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Professional Development in New Jersey


The "Building Teacher Leadership Capacity to Support Beginning Teachers" Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO) has been posted here.

  • The purpose of this three-year grant program is to leverage the power of school district and university partnerships to improve support for beginning teachers in high-needs districts.
  • In particular, this opportunity will fund university-local education agency (LEA) partnerships to develop and implement innovative plans for training teacher leaders to be mentors who will support beginning teachers.
  • The long-term goal is to help districts improve student outcomes by building their capacity to improve beginning teaching practice, teacher retention, and school culture. Over the span of the program, grantees will develop a cadre of teacher leaders to serve as effective mentors for beginning teachers in their partner district(s). Grantees will also work with district and school leaders to enhance their understanding of the importance of high quality supports for beginning teachers and to examine and upgrade their current policies and practices.
  • Although this NGO will focus on the use of a district's teacher leaders to support beginning teachers, once those leaders have been trained, they might be used to support teachers at all stages of their careers.

Applications are due June 4, 2015.  Any IHEs interested in applying as a lead agency are encouraged to send a notice of intent via email to Alfie Obornik,, on or before May 1, 2015. Potential applicants will not lose the opportunity to apply if they do not submit a notification of intent to apply.

Professional Development in New Jersey

High quality, relevant and timely professional learning experiences, both individualized and collaborative, are integral to the educator life cycle and necessary for continued professional growth. Educators engage in sustained professional learning to refine and expand their practice in order to help students perform at higher levels. The Office of Professional Development coordinates policy and programs to support high quality professional development and other educator effectiveness initiatives.

Please use the left-side navigation bars to explore various elements of professional development, including revised PD regulations, information about mentoring, and FAQ.

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