In today’s schools one leader can not do it all. Educational reforms require a team approach to improving student achievement. 

The Teacher Leader Academy, now the Aspiring Educational Leader Academy, is an outgrowth of the STLE3 grant, which was awarded to the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES region in 2014-2015. A desire for sustaining the leadership capacity in districts was developed as a result of the work of this grant. Teachers who are accepted to the academy will spend two summers and the academic year between honing leadership skills. This professional growth opportunity offers the potential for career advancement by exploring the administrative practice and gives teachers who already exhibit leadership tendencies to further expand their opportunities to lead in-district. The chances for networking are endless in the academy, with teacher leaders learning from and with area practitioners in the field of educational administration.


  • Participants will develop an understanding of leadership styles (or align personal/ professional traits with various leadership models) & identify themselves as leaders.
  • Acquire a “big picture” view of a district by exploring overall school building and/or district operations, challenges, & roles/responsibilities within a community.
  • Learn how to effectively leverage professional collaboration to bring about change/ contribute towards school improvement.
  • Examine a building/ district initiative analyzing for growth capacity.
  • Consider the potential for professional advancement via the CAS in educational administration program

Develop skill sets in:

  • Facilitation and presentation
  • Components of instructional best practices 
  • Providing Feedback
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Components of Curriculum
  • Data Analysis
  • Examining student work through protocols

Who Should Participate?

  • Current Teacher Leaders
  • Other Non-administrative and emerging school leaders
  • Potential Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership candidates (transfer credit) 
  • Note: Permanent / professional certification is required for participation.

Program Structure

The academy will run for eight days during the 2018-2019 school year. Teacher leaders will collaborate periodically throughout the year (see below dates). The academy is currently scheduled to take place in both the North Country at the Jefferson Lewis BOCES in Watertown and Central New York at the SUNY Oswego Syracuse Campus. Make sure you choose the appropriate academy when applying.

Available in Central NY

Dates (All sessions are from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm)
10/11/18 & 10/12/18
03/07/19 & 03/08/19

SUNY Oswego
Syracuse Campus
2 Clinton Square
Syracuse, NY



To apply you will need to submit both:

The Educator Application and The Administrator Recommendation. Accepted applications will be notified upon receipt of application.

To submit the application and recommendation by mail, download the pdf and mail to:

Robin Duger 
SUNY Oswego 
151 Marano Campus Center
7060 State Route 104
Oswego, NY 13126-3599

To submit the application and recommendation electronically:

  1. Click Submit CNY Application button (below) and complete the Educator Application.
  2. Copy and email the online form  link  to the administrator you are seeking recommendation from.  They can submit The Administrator Recommendation via this link.