HOLMDEL, NJ - As 'Back to School' day approaches on September 14th, the Holmdel Board of Education continues to add talent and make sure that schools are well staffed regardless of the pandemic.
At the last meeting, the Board hired Dr. Jeffrey D. Charney of Lebanon, NJ, as the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. The timing is proving highly important. Holmdel is not only busy investing heavily on health and safety, they need to ensure that the learning environment is the best it can be as well. He will assist the Acting Superintendent of Schools Dr. LeRoy Seitz, in running Holmdel's high performing schools.
In Dr. Charney, the board may have hit all the high notes. Known as an experienced educator with a doctorate in science education, Charney has already hit the ground running. His background includes central administration, supervision, teaching, curriculum, educational technology, educational research, evaluation and leadership, grant work, assessment and teacher education.
Charney's resume from LinkedIN (below) should provide parents with the knowledge that top flight educational professionals are engaged in the reopening and ongoing success of Holmdel Schools:
Resume from LinkedIN
Jeffrey D. Charney Lebanon, NJ 08833
Skilled educator with doctorate in science education. Strong background in central administration, supervision, teaching, curriculum, educational technology, educational research, evaluation and leadership, grant work, assessment and teacher education. Experienced in managing bold educational projects from concept to completion.
Doctorate of Education Rutgers University Dissertation topic: The Cognitive Impact of Enriched Science Environments on High School Students Master of Science New York University Thesis topic: Hemlock-Hardwood Community Relationships in the Highlands of South Eastern New York Bachelor of Science University of Michigan
Interim Assistant Superintendent for Administration/Acting Supervisor of Special Education/Consultant South Orange Maplewood School District, Maplewood NJ • Hired 75 staff. Mediated grievances, filed Affirmative Action cases. • Disaggregated Danielson Evaluation and discipline data for district and each of 9 schools. Analyzed component strengths and weaknesses. • Coordinated district PD with Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum. • Evaluated district special education teachers • Project managed restoration of observatory and telescope
Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Parsippany-Troy Hills School District, Parsippany NJ
• Developed multiple district initiatives from Data Meeting PLC’s to district wide Link IT formative/summative testing resulting in increased PARCC scores. • Headed DEAC, Board Curriculum Committee, Principals and 4 other district committees tasked with improving learning and instruction • Contracted PD for generating data on student learning and managing data systematically • Evaluated 7 Supervisors through Marshall model • Monitored DOE Achieve NJ compliance. • Increased G &T enrollment by 50%. Restructured program towards whole school enrichment model. • Integrated Reading/Writing program in three academic areas in middle schools • Institutionalized Elmore’s Instructional Rounds model in nine schools.
Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Franklin Township School District, Somerset NJ • Developed 19 district initiatives from universal pre k to Google Classroom technology • Obtained six corporate and educational grants for curriculum and professional development • Guided two focus schools through RAC 3-5. Both moved out of focus status by 2017. • Recruited Rutgers Reading Program for after and pre school programs in three Title 1 schools • Headed DEAC, Board Curriculum Committee, Principals/Directors and 14 other district
October 2018- Aug 2019
July 2016- December 2017
July 2014-May 2016
committees tasked with improving learning and instruction • Contracted PD for generating data on student learning and managing data systematically • Evaluated 14 Supervisors and Directors through Stronge model • Monitored new DOE Ed Connect on line model for teachers to track standards aligned assessment • Institutionalized Elmore’s Instructional Rounds model in nine schools.
Nov 2019-June 2020
Hillsborough Township Public Schools, Hillsborough NJ: Interim
Supervised and evaluated high school, middle school and elementary school teachers. Conducted curricular meetings in NGSS. Introduced benchmark data tracking in Common Assessments through Link It in which science standards were tagged and results analyzed.
Oct. 2013- June 2014
West Orange School District, West Orange, NJ : Interim
Supervised and evaluated high school, middle school and elementary school teachers. Developed budget. Conducted gap analysis and wrote curriculum tied to Common Core and NGSS. Introduced two new science courses.
Initiated program to raise BCT scores. Mentored supervisor.
Oct. 2012-May 2013 Pompton Lakes School District, Pompton Lakes NJ : Interim
Supervised and evaluated high school and middle school teachers. Developed budget. Wrote curriculum tied to Common Core and NGSS. Designed IPAD technology lab. Raised BCT scores. Mentored supervisor.
Sept 1986-Sept. 2001
Director Science and Technology 1985-2011
Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren NJ.
Supervised and evaluated teachers. Developed budgets and assisted in establishing standards for clinical evaluation of staff. Monitored achievement of state curriculum standards.
• Increased science student enrollment by 30% over four years through creation of new programs.
• Hired and trained 31 new science teachers over five years.
• Field tested New Jersey state performance based assessments (HSPA, EOC, CSIAC, BCT) and implemented curricular changes dictated by the data.
• Implemented digital curriculum mapping (Atlas Rubicon) for all school courses.
• Served on first state committee (1994) for the rewriting and testing of NJ Core Curricular Science Standards.
• Managed $1 M budget for one of the largest departments in the district.
• Facilitated on-line learning environments through state and federal grant funding.
Grant Evaluator: Waksman Student Scholars Program 2001-2014
Rutgers University: Busch Campus, Piscataway NJ Assessed group of 20 teachers and 1300 students in $1.5 million NSF program.
• Part of team in designing on line curricula in molecular genetics for 30 central NJ high school districts and 12 national districts. • Instructed pre service teachers in science teaching methodology. • Developed assessment instruments and scored student/teacher performance in project based science facilitated through on line instrument. Assessed student performance • Designed teacher and student surveys that yielded data for program improvement. • Evaluated educational program goals and performance.
Teaching/Research • Visiting Professor: The College of New Jersey. Physics Department 2018-19 • Adjunct Professor: Drew University. MAT program. Science Teaching Methods. 2008-10 • Adjunct Professor: Rutgers University. MAT program. Science Teaching Methods. 1989-2007
• Adjunct Professor: Seton Hall University. Directed Research. 1998- 2000. • University Teaching Supervisor: Rutgers University. Graduate School of Ed. 1996-2000. • AP Biology teacher: Watchung Hills Regional High School. 1980- 2008
• Biology and Earth Science Teacher: Dwight Morrow High School. 1974-1980. • Physical Science- 9th grade: Student teaching, Cooley Junior High, Detroit Mi. 1973 • Star Ledger Scholars Teacher Award. 1996; 2001.
• National Science Foundation ESI ITEST (0403051) 2004-2007, Bioinformatics: The Rutgers Initiative in Teacher Enhancement (BRITE). This award was to fund the development and testing of a series of bioinformatics-based Challenges for high school students.
• National Science Foundation Discovery Grant (DRL 0733255) 9/01/07 - 8/31/11 Bioinformatics: Learning by Doing. This award is to fund the development and testing of an on-line DNA Sequence Analysis Program (DSAP) for use by high school students and their teachers in the analysis and publication of novel DNA sequences.
• National Science Foundation ESI ITEST (DRL 0737574 ) 9/01/07 - 8/31/10 HiGene: A Genome Sequencing Project for High Schools. This award is to fund a research project and outreach program for high school students and their teachers in central New Jersey.
• National Science Foundation ESI ITEST (DRL 0737574 ) 9/01/09 - 8/31/10 Supplement for HiGene: A Genome Sequencing Project for High Schools for establishing HiGene satellite sites in Maryland and Texas.
• NSF-ESI 93-53865 “Student Scholars Program” G. Pallrand and W. Sofer, Joint Directors, $196,000 total costs for three years (1998-2000)
• Bell Atlantic-Subcontract to W. Sofer and G. Pallrand to produce software in support of teaching molecular genetics in high schools. $170,000 direct costs for two years (1995-1997)
• Merck and Co. to W. Sofer and G. Pallrand. $83,000 direct costs to develop teacher modules in science. (1993-95).