Dr. Zito's Curriculum Corner

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The Report Card Committee Update

This week the Report Card Committee met and reviewed the updated report cards for Berkeley Township. The Committee worked diligently and updated the design that was started last year. The first thing we updated was to create a grading scale that was the same throughout all of the grade levels. We chose to look at surrounding towns and Central Regional School District and decided we would keep very similar to Central Regional Schools. We were able to create a draft report card for each grade. We made sure that there was a logical progression from grade to grade. We looked to make sure that it was easy for a parent to understand and was a true representation of what is being taught. We also made some changes to the Honor Roll Criteria that will make it more stringent to attain Honor Roll as well. In addition we streamlined the Retention Policy. I will be bringing the changes to the Administrators at our next Administrator's Meeting for approval. The drafts will then go before the Board of Education and will be shared with Central Regional School District. I will then schedule Parent Information Nights which will give the parents the opportunity to view the new report cards and voice any concerns. I have asked your grade level teammates to share the drafts with you once they are completely reimagined this week.

Math Committee Update (Coming Soon)

Marshall Memo

Each week to bi-weekly I will be sending out a copy of this newsletter. I would like to share with you something called the Marshall Memo each week and would like to explain the Marshall Memo .

The Marshall Memo, published since 2003, is designed to keep principals, teachers, superintendents, and others very well-informed on current research and best practices in the field. Kim Marshall, drawing on his experience as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, consultant, and writer, lightens the load of busy educators by serving as their "designated reader."

To produce the Marshall Memo, Kim subscribes to 64 carefully-chosen publications and looks through scores of articles each week to select 5-10 that have the greatest potential to improve teaching, leadership, and learning. He then writes a brief summary of each article, provides e-links to full articles when available, highlights a few striking quotes, and e-mails the Memo to subscribers every Tuesday (with the exception of a two-week mid-summer vacation). Subscribers can also listen to a podcast recording of the Memo or read it in HTML format on a smartphone or tablet.

What do subscribers gain from the 20 minutes it takes to read the Marshall Memo? For one thing, they feel less guilty about not getting to all those journals piled up on their desks. More importantly, they tap into a rich vein of ideas and resources that can help them be more effective. Some Memo summaries reaffirm what practitioners are already doing well; some boost an idea higher up the "to-do" list; and some are genuinely new and bring about positive change. Reading the Marshall Memo provides top-notch professional development and keeps educators on the cutting edge.

Here are what I believe to be the most appropriate articles for Berkeley Staff this week. Click on the title to read the clip of the article.

Cute Video About Snow (predictions already swirling about this coming week) :)

Snow (Adele's "Hello" parody) - Mary Morris