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CASDA Hosts Rural School Summit


The Capital Area School Development Association partnered with the United States Department of Education’s Regional Laboratory for Northeast and the Islands (REL-NEI) to conduct an Eastern New York Rural School Summit on Friday, December 9 on the University at Albany East Campus.

This is the first in a series of activities which CASDA is planning for rural leaders during the coming year.  The audience consisted of rural superintendents, district officials, principals, board of education members and agency partners from Eastern and Northern New York as well as those from the Catskill Mountain and Mohawk Valley regions.

The keynote titled, “New Issues Facing Rural Schools and Communities in NYS” was conducted by Kai A. Scafft, Ph.D. and John W. Sipple, Ph.D.  in which they utilized much their own extensive research. Dr. Schafft directs the Center on Rural Education and Communities and edits the Journal of Research in Rural Education at Penn State. Dr. Sipple is the Director of the New York State Center for Rural Schools and is Associate Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University.

The program included a Researcher Session and two Best Practice Sessions over the course of the day. The program concluded with UAlbany’s own Professor Hal Lawson summation of key points, addressing the next steps forward.
This important Summit will allow rural school leaders to get out in front of the issues facing their schools and take proactive steps instead of acting reflexively to the challenges ahead.

Lynn Macan, superintendent at Cobleskill-Richmondville CSD and Vice Chair of CASDA’s Executive Committee expressed the importance and timeliness of this conference.

“There is nothing like networking and learning with and from those who work in circumstances similar to our own.  The Eastern New York Rural School Summit is the first step in an intentional effort to bring together personnel from schools and agencies located in rural communities.”