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A message from Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams

October 26, 2018

 

We are #allinforalbany

In case you haven’t heard, we are “All in for Albany!”

 

This statement is part of our comprehensive effort to hold ourselves accountable for the success of every child. We acknowledge and embrace our commitment to our students. It is a mantra that embraces our past, supports our present and inspires our future.

 

Central to the endeavor are the premises that each job in our organization plays a role in student achievement; that all of us believe in the potential and possibilities of all our students all the time; and that this work belongs to all of us: parents, students, teachers, support staff, community members and business partners.

 

With these philosophies in mind, the district has built an instructional framework that guides faculty and staff interactions with students from the cafeteria to the classroom.

 

It is our goal to build the best possible learning environment using a holistic approach that will meet all students’ academic, social and emotional needs. The approach involves implementing “high-leverage” practices – research-based strategies that work across a broad range of subjects and classrooms.

 

One such practice is culturally relevant education. We engage faculty and staff members across the district to understand how a student’s background and culture can affect his or her learning and interactions with others. We also urge teachers and staff to use examples that are relevant to their students’ daily lives and encourage positive participation in school.

 

In addition, we strive to tailor our learning environment in a way that meets our students’ academic, social and emotional needs.

 

In the classroom, we call this differentiation. Our faculty and staff have participated in professional development whereby these practices may be embedded in our everyday work. We make every effort to give the students what they need so they can master the work directly before them and be prepared go onto more challenging classes and opportunities.

 

All district employees are connected to each other in the work we do. Every division and every department strives to support the delivery of quality education, in all aspects of our educational design.

 

Together, we are committed to building positive relationships with students and families from the moment they walk into a district school or office. It takes all of us working on behalf of each of us to ensure that every one of us is successful.

 

We are truly “All in for Albany!”

 

Yours in education,

Kaweeda G. Adams

Superintendent of Schools

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