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 Jeremy Thode
Board President, Smithtown Central School District
Friday, Oct. 30
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Understanding the Needs of the LGBTQ Student

Student Panel Moderated by Jeremy Thode, Board President, Smithtown Central School District.

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 Laura Elenbaas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Rochester
Friday, Oct. 25
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Reducing Stereotypes & Promoting Inclusivity In Childhood

Why do children develop stereotypes, and how can we promote inclusivity? This session offers insights from child development research on why biases emerge, and what schools can do to promote fairness and friendship between students of different backgrounds.

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 Shannon LaNier
Anchor of CW39's “Morning Dose,” Father/Family Influencer & Author
Friday, Oct. 25
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Jefferson’s Children: The Story Of One American Family

Hear President Thomas Jefferson’s sixth-great grandson chronicle his journey in uncovering the history behind his heritage. He’ll share his story and discuss why it’s important for schools to better know their students, where they come from, their family heritage, their culture and the impact personal experience has on academic success.

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 Kristin O'Neill, Esq., JD
Assistant Director, New York State Committee on Open Government
Friday, Oct. 25
10:30 - 11:30 a.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.

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 Betty A. Rosa
Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents
 T. Andrew Brown
Vice Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents
Friday, Oct. 25
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
A Conversation With The Chancellor

Hear Chancellor Rosa discuss pressing education issues in an engaging format. Chancellor Rosa and Vice Chancellor Brown will answer your questions in a Q&A format.

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 Timothy G. Kremer
NYSSBA Executive Director
Friday, Oct. 25
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Are School Board Members In Touch With What’s Happening In Schools Today?

This panel of education leaders, moderated by Timothy G. Kremer, will discuss a wide variety of issues such as academic relevance, graduation requirements, administrative leadership, teacher quality, resource needs, testing, technology, social media, racial diversity, safety, mental health, drug use, and college placement and career development, in an energized, fast-paced session.

William Miller, President, NYSSBA
Kevin McGowan, President, NYSCOSS & Superintendent, Brighton Central School District
Stuart Pollak, President Elect, SAANYS & Principal, Sycamore Avenue Elementary School, Connetquot Central School District
Jamie Phillips, President Elect, ASBO & Assistant Superintendent for Business & Support Services, Lancaster Central School District
Lorey Zaman, President, NYS PTA
2020 Teacher of the Year - TBA

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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.