Assistant Commissioner - Student Services
Carolyn Marano is the Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Student Services for the New Jersey Department of Education. In this role, Ms. Marano focuses on a variety of issues affecting students, families and school districts with the goal of ensuring student equity and expanding educational opportunities for all students.
The Division of Student Services is responsible for supporting special education programs throughout the state to ensure students with disabilities have access to a high-quality education and to the greatest extent possible, are educated with their peers in the least restrictive environment. Further, the Division works with district leaders and educators to develop and share best practices and procedures for child study teams. Under Ms. Marano’s leadership, the Division administers the state’s special education disputes resolution system, which includes facilitated Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings and mediation conferences.
The Division’s responsibilities also include increasing the number of schools that implement a multi-tiered system of behavioral and academic supports; expanding the use of evidence-based programs; and developing social and emotional learning programs for students and teachers.
Additional departmental duties include managing educational and district program data, as well as, overseeing the expenditures of federal grant programs, such as Title I, and bilingual education. The Division also includes the Holocaust Commission and Katzenbach, New Jersey’s School for the Deaf.
Ms. Marano has a long and distinguished career in public education and has served in leadership positions in various types of school districts throughout New Jersey.
Prior to assuming her current role, Ms. Marano served as the Director of Special Services for the Asbury Park School District where she was responsible for ensuring students with disabilities received the services they needed to thrive academically, as well as, the tools needed for post-secondary success. During her tenure, she reorganized the department and streamlined the delivery of services to students and their families.
Ms. Marano earned a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude in English from Montclair State University and a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. She and her family reside in Livingston, NJ.