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Message from Dr. Robert J. Reidy, Jr.


Dear Colleagues,

My fifth annual letter to the members is titled, “What’s a Leader
to Do? The Time-Shifting Sand, Political Rhetoric, High Emotion.” 
As part of the letter, I suggested the following in answer to the


What IS a Leader to Do?

  • Always advocate for all kids all the time.
  • Be that dependable, resilient rock.
  • Know yourself and never lose focus of your moral purpose.[1]
  • Do not get caught up in the “thick of thin things.”[2]
  • Focus on what you can control.
  • Focus on continuous improvement.
  • Always strive for balance in your life.
  • Never forget how important your work is.
  • Always believe you can and always try to make a difference.
  • Above all, always be the purveyor of hope.

Click here to read the complete annual letter.

As public school superintendents, our children, our democracy, and our future are our mission – and our responsibility.[3]

Thank you for all you do for the children of New York State.


Robert J. Reidy, Jr.
Executive Director


[1] Fullan, Michael. Leading in a Culture of Change. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001. Print.
[2] Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. London: Simon & Schuster, 2005. Print.
[3] Public Education Matters! Leadership, Leverage, and Learning. Publication. Albany: New York State Council of School Superintendents, 2014. Print.