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Testimonials

The Academy for Education CEOs:
Leading For Accountability
Testimonials

All activities in the Academy were designed to provide an excellent foundation for assessing and modeling one’s leadership style, and for improving day-to-day management processes. Each session focused on best practices for improving one’s leadership, as well as process development through carefully developed agendas. The focus of each agenda was to move from research, into practice while providing practical applications that could be easily replicated in a school district. Processes for addressing organizational needs were explicitly taught. These helped one in establishing clarity of purpose, and provided a specific approach to meeting a specific need.

Cynthia M. Randina,
Superintendent of School
Secaucus, New Jersey


The Academy for Education CEOs offers an exceptional opportunity to improve leadership skills.  Each session introduces practical strategies for applying systems thinking to current district challenges.  The process of learning, doing, getting feedback, and revisiting/revising one’s practice motivates immediate application in a manner that few other programs achieve. Peer support from the cohort group encourages collaboration that deepens insights about the difficult work educational leaders face today.  The interaction with business leaders from a variety of fields enhances the lively and engaging discussions.  Ken, Joe and Fred facilitate an excellent program focused on continuous improvement that yields great dividends for the disciplined investment of one’s time and energy.

Margaret W. Hayes, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools
Scotch Plains, New Jersey


The Academy has been the single most impactful professional development experience of my career. As a result of the application of this work in my District, I have seen real and sustained positive change in the thinking and actions of my leaders. The focus on strategic planning and process has finally filtered to the staff level. The question, “How do we know?” is resonating throughout the organization. As a result, each department/grade level will begin the process of strategic planning in the coming year. Imagine the impact on student achievement of every building and department developing a coherent strategic plan well aligned with the District Mission and Vision of All Students Achieving!  Very exciting work.

Dr. Christopher M. Manno
Superintendent, Burlington Township Schools
Burlington, NJ


The Academy provided me with insight into how an effective educational leader functions to guide a school system toward a clearly articulated vision.

Dr. Gloria C. Scott
Assistant Superintendent, East Orange School District
East Orange, NJ


The Academy for Education CEO’s provides invaluable training in effective leadership practices utilizing a systems perspective to achieve successful educational outcomes.  This program guides the participants in goal setting, utilizing data analysis in the problem solving process, and effective planning and deployment processes.  Our district has had several administrators attend this Academy thus far and plans to enroll three administrators next year to ensure that we all utilize this efficient approach in our quest for academic excellence.

Mrs. Kathleen A. Skobo
Assistant Superintendent, Carteret Public Schools
Carteret, New Jersey


I found the Academy to be a very worthwhile use of my time.  In my 13th year as a Superintendent, the “tools” that were introduced were and are very useful in impacting on the complex issues we face.  The “teachers” were available to us.  Your review of our homework before we used it with our staff was very helpful.  The relationships with the other Superintendents grew over time and are helpful now and in the future as we call on our peers as “sounding boards.”

Jan A. Furman, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools, Northern Valley Regional High School District
Demarest, New Jersey