DCLT Forum September 2012: The American Classroom by. Rocco Tomazic

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  • 1. The American Classroom Rocco G. Tomazic, Ed.D. Superintendent, Linden Public Schools A presentation by the Linden High School Confucius Classroom to New York University Pre-Service Teachers of Chinese Friday, September 28, 2012
  • 2. New addition to the Academy
  • 3. Background Currently Superintendent of public school district College teaching  University of Maryland (Theatre, Public Speaking)  Rutgers University (Education) 20 years as a U.S. Navy Officer  Retired as a Commander  Lived 2 years in Japan, 3 years in Italy
  • 4. Post Graduate Education– Master of Fine Arts Theatre Management Florida State University, Oxford University– Master of Arts International Relations Salve Regina College– Master of Arts National Security Affairs Naval War College– Master of Arts Educational Administration St. Peters College– Doctor of Education Rutgers University
  • 5. Authority of EducationU.S. Constitution gives authority foreducation to the statesState Constitutions addresseducational mattersState is responsible, but authorizeslocal control
  • 6. State Departments of Education Graduation requirements Curriculum standards Assessments Teacher Certification
  • 7. New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards Language Arts Literacy Tested Mathematics Tested Science Tested Social Studies Not Tested World Languages Not Tested Visual/Performing Arts Not Tested Health/Physical Education Not Tested Technology Not Tested Life and Careers Not Tested
  • 8. NCLB Categories for ReportingTotal school Total WhiteTotal special Total Blackeducation Total HispanicTotal limited Englishproficient Total AsianTotal low income Total Native American
  • 9. COUNCIL OF CHIEF STATE SCHOOL OFFICERS (CCSSO) & NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION CENTER FOR BEST PRACTICES (NGA CENTER)
  • 10. Standards Development ProcessCollege and career readiness standards developedin summer 2009Based on the college and career readinessstandards, K-12 learning progressions developedMultiple rounds of feedback from states, teachers,researchers, higher education, and the generalpublicFinal Common Core State Standards released onJune 2, 2010– 46 states and DC have adopted
  • 11. What are the Common Core State Standards? Aligned with college and work expectations Focused and coherent Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards Internationally benchmarked so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society Based on evidence and research State led – coordinated by NGA Center and CCSSO
  • 12. Why is this important?Currently, every state has its own set of academicstandards, meaning public education students in each stateare learning to different levelsAll students must be prepared to compete with not onlytheir American peers in the next state, but with studentsfrom around the world
  • 13. STANDARDS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS &LITERACY IN HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE, AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS JUNE 2010
  • 14. Key AdvancesReading• Balance of literature and informational texts• Text complexityWriting• Emphasis on argument and informative/explanatory writing• Writing about sourcesSpeaking and Listening• Inclusion of formal and informal talkLanguage• Stress on general academic and domain-specific vocabulary
  • 15. Key AdvancesStandards for reading and writing in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects• Complement rather than replace content standards in those subjects• Responsibility of teachers in those subjectsAlignment with college and career readinessexpectations
  • 16. Model for Communication
  • 17. NJ Graduation RequirementsArea 9th 10th 11th 12thEnglish English I English II English III English IVMath Geometry Algebra II Pre-Calculus CalculusScience Biology Chemistry Physics AnatomySocial Studies World History Am History I Am History II xxxHealth/PE Health/PE Health/PE Health/PE Health/PEWorld Lang World Lang World Lang World Lang World LangFPA/Career FPA Career xxx xxx 140 max 120 min
  • 18. Understanding the WiderAspects of Public Education LINDEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • 19. Buildings and FacilitiesSchool Buildings– Linden High School – 2 Main building and Academy – Middle Schools – 2 – Elementary Schools – 8Support Buildings– Administration Building– Special Education Building (Sunnyside)– Maintenance Facility– Field House/Athletic Field
  • 20. Students and StaffStudents – 6091– Elementary – 2869– Middle School – 1343– High School – 1745– Out-of-District – 134Faculty & Staff976– Administrators - 35– Teachers/Certified Staff - 585– Non-certified Staff - 356
  • 21. Student Ethnicity and Poverty Ethnicity – Black – 37% – Hispanic – 33% – White – 24% – Asian – 2% – Other – 4% Free and Reduced Lunch – 56.5%
  • 22. Comprehensive District Autistic Learning disabled Behavior disabled Vocational College prep Elite colleges Students 6-16
  • 23. Length of School Year 180 school days Teachers 184 days – Day before – Day after – X2 Professional Development Public schools only
  • 24. Length of School DayHigh School– 7:45am – 2:45pmMiddle School– 7:45am – 2:40pmElementary School– 8:25am – 3:00pm– 8:45am – 3:20pmMust be 4 hours
  • 25. Snow Closings (or Hurricanes) Decision by 5:00am Other districts Phone – Robotic Call – Manual Call Media – Web page – Facebook – Email
  • 26. School SecurityLockdownBomb ScareActive ShooterFireShelter in PlaceUniforms & IDYoung Children
  • 27. Events I AttendBack-to-School nightSports eventsMusical performancesPlaysAward ceremoniesPTA meetingsCivic occasions
  • 28. Employee BenefitsNo national medicalplan in AmericaDistrict provides– Medical– Dental– PharmacyFamily medical costdistrict $20K/year
  • 29. Medical IssuesHead liceRing wormBed bugsAsthmaPeanut allergiesBee stingsDiabetesSports injuries
  • 30. Teacher Tenure Four years + 1 day Continuous in same district Protection against political influences Used to be difficult and expensive to remove – Now easier
  • 31. Teacher PensionsDistrict andindividual contributeCan retire after 25years– 25/55 x Avg SalaryCan retire at 60years old– 5/55 x Avg Salary
  • 32. Revenues for 2011-2012 Education Jobs Fund Budgeted Fund Interest on Reserves .96% Balance .01% 2.90% Miscellaneous Revenue .74% Tuition .12% Local Levy 76.52% Withdrawal from Capital Reserve .04% State Aid 18.30% Withdrawal from Maintenance Reserve .03% Special Education Medicaid Initiative .38%
  • 33. Expenditures for 2011-2012 Operations/Mainten Personnel ance Services/Employee 10% Benefits 18% Health/Student Activity 2% Transportation 5% Administration Special Education 7% 20% Improvement of Instructional Services 2% Instruction 32% Capital Outlay 4%
  • 34. What do the schools look like? Compare your perceptions with the pictures
  • 35. Painting of classrooms
  • 36. Painting of classrooms
  • 37. Painting of corridors
  • 38. Painting of corridors
  • 39. Refurbish gym floor and painting of gym
  • 40. Refinish gym floor
  • 41. Refinish gym floor
  • 42. Completed running track at Cooper Field
  • 43. What do the students look like? Compare your perceptions with the pictures
  • 44. 以5C准则来评估长城汉语 是否符合全美外语教学目标 Interpretive Use Beyond the 理解诠释 Interpersonal Classroom Life- Long 与人沟通 学无止境 LearnersPresentational 表达演示 学以致用 Communication Community 沟通 社区 Products Language 文化产物 5 C 比较语言 Culture Standards Comparison 文化 比较 Practices Connections 文化习俗 贯连 Culture 比较文化 (其它学科 Perspectives ) Health/Physical 文化认知 Science Music/Art Math/Number/Counting Diagram By : Celia
  • 45. 循 多 序 媒 渐 进 Multimedia Teacher’s 体 Learning 教 Lesson Plan 练 Tools 习 学 工 方 具 After Class In Class 案多网 Web-Based Activities and 媒上 体 Textbook Assignments Materials作 教业 课后温习 课堂学习 材缴 提交网 On-Line Games and 课供 上 Review and In-Class 堂 Activities Assessment 复 长城汉语把【老师带回家】 Suggestions 习 活 长城汉语将【学习】延伸到【课堂之外】 动 与 评 设 量 计 劉亮吟 羅格斯大學孔子學院 K-12 中文教學提綱 69
  • 46. The NYC Metro Area
  • 47. Becoming a Teacher in NJCertificate of Eligibility– Alternate RouteCertificate of Eligibility with AdvancedStanding– Traditional RouteProvisional– 1st year in districtStandard– Non citizenOne license is good, more is better
  • 48. Maintaining Professional Growth Attend workshops Give workshops Continuing education – Through school and outside Certificate programs Degree programs – Pay guide implications Blending learning? – Online or bricks & mortar
  • 49. Getting a JobPaper vs. OnlineRésumé format– Licenses, education, experienceSupplemental materials– Licenses, transcripts, references– Immigration statusInterviews– Demonstration lessonsNegotiating pay, benefits
  • 50. Alternatives to a JobLong term replacementPer diem substituteParaprofessionalBilingual AideVolunteerAdult school/after schoolprograms
  • 51. Who Would You Hire?Fluent and proficient in ChineseSpeaks well with an open personalityHonest and hard workingFriendly and likeableCapable of working on a teamGood with studentsCommunicative with parentsAware of wider aspects of education
  • 52. Comparing and Contrasting
  • 53. Questions?rtomazic@linden.k12.nj.us