Curriculum and Instruction Weekly

September 4, 2015

NJDOE Standards Review

Standards Review Survey

The New Jersey Standards Review Survey is available to accept public feedback on the Common Core State Standards until October 9, 2015. The Survey may be used to provide specific feedback on each Standard from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Responses from the Survey will be compiled and used to inform the New Jersey Standards Review. To access the New Jersey Standards Review Survey go to: http://njstandardsreview.statestandards.org.

Public Listening Tours on the Standards

North Location:

Public Safety Training Academy, 500 West Hanover Ave, Parsippany, NJ 07054 http://www.morrisacademy.org/directions.asp

Date: September 17, 2015 Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Registration link: http://education.state.nj.us/events/details.php?recid=23042


Central Location: Mercer County Special Services School District, 1020 Old Trenton Road, Hamilton, NJ 08690

http://www.mcsssd.info/#!contact-us/c13w

Date: September 29, 2015 Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Registration link: http://education.state.nj.us/events/details.php?recid=23043


South Location: Stockton College Conference Room 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205-9441

http://education.state.nj.us/events/details.php?recid=23044

Date: September 28, 2015 Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Registration link: http://education.state.nj.us/events/details.php?recid=23039

Professional Development Opportunities

Blended Learning: An Introduction - ASCD Online PD

If anyone would like to take this online course, I can provide you a free access code.


There is a growing trend in education at all levels toward blended learning models. This approach requires teachers to rethink their roles in the classroom. This course will introduce you to the various blended learning models used throughout the country. And author, Catlin Tucker, leads you through exploring the implications of a blended learning model on instruction. She suggests teachers strive to achieve one version of blended learning, the “flipped classroom.” In this environment, teachers must learn to weave online and face-to-face experiences so that maximum learning occurs. She guides you through online community building exercises that must happen in order for students to have successful online experiences. Tucker says the flipped classroom model can be achieved in many ways and is not video dependent. In addition, she explains the importance of asking good questions that elicit critical thinking from students. And, finally, she describes appropriate assessments for this blended learning model.