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 district-hosted Wiki server, the expanded use of Smart Board Technology, and student and 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 Common Core aligned K-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics programs. Additionally, the district has made several improvements to our existing course offerings and materials.This year a new middle school Social Studies curriculum and textbook series that integrate required Common Core standards will be implemented. Our faculty worked diligently last year and during the summer on a number of curriculum initiatives for the 2014-2015 school year that include, but are not limited to:
Continuing the use of Study Island, a web-based program designed to help improve standardized test performance on tests such as the PARCC, SAT and AP.
Implementing the following new AP courses at Dumont High School: AP Psychology, AP Statistics, and AP Physics I.
Expanding the use of the SONDAY Reading Intervention system to Grade Three.
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.
Utilizing a district-hosted Wiki Server to enhance the use of technology in the classroom by allowing staff and students the opportunity to create district protected wikis, blogs and web pages.
Expanding the use of IPOD/IPAD technology for instructional use in the district.
Continuing the Virtual High School (VHS) on-line learning program at Dumont High School.
Continuing the use of 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.
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