This was our biggest
and best Summer Leadership Conference ever. CEI is a non-profit education organization and recognized leader in advancing meaningful reforms in public education. Our mission is to ensure the school is the center and driving force of public education reform and innovation. CEI works to turn around low performing schools with student- centered innovations and provides life- changing opportunities to students in under-resourced communities.
Over 500 principals, assistant principals,
and administrators attended this informative event. School administrators from NYC Public schools and Public Charter schools, and the tri-state area, and New York City Department of Education Non- Public schools attend this annual conference.
This year’s event highlighted and
showcased exhibitors and products, and the strengths and services of the CEI organization. CEI takes a proactive role to ensure success for all students. Administrators had the opportunity to see both new and known companies and learn about new and improved products and services.
INTRODUCTORY REMARKS VIA VIDEO
Judith Johnson was appointed to the Board of Regents for a five year term effective April 1, 2015. She has devoted her professional life to public education. Whether working to transform national and local educational policy to significantly improve the quality of education, leading school districts to give all children the same opportunity to succeed, or building partnerships with the business community, civic organizations, government leaders and the Arts community, she has built an extensive network of partners to help schools raise student achievement. She is known for her unrelenting commitment to public education.
New York State Regent, 9th Judicial District
Regent Johnson’s teaching and leadership roles span seven very diverse city and suburban districts. During President Clinton’s second term in office she was appointed by Secretary of Education, Richard Riley, to serve initially as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and later as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education. During her tenure the department launched legislation that provided funds for initiatives that included Extended Day and School Choice Programs, Instructional Technology programs and Small Class Size initiatives. A major effort focused on implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, at that time, labeled the “Improving America’s School Act.” This was the first national effort to introduce a performance based standards framework for teaching and learning.
Johnson has built a reputation as a trusted, respected, and sought-after educational leader and mentor who is also able to bring diverse parties to agreement on shared goals that benefit all students. In each position she has left behind enduring changes that continue to inspire those who followed her. She has served on many executive committees including the American Association of School Administrators, the New York State Council for School Superintendents, the Association of Small City School Districts and the New Standards Project, a national initiative that launched the transformation to standards based instruction, a concept that remains the framework for teaching and learning across the nation.