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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 https://www.njsba.org.

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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

The Town of Dover in western Morris County is a diverse community that was hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. How did the switch to virtual learning affect this district? What were the most difficult challenges in the move and what are the... more

Most New Jerseyans know Wildwood as a resort community with a lovely boardwalk and sprawling beaches but it is also home to a pre-K through 12 school district. This district has a unique school population and the school closures and... more

North Warren Regional School District is a rural 7-12 regional school district in the hills of Warren County. How did the switch to virtual learning affect this sprawling district? What were the most difficult challenges in that transition and what are... more

Teaching physical education virtually is a challenge, but it is a challenge the Middlesex County Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Olawski from New Brunswick, meets everyday. Listen in as NJSBA's Ray Pinney discusses with Jennifer how... more

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