Posted Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The New Jersey Department of Education today announced that 15 districts, including the Morris County Vocational School District, have been selected to receive a share of $1 million in competitive grant funds for the expansion of the state’s “Achievement Coaches” initiative.


Launched in February 2015, the Achievement Coaches program is designed to recognize outstanding teachers and administrators across New Jersey and provide them with the opportunity to design and deliver professional learning sessions to their peers statewide.

In the first year of the program, 19 school districts, including the Morris County Vocational School District, selected 158 Achievement Coaches to participate in rigorous training. These educators now have led that same training with more than 4,000 teachers in 60 school districts.

The Department of Education will work with six “Training Team” districts that participated in the first year of the program and have again been awarded 2016 grants to incorporate new resources and materials into refined training sessions. This will include PARCC data reports and teacher-created formative assessments, among other resources.

These educators also will lead the training of 13 new groups of teachers and administrators (approximately 80 educators) across nine new districts receiving Achievement Coach awards for the first time. The six Training Team districts will split $400,000 in grant funds, while the remaining $600,000 will go to the nine Achievement Coach districts. (See below for a list of grantees.)

David Hespe

David Hespe

“The Achievement Coaches initiative continues to be an impactful program that allows the state to rely on the expertise and professionalism of our best New Jersey educators to support and help train other educators,” said State Commissioner of Education David C. Hespe. “We look forward to working with many returning participants, as well as the nine new districts, to make this program even more effective and far-reaching in 2016.”

Last year, four Morris County School of Technology teachers and the Supervisor of STEM programs participated in Achievement Coaches program, Moffitt explained. They were successfully trained in delivering high quality professional development in the areas of fostering intellectual engagement, developing standards-aligned assessments and developing professionally through evidenced-based conversations.

This past school year, Achievement coaches implemented professional development programs to more than 200 teachers at Morris County School of Technology, Denville Township Schools and the Sussex County Technical School.

Scott Moffitt

Scott Moffitt

“The Morris County Vocational School District is thrilled to have been selected by the state to participate in the expansion of the Achievement Coaches initiative,” said Morris County Vocational District Superintendent Scott Moffitt.

As part of the new, expanded grant program, Morris County Vocational School District’s Achievement Coaches will help develop, in partnership with South Brunswick School District’s Achievement Coaches, training in standards-aligned assessments for the new group of Achievement Coaches.

The district’s achievement coaches will also deliver the training to the new cohort of Achievement Coaches during the Summer Institute as well as teachers at Morris County School of Technology.

For more information on the program, visit the Achievement Coaches website.

2016 Achievement Coaches Grant Recipients:

Achievement Coaches Training Team (Returning from Year One)

Gloucester Clearview Regional
Middlesex East Brunswick
Middlesex Old Bridge Township
Morris Morris County Vocational-Technical
Ocean Jackson Township
Union Elizabeth

New 2016 Achievement Coaches Districts

Camden Gloucester Township
Gloucester Delsea Regional
Gloucester East Greenwich Township
Hudson Jersey City
Mercer Lawrence Township
Middlesex Piscataway Township
Middlesex Sayreville
Ocean Lacey Township
Somerset North Plainfield