Good ideas are all around in New Jersey’s public schools: A creative program enhances school climate. A collaboration between labor and management helps advance learning. An innovative tech ed activity lets kids shine.

Sharing good ideas is the force behind A+ Ideas, Programs and Practices, NJSBA’s online collection of successful programs and practices in N.J.’s public school districts. With a new, updated website and new, additional content, A+ Ideas, Programs and Practiceshas improved the opportunity for sharing.

NJSBA this week re-launched the A+ site with a new, more user-friendly look, with more pictures and graphics. Approximately 30 new entries were added, from the Linwood School District’s Amazinators, to the Montgomery Township School District’s Labor/Management Partnership, to the Asbury Park Wellness Initiative, which develops social-emotional learning in that school district – and which is also soon to be profiled in School Leader. 

The A+ website includes programs in the categories of: Community Relations; Curriculum/Student Achievement; Facilities and Financial Operations; Governance and Board Leadership; School Climate; Shared Services; Special Education; STEAM Education/Technology; and Sustainable Practices. More than 100 programs are included.

Some A+ Ideas featured have already received awards and recognition, while others are newly receiving exposure. Each entry includes a description, contact information and, often, links to further information available online.

Board members, educators and others are invited to explore the site – and nominate their own best practices for consideration for the next update. Nomination is done by completing a brief survey, located online. You can also find the survey by visiting the A+ site.

The A+ website is designed to spotlight the terrific things school districts are doing, and share them with other districts. We urge school board members, school leaders, teachers and other educators to submit their best practices for consideration – and we look forward to the participation of all New Jersey school districts in this exciting project. For more information, email A+ Ideas, Programs and Practices.