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Eric Sheninger
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Eric is the principal at New Milford High School located in Bergen County, NJ. He is passionate about establishing and fostering learning environments that are student-centered, collaborative, flexible, and prepare all learners to succeed in the 21st Century.

As an educational administrator he firmly believes that effective communication, listening, support, shared decision making, and the integration of technology are essential elements necessary for the transformation of school cultures. Eric has emerged as an innovative leader in the use of social media and web 2.0 technology as tools to engage students, improve communications with stakeholders, and help educators grow professionally. Eric is a Google Certified Teacher, ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar, and was named to the NSBA "20 to Watch" list in 2010 for technology leadership. He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders embrace and effectively utilize technology. For more information on Eric visit http://ericsheninger.com

Eric began his career in education as a science teacher at Watchung Hills Regional High School where he taught a variety of subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Ecology) and coached several sports (ice hockey, football, lacrosse). He then transitioned into the field of educational administration as an Athletic Director/Supervisor of Physical Education & Health and Vice Principal in the New Milford School District. During his administrative career he has served as District Affirmative Action Officer and is the current president of the New Milford Administrator’s Association.

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If School Leaders Don't Get It, It's Not Going to Happen

(3) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 5:28 PM

Schools across the country are plagued by a bunker mentality when it comes to leadership. Conformity, compliance, maintaining the status quo, and enforcing rules reign supreme. In the end it all comes down to the actions of leaders. So the other day I tweeted out this comment, "I am amazed...

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How Social Media Changed Everything

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 6:28 PM

I was just like ever other principal on the planet prior to becoming connected. My narrow focus was on sustaining a school culture focused on rules, compliance, conformity, and preserving the status quo. The end goal was to make sure standardized test scores increased (or at least didn't go down)...

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Schools Need to Work Better for Kids than Adults

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:26 PM

The world is changing, but many schools are not. Are the needs of our learners being met, and will they be prepared to succeed in this world? When I think about this question my own child comes to mind. My son, Nicholas, is your typical child growing up in the...

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Education Reform Is Destroying Childhood as We Know It

(70) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 3:39 PM

When I reflect on my childhood nothing but fond memories come to mind. Growing up in a rural part of western New Jersey sure had its benefits in the 1980s. Upon returning home from White Township Consolidated School (K-8) my brothers and I would complete our assigned homework in less...

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Control Will Be the Demise of Education

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 10:42 AM

For over a century, the industrial model of education did a fantastic job of preparing students for careers. Those careers are no longer relevant in today's rapidly changing world. With obvious remnants of this system still in place, new changes are being pushed through under the guise of education reform....

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The Moments and People That Shape Us

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 2:41 PM

I knew early on in my education career that I wanted to be an administrator. The predominant reason for this was that I wanted to at least attempt to be a fraction of the leader that my father was. My father was an elementary principal for 30 years and I...

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Essential Elements of Effective Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 4:48 PM

Effective leadership is essential for any organization and school to be successful. Great leaders are always critically analyzing ways in which he/she can improve in order to achieve an array of goals. This is especially the case in education where strong and bold leadership is needed during this tumultuous time....

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Testing for What?

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 6:50 PM

NJ Spotlight is a fantastic resource for me. They are unbiased in their approach to educate citizens on numerous topics, with education being one of them. I recently came across an opinion piece titled Putting New Jersey's High School Diplomas to the Test. The article focused...

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Fixing a Broken System

(5) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 9:23 PM

We can all agree that professional development is essential in any profession, especially education. It is an opportunity to become better at what we do as well as gain knowledge on new pedagogical techniques, learning theories, leadership strategies, technologies, and federal/state mandates. With budgets being continuously slashed across the country,...

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Personalizing Learning Is the Key to Engagement and Achievement

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 7:50 PM

Around this time last year I received what I thought was an odd request. Juliana Meehan, a teacher from a neighboring district, contacted me and asked if I would agree to mentor her as part of her training to become an administrator as part of the NJ EXCEL program. Now...

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The Runaway Train

(4) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 12:45 PM

As the end of the school year draws near, the education reform rhetoric is heating up. This means states like New Jersey and New York are closer to implementing new teacher evaluation systems as a result of Race to the Top, NCLB waivers, and other mandates...

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The Device Conundrum

(5) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 5:15 PM

As we continue to advance in the digital age schools and districts are beginning to re-think pedagogy and learning environments by instituting either 1:1 device programs or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. In my opinion, schools that wish to create the most relevant and meaningful learning culture will go...

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Should There Be Rules for Social Media Use?

(3) Comments | Posted January 5, 2013 | 6:20 PM

I have read some very thought-provoking posts and associated commentary over the past couple of weeks focusing on how particular educators use social media. What I have found interesting is the powerful opinions as to how one should use social media. I think it is great that so many people...

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Driving Change to Transform Schools

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 4:54 PM

Recently my school was recognized as the "School of the Month" for November/December by eSchool News. The resulting article described New Milford High School's many accomplishments pertaining to the use of educational technology to enhance the teaching and learning process. We are extremely proud of the current culture...

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The True Value of Technology

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 12:46 PM

This past month my family and I suffered a devastating loss as my grandmother passed away only a few weeks after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Abiding by her wishes not to inconvenience anyone, my parents arranged for friends and family to call an hour prior to the...

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Standardization Will Destroy Our Education System, If It Hasn't Already

(31) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 6:25 PM

This summer I have made a commitment to reading more, and have chosen books that I think will help me become a better leader. A few weeks ago I finished Drive by Daniel Pink and am now halfway through Linchpin by Seth Godin. I highly recommend...

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Leadership That Our Schools Need

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 11:47 AM

As society, education, and learners change so does the need to have educational leaders who embody a modern form of leadership. Modern leaders must establish a vision and implement a strategic process that creates a teaching and learning culture that provides students with essential skill sets (creativity, communication, collaboration, critical...

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Common Misunderstandings of Educators Who Fear Technology

(3) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 6:44 PM

Education is currently at a crossroads as traditional methods and tools are changing as a result of advances in technology and learning theory. We are beginning to see some schools across the country take the lead in merging sound pedagogy with the effective integration of technology. These schools and educators,...

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Khan Academy: Friend or Foe?

(15) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 2:17 PM

While attending the NSBA Annual Conference this past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend Sal Khan's keynote on Sunday. Khan is the creator of Khan Academy. He began his keynote by sharing a video montage of Khan Academy highlights and then presenting some impressive statistics on usage....

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The Best Ideas for Our Schools

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 3:58 PM

I recently attended a session at the 2012 NASSP Annual Conference facilitated by Dr. Gary Stager, a progressive educator whose work I have come to know over the past couple of years. Gary's message is one that resonates with me and many other educators who frequent digital spaces....

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