Vreneli G. Banks
Associate Director
Director of LEAF, Inc.
T:  518.694.4875
The Council, as the primary membership organization in New York State for superintendents, has established a Vision and Core Values. Among these values, The Council "is committed to helping ensure gender, racial and economic equality among those serving as superintendent." It is our goal to cultivate diversity, among our members, to reflect equity in the superintendency of currently underrepresented populations.

To compliment the work currently underway with The Women's Initiative, the Commission on Diversity & Inclusivity focuses efforts on racial equity; and is charged with:
  • Gathering and reviewing relevant and current research to assist in identifying factors that contribute to the lack of diversity among members of New York State Council of School Superintendents;
  • Identifying specific strategies which support a pipeline for diverse groups toward the superintendency;
  • Establishing collaborative efforts with other professional educational organizations to support the goal;
  • Creating a sustained effort to support the success of superintendents who represent diversity in our membership.

Thank you to our Title Sponsor Signature Partner Utica National Insurance Group for supporting this important initiative.

Diversity Symposium of Thought Leaders:
Cultivating Excellence & Equity 2023

Join us in Ithaca, NY, on August 7-8, 2023 for our annual Diversity Symposium of Thought Leaders to discuss diversity and inclusion and to connect in thoughtful dialogue with school districts from across New York. The summer symposium will feature three keynote sessions with high-caliber speakers and engaging breakout sessions on topics of equity and inclusion over the two days (August 7-8). There is a welcome event on August 6 and a networking reception on August 7. 

Keynote Speakers

 Dr. Monique Couvson is an award-winning author and social justice scholar with three decades of experience in areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and criminal justice. Dr. Couvson is the President and CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, the nation's premier philanthropic intermediary exclusively focused on resourcing movements and organizations led by, and in support of cis and trans girls and young femmes of color.
 Joe Feldman has worked in education for over 20 years as a teacher, principal, and district administrator, and is the founder and CEO of Crescendo Education Group, which since 2013 has supported K-12 schools, districts and colleges, universities nationwide to improve grading and assessment practices. He leads the Equitable Grading Project, and his book, Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms (Corwin) was published in 2018.
 Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on racial literacy in teacher education, Black girl literacies, and Black and Latinx male high school students. Dr. Sealey-Ruiz works with K-12 and higher education school communities to increase their racial literacy knowledge and move toward more equitable school experiences for their Black and Latinx students.  

Who Should Attend:

This program is designed for teams (administrators, teachers, staff, BOE members, parents and students), as well as individuals who are focused on equity in outcomes.

Cost: $359 per person


Registration deadline is July 5, 2023. Registration fee includes breakfasts, breaks, lunch for two days and networking receptions.

Hotel Information:

Marriott Downtown Commons
Room Rate: $189
Rooming deadline: July 6, 2023
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Courtyard Ithaca Airport/University
Room Rate: $ 149
Rooming deadline: July 6, 2023
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Hotel Ithaca
Room Rate: $189
Rooming deadline: June 21, 2023
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Canopy by Hilton
Room Rate: $189
Rooming deadline: July 6, 2023
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Questions on the program? Contact Vren Banks, Director, LEAF, Inc. at 518.694.4875 or

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2024 Fall Leadership Summit

Public Education: The Pathway to Everywhere

Saratoga Hilton and Saratoga Springs City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY 

September 22-24, 2024

Attendee registration is now open.
See for Strategic Partner registration.

Thank You to Our Strategic Partners