Ernest Palestis

Ernest Palestis


Bachelor Degree/Major/Institution

B.A. History New Jersey City University


M.A. Political Science William Paterson University

M.A. Urban Education /Administration New Jersey City University

Ed. D Educational Leadership Nova / Southeastern University

Area of Greatest Professional Interest

Educational Leadership and Change / Mentoring of Aspiring Superintendents / Administrators

Recent Honors/Publications/Presentations/Community Service

  • International Technology Education Association – Program of Excellence Award
  • New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education Best Practices Award
  • New Jersey Department of Education Best Practice Awards (3) for Early Childhood Education; Social Problem Solving and Decision Making; Mathematics
  • New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council Exemplary Practice Award (2)
  • New Jersey Monthly – The Top 75 Public High Schools – (6)
  • New Jersey Parent Teacher Association Superintendents Award
  • New Jersey School Boards Association Parent Involvement Award
  • Recipient of Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation grant to study the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Recipient of Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Parents as Partners grant
  • Redbook Magazine – America’s Best Schools Award – Overall Excellence
  • School Match – What Parents Want Award – (6)
  • State of New Jersey – The Senate and General Assembly – Joint Legislative Resolution, honored for work in field of technology, special education, educational leadership, public school choice
  • State of New Jersey – Proclamation by the Governor – honored for work in field of mathematics
  • Technology Educators Association of New Jersey – Program of the Year
  • United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Award (3)
  • United States Department of Education and Regional Laboratory at Brown University exemplary practice award for Technology Leadership
  • United States House of Representatives – Congressional Citation for Educational Excellence
  • US News & World Report – America’s Best High Schools – (4)
  • Recipient of INCLUDE grant of 800K to improve the performance of special education students in the field of mathematics and science
  • New Jersey Department of Education Star School Award
  • New Jersey Department of Education Public School of Choice
  • Blue Star School – Top 100 Schools in US – Financial Literacy
  • Advanced Placement District Honor Roll – (3)
  • Best School Districts – K12.NICHE.COM – (2)
  • New Jersey and National School of Character
  • Washington Post – America’s Most Challenging High Schools
  • Published in School Leader; Scholastic Administrator; New Jersey Monthly; NJEA Review; Redbook; Technology and Learning; Perspective; The American School Board Journal
  • Presentations for Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; New Jersey School Boards Association; County College of Morris; New Jersey School Public Relations Association; New Jersey PTA; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and various public schools
  • Community Service with Boy Scouts; Rotary; board of education member; and several education foundations
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