In September 2011, Pemberton Township Schools
received a grant from the State of New Jersey to
implement a pilot, Excellent Educators for New
Jersey (EE4NJ), to provide valuable information
to the Department of Education for the
development of a fair, effective teacher
During this time, teachers and
administrators worked together to design, pilot
and implement a new teacher evaluation system.
The goals of the pilot were to recognize
effective teachers and how to help teachers
become more effective.
TEACHNJ Act, a tenure reform law, was passed in August 2012. It defines in
broad strokes the way the evaluation system in
New Jersey will look. Many
of the lessons learned from all 10 participating
grantees have been incorporated in
provides the details and support structures
necessary to allow districts to implement the
Nothing impacts student learning in
schools more than teachers. All New Jersey
students deserve great teachers, and all New
Jersey teachers deserve meaningful opportunities
AchieveNJ is designed to recognize those
who excel, identify those who need additional
support, and provide meaningful feedback and
professional development to all teachers.
two years of the pilot, teachers and
administrators in Pemberton have been trained
and implemented a research-based teacher
evaluation rubric design by Charlotte Danielson.
Charlotte’s Enhancing Professional Practice,
A Framework for Teaching is the basis of
Pemberton’s evaluation system.
The Framework identifies what teachers
should know and be able to do in the practice of
AchieveNJ for Principals and
All New Jersey students
deserve to attend high-quality schools led by
great principals, and all New Jersey principals
deserve meaningful opportunities for growth.
leaders can have an enormous impact on teaching
and learning in our schools.
Pemberton Schools also participated in Excellent
Educators for New Jersey (EE4NJ) Principal
Beginning in August of 2012, all
principals, assistant principals and district
level administrators participated in a pilot to
design and implement a principal evaluation
instruments are being used by the district.
Val-Ed 360°, taken by each principal,
their faculty and central office administrators,
is an instrument that surveys the perception of
the principal’s leadership and management
skills. The second instrument being used is the
Multidimensional Principal Performance Rubric
MPPR is designed to support
principals and superintendents as they work to
make explicit connections between the actions,
decisions and learning of school leaders and the
improvements to teaching and learning in the
schools they lead.
Improving principal and
teacher evaluations simultaneously ensures that
Pemberton Township Schools are taking a
comprehensive approach to raising student