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Equipping School Building Leaders: MVCSD Models P-20 Partnerships for Principal Preparation

The Mount Vernon City School District recently received a Principal Preparation grant from the New York State Education Department (NYSED), which will be used to support additional professional development training and graduate education courses for aspiring building leaders at The College of Saint Rose.

Modeling P-20 education initiatives, which support collaboration between academics and workforce training, the NYSED’s ultimate goal is to spur and support a growing statewide network of Regional P-20 Partnership Programs that share the mission of improving principal preparation, thus enhancing staff and school performance and contributing to improved student academic success.  The NYSED’s vision is that one day such programs will enable sizable cohorts of candidates to participate in clinically-rich, full-year, full-time internships at no cost to the candidate, and simultaneously establish a cohort of well-prepared school and district leaders to sustain high quality, educational continuity.

“The Regional P-20 Partnership Program provides an opportunity for the Mount Vernon City School District to build a sustainable pipeline of high performing and innovative school leaders,” said Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy, Assistant Superintendent of School Improvement.

All participants will enjoy the following program benefits:

  • Full scholarship to the 30-credit graduate education leadership program at The College of Saint Rose through CITE,
  • All required readings purchased through the program grant,
  • Cost for the three required weekends paid for through the program grant,
  • Full registration and travel to an annual national conference,
  • Admittance to a cohort-formatted program through the completion of the program,
  • Westchester-based classes held on Saturdays and only four Sundays throughout the entire program,
  • Biweekly after school Mount Vernon City School District-focused problem of practice facilitated sessions,
  • Monthly visitations off-site to schools with promising practices aligned to cohort problem of practice, and
  • Mount Vernon City School District-based educational leadership internship.

The first set of program participants are: Sarah Sabatino; Kristen Wall; Tamisha Hall; Sabrina Decicco; Louisa Caldwell-Simmons; Shereene Shames; Thalia Langley; Adam Hernandez; Kristin Cipriano; and Brian Squillace.