• 00:46

    Parents and PARCC

    in Education

    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.


     

  • 00:44

    Gazing into the Crystal Ball for Education in NJ 2015

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    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.

  • 00:46

    Recent Changes and Rulings by the School Ethics Commission

    in Education

    The School Ethics Commission has recently released 36 new advisory opinions that give school board members new guidance in numerous areas when they carry out their duties.  Whether it involves superintendent search, involvement in negotiations, participation in employment decisions, board member speech or other items these advisory opinions are important for all board members to be aware of.  Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses these recent rulings with Michael Kaelber, Director of NJSBA’s Legal, Policy and Labor Relations Department along with John Burns, NJSBA Counsel.

  • 01:01

    What Board members need to Know Before Taking Office

    in Education

    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.

  • 00:46

    Getting Ready for the 2015 Reorganization Meeting of the Board

    in Education

    The reorganization meeting is the first meeting of the new board, and important business is conducted. New board members are sworn in, and typically the board leadership is decided.  What actions does a board need to make at this meeting?  What occurs if the board cannot come to a decision on items such as who should be board president?  How is a board reorganization in January different than one in April?  Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses these and other issues with Theresa Lewis, an NJSBA Field Service Representative and Michael Kaelber, Director of NJSBA’s Legal and Policy Department.

  • 00:46

    A Major Shift in How we Address Special Education

    in Education

    Special Education has consistently been a difficult challenge for school districts, both programmatically and financially. In times when financial resources are limited yet academic expectations high, it can sometimes split a community. 
     
    To identify ways to control cost, while preserving the quality of special education, NJSBA created the Special Education Task Force in January 2013. The task force spent over a year, consulting with more than 25 experts in special education and reviewing the literature on the delivery and financing of special education services, with a special focus on academic achievement.
     
    The resulting report of the Special Education Task Force, “Special Education: A Service, Not a Place,” includes recommendations for strategies to improve delivery of services and control costs. Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses the report’s findings with the task force chair Dr. Gerald Vernotica, along with task force members Michael Lee and Irene LeFebvre.

  • 00:46

    NJEA & NJSBA views on the State Budget & Education Reform

    in Education

    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.

  • 00:46

    Sustainability – Helping the Bottom Line Financially as well as Educationally

    in Education

    Most people view sustainability as just another environmental project.  Yet the new Sustainable Jersey for Schools is much more than a “green” program.  Being “green” is just one of several aspects of the Sustainable Jersey programs.  The other benefits look at saving dollars and improving educational outcomes, as well as improving the health of both our students and our staff.  Please join host Ray Pinney as he discuss the benefits and practicalities of this program with Scott McCartney, Superintendent of the Egg Harbor Township School District; Donna Drewes, Co-Director of Sustainable Jersey; and Heather McCall, Sustainable Jersey for Schools Program Director. 

  • 00:29

    A Conversation on the Common Core with Education Commissioner David Hespe

    in Education

    Acting Commissioner of Education David Hespe has been in the position less than a year, but he has already taken an aggressive stance to inform the public about the Common Core State Standards in New Jersey. Acting Commissioner Hespe brings a wealth of experience to his post, having served as a district superintendent, college president, and as commissioner of education previously. These experiences have made him a strong advocate for academic standards. Please join host Ray Pinney as he and Acting Commissioner Hespe discuss the department’s implementation of the academic standards and the response to some of the myths and misunderstandings about the Common Core.

  • 00:46

    The Common Core, PARCC and What Board Members Need to Know to Prepare Students

    in Education

    State standards and standardized tests are not new concepts and have been part of New Jersey’s education landscape for some time.  However there have been recent concerns raised by some community members and educators about Common Core State Standards and PARCC.  Why do we need standards and assessment?  If we do need them, are the Common Core and PARCC the appropriate standards and assessment?  What should districts do to help prepare their students to succeed?  Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses these questions and others with Dr. Tracey Severns, the director of student performance at the Mount Olive School District and former chief academic officer for the New Jersey Department of Education. 

  • 00:34

    What Every Board Member (and Citizen) Needs to Understand About Indemnification?

    in Education

    As public officials, school board members are indemnified for many actions they take as school board members. Why are school board members indemnified? Are there times when they are not protected or indemnified? Can boards of education censure their own members? What occurs if a board member violates the Code of Ethics for School Board Members? Please join host Ray Pinney as he discusses these and other issues with Joseph Roselle, an attorney who specializes in school law with Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP.

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