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Warwick Valley Central School District joins Tri-State Consortium

on July 20, 2018

The Warwick Valley Central School District has joined the Tri-State Consortium, a prestigious network of some of the highest achieving public school districts in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

As a member, Warwick Valley will benefit from the Consortium’s expertise, its rigorous review process, and the resulting feedback as well as its acclaimed training and personnel development opportunities for principals, administrators, and other district leaders.

Warwick Valley joins a roster that includes the Chappaqua Central School District, Scarsdale Public Schools, Briarcliff Manor, New Canaan, Franklin Lakes, and Princeton Public Schools. Districts must apply for membership, and Warwick Valley is the first school district in Orange County to attain membership since the Consortium was founded in 1994.

Personnel development and training opportunities include the Consortium’s six study groups: elementary principals, middle school principals, high school principals, assistant principals, curriculum leaders, and superintendents. These study groups meet four or five times annually and focus on issues relating to leadership and student learning.

Representative from the Tri-State Consortium will visit Warwick Valley and review its academic programs. Their findings will include commendations on strengths and, more importantly, said Warwick Valley Superintendent Dr. David Leach, suggestions for growth.

That assessment includes:

  • Triennial visits by teams of “critical friends” – trained educators from within the Consortium who evaluate district programs using eight “indicators” to measure the degree to which the district is utilizing student performance data as the basis for its planning.
  • The team develops responses to “essential questions” posed by the district to elicit the team’s best thinking about issues of teaching and learning.
  • The report includes commendations of the district’s strengths and recommendations to suggest next steps for growth.
  • Two years after the visit, some members of the original team return and facilitate a conversation about the district’s actions in response to the team’s recommendations.
  • In addition to three-day external peer review visits centered on disciplines (such as K-12 math and K-12 English Language Arts) the Consortium also organizes one- and two-day consultancies, usually focused on specific programs or approaches.

“The Tri-State Consortium brings together some of the most innovative and passionate voices in public education today,” Dr. Leach said. “Tri-States is a venue where we can learn from others and make Warwick Valley the absolute best that it can be.”

 

 

 

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