State education leaders visit Lake Placid to address critical education issues

School Boards Association Convention makes its first appearance in Lake Placid

FOR RELEASE: October 4, 2017

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


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Nearly 2,500 school board members and administrators will be in Lake Placid next week to address such topics as opioid abuse, teacher shortages, student civil rights, mental health, testing and other issues facing New York schools.

The discussions will take place at the New York State School Boards Association's Annual Convention & Education Expo on October 12-14 at the Lake Placid Conference Center. This will be NYSSBA's first convention in Lake Placid.

New York Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is expected to discuss the new state learning standards, the state's plan for complying with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, student testing, teacher evaluations and reaction to possible financial changes from the federal budget. Following her talk on Friday October 13, the commissioner will answer questions from the media.

Other key events

On Thursday, October 12, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights Acting Secretary Candace Jackson and other legal experts will discuss the Trump administration's priorities in civil rights enforcement in public schools.

Also on Thursday, nationally renowned speaker Hans Bleiker will discuss how to work with the community on contentious issues. Michelle Marasch Oullette, assistant professor of journalism and public relations at SUNY Plattsburgh and Roy Gutterman, director at the Newhouse School's Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University, will discuss social media activism and how to combat the spread of "fake news."

Thursday evening, keynote speaker Yong Zhao, Ph.D., professor at the University of Kansas, will debunk common myths about American education.

On Friday October 13, psychologist Caroline Axelrod Mendel will present a program on mental health disorders and the most common health issues among school-aged children. Mendel will discuss signs and symptoms and provide tangible strategies to identify students who need support.


Photo opportunities: Musical groups from school districts in the Adirondack area will perform throughout the event. Groups include the Plattsburgh High School Select Vocal Ensemble and the Saranac Jazz Ensemble.

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Editor's note: NYSSBA welcomes media coverage of the Convention. If you anticipate attending, please contact Communications Manager Al Marlin at 518 527-6933, so credentials and press packets are available at the registration area.


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