The New Jersey School Boards Association offers free webinars on topics of critical importance to local boards of education. Viewers may watch webinars live to interact and ask questions, or may watch the archived broadcast at any time.

Scheduled webinars include:

E-Rate Program: Category Two Procurement and Anticipated Changes to Program Rules, Tues., Sept. 18

NJSBA, in partnership with E-Rate Consulting, Inc. presented an overview of the E-Rate Program, Category Two procurement, and anticipated changes to the program. The webinar explained the rules pertaining to Category Two procurement, including school-based budgets, procurement of eligible equipment, as well as tracking and transfers of eligible equipment procured using the e-rate competitive bidding process. The archived webinar is available to viewers.

Negotiations, a Primer for Board Members, Wed., Oct. 3 at Noon

This webinar, presented by NJSBA labor relations professionals, will provide a brief summary of the negotiations requirements and responsibilities of which board members should be aware. This is an excellent introduction to the “Ready, Set, Bargain” program, as it provides a primer on negotiations. Register today.

Lower Operating Expenses and Investing Money Back into the Classroom, Tues., Oct. 9 at 10 a.m.

Learn how districts can save 20 percent or more on monthly telecommunications through a no-cost telecommunications analysis, and an inventory cost analysis, as part of the NJSBA TEC program. During this webinar, CrosStar Network Solutions (CNS) will demonstrate ways districts can reduce monthly costs, eliminate unnecessary services, and upgrade to better, less expensive technology. Register today.

Digital Security: Protecting Student and Staff Personal Information, Wed., Oct. 17 at 10 a.m.

In K-12 districts, personal information is everywhere. Students, teachers, and employees’ personal, financial, and healthcare data exist throughout district campus networks. Districts are struggling with the legal and moral responsibility to protect student and staff personal information.

During this webinar, experts from VMware’s networking and security team will explain how and why school environments are prime targets for digital attacks. They will review modern architectures around software-defined networking, and provide information on securing networks. Learn how other districts have leveraged this architecture to build secure digital schools. Register today.

View the full list of upcoming and archived webinars online. For more information on the NJSBA webinar series, contact Lou Schimenti, NJSBA products and services specialist, via email.