Doug Rosette

NYSCOSS Fall Leadership Meeting 2015

Leading with Courage (A Journey into the Hearts and Minds of Educators)

This week's blog is brought to you by Doug Rosette, Vice President of Sales at Texthelp.

What does it take to be an Educator?  It takes the heart of the Tinman, the brains of the Scarecrow, and the courage of the Lion. This is what hundreds of superintendents agreed on at the recent Fall Leadership Summit of the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS), the theme of which was the Wizard of Oz.

It sounds like Oz, but really every day feels like Kansas for these hard-working school district leaders. This week Jeff Greaves and I took part in a journey into the hearts of educators at the Council of School Superintendents in Saratoga Springs, NY. Over 560 superintendents attended this four-day event, focused on promoting the interests of educating children in the State of New York. The goals of NYSCOSS are to support superintendents in raising achievement for all students and increase advocacy for the council's efforts.  This seemingly was accomplished with great turnout and a broad program offering.

One of the most exciting parts of the Fall Leadership Meeting was during a scavenger hunt for the meeting attendees which featured some great prizes. Included in the prizes was a license of our Read&Write software which was awarded to Dr. Clark J. Godshall,  District Superintendent of the Orleans-Niagara BOCES. Congratulations, Dr. Godshall!

NYSCOSS Scavenger Hunt Winner
Dr. Clark J. Godshall receiving his scavenger hunt prize from Texthelper Jeff Greaves.

Another great moment from the meeting took place on Sunday evening when Mike Ford, Director of Leadership Development, University of Rochester was presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the Hall of Springs. As a former superintendent, he spoke about ‘closing the knowing and doing gap’ and emphasized a need for Superintendents to be “agents of change”.

What really resonated with me was how Mike  described the job of a superintendent as a ‘Human Bulldozer’; “Our job is simply to remove barriers to help our teachers and students”. This simple, yet effective message resonated throughout the conference and the exhibit hall.

Have your state’s superintendents gathered yet this year? What takeaways were they discussing?


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