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Dynamic NJ School Leader Shares Insights from Education’s Frontline Before and During the Pandemic

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. Join us at njasa.net to continue the discussion.

Career path partnerships, with Rowan College, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and others, have been pivotal in student success. BCIT is one of 21 County Career and Technical Education Institutions that serve grades 9-12 students and post-secondary adult education students who are underemployed, unemployed, career changers, “upskillers,” entering workforce after a hiatus or transitioning to civilian life from military service. BCSSSD celebrates student exceptionalities from pre-k through age 21 including a transition program for ages 18-21 that prepare students for the world of work or to be more independent.

Challenges of New Jersey’s Rural School Districts

Pandemic challenges loom larger in a rural district like North Warren Regional School District, which stretches 110 square miles along the Appalachian Trail. In NJASA’s twelfth video podcast, Executive Director Dr. Richard Bozza talks with Superintendent and Chief Education Officer Sarah Bilotti who shares the creative solutions the district has employed to offset financial challenges of Senate Bill 2, including replacing lights with LEDs for an equivalent savings to a teaching position. Ms. Bilotti proudly speaks of her district’s nationally award-winning marching band, color guard and successful music program, and the virtual ways they are honoring their graduates and student achievement award winners. Visit njasa.net to join us in exploring best practices together.

2019 NJASA Spring Leadership Conference Coming Up

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.


TECHSPO®’19 Sets New Attendance Records

Dr. Richard Bozza, NJASA’s Executive Director, interviews the 2019 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year Dr. Michael Salvatore, Chief Education Officer, Long Branch and the 2018 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year Dr. Kathleen Taylor, Chief Education Officer, Ocean City. They discussed the reasons and values for attending TECHSPO®’19, the evolution of the conference since its inception in 1995 and 2019’s record-breaking attendance that included staff and students alike. They also covered the new products and services on display from their sponsors and vendors and the reactions to the internationally known Keynote Speaker Esther Wojcicki.