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On Board Online • April 14, 2014

By Marty Cox
Superintendent
Sodus Central School District

As part of the Annual Professional Performance Review process, principals meet one-on-one with teachers to discuss data on student performance and classroom observations. Many teachers approach these sessions with some degree of wariness and anxiety. How can school administrators ensure that the feedback that teachers receive is helpful, motivating, and consistent with an ethos of continuous improvement?

Along with many other school administrators, I’ve found inspiration in the ideas of educational researcher and author Paul Bambrick-Santoyo.

“The purpose is not to evaluate a teacher, but to develop them,” Bambrick-Santoyo said at a workshop at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva this past summer.

Bambrick-Santoyo’s emphasizes the importance of giving “bite-sized” chunks of feedback. For instance, principals should identify an area of focus and an “action step” that is accomplishable within a week.

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News Releases

Anne M. Byrne of Nanuet elected president of the National School Boards Association

FOR RELEASE:  April 7, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Anne M. Byrne of Nanuet was elected president of the National School Boards Association during NSBA’s annual conference in April in New Orleans.

The National School Boards Association represents state school boards associations and more than 90,000 local school board members who lead 13,809 local school districts serving the nation's 50 million public school students. Byrne has been a member of the NSBA board since 2006.

Byrne was president of the New York State School Boards Association from 2004 to 2005. She served as vice president in 2002-2003 and the Area 10 Director from 1997 to 2003, representing school boards in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.

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Reports

Where We Stand on the Common Core

CoverWhere We Stand on the Common Core
Let's Move Forward

One of the most challenging aspects of the Common Core Learning Standards dialogue is parsing the differences between its distinct programs and policy changes, all referred to colloquially as “the Common Core.”

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The Perils of the Proposed Property Tax Freeze

CoverThe Perils of the Proposed Property Tax Freeze

Read our new report highlighting the consequences that the governor’s proposed property tax freeze would have on school districts across the state. 

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Daily Clips

Albany Times Union
Tax increase and rainy day fund balance Bethlehem school budget

Journal News
Rye school district has new proctoring protocol

Glens Falls Post Star

Whitehall district to use increase in state aid to add positions

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Upcoming Events

Municipal Innovation Exchange Summit - Syracuse
Date: April 25, 2014
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DIS 213 Student Discipline and Civil Rights Protections
Date: May 14, 2014
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Summer Law Conference - Rochester
Date: July 10, 2014
 
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Date: July 18 - 19, 2014
 
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