NJSBA is offering webinars, podcasts, Facebook Live events, and virtual conferences focusing on the challenges facing local school boards and school districts during the current public health emergency. Join the events live, or access the archived events at your convenience.

Are you I STEAM Ready – Design Challenges for a Sustainable Future – Series 3 of 4
Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.

Ready to take the next step with your district’s I-STEAM initiatives? The New Jersey School Boards Association, in collaboration with the Rutgers University Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education is offering a four-part series that focuses on design-based thinking, design challenges, and ways to create a maker mindset within your student population.

In part three of the series, NJSBA and the Rutgers Team will do a deeper dive into evaluation case studies of design challenges with sustainability themes, and exploring how to implement the challenges in elementary, middle school, and high school classroom settings.

Learn how sustainability standards can be addressed, what makes the challenges integrative STEAM, and how the design process is used at each step to scaffold the sustainability themes process. The team will demonstrate open vs. structured design challenges, and attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a virtual activity.

Sustainable Practices Working Session 3- Building Management & Energy
Thursday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.
As part of its commitment to helping schools across New Jersey reach their sustainability goals, NJSBA, in collaboration with Sustainable Jersey for Schools, offers members and school district personnel opportunities to attend a series of virtual Sustainable Practices sessions.

This session will provide an overview of operational practices to help save money and save energy.

Learn about free resources available to schools from the NJ Clean Energy Program and NJSBA’s Alliance for Competitive Energy Services (ACES) program.

Fall School Law Forum

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m.
Join us for the virtual Fall School Law Forum on Wednesday, Dec. 9.  Practicing school board attorneys will share research and their own experiences in addressing the latest court decisions, administrative rulings, statutes, and code that affect public education and school district governance.

Topics for the Fall School Law Forum include:
• Case Law Update • Employee Leaves and Accommodations in the Time of COVID-19 • Student Discipline Off-Campus Conduct • Title IX – The New World • Negotiations and Arbitration During a Pandemic • Ethics

Ask your school business administrator to register you online to attend this training.

Facebook Live

NJSBA is hosting a series of Facebook Live events to address questions from boards, school administrators, and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the NJSBA Facebook page to tune in.

Facebook Live: NJSBA I-Steam and Sustainable Lessons
Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m.

During this session, John Henry, NJSBA’s I-STEAM and sustainability specialist, will lead a discussion on the inclusion of climate change in the New Jersey student learning standards, and the implications for teaching and learning. John will be joined by Michael Heinz, science coordinator, Office of Standards, New Jersey Department of Education, and Missy Holzer, a retired teacher, and an N.J. learning standards consultant.

Virtual Resources Webinar Series

The Virtual Resources Webinar Series will convey important information related to navigating through the COVID-19 health crisis and will highlight solutions available to help NJSBA members manage the virus’s impact on New Jersey’s educators and students. View upcoming and past events on our webinar page.

3Rs: Roles, Responsibilities and Resources
Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 11:00 a.m.
This program is designed to educate new board members; however, it is equally informative and useful to veterans. Topics include the functions of a board of education; board member responsibilities; services available to you from NJSBA; strategies and tips to survive and thrive in your first year of service; where to go for help when you need it. Register Now

 

Podcast: Conversations on New Jersey Education

Conversations on New Jersey Education, NJSBA’s podcast program broadcast over BlogTalkRadio.com, will feature a series of interviews focused on school leadership during the COVID-19 health crisis.

 

Recent Online Events

Podcast: Conversations on New Jersey Education

Conversations on New Jersey Education, NJSBA’s podcast program broadcast over BlogTalkRadio.com, will feature a series of interviews focused on school leadership during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Building Resilience in our Students of Color, Traumatic events affect the learning process for all children, but children of color face even more obstacles. NJSBA’s Ray Pinney interviews Dr. Melissa Sadin, author of a series of books on coping with trauma, and coauthor, with Nathan Levy, of “Teachers’ Guide to Trauma: 20 Things Kids with Trauma Wish Their Teachers Knew.”  Dr. Sadin will discuss the impact of the pandemic on children of color who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Listen Online.

School Law Issues During the Pandemic Series

Special Education Issues During the Pandemic – School Law
Special education practices changed overnight with the onset of the pandemic. Many districts are working to provide services virtually and with social distancing protocols while still following IEPs and adhering to other legal requirements.  In this podcast, Amy Houck Elco, a partner with the law firm of Cooper Levenson, discusses the issues with the NJSBA’s Ray Pinney. Listen Online

Negotiation Issues for Boards of Education During the Pandemic
Despite virtual meetings and the pandemic, negotiations between the board of education and the local bargaining unit still have to take place.  Should you hold the sessions remotely or in person?  What are the issues that pandemic adds to the mix? How long of a contract should you agree too?  In this podcast, Philip Stern, Esq. from the firm of DiFrancesco, Bateman, Kunzman, Davis, Lehrer, & Flaum, PC discusses these and other issues with NJSBA’s host Ray Pinney. Listen Online

Negotiation Issues for Boards of Education During the Pandemic
Despite virtual meetings and the pandemic, negotiations between the board of education and the local bargaining unit still have to take place.  Should you hold the sessions remotely or in person?  What are the issues that pandemic adds to the mix? How long of a contract should you agree too?  In this podcast, Philip Stern, Esq. from the firm of DiFrancesco, Bateman, Kunzman, Davis, Lehrer, & Flaum, PC discusses these and other issues with NJSBA’s host Ray Pinney. Listen Online

School Law: Evaluating Special Education Students in a Pandemic
Special education students and educators have faced extraordinary difficulties with the school closures – and face even more challenges with the reopening of schools.  With a new school year beginning, there is a need to evaluate and assess the status of special education students. Which students need assessments? What are the challenges of performing evaluations in a pandemic? What guidance has been provided by the NJDOE? In this podcast Christine Soto a partner with the law firm of Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt, Capelli, Tipton and Taylor, LLC will discuss these and other legal issues surrounding the evaluation process with NJSBA’s Ray Pinney. Listen Online.

Conversations with Educators on the COVID-19 Front Line

The Paterson School District’s Effort to Close the Digital Divide
Thursday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m.
Earlier this year, Paterson School District officials worried that a shortage of devices would prevent many students from learning online. In this podcast, the NJSBA’s Ray Pinney interviews Paterson Superintendent Eileen Shafer, and Jerry Scacchitti, regional vice president for Trox who explain how they worked together to help Paterson find the devices students needed. Listen Online

NJSIAA’s New Leader Discusses Whether School Sports Programs Are Possible During a Pandemic
Colleen Maguire is the new Chief Operating Officer for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).  She is the first woman to lead the 102-year old association.  In this podcast,  Maguire will discuss the importance of athletics for students and how the NJSIAA is moving forward, cautiously, toward the possibility of a fall season of competition for student-athletes. Listen Online

Special Education Meeting the educational and social-emotional needs of special education students is perhaps the most daunting challenge our districts have faced in the transition from in-person instruction to remote learning. Dr. Gerard Crisonino, director of special education at the Jersey City School District, and a school board member in the Berkeley Heights School District, discusses how his district has addressed this issue with NJSBA’s Ray Pinney. Listen Online

Food Distribution One of the biggest challenges many school districts faced when schools closed was that they still had to dispense meals to their students. In this podcast, Mark Gengaro, director of climate and security for the Clifton Public Schools, discusses with NJSBA’s Ray Pinney how that district organized and planned to open three locations for food distribution; then how they made changes to deal with the challenges of social distancing and shifting circumstances. Listen Online

Facebook Live

Facebook Live Event: NJSBA I-Steam and Sustainable Lessons, Featuring John Henry, I-STEAM and Sustainability Specialist
John Henry will be joined by Jeff Hoagland, education director of the Watershed Center. For decades, Jeff has engaged thousands of students in the outdoor environment at the Watershed Institute and other locations. During this broadcast, we will discuss the traditional role that the Watershed Center and others have played supporting classroom teachers through direct engagement in our environment, while examining challenges in doing so during the COVID 19 crisis. We will also explore success stories while examining sustainability features at the Watershed Center.

Facebook Live Event: Educating the Whole Child
Join us for a conversation about educating the ‘whole child’. NJSBA’s Educator in Residence, Vincent DeLucia, will discuss the role that schools play in this topic. There will also be discussion on the positive impact of collaboration, and the importance of social-emotional learning.

Facebook Live Event: NJSBA and Arts Ed NJ’s Biweekly Arts Education Series
Join us  for a recap of the NJSBA Workshop 2020 Arts Education Showcase! We will review results from the ARTS Ed NJ School Board Candidates Survey and discuss the upcoming New Jersey State Solo & Ensemble Festival. The session will include information on how schools can get involved in the ARTS Ed NJ program.

Facebook Live Event: NJSBA I-Steam and Sustainable Lessons, Featuring John Henry, I-STEAM and Sustainability Specialist, NJSBA
John Henry, will be joined by Technology, Engineering, and Design Educator and former NJ Technology Engineering Educators Association (NJTEEA) President Jason Erdreich, who will define the importance of technology education in schools. John and Jason will discuss short and long-term benefits for students learning how to use technology, which includes how a student’s ability to retain and apply knowledge can be increased by experiential learning. In addition, the engineering design process will be discussed as a learning process for students to solve real-world problems through uniquely teacher designed scenarios that can be presented as an integrated approach in the makerspace classroom, and through collaborative activities that can be accomplished at home.

Facebook Live Event: Arts Education during COVID19
Learn how to successfully provide arts opportunities for your students. A special focus will be on strategies for theatre and outdoor performances.

Webinars

The Open Public Meetings Act – The New Emergency Regulations

Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m.
This session will detail new emergency regulations and developments regarding the board of education’s OPMA obligations.Watch Now

Understanding the Cyber Threats That Impact Your School District
Learn about various types of cyberattacks and how they are affecting K-12 institutions. Discover what you can do to help take the proper precautions to significantly reduce the likelihood of a cyber-incident happening to your school district. Watch Now

Telecom & IT Savings Strategies
This workshop will give you insights into how your district can cut costs in your Telecom & IT budgets. Over time, Fortune has developed and perfected processes and tools that will help eliminate administrative distractions and allow you to focus on your core educational objectives during these challenging times. Watch Now

Candidates Briefing – Statewide
The New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) is hosting regional Candidates Briefings to address the structure and responsibilities of local school boards in New Jersey. Participants will receive pertinent information on topics including:

• An overview on the role of the board member;
• Legal requirements, including criminal background checks and financial disclosures;
• The board as a policy-making body;
• Training requirements;
• Ethical considerations to avoid conflicts of interest;
• Resources available to board members.

This program is available at no cost to the candidates or their districts. Watch Now

E-Rate: Important Program Updates & The Future of Category Two Funding
Please join our partners at E-Rate Consulting for a review of the special filing window to address bandwidth upgrades attributable to COVID-19 and an overview of the updates to the Category Two funding process beginning in Funding Year 2021-22. Watch Now

Ask the Expert: Ransomware Roundup
This session will explore recently observed ransomware threats, and offer insights into how your district can strengthen security operations in response to the recent trends in the ransomware realm. Topics of discussion will include: how ransomware attacks work (with the added threat of data exfiltration); the ransomware “kill-chain” and how to stop it; 6 different points where you can stop ransomware during its lifecycle; security strategies and policies; controls for user devices; and more. Register Now

Making Distance Learning Safe, Smart, and Compliant
Learn how cloud-based platforms work anytime and anywhere learning takes place, and how to provide schools with the seamless protection and visibility they need to ensure distance learning is safe and effective. Watch Now

COVID-19 Understanding the Numbers
Join us as NJSBA staff attorneys discuss the COVID-19 risk tiers that apply to school reopening’s. We will also be discussing when, and under what circumstances, school districts need to take action in the event of a reoccurrence of COVID in the school. Watch Now

Is your District an easy target for a Cyber Attack?
Most districts are not prepared to manage the increasing number of continuous malware, ransomware, and phishing attacks being encountered as a result of the move to virtual learning. During this webinar K-12 districts will learn how to use Cortex XDR Pro to automate the alerting process. Most districts use tools that generate lots of noise and offer no in depth information into what is happening on their networks This session will allow districts to see how fast they can take back control of their network, all of the time. Watch Now

Addressing School Finance
Join Christopher Jones, NJSBA legislative advocate, for a presentation on school finance. He will be discussing issues concerning school funding and how the state funding formula works. Watch Now

Tackling the Digital Divide Part 2
Join us for part two of this discussion to hear how T-Mobile solutions can assist districts in providing internet to all students. We will also discuss how NJSBA can assist in the procurement of products and services that districts may need to narrow the gap in the digital divide through our NJSBA TEC Cooperative Pricing System. Watch Now

Security Awareness Training
The upcoming school year will have more distant learning, which means more people will be accessing your network than ever before. Prepare your district to guard against potential cybersecurity attacks with targeted security training to improve skills and defend against threats. Watch Now

Tackling the Digital Divide
Many school districts will rely heavily on technology at the start of the new school year. The lack of broadband access and technology, otherwise known as the “digital divide,” remains a problem for some school districts. Join us for a discussion with two of the leading telecommunications providers, Altice and Verizon, to learn about solutions New Jersey school districts can use to overcome the digital divide. Watch Now

Labor and Leave Review
Join NJSBA’s Legal and Labor Relations Department for an update on the current state of Labor Negotiations in education, as well as a review of the most recent employee Leave provisions available to staff as schools plan to reopen in September. Watch Now

Leveraging Data Analytics for Back to School
Join this live webinar to learn how you can empower your school district with data-driven decision-making. You will hear about how the Newark Board of Education is currently leveraging data analytics to overcome obstacles in their district as they prepare for the upcoming school year. The session will include a live demonstration and an interactive Q&A. Watch Online

Title IX – Proposed Changes and the Potential Impact on Your District
Title IX is a federal law that makes it illegal to discriminate against a person on the basis of sex in any federally funded activity. Last month, the United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, proposed regulatory changes to the way in which Title IX is implemented. While somewhat controversial, the regulations seek to standardize Title IX rules and ensure consistent implementation nationwide. Join our legal and policy staff as they discuss how these significant changes may impact your district. Watch Now