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Aspiring Leaders Institute

The Aspiring Leaders Institute offers an effective and economical way for highly qualified teachers to become school administrators through a program administered by Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES in partnership with local school districts and higher education.

  • Course kick-off celebration is Jan. 19, 2022
  • Sessions begin on Jan. 26, 2022
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Aspiring Leaders

The second cohort of the Aspiring Leaders Institute concluded its program this year with an in-person, year-end reception held on May 5, 2021, in Homer. This video features highlights of that reception, including remarks from both the group's mentors and mentees about how much growth has taken place among these future school leaders. Standing in the photo, from left to right, are OCM BOCES District Superintendent Matthew L. Cook, Ed.D. with Yanira Stoker; Cincinnatus Superintendent Todd Freeman with Karissa Graham; Marcellus Superintendent Michelle Brantner, the Aspiring Leaders instructor; Patricia Trabucco with Marathon Superintendent Rebecca Stone; and Jennifer Block, Homer Superintendent Tom Turck, and Karen Avery. OCM BOCES Assistant Superintendent Chris DiFulvio facilitated the program for the second year in a row.

Earlier in the year, a kickoff meeting was held in January (via Zoom) to welcome everyone to the program. Here are some videos that highlight this meeting:

Homer - Karen Avery and Jennifer Block, mentored by Homer Superintendent Tom Turck
Cincinnatus - Karissa Graham, mentored by Cincinnatus Superintendent Todd Freeman
Marathon - Patricia Trabucco, mentored by Marathon Superintendent Rebecca Stone
OCM BOCES - Yanira Stoker, mentored by OCM BOCES District Superintendent Matthew L. Cook, Ed.D.