East Orange School District
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Curriculum Services

East Orange School District

Vision

To prepare All of our students for college, careers and life in high performing East Orange Public Schools.

Dr. Dana E. Walker
Assistant Superintendent, Division of Curriculum Services
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The Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services stands committed to providing leadership in the development and understanding of curricula, as well as it's implementation. In full alignment with the district’s vision to prepare all students for college, careers, and life in high-performing schools, the Division of Curriculum and Instruction aligns our work with state and national standards, including the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Professional Standards for Teachers and School Leaders. 

The Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services supports administrators, teachers, and support staff to ensure that they can understand and access the nine academic areas as outlined in New Jersey’s standards. Large portions of our division’s work concentrates on curriculum revisions and alignment, staff development and coaching, and programming and teaching that is consistent with the interests and needs of 21st century students. Our department leads the charge with collaborative efforts including partnerships and grant writing, as well as district-wide professional book studies and Future Ready initiatives. Each of our supervisors revel in their experiences as classroom teachers and work tirelessly as administrators to create a culture where every student can enter his/her classroom with a teacher who is prepared to facilitate the expectations of today and meet the demands of tomorrow. 

We stand committed to student achievement and pledge to embrace change as we actively pursue best practices that will strengthen our administrative team, teachers, support staff, students, and community obligation to educate every student to meet the opportunities of a global society. 

Your Partner in Education, 

Dr. Dana Walker

Dr. Dana Walker
Assistant Superintendent for the Division of Curriculum

STAFF DEVELOPMENT

Dawn Stokes-Tyler
Supervisor of Staff Development
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An unknown educator said, "You cannot be a master teacher until you are a master learner." The office of staff development's central purpose is to provide learning opportunities for all educators to increase student achievement. Here in EOSD, we accomplish this purpose by hosting professional learning communities (PLCs), book studies, research groups, and facilitating workshops during and after school. 

Our training calendar includes, but is not limited to, professional development with a focus on culturally relevant teaching, engagement strategies, and the integration of technology in instruction. In all of our trainings, we model practices that teachers can utilize within their classrooms. We are excited to exemplify instructional practices that ensure our teachers are prepared to engage and ignite our scholars!

English Language Arts

Bridgett Green
Supervisor Of Language Arts/Lit (K-5)
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Yukima Vannoy
Supervisor of Language Arts/Lit (6-12)
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Vision

Literacy is the foundation for lifelong 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, reply strategically, and prepare for college and careers. These skills will enable our students to be productive members of a diverse society in the 21st century.

Mission

The English 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 New Jersey Learning Standards, which are the foundation that promote creative and purposeful expressions in language.

We will provide literacy instruction that teaches children to effectively read, write, listen, and speak. Through the use of multiple strategies, we hope to help our students develop into lifelong learners, both academically and socially.

We will achieve this by using the following best practices:

  • Promoting a literacy-rich environment that represents diverse cultures
  • Providing extensive time for purposeful reading, writing, speaking, and listening experiences in all content areas
  • Using ongoing assessment tools to differentiate instruction for a diverse learning community
  • Utilizing technology to enhance literacy instruction
  • Fostering independence by encouraging student choice
  • Engaging all children by providing reading and writing opportunities that incorporate students’ interests

ESL/Bilingual

Denise Vega-Moore
Supervisor of Social Studies, World Languages & ESL/Bilingual
(K-12)
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Vision

To create an environment that fosters learning, cultural awareness, and civic-mindedness for all students in East Orange School District.

Mission

The EOSD’s ESL/Bilingual Department seeks to support its students by engaging and collaborating with all stakeholders to eliminate barriers to learning. Through communication and cooperation, we will provide the necessary resources to ensure that teachers are equipped to create an environment that fosters learning, cultural awareness, and civic-mindedness for all students in East Orange School District.

EOSD ESL/Bilingual Programs

The EOSD Office of Bilingual Education offers full-time bilingual programs for Haitian Creole and Spanish speaking students in grades K–12. Speakers of other languages will participate in our English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, and will receive ESL instruction combined with Sheltered English Instruction support from trained teachers. 

ESL units of study are designed with a focus on culture and celebrating individual differences. Teachers receive training on best practices to weave personal student experiences into daily learning in order to better facilitate the transfer of knowledge from their native language into English. As a district, our goal is to foster English language acquisition while respecting and celebrating each child’s individual background.

Students are identified for placement in bilingual and ESL programs using multiple criteria, including the results of the Home Language Survey and WIDA Screener assessment. All students identified as English Language Learners (ELL) are required by the NJDOE to participate in the WIDA ACCESS 2.0 assessment, which measures progress towards English language proficiency using the WIDA English Language Development Standards in the following domains:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Writing

This assessment is administered every year to all students identified as ELLs, regardless of program participation. 

Mathematics

Kenya Moncur
Mathematics Supervisor (K-5)
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Jaliyla Fraser
Supervisor of Mathematics
(6-12)
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Vision

It is our goal to prepare students with content skills that they can apply to real-world situations. Our students will be able to compete with students in the same courses within this district, nationwide, and globally.

Mission

The K–12 Mathematics Department seeks to provide an excellent math education and experience for all students. We align our curriculum to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). Teachers will provide purposeful, interactive, and engaging lessons that focus on fewer topics, support true coherence that links topics and thinking across grades, and include rigorous lessons that allow students to engage in mathematics to increase their conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application with equal intensity.

Blended Learning Programs

  • K–8: HMH Go Math (Personal Math Trainer-PMT)
  • 9–12: Big Ideas Math

Technology Supplemental Programs

  • K–6
  • Moby Max
  • Freckle
  • Bedtime Math
  • 6–12
  • IXL
  • K–12
  • Khan Academy

Science

Akeem Adisa
Supervisor of Science (K-12)
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Vision

The East Orange School District Science Curriculum will provide a challenging 21st century learning environment, which optimizes individual potential and ensures all students and the community are educated through a differentiated inquiry-based science program, which promotes student mastery of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) - Science.

Mission

The mission of the East Orange School District Science Program is to provide all students with opportunities to learn science and be successful at problem solving, critical thinking, making inferences, constructing/designing solutions from evidence, and communicating information. Through investigations of natural phenomena, students will develop theories and build models and systems, by utilizing science and engineering practices. We will inspire every child to explore and excel in science through a rigorous academic STEM program. 

Social Studies

Denise Vega-Moore
Supervisor of Social Studies, World Languages & ESL/Bilingual (K-12)
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Vision

To create an environment that fosters learning, cultural awareness, and civic-mindedness for all students in East Orange School District.

Mission

The EOSD’s Social Studies Department seeks to support its students by engaging and collaborating with all stakeholders to eliminate barriers to learning. Through communication and cooperation, we will provide the necessary resources to ensure that teachers are equipped to create an environment that fosters learning, cultural awareness, and civic-mindedness for all students in East Orange School District.

EOSD Social Studies Program

The Social Studies K–12 program at EOSD consists of the integrated study of the social sciences to prepare our students for responsible citizenship in an increasingly global society. Social Studies is essential to individual growth in a democratic society. Throughout its courses, disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge is used to understand how powerful ideas drawn from history, law, geography, government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Our students then construct meaning by understanding important ideas and their perspectives as responsible citizens grow as a result.

Social Studies instruction will be guided by the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) - Social Studies, with a focus on the following four dimensions:

  • Developing questions and planning inquiries;
  • Applying disciplinary concepts and tools;
  • Evaluating sources and using evidence;
  • Communicating conclusions and taking informed action.

Educational Technology

Paulette Salomon
Supervisor of Educational Technology (K-12)
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Vision

East Orange School District’s technology vision is to provide students and staff with a rich digital learning environment that:

  • Increases student achievement and allows for voice and choice
  • Promotes collaboration
  • Personalizes learning
  • Fosters creativity
  • Encourages critical thinking
  • Provides secure access to digital content
  • Promotes anytime/anywhere learning
  • Helps students reach their full potential to succeed in college and career

Our goal is to boost student achievement, promote critical thinkers, and prepare students to meet the challenges of our evolving global society through a variety of technology tools and resources. Some of our initiatives are G Suite for Education, Makerspace, digital portfolios, computational thinking, and coding. 

East Orange School District has taken the pledge to be Future Ready. All of our schools are committed to lead a culture of digital learning. Six of our schools have earned Future Ready bronze certification - STEM Academy, Tyson Middle/High School, Campus High School, Banneker Academy, Hughes School, and Jackson Academy.

Mission

The East Orange School District is committed to providing all students with the technology concepts, processes, and skills needed to be contributing, productive citizens who thrive in our ever-changing global society.

Visual and Performing Arts

Iqua Colson
Supervisor of Visual & Performing Arts (K-12)
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Vision

Every student in the East Orange Public Schools is engaged and empowered through a sequential arts education.

Mission

To provide an arts education that enables personal, intellectual, social, economic, and human growth by fostering creativity and providing opportunities for expression beyond the limits of language for all students; and to provide accelerated and rigorous instruction and support for the students who demonstrate talent and the desire to train for college admissions as arts majors and/or a career in the arts.

Why is arts education vital to every child?

The arts:

  • Stimulate and develop the imagination and critical thinking, and refine cognitive and creative skills
  • Strengthen problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success
  • Develop a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond
  • Teach children life skills such as developing an informed perception’ articulating a vision; learning to solve problems and make decisions; building self-confidence and self-discipline; developing the ability to imagine what might be; and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish
  • Nurture important values, including team-building skills; respecting alternative viewpoints; and appreciating and being aware of different cultures and traditions
  • Play a crucial role in improving students’ abilities to learn, because they draw on a range of intelligences and learning styles, not just the linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligences emphasized in most school curriculum

EOSD Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum

Creativity is a driving force in the 21st century global economy, with the fastest growing jobs and emerging industries relying on the ability of workers to think unconventionally and use their imaginations. The state of New Jersey has set criteria for every student to achieve in Arts Education. Here in East Orange we have structured the Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum in a manner that offers a sequential arts education designed to achieve the goals set forth by The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE).

Our goals for all students:

  • Grades K–2 and 3–5: All students in grades K–5 are given broad-based exposure to, and are provided opportunities for participation in, each of the four arts disciplines. The expectation at this level is that all students attain basic literacy in the content knowledge and skills delineated in the K–2 and 3–5 grade- level standards for the arts.
  • Grades 6–8: In grades 6–8, student instruction focuses on one of the four arts disciplines, as directed by student choice. The expectation at this level is that all students demonstrate competency in the content knowledge and skills delineated for the selected arts discipline.
  • Grades 9–12: Throughout secondary school, student instruction continues to focus on one of the four arts disciplines, as chosen by the student. By the end of grade 12, all students demonstrate proficiency in at least one chosen arts discipline by meeting or exceeding the content knowledge and skills delineated in the arts standards.

World Languages

Denise Vega-Moore
Supervisor of Social Studies, World Languages & ESL/Bilingual (K-12)
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Vision

To create an environment that fosters learning, cultural awareness, and civic-mindedness for all students in East Orange School District.

Mission

The EOSD’s World Languages Department seeks to support its students by engaging and collaborating with all stakeholders to eliminate barriers to learning. Through communication and cooperation, we will provide the necessary resources to ensure that teachers are equipped to create an environment that fosters learning, cultural awareness, and civic-mindedness for all students in East Orange School District.

EOSD World Languages Program

The goal of the World Languages K–12 program in EOSD is to promote and support the teaching and learning of one or more languages and cultures, in addition to the English language. Our French and Spanish programs seek to develop an appreciation, foster tolerance and understanding of other cultures, and encourage lifelong interest and love for world languages and cultures.

Advanced Placement courses are available for students seeking to enhance their understanding of the languages offered. Students who successfully demonstrate proficiency in English and a second language will receive the New Jersey Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation.