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About NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2020

Imagine. Create. Lead. These are not just words, but guiding principles for school leaders to advance the achievement of all students, especially in times of uncertainty. The new normal is creating new opportunities in education. NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2020 will provide the training and guidance you need to help your district explore the possibilities.

This new virtual event will offer:

  • Three days of sessions running over multiple tracks
  • Compelling keynote presentations
  • Special events and features
  • Collaboration and networking
  • A live exhibit hall
  • And a whole lot more!

NJSBA's Virtual Workshop 2020 is the largest virtual training and information event for school officials in New Jersey. It is also the first statewide education conference taking place in the new school year.

We hope you will join us virtually on October 20 – 22, 2020.


NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2020 will offer multiple tracks of live training sessions, all day, over three days. Sessions will cover digital and distance learning, equity, cybersecurity, cost-savings, school finance and shared services, leadership, school technology, social and emotional learning, sustainability, integrative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math), board governance, policy and more. It will also feature compelling keynote speakers and exciting special events.

School board members will have the opportunity to earn NJSBA Board Member Academy credits toward board member certifications. Learn more about NJSBA’s Board Member Academy by visiting the NJSBA website.

In addition, NJSBA has been authorized to issue Qualified Purchasing Agent Credits for School Business Administrators, professional development credits for Certified Educational Facilities Managers (CEFM) and sustainability credits toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET

Keynote - Anna Marie Chavez

Anna Marie Chavez

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET

Culturally Responsive Practices in Remote/Hybrid Learning

Shané Beauford

Danita Ishibashi

Participants will learn about the perceptions of a New Jersey school district, and based on data, they will see how culturally responsive teaching strategies were implemented in remote/hybrid instruction.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Perception and Trauma

Amy Hassa, MSW

We will discuss an often-neglected area in responding to trauma—personal perception. Often when responding to trauma we inadvertently determine validity based on our experience and beliefs. We will reflect on empathy, respect, listening and our personal perception as we consider policy and practice around trauma response and reaction.

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM ET

Social-Emotional Learning and Arts Education: A Synergistic Pairing

Robert Morrison

Shawna Longo

Participants will explore the Arts Education and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Framework to learn how arts educators foster students’ social-emotional development by embedding SEL into instruction. Discover the benefits of transformative social-emotional learning through arts education, and the connections to student engagement and positive school climate and culture.

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM ET

Reimagining the Gifted and Talented Identification Process to Increase Equity and Access

Bruce Preston

Participants will examine the N.J. Strengthening Gifted and Talented Education Act, which was passed in January 2020 and establishes district responsibilities in educating gifted and talented students. This session will explore methods of ensuring equity and access in gifted programming by recognizing gifts in general intellectual ability, creativity, and specific academic areas. Participants will also appraise the value of alternative measures and varied assessments as part of the identification process, and construct a personalized action plan for reimaging gifted education in their own schools.

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM ET

Implementing Policies that Address Equity and English Learners

Elizabeth Franks

Barbara Tedesco

Is your district doing everything to ensure equity for English language learners? What questions should board members ask? How can you ensure that these students receive a high quality, rigorous education? The number of English learners continues to grow; this session will highlight and address these important concerns.

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM ET

Healthy Staffroom, Healthy Classroom

William Smith

For classrooms to operate at the highest level, staff members need to feel good and feel supported in their work. A global pandemic has set off a wellness crisis among our educators. This workshop will explore our year “walking and winning” with a staff health and wellness initiative.

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM ET

The Challenges of Homeschooling Children with Special Needs in a Pandemic

"Our unplanned and sudden shift to “homeschooling” due to the pandemic has resulted in both successes and challenges for all parents, but especially those with children who have special needs.
This virtual event will address the issues that parents are confronting daily, including academic and behavioral challenges from Pre-K to Secondary transition programs. Our panel of special educators will discuss the challenges that parents have shared with them and provide suggestions on how to meet the needs of students at home. "

10:00 AM – 11:00 PM ET

Cost Control in School Design and Construction

Frank Tedesco

Erik Wood

With construction costs rising, what strategies can be employed by Architects to produce cost-effective, high quality solutions for public school construction? This session will explore proven procedures from the preliminary planning and design phases thr

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Strategies for Capital Projects Planning

George R. Duthie Jr

William D. "Ted" Hopkins III

Robert "Bob"
Colavita, Jr.

The program will be an update to our popular “Strategies for Capital Projects Planning” presentation from previous years. New material will cover updated guidelines and information for well-being, security, indoor air quality and room design for the ‘New

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM ET

The Do's and Don'ts of COVID-19

This panel discussion will address the do’s and don’ts of managing a school building during the time of COVID-19. Expert panelists will dive into HVAC, managing people in the building, discussing what questions to ask, and selecting green cleaning product

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM ET

Plan to Save During Construction

Charles Hildner

Todd Waskowitz

Scott Downie

When planning school construction projects, small decisions can have big impacts. Active, early and simultaneous planning of design, bidding, and construction can uncover significant cost savings. Join us as we illustrate construction administration best

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM ET

Lessons in Campus Security

David Kapferer

In this session, learn how the director of technology at Newark Academy uses hybrid-cloud security to increase coverage across multiple campuses and scale limitlessly, assist school faculty in incident resolution by using artificial intelligence to easily

05:00 PM – 06:00 PM ET

Energy Savings through Upgrades and Education

Erica DeMichele

Michelle Rossi

Carolyn Tagmire

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET

Free Virtual Tools that Teachers and Districts Actually Use

Jason Velante

School districts are looking for affordable solutions to implement in their virtual instruction. In this program, a veteran teacher, who is also a member of a local board of education, will sort through the array of free tools and techniques available. Le

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Student Achievement and the Digital Divide

Vincent DeLucia

When COVID-19 forced all schools to provide remote instruction, it highlighted the existing digital divide. In this session, learn about new tools to help districts close the gap, and professional learning opportunities for staff, students and their famil

12:00 PM – 12:00 PM ET

UDL and Remote Learning: Strategies for Engagement

Keshia Trotman

This presentation will discuss how the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework can be used to reach diverse learners during remote learning.

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM ET

Reducing Learning Gaps through MTSS

Peggy McDonald

Todd Glover

Cynthia Mackewicz

Sixty N.J. schools are participating in a three-year grant project awarded to the N.J. Department of Education, in collaboration with Rutgers, to improve early reading achievement by implementing the New Jersey Tiered System of Support (NJTSS). NJTSS help

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM ET

What We Learned in Virtual Classrooms During COVID-19

Marc Natanagara

School closings in March forced us all into a grand test of our capacity. Join this session to examine effective remote digital practices from the field, assess the growing body of research, and take a critical look at equity, pedagogy, content selection,

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM ET

Learning Transformed: The 5 Ps of Problem-Based Learning

Danielle Soldivieri

Jennifer Fano

Tanya Bosco

Students need meaningful engagement now more than ever. Learn how about the five Ps of problem-based learning, based on the work of Dr. Nancy Sulla, are helping Randolph Township Schools transform elementary learning to increase engagement and put student

05:00 PM – 06:00 PM ET

Delivering remote and blended learning opportunities for special need students.

How do we help our most vulnerable students gain the skills they need to function independently throughout their lives? This presentation focuses on a personalized learning platform, Avail Support, which dramatically increases a student’s ability to indep

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET

Everything You Need to Know Before and After Investing in a Maker's Space

Chris Anderson

Todd Menadier

David Shernoff

Rutgers presents benefits of maker education for your district. Drawing on examples from K-12, the session highlights the importance of teacher professional development and how makerspaces are essential for iSTEAM education and meeting related standards.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Transforming School Operations and Culture

Laurence Cocco

Dr. Michael Salvatore

Christopher Mullins

Hear from schools certified with both the Sustainable Jersey for Schools and the former FRS-NJ program as they share how using the structure of a certification program enhanced student learning, improved operations, increased interdepartmental communicati

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM ET

Cost-Free Resources for Remote, Onsite or Blended School Environments

Giovanna Cristiano Hansen

Michael Halloran

Edwin Morel

The U.S. Army provides several virtual and traditional tools that can help cut costs while engaging students with quality education and career resources. This presentation will explore online standardized test preparation with March2Success, academic and

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM ET

K-12 Cyber-Risk Compliance

Chris Mangano

Schools across the country are moving to remote/distance learning; it's essential (and required) to incorporate cybersecurity controls and privacy into those models. This program will address what N.J. schools need to know about performing a cyber-risk as

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM ET

Meeting the Challenges of Teaching and Learning During Covid

Sustainable Jersey Digital Schools Program - designing and implementing engaging, effective, and inclusive instruction that meet the needs of all learners.

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM ET

Keeping Online Students Secure in the Era of Remote Learning

David Shernoff

During this interactive session, Palo Alto Networks, Okta, and the Grants Office will discuss how to keep your district safe in this era of cybercrime. Attend this session to see how fast your district can extend your security policies to users, and learn

05:00 PM – 06:00 PM ET

Keeping School Documents and Records Secure: Digital Management Control

Elizabeth Evans

This session will explore how a formal document management system can provide a transparent and secure system to meet all needed regulatory requirements. Attendees will learn how increased productivity, cost reductions, and secure document storage with fu

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET

The Pandemic Crisis: Where are We Now?

Elizabeth Evans

John Burns

Kathleen Asher

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to substantially impact school district operations and the ways in which the board oversees those operations. In this presentation, NJSBA attorneys will highlight the most recent developments with regard to health and safe

01:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Labor Negotiations in a Pandemic

Lester E. Taylor, III

Dr. Neely Hackett

Staci Horne

Join us for an interactive presentation on how to handle virtual labor negotiations. Team FPSCTT, led by partner and co-chair Lester E. Taylor III, will host a simulated virtual labor negotiations. This unique opportunity will provide administrators, scho

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM ET

From Adversity to Advantage (When Life Gives You Lemons…)

Jesse Adams Jr

Terri Lewis

The past months in education have been challenging, and boards have had to be strategic in their short-term planning. Those challenges may also have created windows of opportunity moving forward. Join us as we discuss recognizing and embracing opportuni

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM ET

The More Important Election After the Election

Irene LeFebvre

Sheli Dansky

Too many school boards do not select their president with a focus on the quality of leadership the district needs to ensure success. Learn how to elect the leader your board deserves. We will cover the roles of the president, the skills needed for the job

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM ET

Shedding Light on the Sunshine Law and Voting

Michael Kaelber

Charlene Peterson

Virtual board meetings present unique challenges for public attendance and comments. Join us for an interactive discussion on the Open Public Meetings Act (Sunshine Law), which will also include board voting issues: who can vote, abstentions, and the lev

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM ET

NJSBA Policy Session

05:00 PM – 06:00 PM ET

COVID-19- Special Education, Vacancies and Reopneing Numbers

John Burns

Carl Tanksley

Special Education and the ever-shifting numbers related to re-opening the schools during this school years is full of fast-paced and sometimes contradictory guidance. Staying up-to-date on these issues is critical to a successful school year. Join NJSBA a

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

2020 – What a Year! What Education Employers Should Know Regarding Implicit Bias, Racism and COVID Related Issues

Nathanya Simon, Esq.

Ramon Rivera, Esq.

Carolyn Chaudry, Esq.

Education attorneys from Scarinci Hollenbeck will discuss discrimination, implicit bias, and related topics, focusing on how they relate to today’s education culture, both in the classroom and in school administration. The presentation will explore the origins of unconscious biases, and how bias can be effectively managed.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

YMCAs: Your Partner In Education and Ensuring Student Success

Dr. Darrin Anderson, Sr.

Suzanne Cornell

During the pandemic, YMCAs have responded by providing childcare, feeding programs, and outreach to vulnerable populations. Now that schools are providing virtual instruction, the Ys have pivoted to offer flexible childcare, health/wellness programming, s

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

Legislative Update

Jonathan Pushman

The Legislative Update, this year with members of New Jersey’s legislature, has become one of the most highly-attended sessions at Workshop. We look forward once again to welcoming several of our distinguished legislators.

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Social Justice: The Role of Schools

Vincent deLucia

Eric Jones

While the need for social justice has been apparent for generations, the challenges are especially evident today. In this forum, the co-facilitators will lead a discussion on the impact of social justice movements on schools and the constructive roles tha

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Students Taking Action Together: Civility, Citizenship, Engagement, SEL

Maurice Elias

Laura Bond

Lauren Fullmer

Students Taking Action Together is an SEL-based pedagogy aligned with social studies and civics instruction that prepares students for the tests of life by teaching them to analyze past and current issues to promote responsible and effective social action

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Wingman: Effective SEL during COVID-19 and Beyond

Ian Hockley

Robb Armstrong

Wingman Founder Ian Hockley and Master Trainer Robb Armstrong will demonstrate effective SEL programming whether your district is Virtual, In-Person or Hybrid. New program elements include Staff Professional Development modules and activity adaptation for

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Building a Positive School Culture through Teacher Self Care

Janet Fink

Denise Smallcomb

Jason Parenti

Self-care for teachers is important in avoiding burnout and relieving stress in creating a positive class and school culture. The presenters will discuss activities, workshops and events that occur in an ongoing effort for teachers to care for themselves

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Reopening & Transportation

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Rethinking Lockdown Drills in the COVID-19 Era

Nancy Kislin

Dr. Thomas Shea

In the COVID-19 era, school boards need to rethink lockdown strategies while taking care of the social and emotional needs of children. Nancy Kislin, LCSW, a child psychotherapist, and Dr. Thomas Shea, professor and director of safety and security at Seto

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

Wellness Session - Drumming

Paul Simmons

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

OSHA Safety for Supervisors

Keith Gourlay

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Is Your SIS Ready to Respond to COVID-19?

Larry Ullman

Kim Pargas

Robert Presuto

Realtime's state of the art COVID-19 solutions were created in response to the N.J. state requirements. Hear from Realtime and district administrators how the Nurse's Medical Concerns Log for Staff, Contact Tracking, Daily COVID-19 Questionnaire, Cohort/R

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

NJSBGA Annual Code Compliance Update

Keith Gourlay

Henry Rodrique

We will present all of the latest code/law changes ie Allysa's Law and a few others. The executive director of the New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association will review the latest changes to code and law.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Remote Learning Lessons for 2021 and Beyond

Barry Haines

Bruce Reicher

This presentation will share teacher, student, and parent voices about lessons we have learned since March 2020. We'll begin with the crucial social and emotional conversations, and explore how remote learning helps some students, yet hinders others. Leav

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Practical Pedagogies: LGBTQ Inclusive Lessons and Materials

Kate Okeson

Mike Emmich

Learn about LGBTQ Inclusive Lessons for grades 6-12. We will share best practices to improve outcomes for all students, not just those who identify as LGBTQ, while demonstrating logical measures and resources to insure compliance and success.

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

Pandemic Response: A 3-Year Pilot for New Jersey Schools

Gregory Stankiewicz

Julie Borst

Shaunna Finley

Learn about a proven framework for strengthening equity and student achievement, currently in use in 2,500 schools in 26 states. The Communities in Schools (CIS) model provides integrated student supports through community school site coordinators. Engag

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Reinventing the Classroom Experience: Learning Anywhere, Anytime

Nancy Sulla

Dr. Nancy Sulla will share insights from her book on hybrid learning -- using the same approach whether students are at school or home. Through breakout room activities, explore strategies related to synchronous instruction, assessment, student responsibi

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Tear Down the Clip Charts If...

Christopher Meyrick

However, keep the clip chart if there are pro-social expectations, there is consistency, the lessons are appropriate, and there is follow through for ALL students. I will help you start, rejuvenate, or improve your program on a paper-thin budget!

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Effective Instructional Designs for Remote Learning

Bruce Preston

This session will examine effective designs for remote learning and proposes that the use of a consistent learning template across a school district allows learners and their families to focus on content without becoming distracted or frustrated by learni

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Learning Style Matters

Jacquelyn Wieland

Learning style and communication preferences impact the virtual and traditional classroom experience. Join us to explore three learning styles and various communication styles. Leave with a better understanding of how to connect, communicate and engage s

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Always Connected: Our Youth in Crisis

Sgt. Tom Rich

This presentation is a fast paced, high energy look at technology and its effect on our youth. It covers all of the most popular apps and challenges audiences to make a difference not only in their lives, but in the lives of others!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Role of Parents in the Reopening of Schools

Robert Acerra

The reopening of our schools has been and will continue to be a daunting challenge. There are many issues to balance –not only educational issues but safety measures such as social distancing and quarantining. In this interactive panel discussion, we will

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

To Pay or Not To Pay? Public Contracts, Bidding and Procurement

Adrienne Isacoff

Nishali Rose

Nicholas Sullivan

In this ever-changing educational environment, the FPSCTT law firm has been closely following the legal trends of public contracting, bidding and procurement laws. Join us for an up-to-date presentation that will identify the latest legal challenges face

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

CDI Cloud and Managed Services

Chris Clark

Is your IT department always the last to know if there is an outage in the environment? Are you an IT shop of one, or only a few employees? Do you know what happens if your IT environment goes down, and how this impacts your operations? Managed services a

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

The New Health Benefits Reform Law: Impact and Implementation

Lou Della Penna, JR

Jason Della Penna

Jim Finn

An in-depth overview of the impact and implementation of S-2273/ P.L.2020, c.44, the health benefits reform act that was signed into law on July 1. The new law overhauls the health care plans offered to school employees. This session will discuss how hea

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

New Jersey Labor Management Collaborative

Saul Rubinstein

In an effort to further enhance the quality of teaching and learning in our state the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), the New Jersey Pr

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Beyond the Controller: How to Launch and Sustain a Popular K-12 ESports Program

Joshua Kell

Starting an esports club is a great way to tap into students’ passion for gaming while building valuable college and career skills, such as problem-solving, communication, and collaboration. But achieving buy-in from administrators and community members i

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Guidance on Recent Deaf Education Legislation

Wendy Eufemia

This session will provide guidance regarding school districts' responsibilities related to the legislated Deaf Student's Bill of Rights, as well as clarification on the roles of personnel in deaf education, and when to conduct child study team evaluations

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Planning for the Success of English Language Learners

Lori Ramella

Jackie Leon

Maria Romero

School districts are required to submit a three-year plan outlining the programs and services for ELLs. The plan template has been updated to assist districts with a systematic approach to planning for ELLs’ academic and linguistic success. Learn the comp

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM

School Performance Reports to Drive Conversations Around Data

Jessica Merville

The NJDOE School Performance Reports provide parents, students, and school communities with a large variety of information about each school and district. These reports can be used as a tool to help evaluate whether all students have equitable access to h

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Educational Equity

Tonya Breland

How can school districts position themselves to become more equitable? This presentation will provide district leaders and boards with resources they need to begin the work of becoming more equitable. Participants will be challenged to rethink policies an

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Assessment Supports for the 2020-21 School Year

Gilbert Gonzalez

Session participants will have the opportunity to learn about the Start Strong assessments, a series of optional assessment supports available in ELA, math, and science, which can provide educators with an initial indication of the level of support studen

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned

Tanisha Davis

This presentation will focus on best practices for increasing teacher diversity, including examples of success in New Jersey. The Diversifying the Teacher Pipeline Grant recipients (Montclair and Rutgers) will highlight project goals and outcomes. They wi

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Educator Certification Overview and Updates

Rani Singh

Tanisha Davis

The presentation will provide detailed information on updates to certification policies and procedures for the 2020-2021 school year and information about the Temporary CE creation and other certification waivers, due to the logistical constraints posed b

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

KEYNOTE- Sabrina Capoli- Student Representive to the New Jersey State Board of Education

Sabrina Capoli

Sabrina Capoli, the student representative to the State Board of Education, will address NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop crowd to provide a student’s perspective on the pandemic and the current state of education. As the State Board’s liaison to the student community, Sabrina will offer much-needed student insight into the journey to this point, the challenges ahead, and her future hopes.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Equity and Access: The Journey with CAR

Emil Carafa
[email protected]

Creating an environment in which equity and access in education is at the core of the work we do in schools is an essential role of every educational leader. The Connected Action Roadmap (CAR) provides a coherent approach to curriculum, instruction, and a

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Students as Social Change Agents

Lisa Gross

Nancy Sulla

Remote, hybrid, or in-person . . . Norwood Public Schools engage students in real-world problem-solving and advocacy around social issues, including LGBTQ, gender equity, and hunger. Explore examples, take digital materials, and, learn how, through passio

12:00 PM – 01:00 AM

Siezing the Advantage: How to change your Life and the Lives of those Around you

Mark Guterl

Patrick Leary

Kelly Huggins

In this high-energy, interactive program, participants will discover new ways to break through mental barriers and stagnant thinking to increase productivity and positively impact others. In addition, participants will learn powerful activities and effect

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Inherent Bias: We All Have It

Vincent DeLucia

Cyndy Jahn

Carl Tanksley

While the need for social justice has been apparent for generations, the challenges are especially evident today. In this forum, the co-facilitators will lead a discussion on the impact of social justice movements on schools and the constructive roles tha

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Fostering Mental Wellness Through a Racial-Equity Lens

Steven Fiedeldey

Participants are invited to explore trauma informed schools through an anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) lens. Together we explore how historical, systemic, transgenerational trauma impacts educational racism and creates barriers to mental health. Participant

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Mental Health and the Differently Abled Child

Amy Hassa, MSW

This session will examine the specific mental health needs and challenges that are experienced by youth who are differently-abled. Neurological, physical, educational, or mental health disorders can present unique needs. We will focus on providing equity

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Gaggle Brings Peace of Mind to New Jersey Districts

Jodi Lott

Tim Hodkinson

Gaggle is the pioneer in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Our mission is to help ensure the safety and well-being of all students, supporting school districts in proactively identifying those who are struggling.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Your Complete Guide to Thermal Cameras During COVID-19

Paul Jenne

Protect your students and staff from the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 by ensuring no one with an elevated body temperature enters your school building(s). Monitor many people quickly by using thermal cameras. Learn what you need to know a

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Ionization for Improved School Indoor Air Quality

Michael Wozny

Learn what measures to take to ensure schools have proper ventilation and improved indoor air quality necessary to address COVID-19. This session will explore needlepoint bipolar ionization technology for school use, and discuss how the Demarest School Di

12:00 PM – 01:00 AM

School-Municipal Cooperation: Responding to COVID-19

The pandemic posed new problems for all of us. School districts and municipalities shared a host of new challenges and suddenly essential needs. From technology and personal protective equipment to hand sanitizer and cleaning services. There were new oppo

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Wellness Session

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Education during the Pandemic: Communications Challenges Facing School Districts

Frank Belluscio

Janet Bamford

Community support is critical as school districts implement the education program during the pandemic. This session will explore best practices to reassure students, parents and staff about health and safety protocols, ways to combat rumors on social medi

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Energy Savings Through Upgrades and Education

Erica DeMichele

Michelle Rossi

Carolyn Tagmire

The panel will provide engaging and inspiring examples of engaged student learning about energy as well as strategies for improving the learning environment through energy upgrades on school facilities. The session highlights the PowerSave energy curricu

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Empowering, Engaging, and Equitable Online Resources for Career Readiness and Life Literacies

Christy Biedron

Rapid advancements in technology and subsequent changes in the economy have created opportunities for individuals to connect on a global scale. In this session, we will discuss the concepts and skills necessary for students to thrive, provide an overview

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Bridging the Gap: Special Education and Distance Learning

Christine Soto

Ciatlin Pletcher

Dr. Melody Alegria

FPSCTT attorneys are back to tackle complicated special education issues. This year, partners Christine A. Soto and Caitlin Pletcher are teaming up with directors of special services and child study team members for an in-depth conversation on equity in e

12:00 PM – 01:00 AM

New Jersey Amistad Commission Law Implementation

James Harris

Dr. Lillie Edwards

Dr. Stephanie James-Harris

This workshop will review the New Jersey Amistad Law mandates and identify the specific responsibilities required for full implementation.

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Power and Secure the Digital Classroom with the Cloud

Ryan Kachel

Ruby Chang

SHI is excited to partner with Google Cloud for Education for a discussion on hybrid learning delivery. We’ll share innovative strategies for powering and securing the digital classroom, and consider examples of how K-12s are future-proofing their technol

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Tips and Strategies for Virtual Student Success

Anne Erickson

Deirdre McMahon

Make your learning curve more efficient with an engaging session conducted by two Drexel University professors with decades of online teaching experience. Tips and strategies for course organization, student engagement, and student support will help to in

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Student Achievement and the Opportunity Gap

Donald Leake, Ph.D.

N.J. promises a “thorough and efficient education for all children.” When we consider student achievement, is there a gap between our vision and reality? This session will focus on the fact that disproportionately, the schools in N.J. reflect the imbalanc

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

2020 N.J. Student Learning Standards: Building Awareness and Planning for Implementation

Beverly Plein

Session participants will have the opportunity to hear an overview of the changes in each content area; as well as learn about the new framework and its implications, the curriculum implementation schedule, and the next steps for implementation. In additi

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Assuring Postsecondary Success: Leveraging Perkins Funds to Build Career Pathways

Kathleen Paquette

Learn about the new opportunities in career and technical education created by the reauthorization of the Perkins Act. Through engaging discussion, session participants will determine the ways students can earn industry-valued credentials, licenses, colle

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

How the Ed Services Commission Can Mitigate the Pandemic's Impact on Your Budget

Angelo Vilardi

Irene Lefebvre

Michael Bertran

The local Ed Services Commission (ESC) can help you meet the unprecedented challenges the COVID pandemic. We can help solve transportation issues, purchase disinfectant supplies and equipment. We can help find therapists, purchase shared services, and dev

12:00 PM – 01:00 AM

Elementary Night School

Michael Salvatore

Alvin Freeman

As working parents struggle to meet the academic demands during remote learning, reimagining intervention, conferencing and delivery can provide timely support. The Long Branch Public Schools have created a night school program for early learners, which a

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Seizing Opportunities & Avoiding Pitfalls of Hybrid Instruction

Mark Guterl

Patrick Leary

Kelly Huggins

Already experts at classroom instruction, Upper Freehold Regional’s teachers skillfully transitioned to the virtual domain upon the pandemic’s onset. Concurrently providing in-class and online instruction in September proved to be more daunting. During

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

U.S. Navy Benefits

Adam Glover

Ashley Timm

An overview of the U.S. Navy and the benefits we offer.

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

NJSIG Session

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Bringing a Community Together Through Technology

Evan Abramson

Dr. Christine Burton

Arielle Goldstein

Come and join the dynamic team from Millburn Township Public Schools as they peel back the curtain and explain how the district is now going above and beyond to serve the needs of the entire community during this time of need. The team will explore a mult

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

From Passion to Practice: One Board Member's Collaboration with the NJSBA

Amy Hassa

Mary Ann Friedman

Kathy Winecoff

Getting on the school board is only the first step in the journey of a board member. Learn how one board member collaborated with the Field Services Department and used the many resources of the NJSBA to support her district, community and students.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

OPRA/OPMA Traps for the Unsuspecting Board Member

Marc Zitomer

Joseph Roselle

The Open Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act are intended to created transparency in the way boards operate. However both statutes are fraught with potential pitfalls. The presenters will discuss the fundamental requirements of each law an

12:00 PM – 01:00 AM

Knowing Your Ethical Obligations and Avoiding Complaints

Rita Barone

Sherwin Archibald

School board ethics complaints cost districts time and money. These disruptions often come with attorney fees, can create public relations issues, and affect the entire board, as well as the superintendent. In the age of COVID-19, these challenges may on

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Managing the Reopening of your School District Responsibly

Sarah Bilotti

Reopening our schools in the pandemic with in person components took thoughtful planning, collaboration with Health Officials, and quick reassuring response to the reality such as when there is a positive COVID-19 test. Two superintendents in Warren Count

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM

Special Education: A Primer for Board Members

John Burns

Irene Lefebvre

Do you know your IEP from your RTI? What about your SEPAG from your FAPE? This program is designed to give board members an introductory understanding of the financial, programmatic and ethical requirements surrounding special education in New Jersey.

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM

School Forum- Vince

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Taming Stress by Meeting Needs

Jacquelyn Wieland

Learning to meet your needs and the internal needs of others so that you can proactively tame stress allows your district to elevate school climate regardless of what the world serves up. You will leave this presentation with tips, tools and skills to be


Non-Profit Exhibitors

Sponsorship Opportunities

NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2020, taking place Oct. 20 – 22, 2020, will feature three-days of sessions running concurrently over multiple tracks, compelling keynote presentations, special events, and a LIVE exhibit hall – connecting sponsors and attendees for group and personal chats, product demos, and lead generation. The conference will be available to registrants for a full year, meaning your reach will extend well beyond the live show.

If your company is passionate about advancing student achievement, spread the word by sponsoring NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop. Decision-makers from New Jersey’s school districts, as well as charter schools, will come to explore trends in education, and to learn about the educational products and services available from you – the experts – while keeping within their budgets.

Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are very limited! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with school leaders in New Jersey.

For more information, please contact us. Review the sponsorship opportunities and reserve your spot today!

Reserve Your Spot Today


NJSBA's Virtual Workshop 2020 is the premier professional development and networking event for school officials in New Jersey. It is also the first statewide education conference taking place in the new school year.

Come to explore trends in education, and new and innovative uses for traditional best practices. Spend three days experiencing the amazing professional development you have come to expect from NJSBA, in a new way.
The Virtual Workshop live broadcast days are Oct. 20-22. The platform will remain accessible for one year after the event.
Due to the uncertainty of the public health crisis, Workshop 2020 will not be rescheduled. NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop will take place Oct. 20 – 22, 2020.
This is an online event, and accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices with internet access.
Yes. The NJSBA is requiring new submissions to follow the new virtual presentation guidelines. Learn more.
The Virtual Workshop 2020 platform will be available 24/7 through Oct. 19, 2021.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate, you only need access to the internet.
The Exhibit Floor is virtual and accessible 24/7 after the initial launch on Monday, Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. However, a live company representative will be available at each company booth between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on each day of the event. Meetings and chats can be scheduled after hours.
All school board members, superintendents, and others included in the NJSBA census must register through their school business administrator. Each attendee will be sent an individual login to access the Virtual Workshop 2020 platform. Registration will be available starting Aug. 3.
Group Registration NJSBA is offering a special member group rate of $900, which covers up to 25 team members. Districts may include the school board members, business administrator, superintendent, facilities managers, curriculum professionals, IT staff, principals, human resource professionals, and other district staff in their group registration.

Individual Rates The member individual rate to attend is $199 per person and the individual nonmember rate is $398 per person. To cancel your registration, please contact [email protected].