A. Charles Wright, Ed.D
Deputy Assistant Commissioner - Student Services
Dr. A. Charles Wright joined the New Jersey Department of Education in 2006 as a Title I Program and compliance coordinator within the Office of Title I and Program Accountability. His responsibilities included supervising the design, production and delivery of curricula, training, program and school improvement related services and activities as per the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to districts and schools throughout the state to improve the academic achievement of the economically disadvantaged.
He was promoted to director of the Office of Innovation in September 2018. In this role, Dr. Wright was responsible for the inception of the Reallocated Title I grant award- created from the Governor’s priorities- Building a Stronger and Fairer NJ and Commissioner Repollet’s Organizational Blueprint- NJDOE 2.0. This award allowed $35.5 million of unspent Title I Part, A carryover funds to be reallocated to eligible districts and schools to provide programming in the areas of STEM Curriculum, Social and Emotional Learning, Early Learning Transitional Programs, Title I Arts Integration, and Expanding College Access and Advanced Learning Opportunities. Additionally, he was charged with identifying ways in which districts and schools could best leverage their federal funding in an innovative and allowable manner.
Prior to joining the NJDOE, Dr. Wright worked in the Willingboro Public School District as a team leader, teacher, and teacher mentor. He was also a finance instructor at the Center for Economics & Law Charter School (now defunct) in Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. Wright is an adjunct instructor at the following institutions of higher learning: The College of New Jersey, Wilmington University, Central Michigan University, and The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Wright earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from North Carolina A&T State University, Master of Education and Master of Science in Administration (human resources) degrees from The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and his Doctor of Education degree in innovation and leadership from Wilmington University. His dissertation was titled “Teacher Preparation: Perceptions of Alternate-Route Certificated Personnel in a Mid-Atlantic District.” Dr. Wright holds the following professional certifications: Standard NJ Elementary Teacher Certificate, Standard NJ Supervisor Certificate, NJ Principal Certificate of Eligibility, NJ School Administrators Certificate of Eligibility, and a Standard NJ School Business Administrator Certificate.