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NJSBA's Virtual
Workshop 2021

October 26-28

Co-sponsored by NJASA and NJASBO

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NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2021, 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, is the largest training event for school officials in New Jersey. The conference provides the necessary coaching and guidance to support districts in their efforts to remain nimble and handle today’s complex tasks.

Join us to learn from experts from multiple disciplines and hear from compelling keynote speakers. Workshop also will present special events and entertainment, networking opportunities, and an interactive exhibit hall with vendors that cater to school districts. Brand new sessions will cover digital and distance learning, equity, cybersecurity, cost-savings, school finance and shared services. Leadership best practices, school technology, social and emotional learning, sustainability, and integrative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) are among the other planned sessions.

The virtual conference has been reimagined for the second consecutive year to provide New Jersey school leaders with a path forward to address the near- and long- term effects of the pandemic on our shared educational system.

Agenda

NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2021 will offer multiple tracks of live training sessions, all day, over three days.

Sessions will cover digital and distance learning, equity, cybersecurity, cost-savings, school finance and shared services, leadership, school technology, social and emotional learning, sustainability, integrative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math), board governance, policy and more. It will also feature compelling keynote speakers and exciting special events.

Workshop 2021 Offers Continuing Ed Solutions: Earn Credits and Certifications

  1. School board members can earn NJSBA Board Member Academy credits toward required certifications.
  2. NJSBA has been authorized to issue Qualified Purchasing Agent Credits for school business administrators.
  3. Professional development credits for Certified Educational Facilities Managers (CEFM)

The opinions and content shared by Workshop 2021 speakers and presenters are not necessarily the views or positions of the New Jersey School Boards Association, its members, or its co-sponsors.

The content discussed by legal or investment professionals at Workshop 2021 is for informational purposes only and not to provide legal or investment advice and in no way creates a client-sponsor relationship.

The NJSBA and its Workshop 2021 partners do not accept responsibility for nor imply endorsement of any business services or products.

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Tuesday

2021-10-26 09:00:00

Keynote Address - Maura Baker

Maura Baker, Student Keynote
West Orange High School

 

The 2021 Virtual Workshop student keynote speaker Maura Baker epitomizes the character, empathy, and leadership that educators seek to impart to their learners. Baker, a 16-year-old junior from West Orange High School in Essex County, will headline the annual conference at 9 a.m. on October 26, 2021, Oct. 26, and help kick off the three-day event.

As a teen who lives with dyslexia, Baker has used that lifelong diagnosis as a launchpad to enlighten others about the neurologically-based condition. Dyslexia is a common learning disability that affects 20% of the population, and 80- 90% of those with learning issues, according to The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. Students with dyslexia often demonstrate difficulties with reading, spelling, and decoding and recognizing words. Baker focuses on abilities, rather than disabilities. She founded a blog, website and Twitter account called Smart Kid — Mad Myths, where she provides students with information about the importance of time management, communicating their needs, staying academically sharp during the summer, understanding personal learning differences, and seeking classroom accommodations that might help. Her goal is to improve all student experiences in New Jersey, both academically and emotionally. 

2021-10-26 10:00:00

Knowing Your Ethical Obligations and Avoiding Complaints

Sherwin Archibald, NJSIG Claims Manager
New Jersey Schools Insurance Group
Rita Barone, Esq., Partner
Flanagan, Barone & O’Brien LLC

 

School board ethics complaints cost districts time and money. These disruptions often result in attorney fees, can create public relations issues and affect an entire school board and superintendent. In this seminar, learn how to avoid ethics complaints and resolve disagreements without incurring needless expenses. New Jersey Schools Insurance Group wants to help school board members focus on keeping public tax dollars where they belong -- in the classroom!

Presented by NJ Schools Insurance Group


2021-10-26 10:00:00

What's in Your Students Backpacks? Information, Privilege and Equity

Sandra Paul, Director of Information Technology
Township of Union Public Schools
Elissa Malespina, South -Orange Maplewood School Board Member and Verona High School Librarian
South Orange - Maplewood

 

The recognition of disparities in our students' level of access to both information, resources and information-rich experiences is a social justice issue and a call to action. Presenters will address how educators could build awareness, address information inequities and develop strategies to close gaps in schools.

2021-10-26 10:00:00

Learn. Grow. Repeat.

Kate McCabe, Retired Educator

 

By September 2022, school districts must infuse climate change content across nearly every discipline and in every grade, K-12. This workshop will provide district leaders with insight about how that goal can be accomplished, why it matters and how their efforts will help children learn and grow.

 

 1 QPA- Office Administrative/ General Duties 

2021-10-26 10:00:00

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children: State-mandated Language Development Reporting

Wendy Eufemia, Coordinator of Deaf Education
NJDOE

 

Explore the guidance regarding the assessment, collection and reporting of data regarding language development for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and ages three to five, as required by newly-approved legislation. Additionally, the parent resource guide developed in response to this new legislation will be reviewed.

2021-10-26 10:00:00

Leading and Learning with Digital Schools Star Recognition

Joseph Isola, Superintendent
Howell Township Public Schools
Dr. Robert Zywicki, Superintendent
Mount Olive Township School District
Laurence Cocco, Senior Program Consultant
Sustainable Jersey Digital Schools

 

A panel of school leaders who have achieved the state's Sustainable Jersey Digital Schools Star Recognition will share their practices and resources that helped them meet the challenges of learning and teaching in a digital world. The New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey School Boards Association and Sustainable Jersey formed a partnership to create this innovative program, endorsed by New Jersey Leadership for Educational Excellence.

2021-10-26 10:00:00

STEAM Tank 365 and Inspiration to Innovation - Perfect Together

John Henry, STEAM And Sustainable Schools Specialist
NJSBA
Chris Cox, Director, Office of STEM
NJDOE
Jennifer Siehl, STEAM Tank Community & Business Development Coordinator
NJSBA

 

The New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) are teaming up to bring school districts an exciting new program called STEAM Tank 365. This collaboration is geared to represent a community of learners and offer year-round opportunities for districts through professional development and student-centered design challenges. The program is intended to inspire crowdsourced student solutions to real-world issues that may affect their school districts, larger communities, the state, the nation or the world. Join us to learn more about STEAM Tank 365 -- derived from the NJSBA and U.S. Army's successful partnership program, STEAM Tank Challenge, and the NJDOE's inspiration to innovation i2i bi-monthly challenges. It will include design challenge exercises concerning equity, computer science, COVID-19, climate change and other pressing issues that New Jersey students can tackle. Learn how your school can become part of this dynamic community, earn digital badges, teach students career readiness skills, and help further establish the Garden State as a sustainable, healthy, equitable and safe place to live, work and play.

2021-10-26 10:00:00

Unconscious Bias: What We Think We Don't Think, We Do Think

Vincent DeLucia, Educator-in-Residence
NJSBA

 

Due to the way our brains process information, we all have inherent/unconscious biases. If we are not aware of our unconscious biases, they have negative impacts on students and staff and others. Unconscious bias inhibits academic, curricular, co-curricular, social and post-HS opportunities. Those biases affect the courses students take and the way codes of conduct are implemented. In this session we will learn that implicit bias is much more than religion,, ethnicity, race or gender. We will learn how to identify our unconscious biases and how to ensure they do not have a negative impact on the students or the adults who work with them.

2021-10-26 11:00:00

Purposeful Wellness

Amy Hassa, MSW, Board President
Hamilton Township Board of Education (Atlantic)

 

This training shows individuals and organizations how to plan for wellness to improve coping and impact climate and culture. Learn tips and techniques for incorporating wellness in all aspects of life through this fun and interactive class.

2021-10-26 11:00:00

Best Practices in Boardsmanship

Dana Krug, Board Member
West Windsor Plainsboro
Barry Walker, Board Member
Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District
Dr. David Aderhold, Superintendent
West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District

 

The board of education’s role is to ensure that a public school district is well run. In practical terms, how does a board member know the appropriate information to ask in order to make an informed decision? A superintendent and two board members share examples of best practices that they have experienced while serving their districts.

2021-10-26 11:00:00

Everything ESSER: An Overview of the Federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Program

Kathleen Ehling, Assistant Commissioner
NJDOE
Barbara Haake, IDEA Fiscal Coordinator
NJDOE
Pheobie Thomas, McKinney-Vento State Coordinator
NJDOE

 

Join us for an overview of the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) program. Over the last year, more than $4 billion in national emergency funds have flowed to New Jersey schools. We will review the required application process, the allowable uses of funds and the federal reporting requirements. This presentation will provide an overview of funds available under the American Rescue Plan's ESSER program, the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and for homeless youth.

2021-10-26 11:00:00

Fostering Mental Wellness through a Racial Equity Lens

Steven Fiedeldey, Founder
Fiedeldey Consulting LLC

 

Participants are invited to explore trauma-informed schools through an anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) lens. Together, we will explore how historical, systemic, multi-generational trauma impacts educational racism and creates barriers to mental health. Participants will leave with resources to become an agent of change toward creating equity for all.

2021-10-26 11:00:00

Robust School Library Programs Lead to College Success

Ewa Dziedzic-Elliott, Media Center Library Specialist
Lawrence High School
Gary Marks Jr., Reference & Outreach Librarian
William Paterson University Cheng Library
Neil D. Grimes, Education & Curriculum Materials Librarian
Cheng Library, William Paterson University

 

Library-oriented research data shows that first-year college students often lack the basic knowledge of how a library functions, the ability to articulate their information needs and how to perform academic level research. While academic librarians can instruct and assist with research projects, major gaps still exist. Effective, robust and well-funded high school library programs, including certified media specialists, are essential to ensure that high school students are prepared for college. One high school and two college librarians will share related research and explain how students can be prepped for college-level research.

2021-10-26 11:00:00

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Updates

Heather McCall, Program Director
Sustainable Jersey for Schools

 

Hear about statewide trends, new actions, grant opportunities and the 2022 Student Climate Challenge from the staff at Sustainable Jersey for Schools. The contest is designed to highlight the role that New Jersey youth could play in addressing the climate crisis.

2021-10-26 12:00:00

Accelerate Learning While Meeting the Needs of All Students



 

Explore a research-based approach to instruction with proven results! Let’s meet students where they are and accelerate learning, while meeting New Jersey’s rigorous content standards across all subject areas.

Presented by Achieve3000


2021-10-26 12:00:00

Facilities Management: Projects from Start to Finish



 

Join us for a video that will take viewers through a prospective public school facilities project including referendum strategies and state Energy Savings Improvement Program projects.

Presented by Colliers Engineering & Design


2021-10-26 12:00:00

Explore How New Jersey Education Practices and Classrooms Are Evolving



 

DMR Architects’ current roster of both new construction and renovation projects examine incorporating flexibility and collaboration in today’s classrooms.

Presented by DMR Architects


2021-10-26 12:00:00

Expand Healthy Hydration for Your School Community




Discover ways that school districts can deliver healthy hydration to their students through a variety of settings.

 

Presented by Elkay


2021-10-26 12:00:00

Schoolwide Financial Literacy and Voluntary Benefit Program



 

Financially educate and support your entire community including teachers, staff, and parents with MassMutual's nationally recognized Future Smart program. We also will explain MassMutual's unique worksite solutions program, offering all salaried employees in each district the opportunity to purchase payroll deducted permanent life insurance with no medical exam or underwriting. This program is at no cost to the district.

 

Presented by Lee, Nolan & Koroghlian, LLC, a Mass Mutual Firm


2021-10-26 12:00:00

An Overview of a School Safety Climate Team



This session will discuss the inception, implementation and role(s) a School Safety Climate Team has in the school district.

 

Presented by Cooper Levenson, P.A.


2021-10-26 13:30:00

Para Todos Los NiÃs - Mendez v. Westminster: 75th Anniversary Of A Seminal Latinx Civil Rights Case On School Desegregation

Ms. Karol Y. Ruiz, Esq.
Town of Dover Board of Education

 

Mendez V. Westminister: 75th Anniversary of A Seminial Latinx Civil Rights Case on School Desegregation: Join Sandra Robbie, writer and producer of this award-winning documentary, and Jose Perez, Esq., deputy general counsel for Latino Justice PRLDEF (formerly known as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund), for a panel discussion after viewing the film.

2021-10-26 13:30:00

Cost-free Education and Career Resources for Remote, Onsite, and Blended Instruction

Giovanna Cristiano, Education Services Specialist
US Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion
Michael Halloran, Chief of Advertising and Public Affairs
US Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion

 

Mitigate COVID-19 learning gaps and engage students with cost-free quality education and career resources. The U.S. Army provides several virtual and traditional tools including March2Success, an online study program to help students prepare for standardized tests; academic and sports apps; Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) career exploration tools; STEAM Tank and additional Army-sponsored STEM competitions. Students also can develop further life and classroom skills through the Army's physical fitness, resiliency and leadership programs in support of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Partner with your U.S. Army and provide students with an innovative and engaging school experience!

Presented by U.S. Army Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion


2021-10-26 13:30:00

Understand the Impact of Your Leadership Voice

Jacquelyn Wieland, Board Member
Point Pleasant Board of Education

 

Your voice as a leader can have an impact and an influence on your school board, your district and in your community. Elevate communication style awareness and how it may be misperceived. Leave with a plan of how to better engage and connect with the communication needs of others.

2021-10-26 13:30:00

Arts Integration in Action: Hopatcong, N.J. & TeachRock

Christine Nick, Program Officer
Rock and Roll Forever Foundation/TeachRock
Shawna Longo, Music Technology Teacher Arts Integration & STEAM Specialist
Durban Avenue School
Dr. Joseph Piccirillo, Superintendent of Schools
Hopatcong Borough Schools

 

School officials and educators from Hopatcong Borough Schools will share their experiences in launching TeachRock partner district program in the midst of the pandemic! TeachRock is the brainchild of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steven Van Zandt and his nonprofit organization, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. It offers districts curriculum that includes lesson plans in most subjects, tailored to different grade levels, and all viewed through the lens of music. Its goal is to get kids more interested in school and to help combat learning loss suffered during the pandemic.

2021-10-26 13:30:00

Get on the Electric Bus! Funding Electric School Fleets

Nancy Quirk, Energy Program Manager
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Andrea Friendman, Supervisor Electric Vehicle Programs
Department of Environmental Protection

 

This session will cover strategies for school districts interested in transitioning their bus fleets or third-party companies to operating electric school buses. Electric school buses provide cleaner, quieter transportation and are less costly to operate and maintain. They can help to reduce a district's carbon footprint, while clearing the air for students and commuinities. We will provide information regarding current incentives and procurement options for adding electric school vehicles. Belleville's Public Schools will share its experience adding electric school buses and other electric vehicles to its fleet.

 

 1 QPA- Green Purchasing

2021-10-26 14:30:00

Beyond Alyssa's Law: Investing Wisely in School Safety

Paul Jenne, Sales Manager
Eastern DataComm

 

Alyssa’s Law, adopted in 2019, requires every public elementary and secondary school in New Jersey have at least one silent security system signal directly linked to local law enforcement for life-threatening or emergency situations. The law is a good first step, but its basic requirements are inadequate for school safety. Our session is a must for any school that wants to learn the most effective way to improve safety and communications within their district as it pertains to lockdowns and physical security. We will explore the challenges a school faces when dealing with a threat like an active shooter and why the basic requirement for Alyssa’s Law does not go far enough to ensure the safety of your students and staff.

 1 QPA- Ethics


Presented by Eastern Datacomm


2021-10-26 14:30:00

Ensuring Compliance and Security for K-12: Addressing Concerns Facing Our Schools

Chris Loria, Sales Director
Zscaler
Chris Clark, Director of Sales - Public Sector
CDI LLC

 

Schools now are required to be compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), to filter web traffic, provide protection from cyber threats and inappropriate content. They need to do so while maintaining the appropriate visibility and controls necessary to meet CIPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) compliance standards. How can your district ensure consistent, safe and secure data and user experiences for students, teachers and administrators when they are on campus, working from a remote location, or at home? The challenges for schools will only get more complicated with time, especially as remote, distance learning becomes the norm. With 1-to-1 device initiatives, virtual classrooms, expanding bring-your-own-device policies and technology, we cannot envision yet how the trend will shift toward treating every device as if it’s not trusted. Yet, students have to work as if they’re in a classroom environment and do it securely and effectively. Schools will need a way to quickly and securely scale their systems to provide access to necessary student and staff applications without escalating costs.

Presented by Computer Design and Integration LLC


2021-10-26 14:30:00

Person-Centered Approaches for Students with Disabilities

Bill Freeman, CSPD Coordinator
NJDOE, Office of Special Education
Michael Steinbruck, Senior Training & Consultation Specialist
The Boggs Center at Rutgers

 

School use of person-centered thinking, which involves treating those with disabilities with respect and dignity and working with them to build the future they want, has had a hugely positive impact on the lives of students, their families and school staff. This session will provide an introduction to these practices and discuss ongoing training opportunities and available resources.

2021-10-26 14:30:00

Guided Math: A Pathway to Personalized Learning

Kristy McFarlane, Instructional Supervisor / BOE Member
Byram Township Board of Education

 

This program will introduce the Guided Math, which gives teachers the capacity to personalize student learning experiences through this interactive teaching model. Guided Math promotes self awareness, self evaluation and collaborative learning.

2021-10-26 14:30:00

Building a Safer Network for Students

Joe Langowski, Superintendent
Lumberton Township School District
Tom Wilkinson, Technology Coordinator
Lumberton Township School District
Caryn Zweben, Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services
Lumberton Township School District

 

Learn how the Lumberton School District is using GoGuardian Beacon software to focus on student health and wellness, while using the district's network. This preventative software can help keep your students safer, too.

2021-10-26 14:30:00

Sustainability Champions

Paul Farley, Principal
Howell Township Middle School North
James Brown, Lead Principal
Long Branch High School
Kelly Stone, Project Lead the Way Teacher for Gr 1-5
George L. Catrambone Elementary School

 

Schools that had the highest certification points in elementary, middle and high school categories in the 2021 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification share tips for success

 

 1 QPA- Procurement Procedures 

2021-10-26 15:30:00

Shifting Gears: Leveraging K-12 Funding for Creative Technology Solutions

Kiana Romeo, Government Affairs Manager
SHI International
Bradford Harris, Education Strategist
SHI International
Greg Cassier, Education Strategist
SHI International

 

A new round of K12 funding opportunities are available for FY22 including grants covering everything from STEM to teacher professional development – all of which are technology-friendly and could be used to address your district’s needs. Over the past few years the Esports industry has grown exponentially, and has become a worldwide sport that creates an area for healthy competition and digital citizenship. Join SHI as we discuss funding opportunities, steps you can take now to get ready to apply for Grants, Esports, and other creative innovative solutions for K12 schools.

Presented by SHI


2021-10-26 15:30:00

Healthy Staff Room, Healthy Classroom

William Smith, Superintendent of Schools
Point Pleasant Beach School District
Brian Savage, School Business Administrator
Point Pleasant Beach School District

 

We began our comprehensive staff Health and Wellness Initiative after feeling the effects of prolonged contract negotiations, combined with increasing expectations for boosting student outcomes. After a year under our belt, the pandemic hit! Never has it been more important to support and to reinvigorate our educators. Our initiative began as the seed to create SEL for staff. It grew and exceeded our imagination! We will share our story and hope to inspire other school districts to make staff wellness a priority, too.

2021-10-26 15:30:00

The Climb is Our Story

Zaniya Lewis, Founder/CEO and Executive Director
YesSheCanCampaign
Asia Jones, College Readiness Director
YesSheCanCampaign
Gabrielle Bello, Human Resources Director
YesSheCanCampaign

 

The Climb Is Our Story provides college and career readiness skills to students nationwide. The program started in 2019 and is funded by the Knapp Fellowship and the Taco Bell Foundation to research how schools in America can improve their college and career readiness programs with near-peer mentoring, when a more experienced student acts as an instructor and shares their knowledge with other students.

2021-10-26 19:00:00

Wind Down

NJSBA Staff Members

This year, NJSBA will debut a new feature, “Workshop Wind Down.” Inspired by its popular County Café chats, these evening sessions will give members more flexibility and convenience for participation and training through smaller meet-and-greet opportunities.

County Discussion 7:00pm- 7:50pm  Finding the Positive 

NJSBA Staff Break-out Room 7:55- 8:55pm

  • Calming the Crowd                                                                         
  • Having the Right Person as President                                      
  • Legal/ Labor Relations/Policy Round table                            
  • NJSBA At Your Service                                                                   
  • Strategic Plan                                                                                    
  • Superintendent Search                                                                
  • Unconscious Bias Continued Discussion (Tuesday Only   
  • Critical Race Theory Continued Discussion (Wednesday Only)
  • Equity Council Update (Thursday Only)

Wednesday

2021-10-27 09:00:00

Keynote Address - Alisha De Lorenzo

Alisha De Lorenzo, Licensed Professional Counselor

 

This year’s annual New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop keynote speaker is no stranger to the education world and is an expert in cultivating productive and healthy school climates and cultures. She is Alisha De Lorenzo, a former educator for nearly 20 years and a licensed professional counselor. The North Haldeon, Passaic County native also has served as a trusted advisor to numerous school districts, the NJSBA, the New Jersey Department of Education and other education-related organizations.

2021-10-27 10:00:00

Cultivating Your Competitive Advantage

Dennis Budinich, SVP Chief Culture Officer
Investors Bank

 

Cultivate a mindset that influences your probability of success. Learn how to avoid emotional and mental distractions and stay focused on the why. Influence others to your way of thinking and gain cooperation at every level.

Presented by Investors Bank

2021-10-27 10:00:00

Getting Ahead of Crises: Communication Strategies That Work

Lori Perlow, Public Information Officer
Haddon Township School District - Communications Consortium


In today’s world of increased access to social media and on-demand news, notice of a school district emergency can be publicly shared in a matter of minutes. This session will provide proven strategies to stay ahead of the communications curve. Participants will learn how to diffuse contentious situations, confront angry stakeholders and the importance of crafting key messages in the midst of a crisis.

2021-10-27 10:00:00

Aligning and Integrating School-Based Mental Health Supports and Services

Damian Petino, Assistant Director - Office of Special Education
NJDOE

 

Sound mental health is vital to student learning progress and success. This presentation will provide fundamental examples of how using a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) can help the mental health needs of all students. An update/overview will be given of the state's Comprehensive School-Based Mental Health Resource Guide along with how Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and other initiatives can be woven together to form a strong integrated framework.

2021-10-27 10:00:00

Leading in Times of Stress

Jacquelyn Wieland, Board Member
Point Pleasant Board of Education

 

Understand how you show up as a leader under stress and its impact of your behavior in your interactions, leadership style and performance. Leave with tips for how to better self manage your stress/reactive behavior and stay productive.

2021-10-27 10:00:00

K-12 Student Success Using Google Cloud

Ruby Chang, GCP for K12, Regional Lead
Google Cloud
Rudolph (Rudy) Bropleh, Government Account Representative for Google customers
Carahsoft

 

From real-time insights and personalized assistants, to collaboration tools and more, learn how Google Cloud's Student Success Services offers K-12 districts powerful ways to improve school workflow and student learning outcomes at scale. Gain teaching and learning insights through smart analytics, improve distance learning with collaboration tools, and manage risk and security by using the latest digital tools.

 

 1 QPA Information Technology



Presented by Google Cloud


2021-10-27 10:00:00

Creative Approaches to Saving Energy in Schools

Nancy Quirk, Energy Progam Manager
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Aileen Matias-Castro, Educator
Glassboro Public School District
Adam Nasr, Facilities Director
Matawan-Aberdeen School District

 

From student-oriented energy saving programs to comprehensive facility improvements, New Jersey school leaders are implementing innovative sustainable energy practices in their schools. This panel will feature impressive and inspiring efforts by school administrators, facility managers and teachers to integrate sustainable energy into curriculum, daily district operations and beyond, resulting in tangible impacts for their students and greater communities.

 

 1QPA- Green Purchasing

2021-10-27 10:00:00

What is Critical Race Theory? How Does it Relate to the Pre-K-12 Curriculum?

Walter Greason , Professor and Chair
Department of History, Macalester College
Vincent DeLucia, Educator-in-Residence
NJSBA

 

Critical race theory is not taught in New Jersey’s Pre-K-12 public schools. Critical race theory is an academic exercise first developed in American law schools to analyze the evolution of laws adopted in our nation and their impact. In this seminar, participants will learn about the three components of critical race theory and will be introduced to Culturally Responsive Teaching, which helps all students, regardless of their background, feel accepted and understood, which is necessary for effective learning.

2021-10-27 11:00:00

An Ethics Update and Potential Minefields for Board Members

John Geppert, Jr., Partner; Chair
Public and Education Law Group, Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC

 

Hear about recent ethics decisions involving school board members and learn about the best ways to avoid difficult ethics issues. This presentation will include an interactive discussion and reference other challenging matters that board members face. A question and answer session will follow.

  1 QPA- Ethics

 

Presented by Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC


2021-10-27 11:00:00

Digital Management Controls: Keep School Documents and Records Secure

Patti Kanner, CEO
Kanner Connect

 

This session will help school officials navigate and manage their current records management storage systems, both on-site and off-site, and their exising policy and procedures for them. Learn about the New Jersey Department of Treasury records management rules and regulations, what is driving the transition to electronic documents and how to start.

Presented by Atlantic Tomorrows Office


2021-10-27 11:00:00

Pursuing Inclusive Excellence: A Candid Conversation around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Richard Novak, Vice President for Continuing Studies and Distance Education
Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies
Shino John, Associate VP Strategic Growth, Chair Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies


Rutgers presents an introductory conversation around pursuing Inclusive Excellence. Employee based Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committees, Equity Audits, and DEI Strategic Plans all play critical roles in advancing inclusive excellence. In this session we discuss moving the needle forward of representation and transforming education through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Presented by Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies


2021-10-27 11:00:00

Equity Among New Jersey Local Education Agencies

Jorden Schiff, Assistant Commissioner
NJDOE
Ave Altersitz, Interim Executive County Superintendent
NJDOE
Roger Jinks, Interim Executive County Superintendent
NJDOE

 

The journey to equity is a process. Join the New Jersey Department of Education's Division of Field Services for a panel discussion regarding the multiple facets of equity work occurring throughout state. Local Education Agencies (LEAs), led by the county offices of education, have held conversations concerning equity, partnerships with county organizations, equity committees, student presentations, LEA self-examinations and discussions with school leaders resulting in using district data used to further explore disparities identified by the statistics.

2021-10-27 11:00:00

Gender Identity and Pronouns: The Biggest Little Words

Natalie Baker, Psychotherapist
Swedesboro Woolwich School District

 

This workshop will explain gender development from a scientific and psychological perspective. We will cover gender literacy and gender vocabulary including: cisgender, transgender, nonbinary, gender expression, gender identity and more. Finally, we will cover best practices for supporting transgender and nonbinary students in educational settings.

 

 1 QPA- Office Administrative/ General Duties

2021-10-27 11:00:00

The ESC Evolution Continues to Save Districts Money

Angelo Vilardi, Superintendent
Morris County Educational Services Commission
Michael Bertram, President
Morris County Educational Services Commission
Irene Lefebvre, Board member
Morris County Educational Services Commission

 

Your local Morris County ESC center can assist your school district in recovering from the unprecedented challenges that defined 2021-2022. The commission can help solve transportation issues, purchase supplies and equipment, locate therapists, purchase shared services and develop safe special education programs. Come hear what the ESC can do for you!

2021-10-27 11:00:00

Educational Wellness for the "New Normal"

Amy Hassa, MSW, President
Hamilton Township Board of Education (Atlantic)

 

This program will explore student and teacher stress during the ever-changing COVID-19 situation. From anxiety about returning to school and control, this program will look into the interactions, the coping techniques and the interpersonal strategies to help districts cope with the continously-evolving pandemic world.

2021-10-27 12:00:00

The Pandemic Impact on School Facility Projects




Have you tried to advance school facility projects lately? If so, you know it’s not as easy as it was just two years ago. Join us to understand how the process has been impacted by the pandemic and what school districts, along with their architect and engineering teams, can do to keep the process moving forward.

Presented by SSP Architects


2021-10-27 12:00:00

Google for Education: What's New for 2021-2022




Join us to learn about the latest updates from Google for Education! We'll specifically discuss Google Workspace for Education and explain how to get the most out of your technology education products this school year.

Presented by Google for Education


2021-10-27 12:00:00

Keep Your Schools Safe with Emergency Notification Systems




School safety is a top priority for every community. Students deserve a safe environment to live, learn and grow. Imagine being able to enact an alert system that will lockdown your school with the touch of a button in case of an intruder, allow notification of 911 calls being made, and send notifications to various devices around the school. That's exactly what Millennium Communications Group delivers. Learn how we can help keep your education community safe.

Presented by Millennium Communications Group, Inc.


2021-10-27 12:00:00

PCG's EDPlan: A Better Choice for New Jersey




As you look for ways to meet your special education needs and address the academic, social, emotional and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on all students, we invite you to connect with our team and discover why Public Consulting Group (PCG), a leading public sector management consulting and operations improvement firm, offers better systems and service at a better price.

Presented by Public Consulting Group


2021-10-27 12:00:00

No Shot? No School




Join us for an in-depth discussion concerning the legal aspects of the vaccination issue in schools.

Presented by Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP


2021-10-27 12:00:00

U.S. Marine Corps Programs



Hear from the Marines New Jersey Recruiting Station team discuss various programs that benefit influencers, educators and students.

Presented by U.S. Marine Corps


2021-10-27 13:30:00

Legislative Update

Jonathan Pushman, Director of Governmental Relations
NJSBA
Anette Airey, Administrative Assistant
NJSBA


A moderated panel discussion, co-hosted by the NJSBA and the Garden State Coalition of Schools, regarding educational issues with representatives of the New Jersey Legislature. We look forward to once again hosting several distinguished legislators at what has consistently been one of Workshop’s most highly-attended sessions.

Confirmed panelists include:

• Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, Senate Education Committee, Chair
• Senator Steven V. Oroho, Republican Budget Officer
• Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt, Assembly Education Committee, Chair

2021-10-27 13:30:00

Strategies for Capital Project Planning

George R. Duthie, AIA, PP, Principal-President
FVHD Architects-Planners
William D. "Ted" Hopkins III, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Principal- Vice President
FVHD Architects-Planners
Robert "Bob" Colavita, Assistant Superintendent for Business / Board Secretary
Hopewell Valley Regional School District


Join us for the latest in our always popular capital project planning session! We will cover the ins and outs of capital project planning, strategies for success, pitfalls to avoid and ever-changing priorities during these challenging times. New discussion topics will include the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' return to school guidance, the New Jersey Department of Education's updates for long-range facilities plans and other related matters. We will discuss the need to stay on track and not to lose sight of the big picture! Ample time will be available for questions and discussion in the chat session.

 1 CEFM



Presented by FVHD Architects-Planners


2021-10-27 13:30:00

K-12 Cyber-Security Risk Assessment Now Required

Jason Pryce
Datto
Tracy Fox
Ocellus Tech
Cody Staley
Black Point


School district business administrators and superintendents need to understand that their current information technology support mechanism (whether in-house or from an outside company) cannot identify, capture and assimilate the required data, comprising a cybersecurity risk assessment. New Jersey school districts must separate technology operations from cybersecurity governance, as per changing federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and general audit guidelines. In this session, we will review the needed internal controls, policies and procedures and we will discuss how Managed Security ensures real-time surveillance and ongoing compliance alignment.

Presented by Ocellus Tech


2021-10-27 13:30:00

Establishing a Multi-Tiered Framework for Delivering Student Services

Luiz Pereira, Project Director for the NJ Tiered System of Supports for Early Reading Project
NJDOE
Stephanie Osgoodby
NJDOE

 

This presentation will offer a high-level overview of the fundamentals for operating a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), which enourages educators to collaborate with families in an established problem-solving process to improve student academic performance and behavior. We also will cover the essential components of the New Jersey Tiered System of Supports (NJTSS) model and how that framework lends itself to schools with a structure for meeting the academic, behavioral, health, enrichment, and social and emotional needs of all students.

2021-10-27 13:30:00

Healthier Air for Healthier Students

Steven Siegel, Principal
Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
Richard Delp, President, Schiller and Hersh Associates, Inc.
Schiller and Hersh Associates, Inc.
Ken Stromsland Director of Plant, Operations and Maintenance
Holmdel Township Board of Education

 

Many schools have made Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) improvements in response to COVID-19. However, there are other benefits to the health of students, faculty and staff. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines IAQ as the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later. Join us as we discuss the factors affecting IAQ and illustrate the considerations and best practices for improving air quality in schools through various case studies.

 1 QPA- Office Administrative/ General Duties


Presented by Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.


2021-10-27 13:30:00

Teachers' Academy

Tom Atkinson, Dir Sys & Info Tech
Bloomfield School District
Angela Brisini, Tech Coach
Bloomfield School District


Bloomfield encourages teachers to lead courses on topics of value for colleagues.

2021-10-27 13:30:00

Climate Change Is Here, So Is Climate Change Education

Randall Solomon, Executive Director
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
John Henry, Sustainability Specialist
NJSBA


New Jersey has mandated formal instruction regarding climate change in grades K-12. Leaders in the field will share strategies to help schools and teachers meet the requirement and discuss resources that could help.

2021-10-27 14:30:00

Population Health Management

Tom Tafuri, Vice President
Brown & Brown Insurance
Mary Muscarella, Assistant Vice President
Brown & Brown Insurance

 

Now more than ever, it is essential that school districts provide comprehensive solutions to manage the mental health and emotional well-being of their employees and their families. Brown & Brown will present insight and best practices to be part of a successful wellness initiative that utilizes industry-leading technology, while maximizing existing resources.

Presented by Brown and Brown Insurance

2021-10-27 14:30:00

ACEs in the Classroom: Are We Prepared?

Coleen Butler, Assistant Superintendent
Somerset Hills School District
Gretchen Dempsey, Superintendent
Somerset Hills School District


Students who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and come to school are considered survivors. They bring their survival skills to school with them each day. At times, these skills that they have developed may clash with our teaching methods. The language of survival that they have learned to speak can be misunderstood. Take this opportunity to learn how ACEs could impact student learning and how to provide survivors equitable learning access.

2021-10-27 13:30:00

Designing Curriculum to Engage Students & Meet QSAC Expectations

Lisa Gleason, Ed.D., Assistant Commissioner, Academics and Performance
NJDOE
Lisa Haberl, Education Program Specialist
NJDOE
Wondering how to develop curriculum using the 2020 New Jersey Student Learning Standards that engage students and meet Quality Single Accountability Continuum expectations? Learn how interdisciplinary connections, student choice and real-world application of content knowledge and skills can be leveraged to facilitate student-centered, inquiry-based instruction.
2021-10-27 14:30:00

Listening Circles: Processing the Trauma of COVID-19

Steven Fiedeldey, Founder
Fiedeldey Consulting LLC
Patty McGee, Educator, Author, and Consultant


Everyone has had their lives turned upside down by COVID-19. Participants will utilize the indigenous practice of listening circles to honor the power of storytelling and to develop empathy. Learn how listening circles can help us unpack, process and begin healing in our classrooms and our community after traumatic events.

2021-10-27 14:30:00

School Librarians Guard against Failure: Increase Student Achievement

JoAnn Cardillo, Superintendent Emeritus
NJASL
Christina Cucci, Past President
NJASL
Iveth Mollinedo


Post-pandemic school planning focuses on redesigning and rebuilding school programs. Numerous studies indicate that the daily presence of a certified school librarian is a best practice and a great influence on student achievement. Library programs embedded in teaching and learning ensure equity in updated resources and access to digital learning applications.

2021-10-27 14:30:00

America's Schoolyards are Packed with Potential!

Heidi Cohen, Senior Program Manager
The Trust for Public Land
Darleen Gearhart, Director of Mathematics
Newark Board of Education
Carmen Ubarry, Community Engagement Officer, Mastery High School
Camden, Mastery Charter Schools


Everyone deserves to have easy access to places where they can learn, grow, connect and thrive. Community SchoolyardsTM are acting as these places. A Community SchoolyardTM brings educational, community, health, environmental and equity benefits to the school and neighborhood. We will go deeper with educators as they provide insight on the positive impacts they have seen from their school’s Community SchoolyardTM. And we will reveal how schools are uniquely positioned to help advance park equity.

2021-10-27 19:00:00

Wind Down

NJSBA Staff Members

This year, NJSBA will debut a new feature, “Workshop Wind Down.” Inspired by its popular County Café chats, these evening sessions will give members more flexibility and convenience for participation and training through smaller meet-and-greet opportunities.

County Discussion 7:00pm- 7:50pm  Lessons Learned 

NJSBA Staff Break-out Room 7:55- 8:55pm

  • Calming the Crowd                                                                         
  • Having the Right Person as President                                      
  • Legal/ Labor Relations/Policy Round table                            
  • NJSBA At Your Service                                                                   
  • Strategic Plan                                                                                    
  • Superintendent Search                                                                
  • Unconscious Bias Continued Discussion (Tuesday Only   
  • Critical Race Theory Continued Discussion (Wednesday Only)
  • Equity Council Update (Thursday Only)

Thursday

2021-10-28 09:00:00

Keynote Address - Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan

Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Acting Commissioner
NJDOE

Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan took the helm as the New Jersey Department of Education Acting Commissioner in October 2020, after being nominated by Gov. Phil Murphy.

She began her 25-year career in education as a substitute teacher in Essex County, and taught in East Orange Public Schools before she launched the Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark. She has led schools, districts, a county education department, and even has served as a college board of trustee.

Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan wants to strengthen teaching, leading, and learning to increase educational equity for New Jersey's 1.4 million public school students. She is scheduled to deliver her keynote address on the final day of Workshop at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.

2021-10-28 10:00:00

You're a New Business Administrator: What You Need to Know

Gregory Somjen, Principal
Parette Somjen Architects, LLC
Susan Young, Executive Director
NJ Association of School Business Officials

 

School district business administrators wear many hats, including the oversight of facility maintenance and upgrades. Differentiating what constitutes maintenance from capital projects is critical. This session will review the difference between the two, the statutory requirements for governing facilities, and the history of the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of School Facilities division. Learn about obtaining the necessary local building permits and state approvals for district projects. Hear from a seasoned business administrator and those with experience in navigating the process and paperwork involved in these matters.

 1 QPA Office Administrative/ General Duties


Presented by Parette Somjen Architects LLC




2021-10-28 10:00:00

Five Ways to Teach with Empathy

Justine Lane, Curriculum Coach
Monmouth County Vocational School District

 

Studies have shown a correlation between empathy and learning capacity. Students learn better when they feel emotionally safe, so it is vital that teachers show and model empathy. Empathy is more important than ever as schools continue to place a stronger focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.

2021-10-28 10:00:00

Five Task Forces and 21 Takeaways

Irene LeFebvre, Taskforce Member
Boonton Board of Education
Shelli Dansky, Board member
River Edge Board of Education
Dan Sinclair, TaskForce member
Lakeland Board of Education

 

NJSBA forms a taskforce to address topics of urgency to its membership. The carefully researched recommendations offer information, guidance and resources to school officials. Join us to discuss 21 takeaways from just five of the Association's latest taskforce reports covering.

2021-10-28 10:00:00

Supporting the Whole Child: School Climate & Social Emotional Learning

Kelly Allen, Safe & Supportive Schools Manager
NJDOE

 

Building positive school climates and integrating social and emotional learning (SEL) is crucial to supporting the whole child. This presentation will share strategies for how school districts can develop environments that promote strong relationships and nurture the potential in all students. Time will be spent discussing the use of school climate related data, including school climate surveys. Attendees will also be provided with an overview of a new, no cost school climate survey & online platform developed by the NJDOE and Rutgers University.

2021-10-28 10:00:00

Governance Committee: Invest in Your Boards Future

Marta Moakley, President
Long Hill Township Board of Education


A school board must fulfill its primary role of governance. With changing membership on boards, turnover in administrative positions, and unprecedented situations such as the pandemic, the line between governance and day-to-day operations may become blurred. Join us for this informative discussion to learn how to enhance board member engagement through the implementation of a governance committee.

2021-10-28 10:00:00

Using Data Analysis and Art to Achieve Equity

Kate McCabe, Retired Educator

Jacqueline Rocker Brown, Retired Educator


Effective data analysis can provide district leaders with clarity regarding how and when students encounter impediments while working to achieve their full potential. This presentation will outline how districts can analyze student performance and provide strategies for improving outcomes through a fusion of literacy and the arts.

2021-10-28 11:00:00

Incorporating Zero Trust to Effectively Minimize Cybercrime

Karen Worstell, Sr. Cybersecurity Strategist
VMware

Corporations, state services, infrastructure, and public institutions have unique requirements that expose them to cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The US Government has determined that the answer to this is adoption of a Zero Trust Architecture. VMware Sr. Cybersecurity strategist Karen Worstell explores the latest intel from the Global Incident Response and Threat Reports in the context of Zero Trust principles and offers 5 key strategies to adopt now to ensure continuity for critical business and public services.


Presented by Carahsoft



2021-10-28 11:00:00

The Road Back: Resilience through Loss and Adversity

Evelynn Moon, Director of Education
Good Grief


Students facing loss and adversity during the pandemic pose an unprecedented challenge for the whole school community because it impacts their behavior, learning, relationships and overall well-being. We will explore the foundations of grief and adversity, and share strategies for responding with empathy and compassion, while balancing educator needs and roles.

2021-10-28 11:00:00

A Board Member's Personal Responsibility

Jean Trujillo, Board President
Hillsborough Board of Education

Why do local Boards of Education exist? How can board members focus on student achievement and support the district’s organizational health? Through the principles of positive psychology, positive leadership and stoic philosophy, gain a stronger understanding of the importance of your role as a board member.

2021-10-28 11:00:00

A School Board's Role as a Policy Maker: Policy Review, Development and Oversight

Steve McGettigan, Manager, Policy
NJSBA
Jean Harkness, Policy Consultant
NJSBA


Effective policy makers understand the boundaries between school board oversight and the day-to-day operations of a school or district. Information and resources presented will cover: 1. Identifying and establishing the policy priorities 2. Developing policy 3. Policy oversight 4. Ongoing manual maintenance. This session will include a PowerPoint presentation, case studies and group discussion. 

 

  1 QPA- Office Administration/ General Duties 

2021-10-28 11:00:00

Future-Ready Librarians Can Help Save Your District Money and Solve Instruction Issues

Elissa Malespina, Board Member; High School Librarian
South Orange - Maplewood Board of Education; Verona High School


Learn ways that future-ready librarians can help solve the problems that keep you up at night. Need help with curriculum, running student programs, technology and more? Librarians can help. Discover ways to boast your library program and how to save your district money, thanks to your librarian!

 

  1 QPA- Procurement Procedures

2021-10-28 11:00:00

Digital Schools: Data Safety and Security Policy

Christopher Dringus, Technology Director
Long Branch School District
Claire Engle, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation
Howell Township Public Schools
Laurence Cocco, Senior Program Consultant
Sustainable Jersey Digital Schools

 

Hear from New Jersey Digital Schools district experts about how establishing and maintaining data safety and security policies helps to mount effective strategies that counteract the increasing threat of cyberattacks. Created in June 2020, The New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey School Boards Association and Sustainable Jersey formed a partnership to create this innovative program, endorsed by New Jersey Leadership for Educational Excellence.

 

  1 QPA- Information Technology

2021-10-28 12:00:00

Accelerate Learning While Meeting the Needs of All Students




Explore a research-based approach to instruction with proven results! Let’s meet students where they are and accelerate learning, while meeting New Jersey’s rigorous content standards across all subject areas.

Presented by Achieve3000


2021-10-28 12:00:00

Facilities Management: Projects from Start to Finish




Join us for a video that will take viewers through a prospective public school facilities project including referendum strategies and state Energy Savings Improvement Program projects.

Presented by Colliers Engineering & Design

2021-10-28 12:00:00

Explore How New Jersey Education Practices and Classrooms are Evolving



 

DMR Architects’ current roster of both new construction and renovation projects examine incorporating flexibility and collaboration in today’s classrooms.

Presented by DMR Architects


2021-10-28 12:00:00

Expand Healthy Hydration for Your School Community




Discover ways that school districts can deliver healthy hydration to their students through a variety of settings.

Presented by Elkay

2021-10-28 12:00:00

Schoolwide Financial Literacy and Voluntary Benefit Program




Financially educate and support your entire community including teachers, staff, and parents with MassMutual's nationally recognized Future Smart program. We also will explain MassMutual's unique worksite solutions program, offering all salaried employees in each district the opportunity to purchase payroll deducted permanent life insurance with no medical exam or underwriting. This program is available at no cost to districts.

Presented by Lee, Nolan & Koroghlian, LLC, a Mass Mutual Firm


2021-10-28 12:00:00

An Overview of a School Safety Climate Team


This session will discuss the inception, implementation and role(s) a School Safety Climate Team has in the school district.

 

Presented by Cooper Levenson, P.A.


2021-10-28 12:00:00

The Pandemic Impact on School Facility Projects




Have you tried to advance school facility projects lately? If so, you know it’s not as easy as it was just two years ago. Join us to understand how the process has been impacted by the pandemic and what school districts, along with their architect and engineering teams, can do to keep the process moving forward.

Presented by SSP Architects

2021-10-28 12:00:00

Google for Education: What's New for 2021-2022




Join us to learn about the latest updates from Google for Education! We'll specifically discuss Google Workspace for Education and explain how to get the most out of your technology education products this school year.

Presented by Google for Education


2021-10-28 12:00:00

Keep Your Schools Safe with Emergency Notification Systems




School safety is a top priority for every community. Students deserve a safe environment to live, learn and grow. Imagine being able to enact an alert system that will lockdown your school with the touch of a button in case of an intruder, allow notification of 911 calls being made, and send notifications to various devices around the school. That's exactly what Millennium Communications Group delivers. Learn how we can help keep your education community safe.

Presented by Millennium Communications Group, Inc.


2021-10-28 12:00:00

PCGs EDPlan: A Better Choice for New Jersey




As you look for ways to meet your special education needs and address the academic, social, emotional and mental health impacts of COVID-19 on all students, we invite you to connect with our team and discover why Public Consulting Group (PCG), a leading public sector management consulting and operations improvement firm, offers better systems and service at a better price.

Presented by Public Consulting Group


2021-10-28 12:00:00

No Shot? No School




Join us for an in-depth discussion concerning the legal aspects of the vaccination issue in schools.

Presented by Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP


2021-10-28 12:00:00

U.S. Marine Corps Programs



Hear from the Marines New Jersey Recruiting Station team discuss various programs that benefit influencers, educators and students.

Presented by U.S. Marine Corps


2021-10-28 13:30:00

Creating An In-District Orientation Program

Mary Ann Friedman, Field Service Representative
NJSBA
Gwen Thornton, Field Service Representative
NJSBA
Kathy Winecoff, Field Service Representative
NJSBA


What do you wish you knew when you started out in your role? This discussion is sure to be lively! Join us for an interactive and engaging discussion about creating a district orientation program so that your newest members can hit the ground running as they strive to become effective members of your board/administrative team. Samples/suggestions included to customize your program.

2021-10-28 13:30:00

Equipping and Developing Leaders

Jacquelyn Wieland, Board Member
Point Pleasant Board of Education
Dr. Adam Angelozzi , Superintendent
Point Pleasant School District
Developing others is the highest calling in leadership and it also is demanding work. It takes more attention and commitment than either nurturing or equipping. The development process draws out a potential leader’s best qualities, helps to shape their character and assists them in discovering their potential.
2021-10-28 13:30:00

Making the Leap from Board Member to Board President

Lisa Antunes, Superintendent of Schools
Hillsborough Township School District
Jean Trujillo, Board President
Hillsborough Township School District
Do you think you can do a better job as board president? Do you think the superintendent should have an opinion about the role of the board president? Using humor, honesty and a healthy dose of respect, please join us to hear both sides of the thought process!
2021-10-28 13:30:00

Leveraging New Jersey Department of Education's Learning Acceleration Guide

Lisa Gleason, Ed.D., Assistant Commissioner, Academics and Performance
NJDOE
Lisa Haberl, Education Program Specialist
NJDOE


During this session, participants will be introduced to the New Jersey Department of Education's Learning Acceleration Guide. They will have the opportunity to explore evidenced-based practices and learn about strategies that school districts throughout the state are implementing to boost student learning and outcomes.

2021-10-28 13:30:00

Cross-Curricular Centering of the LGBTQIA+ Experience

Steven Fiedeldey, Founder
Fiedeldey Consulting LLC


Recent state mandates to include the accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ individuals have some concerned. Hear from three experts in the fields of sexuality, mental health and curriculum about WHAT we need to teach, WHY we need to teach it and HOW we teach in a developmentally appropriate way. LGBTQIA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning and/or queer, intersex, and asexual or ally.

Panel: Rachel Lotus Julie Melki Katherine Moyé Shey McGee

2021-10-28 13:30:00

Human Trafficking Online Safety

Patricia Pfeifer, NJCHAT Outreach Committee Co-chair, Speaker's Bureau, Operating Council
New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Human trafficking 101 covers a range of topics pertaining to human trafficking identification and prevention. New Jersey is particularly vulnerable to human trafficking due to its population, proximity to major cities and its transportation infrastructure. Human trafficking is the fastest-growing crime, second only to drug trafficking and equal in scope to arms and gun trafficking.
2021-10-28 13:30:00

Electrifying the School Bus Fleet

Bill Beren, Transportation Chair
NJ Sierra Club

Electrification of New Jersey’s diesel-powered school bus fleet is a win-win. With no tailgate emissions, electric school buses are healthier for students and their communities, and reduce green house gases that cause climate change. Learn about financing options and how to successfully transition to green transportation.

 

 1 QPA- Green Purchasing

2021-10-28 14:30:00

Social-Emotional Equity in the Classroom

Tamara Cella, Board Member
Edgewater Board of Education


When a child has an academic problem, we do everything we can to help. When a child has a behavioral issue, we are more inclined to label. How can we break this cycle?

2021-10-28 14:30:00

The Impact of Shared and Servant Leadership

Amy Hassa, MSW, President
Hamilton Township Board of Education (Atlantic)


Drawing on personal school board member experience, the presenter will guide a discussion about the processes of shared and servant leadership and how each can impact a board and its relationship with its community.

2021-10-28 14:30:00

What Do We Say Now? Communicating Clearly and Consistently during an Ever-Changing School Year

Maren Smagala, District Communications Coordinator, 2021 NJSPRA Communicator of the Year
North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District
It has never been more important to maintain clear and consistent communication with all of your school district stakeholders. With ever-changing health and safety guidance, and COVID-19 cases going up and down in your community, it is essential that school communications be the heart of your school district operations. This presentation will assist districts in creating key messages, provide tips to keep everyone on the same message, advice on how to embrace your critics, and pointers for getting the message out effectively across various platforms.
2021-10-28 14:30:00

Planning for English Language Learner Success

Lori Ramella, Bilingual/ESL Coordinator
NJDOE
Jacquelyn Leon, bilingual/esl education specialist
NJDOE
School districts are required to submit a three-year plan to the state outlining their English Language Learner programs and services. The now-electronic plan template has been further updated to assist districts with a systematic, data-driven approach to planning for academic and linguistic ELL student success. Learn about the new plan components and how data is used to inform policies and practices.
2021-10-28 14:30:00

Using Microsoft OneNote to Support Student Learning

Anthony Emmons, High School STEM Supervisor
Randolph High School
Christina Patella, High School Math Teacher
Randolph High School
Jonathan Olsen, Director of Secondary Education
Randolph High School


This program highlights the ways that Randolph High School mathematics teachers are using Microsoft OneNote digital notebooks to support student learning. Presenters will share their personal experience working with Microsoft applications and aim to generate ideas to support student growth using these and other emerging technology tools.

2021-10-28 14:30:00

Communicating Effectively During Adversity

Jesse Adams Jr, Field Service Representative
NJSBA
Terri Lewis, Field Service Representative
NJSBA


The past months in education have been challenging, and boards have had to communicate a variety of difficult messages to their public. Those challenges may also have created windows of opportunity moving forward to better engage your stakeholders. Join us as we discuss recognizing and embracing communication opportunities and putting them into practice during adverse times.

2021-10-28 19:00:00

Wind Down

NJSBA Staff Members

This year, NJSBA will debut a new feature, “Workshop Wind Down.” Inspired by its popular County Café chats, these evening sessions will give members more flexibility and convenience for participation and training through smaller meet-and-greet opportunities.

County Discussion 7:00pm- 7:50pm  Dealing with the Staffing Shortage

NJSBA Staff Break-out Room 7:55- 8:55pm

  • Calming the Crowd                                                                         
  • Having the Right Person as President                                      
  • Legal/ Labor Relations/Policy Round table                            
  • NJSBA At Your Service                                                                   
  • Strategic Plan                                                                                    
  • Superintendent Search                                                                
  • Unconscious Bias Continued Discussion (Tuesday Only   
  • Critical Race Theory Continued Discussion (Wednesday Only)
  • Equity Council Update (Thursday Only)

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Frequently Asked Questions

It is the premier professional development and networking event for school officials in New Jersey. It also is the first statewide education conference scheduled for the upcoming school year, which no doubt will call for more delicate decisions to safeguard students, teachers and staff while ensuring educational progress and achievement.

Join us to explore the latest trends in education, and new and innovative uses for traditional best practices. Spend three days from the comfort of your home or office and experience the excellent training that you have come to expect from NJSBA.

The Virtual Workshop 2021 platform will be available 24/7 for 30 days after the event.

The exhibit floor is virtual and accessible 24/7 after the initial launch at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26.

There will be dedicated exhibit hall times everyday, 8:30 to 9 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m. We encourage attendees to use those times to visit the wide array of booth offerings.

Also, a live business representative will be available at each company booth between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. each conference day. Meetings and chats can be scheduled for after hours.

Send an e-mail to [email protected] for technical assistance. Once you are on the platform, we invite you to take a virtual tour of the ‘Information Booth’ in the main lobby.

All school board members, superintendents and others included in the NJSBA census must register through their school business administrator. Each attendee will be sent an individual login to access the Virtual Workshop 2021 platform. Registration will be available starting Monday, May 17.

Group Registration NJSBA is offering a special group member rate of $900, which covers up to 25 team members. Districts may include the school board members, business administrator, superintendent, facilities managers, curriculum professionals, IT staff, principals, human resource professionals and other district staff in their group registration.

Individual Rates The individual member rate is $450 per person. The non-member rate is $900 per person. To cancel your registration, please contact [email protected].

We look forward to seeing online at NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2021!

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