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School Climate Conference for School and District Leaders

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation recognizes that school and district leaders are important drivers of school climate change. NJSBF is hosting a school climate improvement conference to share mindsets, practices, and tools that educational leaders can use to improve their school and district climate. Materials adapted for K-12 Principals, Assistant/Vice Principals, Supervisors, Superintendents, and other School & District Administrators.

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For: K-12 Principals, Assistant/Vice Principals, Supervisors, Superintendents, and other School & District Administrators

When: Wednesday, April 17 2024 ~ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Where: New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square, New Brunswick

  • Free event + free parking
  • Earn 3 PD Credits
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Space is limited to 200 attendees
  • Registration closes Monday, April 8
Conference Agenda
  • Registration and Welcome
  • Key Note: Greg Lucas, Leading with Heart: Cultivating a Transformative School Climate
  • Concurrent Workshops. Select your first choice and alternate choice when registering. Each workshop is three hours in length. Click on the buttons below for workshop descriptions.
  • Lunch, Networking and Closing Remarks
Unconscious Bias Workshop

An interactive workshop that will introduce participants to the concept of unconscious (or implicit) bias, demonstrate how unconscious bias manifests itself, and identify strategies that school and district administrators can use to prevent and address unconscious bias in their school communities.

Trauma Sensitive Schools Workshop

Unaddressed trauma can lead to violence, therefore, providing support for students, staff, and families is critical. This workshop will define trauma, give examples of how it can manifest in schools, and offer trauma informed practices and perspectives that school and district administrators can incorporate into their school communities.

Restorative Justice: Community Building

Restorative Justice is a proactive approach that is used in schools to build community, prevent and address harm and conflict, and help students positively re-integrate into school after an absence. This training will introduce the concept of restorative justice and provide strategies for moving towards full school implementation of tier 1 community building restorative practices such as talking circles, shared values, and restorative language and discipline policies.

Key Note Speaker

Greg Lucas is an educator, trainer, and non-profit leader with over 25 years of experience in education and youth development. He has coached and led schools in the implementation and assessment of social emotional learning, school climate, restorative practices and de-escalation strategies. Greg is the founder of Joy Roots, LLC.  Joy Roots is a training and consulting collective focused on equity-centered social and emotional development and restorative practices. Greg (a Jersey resident) is focused on supporting New Jersey schools with impactful leadership coaching and professional development in support of authentic school transformation. Franklin Township, Montclair School District, and Newark Public Schools are among some recent partners.

Greg also currently serves as the Director of Social and Emotional Learning at New Visions for Public Schools where he oversees the implementation and continuous improvement of social emotional learning, restorative practices, equitable student policies, and positive school climate for a network of 70 schools across New York City. Greg is an equity fellow and coach with the Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship and has served as a consultant for both local and national organizations including the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, NYC PRIDE, World Vision, Fresh Air Fund, City Relief, and Girls Scouts of America. Greg also serves as a school coach with the National School Climate Center where he advises school leaders from across the country on issues of school culture and climate.

Greg served as a pastor for 14 years and is currently completing a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Social and Emotional Learning at Antioch University.