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  • BCIT Celebrates CTE Month with Presentation to NJ State Board of Education

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 2/2/2023

    I was honored to present at the NJDOE State Board of Education meeting yesterday as part of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month a glimpse of the future in education in an age of acceleration, immersive technology and enhanced executive brain functioning and how BCIT is preparing students for that world as we move toward the 22nd Century. The disruption that technology has created provides an opportunity to provide students with agency to create and participate in the future where they want to be. According to the Institute of the Future, 85% of jobs that today's students will hold in 2030, do not exist yet. 

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  • Board of Education Meeting Highlights

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 1/27/2023

    At the Board of Education meeting last evening, Assistant Superintendents Dr. Holley and Mr. Joseph for BCSSSSD and BCIT respectively, provided an overview for the first half of the year school year regarding the Student Safety Data System (SSDS) which addresses student behavior, interventions, Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying. We appreciate the work that all staff do to maintain a safe environment and efforts to address intolerable behaviors. The data reports are on the website.

    Dr. Nagy thanked County Executive Superintendent Raymond Marini who sits on our Board and his team in the County NJDOE offices for a very constructive, informative and progressive Midyear Budget Meeting for both districts this past week. The Board can be very proud of the progress being made.

    Dr. Nagy and the Board congratulated all of those on the agenda who have announced their retirements. We thank you for your dedication and wish you good health and happiness for a well-deserved honor.

    The Board approved a few job descriptions for approval and tabled the Exhibit #2 job description. One description is for a Data System Administrator which will replace our current data administrator position which is now updated.  The Admission Data Coordinator replaces a current position in the admissions office as the roles and responsibilities have been expanded. As part of the process we are also abolishing a few positions in the central office. We also have on the agenda a job description for the Grant Project Coordinator for the $1.8 million SAMHSA Grant for Health and Wellbeing of staff and students.

    The Board approved a number of policies for first and second readings, revisions as well as the abolishment of other policies.

    The  Board approved the BCIT and BCSSSD calendars for the 2023-2024 school year.

    The Board approved the Statement of Assurances for Paraprofessional Staff and the Career and Technical Education Safety and Health Plans for both districts.

    Dr. Nagy noted that a Martin Luther King Jr. tribute was celebrated across all campuses this past week leading into the holiday on Monday.

    On behalf of the entire school communities of BCIT and BCSSSD Dr. Nagy and the administration, staff and those in the audience took a moment to recognize the contributions of our Board members.  Dr. Nagy thanked each and every one of the Board of Education members for their tireless service on our Board of Education as part of the Board Member Recognition Month. He presented each with a certificate of appreciation and acknowledgement of the years on a school Board.  There was a resolution which recognized the members of the Board and their years of service:

    Tyler Burrell, President                       2 years

    Robert Brittain, Vice President.        14 years

    Odise Carr                                          1 year

    Leon E. Jones, Jr.                              14 years

    Lorene Moore                                   12 years

    Michelle Parker                                 3 years

    Dr. Nagy thanked the student representative Favour Oyelade for her student report  last evening and for the honor she received to be selected as a feature senior spotlight for the Month of December by Assemblyman Umba. Dr. Nagy highlighted a few items on the student report:

    Each year the campuses celebrate Spirit Week.  As we move toward the post-pandemic period, it is all the more important to be together, celebrate each other’s talents and compete in a healthy arena of competition.

    It is hard to believe that the Spring musical is around the corner and auditions have begun. Stay tuned for more on Once on This Island.

    We congratulate all those who were honored as National Art Honor Society Inductees.

    Dr. Nagy congratulated the outstanding best efforts and honor bestowed on Zaire Williams for the second highest score on the West Bowling team and our Basketball Team on the West campus for the undefeated season and a personal best by Tahijj Hunter. Medford’s girls basketball player Jada Jacobs was 1 of 26 selected at McDonald’s All-American nominees. Many of the boys and girls on the wrestling team on the Westampton Campus placed in a recent tournament and Senior Marima Sow took 2nd Place in the girl’s tournament. Congratulations.

    BCIT will be represented at the NJDOE State Board meeting next week on February 1st where we will capture some of the technological innovations introduced over the past few years at BCIT as part of a celebration across the State for Career and Technical Education (CTE)Month.

    Dr. Nagy acknowledged in the audience a member of the BCIT West security team, James Pitts. Dr. Nagy asked that he and Veldon Harris, the Director of Security stand.  The security staff received training the day before the Board Meeting on CPR and the heimlich maneuver. On the day of the Board of Education meeting, a student was choking on a meatball at lunch and James performed the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged the meatball saving the student’s life. The Board and all those present commended Director Veldon Harris for arranging the training and to James Pitts for his heroic and responsive efforts.   

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    • Ryan Holiday - Discipline is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control
    • Adam Grant - Think Again

    • Sarah Stein Greenberg - Creative Acts for Curious People

    • Seth Godin - Linchpin

    • Marc Brackett - Permission to Feel

    • Roman Krznaric - The Good Ancestor

    • Niall Ferguson - The Square and the Tower

    • Steven Pinker - Enlightenment Now

    • Simon Sinek - Start with Why

    • Simon Sinek - The Infinite Game

    • Seth Godin - Linchpin

    • Malcom Gladwell - Outliers

    • Todd Kashdan - Curious?

    • Carol Dweck - Mindset

    • Chip and Dan Heath - Switch

    • Martin Seligman - Flourish

    • Marc Brackett - Permission to Feel

    • Brene Brown - Atlas of the Heart

    • Brene Brown - Daring Greatly

    • Jonah Berger - Contagious

    • Jonah Berger - The Catalyst

    • Jon Gordon and Damon West - The Coffee Bean

    • Jon Gordon - The Energy Bus

    • Lolly Daskal - The Leadership Gap (Executive Coach)

    • Nico Melle - The End of Big

    • Hermant Taneja - Unscaled

    • Angela Duckworth:Grit

    • Tony Wagner -The Global Achievement Gap

    • Daniel Pink - Drive

    • Daniel Pink - The Power of Regret

    • Malcolm Gladwell - Tipping Point

    • Malcom Gladwell - Blink

    • Malcom Gladwell - Talking to Strangers

    • John Maxwell - Talent is Never Enough

    • John Maxwell - 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

    • John Maxwell - 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player

    • Doris Kearns Goodwin - Team of Rivals

    • William Poundstone - Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?

    • Thomas Friedman - Thank You for Being Late

    • Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Stone - The Art of the Possibility

    • Fareed Zakaria - Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

    • Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is the Way

    • Don Miguel Ruiz - The Four Agreements

    • James Clear - Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

    • Steven Levy - In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes our Lives

    • James Barrat - Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

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