Q: What is the Department doing to attract educators to the state of New Jersey?
A: Our focus on recruitment includes analyzing current employment and retention policies and opportunities for improvement across the state. We will develop recommendations for pursuing additional principal pipelines or expanding existing ones, as well as policies that allow and encourage a robust, diverse pool of educators to come to and stay in New Jersey and to continuously improve their practice. We also aim to provide more effective and efficient resources for those hiring educators.
Financial Aid and Loan Forgiveness
Q: What financial aid resources are available for individuals in educator preparation programs in New Jersey?
A: There are a variety of financial aid resources available to individuals who are planning on becoming educators. In particular, TEACH Grant is a federal program that provides up to $4,000 each year for individuals that agree to teach in a high need elementary school, secondary school, or educational services agency for 4 years after graduating. More information about program eligibility and requirements can be found via the link above.
Q: What are the requirements for qualifying for loan forgiveness and cancellation as a New Jersey educator?
A: This summary of the federal loan forgiveness and cancellation programs provides an overview of all relevant information. Please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further assistance.
Q: If I don't qualify for forgiveness or cancellation, is there any other way to provide assistance to paying off student loans?
A: Yes, through a program called Public Service Loan Forgiveness (eligibility and requirements described at this link). This program was created in 2007 and is for individuals who are working full time in public service jobs. After you have made 120 payments, the remaining balance of your loan principle will be cancelled. The first cancellations will not be granted until October 2017.
Preparation Program Performance
Q: What is the average hire rate for new teachers prepared in New Jersey?
A: Each year the Department produces a statewide performance report for new CEAS teachers prepared in a New Jersey program and CE teachers currently enrolled in a New Jersey alternate route program. The statewide hire rates on the first page.
Q: How much does a new teacher make in New Jersey
A: In the performance reports, we share out the average salary of employed certified teachers based on region.
Q: How well do newly prepared teachers do in the AchieveNJ teacher evaluation system?
A: A majority of our new teachers trained in NJ are earning effective ratings in year 1 of employment.
Q: How does the Department recognize educators for outstanding contributions to the profession?
A: The New Jersey Department of Education recognizes the outstanding contributions of teachers and leaders in a variety of ways. Please visit the Educator Recognition and School Recognition sections of this website for more information on state and national recognition programs
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