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Governor Christie has made school choice, charter schools, tenure reform, teacher evaluations, and school funding all issues that he plans to address this year. Change in education seems almost certain. What change will boards of education and school districts embrace? What change will boards of education and school districts oppose? NJSBA President Ray Wiss will join host Ray Pinney as they discuss the issues being debated at the state level. Feel free to join in on the conversation too by calling in with your questions.
The headlines and news stories most times seem to highlight the negative issues associated with social media in education. However, social media is here to stay – and some school districts are finding that social media is a valuable tool in communicating with parents and the community. What can school districts dowith social media that will enhance their district's image? What forms of social media are effective? ?What are some pitfalls you may want to avoid? Please join NJSBA host Ray Pinney as he discusses these issues with Dr. Timothy Purnell, Superintendent in Somerville; Dr. James McLaughlin, superintendent in North Plainfield; and Michelle Vella, Assistant Superintendent for North Plainfield.
Every year in New Jersey an estimated five hundred new school board members begin their service on their local boards of education. They want to be effective, but there is so much to learn, and there are many relationships to build in a very short time. What can these new board members learn from others who have experienced that same situation recently? What lessons did board members who have just finished their first term learn, that might help our new board members in 2016? What can veteran school board members do to make the transition the best for all? Please join NJSBA’s host Ray Pinney as he discusses these lessons with school board members Kathy Helewa of Warren Township, Tom Maier of Pemberton and Jeffrey Klein of Fair Lawn.
There are few traditions more firmly rooted in our educational system than homework. But while homework is widely used in schools, is it really a great learning tool? How does homework fit into the grading system? Should school districts have a homework policy? Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses one district’s journey in remaking its homework policies with Dr. Ross Kasun, superintendent for the Freehold Township School District.
It has been more than two years since the tragic school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. This tragedy caused New Jersey school districts to analyze their own school security policies and procedures. NJSBA formed a School Security Task Force, which studied the issue intensely. While there are no one-size-fits-all answers to school security, there are important findings and recommendations that all school districts can use. Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses the task force’s findings with its two co-chairs, Donald Webster Jr. and Raymond Wiss, along with task force member Brandon Pugh.
One of the key responsibilities of a school board member is negotiating the contract for teachers and staff. It is, by far, the place where most of the district’s financial resources are allocated; as well it establishes other protocols which affect student achievement. Each year brings new challenges. In 2015, what are those challenges? How should boards approach the Chapter 78 health benefit reform legislation? What is the importance of average settlement rates? How long can a district expect negotiations to take? What are some common misperceptions the public has about negotiations? Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses these and other issues with Patrick Duncan, Manager of NJSBA Labor Relations Department.
Next month school districts across New Jersey will begin administering the PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests. What are these tests and how are they different from previous state assessments? How have school districts prepared for these tests? Please join host Ray Pinney, NJSBA director of county activities and member engagement, as he discusses these and other questions about PARCC with Dr. Robert Price, director of curriculum and instruction for the Northern Valley Schools Consortium, and Debra Johnson Dahrouge, an English teacher from Neptune High School.
When New Jersey students graduate from high school, they need certain career-readiness skills—even if they are going on to higher education before entering the workforce. What are the skills that business looks for in its young employees? What knowledge is important for our students to have as they prepare for a career? Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses these issues and others with Donna Custard, president of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Tyler Seville, associate director, government affairs, for the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.
Governor Christie has given his State of the State speech and the political and legislative wheels in New Jersey are now in motion. How will the political landscape affect school districts in New Jersey? What educational issues may see movement in the legislature? What is the forecast if there is one for the state budget? Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses these issues NJSBA Director of Governmental Relations , Michael Vrancik.
Governor Christie will be making his state budget address on February 21st and in addition his education reform agenda is being discussed in the statehouse. What is the impact of the state budget on New Jersey’s school districts? Will tenure reform move in this legislative session? What school choice issues will move if any this session? What are the thoughts of two of the leading education groups in New Jersey one representing the school boards and the other the teachers. Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses these issues NJSBA Director of Governmental Relations Michael Vrancik and NJEA Director of Government Relations Ginger Gold Schnitzer.
Election Day is almost here and soon many people will go from being a school board candidate to a school board member. Once elected what should the new board member be prepared for? What is your legal responsibility? How do you get information to make informed decisions? What is the relationship between the board and the superintendent? Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses these and other issues about being a newly elected board member with Michael Kaleber, NJSBA Legal Department and Terri Lewis, NJSBA Field Service Representative. If you are a school board candidate this program will help you be prepared for your first meeting.
Transgender issues have been grabbing the headlines lately, and this subject is one that school districts must deal with in a very practical way. Districts must follow legal guidelines and policy when dealing with this topic to preserve student and staff rights and safety within an inclusive learning environment. Join host Ray Pinney as he discusses transgender issues in public schools with three attorneys who have dealt with these questions from different angles: Robyn Gigl from Stein, McGuire, Pantages & Gigl; Luanne Peterpaul, who is with Gluck Walrath; and Teresa Moore, with Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, LLP.
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