Curriculum & Student Achievement

Whole Child Centered After Care – Kenilworth

February 12, 2016

The Kenilworth Public Schools set out to find a way to provide the type of elementary-school child care that parents desired – and educate the “whole child” at the same time. A group of teachers and the building principal at the Harding Elementary School formed a professional learning community, which developed the successful program. District … Continued

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The Saturday Academy – Passaic County Technical Institute

Leaving middle school, and entering the demanding world of high school, can be a culture shock for many students. Often, there is a gap between the skills students have when they leave eighth grade, and the skills they will need to succeed in high school in algebra, science, technology and other content-rich courses. The school … Continued

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The Outsiders and The Law – Chester Public Schools (Morris County)

Like many adolescent students, seventh-graders in Chester’s Black River Middle School read the “The Outsiders,” the classic teen novel by author S.E. Hinton. But after that, Chester students delve more deeply into the book and its themes, by working with their teachers and local police officers. Team teachers Joseph Pizzo and Doreen Aiello invite two … Continued

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The Northern Valley Curriculum Center – Northern Valley Regional (Bergen County)

This shared service strives to increase student achievement by building skills, knowledge, leadership and collaboration among the staff of the seven school districts (Haworth, Closter, Demarest, Harrington Park, Old Tappan, Norwood and Northvale) that feed into Northern Valley Regional’s two high schools. The curriculum center provides all new teacher learning through a three-year academy; professional … Continued

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Teacher Leadership and Professional Learning Communities – Somers Point School District (Atlantic County)

Many districts struggle to ensure that professional learning communities, groups of colleagues that are formed to foster collaborative learning, are productive and teacher-led. The Somers Point district has created a model that enables teachers to lead their PLCs, and ensures that the learning communities are focused on teaching and learning, rather than on administrative tasks … Continued

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Redefining Homework Policies: Creating effective practices to promote learning and “flip” thinking – Freehold Township (Monmouth County)

Homework does not have to be an object of dread. Homework can promote learning, foster a positive classroom environment, and “prime” students’ brains for learning. The Freehold Township School District has received excellent feedback for its work in improving homework practices – or, as district officials call it, “home learning.” Based on the most current … Continued

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Quarterly Benchmark Assessment Presentation – Beverly (Burlington County)

The Beverly School District uses a computer-based skills assessment program to gauge student performance in the elementary and middle school grades and develop differentiated instruction. Data is collected on a student-by-student basis, and shared with teachers to aid in the design of instruction for each student. The information is also retained to create a longitudinal … Continued

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Project Pride – Harrington Park (Bergen County)

For the past nine years, the Harrington Park School District has worked toward a goal of developing the leaders of tomorrow, through a deliberate and strategic program to place students in opportunities where service leadership is infused into their daily lives. One effort is Project Pride. Through Project Pride, students use what they learn in … Continued

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