Curriculum and Instruction Weekly

April 4, 2014

Giving It a Try

Thanks to the prodding of Tom Liss, I'm going to try to share some resources and information related to Curriculum and Instruction on a weekly basis. There will be a variety of links, multimedia, information, etc. so that you can keep up with the latest without receiving a litany of emails from me every day. I won't use this forum for extremely pressing or in any way sensitive information of course, but hopefully you find this useful. Let's call this a pilot for a few weeks and then we'll decide whether it's helpful.

School Performance Report Presentation to Board

On April 8, I will be presenting an overview of the 2012-13 School Performance Reports to the Board and public. The link below will take you to the slides that have been shared with the Board already. If there's anything else you would like to me to add regarding interventions in your buildings/departments, let me know by Tuesday afternoon.

Common Core and PARCC Resources

Check out the live daily updates through the PARCC link. PARCC has been posting comments from educators every day of the field test - critical and complimentary. There is a great deal of useful information there for our field testing and next year's operational exams. And I'm not just saying that because they featured my feedback on several of the days!
View the Madison HS PARCC Field Test student survey results.

Twitter and NJ Common Core Leadership Summit

NJASA Achieve NJ Survey Results

References to Teachers, means, teacher/NJEA member; Principal means principal, assistant principal, director, supervisor/NJPSA Member; Superintendent means superintendent/NJASA Member.

The majority of respondents disagreed with the statement, I feel confident that ACHIEVE NJ will achieve its goals. Teachers' levels of confidence were far lower than that of principals and superintendents.

Only half of the teacher respondents reported their belief that they had adequate information about their role in the evaluation system. Principals (80%) and superintendents (95%) overwhelmingly believed they had adequate information. However, less than one third of respondents (teachers, principals and superintendents) reported they had adequate administrative/supervisory staff to meet the requirements of the new evaluation process.

Principals and superintendents largely agreed that adequate training on the teacher evaluation system had been provided. However, only 42% of teachers agree. 85% of the responding superintendents believed their districts provided adequate training on the principal evaluation model, only 47% of the principals agreed.

There was little agreement with the statement: My district has adequate financial resources to meet the new requirement: 23% teachers, 32% principals and 26% superintendents.

The perceptions of collaboration around the development of Student Growth Objectives (SGO's) were broadly mixed. While 90% of superintendents and 74% of principals agreed, only 44% of teachers agreed that teachers and principals have collaborated to develop SGO's that are understood by teachers, principals, and evaluators.

While 60% of superintendents reported that parents and community members have been provided with information about the new requirements, only 11% of the teachers and 28% of the principals agreed.

Generally, all groups agreed that local curricula are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Perceptions are mixed around the use of rigorous school-based assessments that capture student mastery in all subject areas.

An overwhelming 93% of the superintendents who responded reported capacity concerns to implement the new evaluation requirements. The same 93% reported that current administrative/supervisory staff has absorbed the workload; 20% hired additional full time or part time staff; 14% have reassigned workloads among staff and 2.5% have entered into shared services arrangements with another school district.

The Arts Matter - April 3, 2014

Congratulations to Stacy Snider, the art and music department faculty, and our other employees (John LaPierre, Rich LaPierre, Kathleen Wallace, Liz Troullos) who joined in to perform. This was a great event!

Thanks also to Tom Haralampoudis who provided this video clip.

Clip from Finale- In My Life


Family Literacy Night

Monday, April 7th 2014 at 6pm

All 3 Elementary Schools

Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, April 8th 2014 at 7:30pm

170 Ridgedale Ave

Madison, NJ

Madison Band Festival

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 at 7:30pm

170 Ridgedale Ave

Madison, NJ

All Madison and Harding band students 6-12 to perform.