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State grant will support principal and teacher leadership, curriculum advances

October 24, 2014

The South Glens Falls Central School District was recently awarded a $511,925 Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Dissemination (STLE-D) Grant: Principal Leadership, from the New York State Department of Education. The grant money will be used to support effective principal practices and programs, and to build on the curriculum growth that was established through the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness 3 Grant, which the district received last winter.

The district was one of 21 school districts, charter schools or BOCES to be awarded money through the state, and the grant funding will run from November 2014 through June 2015. The South Glens Falls Central School District will be part of a consortium with the Queensbury Union Free School District on principal leadership, with a focus on mentoring new administrators. South Glens Falls is the lead agency on the grant, and Queensbury will receive about $130,000 of the grant money.

“Strong leadership is a key to the success of our educators, and our students in the classroom,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton. “This grant will allow us the opportunity to continue to expand curriculum and instructional initiatives, and to work with neighboring Queensbury to share best practices in principal development. We believe this partnership will be a benefit to the district leaders in both districts.”

Funds will be directed toward:

  • expansion of the formal principal mentoring program of principals to include all new administrators in both districts
  • expansion of the formal principal mentoring program so that administrators in both districts are able to work with other new administrators in the area as part of the learning process through a BOCES leadership academy
  • professional development for principal and teacher leadership in both districts
  • classroom supplies that enable the implementation of the Common Core, such as additional math manipulatives and leveled texts for every grade
  • a 7-12 literacy coach to support the Common Core Learning Standards in all content areas

“We hope to continue to strengthen our knowledge and the tools we use to be effective instructional leaders in the district for our South Glens Falls principals, and the principals in our partner district Queensbury,” said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Kristine Orr. “We are going to work to ensure that we have a quality curriculum that is aligned to the Common Core standards; written and taught at each grade level and for each subject; and uses appropriate materials. We’re pleased that the state believes in our vision for achieving success.”

In a press release, State Education Commissioner John King said, “These grants reinforce the Board of Regents’ commitment to the goal that every student is in a classroom led by a great teacher in a school led by a great principal. STLE is a direct investment in districts across the State that strive to use the great talent available in their schools to ensure the continuous growth of students and educators. With this latest round of grants, nearly one-third of all school districts and BOCES in New York now have additional resources to help make that a reality.”

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