Effective communication is key to your school leadership. On Saturday, March 23, NJSBA will host an interactive half-day session on giving and receiving effective feedback, enhancing active listening techniques, and working with different communicator styles. The day will include a variety of small breakout sessions, and a keynote session.

Keynote Session, Rottweilers and Labradors – Working with Both (And Those in Between) We all have to deal with a variety of personalities in our professions, our schools and at board of education meetings. Being able to quickly assess others’ behaviors will help you to engage them in a meaningful way and encourage cooperation and collaboration as opposed to conflict and divisiveness. In this session, we will discuss ways to best communicate with others based on their external behaviors to facilitate a comfortable dialog and working environment.

Dr. Bethany Summers is well-prepared to lead the discussion. She is a veterinarian; vice president of the North Warren Regional Board of Education; president of the Warren County School Board Association  and a Master Board Member. She will share her experience and knowledge on successfully working with different personalities. This session is geared toward those who are interested in becoming better listeners, more confident speakers and stronger leaders.

Program Information The programs will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.) at three regional locations. The cost is $50 per person. A light breakfast will be provided.

Registration Information Registration must be handled by the school business administrator. Links for registration for each program appear below. For questions regarding registration, please contact the NJSBA call center.

Program locations and registration information:

Mary F. Janvier Elementary School (Southern Location)
All-purpose room
1532 Pennsylvania Ave.
Franklinville, NJ 08322
Member Price: $50 per person
Ask your school business administrator to register you today. 

NJSBA Headquarters (Central Location)
413 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08618
Member Price: $50 per person
Ask your school business administrator to register you today. 

Montville High School (Northern Location)
100 Horseneck Rd.
Montville, NJ 07045
Member Price: $50 per person
Ask your school business administrator to register you today. 

For more information, please contact Marcia Lavigne, training manager, at mlavigne@njsba.org.