We will be experiencing many changes during the 2013-14 school year. Most of these changes will be focused on Teacher Evaluation, Student Assessment and Curricular Updates.
Here is a break down of the changes and resources to help everyone understand these changes:

Classroom Instruction That Works Resources - Check out this livebinder created by Mr. Hudson and Mrs. Nolan. All of the resources will help teachers and students integrate technology and various CITW strategies.

McREL Teacher Evaluation - McREL's Teacher Evaluation System standardizes the evaluation process, provides opportunities for coaching and knowledge building, and helps talented teachers and education leaders realize their potential. By helping to identify areas of needed professional development and by improving the communication between teachers and evaluators, the evaluation process becomes a positive force for change.

McREL Principal Evaluation - McREL's Principal Evaluation System provides both an easy-to-use tool for evaluating school administrators and professional development that explains why and how to measure behaviors that research suggests are linked to higher levels of student performance.

Common Core - The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.

Model Assessments and Curriculum - RM Bacon will begin the process of using the Model Assessments and Model Curriculum to guide students and teachers in using data from these formative assessments. The curriculum will be linked with the rest of the 6 elementary schools in Millville which will ensure consistency.

Reading Street - Reading Street Common Core will help our teachers and students prioritize instruction to support higher levels of reading and writing.

Regional Achievement Center - Focus School Status - In this link you will have access to all the most updated information on our local Regional Achievement Center.

Student Growth Objectives - Beginning in the fall of 2013, teachers will develop Student Growth Objectives to provide a baseline for students as well as create a rigorous learning environment for all students. In addition, AchieveNJ has developed a website that has a comprehensive overview of SGO and examples.

Want to hear from the Millville Public School resident expert on SGOs? Watch this interview with Steve Price as he addresses questions such as: what is the SGO process? How will I be supported as a teacher? How will SGOs improve teaching and learning?

PARCC - PARCC is a 22 state consortium working together to develop next generation K-12 assessments in English and Math. These assessments will begin during the 2014-15 school year.

NJ School Performance - Beginning with School Year 2011-12, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has significantly revised the annual school report cards, required under both federal and state legislation. The new School Performance Reports are designed to enhance both educator and stakeholder engagement in discussions about how well a school is preparing their students for college and careers.

Common Core Resources - This site is meant to be a resource for K-12 teachers who are or will be implementing the National Common Core State Standards. To search for specific standards, start at the top and click on your grade level. From there, you will find links near the top of the page to target specific ELA CCSS Standards. The resources listed are both free and premium resources.

A Study Guide for Reading and Writing Informational Text in the Primary Grades -
1. Thinking About Your Practice which provides questions to ponder before you begin Reading &Writing Informational Text in the Primary Grades; 2. Guidelines for your Study Groups including:
a. A short Synopsis of each chapter;
b. A quote or excerpt to React To, followed by questions to Discuss.
c. Take Action, which provides you with activities you can try in your
classroom and then discuss in your next Study Group.

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