Author and speaker Will Richardson visited SUNY Cortland to speak to more than 120 education administrators about how to radically improve schools.
Initiated by an invitation from the SUNY Cortland Education Leadership program, TST BOCES partnered with neighboring OCM BOCES to host Richardson for the 2017 Francis J. Cheney Educational Leadership Summer Institute. Richardson is known for his work advocating a fundamental transformation of secondary education.
This emphasis on transforming schools rather than simply reforming schools was reflected by the #OldSchool2BoldSchool hashtag used throughout the event.
“I was involved and excited to be a part of this event because it is clear to me when talking to educators, students, families and community that so many of us believe that we really need to transform — not reform — schools to make them deeply relevant, meaningful and effective for every student, in the context of today’s world,” said Barry Derfel, assistant superintendent of instructional services at TST BOCES. “However, institutions like school are hard to change. Will Richardson’s work helps generate a sense of urgency around this work, a sense that no matter what, we have to do this, and we have to get started yesterday.”
TST BOCES will continue to collaborate with administrators and educators throughout the region in order to help transform schools to make them meaningful and effective for all students.