Department Overview

The district provides services for approximately 7,159 students from diverse ethnic, academic and economic backgrounds. A culturally rich and migrant district, the student population is comprised of 3,229 African Americans, 27 American Indian/Alaskan Natives, 727 Caucasians, 2,439 Hispanics and 737 Asian/Pacific Islanders. The percentage of students identified as below poverty level based on the No Child Left Behind 2007-2008 Consolidated Formula Sub - grant Application is 81.5%.  

 

The Curriculum and Instruction Department:

  • Views instructional reform as an important way to improve student achievement 
  • Applies and receives grants to fund curriculum reform models to bring consistency to all schools 
  • Designs systems to support school-level educators in improving instruction (teacher literacy coordinators/Literacy Collaborative) 
  • Implements Literacy Collaborative Whole School Reform Program 
  • Provides the technology resources and training necessary to ensure equitable educational opportunities for all Atlantic City students and staff 
  • Enhances the teaching/learning process through the effective use of technology, supports the operations of the district through the integration of those technologies 
  • Aligns district technology with the NJDOE's Computer and Information Literacy Rubric so that technology will be current, curriculum driven and used seamlessly to improve critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making 
  • Builds multi-measure accountability systems 
  • Uses data to guide decision-making 
  • Spearheads efforts to align curriculum to standards and to create curricular cohesion across the district 
  • Provides professional development to guide principals to be instructional leaders and not just managers 
  • Provides sustained professional development for all staff through the district's approved Professional Development Plan 
  • Fosters cadres of teacher leaders to extend instructional assistance to teachers 
  • Maintains partnerships with colleges and universities 
  • Provides parent programs through the effective use of the Parent Resource Centers 
  • Allocates resources to support instruction 
  • Tackles challenges by seeking solutions