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Central Valley part of consortium that wins $348,311 leadership grant

A consortium that includes Central Valley, 16 other school districts, Capital Region BOCES and Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES has won a $348,311 grant from the New York State Education Department to enhance and expand the expertise of area principals.

The “Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Dissemination Grant: Principal Leadership” (STLE-D) will fund support for up to 45 principals from the consortium districts, including mentors, trainings and participation in a Professional Learning Community with other principals. Programming is slated for November 2014 to June 2015.

Other districts in the STLE-D consortium include: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Cohoes, Duanesburg, Guilderland, Middleburgh, Mohonasen, Niskayuna, Schalmont, Scotia-Glenville, Shenendehowa, South Colonie, Voorheesville, Herkimer, Owen D. Young, Richfield Springs and Mount Markham. Capital Region BOCES’ Educational Support Services staff will lead the program.

The grant was one of 21 awarded state-wide; the application was written by Capital Region BOCES’ Grants & Development Service.

“Education is rapidly changing and it is important to give our principals professional support and build upon their leadership skills,” said Cindy Stocker, Central Valley Assistant Superintendent.

“This grant provides them with a great opportunity to learn from some of the most forward thinking people in the field. Equally important, it creates a vehicle for our principals to reach out to other principals, sharing the best ideas across schools and BOCES.

Ms. Stocker added that this grant is not simply about improving our principals.

“Strong principals will help develop a culture where people work together and strengthen instruction and evaluation. In the end, that translates into a better education for our students.”