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Descriptions of NJDOE Offices

Office of Commissioner of Education

Deputy Commissioner

Division of Executive Services/Chief of Staff

Division of Legal and External Affairs

Division of Learning Supports and Specialized Services

Division of Field Services

Division of Teaching and Learning

Division of Talent and Performance

Office of Commissioner of Education

Acting Commissioner: Kimberley Harrington
phone: (609) 292-4450
fax: (609) 777-4099

Deputy Commissioner: Peter Shulman
phone: (609) 292-2400
fax: (609) 633-0160

Division of Executive Services/Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff/Assistant Commissioner: Karin Garver
phone: (609) 292-7671
fax: (609) 633-9553

The Chief of Staff/Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Executive Services oversees the activities of the following offices: State Board of Education; Grants Management; Equity and Compliance; Chief Administrative Officer's Unit, which includes the Office of Administration and the Office of Human Resources; and the Chief Financial Officer's Unit, which includes the following offices: Budget, Accounting, State Monitors, and School Facilities & Finance. The division oversees special projects for the Governor and the Commissioner and coordinates Department initiatives across divisions.

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) 984-6024
fax: (609) 633-0267

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.

Director: Anne Corwell
phone: (609) 633-6974
fax: (609) 777-1051

Office of Equity and Compliance (OEC)

The OEC is charged with ensuring that all employees and applicants for employment enjoy an environment that is free from prohibited discrimination and harassment in accordance with the New Jersey State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace (State Anti-Discrimination Policy). The OEC promotes a work environment that embraces the ideals of equity, dignity and respect. The responsibilities of the OEC include, without limitation: evaluating, investigating, and resolving (formally or informally) complaints alleging discrimination based on the protected categories enumerated in the State Anti-Discrimination Policy, including sexual harassment; consulting with and providing guidance to employees and applicants for employment regarding work-related matters that involve a protected category; consulting with and providing guidance to management in order to ensure a work environment that is free from all forms of discrimination; and educating employees on their rights and responsibilities under the State Anti-Discrimination Policy.

The Director of the OEC serves as the Department of Education's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer.  If you are a Department of Education employee, applicant for a position or employment opportunity with the Department of Education, or other individual doing business with the Department of Education, and you believe you are being harassed and/or discriminated against in violation of the State Anti-Discrimination Policy, you may send an e-mail message (along with your completed "Discrimination Complaint Processing Form") to or call (609) 292-1163.

The OEC is additionally charged with ensuring that all employees are aware of and comply with state ethics laws, regulations, and mandates.

Director: Kathryn A. Whalen
phone: (609) 292-1163
fax: (609) 777-4538

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.

Director: Joseph Vitelli
phone:  (609) 292-4444

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 pensions 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) 292-1666
fax: (609) 292-7278

Chief Financial Officer: Kevin Dehmer
phone: (609) 633-0259
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) 984-4900

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) 984-4902
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) 943-4115
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) 984-5351
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.

Director: Yut'se Thomas
phone: (609) 292-4421
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) 292-7131
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) 984-4948
transportation: (609) 984-5757
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) 292-4421
fax: (609) 292-6794

Division of Legal and External Affairs

Assistant Commissioner/Chief Legal and External Affairs Officer: Patricia Morgan
phone: (609) 341-3613
fax: (609) 777-4538

The Division of Legal and External Affairs is responsible for communicating the work of the Department to parents, educators, the media and the general public through the Office of Media Relations and Strategic Outreach. In addition, the division oversees the Offices of Legislative and External Affairs, Controversies and Disputes, and School Ethics, as well as the Offices of Charter and Renaissance Schools, Interdistrict School Choice and Nonpublic Schools.

Deputy Chief External Affairs Officer: Diana Pasculli
phone: (609) 633-3965
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.

Director: Valerie Francois
phone: (609) 292-1126
fax: (609) 984-6756

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.

Acting Director: Colleen Schulz-Eskow
phone: (609) 292-6038
fax: (609) 777-2077

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, tenure/seniority claims, tenure charges, 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: Kathleen Duncan
phone: (609) 292-5705
fax: (609) 292-4333

Office of School Ethics

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.

phone: (609) 984-6941
fax: (609) 633-0279

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) 292-3043
fax: (609) 777-1051

Nonpublic Schools: Greg Kocher
phone: (609) 633-0251

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.

Acting Director: Katherine Czehut
phone: (609) 292-5850
fax: (609) 633-9825

Division of Learning Supports and Specialized Services

Assistant Commissioner/Chief Learning Supports and Specialized Services Officer: Susan Martz
phone: (609) 292-9899
fax: (609) 633-1046

The Assistant Commissioner oversees the Holocaust Commission, Regional Achievement Centers (RACs), 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.  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) 292-9899
fax: (609) 633-1046

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; intervention and referral services for student learning, behavior and health problems; school health services and student health, including HIV, STD and pregnancy prevention; 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 for HIV/STD/Pregnancy prevention and 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) 292-5935
fax: (609) 633-9655

Office of Special Education Programs

The office ensures that students with disabilities receive appropriate educational services to enable them to achieve the same goals established for all students – success in postsecondary education, employment and life in the community.  The office provides statewide leadership through the development of policy and implementation documents and provides guidance to school districts and parents regarding the implementation of special education programs and services in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations. The office is responsible for administering all federal funds received by the state for educating students with disabilities ages 3 through 21. It also monitors the delivery of special education programs operated under state authority, provides mediation services to parents and school districts, processes hearings with the Office of Administrative Law, and conducts complaint investigations requested by the public. In addition, the office funds four learning resource centers LRCs that provide schools and parents with information services, materials circulation, technical assistance, consultation services and production services. The office also plans and implements program and personnel development activities in areas such as implementing the least restrictive environment provision, planning the transition of students with disabilities from school to adulthood, planning programs and services for preschool children with disabilities, developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and accessing individual rights and entitlements.

Acting Director: John Worthington
phone: (609) 292-0147
fax: (609) 984-8422

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. 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) 943-4283
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) 984-4927
fax: (609) 633-8599

Office of Regional Achievement Centers

The office oversees field-based Regional Achievement Centers (RACs) staffed with expert school turnaround teams that work directly with Priority and Focus Schools to implement proven turnaround principles and dramatically improve student achievement. The office also leads the Department's School Improvement Grant (SIG) process and is responsible for the support and monitoring of SIG schools. For information about the RACs:

Acting Executive Director: Katherine Gallagher
phone: (609) 943-4201

Regional Achievement Centers

RAC Region 1
John Marshall, Executive Director
Passaic County Office of Education
501 River Street
Paterson, NJ 07524

RAC Region 2
Celeste Denman, Acting Executive Director
Passaic County Office of Education
501 River Street
Paterson, NJ 07524

RAC Region 3
Jersey City Board of Education
346 Claremont Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305

RAC Region 4
Lois Braender, Executive Director
New Jersey Department of Education
100 Riverview Plaza, 3rd Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625

RAC Region 5
Mario Barbiere, Executive Director
Monmouth County Office of Education
40 Monument Street
Freehold, NJ 07728

RAC Region 6
Wayles Wilson, Executive Director
Camden Board of Education
201 North Front Street, 4th floor
Camden, NJ 08102

RAC Region 7
Patricia Wulk, Executive Director
Gloucester County Office of Education
254 County House Road
Clarksboro, NJ 08020

RAC Region 8
Mr. Herbert Daughtry, Executive Director
Newark Public Schools
2 Cedar Street
Newark, NJ 07102

RAC Region 9
Andrea Lewis, Executive Director
Learning Resource Center - North
7 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 204
East Orange, NJ 07017

Division of Field Services

Assistant Commissioner: Robert Bumpus
phone: (609) 984-6755
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 The Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC), which is the Department's monitoring and evaluation system for public school districts. NJQSAC 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 that, based on research, have been identified to be key factors in effective school districts.  There are five areas of evaluation: instruction and program, fiscal management, governance, operations and personnel.  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 Person: Pam Leggio
phone: (609) 984-6755
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 IEP.

Phone: (609) 633-7321

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) 292-7881
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 School Business Administrator, a County Education Specialist and a County Child Study Supervisor. County office staff:

  • perform on-site 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; support districts in responding to questions;
  • respond to community, legislative and parental concerns; and
  • assist department divisions in securing required data.

Contact Person: Pam Leggio
phone: (609) 984-6755
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) 984-5593
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:

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

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 Person: Pam Leggio
phone: (609) 984-6755
fax: (609) 292-3830

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) 984-2518
fax: 609-292-3930

Office of Project Management

The 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) 292-3276

Division of Teaching and Learning

Acting Chief Academic Officer: Laura C. Morana
phone: (609)-633-2766

fax: (609)-292-4708

This division has responsibility for the Division of Early Childhood Education, the offices of Primary Education, Intermediate and Secondary Education,Teaching and Learning Support, Academic Initiatives and Fiscal Accountability, Career Readiness, Educational Technology, and School Innovation, as well as the Amistad Commission. It is charged with 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.

Division of Early Childhood Education

The focus of the Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) is to enhance the language, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of New Jersey's children from birth to school entry by providing leadership, resources, and professional development in support of high-quality early childhood programs within a comprehensive, collaborative environment. While the DECE has both budget and program oversight of its preschool programs, it also is working to make connections with birth to age three settings. The DECE is tasked with the following four initiatives:

  • Development and alignment of teaching, learning, and program standards and guidance based on current research on early childhood education;
  • Provision of modules and other materials designed to facilitate the implementation of each component of high-quality preschool programs;
  • Tracking and adjusting progress through a continuous evaluation and improvement cycle; and
  • Regional and on-site support to key staff in schools and districts.

The DECE is charged with supporting preschool programs in 154 school districts in a mixed delivery system of private providers, Head Start and school districts (former Abbott, Early Childhood Program Aid, and Early Launch to Learning Initiative districts).  Each education specialist works with approximately two counties to support optimal preschool programs and child outcomes. In addition to working with the districts, each program specialist has an area of specialization related to early childhood education, e.g., early literacy, assessment, math, science, dual language learners, transition, intervention and referral, inclusion of children with special needs, community/social services and a related district staff position on which to focus.  The division reviews preschool budgets to guide the use of Preschool Education Aid. The DECE recently received a Preschool Expansion Grant to expand its high-quality program to 17 additional communities.  The division oversees the work of the inter-department NJ Council for Young Children and houses the Head Start Collaboration director, in order to coordinate the state's Head Start collaboration.

Administrator: Ellen Wolock
phone: (609) 777-2074
fax: (609) 777-0967

Office of Primary Education

The office supports kindergarten to fifth grade education by developing policies, guidance, and professional development around standards, curricula, and child assessment. In addition, the office is focused on creating coherence among various initiatives by fusing academic rigor with developmentally appropriate practices.

Director: Vincent J. Costanza
phone: (609) 777-0567

Office of Intermediate and Secondary Education

The office is structured to provide support across the New Jersey Student Learning Standards  content in grades 6 to 12. Content specialists provide guidance to the field by collaborating with stakeholders to develop policies, write curriculum frameworks, and identify model lesson plans and instructional materials. Additionally, specialists provide professional development and offer technical assistance, as well as collect and analyze data to support the implementation of state policy initiatives and programs. The office works in collaboration with the Office of Assessment and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to support development of quality assessments. The office has three major goals:

  • Address the needs of the whole student through training, resources and supports that are coherent, research-based, and aligned across content areas.
  • Identify school and district needs at the intermediate and secondary levels and determine targeted supports that address those challenges.
  • Engage in strategic collaboration to develop and identify tools and resources aligned to state policy initiatives that alleviate common barriers to implementation, promote excellence in implementation, and support efforts to ensure equitable access to quality academic programs and instruction in all core subject areas.

phone: (609) 292-8871

Office of Teaching and Learning Support

The Office of Teaching and Learning Support collaborates with educators and other partners to provide access to research-based professional learning, innovative supports, and resources. This collaboration enables students to develop the critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century. The work of this office includes instructional supports as exemplified in the following projects:

  • Supports for professional learning communities;
  • Curricular work through the Curriculum Framework;
  • Blended learning and strategic online supports; and
  • Research on best practices and protocols.

Director: Robin Knutelsky
phone: (609) 984-6498

Office of Academic Initiatives and Fiscal Accountability

The Office of Academic Initiatives and Fiscal Accountability works with each of the offices within the Division of Teaching and Learning to coordinate finances across state and federal funding streams, and lends support for overarching policy decisions.  In addition, 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) 777-1566

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.

Assistant Division Director: Marie Barry
phone: (609) 633-0665
fax: (609) 984-5347

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 leads interdivisional collaborative conversations around school innovation on a local, national and international scale. By fostering student growth toward college and career readiness through its Community, Clearinghouse and Initiatives programs and the creation of a statewide network of innovative school districts, this office seeks to ensure that next-generation instructional models can be replicated. Assisting New Jersey educators as they make connections to innovative human capital, budgeting, and internal school structures, the goal is to ensure that 21st century skill attainment is a standard equitable practice.

Director: Anthony Fitzpatrick
phone: (609) 633-3965

fax: (609) 292-4708

Office of Educational Technology

The office drives innovation through the development and implementation of progressive policies, strategies and practices that effectively integrate educational technology throughout all learning environments. Current projects include: supporting schools in planning for and implementing digital learning and assessments, support to LEAs for the implementation of NJCCCS Standard 8, Technology and a statewide cooperative broadband purchasing initiative that helps make faster Internet speeds available to schools at lower costs.

phone: (609) 292-3518
fax: (609) 292-7276

Amistad Commission


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


  1. To infuse the history of Africans and African-Americans into the social studies curriculum in order to provide an accurate, complete and inclusive history.
  2. To ensure that New Jersey teachers are equipped to effectively teach the revised social studies Student Learning Standards. and
  3. 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) 984-6428

Division of Talent and Performance

Deputy Commissioner: Peter Shulman
phone: (609) 292-2400
fax: (609) 943-5202

The Deputy Commissioner oversees the Talent, Performance, and Information Technology divisions.  Across these three divisions, priority work streams include implementing the new educator evaluation system, implementing enhancements to teacher preparation, delivering the PARCC assessment and 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 NJDOE's mission and works with DOE staff and districts towards lessening the burden and 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 and up-to-date equipment and services, custom web applications, a secure, high-performing, and stable network, and the processes and structure to effectively manage this work to 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) 633-6355

Chief Talent Officer: Kristen Brown
phone: (609) 984-4966
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, pedagogical, and clinical components of their training adequately prepare candidates for teaching and leading in New Jersey public schools.
  • Increasing data-driven improvementby 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.

Acting Director: Rebecca Sieg
phone: (609) 984-4966
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.  They also issue 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 issues 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
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) 633-8014
fax:  (609) 633-0160

Office of Professional Development

This office oversees New Jersey policies for all educators dealing with 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, 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 in supporting 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) 633-8014
fax: (609) 633-0160

Chief Performance Officer:  Donald Mitchell
phone: (609) 292-6037
fax: (609) 292-6483

The Chief Performance Officer directs all facets of the daily operations of the Office of Performance Management and Office of Assessments to promote a culture of collaboration, communication and strong alignment with other Department offices.  The Office of Performance Management provides analysis and feedback around both the internal processes and external outcomes in order to continuously improve strategic performance and results with particular focus in the areas of assessments, programs, and policy-making. These offices are also responsible for designing and implementing an innovative strategy for the state's performance and accountability system(s); and serve as the Department's lead on the implementation of statewide assessment systems. The strategy entails working with the senior leadership in defining the educational goals and metrics for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of initiatives.

Office of Assessments

The 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, while 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 Student Learning Standards and to meet 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) 984-6311
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.

Director: James Riddlesperger
phone: (609) 292-6037
fax: (609) 292-6483