NJNCAG-stockMission of the NJ Network to Close the Achievement Gaps

In 2007 the Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC) and the Penn Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania and the collaborated to develop a proposal that would establish a regional network of school districts in New Jersey that would be committed to actively reducing the gaps in achievement and school engagement among disaggregated populations, African American, Latino/Latina, gender issues and special needs students.

NJNCAG bases its work on the efforts of the Delaware Valley Student Achievement Consortium (DVMSAC) lead by the Penn Center for Educational Leadership (PCEL) since 2004. This Consortium of 25 school districts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware is an organization that has been dedicated to assisting its member districts in building capacity to “close the gaps” in achievement between groups of students defined by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, and unique learning needs. Our New Jersey Network affiliation with PCEL and DVMSAC has provided a strong foundation that has helped frame our mission, direction and organizational structure.

 

Our Network districts pledge their schools to:

  • Acknowledging and exploring the root causes of their achievement gaps,
  • Actively collaborating with other Network districts to discover, propose, and implement organizational and instructional strategies that will measurably close the gaps,
  • Actively changing school structures, policies and practices that enable the gaps,
  • Developing annual district plans for closing the gaps, and
  • Sharing promising professional practices with one another.

NJNCAG District teams (superintendents, assistant superintendents/curriculum directors, principals, and teachers) have multiple opportunities to participate in on-going Network-wide professional learning activities. Of significant benefit are regularly scheduled professional learning experiences to network with professional colleagues within and between member districts, and with other school districts across the region and nation that bring a shared passion and commitment for addressing educational inequities.

Activities focus on developing and sharing practical strategies for leading equity-driven districts that truly address the learning and developmental needs of all students.

For more information

David Lindenmuth
Executive Director
EIRC
200 College Drive
Blackwood, NJ 08012
,dlindenmuth@eirc.org
 856.582.7000 ext 101

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