NJASL Immediate Past President Janet Clark serves on the Department of Education's Regional Advisory Committee for the Mid Atlantic Region. The Mid Atlantic region includes New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. This committee seeks your feedback so that they can make recommendations to the United States Department of Education.
All NJASL Members and supporters are encouraged to share their voice on the most pressing education issues (as you see them) and how the Department of Education's Comprehensive Centers can provide assistance to address these issues.
Click here to access the short survey. Responses will be accepted through August 18, 2016.
Please indicate the county where you in work if you are an educator or where you live for all others at the beginning of question number five before you enter your recommendations. This information will be directly accessed by the United States Department of Education but by indicating your county it will help us in compiling data for New Jersey.
The Comprehensive Centers program is authorized by Title II of the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002 (ETAA), Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA) of 2002. The Department of Education (Department) funds these Centers to provide technical assistance to State education agencies (SEAs) that builds SEA capacity to: support local educational agencies (LEAs or districts) and schools, especially low-performing districts and schools; improve educational outcomes for all students; close achievement gaps; and improve the quality of instruction.
Before a competition for the Centers program is held, the ETAA requires the establishment of ten Regional Advisory Committees (RACs). The purpose of these committees is to collect information on the educational needs of each of the ten regions.
To the extent the Secretary deems appropriate, the Department will use the information submitted by the RACs, along with other relevant regional surveys of needs, to establish priorities for the next cohort of Centers.