January/February 2017
New Brunswick Public Schools
Technology Newsletter

New Brunswick is Becoming #FutureReady

New Brunswick Public Schools has taken the pledge to become a Future Ready school district. 

"Future Ready is an initiative lead by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., alongside the U.S. Department of Education and more than 50 national and regional partners, that is free for schools. Our goal is to empower district leaders to systemically plan for high-quality teaching and learning accelerated through technology. To date, more than 2,000 school superintendents have signed the Future Ready District Pledge  and have committed to taking a stand for their district." 
~Tom Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready 

We started our Future Ready journey in New Brunswick by completing the district self-assessment that asked us to reflect on where NBPS is currently, in reference to each gear of the Future Ready framework:

The New Brunswick Public Schools Future Ready Leadership Team: Evan Abramson, Director of Technology; Dr. Vanessa Pellington, Supervisor of Professional Development; Marnie McKoy, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources; Frank LoDolce, Director of Facility Design and Construction; Dr. Aubrey Johnson, Superintendent; Melissa Morris Inoa, Supervisor of Instructional Technology; Kathy Antoine-Smith, Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services; Dr. John Anzul, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; and Richard Jannarone, Business Administrator, completing the district self-assessment. 

Next, team members from NBPS joined other school districts from throughout New Jersey and other parts of the country at at the Future Ready Summit in Newark, NJ. 

We spent two full days learning about, discussing ideas, and sharing different ways for each of our districts to keep personalized student learning at the center of all of our decisions regarding: curriculum, assessment and instruction; our use of space and time; maintaining a robust infrastructure; data and privacy; community partnerships; personalized professional learning; and budget and resources. 

Dr. Aubrey Johnson, Superintendent; Melissa Morris Inoa, Supervisor of Instructional Technology; Evan Abramson, Director of Technology; Dr. Vanessa Pellington, Supervisor of Professional Development at the Future Ready Summit

Now, members from NBPS are joining other New Jersey educators by serving on Future Ready New Jersey task forces, continuing the work that we started at the Summit, and supporting the ongoing work of our district's strategic planning committees. 

We encourage everyone to become familiar with the Future Ready gears and framework and begin these discussions in your own schools and classrooms. 

For more information about Future Ready, please visit this site:  http://dashboard.futurereadyschools.org/framework

January Twitter Chat:

February Twitter Chat:

Click here for previous chat archives. 

New to Twitter? 
Click here for directions for signing up, using hashtags, and joining your first Twitter chat! 

Digital Citizenship: 
Copywriting Creative Work

After watching this video, please share your thoughts on the video and ideas for discussing these topics with your students and their families in our Google+ Community. 

What's New in Google Classroom

  • Individual assignments - Teachers can post work and announcements to
     individual students in a class.

For more information about the Google Classroom updates above, visit this link

Upcoming Voluntary Professional Development
  • 3/2/17 ~ Office Hours , Community Room, McKinley School, 3pm-5pm ( Click here to register )
  • 3/23/17 ~ Office Hours , A301, New Brunswick High School, 3pm-5pm ( Click here to register )
  • 3/24/17 ~ Google Apps Work Session (focus on organizing DRIVE/CALENDAR) 1st floor, Central Office, 2pm-4pm ( Click here to register )
  • 4/21/17 ~ Google Apps Work Session (focus on GOOGLE CHROME apps and extensions) 1st floor, Central Office, 2pm-4pm ( Click here to register )

Update on Online Unit Assessments

New Brunswick Public Schools continues to work with Performance Matters in pioneering new online testing features in the Unify online assessment platform.  

We appreciate the cooperation and feedback from all of our faculty and staff as we work to develop testing environments and online assessments for our 21st Century Learners. 

To leave feedback and suggestions about the online assessments,  please visit this form

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

We're constantly working on updating and improving the many aspects of our technology infrastructure and instructional resources. 

Please submit feedback and share any questions, ideas, and/or suggestions regarding our district's technology initiatives by clicking the following link: 

Evan Abramson , Director of Technology
Melissa Morris Inoa , Supervisor of Instructional Technology

We're continuing to expand our social media presence here at New Brunswick Public Schools and encourage all of you to follow us on  Twitter and  Instagram , while liking us on  Facebook. 

Always remember that your online posts are an extension of the classroom and school community, so there can never be negative remarks about students or colleagues. 

If you have any questions about managing your social media accounts, please reach out to Melissa Morris Inoa, Supervisor of Instructional Technology.

We look forward to seeing you online. 

Follow us on social media, and use the hashtag #ALLIN4NB.
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