NORTH BERGEN – Approximately 40 school administrators, teachers, union representatives and more representing dozens of New Jersey school districts attended the North Jersey Data Forward Conference at North Bergen’s Lincoln Annex School last week. Presented by school district technology provider LinkIt, the two-day data retreat exposed attendees to new ways to utilize data in the classroom with a goal of improving student outcomes. The conference was held on July 7th and 8th and was also attended by Mayor Nick Sacco, who serves as the district’s Director of Primary and Secondary Education, Freeholder Anthony Vainieri, the principals of each North Bergen school and district department heads.
“North Bergen is becoming a leader in adopting data-driven techniques to improve student performance and give our teachers new tools to use in the classroom,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter. “We were honored to host this conference and our technology team and department heads learned many important skills that we will be putting to use in the upcoming school year.”
Increasing the usage of technology and using data-driven decision-making techniques has been a particular focus for the district over the past few years under the leadership of Dr. Solter. The school district has purchased hundreds of ChromeBook laptops to provide students with computers to use in school and has upgraded its network infrastructure. It has also invested in less visible steps to use the power of data to improve instruction, such as teacher training and tools like LinkIt.