Voices Vol 41 No 2

Getting the Best Experience from Spring Conference

by Gwen Franks

If you haven’t registered yet there is still time (until May 11th).

1. Register on-line & pay with Paypal or credit card;
2. Print out the form & mail in with a check;
3. Print out the form & send in with an approved purchase order (must be sent with the actual purchase order).


If you have already registered you should be receiving an email confirmation. Please read the confirmation to make sure that your registration is correct. If not, please email Gwen Franks at springconference@njtesol-njbe.org. When filling out the registration form please use your personal email address; many schools are using blockers that will not allow your confirmation to go through.

If your school is sending your registration along with the purchase order and you have not received your confirmation, please double check with your school district as to the status of the PO.

Picture ID is now required at Conference Check-In.

Check-In opens at 7:30 a.m. and remains open only until 10:00 a.m. There is no check-in after 10:00 a.m. You must check- in to obtain your badge and conference materials before attending any workshops. Please wear your badge, so that you can be identified as a conference attendee. Badges will be checked throughout the day.

Two Day Registrants. You MUST check-in both days.

Parking. Hotel parking for 400 cars will be available for $6.00 per car for the day. Additional city parking lots are also available a few blocks from the hotel at regular rates. Maps and addresses for all parking will be available on-line soon. Carpooling and public transportation are recommended. New Brunswick is served by NJ Transit buses and trains.

Join your colleagues and NJTESOL/NJBE friends at a reception after the conference on Wednesday May 30, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.  Please let us know if you plan on attending.

Check your conference confirmation and membership status. If you received a notice with your confirmation that your membership status is not up to date and have not acted upon it, please be ready to pay for membership at the conference. Your membership must be paid up in order to receive your conference packet.

Exhibits open early, so enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and take a look at the exhibitions before the workshops begin. We are offering an hour of Professional Development for the time you spend in the Exhibit area. The Exhibitors will be open from 7:30 am - 5:00 pm on Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. approximately on Thursday.

Check the conference schedule on our website and plan your day.

Lunch buffet will be continuously served between 11:30 and 2:30. Lunch tickets will be included in your registration packet. You will need to provide the ticket when entering the buffet line. Do not lose your tickets, they cannot be replaced.

Professional Development Certificates will be given out at the end of each workshop. Attendees must remain in the session the whole time to receive their certificate. As a courtesy to the presenter and fellow conference participants, it is requested that you arrive to your workshop on time and stay until it is over, at which time the certificates will be distributed.

Directions & Public Transportation to the Hyatt Regency are available on-line.
The Hyatt Regency is offering reduced conference price for rooms. Mention

Gwen Franks is the business administrator and a conference planner for NJTESOL-NJBE.
She may be reached at springconference@njtesol-njbe.org