Professional Development


NYSAWA is offering three sessions designed to be restorative to women leaders and to highlight the strengths women bring leading through uncertain times. We all need to feel psychologically safe and connected in order to do our best work and lean into our purpose as leaders. In these sessions, best practices will be shared and facilitators will guide discussions for personal reflection and application of these practices.
Response to Stress: Choose Love / Thursday, June 4, 2020 / 4 - 5 pm
Virtual Session via Zoom, moderated by NYSAWA Chair, Adele Bovard; and Board Members: Taweepon Farrar, Anita Murphy, Lori Caplan, Julie Lutz, Julie Marlette, Lauren French and Lynne Wells
Leading with Courage in Uncertainty / Wednesday, July 1, 2020 / 4 - 5 pm
Virtual Session via Zoom, moderated by NYSAWA Chair, Adele Bovard; and Board Members: Kristine Orr, Elizabeth Wood, Julie Lutz, Julie Marlette, Lauren French, Jazz Conboy and Janice White
Keeping a Culture of Innovation in a Pandemic / Tuesday, August 11 / 4 - 5 pm
Virtual Session via Zoom, moderated by NYSAWA Chair, Adele Bovard; and Board Members: Kristine Orr, Lynn Allen, Lauren Gemmill, Lisa Clar, Anita Murphy, Lori Caplan and Janice White 
Successful Administration of School Construction Projects
September 23, 2020 (Albany) & February 2021 (Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse) / 9 am - 2:30 pm
A powerful professional workshop and unique learning opportunity that guides participants through the knwledge, strategies, and attitude needed for successful school construction projects.Participants will learn the life cycle of construction projects (Pre-Project Considerations, Design, Bidding, Construction Administration, Occupancy), the roles and responsibilities of each of the professional parties, and special issues involved in the process (i.e. contracts, financing, capital project budget, insurance). Materials will be practical and useful. We will discuss the communication strategies used to involve and inform students, staff, and the community. Time will be given throughout the presentation to ask questions and discuss potential challenges that may arise at any stage of the process. More Info...

Fiscal Navigation for Superintendents
October-December 2020/ Three full days, mix & match locations / 9 am - 2:30 pm
This is an important foundation workshop for Superintendents of Schools, Business Administrators, and school administrators seeking to strengthen their fiscal understanding and skills. Superintendent-Business Administrator teams find this workshop useful. The workshop focus is on the strategies needed to build and maintain fiscal health and stability in your local school district. Time is spent on fund balance strategies and taxation strategies. 
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