Highland Park Board of Education Goals 2016-2017

Highland Park Board of Education Goals 2016-2017

G1.1

The district will ensure that curriculum and instruction supports the “whole” child. To achieve this goal we will: 

Implement

  • Peer mediation at the high school
  • Health and family life curricula
  • Teen Center social-emotional monthly series for students and a parent workshop series
  • “Lunch Bunch” and social skills group activities
  • Bartle School Social-Emotional Learning Lab
  • Parent workshops that provide child development support 

Research

  • High school start times
  • Homework effectiveness and practices in other school districts
  • Consistent and adequate recess for students K-5

G1.2

The district will ensure the inclusion and support of students of all abilities, races, cultures, religions, belief systems, sexual orientations, genders/gender identities, and socio-economic backgrounds. To achieve this goal we will: 

Implement

  • Professional development to help school personnel identify, understand, and effectively respond to cultural diversity
  • Professional development supporting culturally responsive lesson planning, teaching, and assessment for Grades PK-12, including strategies to promote cultural awareness among students
  • Detrack middle school classes 

Research

  • Best practices for math detracking at middle school including investigation of support programs for students not performing on-level in math
  • Best practices for promoting mixed-ability classes at the middle and high school level, including potential elimination of honors classes and enhancement of advanced placement classes
  • Best practices for inclusion of special needs students into the larger school communities and access to general education classrooms

G1.3

The district will ensure that community and school-based resources are provided to support families in need. To achieve this goal we will:

  • Continue to expand avenues of communication from the Central Office to the school community, including Jersey On
  • Create handbook for district families/guardians that provides information about resources to assist those in need
  • Enhance website to provide information about handbook and other resources to parents
  • Board Liaisons will continue to engage with the community at large to investigate resources that may support students and families