Refocusing

  • The East Brunswick Board of Education has policies and regulations that guide the creation of the district’s curriculum. Our curriculum is constantly undergoing review. Substantial and ongoing work among the BOE, administrators, parents, and community representatives ensure that East Brunswick’s curriculum is aligned to New Jersey Student Learning Standards, rigorous, balanced, and reflective of our community. The equity work we have undertaken over the past six years reflects our ongoing commitment to invest in both curricular enhancements and professional development that support, reinforce and sustain a culture of inclusiveness in East Brunswick Public Schools.  

     

    Ongoing Equity Work

    1. Ensuring equity as we frame our work through our motto “Meeting the Needs of ALL Learners.”
    2. Increasing the diversity of books in our classroom libraries (i.e. EBEF grant “Taking Diversity Off the Shelf,” K-12 students were involved with selecting culturally diverse, contemporary titles from authors of various cultural backgrounds. A grant was received in the amount of $16,500 with $5,500 committed from the 11 PTAs and $11,000 from EBEF). 
    3. Creating Diversity in Texts Committee which will audit existing district-approved texts for themes and topics pertaining to inclusiveness, diversity, and equity in an effort to challenge implicitly held biases.
    4. New textbook adoption rubric completed by each department and reviewed at Curriculum Committee Meeting and approved by the Board of Education.
    5. Curriculum Mapping to identify lessons related to inclusion, acceptance, and diversity.
    6. In partnership with Garden State Equity Coalition, continue after-school equity series to discuss culturally responsive pedagogy. 
    7. Continue the work of our Core Equity Team, consisting of teachers and school counselors, to help design future professional development to promote inclusivity.
    8. Annual staff training in anti-bullying and discussion protocols during social unrest. 
    9. Continuing to analyze student achievement subgroup data and plan targeted interventions.
    10. Strengthening RtI in grades K-9 - Equity in education requires putting systems in place to ensure that every child has an equal chance for success. That requires understanding the unique challenges and barriers faced by individual students or by populations of students and providing additional supports to help them overcome those barriers. While this in itself may not ensure equal outcomes, we all should strive to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity for success.
    11. Analyze disproportionality trends in student data, including but not limited to: HIB,  discipline, retention, special education referrals.
    12. Regularly celebrate our diversity through district events (i.e. Family Cultural Celebrations, International Nights).
    13.  Continue to strengthen our teaching of various cultural celebrations to further students' understanding of themselves and others. 
    14. Administrators have participated in NJ Consortia for Excellence Through Equity - NJCEE series.