Long Branch Public Schools were “Future Ready” long before the pandemic, thanks to a massive technology reorganization spearheaded by Chief Education Officer Dr. Michael Salvatore. With the Future Ready Schools initiative, the district successfully interrupted the digital divide, providing equal access to high quality content which set the stage for distance learning during COVID-19. Salvatore credits his team of technical wizards who pivot constantly to ensure access continues. In addition to academics, the district is meeting social-emotional needs with mental health outreach, and creative ways for students to celebrate milestones from prom to graduation. In this podcast, NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard Bozza talks with Dr. Salvatore, NJASA’s 2019 Superintendent of the Year, about key actions that helped his district during these challenging times. Visit njasa.net to join us in exploring best practices together.
NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard Bozza interviews 2019 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year Dr. Michael Salvatore, Chief Education Officer, Long Branch and NJASA Secretary Dr. Margaret Dolan, Chief Education Officer, Westfield Public Schools about NJASA’s upcoming Spring Leadership Conference titled “Mindfulness for ALL: Connecting Leaders and Learners.” The conference will be held on May 15th through the 17th at Caesars in Atlantic City. Topics of discussion will be the whole child approach to safety, harnessing the power of resistance, school-based interventions without IEPs, STEM and problem-based learning with a purpose and building an inclusive culture. The conference will feature three renowned education experts who will speak on subjects such as neurodiversity, bullying and social-emotional intelligence. This is a wonderful time to share information with fellow colleagues and an excellent networking opportunity.