Dr. Brian Graham, A Student-Centered Path to College Readiness

The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices. Listen to gain their insights and apply them to your own college and career readiness practices.

Today, we’re speaking with Dr. Brian Graham, Superintendent of Grand Island Central School District. Grand Island Central’s college readiness program is remarkable in its focus on diversifying its program to meet the unique needs of each individual student. Dr. Graham is 100% committed to ensuring that his district emphasizes the importance of helping students uncover their passions through relationship-building. Listen to this episode as he explains how this emphasis has been demonstrated through the district’s STEM, DECA, visual arts and career pathways programs.

About Dr. Brian Graham

Dr. Brian Graham is the Superintendent of the Grand Island Central School District. Grand Island is located 20 minutes north of Buffalo NY. Previous to this appointment, he served as the Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services in the West Seneca Central School District. He also spent seven years as a middle school principal and three years as an elementary principal in West Seneca.

In addition to his professional development work with teachers and administrators, Dr. Graham has worked with teachers in training as an adjunct professor in the Daemen College graduate program for teacher certification. Dr. Graham is listed as a contributor in the book Using Curriculum Mapping & Assessment Data to Improve Learning by Bena Kallick and Jeff Colosimo. His contribution appears in Chapter 5 in a section entitled “Overcoming Roadblocks to Success: Persevering to Make Curriculum Mapping Work.”

About Grand Island Central District

The mission of the Grand Island Central School District is to foster academic excellence, personal growth, and social responsibility. The district seeks to provide education of the highest quality so that students are enabled to:

  • Develop their abilities and talents and channel them for the good of themselves and the community.

  • Secure knowledge of themselves, the community, the nation, and the world.

  • Appreciate a broad range of artistic endeavor.

  • Develop attitudes of respect for other human beings, their beliefs, and their cultures; and compassion for those in need.

  • Enter healthy and satisfying personal and professional lives.

  • Become responsible citizens.

  • Achieve academically, leading to a passion for lifelong learning.

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