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Atlantic City: The Pool & Spa Show

More than 400 exhibitors and over 11,000 attendees came together to splash about at the Pool & Spa Show (formerly The Atlantic City Pool & Spa Show).  Over a thousand booths filling over 100,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space provided attendees with access to the latest pool product and service innovations.  Enthusiasts would not have wanted to miss the Spa and Hot Tub Hands-on Simulator Training Session, providing the latest training in
spa and hot tub equipment maintenance.  Then there was the NSPF Certified Pool/Spa Operator course, the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s training vehicle for providing operators with the basic knowledge, techniques and skills of pool and spa operations. The certification program included training on pool and spa chemistry, testing, treatment, filtration, maintenance, automatic feeding equipment, and government requirements. Wait.  Could this maybe imply that one of the requirements of government types is for hands-on treatment at a spa….?

Atlantic City: New Jersey School Boards Association – NJSBA

NJSBA is the New Jersey School Boards Association.  It’s a federation of all of the state’s local boards of education. The 4,800 local board members who comprise the membership are the largest group of elected and appointed public officials in New Jersey. The Association provides in-service training and technical assistance.  The Association also advocates the education, health and safety interests of New Jerseys public school students and school districts.  The NJSBA Special Education Task Force had conducted an exhaustive study of trends in special education programming, funding, and effective practices. During its deliberations, the Task Force consulted with more than 25 experts in special education, including representatives of higher education, key personnel in the U.S. and New Jersey Departments of Education, and special education advocates and practitioners.  So this was solid information, not just an “educated” guess…

Atlantic City: Tri-State Camp Conference

The Tri-State Camp Conference claims to be the largest gathering of camp professionals in the world, and this was billed as the most important “off-season” event for camp professionals, camp staff, youth development professionals, and “out of school” experiential educators. A community of over 3000 happy campers came together to learn at over 180 educational sessions, find new products and services in the 300-booth exhibit hall, and spend time with like-minded people, dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children.  The American Camp Association (ACA) believes that young people benefit emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually from spending time in close contact with the natural world. Camp provides children with the opportunity to connect with nature, to participate in human powered activities, and to benefit from personal and primary relationships.  Okay kids, you spread the tent on the ground and THEN you crawl in there to put the frame up…. Or… Wait…   #Camp

Atlantic City: Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey

So you’re a veggie?  Yeah, I’m pretty sure we saw you at the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey Convention.  The association was set up to “promote and encourage improvements in the production and marketing of all phases of the vegetable industry in the State of New Jersey”.  What sort of topics were getting discussed?  Well, veggies, you could take your pick from Barn Fire Prevention and Safety, Energy Issues in Commercial Greenhouses, Hydroponic Basil Production, Applicator Safety, Certification & OMRI Pesticides in Organic Farming Systems, Cross-contamination Issues with Regards to Water Sanitation and Cleaning and Packing Produce, Managing Community Supported Agriculture, and Considerations of Transitioning to Organic Production.  Oh, nearly forgot:  Pepper Weevil Trapping and Movement was a particular concern. Worried about the effects of climate change on crop production?  You needed to be there for the session on Lessons Learned from Irene and Sandy — Are you Ag Ready?  Wait, where exactly did you say you wanted to move those Pepper Weevils…?

Atlantic City: Atlantic City Pool & Spa Expo – NESPA

NESPA is the Northeast Pool & Spa Expo, bringing together industry buyers and sellers since 1982. The Pool & Spa Show is a four-day conference and exhibit event where the pool and spa industry meets and splashes about.  The show connects over 400 exhibitors and more than 11,000 attendees each year.  Spa and pool professionals from all over the country and the world attend to see all the latest pool & spa trends, cutting-edge design & product technology, and to attend 60 educational seminars and counting.  There were more than 1,000 booths, filling over 100,000 square feet of exhibit space and providing attendees with access to the latest product and service innovations.   With technical training courses and business seminars, the education schedule offers a variety of courses designed to build business, expand skills and enhance knowledge.  Not a bad venue, if you wanted to “make a splash”…

Atlantic City: NJSBA Workshop #NJSBAWorkshop13

The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of boards of education. NJSBA provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and the achievement-level of students, all this achieved through effective governance. Educational problems and processes are complex, we heard, because they cross domains: they involve learning and cognition, but also an understanding of language, culture, race, history, technology, and geography. To respond to such a complex challenge, teachers need knowledge and skills that cut across domains. Topics that got people talking included Making the Grade, Raising the Bar, Teaching the Teachers (apparently developing effective educators takes time, in case you thought it was just a cookie-cutter kind of a thing), Constructing Schools that Inspire, and Rewarding Sustainability. Hey teacher, I brought you an apple…