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Bridging the Gap: Focus Groups as a Key Source of Data

There are many reasons schools need to collect data. Central office, building administrators, teachers and other staff all have requirements to record, monitor and report data. For the most part, the data that is being collected and reported is quantitative. For example, we are all looking at our attendance, pass rates and discipline referrals. These numbers are very useful, but there is another type of data that provides a different kind of information to schools, and I would argue that it is equally as valuable. This other type of data...

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District Superintendents Panel

This panel of BOCES Superintendents shared reflections on the current state of education, reactions to Governor Cuomo’s state of the state, and budgeting and visioning for the next 3-5 years. James Baldwin, Questar III Charles Dedrick, Capital Region BOCES James Dexter, Washington Saratoga Warren Hamilton Essex BOCES Co-Sponsored by Phi Delta Kappa—The Greater Capital Region of NYS – PDK Chapter, Capital Area School Development Association, University at Albany School of Education Important Time Signatures Governor Cuomo’s proposed increase to education funding and likely legislation: 0.06 Governor Cuomo’s tax break proposal:...

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    The 2012-2013 Statistical and Financial Survey

    Each year, CASDA performs a study of its members schools, surveying them about enrollment, staffing, and salaries.  The study provides member schools with the opportunity to compare themselves to other schools in the region in any given year.  Because many of the survey questions remain the same year-to-year, members can also compare data over time. Please download the report below.

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    2nd Annual Rural School Summit – January 11, 2013

    Rural School leaders gathered at the University at Albany – East Campus on January 11, 2013 for the 2nd Annual Rural School Summit. The Summit has become part of a series of initiatives by CASDA to engage rural school leaders in ongoing discussions aimed at sharing research, best practices and innovative ideas. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Bruce T. Fraser, Executive Director of the New York State Rural Schools Association. In his address “Responding Effectively to the Challenges Facing Rural School,” Dr. Fraser methodically outlined the issues and...

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    UAlbany School of Education Faculty and Staff Directory 2012-2013

    The UAlbany School of Education 2012-2013 directory of Faculty & Staff for the Administrative Offices, Educational Administration and Policy Studies, Educational Theory and Practice, Educational and Counseling Psychology, Reading, SOE Institutes, Centers and programs, and SOE Councils and Committees.

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    Today's School Principal: Leading Schools to Better Teaching and Learning

    An in depth look into the many roles of today’s school principal.  The importance of a principal’s ability to: Shape a vision of academic success for all students, create a climate hospitable to education, cultivation of leadership in others, improvement of instruction, and management of people, data, and processes to foster school improvement.

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      The Changing Learning Environment: Teacher's Roles in Student's Challenges and Opportunities Today

      A training on the creation of school success through: a focus on working and learning together, gaining synergy and developing strategies for making decisions by consensus, as well as selecting school leadership and planning teams.

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        The Role of ELA and Math in College and Career Readiness

        A study including facts and figures into the major role of ELA and Math curriculum rigor in post-secondary education and work.  Assessing the improvement of ELA and Math curriculum and learning, as well as preparation for college and career readiness.

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          High School Dropout Prevention: What Can Schools Do?

          A research study looking into factors that effect dropout risk, protectiveness of keeping kids engaged, the fostering of academic achievement, and guidelines for dropout intervention.  Why dropouts happen, how to recognize the problems, and planning to minimize dropouts and keep students involved.

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          Action Research: A New Look into Collaborative and Progressive Problem Solving

          A presentation of Action Research and its usefulness for teachers in the modern learning environment.  A look into action research v. traditional research, what action research is and how it can be used in education today,  and an in depth plan into developing and carrying out an action research plan in your school.

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