School Year 2019 – 2020 Accomplishments

School Year 2019 – 2020 Accomplishments
Posted on 06/12/2020
School Year 2019 – 2020 Accomplishments

A Sampling of School Year 2019 – 2020 Accomplishments


Innovation 

 

  • Converted Harding Elementary School media space into a maker space to create a 21st Century learning environment.    
  • Transitioned a Gifted & Talent teacher into STEM teacher to provide students with design challenges and STEM thinking.
  • Began work towards getting our schools Future Ready certified.
  • Laid the groundwork for a new Technology Facilitator who will provide ongoing coaching to teachers to advance our technology practices, a key position for an increasingly tech-reliant world.
  • Worked to expand the Computer Science program at Brearley for 2020-21.
  • Created the foundation for our 1:1 Chromebook program, which will equip every student with a Chromebook in grades 7-12 next school year.
  • Leveraged distance learning to increase our reliance on technology tools and practices to include:  virtual professional learning, Seesaw in grades K-2 and Google Classroom in grades 3-12 as online learning management systems.  

 

Curriculum & Instruction

  • Supported the work and expansion of Pre-Kindergarten, particularly by adopting the research-based program Tools of the Mind. Also, we offered free pre-school.
  • Trained all K-1 teachers in the Orton Gillingham approach to reading instruction, a scientifically-supported word study program.
  • Began moving toward a more balanced literacy model in grades K-6 by taking preparatory measures to adopt readers/writers workshop.

 

  • Extended the use of Go-Math from Kindergarten through Grade 7 to provide a continuous math program; it will expand to grade 8 next year.
  • Created the foundation to advance towards standards-based report cards in K-3 for 2020-21. 
  • Created foundation/case for support to move towards marking period trimesters, as opposed to quarters, for grades 1-6 next year.
  • Wrote, or revised, dozens of new curriculum guides to incorporate proven methods for meeting the educational demands of today and tomorrow. 

Staff & Professional Development

 

  • Hired several new administrators including an Assistant Principal for Brearley Middle-High School and a Director of Student Personnel Services, both of whom will support the instructional staff for a better educational experience.
  • Through the director and teachers/faculty members in the student personnel services department, widened our efforts and focus on social emotional learning, which has a proven positive impact on academic achievement.  
  • Introduced Ed. Camps as a way of re-framing Professional Learning in our district.
  • Provided professional development in culture responsiveness with Ali Michael.
  • Began work with the NJ Coalition for Inclusive Education to better support teaching and learning that provides for differentiation, accommodations and modifications.

Community & Communication

  • Resuscitated and expanded the Kenilworth district’s social media usage to reach stakeholders more often, sharing news and kudos through campaigns such as Kenilworth Shouts Out.
  • Redesigned the KenilworthSchools.com website to provide more information and make the site more user friendly.
  • Galvanized the Special Education Parent Advisory Group to improve two-way communication with parents.
  • Increased communication from the Superintendent to share district-to-home news.
  • More thoughtfully designed District Goals, including action plans and a SMART method of goal-setting. 
  • Developed a more formal system of providing the community with a summary of actions taken by the Board of Education via a monthly Board of Education Bulletin. 
  • Organized the dissemination of district news through the implementation of a Friday Folder.

 

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