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Conversations on New Jersey Education


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The New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) presents a forum to explore education issues and the impact of state-level politics on New Jersey’s public school districts, hosted by Ray Pinney, of NJSBA. The format brings together state and local education leaders for a lively dialogue on the latest developments. Our children’s education is too important not to discuss and debate. To learn more about NJSBA, visit

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Earlier this year, Paterson School District officials worried that a shortage of devices would prevent many students from learning online. In this podcast, the NJSBA's Ray Pinney interviews Paterson Superintendent Eileen Shafer, and... more

Special education practices changed overnight with the onset of the pandemic. Many districts are working to provide services virtually and with social distancing protocols while still following IEPs and adhering to other legal requirements. In... more

When COVID-19 first hit New Jersey, school board meetings went from being in person to virtual almost overnight. Even though the number of coronavirus cases has diminished recently, many boards are still meeting virtually. How can... more

Since the pandemic began, Executive Orders have governed most of our actions as school districts. What does the most recent—Executive Order 175—mean for school districts and what should they aware of as they... more

Despite virtual meetings and the pandemic, negotiations between the board of education and the local bargaining unit still have to take place. Should you hold the sessions remotely or in person? What are the issues that pandemic adds... more

The guidelines for the reopening our schools recommend strict social distancing protocols. How does that work with a school district's requirement for various safety drills such as active shooter drills, fire drills and lockdowns? In... more

Special education students and educators have faced extraordinary difficulties with the school closures – and face even more challenges with the reopening of schools. With a new school year beginning, there is a need to... more

Colleen Maguire is the new Chief Operating Officer for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). She is the first woman to lead the 102-year old association. In this podcast, Maguire will discuss the importance of... more

Traumatic events affect the learning process for all children, but children of color face even more obstacles. NJSBA's Ray Pinney interviews Dr. Melissa Sadin, author of a series of books on coping with trauma, and coauthor, with Nathan... more

Meeting the educational and social-emotional needs of special education students is perhaps the most daunting challenge our districts have faced in the transition from in-person instruction to remote learning. Dr. Gerard Crisonino, director of... more