Each week, #satchat draws educators from across the country to discuss important topics in education. Brad Currie, along with Scott Rocco and Billy Krakower, have built the #satchat community into a positive PLN, sharing expertise and helping thought leaders to inspire and innovate!
We are proud to have Brad share his insight with us this week!
5 Questions with… Brad Currie
1. What do you most want your students to take with them from your classroom, school or district?
We want our students at Black River Middle School to understand the importance of having a great day every day. We believe that when students enter high school they must possess a strong skill set in order to succeed at high levels. We hope that students leave Black River Middle School with a solid understanding of empathy, effort, pride, and a commitment to utilizing available resources to excel academically.
2. What are the most rewarding and/or the most frustrating aspects of education?
The most rewarding aspect of education is seeing our 8th grade students at Black River Middle School graduate with a diverse learning experience. What I mean by diverse is that students are able to connect with other students through our multi grade level advisory program. It provided students with a true understanding of empathy and respecting others. Also, our students have a solid exposure to various forms of technology and software programs.
3. What advice would you give to young teachers?
Young teachers must have a thirst for staying on top of best practices by being a connected educator on social media sites like Twitter. Being a connected educator is no longer an option. Another piece of advice I would give new teachers is tell your classroom’s story through a Facebook page, blog, or Twitter handle.
4. What has influenced your career the most?
Over the past few years Eric Sheninger and Todd Whitaker have influenced me as an educator. Eric’s approach leading in the digital era has really impacted the way I conduct myself on a daily basis. Todd’s focus on being great and doing what’s best for kids rings true and helps me be a better leader.
5. As an educator, what are you currently focused on?
I am focused on providing students with a top notch innovative learning environment. Two years ago we implemented a STEM program. This past year we dove into a 1:1 Chromebook initiative. Next year we will look to integrate a maker space and 3D printing into student’s learning experiences.
Brad Currie has been an educator for over 15 years. He started out as a Middle School Social Studies and Computer Applications Teacher for the Hanover Township School District in Whippany, New Jersey. Brad then transitioned to the field of administration as a Middle School Vice Principal and Athletic Director for the Readington Township School District in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Currently, Brad currently serves as the K-8 Supervisor of Instruction and Dean of Students for the Chester School District in Chester, New Jersey.
Brad is a part of ASCD’s 2014 Emerging Leaders Class and a Google Certified Educator. Check out Brad’s book titled All Hands on Deck:Tools for Connecting Educators, Parents, and Communities. Brad has been a featured speaker and presenter at many conferences around the country. Follow Brad on Twitter @bradmcurrie or visit his website at www.bradcurrie.net.