Mission, Vision, and Goals
The Eastern Camden County Regional School District is committed to an exemplary educational program, based upon the Core Curriculum Content Standards as adopted by the State Board of Education, that inspires and prepares life-long learners who contribute to society as caring, productive, and responsible individuals.
At Eastern Regional, students make the connection to life-long learning.
Academically, students are both nurtured and challenged as they explore an array of disciplines through a variety of opportunities. Through the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, teachers design curriculum to foster the development of skills that will enable students to function effectively in a rapidly changing global and technological society. Teachers base instruction on the firm belief that every student can learn. School staff, together with community resources, integrates career and educational planning to assist students as they begin to explore future employment opportunities.
Physically, students are protected within a safe school environment where respect for the individual and an appreciation of diversity are of utmost importance. In addition, students are supported and encouraged to develop health practices that will enable them to live a full, active, and energetic life.
Socially, students are valued and respected for both their unique qualities and their youthful perspective. The students, their parents, the school staff, and the local community realize that education is a responsibility shared by all.
Emotionally, students are encouraged to take pride in their accomplishments whether they are academic, artistic, athletic, personal, or career-related. The development of self-esteem, personal responsibility, and self-respect is integrated into every aspect of the school experience.
2021-2022 District Goals
The goals for 2021-2022 continue to be meaningfully influenced by the ongoing public health conditions captured in the Safe Restart plan with a need to fluidly adapt to support a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff to a full, in-person schedule.
Key strategic directions focus priorities for the 2021-2022 and for the collaborative work of the District Advisory Council (DAC) throughout the school year.
A web-based Strategic Dashboard using resources from the ECRA Group will be developed to showcase local data available that defines more meaningful metrics that best measure the outcomes that are most important to their communities. Initiatives will be measured using specific performance, process, or outcome measures.
Strategic Direction #1:
Support a positive and equitable school culture and climate that fosters resiliency, voice, and agency among students, staff, and stakeholders.
- Engage in collaborative discussion and effective communication.
- Align co-curricular programming for each student to connect with peers and advisors beyond the classroom.
- Support civic-minded programs to develop empathetic citizenry.
- Foster hard-work, persistence, and dedication in the learning process develop a growth mindset.
- Meet the needs of the whole child through an inclusive, diverse, and tolerant learning environment.
Initiatives and Actions:
- Evaluate the existing co-curricular and extra-curricular programming for the purpose of devising a sustainable structure for increasing opportunities for student engagement and inclusiveness, and correlating with other successful student profile metrics.
- Provide training-the-trainer professional development for staff members to turnkey the Dylan’s Wings of Change program to student peer leaders in Student Alliance, Freshman Studies program, as well as educate the entire instructional and teaching staff to the program’s methods.
- Redesign the school website and newsletters as part of the theme to visualize the success of our students and programs.
Strategic Direction #2:
Create a sustainable, comprehensive, and multimodal approach to provide social and emotional support for the entire ECCRSD community
- Implement a cohesive social-emotional learning plan, using expert consultants, for students, staff, and families to support mental health, mindfulness, and stress management.
- Provide professional development to generate and sustain a healthy organization for all to endure the public health emergency.
Initiatives and Actions:
- Implement a new SEL measurement tool and platform to create a profile of each student: ECRA’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Survey is designed to measure domains of SEL standards that are aligned with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
- Continue to have expert consultants and clinical staff to provide students, parents, and staff with direct support and resources for social-emotional wellness.
Strategic Direction #3:
Provide engaging, high-quality instruction and learning experiences for students to support academic rigor, equitable opportunity, and develop life skills.
- Support ongoing, reciprocal communication with students and parents regarding expectations and protocols for full-day, full-week in-person instruction, and if necessary remote instruction, continually adjusting for students’ needs and the local health conditions.
- Expand engaging educational programming in math and career and technical education (CTE).
- Evaluate curriculum offerings and resources to support inclusiveness throughout school.
- Develop benchmark assessments in Math, English, Social Studies, and Science, and train teachers to use Performance Matters online benchmark assessment platform.
- Monitor student performance and develop interventions to address students’ needs.
Initiatives and Actions:
- Track the progress of the math curriculum to support the extension of higher level math courses offered in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.
- Create an Engineering CTE track.
- Expand the Eastern Cultural Repository to reflect the perspectives and interests of all students.
- Implement benchmark assessments using the web-based Performance Matters tool.
- Track the intervention strategies of the expanded Title I Freshman Supports program.
- Use a new web-based curriculum tool: Atlas for implementing new standards in multiple subjects to meet the 2022 NJDOE due date.
Strategic Direction #4:
Provide a safe and secure learning environment adapted to the 21st century educational expectations, using efficient and sustainable facilities and infrastructure.
- Invest in technological resources, hardware and software, to support meaningful actions to support district and school personnel at all levels and in all departments to work together to improve planning, decision making, curriculum, pedagogy, budgeting, and technology resources to help students become better prepared for the future.
- Invest in facility upgrades to prepare the district for current and future public health concerns to maintain a safe and secure school.
- Invest in instructional staffing and security staffing to provide expanded programs to meet the needs of students created by the public health emergency.
Initiatives and Actions:
- Qualify for recognition as a Digital Schools Star in the Sustainable New Jersey Digital Schools program.
- Educate the community about the bond referendum for the interior climate control upgrades to the HVAC system.
- Direct federal grant funding to meet staffing, technology, security, social-emotional wellness, learning acceleration, and health and cleaning protocols due to the public health emergency
BOE approved: October 20, 2021