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The Rural Schools Association of New York State (RSA) Conference Recap

August 1st, 2022

Earlier this month, our VP for Strategic Partnerships, Bob Hartz, attended the NYS Rural Schools Conference in the home of America’s favorite pastime (The Baseball Hall of Fame) in Cooperstown, NY. Set on beautiful Otsego Lake, members enjoyed three days of learning, discussion, and sharing ideas.

SuperEval was honored to be a part of a key presentation, Modeling a Commitment to Continuous Improvement, which was facilitated and moderated by Bob. Panel members included:

  • Tim Cox, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services, Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES;
  • Tammy Neumann, Board President, Delaware Academy CSD at Delhi;
  • Scott E. Payne, District Superintendent and CEO, Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES; and
  • Kelly M. Zimmerman, Superintendent, Delaware Academy CSD at Delhi.

The presentation was among one of the most popular, with standing-only room only!

Overview: Modeling a Commitment to Continuous Improvement

When implemented at all levels of leadership, school board, superintendent, and administrator evaluations model a commitment to continuous improvement. The panel discussion focused on using the evaluation process to:

  • Define evaluation importance while honoring the challenges.
  • Establish areas of focus and priorities.
  • Advance district goals through intentional leadership.
  • Create environments for reflective practices supporting leadership, superintendent, and board development.

Our panel discussed the importance of the superintendent evaluation and challenges or barriers that prevent leadership from creating models of continuous improvement around evaluations. We also discussed how to establish priorities, areas of leadership focus, and/or your own goals, and the importance of self-reflection as a leader.

If you are interested in listening to the full one hour recording, please contact Bob Hartz at and he can share it with you! And if you have any questions regarding what was discussed or how SuperEval can help your leadership work toward continuous improvement and growth, please reach out.

More Full Breakout Session Recaps from the Conference

The Rural Schools Association of New York State was kind enough to share more of the breakout session presentations on their website. If you are interested in learning more, you will find eleven session recaps and the keynote presentation from Dr. Ben Winchester by following the link below.

About RSA

The Rural Schools Association was founded in 1978 following a statewide conference sponsored by the Council on Rural Education and the Rural Regional Education Association (now NREA) to consider the special concerns and needs of the rural and small school districts of New York State.

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