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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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One of the biggest challenges many school districts faced when schools closed was that they still had to dispense meals to their students. In this podcast, Mark Gengaro, director of climate and security for the Clifton Public Schools,... more

Even if you are a teacher with superb technological skills, moving from in-classroom to virtual instruction is a challenge. Katherine Poerner, who teaches Pre-AP U.S. History I and AP U.S. History II at Pinelands Regional High School,... more

What is the role of the building principal when the instruction is not occurring in the building? What are the challenges facing principals in making sure instruction is delivered, and the social-emotional needs of the students are met? In this... more

The school district of Westfield is a large K-12 district located in Union County. The district not only made the switch from in-person instruction to virtual learning but also partnered with the municipal government to make the community... more

Long Branch is a diverse waterfront city located in Monmouth County. The Long Branch Public Schools educate some 5,800 students; 83% of whom are classified as economically disadvantaged. When the school closures took effect in... more

Seemingly overnight, education in New Jersey went from brick and mortar to virtual instruction. Teachers had to adapt quickly. In this interview with NJSBA's Ray Pinney, Marie Blistan, NJEA president, discusses the impact the... more

Hamilton Township in Mercer County is one of New Jersey's larger school districts, with more than 11,000 students. The superintendent, Dr. Scott Rocco, has led the district through the transition from classroom learning to remote... more

Unfortunately, the district of Keyport is no stranger to dealing with natural disasters. It was one of the districts hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. However COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges. How did the superintendent... more

COVID-19 has completely reshaped the landscape for education in New Jersey. It is just not that schools have closed and instruction has gone virtual. The state has to deal with the fiscal fallout that will result from the quarantine. In... more

Kingsway Regional School District in Gloucester County has worked hard to continue providing top-notch instruction to their students during this public health emergency. Kingsway, a sprawling regional district, must communicate with... more

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