Dr. Diane E. Lang, Orange-Ulster BOCES Director of Instructional Support Services, was recently honored with a 2020 Award for Excellence in Administration from The Mid-Hudson School Study Council (MHSSC). In its awards announcement, the MHSSC described Dr. Lang as a great leader with a genuine passion for education.
The Instructional Support Services (ISS) Division at OU BOCES has grown exponentially under Dr. Lang’s leadership. ISS supports the use of cutting-edge-instructional methods, materials, assessment, environment, technology integration, distance learning, and student engagement protocols. All dimensions of instruction are supported by the division including: planning, instruction, assessment, environment, and program review. Professional learning and coaching are also offered by ISS.
“Dr. Lang has created and developed an Instructional Support Services Division that is not only highly effective, but also admired and recognized around New York State,” said OU BOCES Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Theresa Reynolds. “She has become an instructional leader in our region and across the state, with many educators reaching out for her expertise and knowledge of curriculum and professional development. Dr. Lang achieved this level of success because of her strong leadership skills and ability to manage and supervise a large and complex Division. She has done an excellent job building relationships with the administrative teams in each of our 18 school districts, as well as those in our neighboring counties.”
At the state, national, and international level, Dr. Lang is a true advocate and leader in education as shown by her many publications and presentations. She co-authored the book Changing Suburbs, Changing Students: Helping Leadership Face Challenges and is the author of a chapter in Breaking the Mold of School Instruction and Organization: Innovative and Successful Practices for the 21st Century. She has presented original research and applied innovations at the New York State School Boards Association Annual Conference, the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, the National Association of the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, and the International Conference on Self-study of Teacher Education Practices.
Dr. Lang represents the Mid-Hudson region on the Executive Committee for Staff Curriculum Development Network (SCDN). SCDN provides guidance and professional learning to BOCES administrators and trainers so that BOCES can support high quality education across the State of New York.
“It is a tremendous honor to be selected and honored by the Mid-Hudson School Study Council. I am so thankful for the great team at Instructional Support Services and BOCES. It is a joy to collaborate with them to make education inspiring for educators and students,” said Dr. Lang.
She was one of seven award winners selected in the Educational Administration category.