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, will be held in August 2015, 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 - August 2015 TBD

  • 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


Session 2 - September @ Fall Leadership Summit)

  • Fiscal Leadership

  • School Board Relations During Difficult Times

  • Roundtable Discussions

  • Conversation with Commissioner of Education 


Session 3 - November 2015 TBD

  • Employee Relations & Negotiations

  • Conducting Budget Work Sessions

  • Leading by Listening

  • Roundtable Discussions


Session 4 - January 2016 TBD

  • Legislative Update/Advocacy

  • What are the Right Questions to Ask Your CSE Chair?

  • Communicating Effectively

  • Roundtable Discussions


Session 5 - March @ 2016 Winter Institute)

  • Contract Renegotiations

  • Superintendent-School Business Official Relationship

  • Roundtable Discussions

  • Conversation with Commissioner of Education 

Questions? Contact Vren Banks, Assistant Director at 518/694-4875 or Dates and locations will be confirmed by mid-May 2015.