District Goals Update 11.20.17

District Goals Update

Dr. Kendra V. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent for Equity
Department of Equity, Curriculum and Instruction
Montclair Board of Education
November 20, 2017


Provide a District Goal #2 update regarding:

  • Renaissance Learning (RL-2a).
  • Two elementary curricular programs (English Language Arts, ELA, and Science - 2b).
  • Undoing Racism professional development (2c).
  • Students Accelerated in Learning (S.A.I.L.) planning efforts (2d).

District Goals Update
RL: A High Impact Instructional Tool

What is RL?
RL is an instructional tool that provides real-time information to teachers so they may make “in-the-moment” instructional adjustments.

Implementation Year
Year 1 (District-wide and Required)
Previous two years were optional, teacher-choice.
Information gleaned from these two years guided the district-wide implementation in all elementary and middle schools.

Professional Development

  • Teacher training before school commenced.
  • Job-embedded training.
  • RL University access for all teachers.
  • School-level data coaching for professional learning communities.
  • District-level data coaching for the Equity, Curriculum and Instruction department.

District Goals Update
New Elementary Curriculum Programs


  • Implementation Year
    • Year 2

Curricular Resource

  • Collaborative Classroom
  • Professional Development
    • New teacher webinar
    • Job-embedded professional development (fall dates scheduled)


  • Implementation Year
    • Year 1

Curricular Resource

  • Foss
  • Professional Development
    • All K-5 teacher training (by grade)
    • District walk-through
    • Job-embedded professional development (fall and winter dates scheduled)

Elementary (K-5): ELA and Science

District Goals Update
Undoing Racism

Work Accomplished:

  • To date, there have been 14 Undoing Racism workshops (4 in 15-16; 8 in 16 -17; 2 to date in 17-18). There are 5 additional workshops scheduled for the 17-18 school year.
    • 677 staff members trained to date.
      • 394 staff members slated to be trained.

Work Underway:

  • Identify and secure a funding source for approximately 4 additional Undoing Racism workshops for the 17-18 school year. Or, consider creating our own foundational course.
  • Identify and secure a funding source for 2 Montclair Public Schools community partners Undoing Racism workshops. C
  • Continued support of Montclair's anti-racism advocacy group, Teachers Undoing Racism Now (TURN).

District Goals Update
S.A.I.L. Planning
Work Accomplished:

  • Convened a planning team (representatives from K-8).
  • Examined current and previous practices, protocols and services.
  • Invited planning team to attend the Gifted and Talented Conference at Rutgers University.

Work Underway:

  • Continued examination of current and previous practices, protocols and services.
  • Creation of an electronic needs assessment (students, parents/guardians, teachers and principals).
  • Creation of a S.A.I.L. Advisory Committee.

Questions, Reflections and Thoughts

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