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.

 

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, March 3 at 10:00 a.m.
During this session, John Henry, NJSBA’s I-STEAM and sustainability specialist and Jennifer Siehl, NJSBA’s STEAM Tank coordinator will provide an update on the 2021 virtual STEAM Tank Challenge. In addition, LT Andrew Becker, NJSBA’s U.S Army STEAM Fellow, will be introduced as the newest member of NJSBA, U.S. Army STEAM Team. LT Becker will share his STEAM related background and Army experiences.

 

Upcoming Webinars

NJSBA webinars 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.

Rozenblit v. Lyles Point/Counterpoint
Wednesday, March 3 at 1:00 pm
A brief review of the pros and cons of the recent NJ Supreme Court decision upholding a board of education’s ability to pay the salaries of full time union representatives.

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Ensuring Compliance and Security for K-12: Addressing concerns facing our schools
Thursday, March 4 at  1:00 pm
Schools are now required to be compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), to filter web traffic, provide protection from cyberthreats and inappropriate content, as well as gain the appropriate visibility and controls necessary to meet CIPA, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) compliance standards. How can you provide a consistent user experience for your students, teachers, and administrators who work on campus, from a remote location, or at home while still keeping them and their data safe?

The challenges for schools will only get more complicated with time, especially as remote, distance learning becomes the norm. With 1-to-1 device initiatives, virtual classrooms, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies expanding, and technology we can’t even envision yet, the trend will shift toward treating every device as if it’s not trusted. Yet students have to work as if they’re in a classroom environment and do it securely and effectively. Schools will need a way to quickly and securely scale, providing access to applications their staff and students need, without escalating cost.

Join us as we discuss how K-12 organizations can provide a secure and seamless transition for their Home Internet Access for Students that includes remote learning, as well as ensuring compliance through simple Internet safety, privacy and security policy implementation. As the Internet is utilized more and more, deeper protection is required to keep students, teachers, principals, and administrators safe without compromising the educational processes.

This presentation will:
• Address critical needs to K-12 Internet Security & Protection
• Discuss compliance requirements & standards
• Cover cost effective measures to assist K-12 Organizations

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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.

School Law Issues During the Pandemic Series


Personnel Issues During the Pandemic

With school districts moving from hybrid to remote learning and then back again during the pandemic, job responsibilities of district staff have been constantly changing. Boards of education have had to navigate through unique personnel issues during the health emergency as they try to provide the best possible education for their students. In this podcast interview, Derlys Maria Gutierrez, Esq., a founding attorney with the firm of Adams Gutierrez & Lattiboudere, discusses workforce challenges with the NJSBA’s Ray Pinney. Listen Online

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

 

Facebook Live

Facebook Live Event: A Conversation with ARTSEDNJ
Join us on Wednesday at 1 p.m. for Part 2 of the Arts in Our Schools Month Highlights. We will share what to expect in March and throughout the spring as we roll out the Arts in Bloom campaign. The Arts Ed in Bloom campaign will highlight the benefits and need for arts in our schools all throughout the spring. We will continue to showcase student voices and the arts education that is still happening in our schools. Also, we will share what #ProtectArtsEdNow has been up to. More information at www.artsednow.org

Facebook Live: NJSBA I-Steam and Sustainable Lessons
During this session, John Henry, NJSBA’s I-STEAM and sustainability specialist and Allison Mulch, NJ Audubon’s Project Director for School Sustainability, will engage in a conversation with US DOE Green Ribbon School Awardee, Readington Middle School students and students from Union County Vocational Technical School, who started a local community environmental initiative called the Green Cause. The students will share their perspective on climate change, service and leadership.

Facebook Live Event: How to Plan Indoor & Outdoor Spring Performances
Join us for a discussion with ARTSEDNJ as we share ideas on how to do indoor/outdoor spring performances for theatre, music, and dance.

Webinars

The Coronavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act: What’s in it for Jersey K12s?
Did you know that on December 27, 2020 Congress passed another round of emergency COVID response funding? Much like the support received under the CARES Act, school districts and charter schools can again expect to see fiscal aid as they continue to respond to the global pandemic. There are a few key changes between CARES and this new round of coronavirus relief monies that you should be aware of.

Join us as we chat with Elizabeth Evans & Molly Haggerty of the NJSBA Grants Support Program about what this new funding means for NJSBA member districts/charter schools, differences in how this funding will work, and how the NJSBA Grants Support Program is here to help you navigate through the anticipated application process.

As we await further information from NJDOE, you won’t want to miss out on this quick hit primer to get a jump start on planning. Watch Now

Secure Distance Learning
Welcome to the new world of remote work and learning! While offering many benefits for organizations, the large scale shift to remote and hybrid access also opens up additional security risks. This session will help you understand how some key steps can significantly reduce that risk including verifying authorized users, protecting users off the VPN, securing encrypted access for remote workers, threat protection across web, endpoint and email, and centralizing visibility and automating workflows. Watch Now

Special Education during COVID – A Primer
What’s the difference between 504 and the IDEA? Do you know your IEP from your RTI? What about your SEPAG from your FAPE? Join NJSBA attorneys for a special education primer with an update on emerging issues. This program is designed to give board members an introductory understanding of the financial, programmatic and ethical requirements surrounding special education in New Jersey, with a special focus on special education issues that have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch Now

Work-Based Learning Guidance for the 2020-2021 School Year
This presentation has the following objectives:

1. Explain how the new Perkins V legislation will affect WBL this school year.
2. Explain what quality WBL programs encompass.
3. Explain what categories would be considered quality WBL indicators of acceptable experiences.
4. Explain WBL considerations, recommendations, resources and FAQs for the 2020-2021 school year.         Watch Now

Fundamentals of School Board Membership – Part I
Field Services will bring to life the important concepts in NJSBA’s Fundamentals of School Board Membership, an anthology on the basics of board membership on subjects vital to the local governance of public education. This book is so comprehensive that it will be presented in multiple webinars. In this session:

“Who Does What in Public School Governance” – a primer on the distinct functions of school boards, board members, and superintendents.
“10 Tips for New Board Members” – words of wisdom from a board veteran, written by Lee Lusardi Connor, former member/president of the Morris Plains Board of Education.

Please join us as we share these helpful perspectives on topics of value to every board. The publication, Fundamentals of School Board Membership, is currently available electronically to our members at no cost through the password-protected portal of our website. Watch Now

2020 N.J. Student Learning Standards: Building Awareness and Planning for Implementation
Session participants will have the opportunity to hear an overview of the changes in each content area; as well as learn about the new framework and its implications, the curriculum implementation schedule, and the next steps for implementation. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback to inform NJDOE’s multi-year professional learning plan. Watch Now

Working with the News Media: What Board Leaders Need to Know
The school board president, or designee, speaks publicly on policy and matters that come before the board of education. Learn how to work effectively with today’s press, how to tackle difficult topics, and how to keep the conversation within context. The program will also address topics that are “off-limits” to board members. Watch Now

CARES Act Funding and Eligible Services
Schools today are making unprecedented changes in educational services to meet the needs of the learners and educators due to the pandemic. Join us for an informative session on services that can be supported through the CARES Act funds of ESSER and GEER. Learn how schools and districts can fund and procure resources to help meet students’ current and future needs. Amy Kawaguchi, a nationally recognized expert on federal funding and entitlement programs for education will be the featured presenter. Watch Now

Legislative Update
Please join Jonathan Pushman, NJSBA director of governmental relations, for a discussion on recent enactments, pending legislation and other education-related developments of the State House. Watch Now

New Jersey Performance Reports for Educator Preparation Programs (NJ PREPP)
The New Jersey Department of Education has released the Educator Preparation Provider Performance Reports (NJ PREP) to provide transparent data on teacher preparation providers. This presentation will provide an overview of the NJ PREP and offer suggestions for uses of the reports for school boards, school and district leaders and hiring entities.

The Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) provide reports on New Jersey public school teachers and their performance and persistence data to the institution where the teachers were trained. These reports include information on Certification and Licensure, Hiring and Persistence, School Placement and Classroom Assignment, Post-Secondary Education, and AchieveNJ Evaluation for program completers. The purpose of the reports is to promote continuous improvement and supply hiring entities and perspective educators with data about EPPs and their graduates. Watch Now

The Open Public Meetings Act – The New Emergency Regulations
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