Descriptions of NJDOE Offices

Office of Commissioner of Education

Division of Executive Services

Office of Policy and External Affairs

Division of Student Services and Career Readiness

Division of Field Services

Office of School Intervention

Division of Charter Schools, School Choice, and Educational Technology

Division of Academics

Division of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness

Division of Data, Research, Evaluation and Reporting

Division of School Improvement

Office of Commissioner of Education Top Arrow

Commissioner: David Hespe
phone: (609) 292-4450
fax: (609) 777-4099

Division of Executive Services Top Arrow

Chief of Staff/Assistant Commissioner: William Haldeman
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; Administration and Budget; Human Resources; and Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action.  He oversees special projects for the Governor and the Commissioner and coordinates Department initiatives across divisions.

Office of the State Board of Education Top Arrow

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 and 292-0739 (voice mail)
fax: (609) 633-0267

Office of Administration and Budget Top Arrow

The Director of the Office of Administration and Budget functions as the Department's Chief Fiscal Officer and is responsible for the following functions:  planning, organizing, and directing the Department's annual budget request; monitoring Department accounts to ensure that there are sufficient funds; collecting federal and other Department revenues; preparing required state and federal financial reports; and overseeing the accounting and purchasing activities of the Department.  Responsibilities of this office also include the Department's telecommunications services, security, office space/moves, renovations, state vehicles, publications, mail and graphic design services.

Division Director: David Joye
phone: (609) 984-4900
fax: (609) 292-1221

Office of Human Resources Top Arrow

The office consists of two sections.  The Compensation, Benefits and Leave section is responsible for 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.

Director: Dodi Price
phone: 609) 943-5553
fax: (609) 292-7278

Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Top Arrow

The office provides management and oversight of the Discrimination Appeals process, along with mediation and conflict resolution.  The EEO/AA office advises the Commissioner on all matters related to compliance with the New Jersey State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace (State Policy).  The office develops the EEO/Workforce Development Plan for the department, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 11A:7-8. In addition, this office is responsible for providing mandatory state policy training to all employees, including Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf and for developing and implementing affirmative action programs designed to promote cultural awareness and diversity in the workforce.  The EEO/AA Office is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  This office investigates ADA discrimination complaints as well.  The EEO/AA officer monitors all hiring policies and practices, including recruitment, selection and retention of employees.

Manager: (vacant)
Phone: (609) 292-5985

Fax: (609) 292-1221

Office of Policy and External Affairs Top Arrow

Chief Legal and External Affairs Officer: Patricia Morgan
phone: 609-341-3613
fax: 609-777-4538

The Office 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 Public Information and Strategic communication. In addition, the office oversees the Offices of Legislative and External Affairs, Controversies and Disputes, and School Ethics. 

Office of Public Information and Strategic Communication Top Arrow

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: Michael Yaple
phone: (609) 292-1126
fax: (609) 984-6756

Office of Legislative and External Affairs Top Arrow

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. 

Director: Silvina Traba
phone: (609) 292-6038
fax: (609) 777-2077

Office of Controversies and Disputes Top Arrow

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 Top Arrow

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 majorgoals 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.

Executive Director: Joanne Restivo
phone: (609) 984-6941
fax: (609) 633-0279

Division of Student Services and Career Readiness Top Arrow

Assistant Commissioner: Susan Martz
phone: (609) 292-9899
fax: (609) 633-1046

The Assistant Commissioner oversees the Offices of Student Support Services, Special Education, Career and Technical Education, and Supplemental Educational Programs that includes Title I, bilingual and homeless education. The division oversees the distribution and expenditures for the federal grants in these areas as well as provides training and technical assistance.   Also under this division is the Holocaust Commission.

Office of Student Support Services Top Arrow

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 issues policy papers and publications, produces reports and provides policy 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 & Delinquent; 21st Century Community Learning Centers; and a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for HIV/STD/Pregnancy 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) 292-5935
fax: (609) 633-9655

Office of Special Education Programs Top Arrow

The office implements state and federal laws and regulations governing special education to ensure that students with disabilities in New Jersey receive full educational opportunities. It 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. 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.

Director: Peggy McDonald
phone: (609) 292-0147
fax: (609) 984-8422

Office of Supplemental Educational Programs Top Arrow

The office administers federally-funded programs in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which include the following: 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.  The office consists of four units: Title I Program, Title I Operations, Bilingual/ESL and Migrant/Homeless EducationThe office coordinates the implementation of the federal legislation, regulations, and polices, provides technical assistance to districts, coordinates the review and resolution of appeals and complaints as well as the State's federally mandated Committee of Practitioners The office is responsible for the distribution of grant funds, development of program guidance, the collection and dissemination of program data, and the monitoring and oversight of ESEA program and funds.

Additionally, the office administers state 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

Office of Career and Technical Education Top Arrow

The office provides leadership 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.  The office is responsible for approving all CTE secondary programs and administering the funding provided under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.  It also includes approving private career schools in conjunction with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The office provides guidance to school districts on the implementation of New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for 21st Century Life and Careers, which include career ready practices; personal financial literacy; career awareness, exploration and preparation; and career and technical education. The office also conducts onsite visits to schools and colleges as required by the Office of Civil Rights to insure compliance with civil rights.

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

New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education Top Arrow

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.

Contact Person: Dr. Paul B. Winkler
phone:  (609) 292-9274

fax:  (609) 633-8599

Office of Project and Grants Management Top Arrow

Office of Project Management

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

Executive Director: Jim Palmer
phone:  (609) 292-3276

Office of Grants Management

The office provides assistance to LEA's, other agencies and Department program offices through the establishment and maintenance of systems to plan for, acquire, award and manage grant funds in a fair and equitable manner to support 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 subgrant programs that are consistent with the Department's goals and priorities; (2) subgrant 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 subgrant programs, will withstand the tests of audit and public scrutiny.

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

Division Field Services Top Arrow

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 School Finance, the Office of School Facilities and the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf.

County Office Administrative Unit (COAU) Top Arrow

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 once every three years must also complete a District Performance Review (DPR).

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

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

County Offices of Education Top Arrow

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 Castellanos
phone:  (609) 984-6755
fax:  (609) 292-3830

Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance Top Arrow

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 Top Arrow

The school provides academic and career/technical education services to deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HH) students from birth through age 21. Special programs to broaden the population served by the school include D/HH students with additional barriers to learning such as emotionally disturbed and multiply-disabled. Students are required to meet state graduation requirements and all courses to meet the state's Common Core standards. Residential services are provided to about half of the school's student population on either a four-night-a-week basis (M-Th) or a 24/7 hour program for students who require such placement.

Superintendent: Dr. Angel Ramos
phone: (609) 530-3112 (general)

phone: (609) 539-3155 (enrollment)
fax:  (609) 530-5791

Office of Quality Single Accountability Continuum Top Arrow

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 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, operations, personnel and governance.  All districts must complete an annual Statement of Assurance (SOA) and districts undergoing a full QSAC (once every three years) must also complete a District Performance Review (DPR).

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

Office of School Finance Top Arrow

The Office of School Finance is responsible for the development and administration of the school funding formula, and the state aid payment system for schools in accordance with applicable statutes; the development and maintenance of fiscal policy for all public school districts, charter schools, and private schools for the disabled; the development and administration of 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 Top Arrow

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, including defeated budget procedures, and the school election/budget calendar;  the development and administration of 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 development and administration of 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 NJ-DOE and US-DOE 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 Top Arrow

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, and all other statutory state funded aid programs such as FICA and Homeless tuition reimbursement.  The unit oversees regulations and procedures for all student transportation services (TRANS), and administers the district report of transported students (DRTRS) data used to calculate transportation state aid and to calculate 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, Day Training, Katzenbach, and Commission for the blind and handles any other withholdingsIt also administers systems for Nonpublic School Aid including Chapter 192/193 enrollment, Non-public School Project Completion Report, Chapter 192/193 Additional Funding requests, calculates Non-public 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) 633-0352
fax: (609) 292-6794

Office of School Facilities Top Arrow

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.

Director: Bernard E. Piaia, Jr.
phone: (609) 984-5351
fax: (609) 943-5920

Office of School InterventionTop Arrow

Chief Intervention Officer: Tim Matheney

The Office of Intervention 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) and the County Offices in order to achieve this goal.

Deputy Chief Intervention Officer -- Chris Snyder 
phone:  (609) 943-4230

Office of State-Operated Districts Top Arrow

The office is responsible for providing support to State-Operated Districts in order to achieve the central goal of the Office of School Intervention noted above: 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 State Operated Districts works closely with the Regional Achievement Centers (RACs) and the County Offices in order to achieve this goal. 

Office of State Monitors Top Arrow

Budget Review and State Monitors unit is responsible for the budget review, approval process and fiscal oversight of at-risk districts. This includes the fiscal oversight of the formerly designated 31 Abbott districts as well as districts identified as at-risk under the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC). 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.  The Unit is also responsible for selecting and giving technical and other support to the State Monitors who are appointed by the Commissioner to provide direct oversight of a board of education's business operations and personnel matters if the district qualifies under N.J.S.A.18A:7A-55.

Director: Glenn Forney
phone: (609) 943-4115
fax: (609) 292-6794

Division of Charter Schools, School Choice, and Educational Technology Top Arrow

Assistant Commissioner -- Chief Innovation Officer: Evo Popoff
phone: (609) 341-2764 or (609) 292-5042
fax: (609) 292-4708

This division is responsible for development of various types of public school choice in the Offices of Charter Schools, Interdistrict School Choice, and Educational Technology. It is also in charge of Informational Technology Services, Innovation in Schools and Regional Achievement Centers.

Deputy Chief Innovation Officer: Amy Ruck
phone: (609) 292-5850

Office of Charter Schools Top Arrow

The office is responsible for developing policy and implementing the department's oversight of charter schools statewide.  The office is also responsible for developing and implementing policies to review, revoke, surrender, renew, and develop applications and approval processes and procedures for all charter schools. 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.

Director:  Harry Lee
phone:  (609) 292-5850
fax:  (609) 633-9825

Office of Interdistrict Choice and Nonpublic Schools Top Arrow

The office is responsible for operating the Interdistrict School Choice Program as approved under the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program Act of 2010 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

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

Office of Educational Technology Top Arrow

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 implementation of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standard 8 – Technology and support of a state-wide cooperative purchasing broadband initiative.

Director: Laurence Cocco
phone: (609) 633-1693
fax: (609) 292-7276

Office of Information Technology Top Arrow

The office develops and maintains the department's systems for collecting and analyzing information for decision-making purposes and for collecting information from school districts to satisfy state and federal reporting requirements.  In addition, it implements and maintains technology and network systems ensuring that all staff members have quality, cost effective, and secure technology resources that will enable them to support the department's goals and initiatives.

Chief Information Technology Officer: Evan Linhardt
phone: (609) 633-9773
fax: (609) 633-9865

Office of Regional Achievement Centers Top Arrow

The office oversees seven 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. For information about the RACs:

Director: Paula White

phone: (609) 789-3773
fax: (609) 943-5202

Division of Academics Top Arrow

Assistant Commissioner – Chief Academic Officer: Kimberley Harrington
phone: (609) 292-7536
fax: (609) 292-4708

This division has responsibility for the Offices of Literacy, STEM, Standards, and Division of Early Childhood Education. It is charged with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS) with the ultimate goal of providing a path for students to become college- and career-ready as they graduate.

Office of Academic Standards Top Arrow

The office oversees the long-  and short-term planning of all office activities regarding support for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS). Support includes professional development to facilitate state-wide quality implementation of the standards using technology throughout the state. This professional development will be ongoing, aligned, and embedded to best support districts throughout the state with their needs as they implement the CCSS and the NJCCCS. This office assists the office staff in accomplishing the major goals by anticipating operational needs and organizing professional support personnel for efficient and effective operations. The office reviews and analyzes research and current literature to ensure that programs reflect current theories and research-based practices and keeps abreast of trends and emerging issues

Office of Literacy Top Arrow

The office oversees the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, and the development and implementation of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for World Languages; Social Studies, and Visual and Performing Arts. Content specialists work with the field to write model curricula, develop model lesson plans and instructional materials, provide professional development and offer technical assistance in the field's implementation of state policy initiatives related to the humanities. Content specialists will train and work with Regional Assistance Center (RAC) staff as those centers come on line during 2012.

In addition, the office works in tandem with the Office of Assessment to develop the NJASK 3-8 and HSPA English Language Arts content.  The director and staff also work with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Achieve leadership on a wide range of issues and committees leading to the PARCC assessment in 2014-2015. The office provides support and content expertise to the Offices of Bilingual Education and the Office of Special Education through joint projects and professional development opportunities to improve student outcomes.

Director:  Mary Jane Kurabinski
phone: (609) 633-1726
fax: (609) 292-7276

Office of STEM Education Top Arrow

The office is structured to ensure coherence across standards, curriculum, and assessments and provide high-quality support to districts and schools to advance student achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and health and physical education.

Director:  Meghan Snow
phone:  (609) 984-6498

Division of Early Childhood Education Top Arrow

The focus of the Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) is to enhance social, emotional, physical, and academic development of New Jersey's children -- preschool through third grade -- by providing leadership, resources, and professional development in support of high-quality early childhood programs within a comprehensive, collaborative program. DECE is responsible for preschool through third grade policy and practice through:

  • 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 and K-3 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.

Preschool Education Top Arrow

The office is charged with supporting preschool programs in 146 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 office 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.

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The office supports kindergarten to third grade education by developing policies, guidance documents and professional development around standards, curricula, child assessment, and teacher evaluation, and providing information and supports for improving quality of instruction.  Early childhood staff collaborate with educators to create guidelines and policies around early childhood education, and provide regional professional development to superintendents, and preschool through third grade administrators and teachers.

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

Amistad Commission  Top Arrow

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 core curriculum content standards.

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 global context.

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

Division of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Top Arrow

Assistant Commissioner – Chief Talent Officer: Peter Shulman
phone:  (609) 292-2400
fax:  (609) 633-0160

The Division of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness focuses on what it takes to attract, develop, and retain a world-class corps of educators. This involves creating policies and programs to support teachers and leaders throughout their entire lifecycle as educators – starting with recruiting and preparing strong candidates, supporting them as they grow to reach their full potential, and working to retain them in the profession and the state.

This division has responsibility for the offices of Recruitment, Preparation, and Recognition; Certification and Induction; Evaluation; Professional Development; and Educator Policy and Outreach.

Office of Recruitment, Preparation and Recognition Top Arrow

This office focuses on the following areas:

  • Enhancing recruitment efforts by providing recruitment, selection, and staffing-related supports to key districts; facilitating partnerships to enhance talent pipelines; and working to promote educator equity across the state.
  • Enhancing preparation efforts by partnering with institutes of higher education and alternative route programs to ensure that the content, pedagogical, and clinical components adequately prepare candidates for positions in diverse schools and subject areas.
  • Increasing transparency by working with educator preparation programs to share data on the programs and their outcomes for candidates.
  • Recognizing outstanding educators who are exemplary in their work.

Director:  Kristen Brown
phone:  (609) 984-4966
fax: (609) 943-4752

Office of Certification and Induction Top Arrow

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 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 and school administrator programs.
  • Highly-Qualified Teacher Requirements - The office provides technical assistance on federal highly qualified teacher (HQT) requirements, and annually updates the state HQT plan, per federal requirements. 
  • Certification Appeals and Revocation - The office supports the State Board of Examiners, which hears appeals of certification decisions and which revokes or suspends 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 Top Arrow

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:

Interim Director: Carl Blanchard
phone: (609) 633-8014
fax: (609) 633-0160

Office of Professional Development Top Arrow

This office focuses on the following areas:

  • Professional Development (PD): The office provides support, guidance, and technical assistance on high-quality professional development, assists districts in implementing the state's professional development requirements for teachers and school leaders, and coordinates the work of the State Committee on Professional Learning.
  • Mentoring: The office provides guidance and support to districts in implementing the state's mentoring requirements and in supporting effective induction programs for new teachers.
  • Professional Standards: The office coordinates state policy related to professional standards for teachers, school leaders, and professional development.

Director: Cathy Pine
phone: (609) 943-3267
fax: (609) 633-0160

Office of Educator Policy and Outreach Top Arrow

This office coordinates policy development and implementation – and related communications with educators – for all other offices within the Division of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness. In particular, the office focuses on:

  • Communications: The office produces broadcast memos, audience-specific newsletters and emails, policy briefs and other guidance materials, and workshops and information sessions to share details about state requirements and supports with educators and other stakeholders.
  • Use of Data to Inform Decisions: The office employs all available data sources to examine quantitative information to drive potential policy changes.


  • Regulatory Development: The office coordinates and prepares all regulatory proposals to the State Board of Education for policies related to Teacher and Leader Effectiveness.
  • Educator Involvement: The office regularly engages educators in formal and informal settings to ensure policy development and implementation reflect the feedback and input of practitioners.
Director: Diana Pasculli
phone: (609) 292 9569
fax: (609) 633-0160

Division of Data, Research, Evaluation and Reporting Top Arrow

Assistant Commissioner – Chief Performance Officer: Bari Erlichson
phone:  (609) 292-6037
fax:  (609) 292-6483

This division has supervision of research programs for the interpretation and analysis of student academic performance data. It also oversees the development of the student database (NJSMART) which will provide data for the growth model to be used in the new teacher evaluation system.   It oversees the annual submission of data to the federal government and is developing new student performance metrics to evaluate schools and districts.

Office of Educational Data Management Top Arrow

This office will oversee the development, planning, and quality control of data.  It will oversee the production of data through NJ SMART and coach end-users in the use of data for state and federal reporting mandates.  The office will continue to streamline and phase out old data collections and establish coherent data governance processes and procedures across the department.  It will also build robust research, evaluation, and reporting functions that will include new ways of using performance metrics to compare schools.

Office of Student Performance Metrics Top Arrow

This office will supervise research programs for the collection, analysis, and interpretation of statistical data in order to meet diverse and changing educational needs in areas such as determining whether student achievement data indicate that they are college- and career-ready upon graduation.  It will evaluate programs and fiscal data related to state and federal formula aid and discretionary grant applications and allocations.  It will assist in developing the student growth metrics necessary to inform the new teacher evaluation system to meet the federal mandate in 2013-14. It will also monitor the academic progress of charter schools and schools that are in need of improvement.

Office of Assessments Top Arrow

The office is responsible for administering the statewide educational assessment system, which includes the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK), covering grades 3 through 8, and the Alternate Proficiency Assessment (APA).  Language arts literacy and mathematics are assessed at each grade level, 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 Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS) and to meet state and federal accountability requirements.  All assessments are aligned to the Core Curriculum Content 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

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Office of School Improvement Top Arrow

The office supports the Regional Achievement Centers (RACs), which are responsible for developing and implementing initiatives to improve student achievement in the state's lowest-performing schools.  These offices are responsible for creating customized school improvement plans and delivering interventions that will accelerate student learning and narrow the achievement gap.   The RACs partner with struggling schools and their districts to set clear goals for student growth, put proven turnaround principles into action, and use data to drive decision-making and accountability. Overall, the mission for these offices is to provide high-impact support to ensure that all students are prepared for success in college and career. 

Contact Person: Rochelle Sinclair
phone:  (609) 954-5063
fax:  (609) 292-4708