Prieto: Assembly Education Panel to Review Ways to Enhance Teacher Effectiveness

Chairman Diegnan to Lead Review into Teacher Effectiveness Recommendations

(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Thursday on a news conference he’s holding with educational leaders on plans to enhance teacher effectiveness:

“We can all agree that giving our children a quality education is a shared priority. And while New Jersey has an outstanding public schools led by amazing teachers, we can always do better
“That’s why I was pleased to see recommendations to enhance teacher effectiveness laid out by the Garden State Alliance for Strengthening Education. We need an evolving approach to preparing teachers, supporting them throughout their careers, helping them continue to enhance their knowledge and skills and equipping them for leadership roles.
“Enabling educators to help students achieve and succeed is an absolute must.
“To that end, we must move away from a piecemeal approach and understand that teachers are now working in the 21st century, with unique new challenges to overcome and ever-changing techniques available to use in the classroom.
“As elected leaders responsible for ensuring a strong public education system, the Assembly will review these recommendations thoroughly and begin a much-needed conversation on what contributes to teacher effectiveness and, ultimately and most importantly, student success.
“So I am announcing here today that the Assembly Education Committee under the leadership of Chairman Diegnan will take these recommendations under consideration.
“We need to ensure New Jersey’s teachers are always positioned for success, and I expect Chairman Diegnan to dig deep into these recommendations with help from experts and stakeholders.
“Through Chairman Diegnan’s review, we’ll determine what legislation is needed and how best it needs to be developed. I look forward to his analysis and the committee’s efforts, and working together with everyone involved to bring about the best outcome for New Jersey’s children.”