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Double whammy on school finances

October 29th, 2012 by Robert Lowry

School district finances took two shots last week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fall conference highlights

October 4th, 2012 by Robert Lowry

Some of the presentations from our recently completed Fall leadership Summit in Saratoga Springs are now available on our website.

Included are a videotape of Commissioner King’s remarks and the power point presentations used by keynote speakers Yong Zhao (Global, Creative, and Entrepreneurial: Defining High Quality Education) and Ray McNulty (Education in the New Economy: Build on Today and .Move to the Future). The first page of Dr. Zhao’s presentation is blank; scroll down).

Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES District Superintendent James T. Langlois assumed the presidency of the Council during the conference. Concluding his eloquent “inaugural” remarks, he said,

…let us never lose sight of one of the most important bedrocks of public education — the brilliant, mysterious and unquenchable radiance that illuminates each successful encounter between a student and a teacher. It can?t be quantified or measured or tested. But it is the beacon that draws us forward. It is the true source of excellence. It points us ever onward toward that place where our dreams for our students and their dreams for their future become so intertwined as to be indistinguishable.

We superintendents work each day to clear away all that stands in the way of thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students achieving this vision. It is hard work, sometimes draining, and too many of us have been wounded or even destroyed by its dangers. But in the end, what could be more noble, more satisfying, more profoundly enriching than to engage in this struggle, the daily work of a public school superintendent in the State of New York?

Additional items from the conference are available here — click on the links in the light green box under “Fall Leadership Summit.”

 Some of the presentations from our recently completed Fall leadership Summit in Saratoga Springs are now available on our website.

Included are a videotape of Commissioner King’s remarks and the power point presentations used by keynote speakers Yong Zhao (Global, Creative, and Entrepreneurial: Defining High Quality Education) and Ray McNulty (Education in the New Economy: Build on Today and .Move to the Future). The first page of Dr. Zhao’s presentation is blank; scroll down).

Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES District Superintendent James T. Langlois assumed the presidency of the Council during the conference. Concluding his eloquent “inaugural” remarks, he said,

…let us never lose sight of one of the most important bedrocks of public education — the brilliant, mysterious and unquenchable radiance that illuminates each successful encounter between a student and a teacher. It can?t be quantified or measured or tested. But it is the beacon that draws us forward. It is the true source of excellence. It points us ever onward toward that place where our dreams for our students and their dreams for their future become so intertwined as to be indistinguishable.

We superintendents work each day to clear away all that stands in the way of thousands of teachers and hundreds of thousands of students achieving this vision. It is hard work, sometimes draining, and too many of us have been wounded or even destroyed by its dangers. But in the end, what could be more noble, more satisfying, more profoundly enriching than to engage in this struggle, the daily work of a public school superintendent in the State of New York?

Additional items from the conference are available here — click on the links in the light green box under “Fall Leadership Summit.”

 

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