by William Silky, Ed.D.
Representatives of the Department of Education recently unveiled a unique program designed to develop teachers’ capacity to become leaders as they work with a mentor and attend workshops, seminars and meetings related to this topic.
The yearlong program, which was designed in consultation with officials from the North Syracuse School District and its teachers’ association, is being further developed to include school administrators, as well. Le Moyne officials are also talking to their peers and the Onondaga-Cortland- Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services and at several school districts outside of the area about expanding the program’s geographic reach.
The teacher-leader program began in the summer of 2012 with 12 teachers and three mentors. They are:
Mentor: Alicia Pissuto
Teachers: Linda Earle, Tina Chmielewski,Ann Lorenzini and Christopher Leahey
Mentor: Donna Marie Norton
Teachers: Renee McFalls, Shannon Knapp,Jack McAndrew and Jennifer Sullivan
Mentor: Dave Lunden
Teachers: Julie Biondolillo, Kim Kennedy, Amy Stephenson and Kristine Waterbury
Department officials are also considering
establishing a joint Master of Business
Administration/Certificate of Advanced
Study in Educational Leadership Program.
This potential partnership between the
Department of Education and Madden
School of Business would lead to a 60-plus
credit graduate degree program that would
prepare graduates to enter the private or
public business sector.
Beyond that, department officials are pursuing
a statewide School District Business Leader
Certificate that would be offered in conjunction
with the New York State Association of
Business Officials. This program would be
offered using synchronous and asynchronous
formats, as well as on weekends and during
weeklong summer seminars.