| January 27 - 28, 2024 | 

New York State Ed Leaders of Color

Be part of history in the making—join the first New York State initiative for leaders of color!


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Our Goal 

The goal is to create an empowering professional development space for all education leaders of color and their allies across New York State throughout the school year. Participants will build connections and relationships with peers who turn into coaches and position NY superintendents as mentors to other educators. If NY EDLOC is successful, the ratio of people of color in the ranks of public educational leadership in NY will mirror the ratio of students of color in our public schools. We will ensure that talented leaders of color stay in our schools and build their careers in public education, and we will recruit the next generation of leaders to become educators and join our work


What is NYSEDLOC?  

The New York Education Leaders of Color is the brainchild of  Schenectady Superintendent Anibal Soler, Jr., Ithaca Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown, Port Chester Public Schools, Superintendent Aurelia Henriquez, and Shenendehowa Superintendent Dr. Oliver Robinson. The group approached NYSCOSS, who are excited to team up with IEI so this program can involve superintendents, educators, and educational leaders statewide.

In Partnership



Planning for the Future

When K–12 leaders, mission-driven organizations, and innovative thought leaders convene to tackle public education’s most pressing issues, their community approach to problem-solving results in practical, sustainable solutions.

The last two years have been transformative. Still, the Institute for Education Innovation is looking ahead to a bright future with the rest of the IEI Family, including our valued Members and Partners.


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Event Schedule


Day 1: Saturday, January 27, 2024
8:00AM - 9:00 AM
Registration, Coffee, & Networking
9:00 AM
Opening and Welcome
Anibal Soler, Superintendent at Schenectady City School District & Dr. Aurelia Henriquez, Superintendent at Port Chester Public Schools
9:30 Am
Self-Discovery- Defining Who You Are as a Leader
Facilitators: Dr. David Mauricio, Superintendent of Peekskill & Dr. Aurelia Henriquez, Superintendent of Port Chester
10:15 AM
Introduction to Leadership Stories and Styles
Facilitator: Dr. Oliver Robinson, Superintendent of Shenendehowa School District
10:45 AM
Break | Mindfulness
11:30 AM
Session: Participants' Storytelling
Facilitator: Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent of Ithaca City School District
12:15 PM
Lunch | Networking
1:00 PM
Dr. Vanessa Vasquez, Principal Yonkers City School District
1:30 PM
Self Assessment Continued
Dr. Tahira Chase, Superintendent of Westbury Schools
2:15 PM
Understanding Diverse Needs and Challenges
Panel Discussion
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
Closing Session
Anibal Soler, Superintendent at Schenectady City School District & Dr. Aurelia Henriquez, Superintendent at Port Chester Public Schools
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Social Hour & Networking | Hotel Restaurant
Sponsored by BH365
6:30 PM
Dinner | Networking
Sponsored by the Center for Integrated Training and Education
Day 2: Sunday, January 28, 2024
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Coffee & Networking
9:00 AM
Understanding the Educational Landscape in New York
Facilitator: Jaime Alicea, NYSED Monitor, former Superintendent of Syracuse CSD
9:45 AM
Insights into Education in New York State
Facilitator: Lawrence Bo Wright, Superintendent of Geneva City Schools
10:15 AM
AM Break | Stretch
11:00 AM
School District Dynamics
Dr. Deborah Wortham, Superintendent of Roosevelt School District
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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