• Main
  • Brian Zychowski
  • Dear Colleagues:

    "Good News!"

    One of the most rewarding experiences as President of NJASA is the ability to share "Good News."

    "Good News" presents itself in several different ways and covers a multitude of topics. The impetus for "Good News" from the NJASA President comes from school leaders putting leadership into action. The results of their initiatives can make a difference in the lives of students and result in "Good News."

    NJASA members, regularly search for opportunities to provide cutting-edge programs to improve and enhance the educational experiences of their students.  Similarly, as NJASA President, I always look forward to sharing the "Good News" accomplishments of my many colleagues throughout the state.

    One such experience was the November 19th ConnectED to the Future Convening at the White House in recognition of superintendents’ commitments to Future Ready schools.

    The White House and the U.S. Department of Education selected eight New Jersey school leaders to join with more than 100 other exemplary district leaders from across the United States to be recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning.  The convening brought together leaders to share promising approaches for using technology to impact teaching and learning.

    Future Ready superintendents demonstrate effective use of technology in the following ways:

    ·   Fostering and leading a culture of collaboration and digital citizenship;

    ·   Transitioning schools and families to high-speed connectivity;

    ·   Empowering educators with professional learning opportunities;

    ·   Accelerating progress toward universal access to quality devices;

    ·   Providing access to quality digital content;

    ·   Creating access, equity, and excellence – particularly in rural, remote, and low-income districts;

    ·   Offering digital tools to students and families to help them prepare for success in college; and

    ·   Sharing best practices and mentoring other districts in the transition to digital learning.

    Now for my "Good News," I am delighted to share that the 2015 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year Dr. Timothy Purnell, Chief Education Officer, Somerville Public Schools, was one of eight New Jersey superintendents at the Future Ready Pledge Ceremony at The White House.  In addition to Dr. Purnell, the following seven school leaders also participated in the White House function.

    Olga Hugelmeyer, Elizabeth Public Schools

    Charles Sampson, Freehold Regional High School District

    Ross Kasun, Freehold Township Public Schools

    Richard Perry, Haddonfield School District

    P. Erik Gundersen, Pascack Valley Regional High School District

    Julie Glazer, Summit Public Schools

    Mackey Pendergrast, West Morris Regional High School District

    To my eight New Jersey colleagues, I say, "On behalf of the future of our global society, you have demonstrated both the vision and foresight to make a difference. Thank you for a job well done!"

    Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!