New Jersey’s overhaul of teacher tenure is now law, changing how educators are measured and evaluated — as well as how they are rewarded and disciplined. More than two dozen districts are already piloting evaluation systems; the rest of the state must decide how it will fulfill the law.
The NJ Spotlight Roundtable Series brings together educators and key players to discuss progress so far, including the chief architect of the law, state Sen. Teresa Ruiz, and the director of education evaluation for the Christie administration, Timothy Matheney.
You can watch the November 17, 2012 roundtable discussion on the NJSpotlight.com website, or in the players below.
Chapter 1: Introductions and Opening Remarks
Chapter 2: Panel Discussion
Chapter 3: Audience Questions
Moderator: John Mooney, Co-Founder and Education Writer, NJ Spotlight
New Jersey Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), chief architect of the new teacher evaluation law
David Pawlowski, Principal, Alexandria Middle School
Jasonn Denard, Humanities Chairman, Arts High School, Newark
Joan Cali, guidance counselor and president, Secaucus Education Association
Christine Candela, English Teacher, Secaucus High School
Timothy Matheny, Director of Evaluation, NJ Department of Education