District Survey on State-Mandated Professional Development Requirements
During the week of December 14, the NJDOE will begin surveying districts and charter schools across the state about the way they handle the topical state-mandated PD requirements (e.g., suicide prevention training, evaluation training, mentor training, dyslexia training, etc.). The survey will be followed by a few district case studies. As a result of these data collection efforts, the Department hopes to get useful information on strong implementation models as well as the financial and operational impacts these requirements have on districts' systemic PD planning. The feedback will be used internally to improve guidance and to inform future policies about PD requirements. Survey development has been done in partnership with the education research organization Research for Action and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education through WestEd. This project is being carried out with support from the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. Surveys are due no later than January 15, 2016. For more information, please contact the Office of Professional Development in care of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Development in New Jersey
High quality, relevant and timely professional learning experiences, both individualized and collaborative, are integral to the educator life cycle and necessary for continued professional growth. Educators engage in sustained professional learning to refine and expand their practice in order to help students perform at higher levels. The Office of Professional Development coordinates policy and programs to support high quality professional development and other educator effectiveness initiatives.