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We are committed to helping educational stakeholders connect policy, practice, and evidence in ways that will maximize student achievement. In collaboration with teachers, administrators, policymakers, families, and more, CESP’s researchers and staff conduct applied educational research that informs educational policy and practice; supports the design, implementation and evaluation of educational programs and initiatives; creates opportunities for educators to exchange views and ideas; and provides training and tools that are tailored to the specific needs of individuals, schools, districts, and communities in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

NJ-ELTA is a partnership of the Center for Effective School Practices (CESP) at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education (GSE) with the Department of Early Childhood Teacher Education (ECTE) at Passaic County Community College (PCCC) and the Department of Professional Studies at Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC).

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Recent News

As the 2014-2015 school year comes to a close, we are wrapping up our two-year long Using Formative Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning grant. The program was created and developed in close collaboration with Red Bank Borough Public Schools... Read more

CESP researchers Dr. Cynthia Blitz, Dessi Kirova, and Anton Shcherbakov presented two papers at the Annual AERA 2015 conference in Chicago, IL. The papers titled, Teaching to the Test: Impact of Evaluating Teachers through Student Growth... Read more

NJ-ELTA was proud to be a part of the Rutgers Day celebration this past weekend. This year’s Rutgers Day drew a record crowd – 91,000 people joined in the celebration that spread across all three Rutgers University campuses. We were visited by hundreds of children, ages 0-8, who participated in... Read more