Join Us for our Brand New 2017 Fall Conference at Princeton's Chapin School, Saturday, October 28

NJCTE colleagues, here’s your autumn refresher!

Come to Princeton’s Chapin School--

Saturday, October 28, from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Stimulate your senses with interactive writing,

SPARK (a.k.a. ignite) mini-presentations,

and traditional PD workshops featuring

writing, literacy, intellectual freedom, and publishing.


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Only $20.


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Attendance Fee
Boxed Lunch Option

Save the Date for the Spring 2018 Conference at Montclair State University: Saturday, March 24

Our special guests are Very Special... writers LOVE the NJCTE!

these are the fine people that shared their experiences with you last year:

Click on the picture above to download the flyer.

The incomparable Andrew Smith is a...

Michael L. Printz Honor Book winner;

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner;

YALSA Award winner

Chicago Public Library award winner,

New York Public Library award winner;

Recipient of the 2017 Muriel Becker Literary Award; and

Author of Stick, Winger, 100 Sideways Miles, Grasshopper Jungle, The Alex Crow, Stand-Off & more

His books are:

"a literary joy to behold." —The New York Times Book Review

"alternatingly hilarious and painful, awkward and enlightening" —Publishers Weekly

"smart and compelling" —Rolling Stone

"brave and talented . . . powerful, sweet and heart-wrenching" —Printz-Award-winning author A. S. King (Please Excuse Vera Dietz)

"wildly original" —The San Francisco Chronicle

 and Tom Rinaldi


Edward R. Murrow Award winner and author of The Red Bandanna: A life. A choice. A legacy.

You've heard the story:

       One Sunday morning before church, when Welles Crowther was a young boy, his father gave him a red handkerchief for his back pocket. Welles kept it with him that day, and just about every day to come; it became a fixture and his signature. A standout athlete growing up in Upper Nyack, NY, Welles was also a volunteer at the local fire department, along with his father. He cherished the necessity and the camaraderie, the meaning of the role. Fresh from college, he took a Wall Street job on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, but the dream of becoming a firefighter with the FDNY remained.

      When the Twin Towers fell, Welles’s parents had no idea what happened to him. In the unbearable days that followed, they came to accept that he would never come home. But the mystery of his final hours persisted. Eight months after the attacks, however, Welles’s mother read a news account from several survivors, badly hurt on the 78th floor of the South Tower, who said they and others had been led to safety by a stranger, carrying a woman on his back, down nearly twenty flights of stairs. After leading them down, the young man turned around. “I’m going back up,” was all he said. The survivors didn’t know his name, but despite the smoke and panic, one of them remembered a single detail clearly: the man was wearing a red bandanna.

      Tom Rinaldi’s The Red Bandanna is about a fearless choice, about a crucible of terror and the indomitable spirit to answer it. Examining one decision in the gravest situation, it celebrates the difference one life can make.

Here are the reviews:

“Rinaldi’s reconstruction of that final morning is gripping. His recounting of how Crowther’s family slowly learned of his valor…and of how many now honor him, is deeply moving.” –The New York Times Book Review


“[A] lovely book...People see the fallen, beat-up world around them and ask: What can I do? Maybe: Be like Welles Crowther. Take your bandanna, change the world.”

– Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal


“A beautiful book…Through one hero of that day, Rinaldi really tells the story of all of them, all those who saved others and couldn't save themselves. I tell you about a lot of books. Buy this one. In the spirit of all the ones who kept going back up the stairs.” –Mike Lupica, NY Daily News


“How often does a book make you feel so deeply you need to just stop and breathe?... Rinaldi is a masterful storyteller…. a must read.” -The Star-Ledger

 and David Galef,

author of

Brevity: A Flash Fiction Handbook,

My Date with Neanderthal Woman,

and more!

We are excited to bring you more new ideas & great speakers!

  • We are as excited about this year's conference as we ever have been!
  • Please tell as many people as you can, and bring a friend! Each year it becomes increasingly challenging to provide the kind of top-notch conference we do at the price we do it. In an era where conferences and organizations are shrinking, we are alive and well, and doing our best to increase our visibility for you. This can only happen if our conference attendance continues to grow! Please help spread the word!
  • And thank you for all you do!

Registration will open in early 2018.

SEVEN PD hours!

at the Student Center Ballrooms at Montclair State University

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