General Information

Convention Attractions

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 27
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Expo Floor, Oncenter Main Level

After attending the Pre-Convention School Law Seminar or taking in the educational sessions, gather with your colleagues to network, visit with the Expo exhibitors and enjoy refreshments before the Opening Event.
Sponsored by: Turner Construction

Opening Event: A Celebration of You
Thursday, October 27
5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Oncenter Ballroom

Frank Waln
Public Speaker, Multi-Genre Music Artist and Writer, Sicangu Lakota, Rosebud Reservation

Join us as we open Convention with an acknowledgement of the NYSSBA Board of Directors, Past Presidents and other special guests. Hear from NYSSBA President Peggy Zugibe as well as the leadership of other public education organizations. Watch the presentations of the 2021 and 2022 Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service, the President’s Award and Teacher of the Year.

Finally, experience a performance by Frank Waln. Rooted in a deep legacy of Indigenous storytelling through song and creative expression, award-winning Lakota presenter and performer Frank Waln will help us say thank you to our school board members with a one-of-a-kind presentation that will ground us in our collective history as Americans and connect us all to our past, present and future.

Student Performances
Enjoy live music performed by student music groups.

Thursday, October 27 from 5:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Ballroom Atrium, Oncenter, Lower Level
  • Fayetteville-Manlius High School Select String Ensemble
  • Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District
  • Director: Carlos Mendez, Jr.
Friday, October 28th from 9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Ballroom Atrium, Oncenter, Lower Level
  • Baldwin Concert Choir
  • Baldwin Union Free School District
  • Director: Kristine Costello
Friday, October 28 from 3:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Ballroom Atrium, Oncenter, Lower Level
  • McNamara Elementary 5th Grade Orchestra
  • Baldwinsville Central School District
  • Director: Jennifer Bearup
Sponsored by New York State School Music Association
Constant Coffee
Stay energized with your favorite beverage or choose a refreshing soft drink. Beverages will be available:

The Oncenter - Expo Floor
  • Thursday: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Oncenter – Ballroom Atrium
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Marriott Syracuse Downtown - Finger Lakes Foyer (Lobby Level) and Honeoye Room (Ground Level).
  • Friday: 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Charging Stations
Need a charge for your mobile device? Charging stations will be available at:

Marriott Syracuse Downtown
  • Finger Lakes Foyer (Lobby Level) and Conference Center Foyer (Ground Level)
  • Gallagher Hall and Expo Floor (Main Level)
  • Ballroom Atrium and Meeting Room Foyer (Lower Level)

Hand Sanitizer Stations
For your convenience, hand sanitizer stations will be available at multiple locations within the Oncenter and Syracuse Marriott Downtown.
Sponsored by The Palombo Group

NYSSBA’s Convention App - NOW AVAILABLE!
Download before you go! Wi-Fi connection on-site may affect download speed.

Go to the Apple Store or Google Play and search for the eventScribe App. Install and open the eventScribe app. Find the NYSSBA Convention App in the Upcoming Events (bottom row). Tap the event icon to launch the convention app. View full instructions here.

Find the full schedule of events, speaker listings, educational session handouts and a map of the meeting space and expo floor all in one place.

The App will be the ONLY resource you can access at the Convention in October.

NYSSBA Committees
NYSSBA has formed the Resolutions, Awards and Cultural Diversity Committees to provide guidance for those initiatives. These committees also allow our members the opportunity to participate, work side by side with the Association, and to advise on issues, and set positions and guidelines for the organization’s activities.
View Committees 

President’s Award
The NYSSBA President’s Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to state public education. Each year, the current NYSSBA President presents the recipient with the award during the Annual Convention and Education Expo Opening Session.
View Past Recipients 

Everett R. Dyer Award
This award is made annually to a present or former school board member who has given exceptionally dedicated service to the public school children of New York State. Presented to an individual member, the award is a means of showing appreciation to all school board members and encouraging them to aspire to the highest ideals of school boardsmanship. Selection of the award recipient is made by the Distinguished Service Award Committee.
View Past Recipients 

Convention Record
NYSSBA hosted its first Annual Convention & Education Expo in Utica in 1920. Since then, the Convention has moved around the state. Take a look at the Convention Record to learn where each Convention was held and who served as NYSSBA’s President that year.
View the Convention Record 

Legal Partners
NYSSBA partners with a select group of law firms whose practices include education law in New York State. Learn who our Legal Partners are by downloading the PDF.
View Our Partners 

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