Silver District Distinction

Over the last three years, schools and districts across New Jersey have been breaking down silos to collaborate with and support each other through the FRS-NJ certification program. The Silver District Distinction recognizes those districts that have achieved Silver Tier certification in all of their schools and have proven themselves dedicated to sharing their success with and supporting the FRS-NJ efforts of their peers statewide.

Silver Distinction Requirements 

Step 1: All district schools have received Silver Tier Certification
Step 2: Ensure you meet the "Community Leadership and Service" requirements:
  1. The district has at least one member from each school actively participating on the current year Awards Committee

  2. Each certified school provided at least one Certified School Exemplar submission based on their Silver Tier certification experience

  3. The district is actively collaborating with other districts to support and mentor them through the Bronze tier certification process

  4. The district is celebrating the educators, leaders, and stakeholders who have made their schools’ FRS-NJ success a possibility

  5. The district is actively communicating their successful implementation of practices highlighted in the FRS-NJ Indicators both within the district and externally to the NJ educational community via the following mechanisms:

    1. Presentations on their FRS-NJ experience and outcomes at various statewide professional events

    2. Social media 

    3. Inviting and opening their doors to educators and leaders to see first-hand how the district achieved its FRS-NJ success

Step 3: Submit evidence and other submission requirements to the FRS-NJ team for review and feedback.
 
Information regarding the next certification will be announced in January.

Evidence to be Submitted by Requirement

All district schools have received Silver Tier Certification

  • FRS-NJ Certification Results Report for all district schools

The district has at least one member from each school actively participating on the Awards Committee

  • Awards Committee Registration Receipt (sent upon submission to join the committee)

Each certified school provided at least one Certified School Exemplar submission based on their Silver Tier certification experience

  • Certified School Exemplar Receipt (sent upon submission of exemplars) for each school

The district is actively collaborating with other districts to support and mentor them through the Bronze tier certification process

  • What districts are you collaborating with?

  • Who in these districts are you directly collaborating with?

  • What is the substance of your collaborations?

  • Other supporting evidence as is appropriate

The district is celebrating the educators, leaders, and stakeholders who have made their schools’ FRS-NJ success a possibility

  • ​Evidence for this requirement is flexible but must show how the district is achieving this requirement

The district is actively communicating their successful implementation of practices highlighted in the FRS-NJ Indicators both within the district and externally to the NJ educational community via the following mechanisms:

 

  1. Presentations on their FRS-NJ experience and outcomes at various statewide professional events

    • Session Descriptions

    • Session Slides

    • Session Confirmation from the event organizer

  2. Social media 

    • What social platforms does the district have a presence on? Please provide the account handles with links

    • Is there a district hashtag, and if so what is it?

    • Direct links to examples of posts made on each platform in use

  3. Inviting and opening their doors to educators and leaders to see first-hand how the district achieved its FRS-NJ success

    • Who has visited your district?

    • What was the agenda for these visits?

    • Are there social media posts or pictures from these visits?

    • Other evidence that shows that this requirement is met

  4. Other mechanisms and opportunities that show the district is actively communicating their successful implementation of the practices highlighted in the FRS-NJ Indicators both within the district and externally to the NJ educational community

    • Evidence can vary as the district sees fit

    • This section is optional and serves as a means to showcase additional means of meeting this requirement that are not provided in the above sub-requirements

Distinction Documents and Tools

Distinction Submission

The 2020 Distinction Submission form will be available in January

Awards Committee

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