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The Totowa Board of Education and its' staff is dedicated
to providing a comprehensive education, relative to the New Jersey Core Curriculum
Content Standards, in the areas of academics, the visual and performing arts,
athletics, social/emotional growth, and workplace readiness for success in life.
Totowa School District Board of Education:
Marcello Guarneri - President, Heather Antonucci- Vice President, Gary Bierach, Roe Carr, Kevin Kerwin, Julie Alesandrelli, Jennifer DeCeglie, Sanders Reynoso, Brian Tangora
TOTOWA SCHOOL DISTRICT’S GOALS 2020 – 2021 SCHOOL YEAR
- To continue to design a robust hybrid learning environment in all subject areas.
- To assist teachers in developing structures and strategies to reflect the attributes of a hybrid learning environment which include culture, landscape, foundation atmosphere, network, structure, and climate.
- To offer a summer institute and one-to-one mentoring throughout the year for the purpose of creating success in academic achievement, executive function, social emotional learning, and greater student engagement, empowerment, and efficacy.
- To ensure classroom instruction enables students to engage in discussion and debate, reach consensus, collaborate, share, actively listen and respond and that is not dependent on where students are learning.
- To provide all students with instructional equity by providing each student with the type and level of instruction needed to succeed.
- To implement shifts in instruction from synchronous to asynchronous engagement which will include small-group, mini-lessons, and live discussion.
- To continue to assist teachers in creating a learning environment that is student-centered and problem-based and where students are active participants in the learning process.
2. Increase the relevance of technology infusion in classroom instruction.
- To integrate digital literacy into everyday classroom instruction and ensure all students are provided the highest quality of education and 21st century learning environments.
- To provide robust professional development opportunities for all faculty in the effective use of instructional technology and in creating a synchronous and asynchronous learning environment.
- To increase the relevance and frequency of technology infused instruction to improve student learning.
- To create an environment where students will demonstrate a sound understanding of ethical, respectful, and responsible use of technology.
3. Implement a proactive approach to address the social, emotional, health and wellness of all students and staff commensurate with the extraordinary challenges facing the district in 2020 – 2021.
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff and students have experienced a disruption in their lives leading to stress, anxiety, uncertainty and feeling overwhelmed. Focusing on the social and emotional needs of the Totowa School district will be a priority as we navigate through the 2020 – 2021 school year.
- Create an action plan to support social/emotional/behavioral needs of students and staff that incorporate consistent teaching of expectations, use of data, identification of in school support services, identification of outside agency support services and referral procedures.
- To create a clean and safe environment with an atmosphere of inclusion, acceptance, and mutual respect, where students can develop emotionally, physically, and intellectually.
- To promote character development, social relationships, and good citizenship, which foster a positive learning environment that benefits the entire school community.
4. To create a district unified approach for language arts and mathematics instruction in preschool through grade eight.
- To continue to assess the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and update Curriculum Maps to reflect current standards.
- To continue to monitor curriculum maps and lesson plans to ensure that the proper instruction is being disseminated to students aligned with the NJSLA format and the types of questioning examples being implemented.
- To enhance vertical and horizontal alignment creating a well-organized approach designed to facilitate learning.
- To develop a comprehensive implementation plan that takes into consideration the professional development needs of students and teachers.
5. To promote an organizational culture which supports the well-being of the staff, staff growth, staff involvement, and maximum staff performance.
- To develop high-functioning professional staff emphasizing professional learning communities, mentoring opportunities, and school-based professional development.
- To support the school and district pandemic teams in order to improve and enhance teaching practices and support the social and emotional well-being of the staff and students.
- To provide technology training for staff in order to enhance 21st engagement strategies and remote and/or hybrid instruction.
- To provide a comprehensive mentoring program for non-tenured staff.
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