LEAF, Inc. Leadership Coaching

It has never been more important than it is today to support our school leaders. The challenges leaders face today are more complex than ever and leaders are facing unprecedented issues in an ever-changing environment. In response, LEAF, Inc. has created a Leadership Coaching program to support school leaders.  Learn more. . . 

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LEAF, Inc. provides high quality professional learning to support the development of superintendents and school district leadership team members.

LEAF, Inc. Board of Directors

Established in 2006, the Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation, Inc. (LEAF, Inc.) is a 501 (c)3 organization that serves as the professional development arm of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. LEAF, Inc. provides high quality professional learning to support the development of superintendents and their leadership teams. LEAF's programs are research-based, aligned to the needs of the field, responsive to changing expectations for school leaders and cost-effective.

The mission of LEAF, Inc. is to be the premier organization offering comprehensive professional development to ensure the success of educational leaders and the students they serve through opportunities that are excellent in quality, pertinent in focus, and readily accessible to all.

Goals

  • Professional Development - Provide professional development to school leaders and district leadership teams by offering opportunities that are responsive to changes in expectations, timely, relevant, and affordable.
  • Communication - Expand the knowledge of superintendents, assistant superintendents and district leadership team members about LEAF's professional development offerings by effectively marketing opportunities to superintendents, assistant superintendents, and district leadership team members.
  • Technology - Use technology to operate more effectively as an organization and provide greater professional development opportunities to superintendents, assistant superintendents, and district leadership team members.
  • Governance - The LEAF Board of Directors will continually review the organizational structure of the Foundation to ensure that they are operating effectively and providing the highest quality programs and services to school leaders.
  • Fiscal Wellness - The LEAF Board of Directors will develop a LEAF fiscal wellness plan to ensure fiscal health and sustainability. 

Board Members

David O'Rourke, President / District Superintendent, Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES



Twitter: @David_ORourke 


Lynn Allen, Treasurer / Deputy Superintendent, Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES



Twitter: @LynnAllenEdD

Jason Andrews, Superintendent, Windsor CSD



Twitter: @WBKANDREWS

Dale Breault, District Superintendent, Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES




Twitter: @DaleBreault  

Luvelle Brown, Superintendent, Ithaca City Schools


 
Twitter: @luvelleb


Barbara Case, Superintendent, Spencer Van-Etten CSD



Twitter:  @BarbaraJCase

Rebecca Dunckel-King, Lowville Academy & CSD


Jerry Griffin, Superintendent, Potsdam CSD



Twitter: @jerrygriffin23

Phyllis Harrington, Superintendent, Oceanside UFSD

   Twitter: @oceansidesupt

Lisa Krueger, Superintendent, Newfane CSD

Twitter: @lisakrueger320

Ronald Masera, Superintendent, Center Moriches UFSD

Twitter: @ronmas12

Kevin McGowan, Superintendent, Brighton CSD


Twitter:   @KCMgowan
 

Laura Seinfeld, Dean, Long Island University College of Education, Information & Technology

    Twitter: @LauraSSeinfeld
 

Mark Stratton, Superintendent, Corinth CSD

Twitter: @CorinthSuper

Charles Dedrick, Ex Officio Member / Executive Director, NYSCOSS



Twitter: @csdedrick

Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation, Inc.
7 Elk Street, Third Floor
Albany, NY 12207

T:  518.449.1063
F:  518.426.2229  

LEAF, Inc. Board of Directors

LEAF, Inc. Subscription Service for Professional Learning

LEAF, Inc., in partnership with WestEd, provides the LEAF Subscription Service for Professional Learning which includes six electronic issues throughout the year that focus on topics to assist school leaders and educators with school improvement initiatives.

The cost of the annual subscription service that runs from October to August is $295. To start your subscription, contact Melanie Seiden, Associate Director for Membership at 518.694.4877 or email melanie@nyscoss.org
LEAF, Inc. Subscription Service

2024-2025 Future Superintendents Academy Brochure

The Future Superintendents Academy requires a year-long commitment, beginning in August 2024 and concluding May 2025.  If you are an educational leader with a strong interest in pursuing
a superintendency in New York State we encourage you to apply.  Click HERE to download the 2024-2025 Future Superintendents Academy Brochure and On-line Application Instructions.
2024-25 FSA Brochure

Winter Institute & Lobby Day

The Council through our foundation LEAF, Inc. supports members by providing exceptional opportunities to expand and enrich their expertise and knowledge in the area of educational administration through statewide annual events. The Winter Institute offers keynote addresses by national experts in the fields of leadership, education, advocacy and related areas; opportunities for members to share best practices with colleagues through smaller sessions; an interactive discussion with the Commissioner of Education about New York State issues and initiatives; and networking for support and collegiality among members through social interaction, group discussions, meetings and workshops. The event also hosts an exhibit hall where companies, associations, organizations and foundations can connect with school leaders from across New York State.

2024 Winter Institute & Lobby Day
Cultivating a Culture of Excellence for ALL Students 
March 3-5, 2024
Albany Capital Center
Albany, NY

Thanks to Title Sponsor Utica National Insurance Group!

It's time to transform your school culture.

Our Winter Institute is the place where you can learn how to cultivate leadership for student excellence. You'll hear from experts on everything from new discoveries to new technologies—and you'll leave feeling inspired to make a difference in your school. Join us in March 2024 and learn how to create a culture of excellence, where every student is supported in their journey toward life-long learning.

Hear Opening Keynote Dr. Anthony S. Muhammad, CEO of New Frontier Consulting and International Thought Leader and his presentation The Way Forward:  PLC at Work and the Bright Future of Education:

The impact of COVID-19 will have a long lasting effect on every facet of our society.  Very few institutions were more disrupted than schools. The pandemic affected staffing, funding, morale, and the continuity of student learning. We will explore the history of the field of education and examine why the tenants of the PLC at Work process were important before the global pandemic and why they are even more important after the pandemic. This is not the time to back away from PLC, this is the time to reinforce the foundation of the PLC at Work process.

Registration is available online online here or review our event website for more informationOur Education Session Call for Proposal opens in April 2024 for our 2024 Fall Leadership Summit. 

Education Sessions
Breakout education sessions at our Winter Institute will be focused on these six content strands:

  • Leadership and Learning for All
  • Effective Strategic Change:  Re-designing Learning
  • Building School Environments for All that Support Your District's Culture
  • Creating Systems for Safe, financially Stable, and Operationally Successful Schools
  • Incorporating Wellness for Students, Staff, Self and Families
  • Effective Advocacy at the Regional, State, and National Level

Save the Date for Future Events  

  • 2025 Winter Institute
    March 2 - 4, 2025
    Albany Capital Center
    Albany, NY 
The Council is committed to providing experiences and environments that are welcoming, inviting and user-friendly for all attendees. We recognize that some individuals may required specific accommodations to ensure their full and equal participation in our Winter Institute. Please contact us at 518.449.1063 should you need assistance. 

Winter Institute

Blueprint Strategic Planning Service

Practical, Focused, Collaborative, Meaningful. A simplified process that will help your organization get to where you want to be.

The Blueprint for Excellence© Strategic Planning Service is a straightforward strategic planning process that includes all members of the school community and reflects their shared perspectives. Throughout the process, community feedback and data are reviewed in order to guide all aspects of work in the organization with a focus on increasing student learning and improving stakeholder engagement.

We focus on helping school leaders identify opportunities for growth and then develop practical and specific strategies to continuously improve. This is a step-by-step process facilitated with and for the superintendent. Each step in the process is developed, prepared or facilitated on behalf of the district. The Superintendent works as a partner to provide input and direction but then all materials are created for the district and provided for distribution. Instead of being a burden, this process will help the work of the district to become streamlined and focused.

2021-22 Blueprint Strategic Planning Service Fees

A typical Blueprint Strategic Planning Service process can be completed in a month or over a longer period of time, depending on district need. All on-site (2.5 days) and off-site work (2.5 days), expenses, materials and administrative fees are a total of $15,565. This includes the consultant being available for up to 5 hours for remote consultation/coaching with the district). Additional time may be purchased. The Blueprint for Excellence© Strategic Planning Service is BOCES aidable.

About the Program Directors

Dr. Kevin McGowan is the Superintendent of Brighton CSD, a suburban district located in Monroe County, NY. Dr. McGowan joined the district in 2009 following his superintendency in  Warsaw CSD. He has also served as an elementary principal, high school assistant principal and elementary teacher. Throughout his work in each position, Dr. McGowan has focused on high quality systems that provide consistency, accountability and a focus on meeting the needs of all learners. 

Dr. McGowan is an adjunct professor at both the University of Rochester, Warner School of Education and SUNY Oswego in the Superintendent's Development Program. He is the President of the Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation and a Past-President of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. 
 
Dr. Jason Andrews
is the Superintendent of the Windsor Central Schools, a position he has held since 2005 and was named the NYS Superintendent of the Year in 2019. He has served as a high school teacher, coach, co-curricular advisor and middle school principal. As superintendent, he has focused on systemic implementation of Professional Learning Communities as the vehicle to ensure student learning and a culture of continuous improvement.

Dr. Andrews is an adjunct professor at both SUNY Oswego in the Superintendent's Development Program, and at the Graduate School of Education at Binghamton University. He serves as the Vice President of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, on the Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation's Board of Directors, the National Center for Educational Research and Technology National Board and is a charter member of the Institute for Innovation.

Questions? Email blueprint@nyscoss.org for more information.


Blueprint Strategic Planning Service

Fall Leadership Summit

The Council through our foundation LEAF, Inc. supports members by providing exceptional opportunities to expand and enrich their expertise and knowledge in the area of educational administration through statewide annual events. The Fall Leadership Summit offers keynote addresses by national experts in the fields of leadership, education and related areas; opportunities for members to share best practices with colleagues through smaller sessions; an interactive discussion with the Commissioner of Education about New York State issues and initiatives; and networking for support and collegiality among members through social interaction, group discussions, meetings and workshops. The event also hosts an exhibit hall where companies, associations, organizations and foundations can connect with school leaders from across New York State. If you are planning your calendars, make sure to add these important dates:

2023 Fall Leadership Summit

October 1 - 3, 2023 
Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga Springs City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY

Thank you for joining us at the 2023 Fall Leadership Summit: The Audacity to Lead for ALL in Saratoga Springs, NY. We appreciate the time you spent learning and connecting with others to benefit ALL students in New York State. 

We hoped you learned from our Opening Keynote speaker Dr. Manny Scott, speaker, author, servant-leader and one of the original Freedom Writers, as we focused on ways in which schools can incorporate ideas and new systems into their curriculum and culture. Thanks once again to Mosaic Associates Architects for being our title sponsor for this important event.

Enjoy some of these recordings taken during the three keynote presentations. Certain recordings are not available due to proprietary and confidential information presented.

Sunday Opening Keynote - October 1, 2023

- Retired Life Member Recognition Highlight
- 2023-2024 Presidential Remarks from Jason Andrews, Superintendent, Windsor
- Remarks from NYSSBA President Peggy Zugibe
- In Memoriam Recognition
- Distinguished Service Award with Lauren French, Retired Life Member; Sponsored by Partner NYSIR

Monday Morning Keynote - October 2, 2023

- New NYSCOSS and LEAF, Inc. Leadership Recognition
- NYSCOSS Past Presidents' Highlight
- Special Announcement by Anibal Soler, Superintendent, Schenectady City and L. Oliver Robinson, Superintendent, Shenendehowa
- Remarks by NYSUT President Melinda Person
- 2024 NYS Teacher of the Year Recognition with Zachary M. Arenz, Music Teacher, Flower City School 54, Rochester City Schools
- Ignite Session Keynote Presentations with Joshua Bacigalupi, Superintendent, Dryden CSD; Antonio Santana, Superintendent, South Country CSD; and Tonia Thompson, Superintendent, Binghamton City Schools
- 2024 NYS Superintendent of the Year Announcement - Joseph S. Famularo, Superintendent, Bellmore UFSD

Tuesday Morning Keynote - October 3, 2023

- Immediate Past President Recognition with Martha K. Group, Superintendent, Vernon Verona Sherrill School District (Sherrill City)
- AASA 2023-2024 President Gladys Cruz, Superintendent, Questar III BOCES
- 2023 AESA Award Recognition - Exemplary Service & Innovation for Technological Advancement Presented to Michael Doughty, Assistant Superintendent, Capital Region BOCES

Watch for articles in upcoming editions of our Councilgram newsletter about keynote and education sessions presented.

Call for Proposal
Our Education Session Call for Proposal will open in April 2024 for our 2024 Fall Leadership Summit. 

Save the Date for Future Events

  • 2024 Fall Leadership Summit
    September 22 - 24, 2024 
    Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga Springs City Center
    Saratoga Springs, NY

  • 2025 Fall Leadership Summit
    September 28 - 30, 2025 
    Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga Springs City Center
    Saratoga Springs, NY

  • 2026 Fall Leadership Summit
    September 27 - 29, 2026 / Under Contract
    Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga Springs City Center
    Saratoga Springs, NY

The Council is committed to providing experiences and environments that are welcoming, inviting and user-friendly for all attendees. We recognize that some individuals may required specific accommodations to ensure their full and equal participation in our Fall Leadership Summits. Please contact us at 518.449.1063 should you need assistance. 


Fall Leadership Summit

LEAF, Inc. Programs

Cabinet-Level Programs

LEAF, Inc. strives to find new ways to support today's education leaders and tomorrow's future superintendents. This work is led by the Cabinet Planning committee to gauge the current needs of the field. Cabinet-level programs provide assistant superintendents, principals and directors with a supportive learning community to network and participate in customized opportunities for professional growth. We offer aspiring superintendents workshops, the Future Superintendents Academy, Cabinet Institutes and the annual Cabinet Leadership Summit, to name a few. Learn More. . .

New Superintendents Institute

The New Superintendents Institute is specifically designed for first year superintendents or superintendents new to New York State. It consists of five sessions throughout the year focused on  topics identified by experienced and new superintendents that are critical to the success of a new district leader. Learn More . . .

Early Career Superintendents

The Early Career Superintendents Institute is specifically designed by and for superintendents in their early years of the superintendency. Featured topics are chosen by participants annually. The program offers practical advice from veteran superintendents and experts in the field and provides time to reflect on professional practice. Sessions are offered as pre-conference events prior to the Fall Leadership Summit and Winter Institute. Learn More . . .

Diversity & Inclusivity Events

The Commission on Diversity & Inclusivity is committed to cultivating diversity among superintendents and to support efforts by school districts to provide diverse and equitable communities. LEAF, Inc. holds various professional learning opportunities focused on diversity including regional workshops, webinars, conference presentations and customized professional learning opportunities. Learn More . . .

Women's Initiative Events

The goal of The Women's Initiative is to support women leaders, identify women in education who have leadership potential and help those who aspire to leadership roles. In education, the teacher workforce is made up of over 77% women, yet in the superintendency that number is about 27%. We strive to support and cultivate leadership potential of women in their organizations. Through this initiative, we provide opportunities for women and men to learn the importance of increasing the numbers of women in leadership. We encourage creating supportive networks for personal and professional growth. Learn More . . .

Financial Leadership Series

The Financial Leadership Series for School Superintendents and their leadership teams is offered throughout the year and focuses on long-range and strategic planning, budget development and communications, capital projects, and state aid. Learn More...