The New Jersey Department of Education recognizes the outstanding contributions of teachers and leaders through various national and state programs each year. These honored educators serve as spokespersons and ambassadors for the profession who are encouraged to help shape New Jersey educational policies and practices that influence their schools and classrooms.
The federally funded National Blue Ribbon Schools Program celebrates school excellence, turnaround stories, and closing student achievement gaps.
Each year, the New Jersey Department of Education nominates schools that meet the eligibility requirements provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Nominated schools are then invited to apply by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Lighthouse District Initiative recognizes districts in New Jersey for illuminating the path toward academic improvement and student success. Through the Lighthouse District Initiative, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is highlighting districts that have, over the past several years, demonstrated academic improvement in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics with diverse student groups. This award recognizes the hard work of the whole school district community including district and school leaders, teachers, students, parents and other community members.