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Mount Vernon Teachers Training for Administrative Roles

Eight teachers from the Mount Vernon City School District are receiving training to take on larger roles as principals and other leadership roles in a two-year program.

They are enrolled in the Partnership for Principal Preparation program, a collaboration among the District, the College of Saint Rose and the consultants REACH Educational Solutions and Just Inspire.

“We are heartened to see our educators devoted to taking on greater responsibilities and aiming to remain valued members of the Mount Vernon City School District family,” said Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton. “Promoting administrators within our District creates a continuity and deeper connection with students that strengthens the community and the District.”

Participants emerge from the program certified as a School Building Leader, which allows them to hold a leadership role in a single school. To progress further and serve as an administrator for more than one building, or for the entire District, they must receive a certificate in School District Leadership.

The teachers currently participating are the second set of educators from Mount Vernon to take advantage of the program. The first 10 teachers completed the program recently, and three have already stepped into administrative roles.

The program is funded by federal Title IIA funds earmarked for improving teachers’ skills and the quality of instruction, administered by the New York State Education Department. The partners have designed a program in several facets to see that “aspiring building leaders in the MVCSD are better equipped to take on the challenges of leading our high-need schools and to achieve improved outcomes for all students,” according to Dr. Waveline Bennett-Conroy, Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement.

Under the program, the College of Saint Rose provides professional development sessions through its Center for Integrated Teacher Education location at Tuckahoe High School. This includes five weekend graduate courses. REACH Educational Solutions facilitates bi-monthly sessions, and the district provides monthly mentoring sessions with district-level administrators. Just Inspire provides program evaluation, management and coordination as well as record keeping.