Social Emotional Learning
What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?
SEL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
SEL is embedded by design into the Jackson School District's curriculum and instruction. Through the support of CASEL (Collaboration for Academic Social and Emotional Learning) and Responsive Classroom approaches, our schools and staff utilize a number of methods to encourage social emotional health and abilities in our students.
NJ Learning Standards
New Jersey Schools are required to align their curriculum to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). In the Jackson School District, our curriculum is fully aligned and in many cases, goes above and beyond the required New Jersey Standards.
For more information, see the NJSLS Department of Education Page.
Our District Curriculum
The Jackson School District’s curriculum aims to support the District’s Mission Statement and the NJ Student Learning Standards.
The district believes in educating the whole child and has curriculum to support both academic and social emotional learning.
Approaches to learning include:
- Direct instruction
- Whole and small group instruction
- Center and problem-based instruction
- Experiences such as field trips, assemblies, academies of study (high school), enrichment, clubs, athletics and special programs.
How to View the Jackson School District Curriculum
View Our Curriculum Online!
See our Rubicon Atlas Curriculum Site
As educators, we strive to make our curriculum effective, meaningful and cohesive. The Rubicon ATLAS Curriculum Program demonstrates the cohesive framework of our curriculum while providing comprehensive access to components such as the Unit Summary and Essential Questions.
The Unit Summary provides a brief overview of the content by grade level. Essential Questions are questions which focus on the concepts taught and which require reasoning, application, and evaluation.
These frameworks represent a living curriculum - one that is dynamic and responsive. As we continue to deveiop this resource, we hope that you find our curriculum site·to be a useful source of information about our educational programs.
District Mission Statement
The Jackson School District is a partnership of dedicated staff, learners and community members committed to developing the unique abilities of each student through compelling learning experiences in a safe and nurturing environment.
Our comprehensive, engaging and technology-enriched programs inspire, educate and motivate students to become independent, creative and critical thinkers who will thrive in a diverse, evolving global society.
We are resolved that through commitment to scholarship, character and initiative, our students will succeed beyond the expectations of New Jersey and Learning Standards as they excel in their life-long pursuit of knowledge.
Administrative Team and Areas of Oversight
Nicole Pormilli, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
Kurt Holtz, Director of Guidance
Theresa Licitra, Director of Curriculum Humanities
Robert Rotante, Director of Curriculum STEM
Teresa Herrero Taylor, Director of Special Education
Jennifer Carney, Supervisor of Special Education Secondary
Tracy Decker, Supervisor of Special Education Elementary
Lisa DiEugenio, Supervisor of Literacy and Social Studies Secondary
Lisa Lane, Supervisor of Literacy and Social Studies, Elementary
Lisa Koch, Supervisor of Math and Title and District Grant Programs
Tina Topoleski, Supervisor of Science