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A Closer Look at Curriculum to Foster Student Success in Life!


Every day NJASA supports public education for the students of New Jersey by assisting school leaders in the daily operations of their school districts.  

NJASA offers its members the ability to access information from leadership skills to legal issues, to professional development enhancements, and to educational policy, regulations and legislation in New Jersey.

Among these varied areas, the NJASA membership actively participates in the role of and backing for law enforcement in the schools. Beyond security issues, school leaders are functioning as liaisons with local law enforcement, including their involvement in substance abuse prevention and education.

You may recall over the past few years, the NJASA leadership took a position that substance abuse curricula should be evidence-based and proven to generate outcomes consistent with reducing the probability of student substance use, dropout and related behavioral problems.

We, as educational leaders in 2014, embarked in a joint effort with law enforcement officials to support a new nonprofit organization named, L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs - On the Street and in the Classroom). Its vision is - to create safer, healthier communities free of drugs, bullying, and violence.  L.E.A.D offers a new and unique comprehensive approach in fighting substance abuse and youth violence in New Jersey.

Today, L.E.A.D. administers the highly accredited Too Good for Drugs and Too Good for Violence curricula. The Too Good for Drugs is the most frequently used curriculum being taught by law enforcement officers in New Jersey's 5th & 6th grade classrooms. The curricula have been validated in lower grades, in the 7th and 8th grades and in high school. These ten-to-twelve hour units can be taught by local law enforcement officers and/or co-taught with classroom teachers.

L.E.A.D. Executive Director & CEO Nicholas DeMauro recently announced that New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno will serve as Chair of the L.E.A.D. Government Advisory Board for 2016-2017.

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno noted, "As a mother of three boys and as a leader in the State of New Jersey, I support L.E.A.D.’s effort to further their reach and give our youth the knowledge and skills they need for happy, healthy and productive lives."

NJASA encourages all school leaders to:

  • make informed curriculum decisions and institute curriculum changes if needed;
  • plan for support of students in need;
  • identify whether resources are being allocated to the schools that need it most; and
  • prepare a parent program that explains the results, so that parents may use the information as a "springboard for discussion" with their children.

If NJASA can be of assistance regarding L.E.A.D. initiatives, please email NJASA Director of Communications Anne H. Gallagher.

Editor’s Note:

NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard G. Bozza serves as Chair of the L.E.A.D. Academic Advisory Board and Secretary for the L.E.A.D. Board of Directors.