NJSCA 2018 Conference


October 11-12, 2018
Pines Manor – Edison, NJ


The New Jersey School Counselor Association is soliciting proposals for presentations promoting evidence-based programs in the domains of academic, career, and social/emotional development or highlighting the latest techniques and practices in school counseling. Presentations showcase proven programs, current research, or skills of value to counselors, pre-K to postsecondary as well as district personnel, graduate students and counselor educators.

Presentations should include evidence that supports the impact of the program or service.  We are looking for presentations that will help to build the capacity of New Jersey school counselors to help our students be ready for the next step on their academic journey.


Planning a Comprehensive School Counseling Program

  • Assessments and evaluations of counseling programs and individual components
  • Effective strategies to close achievement and opportunity gaps
  • Using data to deliver effective counseling programs
  • Utilizing social media to market your counseling program
  • Managing your program with technology
  • Leadership Skills

Guidance Curriculum / School Counseling Core Curriculum

  • Prevention strategies for drop out, teen pregnancy, suicide and alcohol/drug abuse
  • Postsecondary awareness strategies for all grade levels

Individual Student Planning

  • Improving ACT and SAT scores
  • Effective Counselor roles with RtI
  • Improving graduation rate
  • Reducing Test Anxiety

Responsive Services

  • Helping Transient Students (Foster, Migrant, Homeless, etc.)
  • Effective School Counselor intervention for student discipline issues

Student Support Services

  • Leading trainings for teachers and parents
  • Effective parent engagement strategies
  • Building community partnerships
  • Advocating to reduce systemic barriers to student success


  • Any pre-conference events that are planned will take place on Thursday, October 11th. This Call for Presenters is seeking proposals for the learning break out sessions that will take place on the conference day, Friday, October 12th only.
  • Proposals are only accepted through completion of this electronic form.
  • There may be no more than three (3) presenters for any session (one lead presenter and two co-presenters). All communication with presenters will take place via the Lead Presenter email address provided on the registration form.
  • Presenters may submit more than one proposal for consideration.
  • Presenters who intend to sell and/or promote a product as a central element of their presentation are encouraged to explore the Sponsors and Exhibitors information. Only if space permits may these programs be considered. If a program of this nature is accepted, it does not mean that NJSCA endorses the product.
  • Please plan your proposal based on a program session of approximately 50 minutes.
  • Acceptance of a proposal does not mean that NJSCA endorses the content.
  • If your session is offered in support of a commercial product or service, clearly indicate the product/service on the session proposal form.

Must Submit Your Vita/Resume – In addition to filling out and submitting the form below, program session speakers are  required to submit a PDF of their vita or resume which includes their full work & education history, with type of degree, field of study & year obtained.

NJSCA will convene a committee to review and select Conference sessions. You will be contacted by NCYI, the organization managing this conference, to let you know if your proposal is accepted.  We carefully consider all proposals in an effort to share successes in issues facing today’s youth.



Deadline for Submission is: May 15, 2018

Notice regarding proposal acceptance will be sent via e-mail by June 15, 2018.

All communications regarding your breakout session will come to you directly, and you will be responsible for sharing it with a co-presenter (if any).


Breakout Session Presenters (up to one Lead Presenter and two Co-Presenters per breakout session):

  • Early Registration Rate (by September 15th): $50
  • Standard Registration Rate (after Septembter 15th): $60
    (These rates are for Friday Only. Pre-Conference is not included.)

If your session is approved, the lead presenter will be emailed a link to the special Registration Portal for Approved Presenters.

If you and/or your Co-Presenter (if any) plan to present the breakout session and then leave, there will be no registration fee.  By not registering, you will not be given a name badge, program manual or tote bag, and will not be able to participate in any other sessions or meal functions at the Conference.


  • HANDOUTS: You will be responsible for preparing and copying handouts for your session(s). Plan to provide 30-40 handouts. . If you feel your session will be popular, please adjust amount as you feel necessary. Closer to the event date we will inform you of how many copies you may need
  • HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Presenters must make their own hotel reservations and are responsible for all other travel expenses.
  • CO-PRESENTERS: All communications regarding your breakout session will come to the Lead Presenter directly, and will be responsible for sharing it with a Co-Presenter (if any). Also note the rate structure for Co-Presenters above. If a Co-Presenter is not added at the time of the CFP submission one cannot be added in the future.
  • WI-FI: The Resort is equipped with Wi-Fi Internet that is complimentary for all attendees. However, we highly recommend designing your session so that you will not need internet access, since it can be slow or unreliable.
  • AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT: All meeting rooms will be arranged theater style. Please note that the Conference will provide a LCD Projector, screen, A/V cart and power supply at no charge to you. However, the Conference will not be able to provide any other A/V equipment. You are responsible for providing your own laptop and dongle/appropriate adapter, if needed for your presentation.  If your presentation requires sound for a video or sound effect please make the necessary plan to provide that equipment on your own.  If you need additional audio visual equipment, please contact the hotel. Any arrangements you make with the hotel will be at your own expense.



For more information or questions, please contact Chris Daugherty at cdaugherty@ncyi.org.


NJSCA Presenters

  • Lead Presenter

  • All correspondence will be made through email.
  • Co-Presenter(s)

    If you plan on presenting with a co-presenter(s) please provide their information below. Also, note the rate structure above.
  • Presentation

  • As you wish it to appear in the manual.
  • If you have not done it yet, please upload your resume.



Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


Crowne Plaza

2055 E Lincoln Hwy
Edison, NJ 08817


All events of the Conference will be located in the Pines Manor and guest accommodations will be across the street at the Crowne Plaza. While the special rate for the room block has expired, there may be rooms available


  • CALL: (732) 287-3500
  • RESERVE ONLINE: Reserve Online at www.ihg.com and search in “Edison, NJ.”  The Crowne Plaza should be the first option available.
NJSCA 2018 Crown Plaza Hotel

If room blocks at these hotels are full look on the main NJSCA Conference webpage for overflow hotel information.