New Your State School Boards Association

Top Education Leaders Gather in New York City to Discuss Current Hot Topics

More than 2,500 Expected to Attend School Boards Association Convention


FOR RELEASE:  October 14, 2015

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
@nyschoolboards

Top state education leaders will discuss how controversial topics such as student testing, “opting out” and the Common Core Learning Standards are affecting schools during next week’s New York State School Boards Association’s Annual Convention.

The convention runs from Sunday, October 18 to Tuesday, October 20 at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in Manhattan.

Highlighting the event, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, state teachers’ union president Karen Magee, and New York City Deputy Education Chancellor Phil Weinberg will join other educators to debate standardized testing in schools. The panel will be moderated by Timothy G. Kremer, executive director of the state school boards association, on Monday, Oct. 19 at 1:00 p.m.

Following that, New York State’s first female education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, will discuss state intervention in struggling schools, the future of the Common Core Learning Standards, and teacher and principal evaluations. That session will take place on Monday, October 19 at 2:45 p.m.

On Sunday, October 18, legal experts will present on new rules regarding tenure, teacher discipline and teacher evaluations, plus examine how best to accommodate transgender students.

Also on Sunday, Harvard Law School Lecturer Dalia Topelson Ritvo, Columbia University Social Media Manager Will McGuinness and a senior from Mineola High School will participate in a panel discussion on the educational uses of social media and how students are using social media.

Other major events include:

  • Keynote speaker Soledad O’Brien kicks off the event at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 18. O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor, producer and television personality. O’Brien will share some of her life stories that led to her successful career.

  • Performances by student musical groups including the Niskayuna High School Jazz Ensemble, the Arlington High School Philharmonia String Orchestra and the James H. Vernon School Advanced Band from the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District.

For the full schedule of events, please visit our website at: www.nyssba.org/convention.

Editor’s note: If you anticipate attending, please contact Communications Manager Al Marlin at 518-527-6933, so we can have credentials and press packets waiting at the registration area.

 

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