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  Kathleen DeCataldo, Esq.
Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Student Support Services, New York State Education Department

Friday, October 28
9:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (15 minute break included)
Oncenter Ballroom
Addressing the Well-Being of our Students

The social and emotional well-being of our students has always been of paramount concern for school districts. The pandemic has presented even greater challenges in this area. Join us for a panel discussion, facilitated by Kathleen DeCataldo, Esq., Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Student Support Services at the New York State Education Department, to learn about five successful models that have been employed to care for student social and emotional health.

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  Richard A. White
Associate Professor of Tuba/Euphonium and Associate Director of March Band, University of New Mexico, Principal Tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic

Pamela Viktoria Pyle
Professor of Piano and Director of the Collaborative Pion Program, University of New Mexico

Friday, October 28
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Oncenter Ballroom
Perfect Pitch

In music, a finely tuned collaboration can lead to a virtuoso performance. Every member of your team possesses talent, but to reach that level of accomplishment, each person needs a supportive environment to fully express their ideas. As a leader, understanding everyone’s voice is crucial to creating that environment and fostering true collaborative dialogue that engages all members equally.

Cultivating a collaborative culture in which all voices are optimized and harmonized depends on personal transparency, which leads to better cooperation and a winning outcome for all. Join University of New Mexico Professors Richard A. White and Pamela Viktoria Pyle as they reimagine communication, drawing parallels between music preparation and collaborative teamwork through conversation and performance.

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  Dr. Betty A. Rosa
Commissioner of Education, New York State Education Department
Dr. James Baldwin
Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy, New York State Education Department
  
Saturday, October 29
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
Oncenter Ballroom
A Conversation with the Commissioner

Join Commissioner Rosa and Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy Baldwin for a discussion of hot button issues you need to be aware of as the school year gets underway.

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  Kristin O'Neill
Assistant Director, NYS Committee on Open Government

Saturday, October 29
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Oncenter Ballroom
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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  Saturday, October 29
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Oncenter Ballroom
School Board Meeting: The Musical (Live from Syracuse!)

Are your board trustees, administrators and community “singing the same tune?” Professional actors and NYSSBA staff rock through a musical mock school board meeting, an educational, thought-provoking, entertaining romp that presents common school board missteps and disagreements while offering best practices and key takeaways to discuss with your board when you return from convention. New songs and scenarios have been written for this third iteration, which includes some very special guests.

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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.