Special Events

Special Nighttime Events 

NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2020 will celebrate the students in New Jersey’s districts. Join us each night of the conference, for a different program highlighting student talents and creativity. 

Student Film Showcase, Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. 

The New Jersey School Boards Association is teaming up with the Garden State Film Festival, Artists Alike Studios, the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, and Steven Van Zandt’s TeachRock initiative and Rock and Roll Forever Foundation to present the Student Film Showcase at NJSBA’s Virtual Workshop 2020.

This year’s showcase will feature the “Best of the Fest” in student films, including entries from the new “New Jersey Hometown Documentary Short” Garden State Film Festival category, which is reserved for films that are written, directed, and filmed by New Jersey high school and younger grade school students. Additional categories, including high school documentary short, animation/stop motion, drama, narrative, public service announcements, suspense, experimental, and comedy.

Student Arts in Education Showcase, Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. 

The Arts in Education Showcase, produced in partnership with the NJ Governor’s Awards in Arts Education and Arts Ed NJ, will feature visual arts, music, theater, dance, and more. The event will shine a light on achievements in arts education by New Jersey’s talented students. 

Esports Gaming Showcase, Thursday, Oct. 22, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. 

Esports is more than just video games. It has created a place for students who don’t usually play sports to have a team and learn to strategize. It is also a great way to teach social-emotional learning and for students to find a pipeline to college.

Virtual Workshop 2020 will feature an esports competition, in partnership with Horizon AVL and Garden State Esports. This live-action event will be a bracket-style tournament, completely live, and will include commentators that will follow the action in real-time. The game, Rocket League©, is a fast-paced vehicular soccer game making it critical for teams to communicate and scheme quickly as a unit. New Jersey’s Knollwood Middle School in Fair Haven, the first middle school in the country to create a video gaming team, will display why esports is one of the fastest growing industries.

The nighttime events are sponsored by