Weehawken School District Selected as a 2017 Innovative District for Making Dramatic Improvements in Learning

Weehawken, NJ —The Weehawken Township School District has been named an “Innovative District” for 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), whose mission is to challenge, inspire and equip today’s educators to prepare students for lifelong success. Weehawken is one of the 12 chosen districts that will share best practices at the 25th Annual Model Schools Conference which takes place in June in Nashville.

The Model Schools Conference is the nation’s premier event to showcase the most rapidly improving K-12 schools and districts. Innovative Districts are selected annually based on a number of criteria including substantive, data-validated growth year over year; evidence of a strong culture that puts students at the center of learning; and dedication to transforming instruction to meet the needs and demands of the future.

“We are proud to honor and showcase this future-focused district for implementing a rigorous and relevant curriculum that engages and challenges students to think beyond the classroom to solve real-world problems,” said Dr. Willard R. Daggett, Founder and Chairman of ICLE.

Weehawken’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert R. Zywicki, attributed the District’s selection to “the concerted efforts of our teachers who have infused blended learning strategies and tools throughout the curriculum. ”

Richard Barsa, Weehawken’s Board President, views the selection by ICLE as evidence of the successful execution of the District’s research-based strategic plan. “The Board and Dr. Zywicki worked with our teachers and administrators to collaboratively develop a strategic plan that is entirely focused on student achievement. Going 1:1 with Chromebooks, implementing Response to Intervention, increasing Advanced Placement courses to 31, and expanding STEAM electives are all initiatives that are components of our plan’s unified vision for excellence.”

Over the past 25 years, Model Schools has attracted hundreds of thousands of educators who travel to the conference learn about the practices of exemplary elementary, middle, high schools, and districts. “At the Model School Conference, Weehawken educators will have the unique opportunity to share their inspiring ideas for innovating and transforming teaching and learning to better prepare students for the world in which they will work and live,” said ICLE’s Dr. Daggett.

Dr. Zywicki expressed pride in the recognition for his district. “This is an honor for the entire faculty, administration and Board of Trustees. It is an indicator of the upward trajectory of the District and our dedication to our students’ success.” Zywicki also sees the selection an opportunity for continued growth. “We are very excited to share our story at Model Schools. Along the way we will connect with educators from across the country who can expose us to progressive ideas and resources so we can keep innovating.”