Working together to create and sustain high-impact initiatives
Educator Recruitment and Retention Initiative
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) expressed an interest in learning more about national trends and other state’s strategies to attract, recruit, and retain excellent educators from all backgrounds, particularly those strategies that have demonstrated a positive impact.
- Support development of a multifaceted statewide recruitment and retention plan – informed by policy, research, and data – that targets LEAs with identified challenges
- Conduct a state policy analysis and inventory of existing research and resources
- Identify key research questions and corresponding data to build understanding of workforce supply and demand
Social and Emotional Learning Modules
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) released the New Jersey Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies (PDF) in August 2017. These competencies are the result of an NJDOE-led working group composed of NJDOE staff; teachers and administrators; leaders of statewide education associations; experts in the areas of school climate and social and emotional learning; representatives from higher education; and representatives from organizations focused on juvenile justice, mental health, substance use, suicide prevention, disabilities, child protection, and career and technical education. In support of this initiative, the NJDOE identified the need for support to develop training materials and guidance for teachers interested in implementing SEL in their districts, schools, and classrooms.
- Develop six SEL modules — informed by policy, research, and data — that target goals identified by the NJDOE (in collaboration with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders)
- Facilitate focus groups with New Jersey educators to inform the development of the first module, Skills for School, Work, and Life: Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning
- Orient NJDOE staff to completed modules
- Post the complete set of modules on the NJDOE website for districts, schools, and educators to use for professional learning either individually or through professional learning communities