Program Updates

On a continuous basis, through the help of the task forces, the Certification Standards Committee reviews Sustainable Jersey for Schools program content, standards, and feedback to ensure actions are relevant, appropriate and up-to-date with current best practices. Sustainable Jersey for Schools announces new program and action updates every year at the annual New Jersey School Boards Workshop in October. New actions and action updates are typically implemented by January 1st. 

Sustainable Jersey Digital Schools Program Update webinar was held December 15. A recording of the webinar is posted on the Webinar Recordings & Presentations page under the Digital Schools category. Speakers reviewed the new Sustainable Jersey for Schools actions below that encompass the former FRS-NJ indicators and explained the process for earning Digital Schools Star recognition.


2021 New Categories and Actions

Digital Learning Leadership
Community Engagement
District Commitment to Digital Learning (Priority Action)
District Professional Development Plan
Equitable Access to Digital Learning (Priority Action)


Digital Learning Practice
Authentic Application of Digital Learning Tools and Content
Digital Citizenship (Priority Action)
Personalized Learning and Growing Independent Learners
Professional Growth and Collaboration


Digital Technology Access
Data Safety and Security Policy
Digital Devices Life Cycle Management
Support for Digital Teaching and Learning

2021 Action Updates

In addition to the new Digital Schools actions the existing actions in the following categories have been updated to address remote learning and provide associated resources.


Student Learning
School Culture and Climate

New Digital Schools Star Recognition

The 2021 certification cycle begins on January 15, 2021. Applications for the new Digital Schools Star Recognition will be accepted for the first time during this cycle. Please see Digital Schools Star Recognition for more information, and register for the December 15, Sustainable Jersey Digital Schools Program Update webinar to learn more


The Sustainable Jersey Digital Schools program was created in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey School Boards Association and endorsed by New Jersey Leadership for Educational Excellence. It builds on the legacy of the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey (FRS-NJ) program by integrating FRS-NJ topical areas and content into the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program, which the original FRS-NJ program was modeled after.