Episode 19 - Digital Promise
Date: June 14, 2016 Run Time: 1:01:26
Summary: In this episode, Sara Schapiro, Senior Director of the League of Innovative Schools discusses the Digital Promise initiative as League Superintendents Karen Sullivan, Michael Nagler and Erik Gundersen talk about their work as forward-thinking leaders in some of the nation's most innovative school districts.
Sara Schapiro is the founding Director of the League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise’s flagship initiative, and also oversees the organization’s work on education innovation clusters, maker learning, and leadership professional services. Prior to Digital Promise, Sara worked as a consultant for Pearson and the NJ Department of Education. Before that, Sara led a portfolio at The Fund for Public Schools, which manages the public-private partnerships for the New York City Department of Education. During graduate school, Sara worked at Chicago Public Schools in Alternative School Programs and was an Education Pioneers Fellow at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Sara received a master's in public policy from the University of Chicago and graduated with honors from Duke University.
Mike Nagler is the Superintendent of the Mineola School District, a suburb of NYC. Mike began his career as a social studies teacher in NYC. While teaching he earned his doctorate from Columbia University and accepted an administrative position with Mineola in 1999.
He believes strongly in the district’s mission to inspire students to become lifelong learners that exhibit strength of character and contribute positively to a global society. During his seventeen years with the district, he has been a big proponent of using technology to engage students in rigorous content. Mike has also been instrumental in creating a platform to assess student learning using electronic portfolios and digital badges.
Mineola has two Apple distinguished schools and is a member of the League of Innovative Schools.
Dr. Karen Sullivan was appointed as Indian Prairie District 204's superintendent in 2014. Indian Prairie is the fourth largest school district in the state of Illinois, serving 28,500 students in 33 schools in Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook, and Plainfield.
As Superintendent, Dr. Sullivan has overseen the launch of numerous STEM and technology initiatives including the opening of the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School, a collaborative venture with three other school districts and Aurora University as well as the eLo (Expanding Learning Opportunities) Consortium, another collaborative partnership with two other area districts to bring online coursework to district students. In 2015, Indian Prairie District 204 was selected by the U.S. Department of Education’s Future Ready Initiative as one of eight districts across the country to highlight the role leaders play in leveraging technology to create transformational learning environments.
Dr. Sullivan has spent the majority of her career in District 204, serving in a variety of roles including Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Principal of Prairie Children Preschool, Principal of Cowlishaw Elementary School, and Director of Student Services.
Erik Gundersen is the superintendent of schools for the Pascack Valley Regional High School District, located in New Jersey. Erik earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics Education from the University of Delaware, a Masters degree in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University. He has spent his entire 21-year career in the Pascack Valley Regional High School District serving as a physics teacher, supervisor of science and technology education, director of curriculum, and is now completing his fifth year as superintendent.
Erik is proud of Pascack Valley Regional’s progressive spirit as the district prides itself on its innovative practices to improve the educational opportunities for its students. Erik played a lead role in the district’s 12-year 1:1 laptop initiative, implementation of the “Pascack Schedule” which allows for a passion-based block of time for students and staff to collaborate, developed a highly successful student internship program with local corporations, spearheaded a student wellness program, and most recently engaged the district in a second round of virtual school days where all students engaged with their teachers and fellow students from home.
The Pascack Valley Regional High School District is proud to be a member of Digital Promise’s “League of Innovative Schools” as well as New Jersey’s “Innovate NJ” program. These opportunities have allowed Erik to represent Pascack Valley Regional at the White House as President Obama launched both the “Future Ready Pledge” and the “Maker Initiative.”
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