Sayreville War Memorial High School will host a Jostens Renaissance Regional Conference focusing on school climate on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The conference will include a 90-minute mid-morning segment for school board members, coordinated by the NJSBA, addressing how local school board members can work with their chief school administrators to build a healthy school climate that contributes to the emotional well-being and success of all students.

The speakers for the segment will be Patricia Heindel, a dean at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris County, and Liz Warner, her associate. They serve as co-directors of the School Culture and Climate Initiative at the college, and both work closely with Maurice Elias, director of the Rutgers Social Emotional and Character Development Lab.

“The importance of a healthy, nurturing school climate to students’ academic growth and physical and emotional well-being can never be underestimated,” said NJSBA Executive Director Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod. “We encourage school boards to consider participation in this program.”

Registration for the program is available here.

The program will be offered at no cost to board members who are attending. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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