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New Jersey Public School Labor Management Collaborative Interests U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona

On September 8, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, National Education Association President Becky Pringle and New Jersey education leaders visited the Delran Township School District, as part of the New Jersey Public School Labor Management Collaborative, to speak with educators, administrators and other state and local leaders about the union-management partnership that has positively impacted student achievement and outcomes for educators prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA)’s work - the New Jersey Public School Labor Management Collaborative – starts with the assumption that collaboration is better than unilateral decision-making. It builds on structural elements like school leadership teams and district leadership teams and then quickly focuses on collaborative, cooperative relationships dedicated to EVERYONE’S success.


In his opening remarks, NJASA Director of Residency – NJ SARP Dr. Mark Stanwood said, “We can’t allow anyone in the collaborative to fail.”


He added, “Why would NJASA embrace and support this collaborative? In the simplest of terms, because the decisions made within these structures are better decisions than those made unilaterally by a person with a title."


Dr. Stanwood also noted each level of leadership has data and perspectives to inform decisions that are not readily accessible to other levels, hence all of us can be smarter than any of us.


NJASA is an organization of chief education officers and school administrators who lead school districts in New Jersey’s 21 counties. The Association’s mission is to ensure a superior statewide system of education. Through ongoing professional training and education, the Association shares knowledge among its members about best practices from both educational and administrative perspectives. Its goal is to move education forward by ensuring the highest quality of instruction for all New Jersey children.


To learn more about NJASA or the New Jersey Public School Labor Management Collaborative– Partners: NJSBA, NJEA, NJPSA and all facilitated by Rutgers School of Labor Management faculty member Dr. Saul Rubinstein, email Dr. Stanwood.