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Friend of The Council Award

Congratulations to the Michael Horning, Jr., M. Ed., PLS 3rd Learning, who was selected to receive the 2018 The Friend of The Council Award. The award is given annually in recognition of a person's contribution to The Council and the field of education.

Michael has been personally invested in ensuring the development of useful tools for superintendents in New York State and has dedicated his career to supporting educators in curriculum, instruction and professional learning.

He has also put a significant amount of time developing SuperEval to help The Council provide a service to superintendents where there was a current void. His work around SuperEval also motivated him to go back to school to earn a Ph.D. focusing his research on evaluations. 

Michael frequently speaks at Council and LEAF events such as the Future Superintendents Academy, Early Career Superintendent’s Cohort and is a regular presenter at Council annual events and other statewide educational conferences. He has also written articles for the Councilgram newsletter and resources for Council members. 

Through his work nationally, he has also introduced The Council’s work on the Model Evaluation to other State superintendent organizations. Michael’s work with this superintendent evaluation has also improved the quality of Board/Superintendent team governance.

This year’s award was sponsored by our Signature Partner NaviGate Prepared  and was presented at the 2018 Winter Institute & Lobby Day’s opening session.

The Selection Process

The Friend of The Council Award was created in 1996 and is presented at our Winter Institute each year. Nomination letters are written by members or by staff of The Council and sent by the first week of January, prior to the Winter Institute, for inclusion in the selection process.The Distinguished Service Committee, composed of current Council presidents and past presidents who are active superintendents, makes the final selection.

Read the list of past Friend of The Council award winners list here

If you would like to nominate a candidate for The Friend of The Council, complete the Award Nomination Form or email Deidre Hungerford, Associate Director for Business Development at deidre@nyscoss.org by January 3, 2019 with your recommendation. You can also call Deidre at (518) 694-4885 for more information.