Long Island Education Leaders Network and Learn

More than 300 educational leaders from Long Island came together for SCOPE Education Service’s 33rd Annual Dinner Meeting for Superintendents and School Board Members, which was held at the Bourne Mansion in Oakdale on Aug. 10. SCOPE provides a vast array of services to school districts, including before and after-school child care programs, school enrichment programs and staff professional development.

The event provided a networking opportunity for new and returning school superintendents and board of education trustees and other professionals who work closely with the education system. SCOPE Executive Director George L. Duffy urged those in attendance to utilize and benefit from the many programs and services SCOPE provides. He also introduced all newly installed school board members and new superintendents, and wished them success in their positions.

Lorraine Deller, executive director of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association, said that in their roles as board of education members and school superintendents they have become guardians of Long Island’s “high performing and highly regarded” public schools.

Speakers included Roger Tilles, who serves as Long Island’s representative on the New York State Board of Regents, and New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia. They provided updates on changes being made to education policy such as state assessments and teacher evaluations.

Regent Tilles explained that now more than ever teachers and administrators from local school districts are a part of these discussions. “We’re listening to you,” he said.

Commissioner Elia spoke about the state Education Department’s plan to meet the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, commonly known as ESSA. More than 150 meetings have been held throughout the state with input received from administrators, teachers, parents and students. She also spoke about the need to provide all students in the state with access to higher-level courses and career and technical programs, and said that a revised teacher evaluation system is in the works. Following her presentation, she took questions from the audience on a variety of education issues.

Photo above: Board of education members and school superintendents from Nassau and Suffolk counties attended SCOPE Education Service’s 33rd Annual Dinner Meeting.

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