Aspirations for Teaching and Learning
In partnership with our committed, engaged and motivated parents and guardians, the Holmdel Township Schools is driven to support all of our students' efforts to meet and exceed the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, and to become responsible and resourceful citizens and life-long learners.
With a deep focus on each individual student, we take great care in identifying and focusing on what our students are most ready to learn, and in so doing, expand upon and make aspirations a reality for each of them - innovating in order to elevate each student academically as well as socially and emotionally.
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction oversees curriculum, instruction, professional development, and instructional resources for the District's four schools. Led by Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Dineen Seeley, and assisted by the content-area experts listed below, the department drives our district's forward-thinking program of studies and ensures that all students are engaged, challenged and excited to learn.
Examine and evaluate issues related to the social, emotional and psychological health of all students. Examine programs currently provided while identifying others that may be needed to promote the health and well-being of all students and staff.
- Conduct an evaluation of the K-12 School Counseling Program.
- Continue to develop and implement mindfulness practices.
- Form a student wellness task force comprised of parents/guardians, staff members, and community-based experts to assist the district in identifying concerns related to social, emotional and psychological health and develop recommendations for school-based strategies to address these.
Increase the practice of collecting and using accurate data to inform decisions in all aspects of the school district from the classroom to the boardroom.
- Establish data teams in all schools.
- Design a district data dashboard inclusive of a variety of data points for use by the administration and Board of Education in decision-making.
- Increase public reporting of data.
- Align decisions with available data as appropriate.
- Student Achievement
- Character Education
- Future Ready Schools
- Holmdel 2020 Initiative
- Mid-Year Report
To build equity to maximize the potential of every student, the district will:
- Use data informed and research based systems that support the differentiation of instruction for all students;
- Develop plans to maximize learning time across content areas;
- Determine appropriate class enrollments in Grades K-8 to support learning environments that maximize student achievement;
- Enhance learning-focused communication among and between grade level staff, schools and disciplines;
- Conduct a K-12 assessment of the Gifted and Talented program;
- Conduct a Kindergarten program assessment to develop a data-informed full-day kindergarten program;
- Provide opportunities for teachers and administrators to build professional capacity to enhance student achievement and equity.
To support the social, emotional and intellectual well-being of all students, and to develop and sustain safe and welcoming schools for all students, the district will:
- Conduct a school climate and culture survey for parents, students and staff;
- Review climate and culture survey data to identify triggers of stress and anxiety among students;
- Evaluate current character education programs and initiatives including anti-bullying efforts;
- Implement a suicide prevention program;
- Gather and analyze data regarding student connectivity to school, sense of belonging and school pride; and
- Provide professional opportunities for teachers and administrators to develop strategies related to the practices of mindfulness and/or other strategies to address student needs.
To ensure that all students are provided with the technology-rich environments they need in order to be engaged and successful members of a digital society and workforce, the district will conduct a self-assessment of our district’s qualifications in the following areas in order to obtain Future Ready Schools state certification: Leadership, Education and Classroom Practices, and Technology Support and Services
To develop the facilities necessary to continue to provide all students with superior programs in academics, athletics and the arts, the district will:
- Educate the public regarding the need for the referendum to make effective investments in the District’s infrastructure;
- Establish a schedule of print and in-person opportunities for the community to learn about the Referendum;
- Work with the district Bond Counsel and Architect with regard to the bond sale and transition into the construction phase upon the passing of the referendum; and,
- Create and maintain a Holmdel 2020 Website with pre-referendum and post-referendum updates.
Dr. Dineen Seeley, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Mrs. Alicia Killean, Supervisor of Mathematics and Science
Mrs. Marilyn Bellis, Supervisor of Humanities (English, Social Science and ESL)
Mrs. Caren MacConnell, Supervisor of Technology, Engineering and Media Centers
Mrs. Denise Wrubel, Supervisor of Gifted and Talented and Supplemental Programs
Mr. Shane Fallon, Supervisor of Physical Education, Health and Athletic
Mrs. Chantal Simonelli, Supervisor of World Languages
Mrs. Amy Jablonski, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts