Educational Sessions

Are you ready for three days of non-stop learning?

This year’s line-up includes not one, not two, but THREE keynote speakers at the opening session! And NEW this year, SIX skills based training sessions – 90 minutes long, 24 exhibitor sessions, 80 general education sessions and TWO brilliant featured sessions.

You’ll learn about the latest trends or receive a refresher on important basics as they relate to a wide variety of important educational topics. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear and share your vision for education!

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.

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
  • School Solutions
  • Skills Based Training
  • Student Achievement
  • Technology

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

We’ll see you in New York City!

Board Governance

  • Board Preparation for the Superintendent Search Process
  • Board Strategies for Avoiding Negative Audit Headlines
  • Shared Leadership: The School Board/Superintendent Partnership
  • Snapshot 10: NYS Superintendent Study
  • Strategic Planning and the Annual Data Cycle
  • SuperEval: Linking NYSSBA’s Board & Superintendent Evaluations
  • Working Together Towards a Culture of Excellence

Community Relations and School Improvement

  • Clear, Consistent, Confident Communications
  • Cultivating Alumni Relations
  • How to Become a Green Ribbon School
  • Strategic Planning to Inspire, Engage and Achieve!
  • Systemic Improvement Through Stakeholder Engagement & Partnership
  • The Best Candidate: Inclusive, Competency-Based Hiring
  • Using Social Media to Celebrate School Success

Cultural Awareness and Diversity

  • Culturally Responsive Curriculum Programs
  • Effective Student Conflict Resolution
  • Equity: From the Boardroom to the Classroom
  • Helping Central American Students
  • Model for Equity in Opportunities and Outcomes
  • My Brother’s Keeper
  • Parent University Program for Community/School Relations
  • Promoting Cultural Awareness Between Segregated School Districts
  • Reaching Equity Through Practitioner Belief Systems
  • Staff Diversity to Benefit Students
  • The Journey Toward Equity: The Ossining Story

Emerging Educational Trends and Timely Debate

  • Education for the 22nd Century
  • Improve Student SEL and Academics With SWS
  • Youth Apprenticeship: Pathway to Postsecondary Success
  • Youth Court: A Restorative Justice Tool

Finance and Facilities

  • Budget Development Using Academic ROI
  • COVID-19 School District Budget & Financial Implications
  • Connecting Transportation and Business Offices
  • Making Internal Audit Work for Your District
  • School-Level Financial Transparency: Lessons Learned
  • Understanding School Finance: Foundation Aid

Health, Safety and School Climate

  • Building a Trauma-Sensitive School Culture
  • Creating a Vision of Play and Wellness
  • Dansville Central: Where Dogs are Mustangs!
  • Enhancing School Security: Managing Fear Through Prevention
  • Healthy School Leaders for School Success
  • Implementing the ED Climate Surveys
  • In-School Based Health Centers: Case Study
  • Kids Today Grow Better Outdoors
  • Mental Health and School Safety
  • Restorative Practices to Change School Culture
  • Restorative Practices: Creating a Culture of Care
  • Rewiring the Traumatized Brain Through Arts Education
  • School Counseling Programs for Student Mental Health
  • Who’s Coaching/Officiating/Athletic Training Your Students?
  • You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup

Rural Schools

  • An Agenda for Rural Schools
  • Community School Development in Rural Schools
  • Equity for Rural Upstate Students
  • Getting Out of the Box
  • Rural Research Practice Partnerships for Continuous Improvement
  • STEAM Implementation in Rural Schools
  • The Future of Work: Are Schools Ready?

School Law/Employee Relations

  • Bullying and Students with Disabilities
  • Collective Bargaining: Déjà Vu or Evolving?
  • Combating Student Substance Abuse: The Legal Landscape
  • Employee Discipline for Off-School Conduct
  • Employee and Student Mental Health
  • Mock Section 3020-a Hearing
  • Pandemic-Related Employment Issues
  • School Data Privacy and Security
  • School Elections: A Looming New Horizon?
  • Special Education: A Primer

School Solutions

  • 7 Things You Need to Stop Doing to be a More Productive Board
  • Cyber Criminals: Are You Hunting for Them?
  • Cyber Security Insurance: An Overview
  • Demystify Capital Project Planning
  • How Design Informs and Transforms Educational Spaces
  • Internet of Education (IOE): Smart Schools Green Campuses
  • Leading Through a Lens of Equity
  • Priority-Based Budgeting: Aligning Resources to Goals
  • Procurement Options for Roofing Projects
  • Resilience Can Be Taught: Motivate Any Student
  • Resource Allocation for Student Engagement: Board View
  • School Security: How's Your Resiliency
  • Selecting Security Consultants & Providers Without Going Mad
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Solutions for Large Openings for Educational Institutions
  • Stealing Marketing Ideas From the Private Sector
  • STEM and CTE Learning With Virtual Reality
  • STEM Career Pathways K-12: Preparing Our Future
  • Strategic Planning for Your School Facilities
  • Strategizing Diversity: Board Members Driving Organizational Equity
  • Student Vaping: Educational and Disciplinary Actions
  • Supporting Student's Mental Health
  • The Parkland Debrief
  • Whole Child Approach to Comprehensive Physical Activity

Skills Based Training

  • Advocacy 101
  • Anatomy of District Goal Setting
  • Board Officers Roundtable
  • Conducting Fair and Unbiased Superintendent Evaluations
  • Policy Round-Up: Yearly Review and Hot Topics
  • Strategies for Effective Board Meetings

Student Achievement

  • Bridging the Gap: Supporting English Language Learners
  • Data-Driven Special Education
  • Eat to Win in Sports
  • Effective Practices of Achievement Gap-Closing Districts
  • Let’s Inspire Scientists, Not Spaghetti Tower Builders!


  • Cultivating Innovative Thinking Through Creativity Labs
  • Cybersecurity 2020 and Beyond
  • NYSSBA’s Study Break: Creating a Podcast
  • Teaching Internet Ethics
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