MassCUE's Pathfinder Award Awarded To

Geoghegan

MassCUE's Pathfinder Award Awarded To:

Martin Geoghegan is a highly regarded principal worthy of the MassCUE's Pathfinder Award in recognition of his visionary leadership in the field of educational technology.  Marty's efforts have gone "above and beyond" in providing inspiration to other administrators and educators. Marty has been a leader to adopt a one-to-one BYOD initiative at John T. Nichols, Jr. Middle School. He is in the process of implementing a district owned device for one-to-one. He has offered courses for his teachers and modeled the use of technology at his faculty meetings and in-service days. In addition, Marty has served on many boards and committees to extend his knowledge and leadership beyond Middleborough Public School District. He has been recognized by MassCUE as the Featured Educator of the Month (May 2015). He has enhanced communication with parents, community and staff through the school website, blog, Twitter, newspaper articles, School Council, and district meetings. He has served on Middleborough's District Technology Committee for four years.

Marty models and promotes the effective use of technology in the day-to-day execution of duties; provides exceptional leadership in supporting the integration of technology into the curriculum; and promotes, models, and establishes policies for safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology. An example of this includes the Internet Safety workshop presented by Joani Geltman, MSW, who has worked as a Therapist, Parenting Coach, and Consultant for 30 years, on the topic entitled “Sexting, Texting, and Social media, what is a Parent to Do?” Marty offered this workshop in April 2016 at his school for parents, teens, preteens and future teens to provide knowledge, insight and practical strategies regarding Internet Safety.

The three different aspects of leadership which have been observed in Marty include his Coaching, Pace-setting and Democratic style. Marty's Coaching style is in the form of "Try this" encouraging his staff to improve performance and develop their strengths. His Pace-setting style sets high standards for performance as he asks his staff to try what he is modeling. For instance, try using a blog or Twitter to communicate with parents or students. His Democratic style forges consensus through participation. He collaborates with his professional learning communities to build consensus or get input from his staff.

Recognition/Presentations/Courses

Nominated for 2016 & 2017 Massachusetts Middle School Principal of Year (2015 and 2016)

MassCUE Featured Educator of the Month (May, 2015)

Presentations and Courses Taught:

"Beyond the LLP: Assistant Principal, Your First Move to Administration" -- Presentation to LLP Class of 2005 as well as at MSSAA Summer Institute (2005)

"Friday Memo for Improved School Culture" -- MSSAA Summer Institute (2013)

"Twitter:  The Power of the Hashtag for Administrators" -- MSSAA Summer Institute (2014)

"Twitter:  The Power of the Hashtag for Teachers" -- Middleborough Public Schools (Sept. - Nov. 2014)

LearnLaunch Conference Advisory/Planning Board -- January, 2015

LearnLaunch Conference Principal's Hot Seat Moderator/Presenter -- January, 2015

"Twitter: The Power to Brand, Communicate, and Learn" -- MSSAA Summer Institute (2015)

Presentation with LearnLaunch on Teachers’ EdTech Needs -- MassCUE (October, 2015)

LearnLaunch Conference Advisory/Planning Board -- January, 2016

LearnLaunch Conference Principal's Hot Seat Moderator/Presenter and Personalized Learning Panel -- January, 2016

Founder and head moderator of #MSSAAchat on second Tuesday of each month (since January 2015)

Professional Associations, Memberships, and Committees                                                                                      

MASCD Executive Board Member (since 2011) and President (since 2015)

Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association (MSSAA)

•             Board of Directors (2015)

•             Middle Level Committee Chair (2015) and Member (since 2006)

•             Educational Policy Committee

•             Ad Hoc Technology Committee

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

ASCD Leader to Leader (ASCDL2L)

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)

New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS)

Massasoit League of Middle School Principals

Edutopia

LearnLaunch Conference Planning Board (September through January 2015)

Marty is a dedicated administrator who values technology and how it can transform teaching and learning. He is a constant advocate for change that supports student learning. I highly recommend Marty for the MassCUE Pathfinder Award.