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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).

Recent News

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

Dr. Cynthia Blitz along with Dr. Michael Kuchar, Superintendent of Bergenfield Public Schools, Dr. Frank Auriemma, consultant for Excellent Educators for New Jersey, NJ, and Elizabeth Jewett, Superintendent of Watchung Hills Regional High School District, NJ presented at the College Board Middle... Read more

The Center for Effective School Practices (CESP) has received a multi-year award from the New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE) to establish the New Jersey Early Learning Training Academy (NJ-ELTA). As the lead funding agency, the NJ DOE is joined by an interdepartmental consortium that... Read more