Dr. Michael Nagler, Acting on Persistence Data

The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices.



In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Michael Nagler, the Superintendent of Mineola Public Schools in Mineola, New York. Mike’s district had to take a hard look at persistence data around MPS students who were enrolling in Nassau Community College. The district discovered that students were not demonstrating success along standard college and career readiness measures. The finding served as an impetus to innovate in the college and career resources being provided to MPS students. As a result, the district has increased its focus on STEM instruction and high-impact tech integration. Dr. Nagler also discusses how his district’s Connect 2 College program and other community partnerships are positioning students to become more college and career ready.



About Dr. Michael Nagler


Mike is the Superintendent of Mineola Public Schools. He began his career as a social studies teacher in NYC. While teaching he earned his doctorate from Columbia University and accepted an administrative position with Mineola in 1999.


He believes strongly in the district’s mission to inspire students to become lifelong learners that exhibit strength of character and contribute positively to a global society. During his eighteen years with the district, he has been a big proponent of using technology to engage students in rigorous content. Mike has also been instrumental in creating a platform to assess student learning using electronic portfolios and digital badges. He even coded his own digital portfolio that you can view right here.


All five schools in Mineola have been recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools. Mineola is also a member of the League of Innovative Schools.



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