Celebrating Small City Successes

June 3, 2024 The Desmond Hotel Albany, NY

Session topics include Blue Ribbon Commission Graduation Measures Implementation, Showcase of One Small City District’s Award-Winning Farm to Table Food Service (Salamanca CSD), Best Practices Panel Auburn CSD DEI Strategic Plan, the Importance of Principal/Leadership Coaching, Strategies for Difficult to Fill Vacancies and Maximizing Transportation Aid.
Member districts are further invited to attend the Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 2, 2024, and the following dinner.
Registration is simple, respond via email to Beth at beb@biggerstaff-firm.com with your name, title, district and day(s) you will be attending, and you will be sent further information including sessions, schedule, materials etc. Anyone who wishes to stay in Albany Sunday to Monday should contact the Desmond directly for room reservations*.

We are happy to announce our Keynote speaker is Deborah S. Delisle, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education (2012-2015). Deborah S. Delisle recently retired as president and CEO of All4Ed, a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school well prepared for success in college, work, and citizenship. Prior to her position with All4Ed, Delisle served as executive director and CEO of ASCD, a professional community of more than 120,000 education professionals around the world.

We are also very honored to announce NYSED Commissioner Dr. Betty Rosa will speak to update us on the Department’s work to integrate the Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures findings.
*The Desmond Hotel
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211
518-869-8100 | 800-448-3500
Reservations must be received by 05/17/2024, identify as members of NYSASCSD. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel (518-869-8100) or on the Desmond’s website, www.desmondhotelsalbany.com. NB: Contact Beth for the group code to use when booking online. Any difficulties with registration, please call, they are ready to help!

Many thanks to this year's conference sponsors:

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NYS Association of Small City School Districts
Breakfast Seminar At the Council of School Superintendent’s 2024 Winter Institute

March 4, 2024 at 7:30 am
Speaker: Dr. Bruce Baker,Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Miami.

What Is A Small City School District? Small city school districts are defined in New York State Law as the school districts of each city which, according to the latest federal census, has fewer than one 125,000 inhabitants.  There are currently 57 small city school districts in New York State.Small city school districts serve nearly a quarter of a million children and employ more than 20,000 teachers and staff.  These districts have approximately twice the student enrollment than the average district in the state and, collectively, they serve communities totaling more than 1.5 million residents.  As a result, small city school districts have many of the same demographic characteristics as the five large city school districts in New York State.  These characteristics include higher percentages of disadvantaged students, limited English proficient students, dropouts and students with special educational needs.  Small city school districts are also typically characterized by higher percentages of families living on incomes below 200% of the poverty level, minority children, unemployment and single parent families.The New York State Association of Small City School Districts (NYSASCSD) was organized in 1985, and incorporated in 1986, by a group of concerned superintendents and board members.  NYSASCSD is a not-for-profit Association comprised of small city school districts each represented by its superintendent and board of education.Small city school district superintendents and board members who are members of the Association have traditionally looked at issues from a small city’s perspective with particular focus on the children and parents living and working in our urban settings.  Small city school districts continually strive to develop fiscally responsible and developmentally appropriate education programs for all their students.