Fred Carrigg is currently "on loan" to the New Jersey Department of Education as the New Jersey Director of Reading First. He is working with the state to restructure reading programs in impoverished districts, thereby reducing the number of children reading below grade level by 30% within 3 years. He is also a special assistant to the commissioner for urban literacy, working with the poorest districts in the state on curriculum, instruction, policies, and programs to improve urban education.
Since 1989, Fred has been the executive director for academic programs in Union City, New Jersey. He supervises the development and implementation of curriculum for all programs, Pre-K-12. He also oversees the seamless integration of technology into the daily curriculum for which Union City is nationally recognized. Fred served as Union City's bilingual/ESL supervisor for twelve years. Prior to that, he taught eighth grade and ESL, Spanish, and reading at Union Hill High School.
Fred has a BA in foreign languages from Montclair State and an EdM in intercultural education from Rutgers University.