The September 20 Mamaroneck School Board Meeting was jam-packed and lasted over three hours. The meeting highlights were performances by the combined Mamaroneck Avenue and Central schools’ fifth-grade chamber orchestra, demonstrations by two Hommocks Earth Science instructors on how i-Pads are being used in the classroom (see short video ) and an outline of the district’s goals for the 2011-2012 school year.
Dr. Robert I. Shaps, Superintendent of the Schools, discussed some of the challenges faced by globalization, the digital revolution and economic uncertainty. He referenced the Mckinsey and Company Report (2007) which analyzed 20 school systems around the world. Dr Shaps said “the common features of successful schools is how instruction is delivered and the changing content of what is delivered.” Shaps mentioned the S.M.A.R.T. Objective which is an acronym for goals which are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-limited.
Shaps introduced the “three R’s” which support rich learning experiences, relevant instruction and a rigorous and challenging learning environment. Additionally, there was a comprehensive coverage of the 2011-2012 District objectives as they pertain to teaching and learning, personnel, finance and operations and communication and community involvement.
Two objectives mentioned that will affect consistent and rigorous curriculum were that “all elementary teachers will implement revised curriculum maps integrating the Common Core Standards” and all elementary teachers will implement reading and writing units of study created by the Literacy Design Team.