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Fabulous February Fridays!

Recently, I had the opportunity to be a part of the NJ Schools to Watch Task Team, which visits and evaluates schools that apply to be considered as a NJ Schools to Watch. Not only was it was an honor to be part of this team, but it was also an opportunity for me to get inspired for my own building. During my most recent visit, I was most impressed by the positive school culture that I felt when evaluating the school. I may be biased, but I believe that Pleasant Valley School has this in common with the school I visited. It occurred to me that this is something that I must continue to nourish and must not take for granted. A positive school culture is the foundation for all other successes! With that being said, I was inspired to celebrate my staff. We spend so much time at…

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#Chromestatic2018

  This past Saturday, the Harrison Township School District hosted Chromecamp 2018. The event was spearheaded by our Academic and Innovation STEM Coordinator, Chad Flexon, alongside a fabulous team of dedicated and inspired educators. As I sit here and reflect on the event, I am proud of what was accomplished and what it represented (at least to me). First and foremost, it represented the paradigm shift that has occurred in our district. As a district, we have really wrapped our head around the fact that we are not only charged with the responsibility of preparing our students to be academically successful, but we must also prepare them for an unknown future. We realize that the world around us is changing rapidly, and we need to stay ahead of the curve to prepare our students for an unpredictable future. We continue to work to replace outdated practices with more effective and…

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A Vision for the Future….

Recently I had the privilege to visit Northfield Community Middle School (Grades 5-8) with a team of nine others from our district. It has been a long time since I have experienced something in the professional realm that left me “wowed”. Not only was I inspired by our visit, but I also feel that I walked away from the visit changed. I am sure that most of us realize that we teach a generation of students that live in a vastly different world than the one in which we grew up. Technological advances have resulted in a changed world, and the advances in technology are continuing to evolve at a rapid pace. Technology is shaping the world in ways that we could never have imagined. It’s competitive in the digital age, and I am left to think that schools need to consider ways to continue to strive to keep the pace…