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Empower Student Voices with Design Thinking
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Presented by Michael P. Nagler, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Mineola Public Schools; and Andrew Casale, Principal, Mineola Middle School
Hosted by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
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Mineola Public School students were the winner of the 2019 SETDA Student Voices Award. How did school administrators help to empower students to earn this exceptional recognition? In this edWebinar, learn from Superintendent Michael Nagler and Mineola Middle School Principal Andrew Casale how their district leverages digital tools and resources to personalize instruction for each student through design thinking models and project-based learning opportunities. Administrators will share how Mineola integrated technology, changed teaching approaches, and varied learning experiences to best meet the needs of learners in the digital age as they prepare for college and the workforce. The district has been strategic about shifting budgets, supporting innovative professional learning opportunities, and has a commitment to student-driven learning to transform learning. Specific examples will be provided by Mineola Middle School on how design thinking drives instructional opportunities in their middle school.
This edWebinar will be of particular value to kindergarten through high school teachers, and school and district leaders. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation.
About the Presenters
Michael P. Nagler, Ed.D., has held many positions during his 32 years in education. Before assuming his current position as Superintendent of the Mineola Public schools, he began his career as a school teacher in New York City while completing his master’s and earning his professional diploma. Dr. Nagler then went on to earn his doctorate from Columbia University and accepted an administrative position with Mineola in 1999. Believing strongly in the district’s mission to create lifelong learners who contribute positively to a global society, Dr. Nagler rooted himself in the Mineola School District and never left.
Andrew Casale is the principal of Mineola Middle School. Previously, Andrew served as an instructional leader for math and science at Mineola Middle School. He started his 15-year career teaching mathematics in the New York City school system, as well as teaching middle and high school math courses in the Baldwin School District. During his time in Mineola, Andrew has worked with teachers to integrate coding across the curriculum, expand student access to digital resources, and empower students to own their own learning. These initiatives helped Mineola Middle School achieve an impressive list of distinctions. Mineola Middle School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School since 2012, was named as an Essential Elements School to Watch and most recently, Mineola Middle School was awarded the SETDA Student Voices Award. Through this innovative work, Mineola Middle School has hosted visitors from hundreds of school districts across the country as well as educators from five different countries. Andrew lives in Massapequa with his wife and two boys.
About the Host
Christine Fox is the deputy executive director for SETDA. As Deputy Executive Director, she collaborates with the executive director in charting strategic direction, administration, planning, and financial decisions involving SETDA. She also facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and newsletters. In addition, she manages many of SETDA’s research and product development projects from conception to publication. The management of such projects includes coordinating data collection from all states, supervising consultants and staff, ensuring member input and supervising the publishing process. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole-school reform model, ESOL coordinator, and third-grade teacher. Christine has a Master of Science in teaching English as a second language from Florida International University and received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Florida State University.
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The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit membership association launched by state education agency leaders in 2001 to serve, support and represent their emerging interests and needs with respect to the use of technology for teaching, learning, and school operations. Our current work is guided by a strategic plan, Leading, Inspiring and Empowering: The 2013-16 SETDA Strategic Plan, adopted by the SETDA Board of Directors in October 2012 after extensive consultation with the membership. The SETDA mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice.