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NECSD launches School Leadership Program for current teachers

NEWBURGH (September 17) – The Newburgh Enlarged City School District, in collaboration with SUNY New Paltz and the Mid-Hudson School Study Council launched the Newburgh School Leadership Academy on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Newburgh Free Academy, Main Campus.

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Data from the Mid-Hudson School Study Council indicate that in the next three to six years, there will be a need to fill 158 regional administrative vacancies. Sparked by an anticipated need for certified leaders in the near future, the three entities joined together to offer a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Building Leader (SBL) and School District Leader (SDL).

The level of interest and response required two cohorts to be formed. The cohorts are comprised of current teachers or school counselors who are currently employed by the Newburgh Enlarged City School District or surrounding districts.

The overarching goals of the program are to secure an effective leader for every school, to prepare for an anticipated leadership gap, and to provide opportunities within our district for growth. Participants of the program are current teachers or school counselors who are interested in becoming principals, assistant principals, area directors or supervisors, teacher leaders, or simply to enhance their knowledge of leadership.

Participants will be taking courses on Saturdays at Newburgh Free Academy’s Main Campus and online for four consecutive semesters, which includes a summer semester.  Additionally, participants must complete six credits of internship experience consisting of 710 hours working alongside an intern mentor who is a successful, experienced, and currently practicing certified administrator. 

“We are excited to have such a strong response from aspiring leaders from within our district and nearby districts,” said Dr. Roberto Padilla, Superintendent of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. “We are thankful for our partnership with the Mid-Hudson School Study Council and SUNY at New Paltz and know that our future leaders are embarking on an exciting journey of developing and cultivating the important skills that are required for being a successful school leader.”

“The Council is delighted to partner with the NECSD and SUNY at New Paltz in a second cohort effort, following on the heels of a very successful inaugural administrative cohort in the Goshen area, begun in January 2018,” said Roberta Greene, Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson School Study Council  “Knowing the administrative needs of our Hudson Valley Districts over the next five years, these new leaders will be critical in meeting the demand.”

The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) program is a 30-credit post-master’s program leading to certification as School Building Leader (SBL) and/or School District Leader (SDL). A six-credit internship is part of this program.

Criteria for review will focus on the conceptual framework of the Department of Educational Studies & Leadership and equivalence with current course offerings.



SUNY Orange Foundation names new executive director

MIDDLETOWN (August 7) - The SUNY Orange Foundation announced that Dawn Ansbro of Goshen, has been named the Foundation’s new Executive Director. Ansbro, who began in her new role on Monday, Aug. 6, brings more than three decades of experience to the position; including extensive work in development, strategic planning, marketing, public relations, community outreach, and fundraising. She succeeds Dr. Russell Hammond, who is retiring on Nov. 30.

Ansbro is a creative and self-motivated executive with a successful track record of building non-profit organizations, establishing and growing innovative programs, and collaborating with the community. Before joining the SUNY Orange Foundation, she was Executive Director of the Orange County Arts Council in Sugar Loaf, N.Y., where she had served since 2011. Ansbro also held development positions with Bon Secours Charity Health System (Suffern, N.Y.) and the Lycian Centre (Sugar Loaf). Ansbro also worked for Call Center Services in Cresskill, N.J., for 12 years, where she rose to the position Director of Client Relationships before leaving in 2002.

“Dawn’s extensive experience as a collaborative and effective leader over a broad range of organizations will make her an invaluable asset to the Foundation,” said Chairman Derrik R. Wynkoop. “I think all stakeholders will benefit from Dawn's background and leadership style. The success she had with the Arts Council over the past seven years was remarkable; she is leaving that organization a tremendous legacy.”

Ansbro holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree in Fashion Merchandising from Marist College and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. In 2013, she received the YWCA and Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Woman of Achievement Award. In addition to remaining active with the Arts Council; Ansbro is affiliated with Leadership Orange, The Orange County Citizens Foundation, and is an Advisory Board Member of the Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education Center in Goshen.

Hammond will stay on during the transition in a consultative capacity until Dec. 1.

The SUNY Orange Foundation, founded in 1987, has a primary mission to generate funds and build resources to enhance learning and engagement opportunities for students, alumni, and the community.





Three RCC faculty/staff members earn SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

RAMAPO (August 5) – A trio of Rockland Community College faculty and staff members has been selected to receive the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Josephine Coleman, Associate Professor of Business, earned the award for faculty service; Michael Albin, Coordinator of Academic Advisement, for professional service; and Edwin Gonzalez, Senior Account Clerk/Typist in the Bursar’s Office, for classified service. The award recognizes consistently superior professional achievement in the State University of New York, the country’s largest comprehensive system of higher education with 64 campuses.

As a member of the Business department, Coleman developed introductory accounting online courses to promote the online business degree, as well as a course in forensic accounting. She also serves the students by conducting tutoring sessions in the college’s tutoring center. A certified public accountant, Coleman has 20 years of experience in the financial field in both the private and public sectors. She has taught at RCC since 1999 and has been a full-time instructor since 2007. Coleman assumed leadership roles upon earning full-time faculty status. She served as RCC’s faculty senate president for two, two-year terms, served on the regional Faculty Council of Community Colleges, and has conducted Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) workshops at the college on various financial topics. “I hope my help can make a positive impact on my students as they reach for their dreams,” she says. 

Albin, an 11-year RCC employee, advises and counsels degree-seeking students, and hires, manages and trains staff in the Academic Advisement Center. He has collaborated with the Student Development Center to hold fairs such as “A Slice of Success” and “PASSport to Success” that heighten awareness of the support services available. His commitment to RCC’s students is evident from his participation in student depression screenings and creation of informational videos to familiarize students with the college’s academic advisement and registration process as well as its academic forgiveness policy. He also initiated, introduced and trained faculty and staff on the SAGE early referral system, and has taught as an adjunct faculty member the past five years.

Gonzalez wears several hats for the college. A 13-year RCC employee who earned an Innovator of the Year award from his colleagues in 2017, he assists students who visit the bursar’s office seeking clarification and help with their bills. Also a technologically savvy employee, he creates spreadsheets, writable PDF files and report queries and helps his colleagues informally with computer programming requests. Gonzalez is responsible for processing and posting students’ financial aid packages to their accounts and making sure they are reconciled correctly in his reports to the federal Department of Education, the state Education Department and to RCC.


Town of Hyde Park Historical Society Museum invites visitors

TOWN OF HYDE PARK (August 5) - The Town of Hyde Park Historical Society Museum is open on Saturdays from 10-2 and Sundays from 1-4 through the end of October. 

Full details on our Arts & Entertainment page




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