The New York State Council of School Superintendents (The Council) will announce our 2021-2022 New York State Superintendent of the Year at the 2021 Fall Leadership Summit: A Ride of a Lifetime
September 26-28 in Saratoga Springs, NY on Monday morning.
Executive Director Chuck Dedrick said "The Executive Committee changed the process over the last year because they are committed to ensuring that as many qualified candidates who truly reflect the New York State landscape were included for consideration. They asked the Distinguished Service Committee to review and update the process this past January."
Our Distinguished Services Committee, composed of current officers (with the word president in their title) and past presidents who are active superintendents, reviewed the applications submitted in June and made their final selection for our New York representative over the summer with this new 2021-2022 application process. Their goals with this new process were to:
- Ensure there were no application impediments to building an ample nomination pool that is representative of New York State;
- Provide candidates professional and due consideration and support through the nomination and applicant process; and
- Sufficiently celebrate the process and award itself as open to all members.
After this formal announcement at the Fall Leadership Summit, we will fully celebrate our 2021-2022 New York State Superintendent of the Year at our 2022 Winter Institute
in Albany, NY on March 6-8. Our candidate will represent New York as our nominee for consideration as the national Superintendent of the Year, awarded by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) in Nashville on February 17-19. AASA, The School Superintendents Associations' National Superintendent of the Year Award is acclaimed as the most prestigious honor a school system leader can attain.
Each candidate was judged on the following attributes and skills:
- Leadership for Learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in his or her school system.
- Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.
- Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.
- Community Involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national, and international issues.
AASA's program is open to all public school superintendents in the United States and overseas and is co-sponsored by First Student, AIG Retirement Services, and AASA. New York's program is only open to active New York State Superintendents.