In the summer of 2015, a large group of teachers, administrators and a board member participated in team-building activities, in development of a mission statement and other documents, and in the establishment of district-wide committees as the first formal collaborative effort.
In the subsequent three years, with support from the Rutgers University School of Labor and Management, the collaboration has:
- Totally revamped the district Instructional Council;
- Invited district committee co-chairs to meet with board members in committees;
- Established school leadership teams at each school; and
- Established a district leadership team, with the new idea that it may be expanded in the near future.
Along the way, there have been “aha” moments and great successes, such as:
- Collaboration with the Metuchen High School School Leadership (SLT) team to move their parent conferences for the betterment of students and teachers;
- Establishment of a new student behavior model as a result of Campbell School’s SLT;
- The late budgetary switch from MHS white board to Chromebook carts as a result of the work of our district budget committee;
- Alignment of district and board of education committees;
- District Professional Development Committee work on increasing the effectiveness of offerings for teachers; and more.
The board, administration and teachers remain steadfast in the commitment to collaborate with the common goal of improving student achievement.
Contact: Dr. Vincent Caputo, superintendent
Part of the New Jersey Public School Labor-Management Collaboration.