Dr. Robert R. Zywicki was unanimously appointed as Weehawken’s Superintendent of Schools in November 2015. He is responsible for the operations of the PreK-12 school district.
Dr. Zywicki successfully led the Weehawken educational community through a strategic planning process that culminated in the Board of Education’s adoption of a three year strategic plan in July 2016. The District’s strategic plan is a roadmap for academic excellence and a student-centered vision of “Equity, Personalization, and Innovation.” Dr. Zywicki has overseen the successful implementation of several initiatives including the district-wide 1:1 deployment of Chromebooks/iPads, infusion of research-based blended learning strategies, standards-based report cards, a comprehensive Response to Intervention program, and PLC-based curriculum mapping. He also expanded the High School curriculum to offer 31 AP Courses, including the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma Program. Dr. Zywicki collaborated with stakeholders to update the District’s Long-range Facilities Plan, Technology Plan, and Safety and Security Manual. In 2017, Weehawken was named one “of the twelve most innovative districts in the nation by the International Center for Leadership in Education.” The Washington Post ranked Weehawken High School among the top 12% of high schools in the nation on its 2017 list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” Additionally, in 2017 and 2018 Weehawken was ranked one of New Jersey’s top 100 public school districts by Niche.com. Since Dr. Zywicki’s arrival, members of the Weehawken leadership team have been invited to showcase the District’s progressive research-based practices at the NJDOE’s Future Ready Conference, NJASA Techspo conference, NJASA Women’s Leadership Conference, and the national Model Schools Conference.
Dr. Zywicki previously served as the Assistant Superintendent of the High Point Regional School District in Sussex, New Jersey. At High Point, he spearheaded the implementation of a Response to Intervention program, conversion to a BYOD campus, and the adoption of Google Apps for Education. He was also the organizer of the High Point Summit Featuring Google For Education. As a Supervisor at Hunterdon Central Regional School District in Flemington, New Jersey, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development selected Dr. Zywicki as one of 26 educators from across the globe for its Emerging Leaders program.
Dr. Zywicki’s district-wide leadership is grounded in his varied and distinguished classroom teaching experience. He gained recognition as an AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics teacher at Montgomery High School in Skillman, New Jersey. At Montgomery, he was selected to serve as an AP Reader for The College Board, contributed to the Council for Economic Education’s AP Macroeconomics Teacher's Manual, and developed assessments for Paul Krugman’s Economics for AP. At Voorhees High School in Hunterdon County New Jersey, he taught world history, United States history, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Human Geography. He also coached football and lacrosse at Voorhees. Dr. Zywicki began his career in education in the Bayonne Public Schools as a middle school social studies teacher.
Dr. Zywicki’s has been a key contributor to multiple statewide initiatives. He was a member of the NJDOE Elementary and Secondary Education Act Advisory Council and was one of the co-authors of the NJDOE Model Curriculum. In 2015, he served on the Governor's Standards Review English Language Arts Committee that tailored the Student Learning Standards to meet the needs of New Jersey’s students.
Dr. Zywicki has taught graduate level courses at Montclair State University, Saint Peter’s University, and Rutgers University. He is a regular presenter for the Foundation for Educational Administration on project-based learning, multi-tiered systems of support, and digital leadership. Through Rutgers University’s Center for Effective School Practices, he has been a consultant to dozens of PK-12 administrative teams on technology integration and organizational leadership. Dr. Zywicki is an active member of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the International Society for Technology in Education. Dr. Zywicki blogs and leverages social media to engage students, parents, and community members. He can be followed on Twitter at @ZywickiR.
Dr. Zywicki is a graduate of Rutgers College of Rutgers University (B.A.) and Saint Peter’s University’s Caulfield School of Education (Ed.D., M.A.). Dr. Zywicki’s dissertation was the first ever evaluation of New Jersey's permanent Interdistrict School Choice Program. Dr. Zywicki and his wife, Melanie, have four children.