CASDA Teams With The Schenectady Foundation To Support School Leadership

December 14, 2015

CASDA is pleased to announce that it has received $80,000 in funding from The Schenectady Foundation to support a year-long School Leadership Initiative for the Schenectady City School District. 

Funding supported a one-day Leadership & Evaluation retreat on June 30, 2015 for all SCSD administrators and senior Central Office staff, with ongoing professional development trainings throughout the school year.  CASDA is working with our partner on this project, Learner Centered Initiatives (LCI), to conduct these trainings with Dr. Lynn Macan, who holds a joint appointment as a Faculty member at both LCI and CASDA.

CASDA will also facilitate five professional development workshops focused on improving literacy and parent engagement in SCSD’s K-8 school buildings, as well as a one-on-one Coaching program for all K-8 principals.  Both of these programs will be led by CASDA Faculty members Rebecca Gardner and Elizabeth Smith, who each bring more than 30 years of experience in the field of education to the project.

The first professional development workshop was held on November 4, 2015, and featured a presentation about best practices in parent engagement and family involvement, and an opportunity for K-8 SCSD school leaders and members of their school building teams to discuss and share strategies on building respectful relationships between homes and schools.

The Initiative’s one-on-one coaching program provides a rare opportunity for K-8 SCSD principals to freely reflect upon and discuss challenges they face in a non-evaluative context as they work with their CASDA Coach in a collegial fashion to solve educational problems and improve their school leadership practice.

For further information about the School Leadership Initiative or to learn more about opportunities in your district for coaching and school leadership development, please contact CASDA’s Executive Director, James Butterworth, at

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