Michael P. Nagler, Ed.D., superintendent of schools, received the Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation in Technology Award at the Long Island Technology and Education Summit in October. Named in memory of Nassau BOCES’ longtime director of curriculum, instruction and technology, the award is given to an educator who believes strongly in the impact technology can have on student performance. Dr. Nagler was chosen for his leadership and innovation in technology.

An educator for more than 29 years, Dr. Nagler understands the transformative power of technology in the classroom. Under his leadership, the Mineola UFSD was among the first to begin a 1:1 take-home iPad initiative for students, has had two schools named as Apple Distinguished Schools, is the only district with a SmalLab; became one of only 73 members nationwide in the League of Innovative Schools, and most recently, became the first district on Long Island with a Fabrication Lab, commonly referred to as a Fab Lab.

Dr. Nagler has been with the Mineola UFSD for 17 years, and has been a member of its administration since 1999. He earned his doctorate from Columbia University. His digital portfolio, created with the district’s coding platform Kid OYO, can be viewed at: http://michaelnagler.oyosite.com/mainpage.html