Working with new People / Building a Team
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST
What makes a collaborative team? What guidance needs to be provided for the new members and what for the old ones in order to build a team of educators who share the vision of your school? Paul Buckley, the director of the American International School of Zagreb and Ned Dale, the Superintendent of Elba Central School District, New York, are gathering an international group of team leaders to share their experience and provide useful tips.
Ned Dale has been Superintendent at Elba Central School District since November of 2018.
Collaboration and communication are primary goals of Ned’s. He was the Principal of Cosgrove Middle School, Spencerport Central Schools, a position he held since 2007. Ned began his career in education in 2000 as a school counselor/teacher leader at Spencerport High School and continued his career at Spencerport Central Schools serving as the Assistant Principal of Cosgrove Middle School. He wrote an article for ASCD New York on the positive impact of "Learning Walks" and was featured in a vignette in Peter Dewitt's book, School Climate: Leading with Collective Efficacy, regarding innovative professional development with digital badges.
During his career at Spencerport Central Schools, Ned supported the development of a rich curriculum and aligned assessments, and also developed three tiers of Response to Intervention in English Language Arts and Math, in collaboration with other administrators and stakeholders.
Helped by his leadership, Cosgrove Middle School was designated 'A School to Watch', as determined by the collaboration of the New York State Education Department, New York State Middle School Association and National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Level Reform. The school was featured in the "In Transition" journal for the New York State Middle School Association because of their use of the 'Schools to Watch' rubric as a route to school improvement. As President of the Spencerport Administrators and Supervisors Association, Dale has successfully negotiated three 3-year contracts for the entire association.
Ned earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. John Fisher College, and a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Development from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.
Paul Buckley is currently the director at The American International School of Zagreb. Previously, he was the Elementary Principal at Jakarta Intercultural School. He has a long career in Australia, China, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
In 2012, Paul was the NAESP National Distinguished Principal representing the Office of Overseas Schools. An outstanding administrator, with over 20 years of school leadership experience at all levels of pre-university learning, he specializes in international and cross-cultural contexts, with particular strengths in strategic planning, current assessment and curriculum design, including professional development theory and practice.
Paul conducted the Appreciative Inquiry Community Summit in March 2017 which led to the development of the new AISZ Learning Ecosystem, leveraging the qualities of the 52-year-old past into the shared vision of a concept school of the future. With a new campus building scheduled for completion in July 2018 a future focused learning paradigm needed to be developed.