Core Beliefs

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Core Beliefs

Language is at the heart of all human interaction. The fully literate person uses language in every aspect of life, not just for communication, but also as a tool for thinking critically, gaining knowledge, and becoming a lifelong learner in a diverse society.

We believe:

Language development begins in the home, and the school continues this learning process in a supportive and engaging environment.
Language is basic to thinking and learning.
Language learning is developmental and continues at an individual rate throughout the K-12 experience.
Students must acquire a foundation of skills and strategies that can be applied in a variety of visual, written, technological, and oral communications.
Language is used to communicate and evaluate information across all content areas.
All students can learn to communicate effectively for functional and aesthetic purposes through instruction and real- world applications.


Our literacy philosophy is simple – reading is a complex process that is heavily involved with writing, listening and speaking across all content areas. Reading is a meaning-making process that continues through life. We have a diverse group of students, and we believe that it is most effective to teach reading and writing using a constructivist model of gradual release of responsibility. We seek to provide the optimal organizational structure for literacy learning: balanced literacy through a workshop model.


To provide literacy skills and knowledge, with a focus on critical reading, analytical reasoning, effective speaking, and lucid writing, so that each student can receive, access, process, and produce information as required to communicate successfully in the 21st century.                                                             



The New Jersey Student Learning Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) build on the best of existing standards and reflect the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in college, career, and life.The ELA Standards were revised in 2016 to reflect the strong beliefs that
  • Literature and informational (nonfiction) text are important for our students and should maintain their rightful place in our classrooms;
  • Background knowledge and motivation are critical to the success of students when learning to read and when accessing complex text;
  • Research by students provides the opportunity to learn more about a subject, but equally as important, provides students the opportunity to look beyond their research to questions left unanswered (new avenues for student research);
  • Using evidence remains a critical skill, interspersed throughout the standards, allowing students to ground their thinking in the work of authors and experts in literature and in the content areas;
  • Literacy must be recognized and guided in content areas so that students recognize the academic vocabulary, media representations, and power of language inherent in the work of scholars and experts, and
  • The importance of foundational skills in the early grades, as students learn to read, cannot be overstated and calls for targeted, sustained intervention at any point of struggle for a student.


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          Cycle 1 Cycle 2                        Cycle 3 Cycle 4
         Grade 3  My Name is Maria Isabel (Identity/ Hispanic Heritage) The Great Cake Mystery (African Culture) Donovan's Word Jar  How Tia Lola Come to Stay
         Grade 4 Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing         Seedfolks One Crazy Summer Matilda

Grade 5

Because of Winn Dixie Breadwinner Sylvia and Aki
         Grade 6
Esperanza Rising Long Walk to Water Crossover Number the Stars
Grade 7 The Color of My Words Refugee My Name is Guerro Freak the Mighty
Grade 8  House on Mango Street Bad Boy Brown Girl Dreaming (poetry) Diary of Anne Frank 


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Brain Pop                   


Raz Kids


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New Brunswick High School Students and Paul Robeson Community School sixth grade students participated in the annual New Jersey National History Day Competition that was held at Seton Hall University on Saturday, March 17, 2018. The High School Students are regional winners and are headed to the state championships. The state competition will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at William Paterson University. We are proud of their talents, efforts and their dedication to be part of a unique experience.
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New Brunswick Public Schools is bringing back its district wide Spelling Bee. It is an opportunity for all fifth grade students throughout the elementary schools to compete in a district wide spelling competition.It is scheduled for Monday, June 11, 2018 at 5:30 PM in the McKinley School auditorium. Please encourage students, staff and parents to support the finalist.There will be a first, second and third place trophy prize awarded to the winners. In addition, a traveling perpetual plaque, donated by the Blue Ribbon Awards Company, will be displayed in the school of the first place winner. All contestants will receive a certificate of participation and a dictionary.


Contact Us

             English Language Arts

                Department Team

 Danielle F. Mastrogiovanni, Supervisor of Humanities 1-6
Phone: (732) 745-5300, Ext: 
                    Lennox Small Ed.D, Supervisor of Humanities 7-12
           Phone: (732) 745-5300, Ext: 5583
Lissette Flores, Secretary
Phone: (732) 745-5300, Ext: 5580

                 Reading Specialists

Carol Giordano, Reading Specialist

A.C Redshaw Elementary School K-5

Michelle C. Hagerty, Reading Specialist

Lincoln Elementary School K-3


Brianne Giuliani, Reading Specialist

Livingston Elementary School K-5


LaVonne Wallace, Reading Specialist

Lord Stirling Community School K-5


Felicia Lake Jones, Reading Specialist

McKinley Community School K-8


Laura Cosentino, Reading Specialist

Paul Robeson Community School For The Arts K-8

Jennifer Ridolfo, Reading Specialist

Roosevelt Elementary School K-5


Patricia Reece, Reading Specialist

Lincoln Annex School 4-8

Tanisha Cooley, Reading Specialist
Woodrow Wilson Elementary K-8
Amy Eckert, Reading Specialist

New Brunswick Middle School 6-8


Shantal Dabady, Reading Specialist

New Brunswick High School 9-12

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