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RUTGERS - FEA EDUCATION LAW AND POLICY INSTITUTE

New Jersey’s principals, assistant principals and supervisors are on the forefront of addressing emerging education law and policy issues.  No Child Left Behind, Abbott v. Burke, IDEA reauthorization, sexual harassment law, and student safety and discipline are only some of the complex issues that school leaders are expected to master.  At the same time, they are expected to serve as instructional leaders and change agents for their schools, tasks that require them to have a strong foundation in the debates shaping education policy.

The Rutgers - FEA Education Law and Policy Institute, a partnership between IELP and the Foundation for Educational Administration, offers an intensive year-long program covering both the nuts and bolts of school law that every school administrator must know, and deeper reflection and understanding of policy issues shaping the future of public education.

Participants include current and emerging school leaders, including NJPSA members and aspiring members, school counselors and superintendents.  Each is expected to attend monthly sessions from October through May, and participants who complete the entire series will receive a Certificate of Completion issued jointly by FEA and Rutgers University.

A key aspect of the workshops is their interactive nature.  Sessions include “real world” scenarios, case studies and mock trial situations. Participants are asked to address the scenarios as if they were confronting the issues in their capacity as a school administrator.  Topics include:

• education governance and administration
• student rights and discipline
• equal educational opportunity
• students' First Amendment rights
• special education
• tenure
• evaluation and discipline of teaching staff members
• employee rights and labor relations

For a copy of the Rutgers-FEA Education Law and Policy Institute brochure, click here. For further information on the Institute, contact dnash@njpsa.org.