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    Dear Colleagues:


    PENN GSE Catalyst

     On behalf of NJASA, I am proud to share with the Association membership the good news of our growth and expansion with the Graduate School of Education Penn GSE CATALYST @Penn GSE.

    The 2019-2020 school year welcomes the restructuring of the North Region into two areas - Northwest and Northeast. NJASA Past President Dr. Ken Greene, Chief Education Officer, Newton, will assume the helm of the newly created Northwest Region. 


    NJASA, since  2017, has been collaborating with Dr. Robert Jarvis from Penn along with esteemed retired New Jersey Chief Education Officers: Dr. Aaron Graham, NJDOE Executive County Superintendent of Schools Bergen; NJASA Past President Dr. Gary McCartney, Chief Education Officer, South Brunswick School District; and 2012 Southern NJ Superintendent of the Year and Past President of the Great Schools of New Jersey Geraldine Carroll, Chief Education Officer, Lindenwold Public Schools, regarding the development and delivery of the New Jersey Consortia for Excellence Through Equity North-Central-South.


    These networks of urban, suburban and rural school districts are all driven by a mission to positively transform the lives of each and every one of their students by preparing them for success in post-secondary education and in life – especially those diverse children who have traditionally struggled academically in our systems, or who might likely be the first in their family to attend and graduate from college.


    We recognize that district leadership is paramount in promoting and supporting meaningful change and improvement toward excellence and equity. You, as district leaders, are committed to creating and sustaining structures, curricula and programs that will eliminate pervasive opportunity, achievement and attainment gaps defined by race/ethnicity, gender, language, (dis)ability or family economic background.


    Consortia member districts are committed to the success of every student and to equity by recognizing and eliminating institutional barriers.  They provide their students with increased inclusion in and opportunities to access the best of what our districts have to offer. We seek to assure that students’ identities will not predict or predetermine their success in school and life. We collectively and continuously seek the real possibility of equality of educational outcomes for each student and between our diverse groups of students.


    We are partners with a strong collective voice to gather the resources and energy needed to create and sustain meaningful educational change to benefit every child we serve locally, regionally and statewide. The Consortia serves as a valuable resource where the best of what we know of research and informed practice generate ideas and strategies that help district leaders effectively address their critical local challenges of securing and sustaining high level student achievement for all and educational equity.


    I encourage you to learn more about NJASA’s partnership with the Graduate School of Education Penn GSE CATALYST @ Penn GSE by visiting the NJASA website and contacting:


    Northeast Representative Dr. Aaron Graham agraham@njasa.net


    Northwest Representative Dr. Ken Greene kgreene@njasa.net


    Central Representative Dr. Gary McCartney gmccartney@njasa.net


    South Representative Gerri Carroll  jgcarroll@njasa.net


    As always, if I can be of assistance, please contact me at 609-599-2900, ext. 113 or email me at rbozza@njasa.net.






    NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard G. Bozza