Educational Sessions

Are you ready for three jam-packed days of learning?

With nearly 100 general educational sessions, keynote and featured speakers, we guarantee you’ll leave with all the information you need to help make decisions at the board table.

Learn about the latest trends or receive a refresher on important basics as they relate to a wide variety of topics important to you. General educational sessions are offered in groups of related sessions, called strands. Attend all of the sessions featured in one strand or try a sampling from several different strands.

View a schedule of this year's Convention educational sessions. Please note, schedule subject to change. Watch for details about NYSSBA's Convention App, which provides the most up-to-date information about all Convention activities.

This year’s strands include:

  • Board Governance
  • Community Relations and School Improvement
  • Cultural Awareness and Diversity
  • Emerging Educational Trends and Timely Debate
  • Finance and Facilities
  • Health, Safety and School Climate
  • Rural Schools
  • School Law/Employee Relations
  • Student Achievement
  • Technology

Session speakers range from your peers, fellow board members, to leading experts in their respective fields to representatives from the state entities you regularly interact with.

If you attend only one educational event this year, make sure it’s NYSSBA’s 98th Annual Convention & Education Expo!

Download or print your Convention session materials before you arrive.

Board Governance

  • Measuring Your Board's Effectiveness
  • The Relationship That Transforms Culture
  • Hiring New Superintendents
  • Superintendent Evaluation - Fair and Unbiased
  • The Emotionally Intelligent Board
  • Policy Hot Topics
  • Shared Leadership: The Board President – Superintendent Partnership
  • Anatomy of the Goal Setting Process
  • Board Management Solutions
  • School Budgets: It's More Than Numbers
  • Board Officers Roundtable: Know Thyself
  • SuperEval: The Online Superintendent Evaluation System
  • School Board Meetings - Legal Do's and Don'ts
  • Compassion Fatigue: Does Caring Too Much Create Conflict on Your Board?
  • Board Member Handbooks Strengthen Relationships

Community Relations and School Improvement

  • Building Stronger Relationships
  • That Never Happens At Home!
  • #Passed! Strategies for a Successful Referendum
  • Engage Your Parents and Families
  • No Child Left Inside
  • Community Schools 101: A Strategy, Not A Program
  • The 187 Words That Will Save Your Life
  • Consent Building: Managing Opposition

Cultural Awareness and Diversity

  • Bilingual Education: An Imperative for the 21st Century
  • Diversity-Rich Content Through Professional Development
  • My Brother's Keeper Research Guidance
  • Increase Diversity in Superintendent Candidates
  • Embrace Diversity to Maximize Student Outcomes

Emerging Educational Trends and Timely Debate

  • Addressing Data Privacy and Security Services Through RIC One
  • Taking Education to New Heights Through CTE
  • Local Wellness Policies: New Requirements, New Challenges
  • All Aboard
  • Robotics at the Elementary Level
  • Advocacy 101
  • Delegate Orientation
  • Personalized Learning: The Future of Education
  • Residency, Foster Care and Student Homelessness
  • Agricultural Science Education: What It Can Do For Your District
  • Encourage and Contribute to OER
  • A Culture of Professional Learning
  • Project Based Learning: Garnering 21st Century Skills
  • Teacher Shortage? What Teacher Shortage?

Finance and Facilities

  • Understanding School Finance: Property Tax Cap
  • Understanding School Finance: State Aid
  • School Facilities Investments Maximize Learning
  • The Role of Strategic Workforce Planning in Education
  • Keeping Up with The Class of 2030
  • Financial Planning to Support Instruction

Health, Safety and School Climate

  • Supporting Students Experiencing Poverty and Homelessness
  • LGBTQ Rights: Legal Considerations for Schools in a New Age
  • Substance Abuse and the Heroin/Opioid Epidemic
  • Facts Not Fear: Managing Food Allergies
  • Rethink Discipline: Implementing Restorative Practices
  • Paving the Way for School-Based Mental Health Initiatives

Rural Schools

  • PBL Experiences in a Rural School
  • Nature Inspired Learning in a Rural School
  • Supporting Pre-Kindergartners
  • School-Community Partnerships in Rural Areas
  • Expanding Opportunities in Small School Districts
  • Disrupting Rural Poverty

School Law/Employee Relations

  • Religion in the Public Schools
  • Collective Bargaining: In Search of the New “Normal”
  • Employee Discipline: What is New? What is the Same?
  • Bargaining with Teachers Under the Tax Cap
  • Website Accessibility: A Hot Topic for School Districts
  • Special Education 101
  • Student Free Speech: Legal and Practical Implications
  • Special Education Update
  • Superintendent Contracts
  • Email Use by School Board Members: The Legal Issues

Student Achievement

  • Whole Child Education: Recess and Play
  • The Special Sauce: Student-Centered Learning Design
  • Envisioning New Heights
  • What Boards Should Monitor About Student Achievement
  • Closing the Gap: The Newcomer Program
  • 2-Year Kindergarten: Success for At-Risk Youth
  • Tackling the Persistent Reading Achievement Gap
  • Inspire Enthusiasm for STEM
  • So What Should I See In Our Classrooms?


  • Leading Technology Change from the Administrative Level
  • Analytics You Can Use
  • Gamification: A Tool To Improve Engagement and Achievement
  • Using Technology to Support Rigor and Engagement for ALL Students
  • Going Digital at Warp Speed
  • 3D Visualization Encourages STEM
  • Dispelling the Myth
  • Makerspace 101
  • Leading Change: 21st Century Professional Development
  • Creating a Cashless School
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