'Fireside Chats with Dr. V'
ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 19, 2012) –
City School District of Albany Superintendent
Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., wants to come over for a chat.
The new superintendent is reaching out to all
families and community members who would like her to come to their home
to talk about the city’s public schools and how to make them better.
“Fireside Chats with Dr. V” will be a key part of the new
superintendent’s community engagement plan. The meetings will be
informal and should be focused on identifying challenges and working
together toward solutions.
There are just a few ground rules:
Meetings should involve at least 10 guests.
Meetings should be in the evenings or on
weekends, and about an hour in length.
Guests should participate in the spirit of
Meetings must fit in with Dr. Vanden Wyngaard’s s
own schedule as a working mom.
Fireside Chats with Dr. V are intended
to be comfortable, free-flowing conversations that will give the
superintendent background on the areas that parents and community
members believe are most pressing for the school district in its efforts
to raise achievement for all students.
“Collaboration, cooperation and powerful
partnerships with all community members are the only ways we will be
able to achieve the shared goals we have for our children,” Dr. Vanden
Wyngaard said. “As a district we can no longer be perceived as an
isolated organization. We are a viable and vital part of the fabric of
Albany, and we need to reach out to our families to help them feel more
engaged both in our process and in their children’s education.”
Fireside Chats with Dr. V will be part
of the new superintendent’s broader community engagement efforts. Dr.
Vanden Wyngaard also plans larger community meetings to allow for public
input, and will empanel both an advisory council of community leaders
that will meet periodically, and school and community ambassadors.
The feedback from all of these
conversations will inform the district’s work on an updated strategic
If you have
questions or would like to schedule a Fireside Chat with Dr. V, contact
Director of Communications Ron Lesko at 475-6065 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mary Bryan
in the Superintendent’s Office at 475-6010.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district serves about 8,600
students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High