Office of Curriculum and Instruction
Welcome back for the 2013-2014 school year!
Education in America is changing. The New Jersey Department of Education has adopted a number of education reform initiatives that school districts are required to implement, such as the New Teacher Evaluation model, full implementation of the Common Core State Standards in grades K-12, and the transition from the NJ ASK and HSPA to the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments. More information on the State’s initiatives and how it will affect teachers and students can be found on the New Jersey Department of Education website.
Here in the Montville Township Public Schools, we are committed to providing the children in our schools a robust and rigorous curriculum that lends itself to varied instructional approaches, which are continuously revised and revisited by informative assessments.
For the 2013-2014 school year, the district welcomes four new instructional supervisors: Elise Miller, Supervisor of Elementary Education; Sandra Schwartz, Supervisor of Mathematics, Science, and Business; Edward Fleischman, Supervisor of the Arts; and Lisa Howard, Supervisor of World Language and ESL. They, along with our returning Supervisor of Humanities, David Tubbs, and Supervisor of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics, will ensure that the curriculum being taught in our classrooms is rich and varied. This endeavor has begun with the teachers and supervisors successfully revising this summer over 135 curricula, which are now all aligned to the most current NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards and/or Common Core State Standards.
By viewing our District Program of Studies for the 2013-2014 school year, the community can see that the district is committed to providing students with a plethora of curricular choices in all academic areas. Through differentiation, our teachers can bring the curriculum to every student, regardless of differences in students’ prior knowledge, personal interests, and academic readiness in various subjects. We further support our children by providing special education and enrichment support services as required by law and good teaching. By providing opportunities for teachers to articulate within and among schools across the district, we can only promote better instruction for our children.
Although New Jersey requires that we formally assess our student in grades 3-8 and 11 in English language arts and mathematics, it is the daily formal and informal instruction that children of Montville Township Public Schools receive in our schools and at home that make them so successful.
Ms. Andrea Selvaggi