May 30, 2019 - Annual Meeting & Dinner Event

Current NJSPRA members and friends of NJSPRA are invited to attend our Annual Meeting and Dinner. New officers will be announced. Special guest: Trish Rubin, Co-author of BrandED will be joining us for a book reading.

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Location: The Frog and the Peach Restaurant, 29 Dennis Street, New Brunswick, NJ


NOTE: Events below  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 regarding communications of employees and Board members from a legal perspective, which continues to be an important topic for school districts to navigate.  Patrick Carrigg, Esq. of Lenox Law Firm will review the limitations on what public school employees can and cannot say in their role as well as navigating communications when an employee is in legal trouble. Robert Greitz, Consultant/Negotiator for NJ School Boards Association, will provide tips on communicating to the media and community during negotiations with the teachers’ union. Lastly, William Donio, Esq. of Cooper Levenson will help attendees understand the Board of Education member role, responsibilities, ethical implications, and pitfalls regarding social media as well as review the code of ethics for Board members.

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