Director of Leadership Development
Center for Professional Development & Education Reform
MS, The College at Brockport, State University of New York (educational administration)
BS, Bloomsburg State College (secondary education speech and theatre)
Mike Ford came to the Warner School as the former superintendent of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District (Midlakes), where he served in this administrative role for 15 years. Ford brings extensive knowledge and K-12 school leadership experience to his role as director of leadership development in the Center for Professional Development and Education Reform at the Warner School.
Ford’s retirement from Midlakes in 2014 came after 34 years as an educator at Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, where his work focused on professional learning and organizational development, and in the Tuscarora (Mercersburg, Pa.), Central Bucks (Doylestown, Pa.), Fairport, Newark, Wayne, and Phelps-Clifton Springs public school districts. During his tenure as Midlakes’ superintendent, Ford’s accomplishments included: improved student performance, stabilized district finances, improved staff and administrative recruitment and retention, and the successful completion of nearly $60 million of capital projects.
At Warner, Ford does extensive work supporting K-12 school districts with leadership coaching, strategic planning, superintendent searches, and school reorganization studies. He also teaches courses in the K-12 school leadership program.
Along with his administrative and faculty duties, Ford currently serves as a national board member of the National Center for Education, Research, and Technology and board member of the Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation. He is the past chair of the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) task force of the New York State Council of School Superintendents; past board member of the Learning Forward Foundation; and is a past-president of Learning Forward and the New York State Staff Development Council. He was the 2014 recipient of the New York Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) Appreciation Award for his dedication to education and his ongoing service to NYSCOSS programs, and the 2015 recipient of the NYSCOSS Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the field of education in New York
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