George E. Salazar
Urban English educator. Assonant and alliterative aficionado. I am a secondary education teacher and school leader candidate with a bent for policy and research.
Having been born and raised abroad, I am acutely aware of the various approaches to education, from individual teaching styles to cultural perspectives to national agendas regarding the role and function of teachers.
Professionally, my interests and areas of expertise include curriculum design, researched-based pedagogy, canon formation, socio-linguistics, and instructional technology.
Carteret Public Schools
Carteret High School, Teacher of English, April 2013 - Present
High School Curriculum Lead
Co-designed Grade 12 English Curriculum for College Prep and Honors Level courses, Nov 2014-Feb 2015
Revised Grade 11 English Curriculum for College Prep courses, May-Jun 2015
Revised Grade 9 and 10 English Curriculum for College Prep Courses, Aug 2016
Revised Grade 11 and 12 English Curriculum for College Prep courses, Jul-Aug 2017
Re-designed Grade 9 and 10 English Curriculum for College Prep and Honors Courses, May-Jun 2021
Analyzed trends in curricular texts to propose a diversified set of readings
NJDOE State Curriculum Committee team member
Designed state-approved model instructional units, Jan-Apr 2019
English Department Lead for Connected Action Roadmap (CAR) Pilot Program
Facilitated department-level meetings to establish a Professional Learning Network
Guided colleagues in unpacking standards to design effective lessons
Disaggregated student data from school interim assessments and NJSLA results to implement writing SGOs.
High School District Leadership Team (DLT) member 2018-2019
Trained colleagues on evaluation systems under the Danielson Framework
Assisted colleagues in designing Student-Growth-Objectives
Implemented the school-level Professional Development Plan
Middle States Accreditation School Team, 2017-2018
Aggregated school records and protocols
Designed and implemented school improvement survey for stakeholders (students, parents, staff)
MSA Visiting Team member for JFK Memorial High School, Mar 2018
English Language Arts, September 2011 - April 2013
Co-designed the Grade 8 ELA Curriculum using Understanding By Design principles
Co-led Summer Curriculum team by unpacking standards, creating student-friendly learning objectives, and mapping vertical alignment of standards for Grades 5-8
Utilized data from school approved interim assessments to reinforce skills in vocabulary and argumentative writing
Presented a district-wide professional development on gamified teaching
Guided audience members on instructional shifts toward game-like designs that highlight challenging but achievable objectives, appropriate training scaffolds, and meaningful recognition of student growth
Twerk a Book: Literacy for Social Media Minds
Presented at the Fall 2019 NJCTE Conference.
Guided audience members through teaching strategies that incorporate digital literacies, using memes, Snapchat-format annotations, and poetry for Instagram and YouTube audiences
Let's get lit(erary): Curriculum Design Shifts
Presented at a district-level meeting of ELA instructional staff (K-12)
Turnkeyed research in curriculum design shifts and standard shifts in NJSLS
Aggregated and presented data on the diversity of district approved-texts compared to the diversity of district student population