2019-2020 Leadership Symposium

September 24, 2019 
October 28, 2019 
November 19, 2019
January 14, 2020
(Snow date January 21, 2020)
February 4, 2020 (Snow date February 11, 2020)

1:30-4 p.m.

Cost: $495/person

Alumni House, University at Albany

Each session of the 2019-2020 Leadership Symposium is designed to be interactive, practical and to create a community of educational leaders. Participants will learn from colleagues and guest speakers, collaborate in workshop activities aimed at stimulating reflection and discussion, and walk away with suggestions and solutions to implement and share with their school communities.

Session I: Building the Foundation - September 24, 2019
Focus: Standard 1 - Mission, Vision, and Core Values

            Standard 2 - Ethics and Professional Norms

Goal: Develop a deeper understanding of the significance of mission and vision, and how to focus the efforts of all members of the school community on the success of each student.

• Learn from practitioners the process of developing mission and vision statements.
• Make your vision come alive: a model for how to work collaboratively with all stakeholders.


Session II: Developing Leadership Capacity - October 28, 2019

Focus: Standard 6 - Professional Capacity of School Personnel

            Standard 7 - Professional Community for Teachers and Staff

Goal: Create a culture that establishes a standard for selecting, supporting and sustaining all school members as leaders in their work with students.

• Align the hiring process to your district’s mission and vision.
• Talent management: how to maximize the assets of your staff.

Session III: Creating Practical Systems for Action - November 19, 2019

Focus: Standard 4 - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

            Standard 10 - School Improvement

Goal: Implement a collaborative school improvement process focused on the academic and social-emotional needs of all students.

• Learn from teams that have successfully implemented school improvement plans.

Session IV: Cultivating the Community - January 14, 2020

Focus: Standard 3 - Equity and Cultural Responsiveness

            Standard 9 - Operations and Management

Goal: Explore best practices in equity and cultural responsiveness in all areas of learning and management.

• Raise your awareness of structural inequities in your school district.
• Identify possible strategies to address systemic inequities.

Session V: Sustaining the Community - February 4, 2020

Focus: Standard 5 - Community of Care and Support for Students

            Standard 8 - Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community

Goal: Engage families, students and the community in developing a caring, inclusive and supportive learning environment.

• Using student and parent survey results to drive your school plans.
• Learn how social media can be used to communicate and engage families and community.

Questions? Contact CASDA Executive Director Michael Piccirillo, Ed.D. at 518-442-5045 or at mpiccirillo@casdany.org.

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL)
The Professional Standards for Educational Leaders provide guideposts that will help school leaders make a difference every day in the learning and well being of students. Grounded in current research and the real-life experiences of educational leaders, they articulate the leadership that our schools need and our students deserve. They are student-centric, outlining foundational principles of leadership to guide the practice of educational leaders so they can move the needle on student learning and achieve more equitable outcomes. They’re designed to ensure that educational leaders are ready to meet challenges of the job today and in the future as education, schools and society continue to transform.

The PSEL are “model” professional standards that communicate expectations to practitioners, supporting institutions, professional associations, policy makers and the public about the work, qualities and values of effective educational leaders. They will be used by state boards of education to help guide their licensure and professional development programs.

Click here for the full Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015 document.

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