Most people believe in the adage that politics are local. Many in the Education community believed that until the recent past. The USDOE has implemented many initiatives and mandates, most notably No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Race To The Top ( RTTT ) that has impacted our schools in many ways. Also over 40 states have adopted the Common Core standards that is impacting our schools’ curriculum and states’ assessments. Our national organization , the American Federation of School administrators ( AFSA) has decided to partner with two other national organizations, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals ( NASSP) . This new collaboration entitled Coalition for Principal and School Leadership will jointly advocate on issues important to our school communities ( see items in Legislative issues ) . We believe this new partnership will have a much more powerful voice since AFSA, which represents many large urban areas and NAESP/NASSP have many urban, suburban and rural area members. These united voices of practitioners need to be heard on the issues that impact our school systems.
What is New York State Supervisors and Administrators Consortium, NYSSAC?
The old saying is that there is strength in numbers. With that old adage in mind, in 2005, the New York State Federation of School Administrators (NYSFSA) embarked on a journey with another state organization to strengthen the voice of School Leaders. Since NYSFSA represents approximately half of the NYS school leaders in Buffalo, NYC and Yonkers a (6,500), it made sense to partner with the School Administrators Association of NYS (SAANYS) who presents Rochester, Syracuse and hundreds of small school districts in our state with a membership of about 6,500. NYSFSA also represents a very large retiree membership of approximately 7,000. The two organizations decided to establish a Consortium entitled the New York State Supervisors and Administrators consortium (NYSSAC) to work collaboratively on lobbying efforts and developing Professional Development opportunities for School Leaders. For a number of years, NYSSAC was a sponsor of the PBS Teaching and Learning Celebration conference and is presently working on providing many professional development programs around our Empire state this school year. Please check our website www.NYSFSA.org to see Professional Development offerings and NYSSAC’s Legislative position papers.
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- NYSSAC RECOMMENDS ESTABLISHMENT OF
SCHOOL LEADERSHIP ENHANCEMENT CENTERS
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