CASDA partners with The McLean Group to pursue educational equity in area school districts

March 11, 2019

Rensselaer, NY (March 11, 2019) – The Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) is proud to announce that their newest Corporate Partner is The McLean Group, who provide customized consulting, coaching and training on diversity. Through the partnership, CASDA member school districts will receive a discounted price on cultural responsiveness and implicit bias training contracted via CASDA with the McLean Group’s expert trainers.


“We feel that this is the work that needs to be done, and that the approach taken by The McLean Group is the right one,” said CASDA Executive Director Michael Piccirillo, Ed. D. “CASDA is excited about this partnership and carrying this important work forward.”


“It is our mission to raise awareness in a graceful and caring manner so that the issues that we as a society face are properly acknowledged and change can occur one person at a time,” said Kathleen McLean, president of The McLean Group.


The McLean Group is currently providing customized training to the North Colonie School District and KIPP Tech Valley Charter School. McLean is also working with Schenectady, Amsterdam and Kingston school districts as the liaison for the Empowering Early Career Educators for Racial Justice project funded by the National Education Association (NEA). 


For more information about these services, contact CASDA Executive Director Michael Piccirillo at 518-512-5198 ext. 6222, email at, or visit


The Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA), a non-profit organization, is upstate New York’s premier educational technical assistance center. For nearly 70 years, CASDA has served educators and students in more than 100 New York State school districts. CASDA’s mission is to serve as a catalyst, convener, community developer and capacity builder for educators and the communities they serve. CASDA engages educators and their school communities in addressing challenges and embracing opportunities to create positive, lasting academic and social outcomes for students.


About The McLean Group

The McLean Group is a consulting firm with a unique approach to diversity and inclusion, leadership development, and team building. The McLean Group utilizes a three-E framework of implementation that focuses on education, exploration and empowerment to transform the culture of organizations. We at The McLean Group understand and acknowledge that there is no single conversation that can adequately and comprehensively cover all facets of race, equity, and inclusivity. This work requires compassion, courage and commitment. The McLean Group's goal is to promote sustainable change.



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