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Whether you’re a new board member or a seasoned veteran, there are always new leadership skills to explore. NJSBA offers training opportunities to help you reach your full potential as a board member:

Board Member Academy

Courses NJSBA’s Board Member Academy is a unique certification program designed to deliver high-quality training in all areas of school board responsibility. Courses cover a range of topics including general boardsmanship, governance, leadership, labor, policy and school law matters.

Whenever possible, programs employ interactive learning techniques, such as simulations and hands-on activities. Credits earned lead to the designations ofCertificated Board MemberMaster Board MemberCertified Board Leader and to Certificated Board awards.

Workshop and Exhibition Workshop, the major training conference for school officials, attracts board members, administrators, school business officials, district staff and educators to a vast array of training opportunities. Highlights of the event include general sessions with nationally prominent speakers; large group lecture sessions; small group hands-on Action Labs; and vendors and organizations contributing to an exhibition of the latest educational products, services and technologies.

Mandated Training

The state legislature requires that all school board members take mandated training in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years of their 1st term and the 1st year of subsequent terms. NJSBA has been designated as the official provider of this training. To help board members fulfill this requirement, NJSBA offers regional training and web-based training opportunities.

Web-Based/Computer-Based Training

To make learning more convenient, NJSBA offers a growing number of training programs through live webinars and recorded web-based online training.

Local and Regional Training

NJSBA also offers training close to home through county school boards associations. Each county hosts events throughout the year on topics of interest. In addition to providing training, county events afford board members opportunities to network with local colleagues.

To help boards deal with critical issues and function effectively as a team, NJSBA also offers focused training at the board level. All programs are eligible for Board Member Academy credit toward the Board Certification and Master Board Certification designation. Opportunities include:

Board Effectiveness Training

FSRs work with boards on defining their roles and responsibilities, improving board/superintendent relations, building teamwork and conflict management skills, and conducting board self-evaluations.


FSRs can conduct intensive, personalized day or weekend training, using activities specifically designed to meet an individual board’s needs.

Topical Workshops

These specific programs address districts’ identified needs in areas such as goal setting, ethics issues, referendum campaigns, finance/budgeting, parent/community involvement, regionalization, board committees, parliamentary procedure, ad hoc committee training, Sunshine Law issues, and other individual board issues/needs. Workshops are shorter than retreats and are usually more limited in scope.

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