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On Board Online • April 14, 2014

By Marty Cox
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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FOR RELEASE:  April 22, 2014

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

Who:     School board members, local government officials and elected leaders

What:    Municipal Innovation Exchange Summit

When:   Friday, April 25, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where:  Holiday Inn Liverpool, 441 Electronics Parkway, Syracuse, NY

With the recent passage of the New York State property tax freeze agreement, local governments and school districts need to further examine efficient ways to consolidate or share services with neighboring municipalities.   These potential cost savings would benefit local taxpayers.

The leaders from four state associations that represent school boards, counties, cities, villages and towns will host a summit to introduce the Municipal Innovation eXchange (MIX), a new collaborative effort to help school districts and local governments expand ongoing efforts to share and consolidate services.


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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
South Colonie cutting 9 teachers, other staff

Syracuse Post Standard
LaFayette proposed school budget calls for staff cuts

Poughkeepsie Journal

Wappingers schools propose $212 million budget

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Upcoming Events

Municipal Innovation Exchange Summit - Syracuse
Date: April 25, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
DIS 213 Student Discipline and Civil Rights Protections
Date: May 14, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Summer Law Conference - Rochester
Date: July 10, 2014
New School Board Member Academy - Buffalo
Date: July 18 - 19, 2014
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