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New Jersey: Working in Education in New Jersey

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One New Jersey's high schools ranked within the first 25 in the report America's Best High Schools 2010 compiled by U.S. News & World Report. With 255 students and a college readiness index of 98.9, High Technology High School in Lincroft ranked number 11. The purpose of the report is to provide a picture of how well schools prepare students in basic skills and readiness for college-level work.

Education Managers

The Office of Leadership Development established the Turnaround Leadership Professional Learning Community Network to provide professional development opportunities for school leaders in response to the increased demands on principals and their accountability for the improvement of teaching and learning. The network supports administrators in becoming transformative educational leaders who facilitate school change.

The New Jersey Professional Learning Guide for School Leaders lays out the professional learning requirements for school leaders in an effort to build the instructional leadership capabilities of principals, supervisors, and superintendents through a standards-based and job-embedded approach to professional growth.

New Jersey Leaders to Leaders is a mentoring program for new school leaders. The program provides trained mentors and professional development opportunities to help new school leaders complete the state requirements for principal certification. The positions of principal, assistant/vice principal, director, and assistant director all require principal certification, which requires a master's or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Technology Education and Curriculum and Instruction

The New Jersey Virtual School (NJVS) is the first online option for education in New Jersey. Because of budgetary constraints, most districts can no longer afford to provide summer school. NJVS provides an alternative to summer school, for which parents pay $350 per course. All courses meet national and state curriculum standards. Course offerings will include enrichment courses as well as the remedial summer courses.

The New Jersey Department of Education offers professional development opportunities for teachers to help them implement the state's 2009 revised Core Curriculum Content Standards. Programs employ a blend of instructional methods, including online learning, virtual and face-to-face professional learning communities, and value-added on-site training. One such program addresses the impact of the Internet and new technologies on students' lifestyles and learning and the implications for preparing students to be thinkers, leaders, and workers in the 21st century thinkers.

Teacher's Aides in New Jersey

For the 2009-2010 school year New Jersey had close to 50 job openings for paraprofessionals. Job titles include educational assistant, instructional aide, classroom aide, personal assistant, and school age childcare aide. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the mean annual wage for teacher assistants in New Jersey at $25,040 as of May 2008.

County paraprofessional programs offer paraprofessionals opportunities to earn associate and bachelor degrees in order to progress in their professions and to meet No Child Left Behind requirements. One such program prepares individuals for entry-level positions as instructional aides in school settings. Current teacher's aides and other paraprofessionals can use this program to enhance their professional skills and to meet the New Jersey state requirements for paraprofessionals.

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