#InnovateNJ video – Growing. Learning. Innovating.

innovateNJ is New Jersey’s initiative  to support innovation and practice by fostering sharing and collaboration, cultivating projects, and convening practitioners and partners. We hope that your active participation in innovateNJ will help facilitate next-generation instructional practices that will promote and heighten the college and career readiness levels of our students. Part of the admissions process was to submit a short video with an overview on how we innovate — thanks to WeVideo, lots of stock footage, and Jeff Bradbury (@Teachercast), we assembled a great video in a short amount of time.  Not knowing where to start, we began pitching some ideas back and forth, I wrote an audio script, and it went from there.

Once again, the power of the PLN.  Collaboration, drive, and dedication to the craft. Not ‘ripped off, not petty, not pathetic’ as one person attempted to put it; pure collaboration and innovation.  Seriously – who would sit and belittle a colleague? Some call it hyper-sensitive, most call it sad, all call it a last-ditch attempt to try to save face.  Too late for that.

Back to what’s important, back in April the Office of School Innovation inducted the members of Cohort 2 innovateNJ Community.  Seventeen Districts from the State of New Jersey became part of the ever-growing innovateNJ Community.  After a welcoming speech from Assistant Commissioner Evo Popoff and Director of School Innovation Takecia Saylor, the members were treated to amazing presentations from members of theinnovateNJ Community who are already partnering and collaborating with other districts to bring best innovative practices to all students in their districts.

The Office of School Innovation congratulates the Cohort 2 members of the innovateNJCommunity.  After a lengthy and rigorous application process, seventeen districts were selected to become part of this vibrant community leading the way in innovative practices throughout the state of New Jersey.  The members were selected based on their established innovative practices across all schools in their district.

The application process is held twice per year.  Applications were open to all districts in the state of New Jersey.  In March, selected applicants were informed of their acceptance. Cohort 2 members had the pleasure of meeting one another at the Department of Education in Trenton, New Jersey, where the first convening took place.  New members also had the opportunity to network and collaborate with other members along with establishing partnerships with other new members.

The Office of School Innovation welcomes the Cohort 2 innovateNJ Community members:

  • A Harry Moore School of New Jersey City University of Jersey City
  • Burlington County Special Services School District
  • Fair Haven Public Schools
  • Linden Public Schools
  • Manalapan Englishtown Regional Schools
  • Middletown Township School District
  • Montgomery Township  Public Schools


  • Morris County Vocational School
  • Mt. Holly Township Public Schools
  • Mt Laurel School District
  • River Vale Public Schools
  • Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District
  • The Lower Alloways Creek School District
  • Toms River Regional School District
  • Voorhees School District
  • Warren Township Schools

Needless to say, I’m beyond excited for this program. Finally – GOOD TEACHING and INNOVATION are UNITED – and the state of New Jersey benefits. LAC is ‘officially’ paired with Mt. Laurel and River Vale.  Truth be told – we will be collaborating with Montgomery quite a bit – -lots to share with them – and lot’s to learn!

Here’s something else I’m really excited over: a map. Not just any map, this map:
innovateNJ districts

Why so excited? Being the lone duck ain’t so bad sometimes. 🙂

I’m proud to show all that an itty-bitty school District in rural Salem County NJ is doing the same things, if not more, than big-pupil, big-budget districts.

Zipcodes don’t and won’t determine a child’s education.



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