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“Survival Skills for First-Year Teachers” Workshop to be Held at William Paterson University on August 21 and 22

The critical strategies involved in organizing, planning, and teaching during the first year of teaching will be explored during a two-day workshop at William Paterson University in Wayne on August 21 and 22, 2013.

The workshop, “Survival Skills for First-Year Teachers,” will be held in the University’s 1600 Valley Road building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $99 for William Paterson graduates from the Class of 2013, and $149 for all others. Lunch is included on both days.

“This workshop is designed to help new teachers easily make it through the first year—often their most challenging period—and become great teachers,” says Anthony Coletta, a professor of education at William Paterson, an experienced K-5 and middle school language arts/social studies professor, and a co-presenter of the workshop.  Coletta will be joined by Martin White, a William Paterson student teaching supervisor and professor-in-residence at Anthony Wayne Middle School in Wayne who is a former high school English teacher, K-12 language arts supervisor and middle school principal.

Topics to be discussed include classroom management procedures for the beginning of the school year; case studies reviewing student discipline and guidance techniques; parent-teacher communication; using a learning styles model to differentiate instruction; school law: what does a beginning teacher really need to know; using writing as a way to understand all subjects; curriculum planning; assessment strategies that help students succeed on state-wide assessment tests; and personal development plan strategies for the first year.

Each participant will receive a copy of The First Days of School by Harry Wong.

For additional information or registration details, please contact Diane Davidson at the University’s Center for Continuing and Professional Education at 973-720-3709, email or visit

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