Admission

What is the admission fee to attend the NJEA Convention?

Members of NJEA, NJREA and NJEA Preservice have full access to the NJEA Convention at no cost. It is a benefit of membership.

Where’s my admission badge?

All badges will be issued onsite at the Convention Center upon arrival.

Can I visit the membership processing area before the Exhibit Hall opens?

Yes. The membership processing area in Hall D will be open on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

May I bring my spouse or other immediate family members along?

Only members may bring guests onto the Exhibit Floor.

Guests are defined as immediate family members: spouse, civil union or domestic partner, parent, child or sibling. You may pick up guest badges on the second floor of the convention center.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Child care is available for children ages 3-14. See Page 8.

No guests or children are permitted on the third and fourth floors of the convention center.

Guests do not receive certificates of attendance.

I’m not a member of NJEA.   Can I attend the convention?

Nonmembers pay an admission fee based on how much access they wish to have to the convention. The fee covers both Thursday and Friday. There is no discount for attending only one day. Nonmembers may not bring guests.

  • Professional development access (Exhibit Floor and workshop sessions): $150
  • Affiliated group members who are not NJEA members: $100
  • Exhibit floor only: $50

Nonmembers may purchase their admission badges in the box office located in the atrium or register and pay in advance here. Nonmembers who register on-site will receive a certificate of attendance at the box office when they receive their admission badge.

Nonmembers who register in advance will receive their certificate of attendance when they pick up their badge at the box office.

Admission may be paid on-site by credit card (Visa and MasterCard only) or cash. Checks are not accepted.

For questions, email tickets@njea.org.

I am a New Jersey college student preparing to become a teacher. What’s the best way for me to gain admission to the convention?

If you are a member of the NJEA Preservice, your admission is free.

Not yet a member? Join for $32. In addition to full convention access you’ll receive many other benefits of NJEA membership. You may join on-site at the convention center in Hall D or at njea.org/preservice. See the Preservice page for more information.

Convention Schedule

When is the NJEA Convention?

The 2018 NJEA Convention is Nov. 8-9.

When is the Exhibit Floor open?

  • Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please make sure to check your schedule carefully. An alphabetical list and a detailed index of workshops can be found in the Convention Program.

Special needs accessibility

How do I make advance arrangements for accommodations for a disability-related need?

A limited number of wheelchairs and scooters are available and can be rented from the UPS store at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Contact the UPS store at 609-449-2480 or store3584@theupsstore.com.

All vehicles in NJEA’s shuttle service, operated by the Jitney Association, are equipped to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters.

For other disability-related needs, call the NJEA Convention office at 609-599-4561, ext. 2263 before Oct. 19.

Directions and parking

How do I get to the Atlantic City Convention Center?

Public transportation options are outlined on the Travel page.

If you are using GPS, the address of your destination is:

Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Convention Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Where do I park?

While parking is available at the Convention Center, it quickly fills to capacity and closes by 9 a.m. Alternate parking options can be found on the Travel page.

Included among the parking options is Atlantic City High School from which you can take a shuttle to the convention center. Shuttles leave every 15 minutes between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Remember to make allowances for Atlantic City traffic patterns.

Other information

I’m staying at an NJEA-contracted hotel. Are shuttles available?

Shuttles are available from various hotels and other locations in Atlantic City to the convention center. See Travel page.

Where’s coat check? How much does it cost?

Look for coat check on the second floor of the convention center. The charge is $3 per item.

I need to call the NJEA Convention while I’m there. What’s the number?

During the NJEA Convention these phone numbers will be active:

  • Information Center: 609-449-3952 or 609-449-3953
  • Presenter check-in: 609-449-3937
  • Sheraton: 609-344-3535
  • Caesars: 609-348-4411

Is the NJEA Convention on social media?

Yes. Make sure to:

  • Like NJEA at facebook.com/njeaconvention and make sure to select “See first” when you hover over the “like” button.
  • Follow @NJEA on Twitter
  • Follow @njeaconvention on Instagram.
  • Use #njeaconvention when communicating on social media platforms.
  • Download the NJEA Events app.
  • Text the word CONVENTION to 738674 to get updates during the NJEA Convention.

If I need emergency medical assistance while at the convention, what do I do?

Contact any building security or NJEA staff member or visit the EMT office outside of the Hall B entrance.

Any tips on where to meet up if my child gets lost or my friends and I get separated?

Go to the information booth on Main Street NJEA, which is in the middle of the Exhibit Floor. Lost children will be escorted to the information booth.

What if my district requires me to be at my school on NJEA Convention days rather than at the convention?

New Jersey law provides certain school employees—teaching staff members, secretaries, and office clerks—the opportunity to be absent from school for the purpose of attending the convention.

N.J. Statute 18A:31-2 states, “Whenever any full-time teaching staff member or any secretary or office clerk applies to the board of education for permission to attend the Annual Convention of the New Jersey Education Association, such permission shall be granted for not more than two days in any one year; and they shall receive full salary for days of actual attendance upon filing with the secretary of the board a Certificate of Attendance, signed by the Executive Secretary of the Association.

Where do I find Certificates of Attendance?

All attendees, both NJEA members and nonmembers who pay for admission, will receive a Certificate of Attendance when they receive their Convention Badge upon registration at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The Certificate of Attendance will be printed along with each convention badge. Because many school districts require members to submit their certificate of attendance to their supervisor upon return to work, it is important to keep this document in a safe place.

Guests do not receive certificates of attendance.

Your convention badge

All members will pick up their badges at the Atlantic City Convention Center on the second floor upon arrival. Your NJEA Convention badge is one of the best benefits of your NJEA membership—you get it because you’re a member. Nonmembers pay as much as $150 to attend the convention.

So how do I get my convention admission badge?

All you’ll need is your NJEA membership card. With it you’ll scan the QR code at any kiosk and your badge will be printed. You can also use the mobile electronic version of your membership card, found on the “My NJEA/Profile” section of njea.org on your mobile device, or use the image in the email you’ll receive from NJEA in the week preceding the convention.

What if I don’t have my membership card?

New members who aren’t yet in the NJEA membership system, or members with expired membership cards, will be able to talk with staff from NJEA’s membership processing office at the convention center to ensure NJEA’s records are accurate before they obtain their badge.

If you are already in NJEA’s membership system, a photo ID is sufficient for staff to verify your membership in the membership system and print your badge.

If you are a new member who has not yet been processed through the membership system, bring a copy of your membership application or a pay stub showing your dues deduction.

Registered NJEA members may request guest badges by showing their convention badge at the Guest Badge Kiosk located near the registration area on the second floor of the convention center.

Your professional development certificate

Upon entrance to each professional learning session on the third and fourth floors of the Atlantic City Convention Center, your convention badge will be scanned by the room attendant. Following the session, you will receive an email with a link to the session evaluation. Once you complete the evaluation, you will be linked to the certificate for that session. Be advised that you must complete this evaluation by Dec. 1, 2018 in order for your session attendance to be recorded. After that date, a link to your certificate will be available only in your professional development transcript on njea.org.

All NJEA members will also have their attendance—and a link to their certificate—recorded in their Professional Development Transcript on njea.org. Paper certificates and/or transcripts will not be available in Atlantic City.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All NJEA members should log on to njea.org and update their profile to include a personal email address (not your school district email) to which the link can be sent.