2008 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Dr. Laurence W. Aronstein
Glen Cove School District
Dr. Laurence W. Aronstein represents the consummate professional educator. This is his 44th year in public education, having started as a science teacher, then working as a college professor, assistant principal, elementary school principal, middle school principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and now as superintendent of schools in Glen Cove.
Many credit Aronstein with leading the Glen Cove School District into a period of renaissance. During his tenure, the district has developed rigorous policies leading to increases in average daily attendance. In addition, the number of high school students graduating with a Regents diploma has increased from 58 to 80 percent, and comprehensive staff development in literacy and math has yielded unparalleled increases in state assessment scores.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Aronstein has equally ambitious plans for the future, including the addition of a Mandarin Chinese program, a dance and movement program, and an International Baccalaureate diploma.
Aronstein relishes the challenge of working in high-needs districts, noting that “students in these districts deserve the same opportunities and can achieve at the same level as students in affluent districts.” Tireless in his pursuit of this vision, he personally coaches and provides training to members of his leadership staff, who have flourished under his nurturing hand.
Long before moving to Long Island, Aronstein was lauded for his superior leadership skills, winning Massachusetts Principal of the Year. In addition, during his tenure at the John Glenn Middle School in Bedford, Mass., the school was awarded the prestigious National Recognition Award.
He has published dozens of articles in leading educational periodicals, including Educational Leadership, NASSP Bulletin, Science Teacher and Action Learning. He has consulted in districts through- out the country, and in Germany, on issues of site-based management, middle school management, community service projects and environmental education. He was also the founder and director of the highly respected Long Island Leadership Academy.