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    Ron Rice
    Kathryn Forsyth, Director

For Release: April 8, 2005

DOE Sponsors Workshop on Instructional Decision-Making for New Jersey Schools

In its ongoing workshop series to educate and inform the state’s educational community, the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE), Northern Region Office, and Passaic County Community College are co-sponsoring a two day workshop entitled Using Data for Instructional Decision-Making on Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13 at the Passaic County Public Safety Academy, located at 300 Oldham Road in Wayne, New Jersey. The program will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM both days.

Dr. Willa Spicer of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) will present on both days of the meeting. Dr. Spicer is a recently retired Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction from the South Brunswick Township public schools and also currently serves as the director of the New Jersey Performance Assessment Alliance. Dr. Spicer has also co-authored several publications dealing with assessment and has served as a United States Department of Education (USDOE) site visitor and as a member of the review panel for the Blue Ribbon Schools program. She is also the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from Rider University.

During the two day workshop, Dr. Willa Spicer will guide participants through strategies to analyze assessment data for the purpose of identifying how students think and learn. Participants will also learn to use several protocols to analyze student work.

The registration fee for both days is $135.00 and all interested persons may register for the workshop online at:

Purchase orders/checks should be made payable to "Passaic County Community College" (federal ID #: 221-907-901) and mailed to:

Northern Region Office
Legge House-Normal Avenue
Upper Montclair, New Jersey 07043

For more information, please contact Meredith Coticchio at (973) 655-2115 or