Next on the Agenda

Supported by: NYSSBA’s newest member benefit, Next on the Agenda, is a monthly 2-minute video designed to introduce you to an important educational development that is deserving of your attention and likely to impact your school district soon. The suggested agenda topics are timely and relevant and include links to resources that will help inform your discussions at school board meetings.
March 6, 2020
Previous Episodes
February 4, 2020
Support the 2020 Census
As trusted voices in the communities they serve, school board members have the opportunity to articulate the importance and benefits of census participation.
January 23, 2020
Welcome to Season 3 of Next on the Agenda
Next on the Agenda videos are designed with the busy school board member in mind. Each 3-minute video alerts school board members to a topic that will likely affect their school district soon.
December 10, 2019
What's Next on Your Agenda?
Tim is hosting his last NOTA episode this month. Tune in on December 10th for inside information about how and why Next on the Agenda was developed, how the topics are selected, and the value it provides to our members.
November 8, 2019
Leadership takes courage. Do the right thing.
Important discussions about public education have become more complex. As new challenges arise, today’s school board members must be well-informed, bold and courageous. This month’s Next on the Agenda looks at how school board members can do the right thing.
October 7, 2019
Cyberattacks, data breaches, ransomware: Is your district prepared?
There has been a major escalation of malicious cybersecurity-related incidents perpetrated against school districts. Don’t allow your district to be victimized. This month’s Next on the Agenda takes a closer look at why school districts are such attractive targets and what school boards can do to mitigate the risk.
September 3, 2019
Suicide Prevention in New York Schools
The National Alliance on Mental Illness has designated September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, “a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic.”
August 5, 2019
Female Soccer Players Suffer More and Worse Concussions than Males
Help reduce the number of concussion injuries in all student athletes by implementing preventative strategies and specific concussion management protocols.
July 1, 2019
Are we failing special education students?
New York was recently identified by the US Department of Education as a state in “need of assistance” in the programming and delivery of special education services. How does your district measure up?
June 3, 2019
Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACEs
Abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction can happen anywhere and are a fact of life for many children. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) impact a student’s well-being and ability to learn. Learn what school boards can do to support anti-ACEs initiatives.
May 10, 2019
Start July with a Clean Slate
No matter what happened during election season, new and veteran school board members should mark Wednesday, May 22nd as Day One of a new era.
April 1, 2019
Measles: Prevent and Prepare
The recent measles outbreak is one of the largest in decades. Find out what your board can do to prevent an outbreak and be prepared if one happens.
March 13, 2019
Using the Superintendent Evaluation to Make an Impact
Each Spring, in a collaborative and transparent process between board members and superintendents, the work of reviewing, analyzing and evaluating performance indicators begins.
February 4, 2019
School board election season is fast approaching: who’s running?
Now is a good time for board members, superintendents, and district clerks to start preparing for inquiries from potential school board candidates. NYSSBA can help.
January 7, 2019
Declining school enrollments: To merge or not to merge
The short and long-term implications of declining school enrollments are far-reaching with a direct impact on student achievement. How can school districts not only survive but thrive in this environment?
December 3, 2018
Students' Food Insecurity During the Holidays
The school meal gap over the holiday break leaves more than 900,000 New York children uncertain when and where they will get their next meal. For them, the holidays will likely be a miserable experience.
November 1, 2018
Civic Readiness, Student Success and Democracy
Preparing students to be active participants in our democracy has a positive impact on school climate and student achievement. What’s your civic readiness score?
October 1, 2018
New Sexual Harassment Prevention Laws
Sexual harassment is against the law. Is your district in compliance with the new sexual harassment prevention laws? All New York State Employers, public and private, must adopt an updated minimum-standard sexual harassment prevention policy by October 9, 2018.
September 3, 2018
Shining a Light on Building-Level Equity
Is your school district fiscally equitable in the distribution of funds? The first of two new annual reporting requirements, the School Funding Transparency Report, delves into building level, per pupil budget allocations. All school board members should become familiar with the report guidance and the relationship between budget development, resource equity, and student outcomes.
August 5, 2018
Student achievement and school safety depend on on a positive school climate
Promoting healthy and positive school climates becomes a statewide initiative during the 2018-2019 school year. We’ve all heard about “school climate” and most of us can talk about it in general terms. We agree that a healthy school climate is a good thing. But, what exactly does school climate mean and, more importantly, what can boards and districts do to measure, manage and improve school climate?
July 2, 2018
Is your school board ready to R.O.C.K.?
You may be surprised that high performing school boards have a lot in common with successful rock and roll bands. Both require a commitment to teamwork, outstanding stakeholder communications, and strong interpersonal relationships. Find out if your board R.O.C.K.s.
June 8, 2018
New K-12 Mental Health Curriculum
School districts across the state are preparing for the July 2018 implementation of the new mental health education curriculum. School boards have an important role in the process.
May 1, 2018
Welcoming New Members to Your School Board
School Board election season is the backdrop for May’s Next on the Agenda, Understanding the Basics. Executive Director Tim Kremer reminds boards not to forget the basics as they are welcoming new board members and preparing for the annual organizational meeting and summer trainings.
April 3, 2018
School Safety Policies, Procedures and Plans: The Perfect Community Engagement Opportunity
Tim Kremer encourages board members to participate in open-minded discussions about emerging safety issues while they are conducting the annual review and update of the District-wide School Safety Plan and the Building-level Emergency Response Plans.
March 9, 2018
Smartphone Policy: An updated perspective
Take a look at the proliferation of smartphones in the K-12 classroom, both as a learning and communication tool, along with the associated risks and opportunities.
March 6, 2018
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