District Goals Update 11.20.17

District Goals Update

Dr. Kendra V. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent for Equity
Department of Equity, Curriculum and Instruction
Montclair Board of Education
November 20, 2017

DISTRICT GOALS UPDATE PRESENTATION GOALS

Provide a District Goal #2 update regarding:

  • Renaissance Learning (RL-2a).
  • Two elementary curricular programs (English Language Arts, ELA, and Science - 2b).
  • Undoing Racism professional development (2c).
  • Students Accelerated in Learning (S.A.I.L.) planning efforts (2d).

District Goals Update
RL: A High Impact Instructional Tool

What is RL?
RL is an instructional tool that provides real-time information to teachers so they may make “in-the-moment” instructional adjustments.

Implementation Year
Year 1 (District-wide and Required)
Previous two years were optional, teacher-choice.
Information gleaned from these two years guided the district-wide implementation in all elementary and middle schools.

Professional Development

  • Teacher training before school commenced.
  • Job-embedded training.
  • RL University access for all teachers.
  • School-level data coaching for professional learning communities.
  • District-level data coaching for the Equity, Curriculum and Instruction department.

District Goals Update
New Elementary Curriculum Programs

ELA

  • Implementation Year
    • Year 2

Curricular Resource

  • Collaborative Classroom
  • Professional Development
    • New teacher webinar
    • Job-embedded professional development (fall dates scheduled)

Science

  • Implementation Year
    • Year 1

Curricular Resource

  • Foss
  • Professional Development
    • All K-5 teacher training (by grade)
    • District walk-through
    • Job-embedded professional development (fall and winter dates scheduled)

Elementary (K-5): ELA and Science

District Goals Update
Undoing Racism

Work Accomplished:

  • To date, there have been 14 Undoing Racism workshops (4 in 15-16; 8 in 16 -17; 2 to date in 17-18). There are 5 additional workshops scheduled for the 17-18 school year.
    • 677 staff members trained to date.
      • 394 staff members slated to be trained.

Work Underway:

  • Identify and secure a funding source for approximately 4 additional Undoing Racism workshops for the 17-18 school year. Or, consider creating our own foundational course.
  • Identify and secure a funding source for 2 Montclair Public Schools community partners Undoing Racism workshops. C
  • Continued support of Montclair's anti-racism advocacy group, Teachers Undoing Racism Now (TURN).

District Goals Update
S.A.I.L. Planning
Work Accomplished:

  • Convened a planning team (representatives from K-8).
  • Examined current and previous practices, protocols and services.
  • Invited planning team to attend the Gifted and Talented Conference at Rutgers University.

Work Underway:

  • Continued examination of current and previous practices, protocols and services.
  • Creation of an electronic needs assessment (students, parents/guardians, teachers and principals).
  • Creation of a S.A.I.L. Advisory Committee.

Questions, Reflections and Thoughts

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