Mission, Vision, Beliefs & Goals

Montclair Public Schools' Mission

The Montclair Public School District is dedicated to creating a culture of learning and continuous improvement that provides every child with a high quality, creative, innovative and challenging education, through a magnet system of integrated schools in which every school represents a strong, diverse and vibrant community of learners.

Adopted by the Board: 8.21.17

Montclair Public Schools' Vision

The Montclair Public Schools will cultivate and support our students to become high academic achievers, curious and creative thinkers, and socially adept young people who are prepared for college, careers, and livelihoods in the 21st century.

Adopted by the Board: 8.21.17

Core Beliefs

We believe:

  • Challenging all students by providing high-quality academic opportunities is essential to student success.
  • All children, regardless of circumstances, can achieve at high levels.

  • Effective educators are key to improving growth in student achievement. In addition, the Board of Education and Central Office must promote an environment of continuous improvement and innovation that results in a high performing district that is 100% focused on student achievement and success.
  • Supportive and engaged parents, guardians and members of our diverse community must be welcomed and encouraged to become active participants in the education of our students.

Adopted by the Board: 8.21.17

2020-2021 Board Goals

Goal 1: The Board believes in the importance of communicating its governance role and Board functions to the community. During the 2020-21 school year, the Communications Committee will work with the Superintendent and District Administration, to develop and improve, through collaboration, an understanding within the district and the Montclair Community, how the Board operates. The Committee will keep the Board informed through their monthly reporting.

Goal 2: The Montclair Public School District believes “All Students Can Learn” and “Every Child is Special.” To that end, the Board will work with the Superintendent, through its policies, to ensure that every student attending Montclair Public Schools is treated equitably, without bias, and is supported to meet their needs. Every Montclair Public School student will have the opportunity to attain their highest level of learning and achievement. In order to meet this goal, the Board will:

Direct the Superintendent and District Administration to ensure every student has access to all levels of instruction and the assistance needed to acquire opportunities to enter higher level classes; to monitor all academic programming, and to make sure that it effectively meets the needs of all learners.

Direct the Superintendent to use data to inform decision making regarding the planning and implementation of staff development opportunities that will promote best practices in the classroom, to monitor and analyze student progress, and make recommendations that will focus on equity advocacy, as related to student achievement and educational opportunity.

Direct the Superintendent to inform the Board regularly on student achievement and pertinent action planning geared to facilitating positive student outcomes, and supporting academic growth.

Direct the Superintendent to use data as a foundation for presentations that involve curricular changes, new program initiatives, and fact-finding for problem solving purposes.

Goal 3: Through the careful alignment of the budget to Board and District goals, the Board will build the capacity to assure the sound and fiscally responsible disposition of district resources in a manner that benefits all students. This will include careful reporting and analysis of the systems and programs that impact educational goals, and will include analysis of special needs programs; s sustained focus on fiscal spending, attention to infrastructure and technology, and a strong and effective relationship with the Board of School Estimate.

Goal 4: The Board will create an infrastructure addressing virtual and physical needs for best in classroom educational opportunities for 21st Century learning environments. To that end, the Board recognizes that:

Modern learning opportunities require a 1:1 device to student ratio. The Board will work with the Superintendent to fund IT operations and user experience to create a department to support the modern learning needs of students, with a focus on equitable access to all student populations.

Our facilities are in need of modernization from structural to HVAC, to ergonomics. To facilitate current and future best practices, the Board will create an LRF that is malleable with a futuristic outlook.

Classrooms will be designed to accentuate learning, safety, and effortless teaching.

Goal 5: The Montclair Board of Education believes Restorative Justice Practices build community and promote healthy relationships among educators and students.

In 2018, the Board entered into an initiative with the Montclair Education Association, and the Montclair Community through Community Partners and Stakeholders, to bring Restorative Justice to the Montclair School District. This included staff, administrator, board, and community training, and implementation of Restorative Justice in four pilot schools. Staffing includes a Teacher on Special Assignment in each of the pilot schools, and a Coordinator to oversee the initiative. During the 2020-21 school year the Board will:

Direct the Superintendent and District Administration to support the continued implementation of Restorative Justice by expanding the number of pilot schools, support staff and administrator training, determine that Professional Development in Restorative Justice practices are provided to staff, and review and evaluate the initiative with the Coordinator. Review and revise policies with the inclusion of restorative practices.Allocate funding during the budget process for the continued implementation of Restorative Justice in the district.

2021-2022 District Goals

2020-2021 District Goals

  • Consistent implementation of school district policy by all staff members
  • Diversification of staff
  • Diversification of curriculum
  • Culturally Responsive Training (ongoing professional development)
  • Full implementation of Restorative Justice

2019-2020 Board Goals

Goal 1: The Board will be an effective and efficient governance body that establishes and directs the district goals through committee work and bi-monthly meetings.
Goal 2: The Board will assure effective oversight and reporting to monitor progress in meeting student achievement goals and elimination of gaps in achievement by race, ability and/or socio-economic status.
Goal 3: The Board will build the capacity to assure the sound and fiscally responsible disposition of district resources to achieve its goals in a manner that benefits all students. This will include careful reporting and analysis of systems and programs that affect pupil achievement, including an evaluation of special needs programs, as well as the impact of the quality of services provided.
Goal 4: The Board will hire a permanent Superintendent as well as work to support administration to fill other key open positions with experienced, diverse professionals.
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