Nicole Santora, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources
54 Main Street
Englishtown, NJ 07726
Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District's tradition of excellence in education is rooted in a commitment to strong curricula. The curriculum department is responsible for development of the curriculum guides that assist our teachers in their development of daily lesson plans. Supervisors design professional development to enhance our teachers' delivery of high-quality instruction and our paraprofessionals' ability to assist in the instructional program. Our district supervisors, including assistant principals, work closely with our building principals in the supervision of instructional staff. They maintain their expertise in their fields of study through continual professional development. The curriculum department responds to New Jersey State Department of Education mandates and initiatives to ensure that our programs of study are compliant with state and federal guidelines.
Curriculum guides define and provide consistency in the instructional program across school buildings and grade levels. Classroom assessments that provide teachers with continuous information about student progress and inform instructional decisions are also described in curriculum guides. In addition, our students are assessed through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) in grades 3 through 8. These tests are administered throughout New Jersey to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. They are designed to give the school district information about how our students compare with other New Jersey students in meeting the Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS). Test results provide parents with useful information about their child's knowledge in language arts literacy (reading and writing), mathematics, and at grades 4 and 8, science. Testing occurs in the spring on dates that are set annually by the New Jersey Department of Education. Our district also uses the InView assessment of cognitive abilities at grade 3.
Supervisors work with teachers to use current best practices as described in the professional literature, the relevant New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, teachers' classroom experience, and results of student assessment to write curriculum guides for each content area. Our department's support staff produces our curriculum documentation and assists in maintaining communication about curriculum matters throughout our school community. Curriculum guides are reviewed and approved by the Board of Education. If you have any questions about the curriculum, you may want to read the appropriate curriculum guide. Guides are available for review through the curriculum office on the second floor of the Main Street Administration Building and online, below.