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NJ's Approach to Professional Development for its School Administrators

February 13, 2018

NJPSA/FEA Leaders-to-Leaders Program and Ed Leadership Sims


The NJPSA/FEA Leaders-to-Leaders program is currently sole provider of Principal Residency programs for the State of New Jersey approved and sanctioned by the New Jersey Department of Education. According to N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-12.5, all candidates for a standard administrative certificate with a principal endorsement must complete a two-year Commissioner-approved principal residency program while employed under provisional certification in a school or school district. The Commissioner –approved program provider implements the components of the residency program as required in regulation.


This program is designed to provide each candidate with two (2) years of professional experiences, training, instruction and support aligned with the New Jersey Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL’s) as defined in N.J.A.C. 6A:9-3.4.


Invaluable to the NJL2L program is the use of Ed Leadership Sims to address the ten (10) PSEL standards. Over four hundred (400) mentors are trained annually on the implementation of the EdSims program for their resident Peer Support Groups. Residents number approximately twelve hundred (1200) over the two-year program.




Mentors respond positively to the delineation and articulation of the program segments including the Facilitator Guide, Social Learning with Simulations, Delivery of Sims, and the PSEL Standards addressed in each EdSim.


Having observed many Peer Support Groups throughout New Jersey making use of this valuable instrument, I can say, without reservation, the interaction, brainstorming, and thought-provoking simulations, leads the residents through guided consensus in an effort to address the simulations in an ethical, moral, and legal manner. The evaluation component is equally appreciated as they reach their desired outcomes.




Mentors are impressed with the variety of simulation offerings, and look forward to the new simulations to be posted in the near future.


I have attached picture of Peer Support Groups Using the Simulation Instrument.

If I could be of further help, please contact me at your convenience.


James J. Sarto, Ed.S.                                                                         

NJL2L Coordinator







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