Danielle M. Shanley
201.261.2952. ext 1118
Danielle Shanley began her tenure at New MIlford Public Schools as Director of Curriculum and Instruction in 2010 and was promoted to Assistant Superintendent in 2016. Ms. Shanley has a MA in Educational Leadership from the College of Saint Elizabeth, a BA in English and Education from Kean University, and is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. She loves great books, live theater, music, travelling, baking and kids! When she has free time, you can find her on the sidelines of an athletic event or at a musical performance for one of her children. She and her husband are raising two daughters in Morris County.
“I believe children are born innately creative, inquisitive, playful beings. Young children learn through play. Build a castle. Watch it fall. Build something else. Failure is an inherent part of the learning process. Students grow when they do and re-do, when they are encouraged to try again and again, when they are comfortable with making mistakes.
As standardized testing takes a front seat in education, children, even at very young ages, become preoccupied with having the correct answers. As students grow and test more, failure becomes something to fear, instead of an opportunity from which to learn.
Students need to be active participants in an ever-changing, interconnected, global world. I have committed myself and my efforts to creating more opportunities for all students to tinker, play, create, imagine, explore and collaborate. The collective arts are as celebrated in New Milford as much as the core subjects are. We emphasize the balance between the tested areas, the arts, extra and co curriculars and passion-led endeavours. The research on brain development and our own advances in achievement support this balance; learning happens here.
The case is the same for adult learners. An environment that encourages and supports life-long learning and calculated risk-taking by its adult learners in the classroom is a healthy learning environment for students to grow.
Across the district, we have celebrated increases in student achievement in all areas for the past 8 years. Yes, creative schools CAN and DO foster a love of learning, increase student achievement AND still prepare our graduates for the real challenges they will face in the future.”
Ms. Shanley is honored to serve the students and families of the New Milford school community and looks forward to continued success.