Moving Our Mission Forward
ELFNJ was founded to advance the governance of New Jersey’s public schools, through training and research. To accomplish that, it works with the New Jersey School Boards Association, by securing resources to support school board professional development.
In short: The goal of ELFNJ is to make a difference for school districts and for the students they educate by making a difference for school leaders.
Stephanie A. Fisher
Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod
Chief Executive Officer, ELFNJ
Executive Director, NJSBA
ELFNJ Sponsored Programs
Almost 300 newly-elected or appointed school board members are equipped to take on new roles as school leaders, after attending New Board Member Orientation programs held by the New Jersey School Boards Association and ELFNJ.
School leaders must be prepared to meet the challenges that arise from the local, state and federal level, including state education regulations or policies. ELFNJ supports a one-day conference designed to equip board presidents and vice presidents with the skills and information necessary to become effective leaders.
NJSBA offers training close to home through county school boards associations. Each county hosts events throughout the year on topics of interest, including school finance, school technology, STEM, sustainability, school safety, policy, governance, procurement issues, labor relations, and more. In addition to providing training, county events afford board members opportunities to network with local colleagues. All county programs offer Board Member Academy credit.
ELFNJ supports NJSBA programs that train school officials in implementing I-STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) initiatives in their schools. The training provides information on how to implement it; how to fund it; and how to take steps to ensure long-term improvement in I-STEAM.
The Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program provides guidance and resources to schools on developing comprehensive sustainability programs. The program helps schools improve efficiency, cut waste and contribute to students’ education. New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) and Sustainable Jersey, a non-profit organization based at The College of New Jersey, created the program, which was made possible by a grant from the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey.