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Two Women's Initiatives Underway

I am pleased to see that two powerful initiatives are underway in support of women in leadership. This is good for women leaders as well as those of us men in support of fairness and equity in educational employment.

On May 18th NYSCOSS is hosting a "Women's Initiative" in Saratoga Springs. The Women's Initiative will focus on supporting women educational leaders to inspire more women to seek leadership positions in education. This is an important effort and superintendents across NYS should encourage and support attendance at this day-long event. Information can be found on the NYSCOSS.org website.

Also in May, NYSAWA (NYS Association for Women in Administration) will be hosting four professional development events, 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM in Buffalo - Rochester - Syracuse - Albany. These regional events are part of NYSAWA's 'Women Administrators Professional Development Series.' In addition to small group sessions and dinner, Dr. Sue Gray will give a presentation on “Women in Leadership: Reflections From a Longitudinal View.“ This regional series is part of NYSAWA's Women Administrators Professional Development Series.

JIm Merrins

To access the complete copy.... The Career Center Update # 17 – March 2017

The Educational Leadership Institute @ NYS Association for Women in Administration is pleased to sponsor the

Women Administrators Professional Development Series

You’re Invited!

A Professional Development and Networking Opportunity
for Building and District Level Administrators and Aspiring Administrators  


Dates and Locations 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 Salvatore’s Restaurant Williamsville, NY (Buffalo area)
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Burgundy Basin     Pittsford, NY  (Rochester area)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Double Tree by Hilton     Syracuse, NY (Carrier Circle)    
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Holiday Inn Express       Latham, NY (Albany area) 


4:00 PM Registration 
4:15 PM

Breakout Sessions (topics may be subject to change)
- The Dynamics of Changing Administrative Positions
- Pathways to the Superintendency
- Strengthening Your Fiscal Background
- Understanding Search Consultants

5:00 PM Social - Cash Bar - Dinner 
6:30 PM Dr. Sue Gray 

"Women in Leadership: Reflections From a Longitudinal View"

After four decades of observing women administrators and leaders, some of the dynamics of being a woman in leadership have changed and some have not changed much.  Dr. Gray will explore what she thinks are the most salient dynamics and share experiences around those dynamics. 

$95 per person (includes dinner) 

Online Registration Information 
Detailed information and registration 

Help us recognize the outstanding individuals who have contributed to NYSAWA’s mission and goals at the 2016 NYSAWA Annual Conference: Strengthening Leadership Through Reflective Practice, July 12-13 at The Nassau BOCES, Robert E. Lupinskie Center, 1 Merrick Avenue, Westbury, NY

Nominate your colleague for any of the awards outlined below:  

The Ann Myers Award
Recognizes individual commitment and expertise in mentoring educational leaders and generously sharing his or her time and wisdom with prospective administrators. This award is named after NYSAWA’s founding chairperson.  

The Amy Bull Crist Award
For a superintendent who supports leadership development of women and girls and models the NYSAWA mission. This award is named after the first woman district superintendent in NYS.  

The Jane Bullowa Award
For individuals who have made significant contributions within their own specific field, supported the advancement of women in educational leadership and continue to champion the NYSAWA Mission.  
The Linda Tinelli Sheive Award
For a person with vision to innovate, to bring about change based on what can be rather than what was or what is; for a person with perseverance to overcome hurdles, both personal and professional, to achieve his/her vision. This award is named after NYSAWA’s previous executive director.  

The Maxine Giacobbe Award
For those who demonstrate exceptional work with children from diverse populations, including children of color, to reduce gender inequities and promote outstanding achievement. This award is named after NYSAWA’s first executive director.     

Submission Guidelines:

  • Those nominated cannot presently be a State NYSAWA Board Member.
  • Complete the attached Nomination Form with supporting materials and submit by May 20, 2016 to Awards Chair; Dr. Jennifer Schulman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Attach a statement of support and any additional background information available; no more than four pages total.
  • Please refrain from informing the candidate of the nomination.  You will be notified if your nominee is selected for the award so that plans can be made to attend the conference.  We will also notify all nominators regarding the final status of their nomination.
  • Award winners and nominators must be able to be present at the Awards Ceremony Dinner, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Long Island Marriott Hotel, 101 James Doolittle Blvd., Uniondale, NY 11553.
  • Cost of two-day conference (July 12th, 13th) is $225; Cost of Awards Dinner only (July 12th) is $75. Accommodations at the L.I. Marriott, NYSAWA rate, $150; Phone (516) 794-3800. 

Questions? Email or call Mary Balme, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; (585) 261-1938, or call Jennifer at (914) 330-4840


On my mind...

Important School Construction Projects Workshop
Responding to requests, we are pleased to offer a full day workshop on school construction projects. There has been nothing of substance available for the last few years and school construction is an area generally not covered in administrative preparation courses.  A construction project is an important event in the life cycle of a school district. Unless you are in a large school district (city/suburban), a construction project is not a common event. A construction project has a huge impact on current and future school generations - space, quality, and dollar payment. When construction projects go wrong, it takes big $$$ to solve the problems. Inexperienced administrators underestimate the time and expertise it takes to administer a construction project. We will share our learning after our combined experience of 13 projects.

The Career Center continues to record a solid number of new job vacancies each week at the central office and building levels. For those of you registered on the statewide Career Center Job Vacancy Listings the new postings for August were: 4 new superintendent postings, 60 new central office postings, and 49 new building level postings.  If you want to know about jobs in New York State, we post them all.

JIm Merrins

To access the complete copy.... The Career Center Update # 16 – October 2016

ELI @ NYSAWA - our new professional development initiative

The New York State Association for Women in Administration (NYSAWA) is pleased to announce a new professional development initiative.  NYSAWA has partnered with the Educational Leadership Institute (ELI) to enhance and expand professional development opportunities in support of educational administrators and school district officials across New York State.

The Educational Leadership Institute (ELI) was established in 2008 for educational leaders to  enhance their knowledge through high quality programs, workshops, and conferences.  The plan is for ELI @ NYSAWA to embrace and expand these programs, workshops, and conferences over the next several years.  ELI @ NYSAWA will be a statewide provider of high quality professional development programs serving the PreK-12 academic community.   The efforts of ELI @ NYSAWA will focus on contemporary issues affecting the policies and practices of PreK-12 educational institutions, including their implications for strategic planning, organizational development, and leadership decision-making. Programs will be offered at statewide locations.

James (Jim) M. Merrins, Ed.D. will be the Executive Program Administrator of ELI @ NYSAWA during a growth and transition period.  We will be looking for NYSAWA member support and encouragement as we grow this effort.

Sally Feinberg, Ed.D., President
Mary Balme, Executive Director
Jim Merrins, Ed.D., Executive Program Administrator

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