This summer, CASDA, the University at Albany School of Education, the SUNY Albany College of Arts and Sciences, and the Albany City School District completed the second year of a three-year grant titled Teacher Leadership Quality Partnership. This grant promotes collaborative relationships to improve teacher preparation programs. The grant team’s Building Communities to Promote Student Achievement is focused on developing professional learning communities and service learning programs.
This year’s conclusion event featured the children’s book author and illustrator, James Ransome. Ransome led an entertaining keynote address detailing his extensive work as an illustrator, his book development process, his own thoughts on quality teaching and stories behind some of his most famous books and illustrations.
This two-day event also featured work on curriculum development and strategic planning for the coming school year. Over thirty attendees participated including three local principals and their teacher-leader teams.