The New Jersey School Boards Association, in partnership with the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey (ELFNJ) is offering two opportunities for new school board members to attend the New Board Member Orientation Weekend Conference for 2017.

The first New Board Member Orientation Weekend will be held Friday, Jan. 6 – Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at the Princeton Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 100 College Road East, Princeton, NJ 08540. Attendees may register now.

The second will take place Friday, March 10 – Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the Chauncey Conference Center, 1 Chauncey Rd., Princeton, NJ 08541. Attendees choosing that session may register now.

This short video offers testimonials from board members, as to the benefits provided by the weekend orientation programs.

The weekend program gives participants a unique opportunity to work in a small-group setting with an experienced group leader, usually a board member, sharing first-hand knowledge and experience. In addition, the weekend program includes more informational sessions than NJSBA’s other program formats, and it offers new board members the opportunity to network with their peers from across the state. There is no better grounding in the fundamentals of school board membership than NJSBA’s New Board Member Orientation Weekend Conference.

Pursuant to the School Ethics Act, every newly-elected school board member is required to participate in an orientation course within his or her first year of service. NJSBA is the state-designated provider of mandated training, which is available at no cost to members. Further information is available online, regarding completing New Board Member Orientation training.

This program is free. The costs, including all meals, materials and hotel accommodations, are underwritten by the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey (ELFNJ), through grants from the New Jersey Schools Insurance Group and ETS. Attendance for the January weekend program is limited to the first 90 registrants, and for the March program, to the first 80. Business administrators are encouraged to register the new board members in their districts as soon as possible due to the limited space available.

Business administrators may register members for the training programs by using the links above. For questions about registration, please email the NJSBA Member Services Unit.