To help schools reach their sustainability and I-STEAM goals, NJSBA invites members and school district personnel to attend a series of virtual sustainable practices and integrated science, technology, engineering, arts and math (I-STEAM) sessions. 

“NJSBA has a long history of supporting sustainability and I-STEAM programs for boards of education,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director.  “Sustainable practices result in healthier schools, with clear physical and academic benefits for students, as well as reductions in operating costs for districts. In addition, the importance of STEAM education to our students’ future is indisputable. These sessions will provide board members and school district staff with valuable insights into this critical topic.”   

Connecting with Community, Thursday, Jan. 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This session will provide an overview of the Community Education & Outreach actions in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. Special emphasis will be placed on partnership with municipal green teams and experiential learning opportunities for students. Learn best practices for engaging and leveraging community resources to enhance student education.

‘Are You I-STEAM Ready?’ Design Challenges for a Sustainable Future, Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 4 p.m. to 5 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. Part IV of the series will demonstrate how design challenges can promote engineering habits of mind, problem-based learning, and contemporary sustainability efforts.

Building Management: Waste, Purchasing, and Green Cleaning, Thursday, Jan. 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This session will provide an overview of the Green Cleaning, Waste, Green Purchasing and & Green Building suite of actions in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. Special emphasis will be placed on the new state  Department of Environmental Protection school food waste guidelines. Learn from schools around the state that are following best practices for green building management.

Registration Information 

School board members, superintendents, and others included in the census may register themselves online for this training program. 

Non-member district staff members may also register by clicking “Get Started” to create an account in NJSBA’s online portal.  

You will receive an access link for the meeting via email prior to the meeting date. 

For questions regarding this program, please email Jennifer Siehl.