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.

School Law Essentials
Thursday, Oct. 8 at 9 a.m.
Essentials of School Law provides essential legal information for school board members, school attorneys, and other school leaders on a variety of topics, including:

• Open Public Meetings and Open Public Records Acts
• Ethics for Board Members and Other School Officials
• Labor Relations for Board Attorneys
• Tenure and Seniority

Administrators and school board members are encouraged to attend to gain a foundation of critical knowledge in these law issues. Newly hired associates and experienced attorneys needing a “refresher” course are also encouraged to attend. Register Now

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 Event: NJSBA I-Steam and Sustainable Lessons, Featuring John Henry, I-STEAM and Sustainability Specialist, NJSBA
Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.
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: Special Topics – Equity in the Virtual Classroom
Thursday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.
Join us on Thursday October 1 at 10 a.m. for a conversation about the equity challenges districts are facing as they move further into the new school year.  NJSBA’s Educator in Residence Vincent DeLucia, will discuss hidden biases, social-emotional learning and the role that schools play in social justice. There will also be discussion on the positive impact of collaboration, and the challenges of homeschooling children with special needs.

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.

Candidates Briefing – Statewide
Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m.
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. Register Now

E-Rate: Important Program Updates & The Future of Category Two Funding
Thursday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m.
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. 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.

Special Education Issues During the Pandemic – School Law
Tuesday, Sept. 29 @ 2:30 p.m. 
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

 

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

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

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

Teaching PE Teaching physical education virtually is a challenge, but it is a challenge the Middlesex County Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Olawski from New Brunswick, meets every day. Listen in as NJSBA’s Ray Pinney discusses with Jennifer how and the district use physical activity to reduce stress for students and staff, and how she checks in with students on their social-emotional needs. Listen Online

The Role of the Principal What is the role of the building principal when the instruction is not occurring in the building?  What are the challenges facing principals in making sure instruction is delivered, and the social-emotional needs of the students are met?  In this interview, Dr. Paul Christopher, who has more than 30 years of experience as a principal, and is currently the principal of Class Academy High School, which is part of the Monmouth County Vocational School district, discusses these and other issues with NJSBA’s Ray Pinney. Listen Online

Teaching AP Classes Even if you are a teacher with superb technological skills, moving from in-classroom to virtual instruction is a challenge.  Katherine Poerner, who teaches Pre-AP U.S. History I and AP U.S. History II at Pinelands Regional High School, discusses meeting the challenges of virtual learning with her students with NJSBA’s Ray Pinney. Listen Online

Facebook Live

Facebook Live Event: NJSBA Virtual Workshop 2020 Preview
NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop will feature more than 100 sessions, including more than 50 sessions on education during a pandemic. Virtual Workshop sessions will be available to watch on-demand for a full year. Registrants may also access the virtual exhibit floor and all of the conference resources. Think of it as a full catalog of 100+ hours of on-demand training for the entire team, including school board members, superintendents, school business administrators, IT staff, facilities managers, curriculum directors, and other district staff.

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.

Facebook Live Event: NJSBA I-Steam and Sustainable Lessons, Featuring John Henry, I-STEAM and Sustainability Specialist
John Henry, will be joined by Joe David, Stacey Kliesch, Jessica O’Donnell and Lauren Harris, members of the American Institute of Architects NJ Chapter. They will discuss what architecture is and how students can learn valuable career readiness skills by practicing architectural design skills. Also, a new design challenge will be introduced that will focus on spatial understanding, combining logic, creative problem solving, critical thinking skills, visual communications and two and three dimensional representation.

Facebook Live Event: Planning and Developing an Esport Program
The ever-changing landscape of esports can make it challenging to navigate. It’s important to find the right starting point. Many questions may arise such as: Where do you begin? Is there a curriculum? How do we prepare students for a growing industry? Which league to join? We will discuss what it takes to develop a plan to not only start a esport program but also prepare students for a successful career in gaming and esports.

Facebook Live Event: NJSBA and Arts Ed NJ’s Biweekly Arts Education Series
Introducing NJSBA and Arts Ed NJ’s Biweekly Arts Education Series. Each week we will highlight a topic, equipping you and your district with information, tools and tactics to support Arts Education in our state. We will kick off the series on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. with ways to join and support New Jersey’s Celebration of National Arts in Education Week starting on Sept. 13.

Facebook Live Event: NJSBA I-STEAM and Sustainability Lessons, STEM at home and STEM for Success
John Henry, NJSBA I-STEAM and Sustainable Schools Specialist, will be joined by Swetha Yogeswaran, a junior at South Brunswick High Schools and NJIT undergraduates Kamiya Patel, Emma Hamza, and Joel Heredia to discuss STEM experiments that you can do at home. They will present three demonstrations followed by a discussion capturing their path to the STEM disciplines they are studying. James M. Lipuma, Ph.D., director of CLEAR (Collaborative for Leadership, Education, and Assessment Research), will join us to discuss the STEM for Success program and free STEM starter kits along with other resources that could benefit students and STEAM Tank teams to support their STEAM journeys.

Facebook Live Event: NJSBA I-Steam and Sustainable Lessons, Featuring John Henry, I-STEAM and Sustainability Specialist
John Henry, will be joined by Phoebe Beierle, school district sustainability manager at the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and Medea Villeré, regional coordinator for USGBC New Jersey. During this session, guests will discuss relevant sustainability curriculum, green school teacher training, and other sustainability resources that NJSBA, the Center for Green Schools, and USGBC has to offer schools in both distance and in-person learning situations. Walk away inspired and equipped with resources and opportunities that can lead to healthy and safe learning environments for your school district.

Facebook Live Event: NJSBA I-Steam and Sustainable Lessons, Featuring John Henry, I-STEAM and Sustainability Specialist NJSBA
John Henry will be joined by Giovanna Hansen, US Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion, education services specialist, and SFC Edwin Morel, discuss how the Army can support the education community and engage students during remote learning. From STEM programs to academic and career content areas, the Army offers a variety of free digital resources.

Webinars

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

Protecting District Equipment Outside of the Classroom
Due to the current health emergency, more devices are being used outside of the district than ever before. Join us to find out how districts can protect their equipment through a cost-effective alternative to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) warranties, support and accidental damage protection. The program is vendor-neutral and does not charge deductibles or cap the number of accidental incidents claimed. Watch Now