The View From Here

March 22, 2018


Prior to my arrival as the Interim Executive Director at CASDA, one of the things the fascinated me the most about CASDA is the organization’s ability to stay “ahead of the curve” and anticipate the needs of schools and districts.  Time and again we would be facing a new initiative or mandate, and sure enough, CASDA was prepared with the experts to provide service to their members.


This week I got to see how that occurs.  On March 20, we gathered our entire faculty and staff to face just that issue.  The morning was spent brainstorming ways to ensure that this organization is prepared for the needs of our field. 


We are all aware that education is rapidly changing, and there are many question marks with regard to funding and programs over the next few years.  However, I was energized by the enthusiasm of the women and men who make up CASDA.  All of know the need to remake CASDA fairly regularly to continue to be the premier school study council in the region as well as New York State.


New partnerships, expanding horizons, addressing emerging trends, greater engagement with our members as follow-up to training, and an even greater focus upon our outreach to you, our members, were all discussion points.  It was a rewarding and exciting morning.


With serious and daunting change occurring, schools need to continue to be the best they can be for the students in their care.  I know these conversations are happening in all of your districts, and staying ahead of that learning curve is a topic that is never far from those who work in your organizations to provide professional development for your staff.


You can rest assured that CASDA understands that as well.  Periodically, CASDA looks internally to look at the services we offer, and make changes that add new services that have become needed, and end services that no longer meet our members’ needs.  It is an important facet of our continued relevance as an organization based upon providing service to the ever-changing needs of our 113 members.


In this new and changing era, CASDA must again remake itself to continue to provide you, our members with the support necessary to ensure your growth and success.  Having witnessed the amazing amount of ideas and recommendations we have received from our staff, I am confident that CASDA will continue to be the agency that will strive to provide whatever services you need.



Jim Hoffman

Interim Executive Director


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