NYSSBA offers a variety of leadership development opportunities, both in person and online, to meet your leadership team's developmental needs. Most of these opportunities fall under School Board U, the department’s comprehensive training umbrella.
Annual Convention & Education Expo
This October event is the largest statewide gathering of public education leaders in New York, with national speakers, 100+ educational sessions and the state’s largest exhibition of educational products and services.
New School Board Member Academy
School board members may complete your state-mandated governance and fiscal oversight training at this two-day academy, offered in locations around the state. Gain foundational knowledge and skills. Become familiar with board roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures, legal rights and more.
Board Officers Academy
Current and aspiring school board officers can elevate your expertise in school board governance and leading the governance team. Get cutting-edge information and top-level skills development, gain familiarity with key issues and network with other board officers and officer candidates.
Custom Board Retreats
Tailored to meet the specific needs of a board or full governance team, CBRs are on-site programs that can help set goals, improve specific knowledge or skills, resolve a conflict or strengthen a governance team. CBRs are scheduled for your board’s convenience – let NYSSBA come to you.
Legal and Policy Workshops
NYSSBA’s Legal and Policy Department offers seminars and workshops, including regional law conferences and the annual Pre-Convention School Law seminar, on legal topics that affect school board members, administrators, superintendents, school attorneys and others.
District Clerk Workshops
NYSSBA provides workshops specifically for district clerks on key topics such as the Open Meetings Law, parliamentary procedures, records retention, paperless board meetings and much more.
Fiscal Oversight Fundamentals – Online
This NYSSBA fully-approved curriculum totaling six hours enables school board members to conveniently fulfill all requirements of state law for fiscal accountability training online.
Essentials of School Board Governance – Online
School board members may complete your state-mandated governance and legal responsibilities requirements through NYSSBA’s fully-approved governance online training program.
NYSSBA’s School Board U Recognition Program acknowledges the extensive time and effort school board members spend in attending special training to expand your knowledge and skills with a special rewards program.