Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New Jersey High School Redesign

Representatives of the Woodbury Jr.-Sr. High School were in attendance at yesterday’s fourth of four New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) presentations to educators on the topic of redesigning the New Jersey high school.

There is a wealth of information on the NJDOE website.

The vision statement found at that site reads as follows:

Vision ~ New Jersey will educate all students to prepare them to lead productive, fulfilling lives. Through a public education system that is seamlessly aligned from pre-school to college, students will gain the requisite academic knowledge and technical and critical thinking skills for life and work in the 21st century.

One of the four major areas of emphasis of the redesign conversation is on “personalizing” the high school experience. At Woodbury, this has been an area of focus for us for the last few years and this concept is now embedded in our own, new mission statement.

There are a number of other interesting items that will be coming out of this state effort including new graduation requirements, new end of course testing, and a renewed interest on the part of the NJDOE to see districts employ more options for students.

Again – we feel that we are on the right course with much of the work that we did through our recent strategic plan development. Nonetheless, there will be more that the high school will need to grapple with during the upcoming months to be sure that we meet the specifics of these new expectations.

I am sure that I will revisit this “High School Redesign” topic in future posts.

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