NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Superintendent of Schools Aubrey Johnson has been named New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy Superintendent of the Year by the New Jersey Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages/New Jersey Bilingual Educators for his support of those who are learning English and his understanding of how they contribute to their schools and communities.
In particular, the groups celebrate Johnson’s commitment to developing a district-wide pathway to biliteracy through bilingual and dual language programs. This includes the school district’s implementation of the New Jersey State Seal of Biliteracy, a New Jersey Department of Education designation that recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, listening to and writing in one or more world languages, in addition to English.
“New Brunswick is a vibrant, diverse community and our students speak more than 40 different languages,” said New Brunswick Board of Education Vice President Dale Caldwell. “This award is a testament to Dr. Johnson’s ongoing efforts to ensure that those students of ours who are in the process of learning English have the resources and support they need to succeed.”
In addition to providing employers and universities with an ideal way to identify individuals with outstanding biliterate skills, the Seal of Biliteracy also helps students to develop crucial, 21st-century communication abilities, while encouraging the overall study of languages and affirming the value of diversity.
“It’s an absolute honor to receive this award,” Johnson said. “I’m certain – given the ongoing support of our school district and the New Brunswick community – that we can continue providing opportunities that will ensure that our graduates are college-, workforce- and career-ready.”
Johnson was appointed superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools in 2015. He earned his doctorate from Seton Hall in 2017. He holds a bachelor’s from Northeastern University, and a master’s from New Jersey City University.