ACROSS THE BOARD - September 2015
What's Best For Our Kids? - President's Message
Welcome back to the new school year!
WPSBA is looking forward to supporting your work with another year of great programming and advocacy efforts. In July, we had an invigorating retreat where we addressed 3 questions: "Given the changing public education landscape -- Who are we? What is our work? and Where are we going with it in the coming year?" We used those questions to develop the following blueprint for 2015-16:
  • We believe a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) is the constitutional right of every child in NYS.
  • We reject the notion that one size fits all, and will constantly strive to customize the fit.
  • We will fight to ensure that our accountability methods are valid and fair, and include multiple sources of information, of which testing is but one.
  • We are actively working to bring the focus of APPR back to informing instruction and helping children learn.
  • We believe in the professional development of board members and in delivering timely, relevant workshops to support your needs.
Gone are the days of "business as usual." We all need to be nimble and adaptive, and to come out of the corner swinging for public education. WPSBA regularly partners with school boards and regional organizations in this regard. Together, as public education advocates our focus should always remain on the over-arching question: "What is in the best interest of our kids?" With your support, we promise to be tireless in our efforts on their behalf.  Please let us know how we can help you.
~ Stephen O. Jambor, Ph.D, WPSBA President/Brewster BOE 
New Team/New Times, Opening Minds, & More...
It's back-to-school time. Get a head start on YOUR after-school activities by registering for the following programs.
Need a little clarity on the NYSSBA Resolutions?  This session will provide background info to help you prepare for your board deliberations. We'll also be setting the WPSBA Advocacy Agenda for 2015-16. Preceded by WPSBA BOD Meeting (6pm-8pm). All are welcome.
Thursday, Sept. 10th  8 pm - 9:30 pm 
Bedford Administration Building, Fox Lane HS Campus
632 S. Bedford Rd, Bedford, NY 10506 
To register for one or both meetings, CLICK HERE
Want to take it up a notch? Even the most seasoned board can benefit from this panel discussion on governance.  Topics include: local control in today's environment; strengthening the board of education-superintendent team; and effective internal and external communications.
Monday, Oct. 5th; 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Pleasantville HS Library
60 Romer Avenue, Pleasantville, NY 10570
To register, CLICK HERE
Thursday, Oct. 22nd; 6 pm - 8:00 pm
Scarsdale District Office, Room 170-172
2 Brewster Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583
All BOE members are welcome. To register, CLICK HERE
We're getting back to basics and focusing on student learning at this year's Joint Dinner.  Author and keynote speaker Professor Peter Johnston, who has worked with several districts in our region, will open "our" minds as he discusses how language affects children's learning.
Thursday, Nov. 12th; 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
DoubleTree Hilton Tarrytown
455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591
Fee Event - Register thru your District Clerk
APPR Statement to SED Quoted in LoHud
WPSBA recently sent the following comments to NYSED regarding 3012-d. 

The Westchester Putnam School Boards Association (WPSBA) has long supported high standards and accountability for our students and staff, but standards must not equate to standardization.  Our public education system is based on the tenet of local control; one size does not fit every school district or every child.  

While WPSBA has expressed serious concern about the New York State Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plan since its inception in 2010, we believe that the provisions of 3012-d represent a further step backwards for the evaluation process. We say this because...
CLICK  HERE to read full statement. 
The statement was also mentioned in a recent LoHud editorial
Judy Wiener Honored
Judy Wiener, Legislative Director of the Lower Hudson Education Coalition (LHEC), was awarded the 2015 Rockland County School Boards Association President's Award for her "steadfast commitment to legislative advocacy on behalf on public education." 

Judy stated that the recognition should really be shared by all the members of the Lower Hudson Education Coalition, as it serves to reinforce the importance of our collaborative efforts to work together in support of our public schools.  So please consider yourselves duly honored for all your advocacy work on behalf of public education.
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