Dr. Blitz Presented at the College Board Forum in Washington DC, Nov. 4-6, 2015

Dr. Cindy Blitz, Director of the Center for Effective School Practices, along with Dr. Michael Kuchar, Superintendent of Bergenfield Public Schools, Dr. Frank Auriemma, Consultant for the Bergenfield Public Schools, Elizabeth Jewett, Superintendent of Watchung Hills Regional HS, and Dr. Elaine Walker, Professor at Seton Hall University presented at the Annual 2015 College Board Forum.  The presentation featured New Jersey’s Bergenfield School District and its collaborative partnership with two universities and local school districts to address challenging professional development issues, including those presented by the National Common Core Standards and the upcoming PARCC Assessments. As the result of targeted professional development, along with the use of short-cycle assessments and data analysis to inform both instruction and decisions, Bergenfield High School was named the most improved high school in the state, while the district’s middle and elementary schools also produced large increases in student performance. The presentation allowed participants to consider professional development opportunities that can help address a range of needs including linking standards, curriculum, and assessments, and implementing best practices across grades and departments. Participants were also able to develop strategies to implement similar collaborative partnerships in their own districts.