Jersey Roots, Global Reach

The Graduate School of Education strives to prepare our students for responsible global citizenship by providing opportunities to experience diverse cultures and gain an understanding of the education challenges faced internationally.  Through teaching, research and service programs in NJ and throughout the world, we work diligently to advance the university’s motto, ‘Jersey Roots, Global Reach’


Local Partnerships

All Stars Partners with Rutgers GSE

Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) is partnering with the All Stars Project Inc. to enhance research and initiatives dedicated to afterschool programing.  For the past 30 years, All Stars has opened afterschool developmental programs for youth living in urban areas across the country.  Now, with the help of the GSE, All Stars will work to establish a professional field of developmental afterschool and promote research in that field as a cornerstone of a new innovative approach to addressing poverty and youth development issues in urban communities throughout the United States.  Learn more by contacting Dr. Carrie Lobman at


The Conversation Tree: Community Based Language Partnerships

This program highlights The Conversation Tree, a service learning and research initiative that provides Rutgers students as trained English language conversation partners to ESL immigrant youth and their parents in New Brunswick.  The Conversation Tree is designed and implemented by the Civic Engagement and Service Education Partnership, under the guidance of Amy Michael, Senior Program Administrator.  In partnership with Youth Empowerment Services (YES), the project helps community members improve their English proficiency and knowledge about U.S. culture. Learn more here.


Math and Science Story Time Series: Bringing Math and Science to Life through Reading and Art for Preschoolers in a Community-based Setting

This program is a collaboration between the New Brunswick Free Public Library (NBFPL) and Rutgers National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER.) The program involves the design and implementation of a Math and Science Story Time Series for young children ages 3-6 years who speak English or Spanish. The program uses engaging, integrative, community-based learning approaches to increase access to math and science for educationally at-risk youngsters. The program also increases community awareness of and participation in NBFPL programs for young children, enhances the library’s existing resources for use beyond the scope of the project, and provides NIEER with knowledge about effective transfer of resources and practices from school-based to community-based settings. Learn more by contacting Dr. Lange at


Global Reach Programs

South Africa Initiative

Rutgers Graduate School of Education's South Africa Initiative (SAI) bridges cultures, connects educators and provides hope for learners and students from South Africa and the United States. This interdisciplinary program provides teachers and students on both sides of the world with the opportunity to exchange information through service learning, training, and distance technology that leads to educational gains for students and educators in both countries.


Study Tour to Argentina and International Service Learning

“Educación y Cultura Argentina”

This unique four-credit summer experience in Argentina includes: service learning in a school; seminars regarding language, education, literacy, bilingualism, and an Argentinean cultural experience including family stays.  Taking place in Rosario and Buenos Aires, this immersion experience focuses on the Argentinean language and culture in education via seminars led by faculty of the GSE and the Universidad del Centro EducativoLatinoamericano (UCEL). International Service Learning in an elementary school is a critical component of the program.


Classroom Org. in the Yucatan

Created to prepare future educators to affirm and adapt to the increasing diversity among students in U.S. classrooms and to help future teachers contextualize local immigration patterns within a global context, the Classroom Organization in the Yucatán Program facilitates the opportunity for students to attend classes, visit local k-12 schools, participate in online discussions, and engage in collaborative projects with Mexican pre-services teachers.


Services for Educators

Connecting educators with the resources to improve teaching and learning is central to the GSE mission. The GSE works with practitioners and scholars to identify critical needs in education and to develop targeted programs to address these needs. This partnership makes the GSE’s education resources—technical assistance, professional development, coaching, and other support services—relevant and responsive to the everyday realities faced by educators, schools, and school districts.

The GSE’s outreach and service initiatives are research based and have been field tested to improve pre-K–16 classroom and school organizational practices. Our programs emphasize achievement for all learners, student attainment of state and national content standards, and the preparation of lifelong learners who will be productive members of society.


Alternate Route Training

The GSE provides Alternate Route training for college graduates who are interested in becoming a teacher but haven’t completed a traditional teacher-training program at a college or university. Candidates who successfully complete the Alternate Route program, offered under contract with the New Jersey Department of Education, receive state teacher certification.


Tutoring Plus

Tutoring Plus is a community work-study program operating within the partnership between the GSE and the New Brunswick Public Schools. Tutoring Plus encompasses several programs in which faculty, administrators, and students from Rutgers and the New Brunswick schools collaborate to improve the learning experiences of students, the quality of public education, and communication between schools and the university.


Center for Literacy Development

The Center for Literacy Development is committed to improving literacy support systems and providing a professional learning network of literacy leaders and teachers. The center’s network membership services include professional development to improve teacher quality and school leadership, literacy coaching in schools, and direct services to children.


Verizon Thinkfinity Technology Training for Teachers

The Verizon Foundation has awarded Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education a $150,000 grant to help equip teachers with the tools and skills needed to prepare students for success in today's digital society.  The grant supports a certificate program called Educational Leaders of the 21st Century.  It consists of three online courses that will enable educators establish a foundation for using technology in a variety of educational settings.  The new program uses Verizon's net-based Thinkfinity (, which contains tens of thousands of free, engaging educational resources that make learning fun, including K-12 lesson plans, in-class activities and educational videos that can be found quickly and searched by grade level, keyword and subject. 


National Writing Project

The National Writing Project (NWP) is a professional development network that serves teachers of writing at all grade levels and subjects. Its mission is to improve student achievement by improving the teaching of writing and improving learning in the nation’s schools. The NWP at Rutgers collaborates with schools to develop multiyear partnerships and to design a sequence of support services meeting the individual needs of partner districts.


Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement

The mission of the Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement is to generate and to coordinate the efforts of Rutgers, pre-K–12 districts, and corporate and community partners in providing continuous improvement in the achievement of all students.