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Policy Workshop - Buffalo
Date: April 5, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Show map
Westin Buffalo
250 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: (716) 854-9000

Pre-registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.




Rethinking Student Discipline


Pre-reg/Cancellation Deadline
April 4
The Statler Hotel
130 Statler Drive, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 254-2500
March 28
April 5
Westin Buffalo
250 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 854-9000
March 29
April 25
Long Island
Hilton Long Island/Huntington
598 Broad Hollow Road
Melville, NY 11747
(631) 845-1000
April 18
April 27
NYSSBA Headquarters
24 Century Hill Drive, Suite 200
Latham, NY 12110
(518) 783-0200
April 20


Is student suspension effective?

Attend NYSSBA’s Policy Workshop and learn how to decrease the amount of student suspension in your district by implementing new practices to improve school climate. 


  • School Board Members
  • Policy Committee Members
  • Superintendents
  • Administrators


You will learn:

  • What research tells us is the most effective way districts can reduce student misbehavior.
  • The legal protections students have and the negative implications school districts face when such protections are not provided.
  • The benefits of disciplinary alternatives to suspension and how to measure success in your district.


The workshop will be presented by NYSSBA’s Policy Services team:

Jessica Goldstein, Deputy Director of Policy Services
Courtney Sanik, Senior Policy Consultant
Mary Williams-Noi, Policy Consultant
Stephanie Combs, Associate Policy Consultant

8:30 - 9:10 a.m.
Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:10 - 9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Disciplining Students: Is the Goal Punishment or Rehabilitation?
Learn what research tells us is the most effective means by which districts can alter the behavior of misbehaving students.
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Laws Controlling Student Discipline and State and Federal Oversight
Hear what legal protections students are afforded under the law and the negative implications for school districts when such protections are not provided.
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
The Benefits of Considering Disciplinary Alternatives Prior to Suspension
When school districts remove students from the learning environment without considering other options, negative consequences can follow.  Learn why the consideration of other options can be beneficial for students, districts and society at large.
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Implementing the Law in a Pedagogically Appropriate Manner
How can schools address student misbehavior beyond only considering
suspension? How can school districts ensure that implementing such new practices improves the school climate?  Learn what tools districts can provide to their staff to better enable them to manage classrooms, avert disruptions and garner support for practices that do not involve suspension.  
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Policy Development: The Code of Conduct
How should your district’s policies be modified to lessen instances of students’ behavior? Learn how to spot “troublesome” language that could be affecting the quality of education students are receiving.  See what changes NYSSBA Policy Services is making to its sample Code of Conduct.
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Results: How to Measure Success
Learn how to gauge whether the changes that your district is implementing are accomplishing their desired effect.
2:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Concluding Remarks and Program Evaluation


$195 Members
$390 Nonmembers

Course fee includes resource materials, continental breakfast, lunch and a non-refundable $50 administrative fee. Cancellations will not be refunded after the pre-registration/cancellation deadline. No-shows will be billed at the full registration fee.

If you require special accommodations, please contact us.

For more information, contact the New York State School Boards Association, at (518) 783-0200 or (800) 342-3360, or via e-mail at

Board members will earn 20 points for each day in NYSSBA’s School Board U Recognition Program.

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