Milltown School District welcomes all new teachers during our annual New Staff Orientation in August. Novice teachers who hold a provisional certificate are assigned a mentor teacher, in accordance with state guidelines. Mentors support their novice partners throughout the school year in reaching the goals of the district's Mentoring and Induction Plan. After satisfying district requirements and completing their first year of teaching, the state will award a permanent teaching certificate.
Professional Functions: extra curricular involvement, committee work, continuing education
Personal Qualities: flexibility, cooperation, humor, timeliness, preparation, communication
Planning: standards-driven, connection to previous knowledge, tiered activities, cross-curricular integration, developmentally appropriate objectives, differentiation of instruction and assessment, various modalities/multiple intelligences are addressed in activities, higher order thinking skills (Bloom's taxonomy)
Presentation: time on-task, transition, monitoring, feedback, organization and logic of lesson, direct instruction or group work
Milltown School District is committed to the continued learning of all staff members in order to continuously improve classroom practice and increase student achievement. All staff members are required to complete a minimum of 20 professional development (PD) hours annually as related to their Professional Improvement Plan as required by the state of New Jersey. Teachers are provided with both in-service and off-site PD opportunities.
Teacher Evaluation System
In accordance with the Teach NJ Act, Milltown Schools have chosen Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching as the primary tool for teacher observation and evaluation. The links below explain the Danielson framework and provide further information on the state initiative regarding teacher evaluation.
Teach NJ School Improvement Team Members (ScIP) Stephanie Brown, Superintendent/Curriculum Director William Veit, Principal Jill Maiorano, JK Teacher Dawn Calvano, JK Teacher Janet Ferlazzo, Principal Patty Lawless, PV Teacher Amy Klinger, PV Teacher
Local Professional Development Committee Members (LPDC)
Jill Maiorano, JK Chairperson, representing grade 4-5