THE END OF THE NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROVIDER REGISTRY
and
CHOOSING A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROVIDER FOR YOUR SCHOOL OR DISTRICT

The New Jersey DOE Provider Registry is being phased out. As of Fall 2008, the NJ DOE is no longer updating the registry, although the registry will be available for searching until January 5, 2009. As per notice of the NJ DOE, "it is now the responsibility of districts, schools or individuals to review the credentials of the providers and make their own determinations of suitability and level of expertise." Providers will continue to provide professional development documentation in the form of certificates, but without a professional development number.

Schools seeking professional development training for the prevention and response to bullying should ensure that the training they acquire is consistent with best practices in bullying prevention as well as with general standards for quality PD.

It is important to use the right tool for the right job. Bullying differs from "normal conflict" and requires different methods for prevention and response. Many excellent tools used by educators--peer mediation, self-esteem building techniques, and social skills training--are inappropriate, and can be counterproductive or damaging, if used as a response to bullying situations, especially in grades 6-12. Whether or not your school or district uses the services of Spectrum Diversity LLC, please--for the sake of your students--make sure that the anti-bullying training you provide for your faculty and staff is provided by an expert in best practices for bullying prevention. Click here for a .pdf flier outlining some concerns related to the choice of appropriate PD for bullying prevention and response (.pdf). Click here for cautions related to the use of letters of apology in elementary schools. Check the Resources page for sources of further information about common mistakes in bullying prevention and response.

Thank you,
Dr. Paula C. Rodríguez Rust

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Dr. Rodríguez Rust is a professional sociologist specializing in diversity awareness and violence prevention. She has thirty years of experience teaching about diversity, social relations, prejudice, discrimination, and violence in a variety of contexts. Click here for more complete biographical and credential information. Click here to read comments from participants in Spectrum Diversity workshops.

All Spectrum Diversity PD workshops are consistent with the revised PD Standards for New Jersey Educators, and with NCLB Eight Key Elements of High Quality PD. Workshops are designed to support schools vis-a-vis N.J.A.C. 7 (Equality and Equity), N.J.A.C. 9 (Professional Development), N.J.S.A. 18A:37-13 et seq (anti-bullying law), and the NJ L.A.D. (New Jersey Law Against Discrimination). Dr. Rodríguez Rust is a registered professional development provider with the NJ DOE.