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    The 2013 New Jersey Association of School Administrators Northern Regional Superintendent of the Year Dr. Daniel Fishbein is available to comment on education-related issues.

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    Trenton, New Jersey, October 23, 2012 ... Dr. Daniel Fishbein, Chief Education Officer, Ridgewood Public Schools was selected the 2013 New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) Northern Regional  Superintendent of the Year. He was introduced on October 23rd at the Opening General Session of the Annual Fall Workshop in Atlantic City. The workshop is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA).


    2013 is the fifth year of NJASA’s new process to name three regional – Northern, Central and Southern – Superintendent of the Year winners. The two other chief education officers joining Fishbein are: Central Regional winner – Dr.Christopher M. Manno, Chief Education Officer, Burlington Township Public Schools; and Southern Regional winner – Dr. Albert K. Brown, Shared Chief Education Officer, Stratford School District and Laurel Springs School District.


    NJASA Executive Director Richard G. Bozza said, “Dan Fishbein is a valuable asset in moving education forward for the students of New Jersey. Throughout the years, he has encouraged a high level of interest in student achievement, and has gained the support of the community to improve and enhance the educational process in the Ridgewood Public Schools.”


    Northern Regional winner Fishbein is highly respected in the state and local educational communities, as well as the New Jersey Legislature. An effective spokesperson with nearly 20 years experience as a school administrator, he assumed the helm of the Ridgewood Public Schools in 2008. Prior to leading the Ridgewood District, he served as the Chief Education Officer of the Glen Ridge Public Schools for seven years.


    Under his tutelage, Ridgewood - one of the best public school systems in the state and nation - is currently completing a $48million bond referendum, approved in 2009 to improve facilities. Additionally, he actively worked on updating the district’s policies and regulations; developed a curriculum review and revision schedule; increased the number to in-district special education programs, steered the community through a 100% cut in categorical aid and more recently through the partial restoration of categorical aid.


    Fishbein is actively involved in leadership positions of several statewide educational organizations.

    Throughout his time in both Bergen and Essex Counties, he climbed the leadership ladder to be President Bergen County Association of School Administrators (BCASA); the Essex County Association of School Administrators (ECASA); Northern New Jersey Study Council and The Garden State Coalition of Schools. Currently, he serves as the President of the BCASA. Fishbein is a founding member of the National Superintendents Study Council and has been an active Rotarian for the past 13 years.


    As a chief education officer, he understands the significance of investing in an environment that values education. He was a founding member of the National Superintendents’ Roundtable and the New Jersey Superintendents’ Study Council. Today, he is an Executive Board Member of the Northern New Jersey Superintendents’ Study Council, Seton Hall University.  


    Each NJASA Regional Superintendent of the Year winner was judged on the following qualifications: 1) minimum of five years experience as a chief education officer; 2) record of service within their respective county affiliate and NJASA; and 3) distinguished record as an educator.


    The next step in the process for the three regional winners will be the selection of a New Jersey candidate to participate in the AASA National Superintendent of the Year Award. A committee of NJASA Past Presidents will select the 2013 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year. The program, established in 1988 and sponsored by ARAMARK Education, ING Foundation, and AASA, is open to all public school superintendents in the United States and overseas.


    The selection qualifications for the State and National Superintendent of the Year include: meeting the needs of their students, demonstrated communication strength, a commitment to professional development and growth, and significant community involvement.  Additionally, at the state and regional levels, NJASA has a fifth qualification that addresses service to the Association.


    AASA will announce the National Superintendent of the Year at its Annual Conference on Education in February 2013. The recipient of this prestigious honor will receive a $10,000 college scholarship for a student at the high school where the superintendent graduated.




    About NJASA

    The New Jersey Association of School Administrators is an organization of chief education officers and school administrators who lead school districts in New Jersey’s 21 counties. The association’s mission is to ensure a superior statewide system of education. Through ongoing professional training and education, the association shares knowledge among its members about best practices from both educational and administrative perspectives. Its goal is to move education forward by ensuring the highest quality of instruction for all New Jersey children.


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