New Brunswick schools recognized for implementing 21st-century, technology-based education


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick Public School District was recognized and certified as a “future-ready school” by the state education department, for the district’s implementation of effective digital learning policies and practices into its curriculum.

New Brunswick was one of 63 recipients of this certification, which marked the first wave of N​ew Jersey schools that have been certified, according to the state Department of Education.

“The ‘Future Ready Schools’ certification recognizes our commitment to modernization, via a program helping district leaders and teachers to commit to develop personalized, research-based, digital learning strategies that aid students in developing their full potential,” New Brunswick Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aubrey Johnson said.

Sign Up for E-News

Districts and schools taking part in the program are provided with guidance, resources and direction, with the goal in mind of transforming the curriculum to ​use technology, digital content and media.

The Future Ready Schools-NJ program, which helps school districts attain those goals, draws upon collaboration between the ​state education department, ​the ​New Jersey School Boards Association, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology​ in Newark.​

“We launched the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey program as a road map for schools to help students meet the demands of today’s technology-based economy, and I am excited that so many schools achieved certification in the first year of the program,” said state Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington. 

This is an entirely voluntary program, according to Johnson, and requires no financial commitment. Achieving the future ready certification involves two parts​:​the ​"​Commitment Phase​" and the ​"​Certification Phase,​"​ both of which are further broken down into a series of smaller steps.

The Commitment Phase is a chance for the district to show why it wants ​a​ certification, while during the Certification Phase, the district shows that is has been, is and will be​,​ taking steps to attain those goals.

The certification program ​examines leadership, technology and support services, ​as well as education and classroom practices.

For technology, a school could demonstrate that it has the infrastructure to support everyone having access to the internet, ensure that teachers are prepared to coach students on how to use different devices and that the district’s data systems have breach prevention and mitigation policies.

With education and classroom practice, a school district could ensure students have access to technology and learning materials while outside the school building, require students to work in small group settings where they​can ​collaborate to solve examples of real world problems, and allow students to use technology to have more control over their curriculum.

Then with leadership, a school district could develop strong community partnerships to further student’s education, develop solid rubrics for measuring student success and adopt effective financial records-keeping practices.

“Basically, the Future Ready Schools fosters personal learning, through emphasis on a culture of innovation that brings together students, teachers, administrators, parents and the community, all embracing a vision of an improved learning experience,” Johnson said.

In late September, the school district provided 300 internet-accessible Androids to students who don’t have access to ​the ​internet at home, thanks to a partnership with Sprint’s "​1Million Project.​"​

The district is aiming to provide 1,500 such devices to New Brunswick students in the next five years

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Brunswick

The Jaffe Briefing - March 19, 2018


TRENTON - New Jersey, one of the only employers who pays its workers for unused sick time, and then appears mystified when it struggles to balance its budget, may finally be capping sick-leave payouts.  The proposal, obviously unpopular with labor unions, has been discussed before, but not with traction. It is back in the mix again, to cap payouts ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 16, 2018


ON THE RAILS - Another commuting mess this morning, as the antiquated Portal Bridge got stuck in the "up" position at 4:22 a.m.  That caused a bunch of rush hour trains to be cancelled between Newark and Manhattan for four hours or so.  Both NJTransit and Amtrak riders were completely screwed. You may recall the proposed Gateway ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 15, 2018


NEW BRUNSWICK - When you rent out apartments to Rutgers students, expect some surprises. But one landlord received a shocker beyond expectation: a $8,117.07 water bill for the last three months of 2017, TAPInto New Brunswick reports. The landlord went to the City Council meeting this week, pleading that the bill on his Comstock Street ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 14, 2018


TRENTON - Ever since we met Gov. Phil Murphy, he has been talking about the same stuff: higher taxes for the rich, saving NJ Transit, legalizing marijuana, giving more money to public schools and a higher minimum wage. So, when lawmakers went to Trenton yesterday to hear the rookie governor's first budget message, there weren't a lot of ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 13, 2018


TRENTON - As Gov. Phil Murphy prepares to deliver his first budget address at 2 p.m. today, at the State House, observers will be curious if his proposals jive with the state's pension mess. Look for the governor to talk about campaign topics like equal pay, health care, climate change, immigration and offshore drilling, as well as the proposed ...

The Jaffe Briefing - March 12, 2018


NEW BRUNSWICK - If you want to succeed in New Jersey, you need to figure out, to some degree, what all these millennials are thinking.  New Jersey Future tried to get to the answer, during a recent day-long event in New Brunswick that NJ Spotlight covered.  Bottom line? Our millennials are fleeing and that is bad. We need them to buy ...

Rutgers Student on Front Lines of Orangutan Conservation, Research

March 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - Deep in a tropical forest in Borneo 15 years ago, Rutgers student Didik Prasetyo first encountered a young male orangutan that he named “Jerry.”

The great ape was one of several orangutans that Prasetyo and other researchers followed at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station in the Mawas Conservation Area in Indonesia. Prasetyo was skeptical when colleagues said ...

RU police investigate assault on Douglass campus

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University police are investigating an aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault  reported to March 14 at 3:55 a.m. in front of Hickman Hall on the Douglass campus.


The victim, not affiliated with Rutgers University, reported that she was walking with a male whom she did not know in the area of Commercial Avenue and George ...

Rutgers voices support for proposed state budget

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers University officials have often been wary of the governor's annual budget message, wondering what type of budget cuts the university may sustain and how it would potentially impact tuition and the overall quality of education.

This budget message, delivered March 13, appears to be a sigh of relief.

Pete McDonough, Vice President of External Affairs at ...

Technology ‘Hub’ proposed for Hub City’s downtown, covering 12 acres

March 19, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK – State and city officials on Monday unveiled plans for a “hub” for research in the fields of technology and health care services to stretch over 12 acres.

Gov. Phil Murphy, speaking at a meeting at Rutgers University, said the "Innovation and Technology Hub,” which is in the planning stages, would include construction of 2 million to 4 million ...


This National Literacy Month, Let's Rein In Screen Time

March 13, 2018

Dear Editor: As speech-language pathologists across New Jersey prepare to mark “National March into Literacy Month,” let’s address the alarming number of young children who spend countless hours a day on a handheld screen.

According to a study from the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, the more time that children under two years spend on smartphones, tablets and ...

New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters Clinches Gold Certification

March 16, 2018

NEWARK - The National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) is proud to announce that the New Jersey Association of Health Underwriters has once again received Gold Certification – awarded to the strongest chapters in the nation.

NJAHU achieved Gold Certification from national headquarters underscoring how well the organization has operated and achieved its lofty goals in the ...