NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop will feature more than 100 sessions, including programs on physical and cybersecurity during a pandemic.

The event, co-sponsored by the New Jersey School Boards Association, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, and the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials, will take place from Oct. 20 – 22.

“In over 45 years in public education, I’ve never missed Workshop. Every year, I’ve come away with a renewed commitment to public education, thanks to the professional development, information and collaboration provided by the annual conference,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director.

“The same level of planning, effort and creativity is going into this year’s virtual conference,” he continued. “The Workshop 2020 program will offer training that is critical for school boards and administrators as they face the challenge of implementing an educational program and governing their districts during the pandemic.”

Feinsod also noted the Workshop 2020’s exceptional return on investment for local school districts. The group registration fee gives 25 members of the district team access to more than 100 training and informational sessions for a full year at a per-person cost of $36.

The sessions below will be presented in partnership with representatives from New Jersey school districts, sharing best practices and lessons learned. The full agenda is coming soon.

  • Keeping Online Students Secure in the Era of Remote Learning,Tuesday, Oct. 20  During this interactive session, learn how to keep districts safe in this era of cybercrime. The session will also cover ways districts can extend their security policies to users, and approaches for getting funding through the CARES Act.
  • Rethinking Lockdown Drills in the COVID-19 Era, Wednesday, Oct. 21  In the COVID-19 era, school boards need to rethink lockdown strategies while taking care of the social and emotional needs of children. Nancy Kislin, LCSW, a child psychotherapist, and Dr. Thomas Shea, professor and director of safety and security at Seton Hall University, will present this session.
  • Power and Secure the Digital Classroom with the Cloud, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020  Learn about hybrid learning delivery during a discussion with Google Cloud for Education and NJSBA TEC partner SHI. The session will share innovative strategies for powering and securing the digital classroom, and consider examples of how K-12 districts are future-proofing their technology by pivoting to cloud-based solutions.

About NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2020  NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2020 will offer multiple tracks of live training sessions over three full days. It will also feature compelling keynote speakers, an interactive exhibit floor, and exciting special events.

365-Days of Conference Accessfor the Entire Team  NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop sessions will be available to watch on-demand for a full year. Registrants may also access the virtual exhibit floor and all of the conference resources. Think of it as a full catalog of 100-plus hours of on-demand training for the entire team, including school board members, superintendents, school business administrators, IT staff, facilities managers, curriculum directors, and other district staff.

Affordability/Registration To make training accessible to more members of the district, NJSBA is offering a special group rate of $900 for up to 25 team members. That’s only $36 per person. The individual member rate is $199 per person. School business administrators must handle registration for their districts. Review the registration instructions before starting.

To learn more, visit https://virtualworkshop.njsba.org/.