October 26, 2018
We are #allinforalbany
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
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
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
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