The Office of Curriculum and Instruction continues to coordinate and advance all district instructional programs. The office works with curriculum committees consisting of teachers and administrators to evaluate and revitalize curricula based on student needs, research-based best practice, state and national standards, and standardized assessment results. Further, the office facilitates the work of the Belleville Professional Development Committee to create meaningful professional development opportunities to enhance student learning and instructional practices.
Professional development for teachers is offered across the schools, grades, and disciplines focusing on rigorous standards and curricula. The integration of instructional technology in the classroom is supported by the curriculum and professional development. A multi-prong professional development model has been planned, embraced and implemented in Belleville. The model offers teachers a variety of learning opportunities offered through, but not limited to:
District Evaluation Advisory Committee (DEAC)
New Jersey has embarked on an evaluation reform whereby districts must have adopted an effective teacher evaluation system that provides timely, actionable feedback for educators to refine their practice through continuous growth and improvement. Consistent with the State’s initiative, the Belleville Public School District recognizes that effective educators are the most important in-school factor for student success.
The Belleville Public School District formed a committee to research and select a robust evaluation system to measure teacher’s effectiveness and identify areas for improvement of instruction. The selection committee was comprised of teachers, administrators, members of the Board of Education and the community, called the District Evaluation Advisory Committee (DEAC). The committee's goal is to discuss and provide feedback for the successful implementation of the evaluation systems. The DEAC communicate information about implementation to stakeholders, ensuring transparency of the systems and supporting the district in implementing the evaluation framework. The committee recommended an evaluation system based on Charlotte Danielson’s research.
The new evaluation system includes multiple measures including student achievement data which will give us insight on how to recognize great teachers, help good teachers become great, and help struggling teachers to overcome challenges. Professional development for the teachers and the administrative team is ongoing.
Similarly, the Belleville Public School District has adopted a new Principal Evaluation system. The Stronge principal evaluation system criterion is based on seven domains:
The Belleville Public School District’s Goal for the evaluation systems is to help school teachers and school leaders work together and refine their practices, for the benefit of all students in our District.
The Belleville Public School District evaluation systems will: