Educational Sessions

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

With more than 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.

Start planning your trip to NYC. See the Convention schedule and browse educational session listings online today.

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
  • Student Mental Wellness Series
  • 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 99th Annual Convention & Education Expo!

Board Governance

  • Anatomy Of The Goal Setting Process
  • Board Officers Roundtable: Know Thyself
  • Delegate Orientation
  • Hope Is Not A Winning Strategy
  • Leveraging National Cooperative Purchasing Programs
  • Lost In Translation? Establishing Effective Board/Counsel Communications
  • Making Sense: Generating Better Board Decisions
  • Recentering A School Community Through Superintendent Search
  • School Board Meeting: The Musical (Off-Broadway)
  • School Board Monitoring Reports
  • Shared Leadership: The School Board/Superintendent Partnership
  • Superintendent Evaluation: Fair And Unbiased

Community Relations and School Improvement

  • 6 Steps To Extraordinary Results
  • A Model For High-Quality STEM Professional Development
  • Bay Shore's ENL Family Engagement Program
  • Community Communication Strategies And The Budget Process
  • Creating An Innovative Culture Through Student Agency
  • Creating Your Crisis Communications Strategy
  • Endicott Proud: How A District Took Action
  • Engaging Families To Support Student Learning
  • Enhancing School Readiness Through Community-Research Partnerships
  • It's All About Branding And Positive Messages
  • Missile Launch: Controlling My Amygdala Triggers
  • Organizing A Successful Parent Center In Schools
  • Positively The Best Workshop
  • Small Learning Communities To Enhance Middle Schools
  • Strengthening Community Partnerships Through Literature
  • The Inclusion Profusion: Bringing Districts And Families Together
  • The Living Classroom And Your Community
  • The Power Of Family And Parent Partnerships
  • Tweet-Innovate-Engage
  • Using Data To Tell Our Story
  • Winning At The Polls, Winning For Kids

Cultural Awareness and Diversity

  • Cultivating A Diverse And Culturally Responsive Workforce
  • Diversity In School Leadership. Hiring The Best
  • Education Equity: Student Voices
  • Teaching Cultural Diversity In The Classroom
  • The Diverse Community: Together Supporting All Children

Emerging Educational Trends and Timely Debate

  • A Blueprint For Building Collaborative Educational “Makerspaces”
  • Elevating Education Through Partnerships And Shared Facilities
  • Envisioning Your Required K-12 Counseling Plan
  • Every Kid, Every Day: Improving Learning Outcomes
  • Lunch Shaming: Dealing With Unpaid Meals
  • Mindfulness: A Scientific Superpower For Resilience
  • Mission Explore: Work Hard, Play Hard
  • Redefining Academics And Play In Schools
  • Reducing Risk In High School Football
  • Reimagining Student Achievement Through SEL
  • School Reorganization: Implementing A Princeton Plan Model
  • School To Career (Or More School) Partnership
  • What Is Alternative About Your Alternative Program?

Finance and Facilities

  • Better Planning: Optimized Data For School Finances
  • Board Member Lessons From Construction Projects
  • Project Aid: What You Need To Know
  • Teacher Retirement Flexibility And Pension Structure
  • Third Party Reviews: What Does It Mean
  • Understanding School Finance: Property Tax Cap
  • Understanding School Finance: State Aid

Health, Safety and School Climate

  • Approaches To Teaching And Cultivating Student Leadership
  • Be Prepared For An Active Shooter
  • Communication Strategies That Improved Our School Climate
  • Community Schools: A Strategy Not A Program
  • Creating Raving Fans
  • Natural Helpers: Students Keeping Peers Safe
  • Regional Crisis Team: Crisis Response Best Practice
  • Top Down Management For A Safer Workplace

Rural Schools

  • Economic Hardship And Rural Schools
  • Learning Walks: Breaking Down Walls, Building Up Educators
  • Localvore Club: Cooking Up Curricular Connections
  • Promoting Teacher Collaboration In A Rural District
  • Serving The Whole Child In Rural Schools

School Law/Employee Relations

  • Alternative Fundraising Activities For School Districts
  • Assistive Technology For Special Education Students
  • Bargaining With Teachers Under The Tax Cap
  • Collective Bargaining – Same Old Or Something New?
  • Mock Collective Bargaining Session
  • Sexual Harassment In A Viral News World
  • Special Education – An Ever Changing Landscape
  • Student Discipline – How to Get It Right
  • Student Residency, Undocumented Students And Homelessness
  • Superintendent Contracts

Student Achievement

  • 3 Ways Nutrition Improves Learning
  • Academic Learning Centers Yield Tremendous Results
  • Agricultural Studies Academy: Responding To Growing Needs
  • Building An Instructional Coaching Program
  • ESTEAM: Adding Empathy To STEAM Education
  • Expanding Culturally Relevant Teaching Practices Via PBL
  • Inspire Enthusiasm For STEM
  • One-Thousand Points Of Data

Student Mental Wellness Series

  • Addressing Mental Health In Schools
  • Best Practices For Preventing Child Sexual Abuse
  • Creating A Trauma-Informed Academic Environment
  • Suicide And School Culture


  • 21st Century Learning Through Elementary Robotics
  • Beam Into A Classroom Of The Future
  • Our Digital Conversion Journey Through Multiple Perspectives
  • Reculturing Your District With Video Coaching
  • Redefine Schools Through Next Generation Learning Spaces
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CTLEThe convention educational sessions, pre-convention events, and featured sessions (but not including the Opening Session and the Commissioner Session) have been approved for CTLE credits.