CASDA Partners with the Greater Capital Region Principals Center Board on Initiatives


CASDA and the Greater Capital Region Principal Center Board (GCRPC) have a long-standing professional relationship. This year these institutions will partner on three initiatives including: a Principal Forum Series, a New Leaders Seminar and the Capital Region Principal of the Year Award.

The Principal Forum Series, beginning on Feb. 10, is designed to help principals understand and prepare for evaluations based on the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards.  This series is a great way for principals to share with one another how their districts are proceeding in implementing their new APPR system.

CASDA educational consultant Nancy Andress is working with the GCRPC to introduce a New Leaders Seminar series. These Seminars will take the place of the Potential Administrators Conference and will begin on January 19. The program is designed for educators (interns, new administrators, team leaders, department chairs) considering a career in administration, currently taking courses, or entering the field.

Participants will learn about the interview process for a principal position, participate in mock interviews,  and can even schedule an optional consultant appointment. Participants will hear critiques of their interviews and get a chance to ask questions and share their impressions with their peers.

Each April at CASDA’s Annual Awards Dinner, the GCRPC gives out a Principal of the Year Award recognizing outstanding performance as a building leader. Since its inception, 43 principals have been honored with the award. Last year’s winners included:

Melodye Eldeen, Principal of Geyser Road Elementary School, Saratoga Springs CSD; Leslie Whitcomb, Principal, New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School, New Lebanon CSD; and,

Donald Flynt, High School Principal, Shenendehowa High School, Shenendehowa CSD.