Thursday, November 22, 2007

Mid November Curricular Related Activities

The following activities took place concerning curriculum in the district:

Had a curriculum meeting in the morning concerning issues around number of participants on the curriculum committee and how this will be set up. I think we really need to look at vertical alignment in addition to the horizontal components of curriculum development.

Susan Imorz also came to the district today and she met with Paula Ohouse at the HHS in addition to the librarian. The hope is that there might be a way to get Susan involved with the District and share some of her expertise. Susan is a graduate of the Media lab at MIT and has done extensive work with book and web site development. Most notably, she is a key member of the Ralph Waldo Emerson development team that works on the national web site.

- Meeting with the principals in the AM. Productive meeting overall and one in which I think we made some establishment of what is to come with the curriculum writing process.

-Attended Connor’s Vetern Day’s celebration. This was a really fascinating event in which the most valuable aspect for me was attending the pre-assembly juice and donuts meeting in the library. To sit alongside these many old time Hoboken veterans was really an honor and a privilage and fascinating in many ways. The stories are all amazing. For me, it’s a way of kind of seeing my uncles, all dead now, who served in many of these wars. The celebration/assembly itself was public school education at it’s best. Ms Erbe does assembly’s very well and this was really wonderful. Many city politicians were there including the mayor. It was a memorable event in a full packed day.

Attended Wallace Open House in the AM. Very well done and you get a real sense of how popular Wallace is for pre-school education in Hoboken. The room was completely full (standing room) and this was the second day (the first day was much of the same). Mr. Tortorella and his parent group did a great job of welcoming everyone and telling the parents what they want/need to hear to make an informed decision about where to send their children.

Also, had a Title I meeting follow-up which went well. I think this will be fine. Probably not too much attention that the Superintendent actually saved the district over 2million dollars with our trip to Trenton last week. This stuff goes un-noticed.

Meeting with Jennifer Lopez on Reading first and NCLB- some interesting data to look at at some point.

- Meeting about QSAC and the corrective action plan.