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Division of Curriculum & Instruction

The Division of Curriculum and Instruction stands committed to providing leadership in the development and understanding of curricula, as well as its 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.
 
As a department, we are deeply rooted in the belief that we are here as a resource and support with shared accountability. We intend to deliver results in the form of well-designed professional development programs for our teaching staff that focuses on all students in meeting their greatest potential. Each of our supervisors revels 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.
 
Large portions of our division’s work concentrate 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. We intend to continue to develop curricula from kindergarten through grade twelve that is impactful, inspiring, and aligned with the values of the East Orange community. Ensuring that administrators, teachers, support staff, students, and parents are all able to understand and access the nine academic areas as outlined in New Jersey’s standards.
 
As we embark on the new decade, the Division of Curriculum and Instruction will move with a sense of urgency towards overall student achievement. Our focus will be refined, structured, and consistent with the needs that have been outlined by observations, focus walks, and student assessment data. Equity will be evident in all of our practices. Seen daily through relevant and rigorous instruction that is differentiated with substantiated evidence of student engagement. From the words of Gandhi, our purpose is and must continue to be, “… to dig deep into the hidden unarticulated needs of those that we serve.” It will be this practice that will ensure that as a professional learning community we will make data-informed decisions, create lessons that are culturally relevant, be innovative, and provide experiences that will make our students lifelong learners.
 
The Division of Curriculum and Instruction will continue to lead the charge in the development of professional learning communities (PLCs) with a shared vision, fostering positive relations with community partners, grant writing that affords our students every opportunity, and the implementation of Future Ready initiatives. 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 so they are able to compete in the global society.
 
Educationally yours,
 
Anita D. Champagne
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Anita Champagne
Assistant Superintendent, Division of Curriculum & Instruction
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STAFF DEVELOPMENT

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 training, 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!
Dawn Stokes-Tyler
Supervisor of Staff Development
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

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

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 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.
 
Denise Vega-Moore
Supervisor of World Languages & ESL/Bilingual
(K–12)
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MATHEMATICS

Vision
 

It is our goal to inspire students to acquire a life-long Mathematics Passion And a Continuous Thirst for knowledge, so they will be equipped with the skills and expertise needed to be innovative, creative, and successful members of our ever-changing global society.

Mission

The K–12 Mathematics Department seeks to provide an excellent standards-based mathematics education and experience for all students. This will be accomplished through purposeful, interactive, and engaging lessons that will support the progression of topics across grade levels.  These rigorous lessons will allow students to engage in conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and real-world applications with equal intensity.

As students progress through the K-12 Mathematics program, our mission is to develop generations of problem-solvers and solution-seekers who will
be prepared for real-world situations, college experiences, and careers.

Curriculum Textbooks
  • (K-5) Into Math
  • (6-8) Reveal Math
  • (HS) Big Ideas Math
 
Technology Supplemental Programs
  • Freckle
  • IXL
  • ALEKS
 
Nicole Washington
Supervisor of
Mathematics (K-5)
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Kelly Powers
Supervisor of Mathematics (6-12)
 

SCIENCE

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.
Akeem Adisa
Supervisor of Science (K-5)
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Dr. David Mwangi
Supervisor of Science (6-12)
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SOCIAL STUDIES

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 are 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.
 
Shea Richardson
Supervisor of Social Studies
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EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Vision
 
The East Orange School District is committed to providing students with innovative technologies that will prepare them to be well-educated, global-minded citizens in an ever-changing digital society.
 
Mission
 
EOSD’s Educational Technology Department creates a rich digital learning environment for students that:
 
  • Provides access to a variety of digital content
  • Reinforces digital citizenship
  • Promotes the 4Cs: collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking
  • Encourages critical and design thinking
  • Advocates for computer science 
  • Promotes anytime/anywhere learning
  • Develop computational thinkers
 
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.
Paulette Salomon
Supervisor of Educational Technology (K-12)
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VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS

Vision
 
Every student in the East Orange Public Schools is engaged and empowered through a sequential arts education.
 
Mission
 
To provide an art 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 art 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 intelligence and learning styles, not just the linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence emphasized in the 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 art standards.
Iqua Colson
Supervisor of Visual & Performing Arts (K-12)
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WORLD LANGUAGES

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.
 
Denise Vega-Moore
Supervisor of World Languages & ESL/Bilingual
(K–12)
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