CLARK — Three members of the Clark School District have been selected to make presentations at the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA)Workshop in Atlantic City next month.
The NJSBA Workshop, the largest gathering of educational leaders in the State of New Jersey, is housed in the Atlantic City Convention Center during the time frame of Oct. 22-24. Only a select few programs are chosen to be presented to the gathering of approximately 10,000 board of education members, superintendents, school business administrators, and other school district leaders.
The first program presented at the workshop is titled “Teaching, Technology, and the Tennessee Titans” and was created and developed by Frank K. Hehnly Fourth Grade Teacher Nicole Parlavecchio. Through this program, Parlavecchio’s fourth graders skype on a regular basis with members of the National Football League’s Tennessee Titans. The Titan players involved in the program read literary selections to the fourth graders, engage in higher level thinking skill activities with their fourth grade counterparts, and assign homework and follow up assignments to the students. On occasion the Titan players will actually use their Twitter accounts to highlight and share the work of the fourth graders.
The second program presented is “Enhancing the Delivery of Mathematics Via the Progressive Mathematics Initiative” and is being co-presented by Carl H. Kumpf Middle School Mathematics Teacher Krista Chapman and Assistant Superintendent Ed Grande. The Progressive Mathematics Initiative, now in its second year of implementation in the Clark Schools, is an innovative, uniform teacher-designed curriculum, which allows student to investigate, collaborate, and master the concepts of mathematics. It is a multidimensional program which allows students to engage with the material through a technological medium. Instruction is collaborative and interactive, with students in the role of engaged learners. Teachers utilize specifically developed SMART Board presentations for each topic, which include responder questions to allow students to respond to posed questions and receive immediate feedback. The program has been highly successful in district.
Due to the anticipated popularity of the presentations, both sets of presenters have been requested to present on three different occasions over the duration of the NJSBA Workshop.
Clark Schools Superintendent Kenneth Knops remarked, “Each of the programs selected for presentation is cutting edge and highly innovational. My congratulations to Mr. Grande, Miss Chapman, and Miss Parlavecchio for creating and developing these wonderful programs that other districts might be fortunate to adopt within their own instructional programs after hearing our staff present.”
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