THREE YEAR PLAN (2016-2019)

Our three year plan was created to guide CASDA into the future and provide a strategic blueprint for what we would like to accomplish over the next three years. It includes program, organizational and environmental goals aimed at supporting educators at all levels.


Offer a full range of professional development opportunities customized to the needs of component districts.

Objective A: Help educators as they adapt to ongoing changes in the educational environment.



  • Assist districts as they respond to the demands of the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

  • Offer technical assistance to the field as it implements changes in state curriculum and testing. 

  • Take leadership in identifying and sharing best practices in the area of student support.  

  • Serve as a Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) provider to assist educators in meeting NYS professional development requirements.

  • Implement a comprehensive program of distance learning to assist busy educators in meeting their professional development needs.

Objective B:  Support district instructional improvement efforts to increase student outcomes.  



  • Continue to support utilization of classroom, school and district assessment data to inform classroom practices

  • Explore models of technology use that enhance learning and  develop a regional technology “round table” for sharing of best practices in classroom use of technology

  • Implement models of teaching that are inclusive of students with special needs

  • Provide additional focus on early grade best practices and student management

Objective C:  Recognize the increasing diversity in our local schools and proactively support faculty, families and students through partnerships, program options, and a focus on understanding the impact of increasing diversity in schools.



  • Explore changes in programming to accommodate shifts in student needs

  • Facilitate partnerships between local community agencies and schools

  • Provide customized support to schools and districts by student subgroup, rather than professional development on “diversity”

  • Continue to support best practices in student engagement and management  in diverse classrooms

Objective D:  Provide research-based, differentiated professional development for faculty based upon district needs.


  • Provide differentiated support for the professional learning community model in addition to supporting building level inquiry models

  • Support new faculty in development of lesson and unit plans aligned with expectations of home district

  • Provide continued support for the understanding and use of revised standards

  • Provide continued exposure and support for models of synchronous and asynchronous professional development through distance learning 

Objective E:  Provide differentiated professional development to administrators on effective elements of building-level instructional leadership.


  • Provide guidance on the creation of building level professional development plans as well as creation of building plans

  • Support novice administrators in the identification and development of instructional leadership dispositions

  • Provide support for supervision of professional learning communities to maximize their impact on student learning

  • Develop  “units” for building leaders to use on PD days or faculty meetings

Objective F:  Provide supportive opportunities in areas of district governance for Superintendents.


  • Act as source of information about  potential impact of ESSA on district policy

  • Continue to provide guidance and support on Superintendent and Board of Education roles

  • Provide guidance on quality hiring practices and mentoring of new faculty

  • Support efforts of Superintendents in strategic planning including consideration of change theories on implementation

  • Management of human and social capital in response to limited resources and funding challenges


Build CASDA's organizational capacity to ensure its long-term sustainability and vitality.

OBJECTIVE A:   Continue to develop the effectiveness of CASDA's Functional Service Teams.



  • Develop a system for internal sharing among functional service teams and with CASDA administration.

  • Utilize service teams to make recommendations about additional staff needs and to mentor new faculty 

  • Service Teams will serve as the vehicle for collecting data from project leads for CASDA's internal program evaluation

  • Implement a system for archiving all materials developed at CASDA and share with all faculty to build capacity and reduce redundancy in preparation of materials

  • Develop faculty skills in the use of Distance Learning technology

OBJECTIVE B:   Continue to develop the coherence of the organization. 


  • Convene faculty  twice per year

  • Incorporate Visioning exercises with CASDA faculty annually

  • Update faculty about facets of CASDA by disseminating a weekly video by the Executive Director. 

  • Continue to invest in the professional development of faculty and staff  (i.e. book studies, dissemination of research articles)

OBJECTIVE C: Continue to develop and refine the internal system for evaluating the effectiveness of all CASDA projects, services and conferences.


  • Build the capacity of CASDA faculty to design evaluation plans and select assessment tools to monitor progress on contracts

  • Formalize the use of a logic model at the onset of a contract, which will be used to guide data collection

  • Perform a cost-benefit analysis by type of service


Define and strengthen relationships with member districts and strategic partners.

Objective A: Strengthen and formalize the relationship between the University at Albany School of Education (SOE) and CASDA.


  • Survey, convene and connect the field with the SOE as requested  

  • Seek to close the research-to-classroom gap through design of strategic partnerships among districts, CASDA, and the SOE

  • Take a leadership role in the development of regional centers for leadership, pedagogy and community schools

  • Develop action research projects, sponsor research seminars and author research briefs in partnership with SOE personnel

  • Regularly Involve UAlbany and other area college professors in CASDA activities

Objective B:  Develop strategic partnerships with higher education, SED and professional organizations that enable CASDA to support districts in the Capital Region most effectively.



  • Assist rural schools through partnership with the Regional Education Lab and the NYS Rural Schools Association

  • Support school principals through partnership with the College of St. Rose and the Greater Capital Region Principals Center

  • Support teachers through partnerships with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, The NYS Council of Educational Organizations and the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center

  • Seek and develop strategic partnerships with other non-profit organizations which support the CASDA mission.

OBJECTIVE C: Further develop marketing strategies and outreach. 



  • Target marketing based on needs of district and role

  • Seek sponsors to underwrite CASDA events and service activities

  • Initiate a program of regional professional development offerings

  • Continue to develop electronic outreach to rural districts

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