The 4th Annual NJCU Pedagogy Day: “Teaching and Learning During Times of COVID-19”

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The NJCU Psychology Society & Chapter of Psi Chi cordially invite you to 

The 4th Annual NJCU Pedagogy Day: “Teaching and Learning During Times of COVID-19”

Keynote: Cynthia DeFina, Ph.D., “Navigating Obstacles Amid a Pandemic with a Focus on Special Populations and Educators”
Date: Thursday, April 29th, 2021 | Time: 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm 

All current and future educators are invited to attend the 4th Annual NJCU Pedagogy Day for a three-part vibrant day (12-1pm, 4.30-6pm, 7-8.30pm). The Pandemic has influenced the landscape in which education is delivered. Together with keynote Dr. Cynthia DeFina explore how school districts are navigating issues and creatively teaching students, particularly those of special needs. Dr. DeFina’s workshop will provide an overview of the logistics, programming solutions, and technology opportunities available. It will have an emphasis on social emotional learning as well as equity for our students. Participants will understand the importance of the educator in the students’ learning and how to accelerate the learning process. The keynote is followed by an afternoon and evening session to further explore mental health and best teaching practices during times of global education and health crisis. See further details below for each session.

Meet the 2021 keynote of NJCU Pedagogy Day!

Dr. DeFina works as a Supervisor of Secondary Special Education in Sayreville Public Schools. Previously, she worked as a school psychologist for eleven years. She teaches Positive Psychology at NJCU and is an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Graduate School program. She is skilled in psychological assessments, special education law, early childhood, student program development and positive psychology. Dr. DeFina received her BA from Rutgers University, MA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and PhD from Capella University. Harvard Graduate School recently selected her in the first cohort of their school management and leadership certificate. Dr. DeFina has presented at research conferences, businesses and development workshops. She is a Past President for the NJ Association of School Psychologists, attended the Public Policy Institute through National Association of School Psychologists and has appeared on News 12 in our Schools.

4th Annual NJCU Pedagogy Day: Teaching and Learning in Times of Covid-19

Thursday April 29, 12–1 p.m.
Keynote: Cynthia DeFina, Ph.D.,
Navigating Obstacles Amid a Pandemic with a Focus on Special Populations and Educators
Moderator: Dr. Peri Yuksel


Afternoon Session

Thursday April 29, 4:30–6 p.m.

Topic: "School-based Mental Health Services During Virtual Instruction" 
Rochelle Trochez, M.A., PD/Cert. & Nicollette Manresa, M.A., PD/Cert.
Moderator: Dr. Frank Nascimento 


Evening Session

Thursday April 29, 7–8:30 p.m.
Effective Pedagogy Teaching in the Era of Covid-19: From Theory to Practice
Speakers: Jennifer Defillippis (K-8 General Education Teacher) 
Nicole Rodrigues (K-6 General Education and Teacher of Students with Disabilities),

Moderator: Billal Atamnia, M.A., PD/Cert.


Scheduled Dates


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm