Kenilworth Public Schools

February 19, 2016

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Thanks again for a great week and I have so enjoyed my first days in our district.


Best,

Tom


Dr. Tom Tramaglini

Superintendent

GREAT STUFF

Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

Change and the Dead Horse by @TraceyLKnerr

Recently I was cleaning out materials I used in a previous life teaching undergraduate and graduate education majors. I ran across this transparency: If the horse you’re riding dies — dismount! Unfortunately in education, we want to…

  • increase the standards for riding dead horses
  • blame the horse’s parents
  • say, “This is the way we have always ridden this horse.”
  • promote the horse to an administrative position
  • visit other sites where they ride dead horses efficiently
  • appoint a committee to study the horse
  • buy a stronger whip
  • harness several dead horses together for increased performance
  • lower standards so the horse can be included

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Assessment / PARCC / CCR

ED POLICY

King Before Congress and Other Fed Ed Policy Updates

President Obama has nominated Dr. John B. King Jr. as U.S. Secretary of Education. Initially, King was set to serve only as acting secretary during the final year of Obama’s presidency—a decision that upset some who saw it as Obama attempting to bypass a lengthy and potentially challenging Senate confirmation process. In part, the president’s about-face can be attributed to Senate Education Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who personally urged Obama to move forward with the official nomination process, and to the administration’s desire to have a confirmed secretary in place as the nation implements the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NJ Teacher of the Year Visits Kenilworth

February 16, 2016: Kenilworth received a distinct honor today; New Jersey Teacher of the Year Chelsea Collins visited the Kenilworth School District. Ms. Collins was the featured speaker at the district’s in-service professional development day.


Ms. Collins, a sixth grade language arts teacher at Woodstown Middle School in the Woodstown-Pilesgrove School District in Salem County, is the 2015-16 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Janice Marsili, Brearley Art Teacher and Union County Teacher of the Year, organized the visit.


Dr. Tramaglini, Kenilworth Superintendent stated that “Her inspiring remarks were the perfect starting point to a wonderful day of learning and collegial collaboration.”

NOTEWORTHY INFORMATION

BLOGS, VIDEOS, ARTICLES AND BEYOND

21ST CENTURY SKILLS

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Can Technology Change Education? Yes!: Raj Dhingra at TEDxBend

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

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