Dr. Najla Solomon

Biography

 Dr. Najla Solomon is a first-generation college graduate.  While attending college, she received the confirmation from a professor who strongly encouraged her to major in English Literature and minor in Secondary Education. By 2000, Najla obtained her bachelor’s degree from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ, directly after she returned to St. Peter’s to work toward obtaining a Master of Art in Supervision and Urban Leadership (graduated 2002).  She recently earned her Doctorate in Education for School Leadership from Kean University in 2015. Dr. Solomon has served as an educator for 17 years. Six of those years were spent as a teacher of English Language Arts, three years as a Literacy Coach and eight years spent as an administrator. Her experiences range from grades Pre-K-12.  Early in her career, she had the pleasure of working in her hometown of East Orange (returning to her city as a teacher in the middle school that she graduated from), larger districts such as Newark, Paterson and Jersey City. Two years of her administrative journey were spent in a newly founded charter high school, three years as a K-8 vice principal and her current role is a middle school vice principal in the city of Plainfield for the past three years. These combined experiences have allowed Dr. Solomon to gain further insight to the organizational structures of private, charter and public sectors of education. Her current role as vice principal requires her to lead the “Turn Around” effort at the middle school level for what the New Jersey Department of Education classifies as a Priority School. As a priority school administrator, she has been charged with increasing the overall academic achievement, college readiness, attendance/behavioral rates as well as make improvements in the overall culture/climate of the school. This effort is a challenging endeavor, however Dr. Solomon believes the reward of improving the learning environment for children is the reason why she entered into the field of education. She and her administrative team were recognized by the Acting Commissioner of Education and the Regional Achievement Center (RAC) from the New Jersey Department of Education as making significant improvement in student academic growth over the past three years.    She is an active member of Black Parents of Successful Sons Empowered (B.P.O.S.S.E.) and has spent time in the past coaching recreational basketball for 5-6-year-old children. Additionally, she is part of a Steering Committee partnership between Kean University and her district for a teacher mentor federal grant funded program, was a Supplemental Education Provider for the New Jersey Department of Education as well as has served as a facilitator of professional development for concepts on school leadership, curriculum development, Achieve NJ, new teacher training, literacy based concepts, testing and data analysis.  Outside of her professional and personal commitments, she enjoys bike riding, routine exercise, traveling, going to the movies (alone), dining at quaint restaurants and dives, reading and spending quality time with her sons. 

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Email: najlacsolomon@msn.com

Professional Statement 

Perspective candidate with K-12 experience is seeking a position as a Turnaround Principal to work collaboratively with state and district personnel in order to increase the overall academic, college and career readiness, and student growth performance targets in a priority or focus school.

Research

2015-Kean University, Graduate School of Education Literacy Research-Dr. Leonard Elovitz, Dissertation Chair “The Impact of the Open Court Phonetic Module and Its Effect on the Reading Achievement of Students in the Primary Grades in an Urban School District”

Future Research Interest

  • An exploration of Guided Reading and Its Effect on the Reading Achievement of Male Students
  • Single Gendered Classes and Its Impact on the Reading Achievement of Middle School Students

Professional Affiliations                                                            New Jersey Certifications

Seton Hall University-Aspiring Leaders                                                  Standard Principal

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)        K-8 Teaching Highly Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)                                    Qualified (6-8) Literacy

Education

Kean University
2011-2015 Ed.D. Educational Leadership

Saint Peter’s College
2000-2002 MA. Education Administration

1996-2000 BA. English Lit./Secondary Ed.

Administrative Highlights
Experience:

2014-Present Middle School Vice Principal of Priority School Plainfield Public School District/Hubbard Middle

  • Vice Principal of Large Urban Middle of 595 students
  • Increased school-wide Student Growth Percentile (SGP) 38.5 to 50 in mathematics and 43 to 50 in literacy from 14/15 SY to 15/16 SY
  • Increased Math scores from 10% to 39% on district interim assessment 15/16 SY
  • Increased Literacy scores from 15% to 23% on district interim assessment 15/16 SY
  • Decreased suspension rates by 6% from 14/15 SY to 15/16 SY
  • Established tiered academic intervention program for at risk students
  • Partnered with Climate and Culture specialist to assemble first Parent Teacher Organization in approx. 4-5 years
  • Collaborated with RAC to implement core components of Achieve NJ: SGO and SIP development, tiered intervention systems, ED Connect, Model Curriculum, Observation process, and Common Core
  • Implemented teacher incentive initiative resulting in recognizing at least 10 teachers per school year for promoting positive school culture
  • Restructured LEP instructional and assessment process

2011-2014 K-8 Vice Principal of Priority School Paterson Public School District/School 13

  • Restructured master schedule for K-8 school to include block scheduling in core content areas, intervention block, common planning/vertical articulation meetings that resulted in meeting 100% of all state targets in mathematics based on all sub-group populations and met 100% of state growth targets in math and literacy in 2014
  • Structured master schedule to include additional pull-out support and intervention system for ELL population that resulted in meeting state targets in literacy for ELL population
  • Implemented behavior intervention program Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS) that resulted in student monthly attendance average rates of 96% and decreased discipline and conduct referrals by 20%
  • Partnered with Parent Teacher Organization to institute a Parent Action Committee that resulted in 4 new community partnerships Girls Scouts of America, Passaic County Community College (STEM program for female students) and Law Corporation and Community Church adoption

2008-2011 Literacy Coach Newark Public School District/Carver

  • Developed intervention program for K-3 students that resulted in increased reading levels on DRA to 92%
  • Instituted early enrichment program for 3 rd grade students resulting in over 70% proficient/advance proficient NJASK3
  • Implemented an identification coding system for DRA which identified students needing further assistance in literacy or students who are making advancements
  • Created a professional development program based on identified areas of need in the areas of: Reader’s Workshop/Writer’s Workshop, Balanced Literacy, 6+1 Traits of Writing, Interpreting, Qualitative vs. Quantitative Data, Formative & Summative Assessment

2007-2008 Principal Jersey City/CREATE Charter High 

  • Designed high school master schedule to increase instructional time in ELA and Mathematics
  • Continued restructuring curricula in ELA and Mathematics to increase student proficiency levels in Mathematics on HSPA by 20% and achieved AYP in ELA on HSPA
  • Sustained partnership with Parent Teacher Organization to promote parental workshops, programming for parent and students to increased parental involvement for school based informative sessions by 30%
  • Sustained partnerships with academic institutions to provide students with alternate educational plansand trade skill opportunities to promote continued increase of graduation rates by 15%

2006-2007 Vice Principal of Curriculum and Instruction Jersey City/CREATE Charter High

  • Restructured high school instructional program to include: curriculum development, course alignment to state graduation requirements, credit evaluation of transcripts and college-readiness program to increase college acceptance rate by 55%
  • Developed high school master schedule for over 500 students to include block scheduling, credit recovery courses, extended day and intervention programming to increase graduation rate by 10%
  • Partnered with Parent Teacher Organization to institute community extension and partnerships programs: Rotary Club, Hudson County Community College, and Docs and Cops programming to decrease drop out rate by 20%
  • Conducted professional development to support new teacher mentorship/development, pedagogical practices, HSPA preparation, utilization and understanding of data to increase student performance

Teaching Experience

2003-2006   Middle School Language Arts Teacher     East Orange Public Schools

2002-2003   Pre-K Teacher       Silver Fox Learning Center Paterson, NJ.

2000-2002     High School English Literature Teacher     Marylawn of the Oranges South Orange, NJ.