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NYS Superintendent Development Program Workshop Attendees

Provided through SUNY Oswego and the Greater Southern Tier BOCES [LEA]

NYS Superintendent Development Program

The New York State Superintendent Development Program is provided through the efforts of SUNY Oswego & Greater Southern Tier BOCES [LEA].  The program is the longest running superintendent development program in New York State, with a proven track record over its 18-year history.  

  • Designed to prepare aspiring superintendents for the position of superintendent of schools
  • Participants acquire a district wide perspective on the K-12 school organization
  • Appropriate for principals aspiring for district office positions
  • Train to use systems thinking in areas critical to success as a superintendent
  • Develop  skills and behaviors essential to becoming a successful superintendent of schools

Admissions

The New York State Superintendent Development Program is offered to individuals seeking to become superintendent of schools who:

  • Possess or qualify for NYS School Building Leader (SBL), School District Business Leader (SDBL) or School District Leader (SDL) Certification
  • Have a record of successful school leadership characterized by commitment to children and high ethical standards.
  • Are recognized as possessing the potential to assume the responsibilities of the superintendent of schools.
  • Complete the application process which includes submission of all required documents and a confidential interview with a superintendent faculty member.

Timeline

  • Applications due: November 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance: December 2020
  • Opening Session: Friday, Saturday, January 22-23, 2021
  • Mid-Year Session: Thursday, Friday, July 15-16, 2021
  • Culminating Session: Saturday, November 4, 2021

Costs & Payment Options

Program Fee:    $4,500. 

Opt in 9 SUNY Oswego Graduate Credit Hours:  $4,200 additional (subject to tuition changes)*

  • If the program fee is paid by the associate, payments may be spread over two fiscal years.
  • If the fee is paid by a school district, it may opt to make one payment or spread the payment across two fiscal years.
  • BOCES Aid may be claimed on the coordination portion of the program fee.

*Payment for 9 credit option (not for SDL) will be billed separately and directly to the Associate by SUNY Oswego.

NYS Superintendent Development Program Participants

 

The Superintendent Development Program is a must if you are considering the position of the Superintendency. It’s a yearlong authentic on the job training preparation program like no other. The experiences, networking and relevant work is all purposefully tied to developing strong district leadership.

-Eben M Bullock

The SDP engaged me in authentic tasks with a diverse group of aspiring leaders. Our rich discussions created profound experiences that prepared me well for the superintendency. I feel the SDP program made the difference in me making the transition successfully.

~ Aaron R. Johnson

I participated in the Superintendent’s Development Program in 2010, nine years before becoming a superintendent. No other program has offered me the level of preparation needed to take on this role. The SDP’s reflective nature helped me to identify personal strengths and reflect on areas of growth, giving me the encouragement and confidence needed to become a superintendent.

~ Nicole Wolfe.

Description of the Superintendent Development Program

The Superintendent Development Program (SDP) is an established, recognized, year-long, field program that teaches and mentors experienced senior school administrators through the transition from their current position to Superintendent of Schools. Through July 2016, one hundred and seventy four (174) SDP graduates have successfully moved into New York State Superintendency. 

The Superintendent Development Program was designed and developed by five BOCES District Superintendents and faculty from Oswego State University. In seventeen years (1998 to 2015) the program has graduated 542 Associates. The NYS Council of School Superintendents, the NYS Association for Women in Administration, and the School Administrators Association of NYS have endorsed the program. 

The program runs continuously for 10 months, January through November. Associates meet weekly with their team, attend five full day statewide sessions, attend three regional special topic sessions, attend the NYSCOSS Fall Leadership Institute, and have additional meetings and assigned work. 

Prior to acceptance they are screened by faculty, who are practicing New York State superintendents. While many participants (Associates) are interested in pursuing the superintendency, others enter the program to gain a greater understanding of school district leadership. Ninety five percent of associates have NYS School District Administrator/School District Leader Certification before entering the SDP and approximately ten percent have an earned doctorate. Associates successfully completing the program are awarded nine graduate credits by Oswego State University. 

The foundation of the program consists of teams with two faculty mentors and five to seven associates working through a series of authentic learning activities - real issues facing superintendents in local school districts. Each team has one-two team faculty who are sitting Superintendents of Schools. Participants are trained to use systems thinking in areas identified as critical to success for the superintendent.

Program Components

Resources

Office

Division of Extended Learning

151 Marano Campus Center
Oswego, NY 13126

Contact

Phone: 315-312-2270
Fax: 315-312-3078
Email: extlearn@oswego.edu

Hours

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday