As one who already set the stage for all students and their teachers to flourish by rethinking education for vo-tech and exceptionally-abled students in the Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Burlington County Special Services School District (BCSSSD), Dr. Christopher Nagy put the innovative educational platform he created to the test during the global pandemic. His entrepreneurial approach reconfigured hands-on training with virtual reality for BCIT students and opened social services and therapies via hybrid learning strategies in special services. In the NJASA Frontline Leadership for Extraordinary Times podcast, NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard Bozza’s conversation with Dr. Nagy is filled with robust examples of how putting the needs of students (and parents/families) and their essential teachers first fuels his mission of reimagining how education can meet the ever-changing needs for students to live independently and thrive in the workforce.
NJASA has selected three regional 2021 Superintendents of the Year. They are: Region I winner – Tracey Marinelli, Chief Education Officer, Little Falls Township; Region II winner - Joseph Isola, Chief Education Officer, Howell Township; and Region III winner – Dr. Joseph Meloche, Chief Education Officer, Cherry Hill.
Getting to know a new public-school district and simultaneously organizing the team that will re-open schools and get k-12 students back to class safely during the national COVID-19 pandemic during is no easy feat. Dr. Sue DeNobile did it quickly and successfully combining her experience and peer support. In NJASA’s latest podcast, Dr. Richard Bozza, Executive Director,
talks with Dr. DeNobile, superintendent and chief education officer of the Rochelle Park School District in New Jersey, about the challenges of leading a district during a pandemic, and the unique hurdles faced by women leaders in education. Establishing and cultivating relationships is the silver lining during challenging times, noted Dr. DeNobile who credited the Bergen County
Association of School Administrators, the Bergen County Office of Education and NJASA for sharing information and resources. She also addressed the underrepresentation of women in educational leadership, and is working to grow that number through mentoring in the Bergen County Women’s Education Leadership Group, a group that she co-founded.
Lessons learned during a summer pilot program will inform decisions for Newark students as the district prepares to reopen both virtually and in-person in September. In NJASA’s 14th video podcast, Dr. Richard Bozza, Executive Director talks with Chief Education Officer Roger León, the first Hispanic Superintendent of the Newark Public School System and the first to report directly to the Newark Board of Education rather than to the state in more than 20 years.. Newark’s summer school, which taught 100 students in person and 4,000 virtually, will guide procedures for instruction and support for the 2020-21 school year. Staff training will be key to success, notes León.