NOTE: Events are scheduled from 9:30am – 2:00pm. Breakfast and lunch are included in the workshop registration fee. Networking begins at 9am.

November 1, 2018 - Preparing for a Crisis - Incident Command, Public Information and Post-Crisis Communications

Preparedness, response and recovery.  This workshop will take you through topics in relation to the lifecycle of a crisis.  Jeff Gale from NJ Department of Education’s Office of School Preparedness will begin this workshop covering incident command structure and the services his department offers to school districts.  Liz Scott from the Burlington Township School District will review her role as public information officer and how she has worked with her internal crisis team on various situations. Finally, John B. Comegno II, Esq. of Comegno Law Group will discuss how he has helped his clients deal with post-crisis communications.

Location: Holiday Inn, 36 Valley Road, Clark, NJ 

December 5, 2018 - Bond Referendum Campaigns and Best Media Relations Practices

From bond referendums to working with the media, this workshop will provide attendees with valuable advice and tactics to implement in their own district.  Janet Bamford, Manager of Communications and Publications for NJ School Boards Association, and Maren Smagala, District Communications Coordinator for the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District, will review bond referendum communications, the legal dos and don’ts and tips from a successful campaign.  Dr. Scott Rocco, Superintendent of Hamilton Township School District, Dr. Robert Zywicki, Superintendent of Mt. Olive School District, and Dr. Robert McGarry, Superintendent of Holmdel Township Schools will share their experiences handling media relations surrounding recent incidents. Daniel Higgins, Director of Strategic Communications for NJ Principals and Supervisors Association, will discuss ways to successfully pitch the media.  Lastly, attendees will hear from top reporters covering education in NJ.


Location: NJPSA/FEA, 12 Centre Drive, Monroe Township, NJ 08831 

April 4, 2019 - Communications and Legal Issues with Employees and Board of Education Members

Hear from legal experts as to what employees and Board of Education members can and cannot say in their position.  Robert Greitz, Consultant/Negotiator for NJ School Boards Association, will also provide tips on communicating during negotiations with the teachers union.

Location: Holiday Inn, 36 Valley Road, Clark, NJ

May 2019 - Annual Meeting & Networking Event