New Jersey Department of Education

DOE A to Z: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z #

Descriptions of NJDOE Offices

Office of Commissioner of Education

Division of Executive Services/Chief of Staff

Division of Legal and External Affairs

Divisions and Offices under the Deputy Commissioner

Division of Finance

Division of Teaching and Learning

Division of Learning Supports and Specialized Services

Division of Field Services

Office of the Commissioner of Education

The Commissioner of Education is the chief executive school officer of New Jersey and supervises all public schools. He or she is also a member of the Governor's cabinet, appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the New Jersey Senate. As education leader of the state, the Commissioner recommends legislative initiatives and changes, suggests rules and regulations for state board consideration, produces educational research, conducts initiatives to meet the state's educational needs, and serves as liaison between the local school districts and the federal government.

State law grants the Commissioner a broad range of powers and responsibilities, such as deciding legal controversies and disputes that arise under school law or state board regulations. The Commissioner's decisions have the force of law.

The Commissioner also has the following responsibilities:

  • serves as secretary to the State Board of Education;
  • develops code proposals for state board discussion and consideration;
  • apportions state aid to local districts;
  • administers regulations for classifying students with disabilities;
  • ensures that local districts adhere to all legal and state board requirements relating to school district operation; and
  • conducts statewide tests.

The Commissioner appoints members to and serves as chairman of the New Jersey State Board of Examiners, a 14-member group of educators that issues, suspends or revokes state certificates of elementary and secondary teachers and other professionals. The board also determines whether alternative experiences meet course of study requirements for certification and recommends certification standards and requirements to the State Board of Education.

Commissioner of Education: Dr. Lamont Repollet
phone (609) 376-3500
fax (609) 777-4099

Office of the State Board of Education

The office serves as a liaison between the Commissioner and the State Board of Education and between the state board and the public.  It provides support services to the state board by coordinating the board's meetings and public testimony sessions.  It also coordinates the board's special projects and committees. In addition, the office is responsible for the administrative code review process. For state board-related activities, it provides administrative services, and it also prepares and conducts orientation for new board members and senior staff.

Director: Diane Shoener
phone: (609) 376-9071

Division of Executive Services/Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff/Assistant Commissioner
phone: (609) 376-3700
fax: (609) 777-4099

The Chief of Staff/Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Executive Services oversees the activities of the following offices:  the Chief Public Affairs Office, which includes the Office of Media Relations and Strategic Outreach; the Chief Administrative Officer's Unit, which includes the Office of Administration and the Office of Human Resources. The Chief of Staff oversees special projects for the Governor and the Commissioner and coordinates Department initiatives across divisions.

Chief Public Affairs Officer: Diana Pasculli
phone: (609) 376-9072
fax: (609) 777-4538

Office of Media Relations and Strategic Outreach

This office is responsible for communicating the work of the Department with members of the media and the general public. It serves as the primary point of contact for all media inquiries and disseminates information through press releases, public events, press conferences and interviews. It oversees the development and quality control of the Department's website. In addition, the office is responsible for directly communicating the work of the Department with educators, families and other external partners through proactive and frequent outreach. It manages newsletters, programs, and communication campaigns to transparently share Department initiatives. The office also builds partnerships with stakeholders in the education community to support the work of the Department.

phone: (609) 376-9072
fax: (609) 984-6756

Chief Administrative Officer: Dodi Price
phone: 609) 943-5553
fax: (609) 292-7278

Office of Administration

There are three sections in this office:  Facilities and Emergency Management, Printing and Graphics, and Publication and Distribution Services.  The Facilities and Emergency Management section is responsible for coordinating security; responding to all building emergencies in conjunction with the State Police; office space, renovations and physical moves of all Department facilities; telecommunications services; and maintaining the Department's fleet of state vehicles.  The Printing and Graphics section is responsible for providing printing consultations, cost-efficient products, graphics advice, and high-quality printed products which are produced internally or by a commercial vendor under the guidance of the office.  The Publication and Distribution Services section is responsible for providing the Department with high-quality office products, publications, mail delivery and processing services, transportation requests, records retention and the fixed assets program.

Deputy Director: Joseph Vitelli
phone:  (609) 376-3760
fax:  (609) 292-1221

Office of Human Resources

The office consists of two sections.  The Employee Relations and Benefits section is responsible for the Department's labor relations process and all payroll functions, salary adjustments, administration of health and dental benefits with the NJ State Health Benefits Program, active employee pension questions, employment/mortgage verifications, temporary disability, resignations and separations, risk management, donated leave program, sick leave of absence (including but not limited to Federal Medical Leave and State Family Leave), workers compensation and the Employee Advisory Service. In addition, the Benefits and Leave section is responsible for the administration of the eCATS time-keeping system and position control.

The Recruitment, Classification and Exams section is responsible for recruitment, the certification process, new hires, pension enrollment, orientations, promotion/title changes, retirement, reclassifications and appeals, probationary process, Employee Performance Assessment Review (PAR) and the Employee Service and Recognition Award Programs.

phone: (609) 376-3444
fax: (609) 292-7278

Division of Legal and External Affairs

Chief Legal and External Affairs Officer/Assistant Commissioner
phone: (609) 376-9076

The Division of Legal and External Affairs oversees the Office of Controversies and Disputes, and the Office of School Ethics and Compliance, as well as the Office of Government Affairs and the Office of Charter and Renaissance Schools.

phone: (609) 376-9076

Office of Controversies and Disputes

The office assists the Commissioner in fulfilling the responsibility to decide, through the contested case process, disputes arising under school law and regulations.  Types of cases include student discipline, student residency, abuse of discretion by district boards of education, transportation disputes, bidding disputes, appeal of New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) decisions, review of penalties recommended by the School Ethics Commission, severance of sending-receiving relationships, audit appeals, tuition and state funding disputes, and issuance of bonds for necessary facilities following defeated referenda.  Effective July 2008 (P.L. 2008, c. 36), the office also assists the Commissioner in deciding appeals from Board of Examiner decisions and School Ethics Commission decisions. The office also responds to requests from the public for information about the school laws and procedures for appeal to the Commissioner.

Director: Samantha Skabla-Price
phone: (609) 376-9078
fax: (609) 292-4333

Office of TEACHNJ Arbitration

This office administers the TEACHNJ arbitration program created by P.L. 2012, c.26, as amended by P.L. 2015, c. 109.  The office receives and reviews tenure charges filed by public school districts seeking to remove or otherwise discipline tenured employees, receives and reviews the employee's written answer, and issues determinations concerning whether the charges are sufficient, if true, to warrant dismissal or reduction in salary.  Charges which are deemed sufficient are then transmitted to an arbitrator to hear and decide the case.  This office is also responsible for payments to the arbitrators.

phone 609-292-5706
fax 609-292-4333

Office of School Ethics and Compliance

The School Ethics Commission ("Commission") was created pursuant to the School Ethics Act ("Act"), N.J.S.A. 18A:12-21 et seq.  The Commission consists of nine individuals appointed by the Governor.  It is established in the Department and staffed by Department employees. The Commission is responsible for enforcing the provisions of the act, which governs the ethical conduct of school officials (i.e., board members, charter school trustees, district and charter school administrators and certain employees of the New Jersey School Boards Association). The major goals of the Commission's office are to: 1) review and investigate complaints, conduct hearings as necessary and render determinations by issuing written decisions; 2) provide written advisory opinions to school officials; 3) enforce the requirement that all school officials file annual disclosure statements setting forth their financial and personal connections; and 4) enforce the requirement that all board members/charter school trustees attend training in accordance with the act. If a violation of the act is found, the Commission may recommend to the Commissioner the reprimand, censure, suspension, or removal of the school official.  The Commission holds its monthly meetings in Trenton on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except for December, when it is held on the third Tuesday.

Director: Kathryn Whalen
phone: (609) 376-9115
fax: (609) 633-0279

Office of Government Affairs

The Office of Government Affairs primarily coordinates the Department's responses to state and federal legislation. This office is also responsible for the Department's interactions with the State Legislature, the federal government and other government entities. The office is also involved in developing many of the Department's policy initiatives. Lastly, the office serves as the main interface with education advocates around the implementation of the Department's initiatives such as the school choice programs.

phone: (609) 376-9082
fax: (609) 777-2077

Office of Legislative and External Affairs

The office primarily coordinates the Department's responses to state and federal legislation. This office is also responsible for the Department's interactions with the State Legislature, the federal government and other government entities. The office is also involved in developing many of the Department's policy initiatives. Lastly, the office serves as the main interface with education advocates around the implementation of the Department's initiatives.

phone: (609) 376-9082
fax: (609) 777-2077

Office of Charter and Renaissance Schools

The office is responsible for implementing the Department's oversight of charter schools statewide from application review through renewal. The office authorizes charter schools consistent with national best practice in charter school authorizing, offering school operators autonomy and opportunities for innovation in exchange for accountability for student outcomes. A charter school is a public school operated under a charter granted by the Commissioner of Education. It is independent of the district board of education and is governed by a board of trustees.

phone: (609) 376-9083
fax: (609) 633-9825

Divisions and Offices under the Deputy Commissioner

Office of Deputy Commissioner
phone:  (609) 376-3600
fax:  (609) 943-5202

The Deputy Commissioner oversees the Divisions of Talent and Performance and the Offices of Intervention and Information Technology.  Across these functions, priority work streams include implementing the educator evaluation system, implementing enhancements to teacher preparation, delivering the PARCC assessment, providing student-level analysis, creating annual school performance reports, and ensuring quality student and staff data collections, reporting and management.

Office of Information Technology

The Information Technology (IT) Office strives to provide world class customer service and IT solutions to all NJDOE staff in order to support the Department's mission and it works with DOE staff and districts towards lessening the technology burden by providing transparency in data collection, reporting, and management.

The IT Office consists of five units: Network Services; Client Services; Application and Software Development; Enterprise Architecture; and the Data Management Office.

These units provide high-quality, up-to-date equipment and services; custom web applications; a secure, high-performing stable network; and the processes and structure to effectively manage this work for internal DOE Staff. IT also manages the data governance program, data privacy initiatives, and the collection, reporting and management of the DOE's data assets.

Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO): Evan Linhardt
phone: (609) 376-9066

Office of Strategic Alignment

The Office aligns and integrates accountability for requirements, provides program support and monitors progress across all offices within the Department.   This cross-divisional approach, aimed at creating a cohesive approach to serving and strategically supporting the field, provides reviews of statutory and regulatory policies, as well as data systems, accountability systems and reporting features of the state and local education agencies (LEAs). By focusing on the cycle of teaching and learning, this office will provide an aligned and integrated support system across the state.

phone: (609) 376-3971

Talent Office
phone: (609) 376-3972
fax: (609) 943-4752

Office of Recruitment, Preparation and Recognition

This office focuses on the following areas:

  • Supporting recruitment efforts by providing a variety of staffing-related supports to key districts; facilitating partnerships to enhance talent pipelines; and working to promote educator equity across the state.
  • Ensuring quality educator preparation programs by partnering with our New Jersey providers both traditional and alternate route to ensure that the content knowledge and the pedagogical and clinical components of their training adequately prepare candidates for teaching and leading in New Jersey public schools.
  • Increasing data-driven improvement by annually sharing with our New Jersey educator preparation providers the performance data on their certified candidates; supporting them in the accreditation process; and assisting them to better understand the data.
  • Recognizing outstanding educators who are exemplary in their work.

Director: Rebecca Sieg
phone:  (609) 376-3972
fax: (609) 943-4752

Office of Certification and Induction

This office focuses on the following areas:

  • Certification - The office processes, reviews, and evaluates all pertinent information relating to individuals' eligibility for certification.  It issues initial, provisional, and standard certificates to qualified Pre-K through Grade 12 educators.  The office also issues high school equivalency diplomas to qualified individuals and educational qualification certificates to morticians and chiropractors.
  • Educator Induction - The office coordinates the induction of new public school educators through the provisional teacher process and school administrator process.
  • Certification Appeals and Revocation - The office supports the State Board of Examiners, which hears appeals of certification decisions and which can revoke or suspend educator certificates.
  • New Jersey federal Troops to Teachers Program – The office coordinates this program.

Director:  Robert Higgins
phone:  (609) 292-2070 (call center number is unchanged)
fax:  (609) 984-3356

Office of Evaluation

This office leads implementation of AchieveNJ, the statewide evaluation system in New Jersey for teachers, leaders and, ultimately, all school personnel. The office focuses on providing guidance, resources, and tailored support to districts, as needed. Particular areas of focus include:

Director:  Carl Blanchard
phone:  (609) 376-3974
fax:  (609) 633-0160

Office of Professional Development

This office oversees New Jersey policies for all educators that include professional development, mentoring and induction, and professional standards to support improved educator effectiveness and student outcomes. In addition, this office collaborates internally and externally with multiple groups to support other state and federal educator effectiveness initiatives.

This office focuses on the following areas:

  • Professional Development: The office provides support, guidance, and technical assistance on high-quality professional development systems, It also assists districts in implementing the state's professional development requirements for teachers and district and school leaders and coordinates the work of the State Professional Learning Committee.
  • Mentoring: The office provides guidance and support to districts in implementing the state's teacher mentoring and administrator residency requirements, and it supports effective induction programs for new teachers and leaders.
  • Professional Standards: The office coordinates state policy related to professional standards for teachers, educational leaders, and professional learning.

Director: Cathy Pine
phone: (609) 376-3974
fax: (609) 633-0160

Performance Office
phone: (609) 376-3961
fax: (609) 292-6483

Office of Assessments

This office is responsible for administering the statewide educational assessment system, which includes the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Dynamic Learning Map (DLM) in English language arts and mathematics at grade levels 3-11. Science is assessed in grades 4 and 8, along with a biology end-of-course assessment at the high school level.  These assessments are used to measure student progress in achieving the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and meeting state and federal accountability requirements.  All assessments are aligned to the academic standards and related student progress indicators.  The Alternate Proficiency Assessment (APA) serves students with severe cognitive disabilities.

Director: Jeffrey Hauger
phone: (609) 376-3960
fax: (609) 633-3707

Office of Performance Management

This office will build robust research, evaluation and reporting functions through the analysis and interpretation of statistical data.  As educational needs continue to evolve, it will provide analyses related to student readiness for college and careers. Using data analytics, it will evaluate programs related to state and federal formula aid and discretionary grants and allocations. Additionally, it will support evidence-based policy- making.  It will also assist in developing tools to better understand the educational landscape, such as through the development of teacher certification surveys.  Finally, this office will monitor the academic progress of schools that are in need of improvement.

phone: (609) 376-3961
fax: (609) 292-6483

Division of Finance

Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Commissioner: Kevin Dehmer
phone: (609) 376-3800
fax: (609) 292-6794

Office of Budget

This office is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the Department's annual budget request. Additionally, the office provides oversight of the Department's operational and state budgets including revenue forecasting, expenditure tracking and financial reporting. The office directs the implementation of policies for administrative accounting, budget review and preparation, analyses of financial data, purchasing, capital appropriations and expenditures, and sound fiscal management.

Director: Amanda Schultz
phone: (609) 376-3942
fax: (609) 292-1221

Office of Accounting

This office handles all Department accounting operations. It encompasses all accounting transactions which include refunds, collections of Department revenues, account transfers, payments to vendors & travel reimbursements, financial reports, third-party agreements, monitoring Department accounts to ensure that there are sufficient funds, preparing required state and federal financial reports, along with overseeing the accounting activities of the Department, and other related fiscal responsibilities.

Director: David Podolsky
phone: (609) 376-3940
fax: (609) 633-7496

Office of State Monitors

The office is responsible for the identification, selection and implementation of state monitors that are placed in various districts. A district qualifies for a monitor subsequent to specific fiscal characteristics as specified in N.J.S.A.18A:7A-55. In addition to the districts with monitors, the office identifies districts at risk of financial crisis and provides technical support in an effort to avoid placement of state monitors through the use of budget managers. Budget managers review school district budgets and analyze school district business operations to ensure compliance with state laws and regulations and provide input on increasing efficiency and cost-saving opportunities.

Director: Glenn Forney
phone: (609) 376-3954
fax: (609) 292-6794

Office of School Facilities and Finance

The Office of School Facilities and Finance provides effective fiscal standards, encourages efficient use of funds in public schools, and ensures that students are educated in physical facilities that are safe, healthy, and conducive to learning. The Chief Financial Officer oversees the Office of School Finance and the Office of School Facilities.

Office of School Facilities

The office is responsible for developing and maintaining the educational adequacy and efficiency standards for school facilities, as well as approving educational specifications, schematic plans, final educational adequacy plans and determining the preliminary eligible costs for school facilities projects. The office manages the development of long-range facilities plans for all schools and administers all school facilities regulations. In addition, it reviews leases and lease-purchase agreements for school facility acquisition and construction to assure efficiency, as well as compliance with law and regulation. The office also manages the Certified Educational Facilities Manager (CEFM) Program and the Qualified School Academy Zone (QZAB) Program.

Deputy Executive Director: Susan Kutner
Director: Bernard E. Piaia, Jr.
phone: (609) 376-9073
fax: (609) 943-5920

Office of School Finance

The Office of School Finance is responsible for development and maintenance of the following: the school funding formula and the state aid payment system for schools in accordance with applicable statutes; fiscal policy for all public school districts, charter schools, and private schools for the disabled; fiscal standards and other initiatives to promote or achieve efficiency within schools; and the development and maintenance of procedures for safe and efficient student transportation services. The director of the office oversees the activities of the following three units: Fiscal Policy and Planning; State Aid Entitlements and Payments; and State Aid Research and Data Analysis.
phone: (609) 376-3941
fax: (609) 292-6794

Fiscal Policy and Planning

Fiscal Policy and Planning (FP&P) is responsible for the development, communication, and maintenance of all aspects of finance-related policy for New Jersey's public school districts. FP&P performs legislative analysis and planning, including recommendations for modifications to current administrative code. The unit is also primarily responsible for the development and administration of the annual school district budget process that includes the following: defeated budget procedures and the school election/budget calendar; the annual School District and Charter School Audit Program and State Aid Compliance Supplement which provides the policies, standards and guidelines for the performance of the independent audit of school district and charter school financial statements and the related "AUDSUM" collection of fiscal data used for data analysis and reporting to internal and external users; and the school register data collection for average daily enrollment and attendance. Related duties include the calculation and release of public school district regular and special education tuition rates; maintenance of the indirect cost agreement between the NJDOE and USDOE which provides the methodology for the determination of annual LEA indirect cost rates; and the administration of Public School Contracts Law under the guidance of the Department of Community Affairs. The unit administers state aid systems for special public school populations at Private Schools for Students with Disabilities (PSSD) and is responsible for all PSSD fiscal reports such as PSSD Appendix S (App S ) fiscal data, tentative and certified PSSD tuition rates, and maximum allowable salaries. The unit provides all regulatory and compliance oversight of PSSDs.

Director: Michael Mindlin
phone: (609) 376-3941
fax: (609) 292-6794

State Aid Entitlements and Payments

The State Aid Entitlements and Payments unit administers state aid payment and data collection systems for school districts in accordance with applicable statutes. Data collections include Application for State Aid (ASSA); State Facilities Education Act (SFEA); Extraordinary Aid (EXAID); Debt Service (DSDC); and all other statutory state-funded aid programs such as Social Security Contributions (FICA) and Homeless tuition reimbursement State Responsible Homeless Tuition). The unit oversees regulations and procedures for all student transportation services (TRANS). It administers the district report of transported students (DRTRS) data used to calculate transportation state aid and district transportation efficiency ratings, as well as for conducting studies to identify operational trends and efficiencies. The unit administers state aid systems for special public school populations at charter schools, renaissance schools, and choice districts, including the enrollment data collections through the Charter School Enrollment System (CHE) and Supplemental Choice Enrollment System. It disburses state aid payments to districts; calculates tuition deductions from CSSDs (CSSD), Day Training, Katzenbach, and the Commission for the blind; and handles any other withholdings. It also administers systems for Nonpublic School Aid, including Chapter 192/193 enrollment (CH192-193), Nonpublic School Project Completion Report (NPCR), and Chapter 192/193 Additional Funding requests (ADDL). It calculates nonpublic nursing, textbook, technology, and Chapter 192/193 entitlements and disburses all non-public school aid payments. The unit assists in identifying the responsible district of residence, when necessary.

Director: Cindy Lee
main phone: (609) 376-3941
transportation: (609) 376-9064
fax: (609) 292-6794

State Aid Research and Data Analysis

This unit conducts school aid research and prepares reports required by the school funding law (SFRA), in addition to performing state aid simulations and forecasts relative to future school finance trends and proposed legislation. The unit prepares school finance statistics for dissemination in publications, such as the Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending. The unit also provides federal reports such as The National Public School Education Financial Survey (NPEFS), the Census Bureau Finance Survey - F33, School District Review Program (SDRP) - school district boundary review, and Maintenance of Effort and Local Contribution Rates for NJ school districts.

Supervisor: Susan Ecks
main phone: (609) 376-3941
fax: (609) 292-6794

Office of Grants Management

The office provides assistance to LEA's, other agencies and Department program offices through the establishment, implementation and maintenance of systems to acquire, plan for, distribute and manage federal and state grant funds in a fair and equitable manner. It supports initiatives that promote academic excellence, teacher and leader effectiveness, school innovation and choice, and accountability. The office is responsible for three broad functions in support of an efficient, effective and accountable grants management system: (1) planning -- working collaboratively with program offices to design sub-grant programs that are consistent with the Department's goals and priorities; (2) sub-grant implementation -- supporting the implementation of individual grant projects to promote educational success; and (3) oversight and compliance -- ensuring that the Department's grants management system, including the management of sub-grant programs, will withstand the tests of audit and public scrutiny.

phone: (609) 376-9089
fax: (609) 777-1051

Office of Interdistrict Choice and Nonpublic Schools

The office is responsible for operating the Interdistrict School Choice Program as approved under the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program Act of 2010, N.J.S.A.  18A:36B. The office reviews district applications, supports choice districts in program implementation, and maintains a parent information phone line and website with student application timelines, processes, forms, and links to approved choice districts. The office also manages several state-funded nonpublic school programs, including nursing, textbooks, and various student support services.

Director: Jessani Gordon
phone: (609) 376-3663
fax: (609) 777-1051

Contact – Nonpublic Schools: Greg Kocher
phone: (609) 376-3664

Division of Teaching and Learning

Office of Academics
phone: (609) 376-9090
fax: (609) 943-5202

The division leads the implementation of New Jersey's Student Learning Standards with the ultimate goal of providing a path for students to become college- and career-ready as they graduate. This division encompasses early childhood education and family engagement (birth – third grade),  academics (4th-12th grades), career readiness and partnerships, instructional innovation and support for educators and students in academic and digital learning, as well as the integration of the Amistad Commission and Italian-American Heritage Commission.

Office of Acting Deputy Chief Academic Officer /Postsecondary Readiness and Partnerships

This office facilitates the coordination of all offices within the Division of Teaching and Learning to support overarching policy decisions, establish priorities and leverage finances across state and federal funding streams. The office strives to strengthen statewide collaboration and partnerships to foster development of multiple options  to support postsecondary success for all students.   Additionally, the office has oversight of the NJ Enterprise Analysis System for Early Learning (NJ-EASEL), which is a federally-funded initiative to integrate specific early care and education-related data across several state agencies.

phone: (609) 376-9068
fax: (609) 943-5202

Division of Early Childhood Education and Family Engagement

The mission of the Division of Early Childhood Education and Family Engagement is to enhance the social-emotional, physical and cognitive development of New Jersey's children from birth through third grade by supporting the implementation of comprehensive services that address the needs of the whole child.

The priorities listed below are accomplished by leveraging the structure of a coordinated birth through 3rd grade division:

  • Deliver professional development offerings throughout the B-3 spectrum with a focus on multi domains of development (e.g., approaches toward learning and literacy).
  • Provide resources to support early childhood administrators, master teachers, nurses, and community parent involvement specialists using data (e.g., external program evaluation and internal district reporting) to inform program improvement.
  • Aggregate data on chronic absenteeism, program quality, and family engagement indicators to drive continuous improvement efforts.
  • Continue research on K-3 classroom quality and examine the efficacy of a tiered professional development system that we provide in partnership with higher education, which includes central office administrators, principals, and teachers.
  • Conduct an inventory of principal certification programs in higher education to examine the early childhood coursework that administrators receive in principal preparation programs. and
  • Implement a kindergarten entry assessment system and professional development on best practices in the kindergarten year with districts statewide (currently 93 districts volunteer to participate).

Acting Director:  Tonya Hall-Coston
Acting Manager: Robin Wilkins
phone: (609) 376-9077                      
fax: (609) 777-0967

Office of Academics

The Office of Academics is designed to promote the implementation of effective standards-based curriculum and evidence-based instructional practices by providing technical assistance, facilitating professional learning experiences, and analyzing relevant research in English language arts, health and physical education, mathematics, science, social studies, visual and performing arts, and world languages. Content area specialists build relationships and foster partnerships with state and national organizations, government agencies, and higher education to identify challenges and create resources in support of a well-rounded education for all students. Title II and Title IV program specialists interpret federal guidelines and provide assistance to districts regarding the implementation of state initiatives. Members of the office consider relevant educational policies and regulations and provide guidance to districts and stakeholders as they relate to supporting teachers in their work to prepare students for life beyond high school in an interconnected, global world.

Director: David Greer
phone: (609) 376-9065
fax: (609) 943-5202

Office of Career Readiness

The Office of Career Readiness provides leadership to advance innovative and performance-driven educational opportunities that promote equity and excellence for all students to become productive members in a global society. This is achieved by providing guidance to schools on implementing New Jersey's Student Learning Standard Nine, 21st Century Life and Careers. Standard Nine includes the career-ready practices; personal financial literacy; career awareness, exploration and preparation; and career and technical education. The office also provides resources to assist educators in integrating the career-ready practices in current curriculum.

In addition, the office is responsible for the statewide implementation of secondary and postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) programs. This includes collaboration with the state workforce development system, institutions of higher education, business and industry and other state agencies to create rigorous programs of study aligned to workforce needs and career pathways. The office is responsible for approving all CTE secondary programs in the 16 Career Clusters® and administers funds provided under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The office also approves private career schools in conjunction with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Director of Perkins Administration and CTE Initiatives: Robyn Kay
Manager of CTE Program and Talent Development: Nicolae Borota
phone: (609) 376-9067
fax: (609) 984-5347

Office of School Innovation
Phone: (609) 376-9069
Fax:  (609) 292-7276

Office of School Innovation

The Office of School Innovation guides and facilitates statewide exposure to innovative programs, practices, and instructional models. Serving as the creator and manager of the state's InnovateNJ initiative, this office connects districts and organizations in order to scale best practices. The office also serves as a research team, which identifies promising practices to promote post-secondary success for all students. Future Ready Schools will model a common language that foster 21st Century digital learning through the infusion of technology at the curriculum design and implementation level, as a cognitive and instructional tool.

phone: (609) 376-9069
fax: (609) 292-7276

Office of Educational Technology

The Office of Educational Technology's primary mission is to help educators and school leaders plan and effectively integrate educational technology throughout all teaching and learning environments. This is achieved through the establishment of the following two NJSLS standards to help educators and administrators develop an understanding of students' foundational technology skills Standard 8.1 Educational Technology and 8.2 Technology Education, Engineering, Design and Computational Thinking – Programming. Office specialists support districts, schools and county offices implement the standards through professional development and technical assistance visits on how to effectively leverage available technologies. The office additionally supports school and district leaders through the development of digital learning planning tools and provide access to resources through grants and cooperative purchasing agreements including the New Jersey Digital Readiness for Learning & Assessment Project, a statewide cooperative broadband purchasing that helps make faster Internet speeds available to schools at lower costs.

phone: (609) 376-9069
fax: (609) 292-7276

Amistad Commission

The Amistad Commission ensures that the Department of Education and public schools of New Jersey identify materials and texts which integrate the history and contributions of African-Americans and the descendants of the African Diaspora.

  • To infuse the history of Africans and African-Americans into the social studies curriculum in order to provide an accurate, complete and inclusive history.
  • To ensure that New Jersey teachers are equipped to effectively teach the revised social studies Student Learning Standards. and
  • To create and coordinate workshops, seminars, institutes, memorials and events which raise public awareness about the importance of the history of African-Americans to the growth and development of American society in a global context.

Director: Stephanie Wilson
phone: (609) 376-9062
fax:  (609) 292-3200

Italian-American Heritage Commission

Working in consultation with the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE), the Commission develops, supports and promotes Italian cultural heritage programs throughout the state and beyond. The Commission established "The Universality of Italian Heritage" curriculum—an infusion model which integrates Italian and Italian American cultural heritage throughout all content areas K-16. Ongoing professional development is provided to public, religious, private and charter schools statewide and beyond, as well as to colleges and universities at the undergraduate level.

Chair: Robert DiBiase
Manager:  Nicholas Schaefer

phone: (609) 376-9063

Division of Learning Supports and Specialized Services

phone: (609) 376-9100
fax: (609) 633-1046

The Assistant Commissioner oversees the Holocaust Commission, Comprehensive Support Network, Support Services, Services for Students with Disabilities, Special Education, and Supplemental Educational Programs that include programs for bilingual, disadvantaged, homeless, immigrant and migrant students.  The deputy oversees development of the New Jersey Tiered System of Supports, New Jersey's framework for academic and behavioral interventions based on Response to Intervention and multi-tiered systems of support and intervention and referral services.  The deputy organizes interdivisional efforts to provide professional development on supports and interventions that are integrated and that improve achievement and outcomes for all students.

Deputy Chief Learning Supports and Specialized Services Officer: Peggy McDonald
phone: (609) 376-9100
fax: (609) 633-1046

The Office of Special Education Professional Development

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), Office of Special Education Professional Development provides professional development, technical assistance, resources, and instructional materials to teachers, administrators, staff, and parents across the State.   In addition, the Office provides support to districts seeking to implement the New Jersey Tiered System of Supports (NJTSS) or to enhance multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) that are already in place through the reinforcement of the frameworks' essential components, including but not limited to, building capacity in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS).  In representing the needs of students receiving special education services, the Office plans and implements professional development activities in areas related to providing the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), planning the transition of students with disabilities from school to adulthood, implementing high quality services for preschool and school-age children with disabilities, developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and accessing individual rights and entitlements.  The Office also funds four Learning Resource Centers (LRCs) strategically placed across the state that provide families of students with disabilities and educational professionals who serve them with information, materials circulation, technical assistance, consultation and production services.

Director: Lorelei Drew-Nevola
phone: (609) 376-9084

Office of Special Education Policies and Procedures

The office has a responsibility, under federal statute and regulations, to operate a system of general supervision that monitors the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) by local education agencies (LEAs). The system is accountable for enforcing the requirements and for ensuring continuous improvement.  The office supports the mission of the Department and the Vision of the Division by providing leadership in establishing standards which promote improved outcomes for students with disabilities as well as consistency in the procedures public agencies implement for meeting compliance with state and federal regulations. To accomplish the mission above, the OSEP will continue to oversee the following functions: monitoring, dispute resolution, complaint investigations, state and federal IDEA Part B grant applications and oversight, approvals of Approved Private Schools for Students with Disabilities, clinics, agencies and community transition programs, development policy, guidance, and administrative code, and SEMI.  The office also develops the State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report in collaboration with NJOTSSS.

Director: John Worthington
phone: (609) 376-9060
fax: (609) 984-8422

Office of Comprehensive Support

The Office of Comprehensive Support oversees four regional field support teams – known as Comprehensive Support and Improvement teams (CSI teams) – that provide direct, individualized support to persistently struggling schools and districts in close alignment with program offices, county offices, and other NJDOE initiatives. The Comprehensive Support Networks currently support Priority and Focus schools, soon to be Comprehensive and Focus schools, in key areas, such as leadership coaching, instructional feedback, data analysis and action planning, social-emotional learning and positive school climate, and performance management.

Director: Katherine Gallagher
phone: (609) 376-9074

Office of Student Support Services

The office supports the positive development of K-12 students, with a focus on health, behavior, school culture and climate, and social-emotional skills. The office produces reports and provides guidance, web resources, professional development and technical assistance to educators. These efforts promote positive student expectations and conduct, safe and supportive learning environments, healthy life choices, student engagement, attendance, and the development of social skills and competencies. The office provides leadership through regulations and responds to concerns in the areas of student conduct, including substance abuse, violence, bullying, truancy, and other risky behavior; school safety, including law enforcement operations; school health services and student health; afterschool and summer programs; alternative education programs; home or out-of-school instruction and the education of neglected and delinquent youth and students in state facilities.

Federally-funded grant programs administered include: Title I, Part D, Neglected and Delinquent; 21st Century Community Learning Centers; and a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct the biennial New Jersey Student Health Survey and School Health Profiles Survey. The OSSS oversees the State Facilities Education Act which supports educational programs for youth residing in state facilities. The mission of the office is advanced through strong collaborative partnerships established with the Departments of Health, Children and Families, Human Services, Law and Public Safety, and Corrections; the Juvenile Justice Commission; the Administrative Office of the Courts; state advisory boards and commissions; and institutions of higher education.

Director: Nancy Curry
phone: (609) 376-9109
fax: (609) 633-9655

Office of Supplemental Educational Programs

The office administers the following federally-funded programs in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, (ESEA) Title I, Part A: Improving the Education of the Disadvantaged; Title III: Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient Students and Immigrant Students; Title I, Part C: Education of Migratory Children; and Title X, Part C: McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act.  For the aforementioned programs, the office coordinates the implementation of the federal legislation, regulations, and polices; provides technical assistance and guidance; collects and disseminates program data; distributes the grant funds; monitors the programs and use of funds; coordinates the review and resolution of appeals and complaints; supports and chairs the state's federally mandated Committee of Practitioners and coordinates the implementation of the ESSA school accountability requirements. Additionally, the office oversees and supports implementation of the state's programs for Bilingual Education (N.J.A.C. 6A:15) and the Education of Homeless Children (N.J.A.C. 6A:17-1.1 to 2.9) and coordinates with the Department of Children and Families to support the continuity of programming for youth in out-of-home placements.

Director: Karen L. Campbell
phone: (609) 376-9080
fax: (609) 292-4319

New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education

The Commission, founded in 1982, has as its main task the responsibility of implementing the Holocaust/genocide mandate passed in 1994. This is accomplished by coordinating teacher training programs statewide and by developing curriculum guides for the classroom. The overall goal is to remember the victims of genocide and reduce the evils of bias, bullying, bigotry and prejudice in schools.

Executive Director: Larry Glaser
phone: (609) 376-3968
fax: (609) 633-8599

Division of Field Services

Assistant Commissioner: Robert Bumpus
phone: (609) 376-9120
fax: (609) 292-3830

The Assistant Commissioner oversees the County Offices of Education, the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance, the Office of Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC), the Office of District Intervention and Support, the Office of Program Management and the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf.

County Office Administrative Unit (COAU)

This office coordinates the work of the county offices of education, including implementation of the NJ Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC), which is the Department's monitoring and evaluation system for public school districts. (see below) All districts must complete an annual Statement of Assurance (SOA) and districts undergoing a full QSAC review once every three years must also complete a District Performance Review (DPR).

COAU also is responsible for implementing regulations regarding school district operations (N.J.A.C. 6A:32) and comprehensive equity plans (N.J.A.C. 6A:7).

Contact: Paula Bloom
phone: (609) 376-9099
fax: (609) 292-3830

Quality Single Accountability Continuum

The Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) is the Department of Education's monitoring and evaluation system for public school districts. It is a single comprehensive accountability system that consolidates and incorporates the monitoring requirements of applicable state laws and programs and complements federally required improvements. The system focuses on monitoring and evaluating school districts in five key components: instruction and program, fiscal management, operations, personnel, and governance.  All districts must complete an annual Statement of Assurance (SOA) and districts undergoing a full QSAC review (once every three years) must also complete a District Performance Review (DPR).

Contact: Paula Bloom
phone: (609) 376-9099
fax: (609) 292-3830

New Jersey Specialized Child Study Team

The NJSCST provides psychological, learning, and speech/language evaluations for children with hearing loss throughout the state of NJ. The NJSCST includes two psychologists, two learning consultants, and two speech/language specialists who have extensive backgrounds not only in their respective disciplines, but also in deafness. The purpose of the team is to administer special education evaluations in the students' preferred mode of communication, whether it is in American Sign Language, Total Communication, or listening/spoken language. Assessments are selected, administered, and interpreted with consideration given to the unique linguistic, social, and academic development of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The team is available to assist school districts in the determination of eligibility, as well as provide information to help guide the development of the individualized education program (IEP).

phone: (609) 376-9091

Consultant for Students with Hearing Loss

The regional consultant provides assistance in the improvement of educational programs and services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Consulting services are available at the request of the child study team in the district of residence. Parents and guardians can request these services through their case manager.

Contact: Kara Rogers
phone: (609) 376-3561
fax: (609) 292-5558

County Offices of Education

The county offices are the focal point of general support, oversight and routine communications between local districts and the Department's central offices. Each county office is led by an Executive County Superintendent and has a core staff, which includes an Executive County Business Official, a County Education Specialist and a County Child Study Supervisor. County office staff:

  • perform onsite evaluations of school districts every three years in accordance with the NJ Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC);
  • review and approve district budgets;
  • review and approve district administrative contracts;
  • inspect school buildings to ensure compliance with health and safety codes;
  • review and approve district transportation contracts;
  • issue county substitute certificates;
  • conduct special education program reviews;
  • provide technical assistance to school districts, boards of education and parents on a variety of topics; and support districts in responding to questions;
  • respond to community, legislative and parental concerns; and
  • assist Department divisions in securing required data.

phone: (609) 376-9099
fax: (609) 292-3830

Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance

The office acts on the Commissioner's behalf in the receipt, exchange, review and investigation of information relevant to the efficient supervision of all schools of the state receiving support or aid from federal and state appropriations in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:4-23.  The office is responsible for all investigative and many auditing functions conducted by the Department, as well as criminal background checks of applicants for positions in New Jersey schools. The office also coordinates school preparedness and emergency planning of all schools.

Director: Robert Cicchino
phone: (609) 376-9085
fax: (609) 396-2032

Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf

Katzenbach provides a comprehensive education in an English and American Sign Language Bilingual environment that prepares deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) students from ages 3-21 for postsecondary education or a career upon graduation. A parent-infant playgroup is offered twice a week for families and children 16-36 months. Special programs for D/HH students with multiple disabilities and behavior disorders are available. Students are required to meet state graduation requirements, and all courses meet the state's Student Learning Standards. Residential services are provided to about 30 percent of the school's student population from Monday-Thursday. Each July, Katzenbach administers a four-week extended school year program that addresses academic, social and transition goals through a variety of program options. Additional information regarding Katzenbach can be found at the following sites:

Twitter: @KatzenbachNJSD
Instagram: Mksdnjsd
You Tube

Superintendent: Joan Krasnisky
phone: (609) 530-3112 (general)
phone: (609) 530-3156 (enrollment)
fax: (609) 530-5791

Office of District Intervention and Support

The Office of District Intervention and Support provides support to districts that have been identified for intervention through processes defined in New Jersey statute.  The office's central goal is to work with district leadership teams to ensure that districts are meeting the requirements of statute and administrative code and utilizing resources effectively in pursuit of higher levels of student achievement.  The Office of Intervention works closely with the Regional Achievement Centers (RACs), the County Offices and NJDOE program offices in order to achieve this goal.

Director: Chris Snyder
phone: (609) 376-3553
fax: 609-292-3930

Office of Project Management

This office provides support services to all divisions in the Department to bring consistent planning across the organization's initiatives and operations. The office assists each NJDOE office in developing short-range and long-range plans, working to ensure that these plans align to the Department's strategic goals. It also works with the offices to support their needs for improving the implementation of their projects and programs.

Executive Director: Jim Palmer
phone: (609) 376-3622