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New Superintendents Institute

The New Superintendents Institute is a professional development program consisting of five sessions throughout the year specifically for first year superintendents or those superintendents new to New York State. The program is tailored to making the transition to the superintendency successful. Participants may opt to attend individual sessions or all five workshops. Topics throughout the series include, but are not limited to: developing superintendent/school board relationships, finance and budget development, the superintendent's role as district advocate, and leadership responsibilities and ethics. Each workshop includes small roundtable discussions with veteran superintendents.


The first workshop, the New Superintendents Orientation, was held in August 2015, prior to the start of the school year, and offered an introduction to The Council, LEAF, Inc. and the New York State Education Department. The New Superintendents Institute continues with sessions in September, November, January and March. The September and March workshops are planned to coincide with The Council's annual conferences to help reduce additional time out of district.

Session 1 - Orientation - August 13-14, 2015 / Albany Hilton

  • Intro to The Council/ LEAF, Inc.

  • Conversation with the State Education Department

  • Instructional Leadership

  • Building Strong Superintendent/School Board Relationships

  • Capital Project and Facilities Management

  • Roundtable Discussions

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Session 2 - September 27, 2015 @ Fall Leadership Summit) / Saratoga Hilton

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Session 3 - November 17, 2015 / Albany 

  • Employee Relations & Negotiations

  • Financial Leadership: Conducting Budget Work Sessions
  • Cultivating a Data-Savvy Board
  • Leading by Listening/Communications

  • Roundtable Discussions


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Session 4 - January 12, 2016 / Albany

  • Legislative Update/Advocacy

  • Special Education

  • Panel: What I Learned in My First Year

  • Student Data Security & Privacy
  • Roundtable Discussions

A small block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton in downtown Albany for the evening of January 11, 2016. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 1-866-691-1183 and use group code 1LEAF. The deadline to make reservations is December 12, 2015. 

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Session 5 - March 6, 2016 @ Winter Institute) / Hilton Albany

  • Contract Renegotiations

  • Superintendent-School Business Official Relationship

  • Roundtable Discussions

  • Conversation with Commissioner of Education

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Questions? Contact Vren Banks, Assistant Director at 518/694-4875 or

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