Superintendent Michael P. Nagler,
Ed.D., has been named the 2020 New York State Superintendent of the Year
by the New York State Council of School Superintendents. Bestowed at
the Winter Institute, the award is part of the American Association of
School Administrators’ national award, which was established in 1988.
The announcement was made at the Oct. 24 Board of Education meeting.
be nominated for and receive this designation is truly an honor,” Dr.
Nagler said. “I believe strongly in Mineola’s mission statement to
create lifelong learners who contribute positively to a global society,
and there is nothing more satisfying to me than being in a classroom and
seeing both staff and students fully immersed and engaged in a lesson.
This award is really a testament to the work my teachers, staff and
administrators do every single day in those classrooms by impacting the
lives of our students, and to Mineola’s Board of Education, who have
embraced my ideas and sometimes out-of-the-box approaches, to drive this
district forward. I am humbled to receive this honor on behalf of
Mineola’s everyday heroes.”
After graduating with his doctorate
in education from Columbia University, Dr. Nagler began his career in
the New York City school system. He quickly advanced to an assistant
principal position and joined Mineola, originally, as assistant
principal of its middle school in 1999. Dr. Nagler has been with the
Mineola School District for 21 of his 33 years in education and served
as its high school principal and deputy superintendent before becoming
superintendent in 2009.
In his first years, Dr. Nagler was
responsible for convincing the community of the need to consolidate and
reorganize its school structure to remain fiscally responsible. With
that change and savings, the district was able to begin funding
transformational technology advancements for all of its students,
including being among the first to adopt a 1:1, take-home, iPad
initiative that eventually rolled out to all students in grades K-12.
Since then, the district has continued to thrive and advance, not just
with technology, but with its curriculum offerings, initiatives,
professional development and facilities, all while remaining at or below
the tax cap for its residents.
Under Dr. Nagler’s leadership, the Mineola School District has continued to soar:
* Mineola is one of the only, and first, districts to have all five
of its schools earn the distinction of an Apple Distinguished School.
* All five schools have been recognized as a Common Sense School for Digital Citizenship.
* The district is one of only 114 members nationwide in the League of Innovative Schools.
* In 2018, Mineola was also named one of the Top 25 Most Innovative
Districts by the American Association of School Administrators and SPN.
* Mineola High School and Mineola Middle School became the first on
Long Island with a Fabrication Lab, commonly referred to as a Fab Lab,
where students learn, design, collaborate and build in a small-scale
* Mineola was named among the Top 10
Digital School Districts in 2017-18 by The Center for Digital Education
and the National School Boards Association.
* In the last 3
years, there has been a significant improvement in the achievement of
ENL students as evidenced by NYS regents results
* Expansion of
the district’s fine arts and music offerings, including a recent win in
its division at the New York State Field Band Conference competition.
* Mineola is the first and only district on Long Island to offer full-day pre-K to all of its residents.
* All curriculum has been rewritten for K-7 in the last few years to take a more integrative approach.
* Integration of AKAs (Application of Knowledge Assessments) that
require students to illustrate their understanding of a concept in
* Established a culture of growth mindset
districtwide, and of cultivating the 4Cs of creativity, communication,
critical thinking and collaboration into all of its innovative learning
* Capital work continues each year to advance the
schools for our students and protect taxpayers’ investment in buildings,
all without the need to bond any work. To date, more than $45 million
in capital improvement work has been done at no additional expense to
Dr. Nagler is past president of the Nassau
County Council of School Superintendents, a member of the National
Council on Digital Convergence, a member of the American Association of
School Administrators, and is on the advisory board for Digital
Promise’s League of Innovative Schools. He has also received the Nassau
BOCES Education Partner Award for 2019 and the New York State Council of
School Superintendents Appreciation Award in 2017, and was named one of
2017’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers by the
Center for Digital Education. Dr. Nagler also most recently gave the
keynote address at New York State Council of School Superintendents
conferences in September 2019.
As the New York State
Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Nagler now becomes New York’s candidate
for national superintendent of the year, to be awarded at American
Association of School Administrators’ National Conference on Education
in San Diego in February 2020. Dr. Nagler was nominated for the award by
Board of Education President Christine Napolitano and will be honored
on March 2 at the State Conference in Albany.