New Jersey Network of Superintendents Documentation (2008 present)
NCREST helps to design and document the development of the New Jersey Network of Superintendents (NJNS). By supporting the development of the superintendents’ understanding of and focus on the instructional core, the NJNS seeks to foster system- wide changes in the superintendents’ districts, and, ultimately, contribute to improvements in student achievement for all students, particularly students of color and students living in disadvantaged communities. To accomplish this goal, since the fall of 2008, NJNS has been bringing together a group of superintendents in a series of monthly activities designed to help superintendents develop their understanding of instruction and the instructional core (the interrelationship of teachers, students, and content). These activities include instructional rounds in participating districts every other month. Other activities include equity audits (or “red zone” analyses) and consultancies.
The NCREST documentation team seeks to help assess the Network’s progress and inform the evolution of the Network’s theory of action by addressing three key questions:
About the partner organization
The NJNS grew out of conversations between the members of the Panasonic Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and other members of the New Jersey foundation community. Panasonic’s Executive Director, Larry Leverett, and its Assistant Executive Director, Scott Thompson, lead the design team of the NJNS.
The NCREST documentation team carries out a series of data collection activities based on several key assumptions:
Roegman, R. & Hatch, T. (2012). Reflections on the evolution of the New Jersey Network of Superintendents 2008-2012. New York: NCREST.