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How Pottsgrove Leaders Spent Summer Vacation

Pottsgrove administrators Ziegler (left) and Ramage, being greeted during July in San Diego. That’s the city’s Embarcadero Marina Park South in the background

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – If Pottsgrove School District administrators Dr. Bill Ziegler and Dr. David Ramage (at top) were asked to write an essay on what they did during their 2017 summer vacation, it might be titled “Networking In Sunny San Diego.”

Oh, sure, they could wax poetic about a lot of other things: enjoying time with families, seeing a few sights, eating great food … you know, usual vacation stuff. But they also can claim to have spent three July days at the University of California in San Diego, joining more than 50 school principals from around the world for the Discovery Educator Network’s Summer Institute Principal Summit.

Discovery Communications, producer of popular television channels and shows, operates Discovery Education. It annually invites what it called “a global community of education professionals” to the summit to learn “new strategies for using technology and digital content.” It also covered “supporting teachers through the digital transition, digital literacy, building their school’s brand, and how to showcase their school’s success to the community,” a news release stated.

Ziegler, principal of Pottsgrove High School, and Ramage, former principal of Pottsgrove Middle School and now the district’s newly appointed director of integration for learning and instruction, were selected for the summit in what Discovery described as a “competitive application process.” Both were required to submit “written and video explanations of how they are helping transform teaching, learning and culture at their respective schools,” and how they’ll share what they learned with others.

All of which means they probably have that mythical essay already typed.

The pair’s summit attendance “demonstrates their outstanding leadership and commitment using the latest technologies and innovative teaching strategies and techniques to improve student achievement,” according to Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and innovation for Discovery Education.

Photos from Discovery Communications, and Flickr

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