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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, is held in July, prior to the start of the school year, and offers 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 - July 14-15, 2016 / Embassy Suites Saratoga Springs


  • Intro to The Council/ LEAF, Inc.

  • Conversation with the State Education Department

  • Ethics

  • Building Strong Superintendent/School Board Relationships

  • Capital Project and Facilities Management

  • Fiscal Leadership

  • Roundtable Discussions

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Embassy Suites Saratoga Springs for 7/13/16 - 7/14/16 at the rate of $169 for king/2 room or 2 queen/2 room suites. Reservation deadline is 6/23/16 and use group code: LAF. Make reservations online or call 518/290-9090.

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Session 2 - September 25, 2016 @ Fall Leadership Summit) / Saratoga Hilton


  • Media Relations

  • School Board Relations During Difficult Times 

  • Roundtable Discussions

  • Conversation with Commissioner of Education (Monday, September 26)

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Session 3 - November 17, 2016 / Albany 


  • Employee Relations & Negotiations

  • Financial Leadership: Conducting Budget Work Sessions

  • Using Data in Leadership

  • Crisis Management / Emergency Planning

  • Roundtable Discussions


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Session 4 - January 6, 2017 / Albany


  • Legislative Update/Advocacy

  • Special Education Issues & Requirements

  • Panel: What I Learned in My First Year

  • Contract Renegotiatons for the New Superintendent

  • Roundtable Discussions


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Session 5 - March 5, 2017 @ Winter Institute) / Hilton Albany


  • Strategic Planning

  • Superintendent-Finance Team 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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