Giving Students the Lead

by Debra Buszko 12.12.2016 For the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to visit a number of classes in a variety of schools across the district. I have observed well-planned, standards-based lessons being well executed by many teachers. Teachers have a good understanding of behavior management, curriculum, and what needs to be taught. However, … Continued

Inviting Parents In

  Sometime in September, schools will open their doors to parents for a “Back to School Night” or Parent Orientation. Teachers will fill the room with anxious parents and deliver the year’s academic, social and emotional goals and expectations. These meetings are important to let the parents know about the arrival and dismissal schedules, the … Continued

The “Almost” Lost Art of Conversation

  I’m sure you observed or experienced it. Sitting at a restaurant and watching a couple sitting across from each other engrossed not with one another, but with their cell phones. Or worse yet, sitting across from someone you’re dining with who’s engrossed on his or her cell phone! How many times have you watched … Continued

Trust – The Cornerstone of Relationships

    It may be hard to define, but it’s at the heart of every relationship, Trust. The way we speak, act, respond to or ignore someone or some situation, creates the perception of whether or not we are trustworthy. Establishing trust in our buildings is a critical skill for school leaders. Trust has been … Continued

Save the Date for CEI’s Annual Gala on November 30, 2016

For more information, please contact: Barbi Zakin, barbiazakinevents@gmail.com   CEI’s annual benefit dinner celebrates the dedication and commitment of educational innovators whose work aligns with our mission: to make the school the center and driving force for education reform and innovation. Leaders who recognize that while “systemic change” is necessary, authentic and sustainable change happens by investing in the individual … Continued

Register Now for CEI’s Summer Leadership Institute!

  Join CEI on July 29th for the 2016 Summer Leadership Institute! Located at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, the day will include professional development workshops, a vendor showcase, and networking opportunities with peers from all over the five boroughs. CEI is also proud to announce that Dr. Betty Rosa, NYS Chancellor of the Board of Regents … Continued

Save the Date! CEI’s 2016 Summer Leadership Institute

  Save the date! Join CEI on July 29th for the 2016 Summer Leadership Institute. Located at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, the day will include professional development workshops, a vendor showcase, and networking opportunities with peers from all over the five boroughs. CEI is also proud to announce that Dr. Betty Rosa, NYS Chancellor of the … Continued

A Look Inside The 2015 CEI Summer Leadership Institute

  CEI hosted their annual Summer Leadership Institute on July 31st and over 350 participants packed the IBM Center in Armonk, NY for the event! CEI’s Institute is an opportunity for board members, administrators, and teachers to share, learn, and collaborate on current best practices. CEI was honored to have Milady Baez as the keynote … Continued

The 14th Annual BOOST Middle School Celebration

Yesterday, we celebrated as 475 students graduated from CEI’s Project BOOST. Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students) is a program targeted at late elementary, middle and high school students who have demonstrated academic talent but come from disadvantaged neighborhoods where they do not have the opportunity to develop their talents.     Project BOOST’s … Continued