From The Weeds to the White House

Published on Nov 19, 2015

This is the presentation from the 2016 NJASA TechSpo conferences that focuses on how a rural town in Salem County, NJ was catapulted​ into the spotlight and went to The White House


From the Weeds to The White House

The power & importance of getting positive publicity 
Photo by Serge Melki

Jay Eitner, Superintendent of schools

@iSupereit /

follow along on your wireless device (cAsE sEnSiTiVe)

Where do we begin?

Lower Alloways Creek

  • 67% without regular cell phone service (most get service from DE)
  • 59% without cable (due to location)
  • 40% free-reduced lunch
  • 28% special education
  • NO local tax levy
  • Farmers, crabbers, or "the island"
  • [SOURCE: njdoe / NCLB]

Can it get any more challenging?

  • Low staff morale and polarized staff
  • High teacher pedagogy based on 1950's methods
  • Students hated school
  • Schedule not matching to students needs or wants
  • Technology? LOL
Photo by gopal1035


Create a learning environment that learners & staff want to be in 
Photo by fung.leo

The catalyst: meeting learners & staff where they are while making school fun again.


  • fosters collaboration
  • cultivates projects
  • connects districts that want to inspire and enlighten
  • portrays innovation in their mission statement or vision
  • FREE
Photo by ChrisL_AK

"Begin with the end in mind."

Grant wiggins

alphabet soup

  • (S) cience
  • (T) echnology
  • (E) ngineering
  • (M) ath
Photo by revbean

Or are you...

  • (S) cience
  • (T) echnology
  • (E) ngineering
  • (A) rts
  • (M) ath

Get the vibe.

Why would stakeholders want something like this? 
Photo by Gerg1967

Get the space.

Either an empty room or some shoeboxes!

Get the buy-in & get them excited.

admin, teachers, parents, students

Get the curriculum.

Acquire.  Procure. Attain. Tweak to your own.

Get on social media.

connect. brag. show learners learning.
Photo by Tom Raftery

Get to conferences

showing student work?  Clutch. 

Get recognized.

companies, organizations, and government will see it!
Photo by mac_ivan

Get to the White House.

Nothing beats it. Ever. 
Photo by Justin in SD

Essentials - $$$

  • makey-makey
  • raspberry pi
  • MinecraftEDU
  • LEGO Education
  • little bits
  • Drones
  • 3D printers
  • Laser printers

Essentials - $$

  • marshmallows
  • plastic silverware
  • popsicle sticks
  • dry spaghetti
  • duct tape
  • rubber bands
  • play dough
Photo by JeepersMedia

Essentials - $

  • excess office supplies
  • hand-me-downs from classrooms
  • JUNK
  • excess art room supplies
  • glue
  • paperclips
  • scrap paper
Photo by yoghaert

questions?     /     @iSupereit 
Photo by Stefan Baudy