Jeff sits down with Dr. David Gentile, Steve Engravalle Patrick Larkin and Nikhil Goyal to discuss school district and community reactions to the tragedy in Newtown Ct.
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Dr. David N. Gentile is currently serving in a leadership position as the Superintendent of Schools for the Millville Public School District located in the City of Millville, New Jersey. His primary role includes advancing the board of education’s vision to be a World Class School District. Through leading with a “systems thinking approach” he has demonstrated progress in all aspects of personnel, fiscal, and instructional operations of the district. He describes his leadership approach to include rational decision-making, situational appraisal, and problem solving, which allows him to successfully facilitate data supported district improvement.
Nominated for the U.S. Secretary of Education by Diane Ravitch and lauded as an “emerging voice of his generation,” at age 17, Nikhil Goyal is the author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School by the Alternative Education Resource Organization. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox and Friends, Fox Business: Varney & Co., NBC Nightly News, Forbes, and Huffington Post.
Nikhil has spoken to thousands at conferences and TEDx events around the world from Qatar to Spain and has guest lectured at Baruch College in New York. He is leading a Learning Revolution movement to transform the American school system. A senior at Syosset High School, Nikhil lives with his family in Woodbury, New York.
Steven Engravalle is a Chief Education Officer and a 13-year veteran of public education in New Jersey. A passionate champion for all children, Mr. Engravalle is committed to ensuring that New Jersey schools meet the needs of all learners in safe, clean, 21st century educational environments. Among his efforts, Mr. Engravalle partnered with MapEverywhere, the leading provider of offline, interactive venue maps for smart-phones in February 2012 to create detailed, hand-held maps of each of his home district schools. The maps are hosted off-premises with local police and fire units, as well as with school administrators, and serves as a vital reference tool for first responders. The technology is the first of its kind in the country.
Mr. Engravalle also actively advocates and speaks on education and civic issues with organizations in Northern New Jersey as well as at the state and federal level and serves as a consultant on education issues to both state and federal legislators. He is frequently invited as a guest of the Governor’s Office to attend his Town Hall meetings and other events to support education reform in New Jersey. Most notably, Mr. Engravalle appeared alongside Governor Christie and other nationally recognized education leaders as a guest on the live broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program on March 2, 2012. His efforts were also recognized nationally in October of 2011 by Turner News Corporation when he was contacted to appear on national television as an expert guest on New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights legislation on HLN Network’s “The Dr. Drew Show”.
Patrick Larkin is the Principal of Burlington High School in Massachusetts where he is in his 14th year as a high school administrator and seventh as a building Principal. Prior to serving as a school administrator, Patrick was a high school English teacher. As an Assistant Principal, Patrick was named Assistant Principal of the Year in the state of Massachusetts. He also is a former Executive Board member in the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrators Association (MSSAA) and he recently completed a two year term as a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Public Secondary Schools.
Patrick’s school will be making the transition to a 1:1 environment for the 2011-2012 school year. He is active presenting to colleagues on the power of social media for administrators, teachers, and students. In addition, he is an avid blogger and a proponent of social media to better engage teachers, students, and parents in the education process. Patrick is one of the founders of theConnected Principals Blog and #cpchat on Twitter. He is one of the authors of the Super Book of Web Tools for Educators, an avid blogger and a proponent of social media to better engage teachers, students, and parents in the education process.