East Orange School District

Curriculum Services

The Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services provides leadership and services to facilitate continuous improvement in the quality of teaching and learning in the East Orange School District. The outcome is students and educators who achieve success and represent a model of high standards in education. We adopt and model our curriculum on the fundamentals detailed in the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.

We take our responsibility seriously and pledge to:

  • Address the needs of all students for the 21st century
  • Provide support to school personnel
  • Deepen the conceptual understanding of curriculum and content knowledge among teachers and students
  • Model research-based best practices
  • Assure ongoing interdepartmental planning, collaboration, and communication
  • Provide sustained long-term professional learning for all employees

Please read about our programs below.

Department of Elementary Education

Elementary Literacy Vision 

Literacy is the foundation for life-long learning. The art of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and presenting aid us in our efforts to communicate effectively.

Our students will attain the literacy skills necessary for them to construct meaning, acquire knowledge, think critically, strategically, and prepare for college/career. These skills will enable them to be productive members of a diverse society in the 21st century.

Elementary Literacy Mission

The language arts literacy curriculum is dedicated to promoting a community of learners immersed in the process of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing.

The curriculum is intended to refine, support, and challenge the learning experiences of students within the language arts classroom and other content areas.

All students will be able to construct meaning, build knowledge, conduct research, enlarge experiences, and broaden world views attained through the mastery of the English Language Arts common core standards, which are the foundation that promote creative and purposeful expression in language.

Department of Secondary Education

The Secondary Education Department seeks to provide an excellent education for all students in grades six through twelve. Our goal is to build on the initiatives from the elementary level by providing a seamless transition and comprehensive programs at the secondary level. Through collegial collaboration with school and district personnel, secondary education leads the development and implementation of content-area curricula aligned to both the Common Core state standards and the NJ model curriculum SLO’s. Leadership and support for teachers and school and district personnel emphasizes instructional best practices designed to support all students as they prepare for graduation and their next steps after high school.

Department of Educational Technology

Mission

Our mission is to visualize, design, engineer, integrate, infuse, and sustain technology-rich classroom experiences in support of students’ achievement of the New Jersey Core Content Standards.

Vision

Our vision compels us to systematically infuse technology across content areas and provide professional development designed to effect changes in pedagogy, fostering a regenerated learning process focused on developing a generation of students able to leverage 21st century resources to:

  • Operationalize ICT (Information Communication Technologies) through the acquisition of the ability to communicate by applying information literacy skills to access, manage, and communicate information using a range of emerging technological tools
  • Engineer technology rich solutions to educational challenges by thinking critically and creatively to solve problems, synthesize and create new knowledge, and make informed decisions that affect individuals, local communities, the world, and the environment
  • Develop a technology rich worldview by gaining enhanced understanding of global interdependencies as well as multiple cultural perspective, differing points of view, and diverse values
  • Apply process thinking by employing a systemic approach to understand the design process, the designed world, and the interrelationship and impact of technologies in all aspects of life
  • Model digital citizenship by living an understanding of what students, children, and all users of technology should know to use technology appropriately. Modeling digital citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students to be technology users in a society full of technology

Department of Staff Development

The purpose of the office of staff development is not to just implement instructional innovations. Its central purpose is to develop and maintain collaborative relationships between administrators and teachers in order to improve student learning. We accomplish our goals through training sessions that range from classroom management to strategies, which integrate technology throughout instruction. Our training calendar is created from focus groups made up of teachers throughout the district. Through this collaboration, we are able to provide professional development. Our office of staff development provides professional development to our novice teachers as well as our experienced staff.

We are a department that prides ourselves on staying current with the educational trends and keeping our professional community aware of up-to-date research and strategies in education. We have tailored our professional development to drive teacher effectiveness and ultimately increase student achievement.

Division of Curriculum Services

Dr. Dana E. Walker
Assistant Superintendent, Division of Curriculum Services
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Alice Ash
Assistant Secretary
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Gina Bonhomme
Secretary
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Marie Fleurant
Teacher Trainer Bilingual/
ESL (K-12)
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Holly Sandidge
Secretary
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Michele Williams
Confidential Secretary
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Department of Elementary Education

Akeem Adisa
Supervisor of Science (K-12)
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Therese Bialkin
Supervisor Of Language Arts/Lit (K-5)
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Kenya Moncur
Mathematics Supervisor (K-5)
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Vacant
Social Studies Supervisor
(K-12)

Department of Secondary Education

Akeem Adisa
Supervisor of Science (K-12)
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Jaliyla Fraser
Supervisor of Mathematics
(6-12)
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Vacant
Social Studies Supervisor
(K-12)

Yukima Vannoy
Supervisor of Language Arts/Lit (6-12)
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Department of Staff Development

Dawn Stokes-Tyler
Supervisor of Staff Development
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Dr. David Mwangi
Teacher Trainer K-12, Staff Development Department
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Jacqueline Nisenson
Teacher Trainer K-12, Staff Development Department
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Kori T. Washington
Teacher Trainer K-12, Staff Development Department
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Department of Educational Technology

Paulette Salomon
Supervisor of Educational Technology (K-12)
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Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Iqua Colson
Fine & Performing Arts Supervisor (K-12)
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