New Your State School Boards Association

Online Training & Webinars

 

Learning at your convenience!

NYSSBA provides convenient and easy access to many training topics electronically via webinars and online courses.  We’ve made it easier to fit training into your busy schedule.  Webinars and on-line courses offer you the benefit of participating in a program from your own computer anytime, anywhere.

We introduced Fiscal Oversight Online training in 2007 with great success. We are now pleased to offer Essentials of School Board Governance training online too. Both courses are hosted by Hudson Valley Community College. 

Now you can take both your New York State mandated fiscal and governance training online at your convenience. 

Click on each tab below in order to see the courses that fall within each of the four curricula strands.

GOV - Governance and Leadership
General governance and leadership duties of the board are addressed in each of the courses in this strand. Find topics on open meetings law, policy, superintendent evaluation, the media, conflict and others like the Key Works of School Boards that deal with good management practices.
Course Number School Board U Online Courses Format
GOV 101 Essentials of School Board Governance (ONLINE) Online Course
GOV 102 Understanding the Open Meetings Law Webinar
GOV 103 Using Policy to Guide the District Webinar
GOV 104 Superintendent Evaluation Process Webinar
GOV 202 Media Relations Boot Camp Webinar
GOV 203 Conflict Management Webinar
GOV 204 Team Operating Procedures Webinar
GOV 205 Integrating New Board Members Into Your Governance Team Webinar
GOV 206 Savvy School District Communications Plans Webinar
GOV 215 The Successful Superintendent Search Webinar
GOV 216 Effective School Board Meeting Webinar
GOV 217 Building a Strong Board-Superintendent Relationship Webinar
GOV 218 The School Board Self-Evaluation Webinar
GOV 219 Budget Exit Polling: Survey Your Community on Timely Issues Webinar

 

GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP

GOV 101: Essentials of School Board Governance (ONLINE)
Online Course/School Board U Recognition Points: 10

Click here to register through Hudson Valley Community College.

Session 2014 Course Dates Registration Dates
1 February 19 - April 2 December  11, 2013 - February  12, 2014
2 March 19 - April 30 December 11, 2013 – March 12, 2014
3 April 16 - May 28 December 11, 2013 – April 9, 2014
4 May 14 - June 25 February 5 - May 7
5 June 25 - August 6 February 5 - June 18
6 September 10 - October 22 July 9 - September 3
7 October 8 - November 19 July 9 - October 1
8 November 5 - December 17 July 9 - October 29

 

New York State law mandates that all newly elected school board members must complete their governance training within their first year of office.

Registrants will learn:

  • The boards’ role in student achievement
  • The dynamics of the board-superintendent relationship
  • How policy is developed and used by the board
  • Key legal parameters such as the Open Meetings Law
  • How data is used by school boards in decision making

This training is comprised of four modules:

Module A:  The Importance and Purpose of School Boards
Module B:  School Board Members’ Rights, Risks and Responsibilities 
Module C:  Policy and Board Operations
Module D:  Date Use for Accountability and Student Achievement

Cost: $150 Member; $300 Nonmember
Please note that cancellations cannot be refunded after the course begins.
 

Please make purchase orders out to Hudson Valley Community College.

Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Ave. 
Troy, NY 12180

 

GOV 102: Understanding the Open Meetings Law
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

With few exceptions, the Open Meetings Law gives the public access to the deliberations and decision-making process of public entities, including school boards. While the basic concept is simple, compliance can be difficult and the consequences for mistakes serious.  Your district must understand its responsibilities under the law or risk liability in both the judicial system and the court of public opinion. This webinar will help you decipher fact from fiction on topics ranging from common mistakes regarding executive session to public comment during your board meetings.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
January 12, 2011
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

GOV 103: Using Policy to Guide the District
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

The school board sets policy that the district administration carries out. Learn what makes good policy. Identify required policies, as well as federal and state laws and regulations that district policy must comply with. Discover how policy aligns the school board's vision with district operations. Examine policies for effective district operations and student achievement.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
February 9, 2011
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

GOV 104: Superintendent Evaluation Process
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

The superintendent's evaluation is best viewed as a process that is an extension of school district planning. Examine how to structure this process and identify key benchmarks and items that should be included.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
August 11, 2010
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

GOV 202: Media Relations Boot Camp
Regional Workshop/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

From daily and weekly newspapers to local broadcast outlets to web outlets, school districts generate media coverage. What basic media relations policies and practices should your district have in place? Get the basics - learn how to work with the media using the PR tool box, and how to survive and thrive in this fast-paced world.  

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
December 5, 2012
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

GOV 203: Conflict Management
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Is conflict taking your governance team down? Do you have competing priorities within the team or difficult personalities that make consensus an unattainable goal? The more time it takes to resolve a conflict, the greater the toll is on your school board’s performance – and ultimately, the greater the impact on your district. Learn positive ways to manage conflict on your team, how to deal with difficult personalities and communication styles, and how to build trust within the team to keep conflict at bay.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
June 1, 2011
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

GOV 204: Team Operating Procedures
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Identify and clarify preferred practices, and review relevant policies to support board operating procedures using a board-self assessment tool. Help your board overcome typical challenges such as board/superintendent communication, meeting deliberation and participation, communication during public forums, school campus visits, district goal setting, superintendent evaluation, new member orientation and more.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
February 16, 2011
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

GOV 205: Integrating New Board Members Into Your Governance Team
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

School boards are constantly faced with the transition of incorporating new members into their governance teams. Being able to operate at a highly functional level permits governance teams to work well together in spite of this transition and the constant challenges facing them. How do school boards remain highly functional while incorporating new members into their team? A new member orientation is a critical first step, along with providing information, training and a place for new members to ask questions. Welcome your new board members with an effective orientation process that will help new and seasoned board members transition together into a highly functional governance team. 

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
June 15, 2011
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

GOV 206: Savvy School District Communication Plans
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Understand the elements of a good communications plan. Examine what communication practices keep your district safe, proactive, credible and transparent. Learn strategies to utilize a variety of tools, including print publications, broadcast services, the web and social media to help your district to maintain an open flow of meaningful communication and provide timely information.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
January 26, 2011
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

GOV 215: The Successful Superintendent Search
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Sooner or later, boards are faced with the critical task of searching for a new superintendent. The process of searching for a superintendent can be a challenge. In current times you face the additional difficulty finding the best person to run your district amidst budget shortfalls, projected layoffs and intense public scrutiny.  If that weren't enough, accelerated turnover among superintendents has created fierce competition for the highest caliber professionals, who are committed to a strong board-superintendent relationship. Logically, the board's process of searching for a superintendent becomes a primary focus and takes significant board time, all while maintaining district progress and preparing for the leadership transition.  Boards should seek all the help they can get. 

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
November 10, 2010
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

GOV 216: Effective School Board Meeting
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

You’ve been inquiring about best practices for running an effective school board meeting. Now you can get all your questions answered with this one very informative webinar.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
May 23, 2012
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

GOV 217: Building a Strong Board-Superintendent Relationship
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

The quality of the working relationship between your board and the superintendent can either help or hinder student achievement. How can you foster good communication and avoid micro-management and other pitfalls?

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
January 30, 2013
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

GOV 218: The School Board Self-Evaluation
Pre-Recorded Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

This pre-recorded webinar will help you understand the key areas to evaluate and provide answers to the most frequently asked questions about the self-evaluation process in order to improve team operations and stay focused on governance and oversight tasks.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
February 20, 2013
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

GOV 219: Budget Exit Polling: Survey Your Community on Timely Issues
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

This pre-recorded webinar will help you understand the key areas to evaluate and provide answers to the most frequently asked questions about the self-evaluation process in order to improve team operations and stay focused on governance and oversight tasks.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
March 27, 2013
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

FIS - Fiscal Responsibility
The board's role in fiscal responsibility is paramount, particularly in the difficult economic times. Learn more about fiscal management, on everything from the budget process to sound fiscal oversight and fundraising with school foundations.
Course Number School Board U Online Courses Format
FIS 101 Fiscal Oversight Fundamentals (ONLINE) Online Course
FIS 102 The School District Budget Process Webinar
FIS 201 K-12 Foundations: Power and Potential Webinar
FIS 202 K-12 Foundations: Setting Direction Strategically Webinar
FIS 203 K-12 Foundations: Student – Centered Fundraising Webinar
FIS 205 Getting the Most out of your Audit Committee Webinar
FIS 206 An Education Foundation Continuum: A Strategic Plan for Success & Sustainability Webinar
FIS 207 Raising Expectations! Raising Results!: Stages for Building a Strategic and Successful Foundation Webinar
FIS 208 Education Foundations' Financial Management Webinar
FIS 209 The Legal Aspects of Education Foundations Webinar
FIS 210 Maintaining Internal Controls while Facing Diminished Resources Webinar
FIS 211 Engaging Your Community in the Budget Process Webinar
FIS 212 Fund Balance Management - The Key to an Effective Budget Webinar
FIS 213 Building a Multi-Year Budgeting Model for Financial Success Webinar
FIS 214 Impact of the Fund Balance on Your Next Budget Webinar

 

FISCAL MANAGEMENT

FIS 101: Fiscal Oversight Fundamentals (ONLINE)
Online Workshop/School Board U Recognition Points: 10

Click here to register through Hudson Valley Community College.

Session 2014 Course Dates Registration Dates
1 February 19 - April 2 December  11, 2013 - February  12, 2014
2 March 19 - April 30 December 11, 2013 – March 12, 2014
3 April 16 - May 28 December 11, 2013 – April 9, 2014
4 May 14 - June 25 February 5 - May 7
5 June 25 - August 6 February 5 - June 18
6 September 10 - October 22 July 9 - September 3
7 October 8 - November 19 July 9 - October 1
8 November 5 - December 17 July 9 - October 29

 

New York State law mandates that all newly elected school board members must complete their 6 hours of fiscal oversight training within their first year of office.

Registrants will learn:

  • How school districts are funded.
  • The qualifications and responsibilities of key financial positions such as the claims auditor, treasurer, and audit committee, and the relationship of these positions to the board.
  • The importance of independence and segregation of duties in preventing fraud, waste and abuse.
  • Reports you need to receive, from whom, and how often. Learn how to use these reports to assess your district’s financial condition.
  • The key laws such as those regulating fund balance and other reserve funds your district must comply with.
  • Policy and oversight actions your board can take to set the example and protect resources.

This training is comprised of five modules:

Module 1: School District Finances: Roles and Responsibilities 
Module 2: Revenue Sources and the Budget Process 
Module 3: Building School District Fiscal Fitness
Module 4: Monitoring School District Fiscal Fitness
Module 5: Preventing Fraud, Waste and Abuse of District Resources

Cost: $150 Member; $300 Nonmember
Please note that cancellations cannot be refunded after the course begins.

Please make purchase orders out to Hudson Valley Community College.

Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Ave. 
Troy, NY 12180.

 

FIS 102: The School District Budget Process
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

One of the principal responsibilities of a school board is to present a budget to its community. The legal rules for doing so, however, are complicated. In this crash course, get an overview of the entire process with a concentration on the specific role school boards play.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
August 2, 2012
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

FIS 201: K-12 Foundations: Power and Potential
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Wondering how to increase educational opportunities and resources for your school district when you're faced with cutting your budget?  More and more school districts and communities are establishing their own education foundations.  Gain a greater understanding of what a K-12 education foundation is and what it can do for you. Learn the hallmarks of highly effective K-12 foundations along with the nuts and bolts of foundation development.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date: Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

FIS 202: K-12 Foundations: Setting Direction Strategically
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Just starting or already have an education foundation for your district?  Learn about the importance of developing solid organizational management, which includes determining the mission, values, and strategic plan. Learn from examples of great foundations. Grasp how strategic planning, governance, and fundraising fit together.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date: Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

FIS 203: K-12 Foundations: Student - Centered Fundraising
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Fundraising is the essence of an education foundation. Learn the many critical components of raising resources. Discover how to find potential donors. Understand how to make your "case" and make it stick in the hearts of potential donors. Realize the various ways people can make donations, and don't forget your alumni. It's learning how to ask. It takes time.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date: Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

FIS 205: Getting the Most out of your Audit Committee
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Audit committees play a vital role for the board assisting and advising the board on issues relating to the district’s external and internal audit functions. This webinar will help you better understand the role of the audit committee, and provide best practices for maximizing the full potential of the audit committee including:

  • The importance of the audit committee charter in defining the mission and objectives of the committee
  • How your committee can run smoother and more effectively
  • How the audit committee promotes the “tone at the top” in the district
  • Assessing audit committee effectiveness
Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
April 18, 2012
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for registration.

 

FIS 206: An Education Foundation Continuum: A Strategic Plan for Success & Sustainability
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Discover what it takes to create a successful education foundation in this webinar led by national leaders in the field of education. This 90-minute webinar will examine:

  • The Building Blocks of A Successful Foundation
  • The Launch Campaign
  • Annual Resource Development
  • The Campaign for Sustainability
Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
September 15, 2010
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

FIS 207: Raising Expectations! Raising Results!
Stages for Building a Strategic and Successful Foundation

Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

You have decided that you want a foundation for your district. Where do you begin?  Learn the steps necessary for preparing for a launch campaign to start a foundation in your district, to take yours to the next level by raising money for a specific program or initiative, or for the initial funding for a foundation staff position. Explore the skills necessary to recruit the most outstanding volunteers for your board or for your planning committee.

The Launch Fund is a "mini" campaign to get the foundation ready for a complete major gifts program by preparation of a compelling case for why people should support the work of the foundation. The Launch gets your campaign planning committee, which includes your community champion of public education and your volunteers, involved and engaged in the initial stages for the financial building blocks for your foundation.  Finally, it sets a specific goal for funds to be raised and then allows the foundation to celebrate success when that goal has been reached.

Walk away from this webinar with a set of steps ensuring a successful launch campaign for your school foundation.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
December 15, 2010
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

FIS 208:Education Foundations' Financial Management
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

One of the most vital aspects of any nonprofit organization is sound financial management and planning.  Learn from John Olsen, an experienced CPA with years of work with nonprofits, the essentials of financial management for your education foundation. 

Find out –

  • Which documentation should be reviewed by your attorney or a CPA? 
  • What information must be included in your IRS Forms 1023, 990 and NYS CHAR500 and when must they be filed? 
  • How will the relationship between your foundation and school district best be structured? 
  • Can you share personnel and how do you handle administrative costs? 
  • What books and records should be kept?  
  • Will you use a cash basis or accrual basis to track your finances?   
  • When you need an audit, how will you go about it? 
  • What are the key concerns of the IRS and NYS Charities Bureau that may apply to the operations of your Foundation?
Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
March 16, 2011
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

FIS 209: The Legal Aspects of Education Foundations
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

In these challenging fiscal times, more and more school districts are turning to educational foundations for additional support of a school district’s programs and facilities. Explore the legal aspects surrounding the relationship between a school district and an educational foundation and get an overview of the legal process involved in setting up a foundation.

  • How is a foundation created as a legal entity?
  • How does a foundation become tax exempt?
  • Does the Commissioner of Education need to approve a foundation?
  • Can school board members serve on a foundation’s board?
  • Can school board members, district employees and students volunteer and engage in fund raising activities for a foundation?
  • What are the rules pertaining to a school district accepting gifts from a foundation?
Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
August 24, 2011
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

FIS 210: Maintaining Internal Controls while Facing Diminished Resources
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

In times of fiscal uncertainty, many school districts have been faced with the prospect of reducing staff or outsourcing key business functions, while still continuing to have good internal controls and proper oversight of district resources.

Attend this webinar to learn the steps your district can take to continue providing a high level of service and quality internal controls. Learn the key aspects of financial reporting to quickly understand the key elements you need to exercise proper oversight of district finances.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
April 17, 2013
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

FIS 211: Engaging Your Community in the Budget Process
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Understand how to build an effective public engagement model from conducting public input meetings to communicating difficult news during budget season.

Attend this webinar and learn how to:

  • Plan your public input meetings from start to finish
  • Rally support from key stakeholders under the most difficult situations
  • Generate new ideas and positive solutions for the future
Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
December 4, 2013
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

FIS 212: Fund Balance Management - The Key to an Effective Budget
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

As the 2014 budget season begins, it's imperative to understand the components of fund balance and how each can be used when developing your district's budget. View this webinar to review:

  • The importance of fund balance management in preserving your educational programs
  • The concept of planned budget deficit vs. actual operating deficit
  • The long-term impact on fund balance
  • Best practices to approach fund balance forecasting
Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
January 15, 2014
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

FIS 213: Building a Multi-Year Budgeting Model for Financial Success
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Ensuring your district is able to provide a quality education now and in the future can be difficult when budgeting on a year by year basis. Long-range financial planning creates sustainability and will help you better understand the impact that today's decisions will have on tomorrow.

This webinar was designed with school board members, business officials, and superintendents in mind. Learn the key elements of the multi-year budgeting process and discover how to build a road map for success that will carry your district into the future.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
February 12, 2014
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

FIS 214: Impact of the Fund Balance on Your Next Budget
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Understanding the impact of fund balance and reserves on your district budget is critical. Being proactive vs. reactive can help preserve program and maintain long-term fiscal health.

This webinar will help you better understand how to create a balanced budget utilizing reserves and your fund balance.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
December 10, 2014
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

STU - Student Achievement
Central to the board's role is making an impact on student achievement. Take courses on teacher performance, using data for decision making, student wellness, diversity and community engagement in this strand.
Course Number School Board U Online Courses Format
STU 101 Hiring and Firing District Employees Webinar
STU 102 Anatomy of the Goal Setting Process Webinar
STU 204 Teaching for the Future: Incorporating 21st Century Skills Webinar
STU 205 Data-Based Decision Making Webinar
STU 206 Student Wellness Policies Webinar
STU 207 Technology Education- E-Learning and Blended Learning Models Webinar
STU 208 Intervention Strategies: Business as usual? Think Again Webinar

 

STUDENT ACHIEVMENT

STU 101: Hiring and Firing School District Employees
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Since public employees are legally entitled to a host of due process rights, school boards, as employers, must learn the basic rules to follow in hiring and, when necessary, terminating employees. Understand your role in the process and how to minimize the threat of legal liability.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
December 14, 2011
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

STU 102: Anatomy of the Goal Setting Process
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

As your board wraps up this year's budget, it's time to begin thinking about priorities for the next academic year. Most boards begin the goal setting process in July, but often face challenges with where to begin in the process.  In this presentation, NYSSBA’s Leadership Development Managers will distill this critical process down to the elements that boards must know prior to establishing goals for the coming year. 

After this webinar, you will understand:

  • What the goal setting process looks like from start to finish
  • What makes a good goal
  • The difference between district goals, superintendent goals and board goals, and how they are linked
  • The goal setting framework and how monitoring and assessment are integral components of the continuous improvement cycle
Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
March 12, 2014
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

STU 204: Teaching for the Future: Incorporating 21st Century Skills 
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Examine East Syracuse-Minoa's experiences in incorporating 21st century skills into curriculum, engaging stakeholders, parents, students, local businesses and employers in the dialogue that helped create their district's vision, mission, and goals. Adapt their lessons to your own district. 

Event Date Location
Recorded Date: Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

STU 205: Data-Based Decision Making
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

How can data help improve our ability to plan and assess our district's success? Understand the types of questions that board members could and should be asking. Learn how to utilize multiple data sources to help answer questions and support budget allocations. Explore how to better plan and evaluate your district's programs and services, and meet your district's goals.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
June 29, 2011
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

STU 206: Student Wellness Policies
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Take your district's wellness policy from theory to practice. Review key elements and effective methods for implementing and monitoring a policy that can create long-lasting and positive change in your students' lives.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
May 4, 2011  
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

STU 207: Technology Education- E-Learning and Blended Learning Models
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

This webinar covers how e-learning and blended learning models can maximize the full potential of technology in instruction. It exams the research behind e-learning and blended learning models,  how these models operate in new learning environments, how districts are using them to collaborate and meet instructional and programmatic needs, and what these models will look like in the future.  It also discusses the technology planning from the policy perspective giving school boards an understanding of what to consider before implementing change. 

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
June 11, 2014
Archived Webinar

Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

STU 208: Intervention Strategies: Business as usual? Think Again
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

This webinar presentation is for you if you believe that reducing class size, doing more homework, being taught by experienced teachers, using classroom technology, repeating a grade or increasing school time will lead to improved student achievement.

Many long held beliefs about education practices and pedagogy are costly and ineffective. In a time when academic and fiscal accountability have become part of our educational vernacular, it seems odd to continue implementing them. So why is this the case? Attend this thought provoking webinar to understand some of the misconceptions about class size reduction, homework, seniority, technology, remediation, grade retention and extended school time. Get practical advice on instructional alternatives for each that can result in higher student achievement.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
July 9, 2014
Archived Webinar

 Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

DIS - District Operations
A board's role includes the general operations and maintenance of a school district. Learn more about these responsibilities, including teacher negotiations, dealing with students, social media, school safety, technology, and shared services.
Course Number School Board U Online Courses Format
DIS 101 Introduction to Collective Bargaining Webinar
DIS 102 Student Rights, Risks and Responsibilities Webinar
DIS 202 Technology and Education Webinar
DIS 203 Weathering the Economic Storm: Fiscal Options, Shared Services and Cost Savings Measures Webinar
DIS 204 Social Media in Your School District Webinar
DIS 209 A Fresh Look: Updating and Improving School Safety Plans Webinar
DIS 210 Start the Year Right: Inside the Organizational Meeting Webinar
DIS 211 Records Retention for School Districts Webinar
DIS 212 Getting it Right: A Review of Election Requirements Webinar
DIS 213 Student Discipline and Civil Rights Protections Webinar

 

DISTRICT OPERATIONS

DIS 101: Introduction to Collective Bargaining
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Get the basics in the critical elements of Taylor Law, the state's collective bargaining statute, and learn the board's specific role in the process. Hear how recent court and Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) rulings affect the manner in which school districts must approach collective bargaining.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
December 8, 2010
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

DIS 102: Student Rights, Risks and Responsibilities
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Get a primer in the legal rights students have in school – from free speech to due process. Learn the responsibilities school boards have to ensure students their rights and the risks they take when their districts are not in compliance with legal obligations in this area. Explore the parameters of applicable state and federal laws, and learn where common sense fits in.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
March 2, 2011
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

DIS 202:  Technology and Education
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Technology plays a critical role in education. Examine technology plans, and common applications used in instruction and administration. Get a glimpse at what the experts see for technology's future in education.  

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
May 18, 2011
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

DIS 203: Weathering the Economic Storm: Fiscal Options, Shared Services and Cost Savings Measures
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Local taxpayer dollars and state funding continue to be squeezed for education.  Explore your options to maximizing cost savings with collaboration and shared services through your BOCES. What and how can you share certain services, or consolidate management or central office functions to gain efficiencies? Explore how to save money without sacrificing student achievement and community goodwill. Examine the issues and challenges that might arise when considering sharing services.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
April 13, 2011
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

DIS 204: Social Media in Your School District
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Get a basic understanding of social media tools such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. How do you get started? What should you watch out for? See what other districts are doing and learn how you can add these tools to your district communications toolbox.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
September 29, 2010
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

DIS 209: A Fresh Look: Updating and Improving School Safety Plans
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Hear Elizabeth Mastro, director of the New York State Center for school safety, review the components of district-wide and school level safety plans while highlighting the essential steps in the process. You will better understand the critical role of the school board in the planning and successful implementation of the plans.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
April 30, 2013
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

DIS 210: Start the Year Right: Inside the Organizational Meeting
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Make the most of everyone’s time at the Annual Organizational Meeting. We will cover the items that must be included by law, as well as a laundry list of other items commonly addressed. From the oath of office to policy review to making the necessary appointments and designations, ensure an effective meeting. A must for District Clerks, new Board members and Business Officials.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
June 19, 2013
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

DIS 211: Records Retention for School Districts
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Hear state archives expert, David Lowry, Manager of Records Advisory Services for the New York State Archives review retention schedule ED-1.  He will highlight areas of specific concern to school districts, including handling of student files, email and special education records.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
August 21, 2013
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

DIS 212: Getting it Right: A Review of Election Requirements

Hear Kimberly Fanniff, Senior Staff Attorney for NYSSBA reviews the essentials of conducting legally compliant elections. Topics addressed will include: nominations, notice requirements, voter registration, as well as election day logistics. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Event Date Location
Recorded Date:
April 9, 2014
Archived Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

 DIS 213: Student Discipline and Civil Rights Protections

Join Jay Worona, NYSSBA's General Counsel to learn what specific steps and actions the federal government expects school districts to take moving forward regarding student discipline.  Is your district fully compliant with the law?

Event Date Location
Date:
May 14, 2014
Webinar
Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

 

 

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