Professional advancement is another one of the offerings at BOCES for education professionals. BOCES offers the following announcement…..
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS—Two of the region’s newest school principals – Scott Wynne, principal of Eastchester Middle School, and Lori Roberts, principal of Crompond Elementary School – credit their advancement to the Center for Educational Leadership at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.
Tapped by administrators in their school districts while they were still teaching, Wynne and Roberts both took advantage of the opportunity to enhance their credentials by attending the Future School Leaders Academy. Now in its 14th year, FSLA leads to both state certification as a school building and district leader and a master’s degree in education. It is offered by Center for Educational Leadership in partnership with the Bank Street College of Education and the school districts of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Sullivan counties.
After completing the FSLA program and moving into administrative positions, Wynne and Roberts both chose to continue their educations with another BOCES’ program: the doctoral program in educational leadership at Manhattanville College. As with the FSLA program, the doctoral program is structured to suit the needs of working professionals.
The three-to-four-year program includes two years of coursework, with most offered at P/NW BOCES’ Yorktown campus while summer sessions are conducted at Manhattanville College. After completion of coursework, participants must write a five-chapter or three-article dissertation.
Reflecting on the FSLA program that helped launch his administrative career, Wynne said, “I was always looking for leadership opportunities when I was teaching, so the FSLA program seemed to be a great fit. It gave us flexibility and made for an optimal learning environment.”
FSLA makes it more manageable for an existing teacher to pursue administration by offering the courses locally, sharing the cost and condensing the class time. FSLA is run by co-directors Terry Orr, PhD, of Bank Street, and Joan Thompson, of the Center for Educational Leadership at P/NW BOCES. Throughout the two-year, 30-credit program, participants complete coursework at P/NW BOCES in Yorktown and the Bank Street campus in New York City and complete concurrent internships in their home districts.
Upon earning his certification from the state as a school leader, Wynne was offered a position as dean of students for George Fisher Middle School in the Carmel School District. A year later, he moved to Eastchester as assistant principal for Eastchester Middle School.