Talking Points for President & Superintendent

The Rondout+Ulster CONNECT Planning Committee met last Thursday 9:30-11 and came up with the following talking points for President Katt and Superintendent A

As a group, we decided that instead of having Rosario speak first and Don speak second, we would have both speak together as a conversation.
Rosario would take the following talking points we came up with and create a power point that Don and Rosario could refer to.
We suggest that Rosario and Don meet by phone or in person to go over ppt.

Big Picture

· What students need to know when they go to college
· What they need to know for life

- Big Picture of collaboration > GOAL
- Not replace what do already
- Bridge the gap between K-12; HS; College > on in Lifetime
- Integration of technology
a. Tech assessment test in 8th grade
b. Standard already in place?
- Acknowledging technology as a component of success in the classroom, in formal systematic approach
- Proximity of pedagogic tools
- Expectations of preparation to discuss with students and faculty
- Change from “No Child Left Behind” to Arne Duncan’s New Grad plan
- Bridging the Gap at SUNY Ulster
- Secondary School Camp > Regents testing == Middle states + SUNY requirements
- Creating a smooth TRANSITION, Not a big jump
- Assessment tool used in Rondout School System
- Tech Use in Classroom
- Keeping current with tech in classroom and specific content
- Press release –Includes within-state plan for collaboration
- Quote from
Deputy for the Education Pipeline, Johanna Duncan-Poitier
used to work for State Ed Department
Now works for the Chancellor championing SUNY’s pre-K to 20 initiative.

The Chancellor’s letter
On November 4th, at he University at Buffalo, SUNY hosted the second of seven Statewide Conversations as part of our comprehensive Strategic Planning process. This conversation focused our attention on the working hypothesis that SUNY can play a transformative role in retooling New York’s Education Pipeline.

Our group of 200 delegates from across SUNY listened as former Board of Regents Chancellor Robert Bennett, Gates Foundation Senior Policy Officer Joe Scantlebury and I discussed some of the opportunities and models for pipeline development. Then we broke into small working groups to generate big picture goals – and the strategies to meet those goals.

Also accompanying us and speaking was my newly appointed Deputy for the Education Pipeline, Johanna Duncan-Poitier. Read Johanna’s thoughts on the education pipeline here: []

If you couldn’t join us in person or via the web last Wednesday, I encourage you to watch the archived webcast, which you can find here:

The fact is, New York’s education pipeline is leaking, and we are losing too many students at all levels – that’s why we at SUNY are committed to finding ways to plug the leaks and maximize educational opportunities for all learners – from cradle to career.

One solution: Shore up the ability for SUNY students to transfer easily from two- to-four-year schools across our 64 campuses. This is commonly called “student mobility.” I’m pleased to announce that SUNY’s Board of Trustees recently approved changes that will make it easier for students to transfer courses and credits among SUNY campuses.

I encourage everyone to participate in these conversations through all the means we have available, be it in person, via our website or through our social media outlets. Our next Statewide Conversation will be December 1st at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. We will explore the theme of Arts and Culture by taking a look at how SUNY can partner with creative industries to create jobs, revitalize infrastructure, fuel innovation, and revitalize our communities.

To make this Strategic Planning process a success, we need your input. Please become a part of Generation SUNY and let your voice be heard. You can use our discussion board here on Facebook, engage your fellow stakeholders on Twitter @GenerationSUNY, or keep up with the latest dynamic content on our YouTube channel. And of course, there's much more information at SUNY's Strategic Plan website.


Nancy Zimpher