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 MaryEllen Elia
New York State Education Commissioner
Friday, Oct. 26
9:00 - 10:45 a.m.
A Conversation With The Commissioner

Don’t miss your opportunity to ask State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia your questions about the trending topics related to public education in New York state. This is a popular event so arrive early to get a good seat.

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 Ira Schwartz
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Accountability, NYS Education Department
Friday, Oct. 26
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Implementing ESSA – What It Means For School Districts

The 2018 - 19 school year is the first one in which New York will be implementing its approved Every Student Succeeds Act plan. Learn about the new district and school accountability system and how it will affect your board’s responsibilities and the operation of your schools.

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 Robert Freeman
Executive Director, New York State Committee on Open Government
Friday, Oct. 26
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Government in the Sunshine

Whether you’re concerned about disclosure of records under FOIL, executive sessions, meeting notices or side discussions with fellow board members, you’ll need to know what the Open Meetings Law requires and permits. Bring your questions and get the latest updates.

School Boards Supporting Excellence Through Equity
Friday, Oct. 26
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Robert Jarvis, Ph.D.
Director of K-12 Outreach and Equity Leadership Initiatives Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
William Johnson, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Rockville Centre Union Free School District

Our communities’ future viability will be contingent on our capacities to better serve all children well and eliminate achievement disparities defined by students’ backgrounds or identities. Learn how we can assure that all students are exposed to rigorous learning experiences necessary to thrive in tomorrow’s world.

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 Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor in Psychology and Education, Teachers College at Columbia University
Friday, Oct. 26
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
School Climate Improvement: Policy and Practice Trends

District leaders can support effective and sustainable efforts to improve school climate, prevent bullying and nurture social emotional learning. Attend this session to find practical guidelines, measurements for effectiveness through the discussion of case studies.

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 Anthony Johnson
Apple Distinguished Education Science and Social Studies Teacher
Isenberg Elementary School, Salisbury, N.C.
Friday, Oct. 26
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Creating An Innovative Classroom

Learn how a high school dropout became an Apple Distinguished Educator and is using technology to motivate students to stay in school. Join an interactive discussion on creating an innovative classroom through a one-to-one digital learning initiative.

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School Board Meeting - The Musical (Off-Broadway)
Saturday, Oct. 27
8:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Are your board members all “singing the same tune?” Join us for a musically-infused school board meeting: an informational, interactive, and entertaining look at common board scenarios and personalities. Between “scenes,” attendees can engage in conversation with board governance experts.

Diversity in School Leadership. Hiring the Best.
Saturday, Oct. 27
8:30 – 10:45 a.m.

L. Oliver Robinson, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Shenendehowa Central School District
Elizabeth Wood, Ph.D.
Assistant Superintendent, Shenendehowa Central School District
Laura Feijoo, Ph.D.
Senior Superintendent, New York City Department of Education
Jacinda Conboy, Esq.
General Counsel, New York State Council of School Superintendents
Luvelle Brown, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Ithaca City School District

Hiring top quality superintendents, principals, and teachers is essential in schools. Attend this session to explore the role of bias in hiring practices and learn how to increase diversity among school leadership to reflect changing student demographics.

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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.