FRS-NJ is a school certification program designed to support district and school efforts to prepare students for success in the digital age. FRS-NJ fosters collaboration within and between districts and schools throughout New Jersey, provides support and connects educators to a wide range of resources.

Important Program Announcements

January 17, 2020

 

In response to the January 15th program announcement, we have received questions regarding the next open FRS-NJ certification cycle. To clarify, the 2019-2020 FRS-NJ certification application process will be limited to schools that applied last year and made substantial progress toward certification. The eligibility criteria and the timeline for this cycle will be announced by the end of January.

The next open certification cycle will begin in Fall 2020. We recognize that this may be a disappointment for schools that had planned on applying for certification in the current school year. The program partners including NJDOE, NJSBA, and TCNJ will utilize this time to engage FRS-NJ stakeholders, rebrand the program, and implement tools and processes to improve the application submission and review processes. Our goal is to build a foundation that will be able to sustain the program’s growth at a high level for the future, and we look forward to partnering with the FRS-NJ community toward that end.

Although schools will not be able to apply for certification until the next school year, districts and schools are encouraged to continue work in the 2020-2021 school year. Eligible activities implemented this year will qualify for points in the next cycle. The indicators will remain largely the same and documentation from the current or the 2020-2021 years will be accepted. In addition, our plan is to offer training and networking opportunities to support participating schools as they work through the indicators and compile the necessary documentation. Districts and schools should continue to register for the program and begin working towards certification in the 2020-2021.

Updates will be posted to this website and emailed to FRS-NJ participating districts and schools. If you would like to be added to the email distribution list or have any questions, please email info@frsnj.org . If you would like to discuss the future of the program, please call us at 609-771-2802.

 

January 15, 2020

 

The New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey School Boards Association, and The College of New Jersey, are pleased to announce the next phase of the New Jersey certification program. FRS-NJ has grown rapidly in the past four years. The three partners are working on an upgrade of the FRS-NJ program to:

  • Ensure strong growth and program stability across and even larger and more diverse group of schools and districts;

  • Provide applicants increased support; and

  • Streamline the application and review process

All FRS-NJ stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, task force members, and school board members, will be invited to participate in shaping our work in these areas and helping to set the long-term course for FRS-NJ.

 

As of January 15, 2020, the program administration officially moves to The Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey (SI@TCNJ). SI@TCNJ is the institutional home and administrator of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program upon which FRS-NJ was modeled. The College of New Jersey team was involved in the design of FRS-NJ, and it has successfully managed and supported Sustainable Jersey for Schools through a similar period of rapid growth. SI@TCNJ has a track record of providing exemplary support and technical assistance to the participants in Sustainable Jersey for Schools.

New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet said: “Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Education are committed to preparing New Jersey students for a future driven by technology.  By re-investing in the FRS-NJ program, we are investing in the future of our state.”

Kathryn Foster, President of The College of New Jersey said “We are delighted that The College of New Jersey is going to be playing a leading role in helping New Jersey schools prepare for the future. The College has a deep commitment to public service, and numerous long-standing educational and service programs focused on STEM education and use of technology in schools. Having the FRS-NJ program at the Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey will enable us to build on this strong foundation.

Dr. Lawrence Feinsod, Executive Director of the New Jersey School Boards Association, said “NJSBA immediately recognized the value of the Digital Ready Schools program to public education. However, the popularity, growth, and impact of the FRS-NJ program far exceeded our expectations. We extend our thanks to the New Jersey Institute of Technology for its role in launching the program and nurturing its early success. Sustainable Jersey provides a clear model and a path that we can follow as we grow. We look forward to working with The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey to expand the benefits of FRS-NJ to every district and school in the state.”

Planning and implementation efforts will be ongoing in the coming year and include the following:

  • A stakeholder and partner engagement process to help shape the enhancements, and the short and longer term direction and priorities of the program;

  • A make-up certification cycle for selected schools that applied in 2019, but did not receive certification, based on specific criteria. More information to follow in the coming weeks.;

  • Creation of a new user-friendly website that streamlines and improves the application submission and review processes that is modeled after Sustainable Jersey for Schools.

Updates will be posted to this website and emailed to FRS-NJ participating districts and schools. If you would like to be added to the email distribution list or have any questions, please email info@frsnj.org. If you would like to discuss the future of the program, please call us at 609-771-2802.