Matt Fabricant has always felt drawn to work with the neediest
populations. As a Spanish teacher at North Star Academy in Newark, a
school with a high rate of impoverished students, Fabricant knows
education opens doors and creates opportunities. He also knows this is
true not only for his students but for himself as well. With a goal of
becoming a school principal in the future, Fabricant recently graduated
from the College of Education and Human Services with an Executive
Master of Arts in Education Leadership, Management and Policy. The
cohort program is designed for teachers and others in the field of
education pursuing eligibility as a school principal or supervisor.
Fabricant is already demonstrating leadership in teaching. His
desire to incorporate interactive clickers into his lesson plans
motivated him to launch a successful DonorsChoose.org campaign to raise
$800 for 32 of the devices. The interactive clickers bring fun into the
classroom by allowing students to play challenging, interactive games
like Jeopardy, but they also provide Fabricant with instant feedback on
each student’s mastery of a lesson. Based on the data he receives in
real time, Fabricant can adapt his lesson to the students’ pace or plan
additional lessons to review the same material.
“Technology is one of the most effective ways to engage students.
They love it and use it all the time. That’s how I am able to draw
students in and get them excited about the class,” Fabricant said. “I
want to give them the technology that wealthier districts have.”
Spurred on by his success in reaching his fundraising goal for the
interactive clickers, Fabricant has a new campaign on DonorsChoose.org
to bring additional technology to his classroom. In his latest effort,
he hopes to raise nearly $2,400 to purchase seven laptop computers to
create engaging class projects and allow the students to develop
essential technology skills through research, PowerPoint presentations
and film and music projects.
The intersection of technology and school leadership is where
Fabricant hopes to find himself in the future. He has a clear picture
of where he hopes to be professionally 10 years from now.
“I am a principal of an urban school, fighting for equal
opportunities for my students, getting them college ready and preparing
them educationally to be successful. One of my main goals is to excite
students about learning, so I’ll be working with teachers to develop
dynamic lessons that include technology.”
With an Executive M.A. in Education Leadership, Management and Policy
now on his résumé, Fabricant is grateful for being one step closer to
“Seton Hall is a great institution. It was a top flight education.
Dr. [James] Corino [the cohort administrator] does a great job with the
Editorial assistance by Alexis Iheke.
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