The fall 2023 issue of School Leader highlights an array of important topics, including a cover story reviewing recent decisions from the School Ethics Commission.

John Burns, senior legislative counsel at NJSBA; and Kathryn Whalen, the Association’s legal counsel/HR, teamed up to write the story, which summarizes topical complaints and advisory opinions to guide board members in avoiding potential violations of the School Ethics Act.

The issue also contains the Executive Word column by Dr. Timothy Purnell, executive director and CEO of NJSBA, who notes, “Members need to understand how the School Ethics Commission has interpreted the Code of Ethics in different circumstances. That’s why this issue of School Leader magazine features a cover story on recent decisions from the SEC, which enforces the School Ethics Act.”

Dr. Karen Cortellino, president of NJSBA, wrote a President’s Message in which she shares her goals as president. She refers to one of them as her “roadshow,” in which she will endeavor to visit all 21 counties with a message to “learn, network and eat.”

The issue also includes an article written by Deryn Younger, NJSBA’s marketing specialist, on “10 reasons Workshop Is Made for Your District Team,” a Q&A with Nilanjana Ghosh, the New Jersey State Board of Education student representative; an article on how to start or enhance a preschool parent academy; a feature on a summer camp initiative at Hamilton Township School District, and an article highlighting a robust Freshman Seminar course that is a requirement for Piscataway High School Students.

The issue also highlights the 2023 Innovations in Special Education Award program winners, School Leader award winners, what the Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action might mean for school districts and more.

School Leader is published four times a year and mailed to all board of education members. It is also available online here.