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Department of Curriculum
Transcript of Department of Curriculum
is a five-week, project-based physical science unit that contextualizes concepts dealing with forces and motion in students’ real-world experiences. Four interesting devices (i.e. Magnetic Canon, Flying Balloon, Floating Magnet, Air-Powered Car) provide a common experience for all students to begin the unit, and future lessons circle back to making sense of the anchoring phenomena. This practice of exploring, asking questions, and then continuing to revisit—each time knowing a little more of the science of what is happening—enables students to learn core ideas and crosscutting concepts about energy that can be used to explain a range of phenomena in the real world.
College and Career Readiness
Building a Strong Arts Foundation
4 professional development days with all K-12 arts teachers in 2014-15
Build an Arts TLI
Pilot Arts Education Self-Study in 15 schools in preparation for district-wide implementation
Inventory schools for staffing, scheduling, facilities, resources, materials & supplies in the arts
Insure effective teaching and quality learning in the arts
Provide support to build arts programs at school sites
Retrieve data for effective decision-making in the allocation of arts resources
The Arts as Communication
Artistically literate students use a variety of media, symbols and metaphors to create and perform arts work that expresses and communicates their own ideas and are able to respond appropriately by analyzing and interpreting information from other text, ideas or themes.
K-8 SPARK Physical Education Curriculum
K-8 Successfully Teaching NPS Health
H.S. Elective Based Physical Education
Highlighting resources that will move all students towards mastery.
1. Develop Ed Technology Integration Guide
1.a. Transformative instructional practices
1.b. Curriculum integration recommendations
1.c. Ed Tech Software recommendations
2. Teacher Professional Development
3. School and District Leader Professional Development
Make Tech Easy
: Review and Revise Integration of IT Systems (PowerSchool, AD, Ed Software)
Procure computer-based tool to develop and administer PARCC-like assessments
Align Formative and Summative assessments to simulate PARCC
Develop guidelines & corresponding resource recommendations for PARCC skills and knowledge
Teacher and Leader Professional Development
Thoughtful Integration of Technology through Pedagogical Practices and Curriculum that Leverage Technology in Transformative Ways
Students develop 21st Century Workforce Skills through embedded, thoughtful, and meaningful integration of Technology
Develop Teacher Leaders and
PARCC Ready Students
Aggressive Digital Learning Effort led by Opt-in Teachers
Prepare Staff and Students for Success on PARCC
“So much seems to merely digitize…
old classroom practices rather than
facilitate transformative ones.”
English Language Learners will show dramatic academic achievement through full access to high quality educational programs and supports.
Strategic Staffing and Professional Development
Build Highly Effective Academic Programs
Implement multiple pathways to H.S. Graduation for ELL
Middle grade students will have the opportunity to participate in NPS/NJIT Robotics club and competitions led by NPS teachers.
Upper elementary students will have the opportunity to participate in team building activities at the Newark Museum.
Prepare Students for Post K-12
Identify Career Interest -- Identify 3-4 NJ Colleges Participate in PE, Arts, Sciences, Technology, and Engineering
Common Core Aligned Enrichment
Demonstrate Independence -- Use of Technology and Digital Media -- Project Based Learning -- Understanding other Cultures and Perspectives
Health and PE
In 2014-2015, selected teachers in grades K-5 (two teachers per network) will receive intense site-based professional development, so that their classrooms can serve as lab sites to help teachers across the district learn how to help students construct viable arguments in math.
In 2014-2015, selected teachers in grades K-5 will engage in monthly Teacher Leadership Institute (TLI) professional development sessions to develop the ability to help students engage in mathematical discussion and construct viable arguments.
Teacher in grades 6-8 will adopt new curricula aligned to the Common Core Math Standards.
Students will develop a deep conceptual understanding in math, build greater mathematical skill and fluency,and become abstract thinkers to succeed in college.
Having students engage in math discussions will help them to become abstract mathematical thinkers.
College and Career Ready
Professional development will be provided in 3 ways:
(1) Provided for ELA leads & Administrators
(2) Teacher Tutorials
(3) Embedded support in Tier 1
Recommendations are being accepted for K-12 curriculum team members.
Additional curricular materials will be procured to support implementation for K-12.
Volunteers are being accepted for participation in an initial launch of a 6-8 core science program pilot for this Spring.
Prepare students for college, career, and citizenship by providing them with a science education that reflects the real world interconnections in science, engineering and technology.
Update K-12 science curriculum to better integrate scientific practices and core content.
Providing timely and meaningful professional development for K-12 science teachers.
Expand 6-8 pilot program of a new science curriculum that references real-world experiences, leverages technology, and embeds the practices of science and engineering.
K-5: Teachers will have strategies for connecting social studies to the ELA curricula (e.g., CKLA, EL).
6-11: Social Studies teachers in grades 6-11 will have support for implementing the Reading Like a Historian curriculum connected to Expeditionary Learning and the Amistad Legislation.
Students need to understand how to draw
evidence from complex informational
texts to succeed in college.
Having students engage in authentic historical dilemmas examining primary sources will help them learn how to draw evidence from complex texts.
"Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think" -Albert Einstein
Illustration: Effective Teacher Feedback
Samples of Elementary, Middle & High School Media Arts student projects:
Develop model classrooms & exemplar grade 3-12 teachers in 15-20% in all schools to a 1:1 laptop: student learning environment through an opt-in teacher application process
Convene Teacher Application Selection Committee
Convene Device Selection Committee
Develop Technology and Social Media policies
Guidance on Scheduling
Staff Educational and Technical Support Appropriately
1. Staff with expertise in providing high quality technology integration coaching to instructional staff
2. School-based technicians with technical expertise to provide timely IT support to insure technology is operational.
Immerse students in rich and rigorous, standards and research-based curriculum that engages them in science and engineering practices, such as questioning, constructing explanations, and modeling.
Provide students with experiences that will expand and enhance their natural curiosities and enable them to gain the knowledge and expertise needed to be college and career ready and successful in our increasingly changing global world.
Put On Your Thinking Cap activity from Math In Focus and a Hot Problem activity from Go Math illustrate how teachers can help students construct viable arguments and engage students in beneficial mathematical discussions.
Base curricular and instructional decisions on the interests and needs of the students.
Focus instruction on lifelong skills: goal setting, accessing information, healthy behaviors, analyzing influences, decision making, social skills and advocacy.
College and Career Ready
: All Students must have 150 minutes of Health and PE per week.
Recommendation K-8: 90 Minutes of PE per week & 60 Minutes of Health per week.
How Will It Move?
is a five-week, project-based physical science unit that contextualizes concepts dealing with forces and motion in students’ real-world experiences.
The unit begins by introducing four interesting devices to provide a common experience for all students; future lessons circle back to making sense of the anchoring phenomena. The practice of exploring, asking questions, and then continuing to revisit enables students to learn core ideas and crosscutting concepts about energy that can be used to explain a range of phenomena in the real world.
Middle School ESL Textbook Adoption
On-Site training and staff development for new ESL and Bilingual Teachers
Extensive Training in scaffolding and differentiation strategies for ELLs
ELL Option II development and implementation
According to the Federal and NJDOE recommendations:
*Spanish, Portuguese, French, Haitian Creole, Bengali and Arabic Speakers require daily ESL as well as Bilingual Education in content areas.
All other ELL students require daily ESL.
*Based on 20+ Speakers of a Language in the District
Acceleration Guide Step # 1
Read 180 (3 times a week)
Small Group Instruction focusing on Foundational Skills (Phonics)
Core Knowledge Assessment and
Joseph is reading on a first grade level.
DRA2 Level 12
Running records indicate that Joseph has major deficits in the Foundational Skills (Phonics)
Accelerating Literacy Achievement in 2014-2015
Diagnostic Tool Kit
How can I help Joseph?
Increase in DRA2 to level 16
Use of decoding and self correction of misuses while reading
Increase in the number of High Frequency Words
Joseph is a struggling third grade reader.
Teacher analyzes Joseph's assessment data and anecdotal notes to understand his strengths and needs.
More details to come in late May..
CKLA Assessment and Remediation Guide
Joseph's Individualized Intervention Plan
Know your students and track their progress.
Joseph's Growth is evidenced by:
Important Tool for the School Community to accelerate Literacy Achievement
Provide struggling students with additional supports to help them master college level literacy skills.
Professional development for ELA leads and administrators on how to implement a diagnostic tool kit for literacy to support struggling students.
Students will be able to understand and apply health promotion and disease prevention principles to personal, family, and community health issues.
Students who graduate from Newark Public Schools will be physically literate persons: someone who knows the benefits of physical activity, participates in physical activity, and values physical activity and its contributions to a healthy lifestyle.