NJSBA is offering webinars, podcasts, and Facebook Live events 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. For the latest updates, visit our Virtual Programs webpage. 

Facebook Live NJSBA is hosting a series of Facebook Live events to address questions from school boards, school administrators, and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the NJSBA Facebook page to tune in.  

  • I-STEAM and Sustainability Lessons with John Henry, Wednesday, July 15 at 1 p.m.  Join us for a conversation with Cathy Lindenbaum, NJPTA president, and Robert Acerra, member and board services manager, NJPTA, on ways the NJPTA is supporting parents on the “Road Back” and engaging and empowering parents to embrace the learning process in the new normal. We will also introduce a new STEAM Tank “at home” design challenge, jointly created by the NJPTA and NJSBA.  
  • The Importance of Esports in Education,Thursday, July 16, at 10 a.m. Join Chris Aviles, teacher and head coach at Knollwood Middle School in the Fairhaven school district; Glenn Robbins, superintendent, Brigantine school district; and Laurence Cocco, senior program consultant,  Sustainable Jersey Digital Schools, for a discussion on the importance of esports in education. We will discuss the value of scholastic esports, why every school should have an esports team, and how it can make the “road back” to school easier on students.  

Interested in a Previous Broadcast? Replays of previous broadcasts are listed on the “videos” tab on the left hand side of the NJSBA Facebook page. Make sure you click the “like” button so you can be notified when NJSBA goes live in future broadcasts. Events will be announced at www.njsba.org, through School Board Notes and through our Facebook page.  

Virtual Resources Webinar Series The Virtual Resources Webinar Series conveys 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. 

  • New “Chapter 78 Relief” Law, Wednesday, July 15 at 11 a.m. Join us as Jonathan Pushman, NJSBA legislative advocate, discusses the recently enacted legislation that will significantly change health care benefits provided to school employees and its impact on local boards of education. Register Now 
  • How to Support Face to Face, Blended and Remote Learning in Your District Thursday, July 16 at 11 a.m. Join us to learn how to use a learning management system (LMS) to support remote/blended learning in your district. Hear from educators from East Brunswick Public Schools about their journey, and learn how you can bring the Canvas LMS into your district through NJSBA TEC’s Cooperative Pricing System. Register Now 

Podcasts: 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. 

  • NJSIAA’s New Leader Discusses Whether School Sports Programs Are Possible During a Pandemic Recorded Monday, July 13 at 2:30 p.m. 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 discusses 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. The podcast can be found here 
  • 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 interviewed 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 discussed the impact of the pandemic on children of color who live in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The podcast can be found here