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 and how we as educators deliver the curriculum,but also how we communicate with our district stakeholders. District-wide MakerSpace programs, a Middle School STEM program, the expanded use of emerging technologies(i.e. Google Apps for Education), blended learning opportunities, student /parent access to student grades, online student registration programs, electronic textbooks and materials in newly revised courses, are just a few examples of this.
This year the district is continuing its implementation of rigorous and engaging curriculum that is aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Additionally, the district has made several improvements to our existing course offerings and materials. For example, this year, new high school courses in AP Music Theory, Ceramics, and Criminal Justice are being implemented. Our faculty worked diligently last year and during the summer on a number of additional curriculum initiatives for the 2019-2020 school year that include, but are not limited to:
Continuing the use of Newsela, Albert I.O., IXL, and other web-based programs designed to help improve standardized test performance on tests such as the NJSLA, 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 through Seventh Grades, and piloting their use in the Eighth Grade. The use of Google Apps for education and Google Classroom will also be expanded to include grades 3 and 12 in our district schools.
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.
Expanding the use of Electronic Link-It Benchmark Assessments in the areas of Language Arts and Mathematics to grades 6-11.
Implementing/piloting more STEM/STEAM activities for students in various district courses and through MakerSpace Centers in our school media centers.
Implementing recently mandated Middle School Personal Financial Literacy Units/Standards in College and Career Readiness courses in grade 6-8.
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