the Superintendentís Seat
Visit To Washington
Dr. Carole G. Hankin with Randi T. Sachs
few years ago, Syosset Schools received a visit by then US Secretary
of Education Richard Riley, who wanted to see a successful public
school district in action. This June, I had the opportunity to
meet with two key players in the US Department of Education in
Washington. I came away from the meetings secure in the knowledge
that the pursuit of excellence in education for all of our children
will continue to be the driving force at the highest levels of
Dr. Susan Sclafani, Counselor to the Secretary, had worked with
Secretary Rod Paige in the Houston Public Schools. She was interested
to learn how a school district on Long Island has been able to
teach children that we are indeed a global society, and I shared
with her details about Syossetís program of world languages. I
believe that if we are going to have peace and harmony in the
world, we have to learn how to communicate. That starts with language.
This September, we will add Mandarin Chinese to our elementary
school World Language Program. Starting in kindergarten, all students
will now study a year each of Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish
I also met with Beth Ann Bryan, Senior Advisor to the Secretary,
who was interested in learning about Syossetís Peer Educators
program that is designed to prevent bullying and aggressive behavior
by teaching young children the appropriate way to handle conflict.
Our high school students, who spend the first half of the school
year learning how to present these ideas and values to the youngsters,
teach the lessons. The program has been a phenomenal success,
and we are hoping to expand it within our district. Both Bryan
and Sclafani found that the programs they saw could be implemented
in other districts.
I always find visiting the Capitol stimulating and exciting. Meeting
with these women was great assurance that smart and innovative
individuals are working for our children. #
Hankin is superintendent of Syosset Central School District. Randi
Sachs is Public Information Officer of Syosset Schools.
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