February 13, 2020

To the FRS-NJ Community:

The FRS-NJ certification program evolved to be a powerful force for equity and progress in New Jersey, thanks to the many New Jersey organizations and school districts that contributed time and talent, and the funding provided by the  New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA).  Through its evolution, FRS-NJ diverged from the national program in substance and in approach.  To avoid confusion with the national program, and to expand the linkage between our certification program and other New Jersey specific initiatives, priorities, and programs, the original partners of FRS-NJ, NJSBA and NJDOE, have agreed to formally separate New Jersey’s program from the Future Ready Schools national brand (a subsidiary of the non-profit Alliance for Excellent Education).

The decision will result in a full rebranding of New Jersey’s program. Commensurate with the rebranding, we will take the opportunity to engage in fresh thinking about the structure and governance of the program, and how it can best serve the needs of New Jersey districts, schools, teachers and students.

However, separating from the national program and Alliance for Excellent Education is taking more time than originally anticipated. As a result, the previously announced timelines and relaunch plans are on hold and will be revised and reissued once the separation is complete. We apologize for the delay and look forward to announcing the next steps toward a stronger program in the years ahead. We invite you to continue to work through the indicators, both for improving your schools and in anticipation of a reinvigorated 2020-2021 cycle.

The New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey School Boards Association remain committed to the long-term vitality of this program and to the success of New Jersey schools. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we finalize the next steps of this rebranding and collectively move forward to the next chapter of this outstanding initiative.