Huntington School Board members have voted unanimously to approve a new computer science elective course for Huntington High School students. Trustees took the action during their public meeting this past Monday night in the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School auditorium.
The assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction oversees the academic disciplines and special areas, and works with the district directors and principals to link the New York State Learning Standards to the content areas.
In the Huntington Union Free School District we provide students with a high quality core curriculum in social studies, Languages Other than English, science, mathematics and English language arts. Students also participate in other learning experiences that include physical education/health, art, music, technology and business.
The assistant superintendent is also responsible for research, testing and academic intervention services provided to our students district wide. He is responsible for providing professional development opportunities for our professional teaching staff and others through workshops and conferences, and our New Teacher Orientation program.
Classroom instruction in each curriculum area is guided by the New York State Learning Standards. These standards articulate the skills, knowledge and understandings students need in order to become educated citizens. Student performance toward these standards is measured by classroom assessments, periodic benchmark assessments and the New York State assessments. The office of curriculum and instruction is responsible for the development of curriculum guides that assist our teachers in their development of daily lesson plans.
The assistant superintendent, directors, assistant principals and chairpersons, work closely with our building principals in the supervision of instructional staff. They maintain their expertise in their fields of study through continual professional development. The office of curriculum and instruction responds to New York State Department of Education mandates and initiatives to ensure that our programs of study are compliant with federal and state guidelines.
Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr. was named assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in August 2009. He earlier served as principal of Woodhull Intermediate School since July 2005.
Dr. Card began his career as a social studies teacher. A May 2006 graduate of Dowling College's doctoral program in educational administration, leadership and technology, Dr. Card earlier attended Stony Brook University where he earned a bachelor of arts Summa Cum Laude in 1997 and a master of arts in 2000, both in history. He obtained a professional diploma in school administration at Dowling in 2002.
Dr. Card is an appointed member of the Farmingdale State College Council, which meets with college officials about continuing operations and programs and new initiatives.
Before coming to Huntington, Dr. Card worked as assistant principal at Oldfield Middle School in the Harborfields school district for three years and worked in the Uniondale alternative school, Western Suffolk BOCES summer school program, Brentwood's evening high school and at Harborfields High School, where he taught from 1998-2002.
Dr. Card's prior experience includes serving his country in the United States Navy from 1982 to1989. He was awarded the Navy Achievement and Good Conduct medals. He has also worked at the Industrial Bank of Japan, the Department of Veterans Administration Medical Center in Northport and as an administrative assistant at Alliant Techsystems in San Diego, CA.
Widely known as a thoughtful, innovative and decisive leader, Dr. Card is also the director of the Huntington School District's adult and continuing education program. He has served in a variety of key roles in the districts where he has worked, including chairing committees on character education and student attitudes and responsibilities. The veteran administrator holds memberships in several professional organizations.
Dr. Card's doctoral dissertation was titled "Secondary Teachers' Attitudes Toward Important and Existing Classroom Observation Practices that Promote Instructional Improvement." He has been an assistant professor at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus since January 2007.
Dr. Card was accepted into and completed the Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation's Future Superintendent's Academy. The highly intensive learning experience is designed to prepare administrators for a career as a superintendent of schools.
In his free time, Dr. Card enjoys traveling, socializing with family and friends and reading, especially books on politics and history.