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Curriculum & Instruction
Dr.  Kathleen  Regan
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
regank@glenrocknj.org
201-445-7700 x8949

Fax Number:
201-389-5019

Barbara Shanley
Administrative Assistant
shanleyb@glenrocknj.org
201-445-7700 x8949

Paul Cusack
District Coordinator of Special Projects
cusackp@glenrocknj.org
201-445-7700 x6266

Welcome to the Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Technology Department

The Office of Curriculum and Instruction  continues to coordinate  and advance  all district  instructional programs.  The office works with curriculum committees consisting of teachers and administrators to evaluate and revitalize curricula based on student needs, research-based best practice, state and national standards, and standardized assessment results.  Further,  the office facilitates the work of the Glen Rock Professional Development Committee to  create  meaningful professional  development opportunities  to enhance student learning and  instructional practices. Professional development for teachers is offered across the schools, grades, and disciplines focusing on rigorous standards and curricula.   The integration of instructional  technology in the classroom is supported by the  curriculum and professional development.  A multi-prong professional development model has been planned, embraced and implemented in Glen Rock.  The model  offers teachers  a variety of  learning opportunities  offered through: in and out -of -district workshops,  webinars, on-line workshops,  committees,  summer curriculum writing  initiatives, graduate courses, mentoring, program visitations, shadowing, etc.

Announcements
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Schoology Day in Glen Rock - December 8th and Parent Workshops

The Glen Rock School District will launch its new learning management system (LMS), Schoology, on December 8th. A letter has been sent home to all parents/guardians via Genesis with details about receiving log on information for the parent portal on December 8th and upcoming Schoology informational sessions for parents/guardians to learn more about Schoology. The parent informational sessions are as follow:

  • ​December 12, 2017 (Tuesday) 8:45-9:45 AM (Central School Auditorium)
  • December 11, 2017 (Monday) 1:30-2:30 PM (MSHS Auditorium)

  • December 14, 2017 (Thursday) 6:00-7:00 PM (MSHS Auditorium)

Mr. Paul Cusack, Special Projects Coordinator, and Dr. Kathleen Regan, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, will be available to answer Schoology questions during the sessions. If interested, please click on the following link to register for one of these parent informational sessions.

Information Session Registration

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Parent Workshops and Surveys Announcement

Math and Language Arts Evening Workshops for K-5 Parents/Guardians

1st Workshop Title: Everyday Math Workshop for K-5 Parents &Guardians

Date/Time: November 28, 2017 (Tuesday)-6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Central School Media Center

Presenters: Ms. Jackie Fox, Mathematics Consultant

2nd Workshop Title: Language Arts Literacy Workshop for K-5 Parents & Guardians

Date/Time: January 18, 2018 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Central School Media Center

Presenters: Dr. Gravity Goldberg

The mathematics workshop will provide parents with information on accessing the EDM online math games/resources and strategies to help your child as a mathematician. The language arts literacy workshop will provide parents with an overview of the elementary literacy curriculum and strategies for supporting your child as a reader and writer.

To ensure ample seating, please RSVP by clicking on the following link. Please remember to click on the ‘submit’ button at the bottom of the reservation form https://goo.gl/forms/1fJUfunSbX54Lteb2.

In the event of inclement weather on either day, please check the Curriculum & Instruction website for cancellation information by clicking (Ctrl- left click) on this link for cancellation information: http://curriculum--instruction.glenrocknj.org/ . Both workshops are geared specifically for parents and guardians; therefore, please note that children may not attend.

K-12 Parent Surveys for Curriculum Input

The Mathematics, Fine Visual and Performing Arts, and HS Social Studies 5 Year Review Committees are seeking parent input regarding these programs. The survey results will be reviewed by the committee and considered in the development and improvement of our programs and curriculum. Please click on the below links which pertain to the grade level/s of your child/children and complete the survey. As always, your input is valued, considered and appreciated.

https://goo.gl/b778wt HS Social Studies Survey for HS Parents - new course options

https://goo.gl/mrGdvP K-5 Mathematics Survey for Elementary Parents

https://goo.gl/NVYnDJ Grades 6-12 Mathematics Survey for MS and HS Parents

https://goo.gl/jkLHTr Grades K-12 Fine, Visual and Performing Arts Survey for Parents

Please contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at 201-445-7700 X8949 should you have any question about the workshops or surveys. Thank you!

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Curriculum Projects and Initiatives for 2017-18
A presentation was made at the October 10th. Board of Education meeting on the curriculum and instruction initiatives for the 2017-18 school year. The presentation can be found in the below 'Useful Information' section of this website page in the 'Presentations' folder.
ESL WIDA ACCESS Information
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is an English language proficiency assessment for Grades K–12. The test is administered every year to help school districts monitor the English language development of students identified as English language learners.

What is the purpose of the test?
ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 measures students’ abilities to understand and produce English used within school settings. The four sections of the test are Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing.

Why does my child have to take the test?
Your child is identified as an English language learner. Your child will take the test every year until his/her scores meet the criteria to exit the language support program. Contact your child’s school for more information on how your child was identified as an English language learner.

When will my child take the test?
Students eligible for and participating in the district ESL program will be assessed during the first two weeks of March. More information can be found in the below 'Useful Information and Documents' section of this page in the folder entitled 'ACCESS 2.0 Parent Information.'
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K-7 Curriculum Expectations Brochures for 2017-18
During the summer, a team of middle school teachers developed a grade 7 curriculum expectations brochure. A team of teachers updated the previously developed grades K-6 brochures. The brochures reflect the essential skills students will learn by the end of the school year based on the district curriculum and grade level benchmarks. The brochures can be found in the below Useful Information and Documents section of this website in a file entitled Curriculum Expectations Brochures.
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K-5 Everyday Math Family Login Instructions
Welcome back to school !!

Our teachers encourage families of elementary students to explore and use the digital Everyday Math Student Learning Center. This is a digital resource for students which include interactive lesson activities to access assignments on-line, play virtual math games, collaborate with classmates on math learning activities, access the Student Reference Book (grades 3-6), Home Links, and family letters. In the below useful information section, please find the EDM4 file to access the Quick Start Guide for login instructions. Please contact your child's teacher for specific passwords and access codes.
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Curriculum Mapping Plan for 2017-18
The curriculum mapping plan for the upcoming year has been completed recently by the district Curriculum Mapping Committee. The new plan can be viewed in the below Useful Information and Documents Section.
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Professional Development Plan 2017-18
Professional development and mentoring plans can be found in the below USEFUL INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS
section of this website. Additionally, a current edition of the Mentoring Handbook for new teachers and their mentors can be found in this section.
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New Teacher Orientation - August 22-24, 2017
The Glen Rock School District looks forward to warmly welcoming our new teachers during the annual New Teacher Orientation Program scheduled for August 22, 23 and 24, 2017. The schedule and details for the program, along with The Glen Rock School District Mentoring Handbook 2017-18, can be found in the below Useful Information and Documents section of this website in the Mentoring and New Teacher Resources file folder.
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Congratulations Glen Rock Teachers of the Year
We are pleased to announce this year's Teachers of the Year. The following teachers were selected by a school committee based on their effective instructional practices and commitment to their students:

Byrd School - Mrs. Jennifer Burke
Central School - Mrs. Effie Kolovos-Lebet
Coleman School - Mrs. Jennifer Lawson
Hamilton School - Ms. Kimberly McCloskey
Glen Rock Middle School - Ms. Susan Wechtler
Glen Rock High School - Mrs. Monica Weisberg

Congratulations to our Glen Rock Teachers of the Year!
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College and Career Readiness- 2.0
A presentation on the results of the pilots for a district learning management system (LMS) and laptops to support the 1-1 initiative at the high school can be found and viewed in the 'Presentations on Curriculum Initiative' file in the below Useful Information and Documents Section. The Schoology LMS and HP Elitebook 820 i5 were recommended by faculty and administration through a committee process.

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Information from Literacy Workshop for Elementary Parents
The Parent Literacy Curriculum Presentation, which was conducted by Dr. Gravity Goldberg and held on February 1st., can be viewed by scrolling down to the Useful Information and Documents File and opening up the file on Parent Workshops.
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The Arts Throughout the Schools
The schools throughout the district have been conducting magical concerts with opportunities for gifted vocalists and musicians to perform solo pieces. Additionally, our fine arts programs have been beautifying the school hallways with artwork by our talented students. Please scroll down this page and you will be treated to a slide show of magnificent student artwork displayed during the art shows.

Enjoy!
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NJDOE Website for Parents on PARCC
The NJDOE has created a website designed to help parents and guardians to better understand the PARCC. The website, Be A Learning Hero, provides video clips on how parents can interpret Individual Student Report (ISR) for their child. ISRs are expected to be released within the next several weeks. The website also provides resources for parents to support their child's learning and academic performance. The website can be found at: www.bealearninghero.org

The NJDOE also launched another new website to help parents understand the results of their child's PARCC results. That website is www.understandthescore.org
Videos and Podcasts
New Teachers and Art Show Slide Shows
In The News
Useful Information and Documents
 Curriculum Mapping Plan 2017-18
Annually, the district Curriculum Mapping Committee meets and develops a plan for the upcoming year to advance the district's curriculum mapping initiative.
 Mandated Topics Presentation for 2017-18
Annually, all teachers and administrators are to review this presentation for updated information on requirements and policies.
 Presentations on Curriculum Initiatives
Updates on various 5 Year Program Review Initiatives are available by viewing the attached PowerPoint presentations.

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