Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Administrator Honored

March 28, 2019

Dr. Gregory Brown, regional coordinator of social studies and blended learning at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, has been named the 2019 Leader in Digital Education by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS).

This award recognizes a SAANYS member who has demonstrated exceptional, creative leadership in harnessing the potential of technology to further teaching and student achievement.
Recognized as a statewide leader with excellent collaborative skills, Brown has worked tirelessly to bring blended and digital learning to students across New York through the Online Courses for the 21st Century (OC21) consortium and the Integrated Social Studies/ELA Curriculum. He has formed partnerships with 13 other regional BOCES and more than 230 school districts.

 “Not only does he coordinate a complex, blended high school with teachers and students from multiple districts, his leadership focuses on best practices for learning, including project-based learning opportunities, authentic field experiences, feedback for learning, student-centered instruction, and standards-based grading,” said colleague Diane Cunningham. “He also provides supportive and honest feedback to faculty … and uses their feedback to adjust and make improvements to the schools’ practices.”

Layne Hughes, assistant superintendent of Ardsley Union Free School District, said “The reach of OC21 ensures a diversity of learners that is not always present in small districts like ours. One of our teachers remarked that the range of lived experiences that her students brought to her ‘classroom’ created a vibrancy that she had not experienced before.”

Jennifer Harriton-Wilson, coordinator of educational technology for BOCES, praised Brown for his “ability to shift the culture of those with whom he works” by showing teachers and students how technology can provide additional avenues for learning.

Dr. Ronald Hattar, superintendent of Yorktown Central School District, said he never doubted that the SS/ELA initiative would be successful. “Aside from being confident in our wonderful faculty and students, I knew that with Dr. Brown assisting us in implementing the program, our district would be successful. As every great leader knows, teaching and learning is about people, not programs.”

Brown received his Bachelor of Science from SUNY Oneonta, Master of Arts from Marist College, Master of Science in Education from Iona College, and his Doctor of Education from Manhattanville College.

Brown will be honored for his accomplishments at an awards ceremony on May 3 at the Century House in Latham, New York.