Each year, the NJSBA produces, in conjunction with the 21 county school board associations, the Eighth Grade Dialogue and Unsung Heroes programs to help board members hear what is on the minds of their students.

Districts participate in one or the other program; they don’t take part in both. Invitations for these programs, which will be conducted virtually because of the pandemic, have been sent to all districts. If you are certain that your district has not been contacted, and you would like to be sure that your school participates in one of the programs, please email Ray Pinney, NJSBA’s member engagement director, no later than March 31.

Click on the video embedded in this story to see an example of what some of New Jersey’s eighth graders have had to say so far.