Dear Members,

NYSSBA’s Annual Convention and Education Expo is always the highlight of the year, and we’ve been hard at work putting together a world-class event for you, our members, with a focus on safety given the current circumstances. We were especially looking forward to gathering in person for the first time in two years.

Unfortunately, although the New York Hilton had assured us that they would open by fall, with the resurgence of the pandemic in New York City, they are unable to commit to a definite open date at this time. As such, we have no choice but to cancel our in-person Convention and Pre-Convention School Law Seminar this year. We share your frustration and disappointment over this difficult decision.

Although there will not be an in-person Convention, please join us for a live, virtual Member Event on Monday, Oct. 25 – at no cost to you. Programming for the virtual event will address some of the most pressing issues school boards currently face. Sessions will include:

  • A Message of Cohesion and Hope – Juju Chang, Co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline”
  • Toward Wellness: Emerging from a Pandemic – Scott LoMurray, Executive Director, Sources of Strength
  • Academic Learning Loss – Susanna Loeb, Director of the Annenberg Institute and Professor of Education, Brown University
  • A Conversation with the State Education Department
  • Government in the Sunshine – Kristin O’Neill, Assistant Director, NYS Committee on Open Government

The Pre-Convention School Law Seminar will also be rescheduled as a virtual event, with details to follow soon. And, as you know, the Annual Business Meeting is scheduled as a virtual event on October 18 at 4 p.m. as originally planned.  

If you have already registered for Convention and/or Pre-Convention School Law, we will cancel your registration. If you paid for Convention and/or Pre-Convention School Law, you will be refunded automatically. For those of you who have reserved rooms with the New York Hilton Midtown, the hotel will cancel your room reservations and refund any payments already made.

As always, our goal is to get this news to you as quickly as possible. We will follow up soon with more information about the agenda, instructions for registering for the virtual offerings and an FAQ to help answer any questions you have. In the meantime, stay safe and be well.