Nation’s Most Innovative District

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Due to its unconventional and innovative methods for engaging students and garnering achievement, Mineola has been selected as one of the Most Innovative School Districts in the United States. The title was earned for its creation of new norms for engaging and future-focused learning, based on a complete case study of the district by The School Superintendents Association and Successful Practices Network. Only twenty-five districts in the nation received this designation.

“At Mineola, thanks to the standards-aligned, purposeful adoption of universal technology, students truly own their learning,” the study cites. “The superintendent embodies a classic entrepreneurial mindset. He’s always on the lookout for people, ideas and programs that can be a resource to his students and staff.”

Superintendent of Schools Michael P. Nagler, Ed.D., took the helm in Mineola in 2009, after serving in the district for 10 years as principal at Mineola High School and deputy superintendent. Since that time the district has undergone a reorganization in its structure, saving taxpayers millions of dollars; a curriculum overhaul and adoption of technology-driven resources for all students, including iPads for all and the introduction of a FabLab at the middle and high schools; and made a name for itself, earning national and international distinctions, such as having all five schools named as Apple Distinguished Schools and being named to the League of Innovative Schools.

“This award is truly a reflection of all the amazing administrators and teachers in this district who can take an idea and really run with it for the benefit of our students,” Dr. Nagler said. “They are the people who truly made my vision come alive and who embrace our innovative culture to help our students thrive in ways that were previously unimaginable.”

In 2017, The School Superintendents Association and Successful Practices Network joined forces to search nationwide for districts which were challenging the status quo and to celebrate bold innovators in education. Twenty-five districts were chosen nationwide, and full documentation on the criteria for each district’s selection is included in a case study, available to all educators wanting to learn from the successes of these notable districts.

The case study can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.