Welcome to the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, & Supervision
The Dumont Public Schools offer a comprehensive program of academics, athletics, music, co-curricular and extra curricular offerings for all children. This includes a vast array of programs ranging from a pre-school handicapped and inclusion program and full day kindergarten, to a competitive high school program that offers online coursework, a number of Advanced Placement courses, and an array of unique and challenging courses and electives.
As a district we continue to seek the best instructional opportunities for our students, and have continued to revise and update our curriculum offerings to meet the needs of children in the 21st century. Technology is not only transforming the way our children learn, but also how we as educators deliver the curriculum. The implementation of a Middle School STEM program, the expanded use of emerging technologies(i.e. Google Apps for Education), blended learning opportunities, and student parent access to electronic textbooks and materials in newly revised courses, are just a few examples of this.
This year the district is continuing its implementation of curriculum that is aligned with the recently released New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Additionally, the district has made several improvements to our existing course offerings and materials.This year, new materials and a revised elementary Science curriculum will be implemented. Our faculty worked diligently last year and during the summer on a number of additional curriculum initiatives for the 2017-2018 school year that include, but are not limited to:
Continuing the use of Study Island, and other web-based programs designed to help improve standardized test performance on tests such as the PARCC, SAT and AP.
Continuing the use of the SONDAY Reading Intervention system in Grades K-3.
Continuing the use of the DIBELS Assessment, a reading screening assessment designed to assist in identifying students for early intervention, in Kindergarten through Second Grades.
Continuing the use of Chrome books in the Fifth Grade and piloting their use in the Sixth Grade. The use of Google Apps for education and Google Classroom will also be expanded from the High School to the Middle School.
Continuing the Virtual High School (VHS) on-line learning program at Dumont High School.
Continuing the use of Electronic Star Learning Benchmark Assessments and the Accelerated Reader Program in Grades 2 through 5 and in our K-5 Basic Skills program to assist in identifying the academic needs of students.
Continuing the use of Electronic Link-It Benchmark Assessments in Grades K through 1.
Implementing/piloting more STEM/STEAM activities for students in various district courses and through MakerSpace Centers in our school media centers.
Our faculty and administrators continue to engage in ongoing professional development to support the changes in our instructional program. This year, as in past years, our teachers will continue to attend variety in-district workshops that provide support in the areas of teaching, learning, and assessment, and will also continue to receive training in state-approved staff evaluation systems that are rooted in research-based instructional models.
Please find linked to this page, various newsletters and websites that provide useful information for students, parents, and educators. I look forward to another productive year!
Maria Poidomani, Ed. D
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Supervision