Empathy: The Most Important 21st Century Skill

On Superintendent’s Conference Day, September 3, 2019, during the introduction to NHP-GCP’s Portrait of  a Learner, approximately 170 of us (teachers and staff) played a game of Kahoot, and agreed that empathy was an important skill for our learners to acquire while they are here with us at NHP-GCP.
I subscribe to AJ Juliani’s blog. He claims that empathy is the most important 21st Century Skill. See below for more information and if  you like, follow him on Twitter @ajjuliani .

Empathy: The Most Important 21st Century SkillRead the article on Many confuse empathy (feeling with someone) with sympathy (feeling sorry for someone), and even researchers who study it have muddied the waters with many definitions. But the author of The Empathy Effect, Dr. Helen Riess does a good job of untangling that and explaining the many dimensions of empathy. Empathy, she writes, involves an ability to perceive others’ feelings (and to recognize our own emotions), to imagine why someone migh…

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Portrait of a Learner

There was a great energy in the air as New Hyde Park-Garden City Park began the new school year! At our opening meeting, I shared the district’s goals for 2019-20 with the group:
Develop a shared, systematic approach to explicitly teach, integrate, and encourage positive behaviors.Ensure that all staff actively participate in professional development focused on inclusive and culturally proficient practices that improve learning and school cultures.Implement and ensure high-quality, consistent curriculum and learning experiences within each grade span and across the district with an emphasis on communication, empathy, learner’s mindset, technology and media literacy, collaboration, and innovation.Last school year, our Innovation and Transformational Network Committee created NHP-GCP’s Portrait of a Learner (based on Portrait of a Graduate) featuring the traits in District Goal 3. Follow this link to see the interactive result:…

Welcome Back!

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August 2019

Dear NHP-GCP Families,

Welcome back to school! I hope you had a great summer filled with time to relax, reboot, and reflect! 
I spent some time this summer looking back on last school year at all of the progress that we made in so many different areas, such as: Coding, Project Lead the Way, Digital Citizenship, Social/Emotional Learning, Universal Prekindergarten, our new classroom science curriculum, and the infusion of Chromebooks and Ipads into learning. We owe that progress to the extraordinary administrators, teachers, and support staff that are committed to ensuring that we provide an education that will empower our students with the knowledge and skills they need to live productive and happy lives. 
I also spent some time looking to the future with our Board of Education. Please visit our website at the following URL or QR Code to learn about our 2019-20 goals: https:…

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there. -Yogi Berra

We do have to know where we are going, and most importantly, we have to know why we are going there. I had been introduced to Simon Sinek's Ted Talk at a conference last year. You can find it here:

I immediately bought the audio book version of  Sinek's "Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action". I listened to it on my ride to and from work. This summer, the administrative team also read the book. And, as part of our professional development this year, we are engaging in our own book talk. 

Sinek's words resonated with me: "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it." 

So, where are we going? And why?
What is the purpose of education? Why am I involved in this profession? What promise do we make to our learners when they walk through the doors …

WHY we must and do teach STEAM, PLTW, Coding, Google

Dear All,

Please take a few minutes to read “Amazon HQ expansion means tough fight for talent”.
As I read, I was thinking about how many friends of mine have children who graduated college and were not able to gain work in their area of study. This is why we must and do teach STEAM, PLTW, Coding, Google...we are creating the future workforce. We are giving our children opportunity to thrive in our fast-changing world.
To see more of what our future engineers, programmers, mobile app developers, software developers are learning, follow Mrs. Scamell at NHPGCPTECH on Instagram and @nhpgcptech on Twitter, and @StemHolzkamp, and @MrGiurlandaSTEM on Twitter. 
Enjoy some of the images captured by our staff! Look at the expressions on our children's faces!

Have a great day.

Jennifer Morrison, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools

Thirty Years

Here Ellen describes the changes that have occurred in the world and in technology over the last thirty years.

Now try to imagine how much the world may change over the next thirty years. I worked in a video store throughout my college years. Video stores are now obsolete. Netflix is the new Blockbuster. 

If you do not remember Blockbuster (the company who decided not to buy Netflix after three offers to sell to them) please see video below to learn more...

Now take a moment to think about our children as adults thirty years from now. In their future, it seems plausible that a comedian will be explaining Netflix to their children.

It is impossible to know exactly what the future will look like for our children, but we can't prepare them to live in a world of the past. 

If you would like to learn more here is a  related article: Are we preparing for life or school?

What is Going on in the Library?

This year we are increasing the amount of time students in grades one through six spend with the Library Teacher from 30 minutes to 40 minutes (Kindergartners have traditionally had 40 minute periods). In addition, classroom teachers will now co-teach with the Library Teacher during the library period.

Topics for the year will include (and may be expanded upon):

Digital CitizenshipBook Exchange and LiteracyResearch and Inquiry
The first unit of study with the children will be "Digital Citizenship", using Common Sense Education materials: 

"Designed and developed in partnership with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education -- and guided by research with thousands of educators -- each digital citizenship lesson takes on real challenges and digital dilemmas that students face today, giving them the skills they need to succeed as digital learners, leaders, and citizens tomorrow."
Why are we teaching Digital Citizenship? Watch this short video:

To learn mor…