Jeff Williamson

December 1, 2018

Jeff never ceases to amaze us with the wealth of his knowledge.  This workshop focused on literature, and brought to life old classics as well as new readers.  He inspires us with new and exciting ways to make literature come alive for our students as meet all the state standards for reading and writing.

Jeff 5.jpg
Jeff 3.jpg
Jeff 4.jpg
Jeff 2.jpg
Jeff 6.jpg
Jeff 1.jpg

Greg Smedley-Warren of the

Kindergarten Smorgasboard

October 20, 2018

Once again, Greg captivated a sold out conference,

with his knowledge and expertise. 

He is engaging, funny, and his presentations revitalize us to engage

with our students in new and stimulating ways.

Mary Ann DeSapio

"The Brain, the Body, the Joy in Learning -- Part 2” 

Saturday, May 19, 2018 

Middlesex County Workshop

Winnie-the-Pooh is helping a child learn points to tap for EFT to release stress.  Stress shuts down learning so this is one way to help alleviate it.  Some schools are using this school wide.

This is a mat used to walk the figure 8, which aids in the body crossing the midline. Figure 8's can also be small on a mat where the child can trace it, even with a toy car.  It can be waved in the air. All aid in 

crossing the midline. The body needs to make an "x" so the brain makes an "x."  This is necessary for full learning and performance in all we do.

Up and at 'em instead of stationery worksheets at your seat.  Each person marks a time they choose on their wristwatch. With their recording sheet, they find the person to match that number and write down their time. Fun way to reinforce telling and writing "time" in no time at all!  Instant engagement for all!

The live vegetable garden is "learning on your feet, not in your seat" about identification and parts of plants we eat. We need to move or we compromise the way we learn.  This activity uses all our senses - the optimal way to learn.

Jeff Williamson

Comprehension Connections

Taking a Bite out of Math

March 10, 2018

What a fabulous workshop last Saturday with Jeff Williamson.

As usual, Jeff had many thoughts and ideas to share with us. Saturday's workshop centered on math and reading comprehension curriculum and we came away inspired and enthused. We also learned that Jeff is retiring this year from public school. We wish him well in his 'new' life choice - spending more time teaching us!

We can't wait to see him again!

Reading Strategies That Work

Nancy Rygiel & Matt Pask

October 18, 2018

Reading workshop with Nancy and Matt showed us how to use running records, and gave hints of ways to make them easier (for those of us who already use them). Also lots of ideas of technology to help with reading in our classrooms. These were just two of the areas covered in Thursday's workshop, along with information to help us, help our students be more successful.

Peggy Campbell Rush

October 7, 2017

It was a great conference and a great Saturday with Peggy Campbell-Rush!

She shared her expertise, knowledge, and kept teachers awake

and wanting more!

Thanks Peggy for a wonderful presentation!

MaryAnn DeSapio

 September 19, 2017

What a wonderful workshop with MaryAnn DeSapio.

We learned about taking care of our bodies and in turn,

taking care of those precious ones in our care.

Lots of ideas to help our students learn, such as ideas to

cross the mid-line, which is so important to our students brain health.

Thank you MaryAnn for an inspiring morning!

Marsha McGuire

August 1, 2017

Differentiated Instruction 

There were so many kinesthetic and sensory curriculum ideas

to incorporate into our classrooms to stimulate

our children's brains and bodies.

Dr. Alice Christie


April 1, 2017

presented an enlightening, empowering, and relevant workshop on

how technology can enhance teaching and learning

"Extend Your Five Senses"

March 2, 2017
Wondergy creates and delivers interactive science for the young child.
Presenter Ken Fink, President of Wondergy Harnessing the Power of Curiosity


Author Workshop 

January 12, 2017

What a wonderful workshop we had with our authors. Listening to these authors tell us a little bit about themselves, how they got started, a bit about their books, we were inspired for our children to become the best authors they can be. Maybe even inspired ourselves to write a book! 
Over 70 teachers attended this event to hear: Jef Czekaj (Cat Secrets, Oink-a-Doodle-Moo); Kevin O'Connell (Abecedarium Automobilium); Traci Dunham (The Oyster's Secret, and Nothing to Fear from the Park, my Dear); and Roseanne Kurstedt (And I thought About You).

Traci Dunham
Roseanne Kursted
Jef Czekaj


November 5, 2016

What a fantastic conference with Greg Smedley-Warren on Saturday!

So many great ideas and Greg is such an inspiring speaker.

It's hard to know where to begin to recap our day with him.

Math strategies, art (LOVE the Directed art drawings), classroom management ideas.... the time flew by and we were sad that our day with Greg had to end.

Share one positive thing happening in your classroom or school each day to your social media accounts using this hashtag.


October 20, 2016

UCAKE (Union County Association of Kindergarten Educators) The math strategies workshop was a big success. Some favorite ideas were a colored coded 1 - 100 chart, color coded number line to 20, Common Core information, and lots of 10 frame ideas. Thank you Matt Pask and Nancy Rygiel for presenting for us. We had 80 teachers in attendance.

John Farrell Workshop
May 2016

Mary Amoson Conference

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, NJAKE hosted their Spring Conference with Mary Amoson at the Holiday Inn Carteret.  Mary Amoson is a kindergarten teacher, where she enthusiastically uses technology to engage her active students.  Mary loves sharing her ideas, activities, and tools that have worked with her own kindergartners.  

Mary has her own blog:  She is committed to instilling passion in teachers because she believes that passion is truly the secret to increasing learning and achievement. And that is what she did at our Spring Conference on Saturday.  Mary presented three wonderful sessions.  The sessions focused on Science with some STEM ideas/activities, Learning Sight Words, and Games Galore. 

It was a special morning because we learned many new exciting activities, learned new technology apps & sites, and made new friendships.  Many door prizes were given away by our presenter, Mary Amoson, NJAKE, and our many vendors.  A special thank you to all of them for their generous contributions.  Also, a very special thank you to our NJAKE members who spent their Saturday with us.  We had a lot of fun and learned many new exciting things. 

Mary Amoson
Executive Board members with Mary