CREEHS is conducting a program evaluation of the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program (NMTRP), an apprenticeship-based teacher preparation program funded by a Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to Montclair State University and Newark Public Schools. Over the five years of the grant, 100 teacher residents will participate in full-time, paid clinical apprenticeships, placed on-site in Newark Public Schools with highly qualified mentor teachers while simultaneously engaging in rigorous coursework leading up to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Upon completion of the MAT degree, residents are hired as classroom teachers by Newark Public Schools and receive ongoing induction support through the NMTRP. Professional development and support are also offered to teacher mentors. The evaluation of the NMTRP aims to document achievement of project benchmarks and to inform continued program improvement in serving residents, graduates, and mentors. Evaluation activities include surveys, focus groups, and interviews of residents, graduates, faculty, and school staff; review of existing documents and data; and regular site visits to a sample of case study schools. CREEHS research staff communicates and collaborates regularly with NMTRP staff and faculty to ensure timely feedback that can inform responsive program planning and implementation.
Partners for Health, a community foundation, has contracted CREEHS to conduct a process and baseline evaluation of Eat. Play. Live...Better, a new partnership initiative that combines new and existing efforts to encourage and enable Montclair, New Jersey residents to live healthier lifestyles. The evaluation study aims to document the process of building the Eat. Play. Live...Better initiative and to measure baseline community awareness, behaviors, and values. As part of this evaluation study, CREEHS developed and administered surveys, interviews, and focus groups. CREEHS also designed a plan for ongoing comprehensive evaluation of the initiative's implementation and impacts on community stakeholders.
Paterson Public Schools contracted CREEHS to conduct an evaluation of the special education programs and services provided by the district. This evaluation examined whether offerings are reflective of best practices and whether they are sufficient to meet the individual needs of each student. CREEHS also assesses organizational structures and processes in place to support effective and proactive services for students with and without disabilities. The evaluation team included experts in special education policies and practice, including MSU faculty. Evaluation activities included review of existing documents and data, surveys and interviews of parents and school faculty and staff, observations of offered programs, and interviews with district administration and staff. The study culminated in a summary report of findings and a district improvement plan for addressing the needs identified by the evaluation.