• NJ Standards Advocates

    New Jersey Standards Advocates  at the 2016 Standards Advocates Catalyst Convening 

    We believe that all New Jersey students should have the opportunity to learn in classrooms that are standards-based and aligned to the instructional Shifts. As New Jersey Standards Advocates, we empower educators to develop  evidence-based skills, knowledge, and resources designed to encourage best practices in teaching and to build capacity among educators throughout the state.  

    NJ Standards Advocates believe in the power of networking and engaging with other educators to move instructional practice towards alignment with the Shifts. NJ Standards Advocates are important avenues through which we move the work. We attend and present at local, state, and national conferences.

    We are a part of the broader multi-state Core Advocate Network supported by Student Achievement Partners, a national nonprofit made up of educators with one purpose, to help all students and teachers see their hard work lead to greater student achievement.

  • Get Involved

    If you would like to participate in this work, please consider:

    • Following New Jersey Standards Advocates on Twitter @NJStandards
    • Requesting information by emailing us at NJStandards@studentsachieve.net
    • Joining a webinar with the National Core Advocates Network
    • Share resources with your colleagues
    • Taking the Core Advocates survey to engage in the state and national level of Core Advocates work
  • Why be a New Jersey Standards Advocate?
    • Direct connection to an immediate support system as you work within your own professional networks. New Jersey Standards Advocates work in every grade level preK-16 across all fields, all types of districts, and participate in a broad range of state and national professional organizations. By joining this network, you will be connected to key colleagues when you have questions or need support, problem-solving collaboration, or have an idea you'd like to bring to life around implementing the instructional Shifts at the center of New Jersey’s Student Learning Standards.
    • Regular access to free, high quality instructional resources and the opportunity to participate in the creation of additional instructional tools that can be used across our state or the U.S.
    • Multiple doorways that will allow you to stretch your leadership legs and use your voice to support all New Jersey students and New Jersey’s Student Learning Standards.
  • Who We Are

    NJ Standards Math Leadership Team

    • John Fritzky @JohnFritzky
    • Arpi Lajinian @ALajinian
    • Denise Rawding @DeniseRawding
    • Josh Zargoski @JZagorski1

    NJ Standards Literacy Leadership Team

    • Amy Baskin @baskina87
    • Melissa Butler @angelinashy
    • Steve Figurelli @SteveFigurelli
    • Amy Fratz @acfratz
    • Karen Harris
  • New Jersey State Captain

    Natalie Franzi is the New Jersey Standards Advocate Captain and has been working as a Core Advocate with SAP since 2015. She is the K-12 Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Special Projects of the Middletown Township Public Schools leadership team. Natalie was named a 2016 ASCD Emerging Leader. She is part of the NJASCD executive board, holding the positions of Secretary and North Region Co-Director.  Natalie has been active in the edcamp movement in NJ, helping plan edcampNJ, edcamp Jersey Shore, and edcamp Leadership North Jersey. This year she has been focusing on NJ's ESSA implementation, helping to create the NJDOE's ESSA plan as part of the Stakeholder Committee. Follow her on Twitter @nataliefranzi.