•  Human Resource Professionals:
    Focused Discussions on Critical Yearly Decisions

    For the 2021-22 school year, we have created a series of four professional development offerings that will serve the interests of a wide range of districts--large to small, urban to rural, designed for those who have primary or shared HR responsibilities, including chief school administrators, other central office administrators and appropriate support staff. 

    Each presentation will be topical in nature, based on the typical cyclical pattern of HR issues that arise during the school year.  We will continue to focus, as necessary, on post-pandemic re-opening school district human resources issues. 

    Attendees should be prepared to share their concerns and challenges, and come up with possible solutions, based on the experiences of others who face similar issues. 

    Sessions Facilitators: 

    Dr. Kenneth King, Assistant Superintendent (retired), East Orange Public Schools
    Dr. Marc Gaswirth, Assistant Superintendent (retired), Marlboro Twp. Public Schools
    Charity Comella, Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer, West Windsor Plainsboro Regional School District
    Dr. Jennifer Sharp, Director of Personnel, Freehold Regional High School District 

    Additional active HR practitioners and other specialists may also serve as presenters at all sessions.


    Thursday, August 19, 2021 – Virtual

    Part One: Post Pandemic HR Issues Continues:
    Implications for School District Human Resources Practices 

    This virtual workshop will guide participants through a wide range of human resources matters that all school districts will be encountering this school year. Among these are the ongoing staff leave requests; 504 accommodations in the workplace as staff return to schools and other current reopening issues, as well as more routine items; enrollment in the Provisional Teacher Program; planning an effective observation and evaluation schedule; ensuring progressive supervision throughout the school year; new law effecting non-renewal of unionized non-certificated staff; transfer and reassignment decisions; the delivery of instruction or other services; staff monitoring and accountability in a new instructional setting; and student and staff health and safety considerations.

    Monday, September 13, 2021- Virtual

    Part Two:  Starting the Year – Being State Compliant

    This session will emphasize state reporting requirements; contract administration matters; mandated in-service training; new teacher and administrative training protocols; teacher work assignments; negotiations preparations; staff evaluation procedures, etc. 

    Thursday, February 3, 2022 – Virtual

    Part Three:  Critical Mid-Year HR Challenges

    This session will cover subjects such as anticipated/projected hiring needs; staff turnover and recruitment; interviewing techniques; and continued contract administration matters.

    Wednesday, March 30, 2022 – Virtual

    Part Four:  End of Year Tasks – End of School Year Human Resources Issues

    The final seminar will focus on non-renewal issues; tenure eligibility questions; increment withholdings; involuntary and voluntary transfers; tenure procedures; and paid and unpaid leave request options. 

    All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom or, depending on conditions, at NJASA Headquarters (920 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618)

    Sessions will begin at 9:30am and will conclude approximately at noon.

    Programs will include meeting materials.