotations between six tables. Main topics included: Your NJASC & LTC, Spirit Swap Shop, Fundraising Sawp Shop, Working With Your Administration, Tech to Promote & Communicate and Officer Training & Goal Setting. Expert facilitators (see below) got the discussion started and then stepped back as YOU shared your expertise, questions and answers...
We closed with an affirmation of the important work that ALL Student Activity advisors do in their schools. A presentation of The Alliance for Student Activities, "Do The Math" highlighted the importance of the arts, activities and athletics in schools and how they each actually support - not detract from - the goals and metrics used by school reformers! Yes, Student Activities are an integral part of "college and career" readiness for our students, and our Advisors make it all happen...

We would like to thank several people who helped us to make this conference happen - our Roundtable Facilitators: Dr. Ken Shulack, Pam Freund, Dr. Denis Mulroony, Phil Stewart, Alex Mirabella and Joe Fasanella.

We would also like to thank all of YOU who joined us at this event. We now look forward to seeing many of you join us at our NEXT Advisors' Conference...and perhaps on Advisors' Day at LTC this July!

Seasonal Conferences

NJASC also provides opportunities for Advisor Professional Development at our seasonal conferences, which include the Fall Business Meeting (2 PD hours) in October, Winter Convention (3 PD hours) in January, and Spring Awards Program (2 PD hours) in May.

At the Fall and Winter Conferences, nationally recognized speakers provide special workshops for advisors in attendance following their keynote address to the entire conference. At the Spring Awards Program, the newly designated State Charity provides a workshop for interested advisors and we provide a LTC-related training session. Certificates are provided during each of these conferences for advisors to take home and submit to their district for Professional Development credit.

IMPORTANT: All advisors are encouraged to incorporate Leadership activities or concepts in some manner into their Professional Development Plan (PDP); some districts only will accept Professional Development (PD) Hours that relate to this document.

Advisors' Day at LTC

Each year, we invite advisors and other interested educators to attend Advisors' Day at LTC, our annual NJASC Leadership Training Conference. For more information about LTC and how it can prepare your student leaders for the challenges they will face both in school and beyond, CLICK HERE.

During this full day program which takes place on the second day of each LTC session, participating advisors will observe and take part in LTC activities to find out why their student leaders come back so invigorated and ready to lead. Lunch is included, and advisors are welcome to stay after the program ends for dinner and the "LTC Games"! 

The NJASC awards 7 Professional Development Hours to each participant upon completion of this program.  For more information about Advisors' Day at LTC, please e-mail NJASC Executive Directors Lou Miller at lmiller@njasc.org or Wendy Booth Sitzler at wbsitzler@njasc.org.