CASDA and the University at Albany School of Education were pleased to act as hosts for the Lehigh University School Study Council’s annual three-day Study Tour. The long running annual event was designed to offer the council’s members the opportunity to meet with nationally recognized leaders in the field of education and to visit school sites that demonstrate their theories in practice.
The Lehigh contingent traveled to Albany with 30 superintendents from the Eastern PA region from September 23-26. CASDA Associate Director Betsey Schuhle designed an excellent itinerary that offered the group a variety of educational sessions and recreational opportunities to help them learn about our region and state.
Many from the Lehigh Group claimed a highlight of the tour was visiting the University at Albany campus and taking part in a discussions with a slate of panelists. CASDA Executive Director James Butterworth informed the Lehigh guests of the State Education Department hierarchy and the initiatives developed and utilized at the state level to support districts and foster student achievement. Dr. Ruth Pagerey, Assistant Provost for Teacher Education at the State University of New York, followed sharing statistics of college ready students. Fellow panelist Dr. Charles Dedrick, district superintendent of Capital Region BOCES, explained the services that BOCES provides to students and district personnel. Dr. Bob Reidy closed out the morning panel by sharing information about the New York State Council of School Superintendents. The Lehigh contingent had a great discussion with the panel as they discussed budgets, state and federal aid programs and how different agencies provide school districts with professional development.
The Lehigh group also met with a panel of superintendents who serve on CASDA’s Executive Committee. This panel included superintendents: Laurence Spring of Schenectady City, Steve Tomlinson of Broadalbin-Perth, Jonathan Bruhner of South Colonie. After the panel introduced themselves and gave a bit of their career background the conversation focused on current opportunities and challenges in New York State public education and within their own unique districts. The discussion with the Lehigh group ranged from transportation of children, common core implementation, teacher assessments, tax bases, charter schools, and more.
Even with a full agenda the Lehigh group was able to see more of our beautiful region during their three-day tour. They stayed at the prestigous Saratoga Arms and had shopping, dining and recreational opportunities as well.