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Superintendent's Update - October 28, 2016

Dr. Indeglio Named a National Digital Principal Award winner

Nick Indeglio is named a National Digital Principal

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Nicholas Indeglio, Principal of Downingtown Middle School in the Downingtown Area School District has been named one of three 2017 NASSP Digital Principals of the Year.  The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and in over 35 countries around the world.


The Digital Principal of the Year Award is given each year to three principals who exhibit the best in digital leadership with-in their schools.  Through the effective use of digital tools and resources they create a learner-centered environment and a collaborative community that share successful digital learning experiences.


Nick believes the key to communicating a technology infused vision is establishing defined methods of communication through common technology platforms. Media/Movie Clubs, Minecraft Club, Twitter Chats, Facebook Live videos, and more are just a few ways Dr. Indeglio and his staff have implemented technology into the school.


In his application, Nick wrote about Downingtown Middle School (DMS), "DMS strives to create a digital synergy between students, teachers, parents, and the community.Thanks to the school’s 1:1 middle level initiative, every student at DMS is able to have an iPad. Students have access to the school’s learning management system through this device. At any time, parents can use our Home Access Center to see what their child is doing in class.


Dr. Indeglio is also one of DASD’s “Rock Star Principals”.   Calling themselves, “Edu-Rockstars”, Indeglio and Lionville Middle School Principal Jon Ross have created a website (, produce a weekly series of humorous and education related podcasts, ( and share their wisdom and experiences to over 70,000 followers on their Twitter feed (@RckStrPrincipal).


This is one of those awards that recognize the pioneering efforts of an educator who took the plunge and found innovative ways to use the new digital and social media tools. Nick recognized right away that our students would be embracing this new technology and feel most comfortable using the tools they are most familiar with.  Through his podcasts, website and Twitter account, he is helping generations of educators move away from the old, established culture of chalk and textbooks.  We are very proud of Nick and his work promoting digital education.