The New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop has a rich history that dates back to the early 1900s. In 1914, the New Jersey Legislature approved a law that created the State Federation of District Boards of Education, an organization that would “investigate subjects relating to education…and encourage and aid all movements for the improvement of the educational affairs of the state.”

The first Workshop was held in the fall of 1953 in Haddon Hall, now part of Resorts Casino, our headquarters hotel for Workshop 2023. One hundred twenty-seven people attended the 1953 conference. Workshop’s popularity grew quickly. Just one year later, 588 people attended; by 1961, attendance was pegged at 1,576. In October 1977, Workshop moved to the Atlantic City Convention Hall on the boardwalk, the building most famous for hosting the Miss America pageant for many years. In 1997, when the new Atlantic City Convention Center was completed, Workshop moved to its present venue, which provides an ideal mix of large exhibit and meeting spaces and small classrooms. In 2023, more than 8,000 attendees and exhibitors are expected to be at Workshop; and more than 250 training programs will be offered.

Workshop is an important event for attendees because it provides an opportunity to network with peers, learn from experts in the field, and gain valuable insights into the latest trends and best practices in education. It also allows attendees to stay up-to-date on changes in state and federal education policies that impact their districts. Overall, the NJSBA Workshop is a vital resource for school board members, administrators, and educators who are committed to improving the quality of education in New Jersey.

black and white photo of the exhibit floor at the old convention hall
Exhibit floor view from the old Convention Center
black and white arial view of the board walk convention center
Arial view of the old Convention Center on the boardwalk