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School Leadership Exam Preparations

This review seminar is a personalized conversation about each question on the SBL and SDL examinations. The instructors are NYS examination assessors who will provide insight into extended and selected response questions as well as the reasons for responding in a particular way to each question. 

The Exams

School Building Leader Exam

An overview and discussion of the SBL examination requirements and strategies for success on the exam.

Part 1

  • Extended Response/Performance Task (Instructional Leadership)
  • Extended Response/Performance Task (School Climate)
  • Selected Response — Short Answer Questions
Part 2
  • Extended Response/Performance Task (Teacher Observation & Personnel)
  • Extended Response/Performance Task (Family & Community)
  • Selected Response — Short Answer Questions
School District Leader Examination

An overview and initial discussion about the School District Leader examination requirements and strategies for success on the exam. 

Part 1

  • Extended Performance Tasks (Developing, Communicating and Sustaining an Educational Vision; Supervising Districtwide Change & Accountability)
  • Selected Response — Short Answer Questions

Part 2

  • Extended Performance Tasks (Developing, Communicating and Sustaining an Educational Vision; Supervising Districtwide Change & Accountability)
  • Selected Response — Short Answer Questions

The authors of the SBL/SDL testprep program have reimaged their in-person “testprep” seminar and recreated it into a virtual self-study program with 9 modules. You will have access to the classroom 24/7 for 12 days. Contained within the online platform are the 9 modules which cover all aspects of test preparation: SBL/SDL Introduction (1 module) SBL Examination (6 modules) and SDL Examination (2 modules).

In signing-up for this program, the authors strongly urge that all participants download and print all handouts for annotation before the prerecorded video review sessions. Participants will have the ability to work on each individual module as time and schedule allows.

Participants can come and go as often as desired and repeat a particular module if that might be helpful. Participants who have taken the review seminar feel that spending a total of about 6-7 hours, spread out over the 12 days, seems like the general study cycle. There is also a live ZOOM seminar with Dr.'s Forman and O'Connor.  

Special Note: As result of the March 2021 Regents' actions, the exams '107/108' will continue to be available for at least two more years and will satisfy certification requirements as they always have. They will exist side-by-side with the approaching 109/110. The candidates may choose which combo to take. We continue to recommend 107/108.

The Results

"I can't express how grateful I am for their insights, and tips on how to do well on the assessments. Here is the truth: I know I wouldn't have done as well on the exams had I not taken the classes with them. I will be appointed as an Assistant Principal within the next two months!"  
-- Roger Ball LMSW, PhD  

 

The Course Materials

Course Materials

All students will receive:

  • 9 instructional videos
  • Handouts and study guides for each video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REcommended Text

Preparing for Educational Leadership book cover

Students are encouraged to purchase  Preparing for Educational Leadership, 3rd Edition (ISBN:9781323832738), an e-book created to support and reinforce lessons. The text is available in both online and printed versions.

DIGITAL

An online version of the book can be rented from Vital Source for $50, which provides access to the material for 180 days.

Buy e-Book Access

PRINT

A printed version of the book is available from the campus booksore and can be purchased online.  You do not need to be a student to purchase a book. From the textbook ordering page, select Course NCE 225 (any section) and the current term.

Buy from Campus Bookstore


The Instructors

Kenneth Forman

Dr. Kenneth Forman
Dr. Kenneth Forman is a lecturer and coordinator in the Educational Leadership Program at Stony Brook University. He has written a book,  Preparing for Educational Leadership , published by Pearson to help candidates prepare for the New York State School Building Leader examination. He has been an educational leader for over 40 years, working in a number of school districts and school environments in NYC and Long Island.

Terrance O'Connor

Dr. Terrance O'Connor

Dr. Terrance O'Connor is a lecturer in the Educational Leadership Program as well as several other post-graduate programs. He has worked as a consultant and educational administrator for more than 40 years. Throughout his career, he has worked in a number of school districts and for BOCES in a variety of leadership capacities.  


 

 

The Schedule

School District Leader (SDL) and School Building Leader (SBL) Exam Preparations
NCE 225 •  Fee: $199  •  Virtual Class

NCE 225.70 Thursday, October 28, 2021 through Monday, November 8, 2021 

NCE 225.10 Thursday, January 20, 2022 through Monday, January 31, 2022 

NCE 225.20 Thursday, March 31, 2022 through Monday, April 11, 2022 

NCE 225.30 Thursday, May 26, 2022 through Monday, June 6, 2022 

 

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Contact Us

Registration and Scheduling Information
Career Development Programs
careerdevelopment_spd@stonybrook.edu
631-632-7022