6A:9-16.7 Requirements for school leader professional development in ethics, law, and governance
 

(a) Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:26-8.2, N.J.A.C. 6A:9-16.7 applies to all active school leaders serving on a permanent or interim basis whose positions require possession of the standard school administrator or principal endorsement in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:9-12.3.
 

(b) All such school leaders under (a) must complete a minimum of 12 hours of in person and/or on-line instruction.
1. All active school leaders holding a standard school administrator, principal, or supervisor endorsement employed in a New Jersey school district before July 1, 2009 must fulfill this requirement by June 30, 2013.
2. All active school leaders holding a standard school administrator, principal, or supervisor endorsement hired by a local education agency on or after July 1, 2009 must complete the professional development requirement on ethics, law and governance within four years of their initial date of hire.
 

(c) After a school administrator or principal has completed this initial 12 hours of training, it is anticipated that periodic follow-up training may be necessary in response to the changing nature of school law and governance. Any subsequent professional development in this area shall be implemented through the school leaderís professional development plan process as specified in N.J.A.C. 6A:9-16.3 and (d) through (g) below.
 

(d) School leader professional development in ethics, law, and governance must include the following content area strands:
1. School district governance, ethical issues including the ethical conduct of school business and current school law;
2. Student rights and responsibilities;
3. Staff rights and responsibilities; and
4. Special education law, regulations and due process procedures.
 

(e) School leader professional development in ethics, law, and governance must include performance assessments appropriate to the training through which school leaders must demonstrate an understanding of each content area strand.
 

(f) School leader professional development in ethics, law, and governance must align with the New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leaders, N.J.A.C. 6A:9-3.4 and the New Jersey Professional Development Standards, N.J.A.C. 6A:9-15-2(d).
 

(g) The school leader must provide documentation of successful program completion to his or her supervisor. This documentation must be kept on file in the same manner as other professional development documentation. The school leader is also responsible for keeping a copy of this documentation to provide to potential future district employers.