New Board Member Orientation
Newly elected or appointed school board members come away equipped to take on new roles as school leaders, after attending New Board Member Orientation programs conducted by the NJSBA, and supported by ELFNJ. In 2013, a major grant provided by ELFNJ allowed NJSBA to bring back the two-and-a-half day New Board Member Orientation programs that had been among its most popular and successful offerings, but which had been discontinued several years ago due to state regulatory changes.
The program immerses new board members in training related to student achievement, school finance, policy development, labor negotiation and ethics. The distinguishing feature of the orientation is the opportunity it gives participants to work in small groups under the guidance of skilled leaders. The board members participate in a series of hands-on exercises, role-playing scenarios and case studies in various areas pertaining to their role in public school governance.
New board members also have the opportunity to network with a wide range of dynamic NJSBA presenters, who are leading experts in topics ranging from school law to the daily nuts-and-bolts of running school board meetings. Attendees forge bonds and make lasting connections with fellow board members in their “freshman class,” creating a network of board member peers they can call on in the future.