By: Richard L. Smith
In a recent announcement by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), five local educational agencies have been named recipients of the prestigious Lighthouse Awards for their significant strides in promoting educational equity.
The NJDOE unveiled these deserving award winners during the September session of the State Board of Education.
Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Acting Commissioner of Education, lauded the collaborative efforts of the entire school community, including educators, administrators, parents, and students, in driving positive change to enhance equity and opportunities for all students.
She emphasized that these awards are a testament to the commitment and dedication of these educational stakeholders.
Kathy Goldenberg, President of the State Board of Education, extended her heartfelt congratulations to this year's Lighthouse Award recipients.
She highlighted the remarkable transformations happening in these schools, showcasing the broader educational successes occurring in districts across New Jersey.
The Lighthouse Award initiative, initiated in 2017 by NJDOE, celebrates the progress made by school districts and charter schools across the state.
The 2023 awards maintain their focus on schools that champion equitable outcomes in line with the Murphy Administration's vision for a stronger, more equitable New Jersey for all students.
These awards recognize improvements in the following:
- Expanding equity in Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate (AP/IB) program enrollment.
- Promoting equity in dual enrollment programs, enabling students to earn college credits during high school.
- Enhancing diversity within the teacher workforce.
Over the award term, running until 2025, Lighthouse District officials will engage in professional development, networking with other Lighthouse districts and charter schools, lead educational events for educators statewide, and participate in policy discussions with the NJDOE.