The Chappaqua Central School District Board of Education appointed Jamie Edelman as the next Director of Literacy for kindergarten through 12th grade.
The appointment came Wednesday, April 11 during a school board meeting and takes effect on July 1.
Edelman first came to Chappaqua five years ago to serve as principal of Douglas Grafflin Elementary School.
Prior to joining Grafflin, she spent 13 years as principal of Putnam Valley Elementary School, was an Assistant Principal of Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School in Croton-on-Hudson, and before that spent nine years in New York City schools as an elementary school teacher, literacy staff developer, and assistant principal.
For the majority of her time in New York City, Edelman was fortunate to work in District 2 during a time when that District was instituting some of the most rigorous, progressive and influential educational reform New York has known.
As Director of Literacy, Edelman’s responsibilities will include working districtwide with administrators and teachers to strengthen and align literacy instruction across levels and disciplines; provide professional development in literacy instruction to special educators, reading specialists and classroom teachers; facilitate the work of inquiry-based fellowships for teachers and the K-12 Literacy Committee; and collaborate with classroom teachers at elementary schools and English department members at middle and high school to enhance the coordination of curriculum and pedagogy across levels.
Being a seasoned administrator, she also will serve as a mentor to new elementary school principals as well as being a key advisor to the District’s secondary principals as a leader who can pull from her building level experiences to help shape instruction. Her professional development philosophy is one that models best practices alongside her faculty, and she is quick to empower the professionals around her to share strengths and collectively tackle areas in need of improvement through collaboration.
“Jamie has a deep understanding of our District’s reading and writing programs,” said Dr. Christine Ackerman, Superintendent of Schools. “She will be instrumental in working with K-12 faculty as we look to improve the vertical and horizontal alignment of our reading and writing programs districtwide.”
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