• What’s Ahead for New Jersey’s Public Schools in 2017-18?

    Posted by Dr. Richard Bozza on 8/31/2017

    We’re heading back to school. In New Jersey, that means plenty of change on the horizon. The 2017-18 school year will be pivotal as we welcome a new governor, tackle the fallout from funding cuts, determine the future of PARCC testing, and revisit bullying amid a new transgender landscape. Here’s a look at what lies ahead of us and what it means to administrators, educators, parents and students.

    A New Governor Means A Possible New Direction

    In November, we will elect a new governor to the state house. That means potential changes in policy. Take the PARCC test for example. The democratic candidate has already declared his intention to get rid of it. We don’t know for sure if the republican candidate concurs. But if that does happen, we’ll need to figure out a replacement. What criteria will we use for high school graduation requirements if PARCC is not in the mix? How will we evaluate teachers and principals if we don’t have the student data to measure effectiveness?

    The rollback in federal authority over the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) means that the new governor also will have maximum flexibility to implement that law. New Jersey has already submitted and received approval for its ESSA plan for the upcoming year, but new federal policies could create changes.

    • What the New Governor Means for Schools and Educators: Realistically, it’s ‘business as usual’ in New Jersey until we have new policies, but the Democratic candidate has signaled changes in direction from that of the current administration for educator evaluation.
    • What the New Governor Means for Parents and Students: There may be new standards for high school graduation, and changes in how ESSA funds are used, but again, these won’t likely be in place for this school year.

     

    The Fallout from Funding Cuts

    Districts had to alter their budgets after adoption because of funding adjustments made in final state appropriations, and those adjustments are not over. Legislators have committed to addressing inequities, which means more winners and losers ahead. Federal programs also face an uncertain future, as Congress weighs in on big shifts in funding priorities in the 2018 budget.

    • What Funding Cuts Mean for Schools and Educators: Districts have already made the first set of cuts or additions. They’ll be looking for indicators of what the next Governor and legislature will be proposing, and the impact on planning for the next budget cycle.
    • What Funding Cuts for Parents and Students: Depending on the individual district status, students may find fewer or expanded programs. Parents could see some stability in property taxes or be asked to pay more if they are on the losing side of the equation.

     

    Technology and Personalized Learning Are Driving Curriculum

    Head to New Jersey’s public schools today, and you’ll see classrooms that resemble the school you once knew. Yet the learning that occurs within those walls is anything but. Technology will continue to be the driving force. We’re personalizing learning at an accelerated rate, with amazing results.

     

    • What Technology and Personalized Learning Mean for Schools and Educators: Districts will need to allocate funding for technology in order to stay ahead of the curve. That’s going to be one more budget strain that may force other cuts.
    • What Technology and Personalized Learning Mean for Parents and Students: Students in districts where technology and personalized learning are provided will be more fully prepared for college and careers than their peers in districts that don’t keep pace with new technologies and applications.

     

    Deep Cuts in Anti-Bullying Programs Shift Costs to the Schools

    Governor Christie signed two bills that gave broad protection to transgender students. Schools will be allowing use of bathrooms based on gender identity, or will provide reasonable alternative arrangements.  In addition, the NJ Department of Education proposed amendments to the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act that address LGBTQ students. Those amendments are still in review.

    • What Cuts in Anti-Bullying Programs Mean for Schools and Educators: With deep cuts to anti-bullying programs from the federal level, districts will need to take the helm to protect their students – transgender and otherwise. The good news is that districts already are stepping up to the plate to dialogue with parents.
    • What Cuts in Anti-Bullying Mean for Parents and Students: Parents and students may find anti-bullying programs and responses differ from town to town, since it’s now even more dependent on the budgetary control of the district.

     

    Look to NJASA for the Latest New Jersey Public Education News

    The NJASA has a long and proud tradition of advocating for children and preparing leaders to steer schools and districts in the direction of positive futures. The children of New Jersey represent the future of our great state, and we have the responsibility to effectively educate all students through our public education system.

    Stay tuned to the New Jersey Association of School Administrators website at www.njasa.net, this blog and our Facebook page for continuing up-to-date information on these critical issues and our professional programs.  

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  • The Game Changer for Winslow Township

    Posted by Dr. Richard Bozza on 8/21/2017

    NJASA Southern Regional Superintendent of the Year H. Major Poteat

     Major Poteat

    When Dr. Poteat first arrived in Winslow Township, the district had a six-million-dollar deficit, outdated textbooks and poorly maintained facilities. Technology was virtually nonexistent. The computers were 15 to 20 years-old, and there was just one computer for every hundred students. Due to the socioeconomic status of the district, a large number of students could not afford a computer at home.  Fifty-five percent of Winslow Township students qualified for free or reduced lunch. 

    Recognizing the need for students to access technology and build 21st century skills, Dr. Poteat took action. “In a situation such as this, you have two choices,” said Dr. Poteat, “purchase technology on an as-needed basis and ignore the obvious impact, or aggressively address the matter and give your students every opportunity to be successful. We chose the latter.” 

    Dr. Poteat created a five-year technology plan to level the playing field for his students. The district replaced and upgraded the entire technology structure and rewired all the buildings, installing wireless Internet access. Winslow Township purchased SmartBoards, desktop computers, iPads, Chromebooks, preschool and kindergarten smart tables, and more.

    Today, instead of one computer for every hundred students, there is one computer for every two students in Winslow Township. All core instructional classrooms now have a Smartboard, and all schools have been renovated. 

    Commendably, Dr. Poteat and the Winslow Township School Board accomplished all of this without additional state aid, tax increases or referendums. Instead, they focused on cost containment, revamping programs, redesigning schedules, eliminating overtime, and privatizing services. 

    Leadership for Learning

    As one of the longest serving Chief Education Officers in Camden County, Dr. Poteat is committed to student success. He facilitated a successful education turnaround in his district. 

    He conveyed the importance of developing an academically strong school district both in the district and to the community. He shared the district’s mission, progress and successes through targeted communications that included presentations, monthly meetings, newsletters, brochures, the school website, parent training sessions, text messages, and more. At community meetings, he discussed student scores, capital improvement projects, concerns from parents, new programs, etc. He encouraged principals and teachers to carry out the district’s goals. 

    The district monitored student achievement by establishing benchmarks at each grade level and using the state assessment (PARCC) as a major factor in determining student, school and district growth. They also closely tracked student attendance, failure rate, graduation rate (college attendance) student participation in extra-curricular activities, athletics and suspensions. “All these factors are vital to the successful development of an effective school district,” he says. 

    The effect has been transformational. Students have met their progress targets as established by the New Jersey Department of Education for the past four years. Graduation rates have increased. Teacher evaluation has been restructured to allow for targeted professional development and better instructional planning. 

    Recently, Winslow Township Middle School won the 2017 Bernzomatic National Award, for its Environmental STEM Program.  The school will receive $15,000, and $1,000 worth of science materials and supplies. 

    In addition, the District has been placed on the College Board 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll. Winslow Township has increased the number of minority students participating in AP Classes while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam Scores of 3 or higher.  In fact, Winslow Township is one of 433 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board. 

    For these, and many more accomplishments too numerous to name, we have chosen Dr. H. Major Poteat as Southern Regional Superintendent of the Year for 2017. Please join us in congratulating him.

    Stay tuned to the New Jersey Association of School Administrators website at www.njasa.net, this blog and our Facebook page for continuing up-to-date information on these critical issues and our professional programs. Our goal is to help New Jersey students get the best possible education and keep administrative costs down. 

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  • Transforming the Learning Culture

    Posted by Dr. Richard Bozza on 8/3/2017

    NJASA Northern Regional Superintendent of the Year Adam Fried

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    Harrington Park is a district that continually scores higher than county, state and national averages. That wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated effort from teachers, students and their families—and the inspiring leadership of Dr. Adam Fried.  Over the past ten years, Dr. Fried has radically transformed the learning culture in Harrington Park, while increasing student achievement and staff engagement. Here are some of the highlights.

    Bringing Students Back In-District

    Dr. Fried was the unifying force in reversing the trend of outsourcing the learning of Harrington Park’s special education students. Just about half of the 103 students qualifying for special education services were being educated in district

    “Rather than rush headlong into solving the problem via top-down directive or the introduction of new, but unknown, strategies, I was able to coordinate, and lead the district to recognize the problem, understand its impact on the school and students, and prepare measures to ameliorate its presence,” says Dr. Fried.

    He asked the right questions, created a collaborative problem solving process, and benchmarks changed the number of in-district-educated special education students from 54 to 91 percent. This created a morale-boosting, student-centric, and cost-saving solution.

    Changes Based on Innovation 

    He implemented a digital education curriculum based on best practices. An innovation leader, Dr. Fried is helping his district, and others, take a deeper dive into technology through the Northern Ignite Innovation Cluster, which he founded. He also is mentoring Ed Tech Startups. 

    “Our work is guided by research and the belief that every student is capable of attaining high levels of educational achievement in preparation for meeting the rigorous demands of the twenty-first century,” he says. 

    As New Jersey adopted more stringent models for teacher evaluation, Dr. Fried led his staff down a path of re-evaluation and self-reflection. His Self-Directed Growth Plan had teachers conduct classroom-based, student-centered research. Teachers then created clear, measurable objectives based on current needs and data in their classrooms. This research-based evaluation model was recognized as a best practice by the New Jersey Department of Education. 

    Dr. Fried is known for his community involvement. He hosts a monthly roundtable, known as Fridays with Fried.  He provides district updates and reinforces the core values that drive the district. When combined with weekly principal updates, use of social media, and a district app for Smartphone use, there are multiple ways to engage that the community can engage with the district. 

    “Sharing the district message, expecting to hear from all voices and offering public accountability are three facets to my work that is not only necessary, but has also enabled the entire community to move towards improving Harrington Park School,” he says. 

    Due to a creative, out-of-the-box approach to district management, Harrington Park has weathered financial storms without a reduction in staff or services. Rather than simply reduce budget line items, Dr. Fried has entered into vibrant and successful shared service models, regional consortiums, collaborative partnerships and yearly zero-based budgeting. The District’s shared service models with outside agencies as well as the borough of Harrington Park have brought in over $1 million in grant funding. 

    This past year, Dr. Fried was honored with the Jefferson Award, known as the Nobel prize for public service. That award honors extraordinary individuals whose profound achievements and commitment to their communities are making the world a better place to live. 

    We couldn’t agree more. We’re adding another award to his trophy shelf. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Adam Fried as 2017 Northern Regional Superintendent of the Year.

     

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  • Leadership in Action

    Posted by Dr. Richard Bozza on 7/25/2017

    NJASA Distinguished Service Award Honoree Brian Zychowski

    Dr. Brian Zychowski

    John Quincy Adams once wrote, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” That quote aptly describes Dr. Brian Zychowski, superintendent of North Brunswick Twp. Public Schools.

    Dr. Zychowski brings 31 years of experience to his district, including 23 as an administrator. He oversees seven schools and a diverse student population of 6,400, and is building an eighth school.  Under his leadership, North Brunswick is successfully meeting both academic and social challenges, and he’s inspiring his staff to dream more, learn more, do more and become more.

    But it’s not just “in district” where Dr. Zychowski is making a difference. His service to NJASA, and other professional associations, is truly inspiring. He’s been a constant presence at NJASA, serving in the following leadership roles:

    NJASA

    • Past President
    • Executive Committee
    • Education and Research Foundation
    • Legislative Committee
    • Vision 2020
    • New Chief School Administrator Mentor

    Dr. Zychowski also has invested time and resources into the next generation of leadership. As part of the NJASA Mentor Program, he has mentored more than 15 first-year administrators seeking a standard school administrators certificate. He helped to facilitate an aspiring superintendent’s academy through Seton Hall University. He advised the Commission of Education on professional standards for School Administrators. He teaches graduate level courses in Educational Leadership at Seton Hall and Montclair State, and has done so in the past at Monmouth University.

    His name is well known on the state level. Dr. Zychowski served on the Governor-Elect’s Educational Transition Committee in 2010. He was Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Educator’s Effectiveness. And in addition to NJASA, he’s active in educational associations throughout the region. Here are just some of the highlights of his involvement:

    Professional Highlights

    • Executive Committee, NJ School Development Council
    • Central NJ Regional Representative for the American Association of School Administrators
    • Executive Board Member, NJ Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
    • Co-chair, NJ State Advisory Committee on Professional Development for School Leaders
    • Board of Trustees, Middle States Association
    • New Jersey Arts in Education
    • Seton Hall Leadership Council
    • 2010 Governor-Elect’s Educational Transition Committee
    • Chair, Governor’s Task Force on Educator’s Effectiveness

    Deep Sense of Community and Parenting

    In his free time, he’s coaching Little League or basketball. He’s president of the Mendham Recreation Basketball Program and a coach/instructor for Mendham Little League. He’s also a member of the Knights of Columbus and New Brunswick/North Brunswick Rotary International. When time permits, he also enjoys a good game of golf.

    He and his wife, Janina, have six children ranging in ages from 14 to 30. They understand the challenges that students, their families and educators face. Perhaps that’s why he’s so good at what he does.

    For these accomplishments and more, it is my great honor to present Dr. Brian Zychowski with the NJASA Distinguished Service Award for 2017.

    Stay tuned to the New Jersey Association of School Administrators website at www.njasa.net, this blog and our Facebook page for continuing up-to-date information on these critical issues and our professional programs. Our goal is to help New Jersey students get the best possible education and keep administrative costs down. 

     

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  • "A Well-Educated Mind Will Always Have More Questions Than Answers." –Helen Keller

    Posted by Dr. Richard G. Bozza on 7/7/2017

    "A Well-Educated Mind Will Always Have More Questions Than Answers."

                                                                                           -Helen Keller                                                  

    Over the past few weeks, I enjoyed reading the following articles in The New York Times:

    How Google Took Over the Classroom

    The tech giant is transforming public education with low-cost laptops and free apps. But schools may be giving Google more than they are getting.

    By Natasha Singer May 13, 2017

    The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools

    By Natasha Singer June 6, 2017

    Helen Keller’s quote is an excellent summation of my response to these thought-provoking articles. Simply stated, education, technology and finances are an interesting mix of disciplines. As individual fields of study operating in their respective silos, people have a strong and powerful understanding of their products, devices and services. It is when their goals and business objectives cross boundaries that areas begin to blur and become distorted. 

    We all can concur that technology is changing how teachers instruct and students learn. The days of "chalk and talk" alone are over. Technology advancements are coming at us quickly, and we, as school leaders, have adapted accordingly to ensure that our children can remain globally competitive in today’s world – and tomorrow’s.  Personalization of learning will be driven rapidly by software algorithms that assess student progress and adjust learning tasks to one’s interest and capability, embedding visual and auditory stimulation.

    And yes, it is true, "technology giants have begun remaking the very nature of schooling on a vast scale, using some of the same techniques that have made their companies linchpins of the American economy."

    We must question, however, if the significant loss of individual privacy and the sharing of personal information accruing to the financial benefit of the technology giants is too great a price to be paid for these technology advances.

    Google set up a team in 2013 to create apps specifically for schools, much as Apple marketed personal computers to schools in its genesis, presumably both hoping to gain lifelong subscribers to their brands. "Code.org, a major nonprofit group financed with more than $60 million from Silicon Valley luminaries and their companies, has the stated goal of getting every public school in the United States to teach computer science. It has also helped more than 120 districts to introduce such curriculums, the group said, and has facilitated training workshops for more than 57,000 teachers. And Code.org’s free coding programs, called Hour of Code, have become wildly popular, drawing more than 100 million students worldwide.”

    These examples beg these questions: Are the tech organizations crossing boundaries of personal privacy to their benefit? Do the benefits outweigh the risk? Are there controls that can guarantee security with the use of these technologies? 

    We can see controversies playing out right now with edTPA, a complex sixty-page portfolio submission for teacher candidates created at Stanford University by a sub-division called SCALE and administered and graded by Pearson. Some school districts are refusing to admit student teachers over privacy concerns of student data and images due to the requirement for 20 minutes of video of the practitioner teaching students which is submitted to Pearson for scoring.

    Clearly, technology is not without its challenges. Chief education officers are all wrestling with the same issues, from getting up to speed on new software and hardware; to the changing role of teachers as educational facilitators; to staff limitations with the next level of technology; to 1:1 computing; to personalized learning; and to maintaining student and staff confidentiality.

    Some might think the main impediment to equipping all schools with technology is cost. That is a significant factor; however, it’s less of a hindrance for some districts than you might expect.

    Regardless of who/what is the driving force, our task, as educators, is to teach 21st-century skills to students who will be working in jobs that we can’t even imagine right now. Minimizing technology in their instruction does them a disservice. Which brings us this question - What will New Jersey’s public schools look like in the next decade and beyond? New Jersey’s chief education officers have a vision that will keep its public schools on top and enable students to effectively compete on a global employment stage. It’s rare that we will find educators, politicians and parents in agreement on how to move forward. This lack of agreement can put our students at risk and jeopardize everything we’ve achieved. 

    Here’s where we all agree – There’s a great potential for us to do more with technology. The Association’s Vision 2020 Plan calls for creating a world-class educational experience where technologies are seamlessly integrated to provide a broad range of tools that can be used for teaching and learning within the walls of school and beyond. Success will be realized through strong leadership and continued transformation in our classrooms, assessment standards, culture, and learning environment. We must work to ensure that each child in New Jersey receives an education that prepares him for his future, not for the world of their parents’ past. 

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  • Future Ready: Why the Spring Leadership Conference is Critical

    Posted by Dr. Richard G. Bozza on 4/4/2017

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    New Jersey public education is at a dynamic crossroad: politically, nationally and locally.  We’re working with a new federal administration, and soon enough we’ll also have a new governor and legislature. That means, from school funding to special education, school vouchers, graduation standards, and more, we’re waiting to see what will happen.

    This year’s Spring Leadership Conference will be more critical than ever. In a volatile educational landscape where the rules could literally change within a school year, chief education officers have to be nimble and ready for anything. The Spring Leadership Conference serves up a smorgasbord of topics, addressing the “pain points” being faced by New Jersey’s public school districts. These are sessions presented by your peers—leaders who are student-focused, problem-solvers, innovators, motivators, strategic planners and successful implementers in New Jersey’s public schools.

    New Jersey Sessions Offer Practical Advice, Best Practices

    Since Governor Christie’s State-of-the-State message where he asked the legislature for a new funding formula, funding remains top of mind for all of us. Our conference addresses cost-cutting efficiencies, ways to tighten negotiations, pitfalls in strategic planning, and more.

    We’re continuing the push with technology in the classroom, implementing a digital science curriculum and harnessing game-based technology to engage learners. As districts begin to shift the focus to the whole child, we’re offering sessions on character development through web and mobile programs and refining our social media practices.   

    Special education is another hot button topic. A recent federal court decision highlighted the need to raise the bar for services to propel these students to achievement. The conference identifies several ways to do this, through multiple sessions.

    Effective leaders have a vision and work doggedly toward it. The conference will help you to empower your staff by fostering leadership. These, and many other sessions, are designed to help you lead more effectively, and from a position of strength.

    National Keynote Speakers to Inspire, Share Ideas

    The Spring Leadership Conference provides a national perspective from some of the most inspiring names in education today.

    If you don’t know Eric LeGrand, you soon will. This young man was sidelined by a severe spinal injury but that didn’t stop him. Now a sports analyst, author, and founder of his own foundation, Eric has had the opportunity to experience the fullness of life in ways he could not have imagined.

    According to Dr. Steve Constantino, when Every Family’s Engaged, Every Student Learns! That’s the topic of the talk by this teacher, author and entrepreneur who challenges conventional leadership thinking. He’ll share his unique approach to engagement through his Five Simple Principles™ model.

    Southern New Hampshire University was named the 12th most innovative organization in the world by Fast Company magazine. We’ll hear from Raymond J. McNulty, who is Dean of Education. He’ll be talking about being Future Ready Today—Where Best Practices Meet Next Practices.

    In three action-packed days at the Spring Leadership Conference, you will get new ideas and tools for this year and beyond. Our program is future-oriented and based on the standards for professional leadership—which will get you ready to effectively navigate an uncertain educational landscape. Public education is at a dynamic crossroad. Put yourself on the right path for the future.

    To register for the 35th Annual NJASA/NJAPSA Spring Leadership Conference on May 17-19, 2017 at Caesars Atlantic City, click on the following links for the registration page, information on hotel reservations and a waiver for overnight lodging. Together, we can conquer the challenges of an uncertain educational landscape—so that students will be ready to take on their future.

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  • "The Best ROI – Our Children"

    Posted by Dr. Richard G. Bozza on 3/7/2017

    NJASA has a long and proud tradition of advocating for children and preparing leaders to steer schools and districts in the direction of positive futures. The children of New Jersey represent the future of our great state, our nation, and our world.  We, as educational leaders, have the responsibility to effectively educate all students through our public education system.

    Our critics will comment that "The Best ROI – Our Children" is a self-promoting sound byte that only serves the special interests of education leaders. 

    Well, I am here to tell them they are wrong!

    I suggest they visit a kindergarten class and observe the students’ excitement and eagerness to learn. Then ask them, "Do you ever wonder if one of these bright, energetic students will someday discover the cure for Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia, or possibly craft the solution to Global Warming?"

    If, we as a society do not invest in the education of our children, where will our next generation of doctors, educators, elected representatives, and scientists gain the knowledge and skill set to lead us into the future?

    It is disheartening that the Governor’s FY 2018 Budget of $35.5 billion does not value our children as "The Best ROI."

    In reviewing the State of New Jersey FY18 Budget Presentation, February 28, 2017, the Governor’s seven-year record of flat funding under the 2-percent tax levy cap continues to exacerbate the financial difficulties which school districts have been wrestling.

    Additionally, New Jersey’s shrinking revenue base - due to tax decreases - has placed the fiscal stability of school districts in greater peril.

    Yes, the overall FY 2018 recommendation increases funding for pension contributions and post retirement health benefits; however, the funding for operating school districts remains flat.

    But, what does flat funding mean for students, parents, schools, educators and taxpayers?

    School parents and students will be faced with diminished programs and requests for greater out-of-pocket contributions for athletics and co-curricular activities.

    The costs of educating students and operating a school district increase on an annual basis.  And expenses for providing for special education students are rising at a faster rate than those for regular education. Districts are challenged to support increasing costs for special education students within the 2-percent cap to the tax levy.

    Back in September 2016, NJASA gave its support to the school funding reform initiative by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, getting behind legislation that would lead to full funding for all New Jersey schools.

    The Association's support followed the Senate approval of the bill, SCR-119, creating the six-member "State School Funding Aid Fairness Commission" that will develop a five-year plan increasing state aid by $100 million annually to reach full funding.

    This process will produce a long overdue analysis of the school funding system and provide a way to make it better for New Jersey's schools and students.

    Now six-months later, the Governor’s request to the New Jersey Legislature to design a new funding formula within the next 100 days puts greater pressure on the legislators to speed up their review and revision of the current school funding law.  

    NJASA's Vision 2020 plan acknowledges the need for predictable and sufficient funding to ensure world-class performance. Let’s hope that the factors noted here and the Governor's mischief don’t wreak havoc in school funding and result in less opportunity for New Jersey Public School students during the years ahead.

    Chief education officers, with their experience and fiscal acumen, will continue to work with our elected officials in addressing the impact of the State’s fiscal commitment to public education.

    Funding is an on ongoing issue for New Jersey’s schools and NJASA looks forward to a good-faith effort of bipartisan support by our elected officials to work together for the future of New Jersey.

     

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  • NJASA TECHSPO 2017 PROGRAM

    Posted by Dr. Richard G. Bozza on 1/10/2017

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    Don’t Miss NJASA TECHSPO ’17, New Jersey’s Premier Educational Technology Training and Exhibition Conference for School Leaders

    From 3D printing to virtual reality, there’s no limit to how technology is transforming the educational process in New Jersey’s classrooms. As technology becomes “smarter” and more interactive, school leaders need to stay informed about best practices for smart decisions on technology investment for their districts. 

    You’re invited to attend NJASA’s TECHSPO ‘17 on January 26–27, 2017, at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. TECHSPO is New Jersey’s Premier Educational Technology Training and Exhibition Conference for School Leaders. At TECHSPO ‘17, you’ll experience two days filled with formal sessions and impromptu networking opportunities to share experiences, find solutions, and discover the latest tools and resources in education today. You’ll network with 1,000+ K-12 educators, participate in any of 70+ workshops, and visit a wide array of exhibitors.

    Matt Beaudreau Get ready to be inspired by our keynote speakers. Matt Beaudreau will tell us how to cross the generational divide. As a professor, school administrator, athletic director, and millennial, Matt will give us insight into the upcoming generation known as Gen Z or iGen. He’ll share surprising statistics, laugh-out-loud stories, and frontline-tested strategies to bring back to your district.

    Marc Prensky We’ll also hear from Marc Prensky, who coined the term “Digital Native.” Marc is an internationally known speaker, author, and visionary who thinks that education should be more than academic learning. Education, Marc says, should be about accomplishments that improve our world. He’ll tell us how to develop a young person’s capacity to create powerful projects that do change the world.

    In two action-packed days at TECHSPO ‘17, you will get new ideas and tools for this year and beyond. Workshops will cover the latest in technology and the innovative ways that districts are using it. Examples include:

    • Virtual Reality in the Classroom
    • Digital Citizenship and Character Education
    • The Dirty 30 – Version 4.0
    • Robotics for Special Needs Students
    • What Language Do You Speak? Coding for All
    • Google Professional Development: Keeping Current on the G Suite, Apps, Extensions, and More!
    • From Computer Class to MakerSpace in One Year
    • Student Designers: Robotics Supporting Career-ready Practices

    You’ll also have a chance to connect with educational leaders from around the state so you can problem-solve and brainstorm when you get back to your districts.

    Don’t miss your chance to take your district’s technology program to the next level! Click on the following links for the registration page, information on hotel reservations, and a waiver for overnight lodging. Together, we can conquer the challenges of technology and embrace opportunities so that students will be ready to take on their future.

     

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