November 2016

Topic: Innovative Curriculum & Instruction


NJECC is Proud to Announce

The 2017 Statewide Educational Technology Conference

January 10, 11 and 12, 2017 @ Montclair State University

Are you ready for the Future of Education?


This year’s conference keynote will be delivered by Ms. Alice Keeler.

Steve Schick from Newline –

Ed Tech Doctor Program at NJCU – Chris Chambourg – 3 year program


Future Ready Summit – 2017

– Joshua Koen

Attend the Future Ready Schools Regional Summit… in New Jersey!
–> When? January 11-12, 2017
This is a a free two-day summit at the NJIT campus in Newark, led in partnership with national Future Ready School representatives, will focus on district-level planning. The summit will allow district teams that include the superintendent (required), administrators, principals and teachers to work with Future Ready facilitators to create or refine their planning efforts and vision for student learning..

21st Learning Skills –

Dr. Barry Bachenheimer,District Supervisors of Instruction    Pascack Valley Regional HS

Paul Zeller, Director of Instructional Technology

  • Flexible Schedule – L2L (Learn 2 Learn Classes- not school related)
  • Internships
  • Senior Projects
  • change environment, learning will follow
  • change assessment
  • got rid of marking periods – just end of year grade Freeze garbed in Jan and send home grades
  • No more Common Midterm & Final Exam Periods
  • Competency Based Education Pilots & Open Classroom
  • Re-Do in Math – if you don’t do well on assessment – mandatory meet with a teacher, has to submit understanding, required 2 meetings with teacher to re-do test, better grade supersedes old grade


A Blueprint for Blended

Blueprint for Blended
The Way Forward

Erica Hartman (Director of Tech Integration), Kelly Harte from Morris School District

  • The Way Forward
  • Vision without execution is hallucination – Edison
  • Rubicon Atlas
  • Electives at Middle School
    • Navigating Digital Systems
    • Foundations of STEM
  • Blended is a combination of Face-to-Face and Online Learning – not in set minutes
  • Transparency in Learning – no mysteries
  • Students Visualize Progress
  • Enhance Student-Teacher Relationships
  • Design Team
  • Teacher playlist-pay teachers to create playlists for districts
  • Maker Spaces & Innovation, Lit Labs (K-5)
  • hip to hip learning

Bob Price, Ginny Senande – Northern Valley HS

  • Supervisor of Technology Education
  • Tech integrator
  • Tech supervisiors
  • Tech Mentors – full time teachers work lunches & non-teaching periods
  • Instructional Coaches
  • Professional Learning School
  • Collaboration – Regional Professional Development Board
  • Curriculum Writing & Articulation
  • Virtual Day
  • Beware of ‘PO and go’ products – need followup support

Ramsey School District – Dr. Weiner,

  • Backward Design
  • Human Centered Design (Liberty Science Center)
  • Find (think of) someone somewhere in the world with a problem and solve their problem
  • redesign room (from house) for a teacher
  • kids need to be able to work through real problems, communicate with people
  • Shakespeare drama – split screen text one side, highlight text – acted out on right
  • create tutorials
  • get kids to work together on difficult problems
  • R&D Tech Team – Z Space

Panel Discussion

  • What are you doing as far as hands-on use of tools (other than computers)
    • new tools
    • hot glue gunning things together is not a makerspace
  • heterogeneous (K-5) (2 levels in middle school math (Morris County School)
    • middle school.high school how many minutes a day – 80 minutes
  • Ramsey has block schedule – teachers can use a block if they need to
  • benefit of blending and rotating periods
  • Authenticity learning is goal –
    • greater student control of learning
    • can’t assess traditionally
    • colleges may not be looking for non-traditional assessments
    • disconnect from higher ed – colleges still assessing by grades
    • will others (the real world) learn from what we have found with holistic learning
    • so many mandates from state to be done in same amount of time with nothing taken away – Financial Literacy, CPR
    • intent is OK but structure doesn’t allow it
  • What is the role of technology
    • accelerates learning
    • technology like the hammer in tool box
    • not technology for the sake of technology
    • some schools are getting rid of AP classes because the structure is not ‘good’ for everyone
    • technology should follow the need
    • we’re not really telling kids to be researchers to take part in conversations
    • connects me with people
  • stuck in passive learning
  • feel comfortable in feeling uncomfortable
  • Kickback from union and contract
    • got rid of duties in replacement of ‘L2L’ classes, can teach (and get paid) or just be available for students (not paid)
  • Biased toward action
    • innovators mindset – should be an active participant
    • older subs might not understand how class works
  • Have the technology changes helped keep students in districts as opposed to ‘tech’ schools taking ‘cream of the crop’ from our schools
    • some kids want that placement
    • PVHS feels yes
    • playing field has been leveled in many places
  • How to evaluate ‘on demand’
    • work backwards – assessment have to be based on
    • teach teachers about good practices so everyone has a good idea of what good learning is
    • spend time on training teachers, focus on formative, peer-to-peer, teachers feel it is OK to drop lessons to do something else
    • design team to bridge curriculum and great practice and integrate technology
  • scaling the best practices (Joshua Koen from state)
    • focus on improving in classroom
    • support at building levels
    • central office time gets wrapped up in compliance – need multiple forms of assessment
    • still stress on scores
    • Finland has more local control in innovation – try and fail
    • teachers feel things are top-down heavy ‘we have to do what state says’
    • hundreds of hours going to be spent on QSAC rather than other things.
    • QSAC should be used as a learning tool not pass or fail

Common theme on Innovation – innovative leaders! Thank you panelists!

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