Message from the Executive Director

August 7, 2022

Dear Members and Stakeholders,

Registration for the 2022 Annual Convention and Education Expo, NYSSBA’22 Together Again, opened last week and reservations are filling up fast.  As I was reviewing the registration data, I realized that all of our new board members elected after 2019, more than 1,700 of you, have never had the opportunity to attend the annual convention in-person.  So I encourage our new board members, and those of you who have not attended a convention recently, to review the full schedule of events here.  I know you will be impressed by the scope of the programming and the expertise of the presenters.  Many of our districts register multiple attendees in order to take advantage of all of the offerings.  Choose from more than 50 education sessions in tracks such as Board Governance, Community Engagement & Collaboration, Culturally Responsive Schools, Social Emotional Learning, Student Town Halls and Tag Team Talks.  Along with the education sessions, you will enjoy an impressive interactive expo floor that includes three classrooms, a digital student art show, a listening wall and student exhibitors. Click here to learn more about the Education Expo.

Please register early so you don’t miss your opportunity to attend.

Annual Convention and Education Expo, NYSSBA’22 Together Again – Register here.  
October 27 - 29, 2022
The Oncenter and Marriott Syracuse Downtown, Syracuse, NY

Weekly Updates and Reminders
It’s not too late to register for NYSSBA’s Leadership in Education Event - Let’s Connect – Register here.  (Registration closes August 8.)

August 12 and 13, 2022, Crowne Plaza Albany, The Desmond Hotel
     Day 1:  8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Includes Reception, Dinner & Entertainment)
     Day 2:  8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost:  $100 (A Members Only Event)  

Topics covered include:Running effective and civil school board meetings

  • Building unity for successful governance
  • Best practices for building constructive community engagement
  • New learning opportunities
  • How school board leaders can support healthy school communities
  • The importance of educating the whole child
  • The Essentials of School Board Governance portion of the New School Board Member Mandated Training

This is a special member-only event.  Review the full agenda here. I look forward to seeing you there.  Select sessions are sponsored by NYSIR and Gnosis IQ

NYSSBA Advocacy  
NYSSBA’s Summer Congressional Meeting Series
NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team has mobilized its annual summer Congressional meeting series to bring your concerns to the governor, New York State legislators and to the halls of Congress.  This effort has never been more important because it allows our representatives to hear directly from school board members on behalf of their districts and communities.  The team is in the process of scheduling meetings.  Upcoming meetings with Congressmen Gabarino and Tonko along with representatives from Congresswoman Stefanik’s staff to discuss NYSSBA’s Federal Summer priorities are on the calendar.   NYSSBA has crafted several informative memos and talking points for the meetings which you can find here.   

On Board
The August 8 edition of On Board includes articles about rural school summer programs, our annual superintendent salary analysis, girls sports after 50 years of Title IX, a NYSASA article on New York's Red Flag Law, legal analysis of recent court cases, and more.

Be well and stay in touch.

Robert S. Schneider CPA, CAE
Executive Director
New York State School Boards Association

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