New York education leaders head to New York City to address key education issues

FOR RELEASE: October 18, 2018



CONTACT: David Albert
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Some 2,500 school board members, superintendents and educators from throughout New York State are expected to arrive in New York City next week for the New York State School Boards Association’s 99th Annual Convention and Education Expo.

NYSSBA’s three-day conference will take place Oct. 25-27 at the Sheraton New York Times Square and the New York Hilton Midtown. The event will feature more than 100 educational sessions, workshops and speakers, including State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

Convention-goers will explore key issues and areas of concern, including health, safety and school climate; cultural awareness and diversity; community relations and school improvement; rural schools; student achievement; student mental wellness; and finance and facilities.

ABC News veteran John Quiñones, host of "What Would You Do?," will give the keynote address at the opening session, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. The session follows two popular annual pre-convention programs earlier that day, a full-day School Law Seminar and an afternoon Communications Workshop.

Dr. Janet Robinson, who was superintendent of the Newtown Public School District at the time of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in 2012, will be among featured speakers at the Communications Workshop, entitled "Communicating Under Pressure."

Highlights from the full schedule of events include:

Thursday, Oct. 25

  • 22nd Annual School Law Seminar, Sheraton Times Square, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. A panel of experts will launch the program with a session on legal issues surrounding school safety. Another morning session will focus on political discourse in public schools.
  • Communications Workshop, Hilton Midtown, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Robinson’s remarks will highlight a session with experts on social media and crisis communications. Experts on psychology and debate will explore ways to stay calm and effective during pressure-packed public board meetings and public comment periods.
  • Opening session and keynote address, Hilton Midtown, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26

  • State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia discusses current issues facing New York’s education leaders with school board members, 9 – 10:45 a.m., The Sheraton.
  • Featured sessions from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. will focus on the opioid epidemic in New York and on continued implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
  • Featured sessions during the afternoon will deal with topics including educational equity, New York’s open government laws, and policy and practices that can improve school climate.

Saturday, Oct. 27

  • Featured educational sessions include "School Board Meeting – The Musical (Off Broadway)," a tongue-in-cheek mock meeting training session, and a high-powered panel of local administrators who will talk about promoting diversity in school leadership. Both sessions are scheduled from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Additional photo opportunities:

The West Senior High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble from the West Seneca Central School District will perform at Thursday’s opening session.

The Ward Melville High School Honors Jazz Ensemble from the Three Village School District in Suffolk County will perform at Commissioner Elia’s session Friday morning.

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