School Boards Association brings its 100th Convention & Education Expo to Rochester

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

FOR RELEASE: October 17, 2019



CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 office (518) 527-6933 cell



Nearly 2,500 school board members, superintendents and educators from throughout New York State are expected to arrive in Rochester next week for the New York State School Boards Association’s 100th Annual Convention & Education Expo. 

NYSSBA’s three-day conference will take place Oct. 24-26 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester Hyatt Regency and Rochester Riverside Hotel. The event will feature more than 100 educational sessions, workshops and speakers, including Robert J. Duffy, CEO of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and former New York State Lieutenant Governor. 

Convention-goers will explore hot topics such as adolescent vaping and marijuana use, effects of childhood trauma in the classroom, developing emergency response crisis protocols, school agriculture programs and understanding implicit bias in the educational setting.     

Highlights from the full schedule of events include:

Thursday, Oct. 24 

8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. School Law Seminar
Rochester Riverside Hotel, Grand Ballroom
A team of legal experts will explore data privacy, student immunizations, substance abuse, school board authority, new laws and regulations that go into effect and many more important legal topics. 

11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Communications Workshop
Hyatt Regency, Grand Ballroom
Two prominent educators from Yale University, Marc Brackett, Ph.D., the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Scott Levy, executive director of the center and a member of the Byram Hills Board of Education, will discuss the role of emotional intelligence in effective interpersonal communication.

At 2:00 p.m., Gerard J. Puccio, Ph.D., department chair and professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY-Buffalo State, will address how creative problem solving can help a school district. 

4:30 - 6:45 p.m. Opening Session, Keynote Address and President's Award
Convention Center, Grand Lilac Ballroom
The evening session features Robert J. Duffy, the President and CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and former New York State Lieutenant Governor, who will address preparing students for success in tomorrow’s workforce.  The President's award
will be presented to Executive Director Timothy Kremer for his 21 years of service to NYSSBA.  Kremer will be retiring at the end of 2019. 

Friday, Oct. 25

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.  Vaping and Marijuana:  What's the Connection?
Rochester Riverside Hotel, Riverview Ballroom, Mezzanine Level 
Vaping is on the rise among today’s youth. Learn about vaping and the range of devices available. Hear from Jennifer Faringer, the director of DePaul’s National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in the Rochester area. She will talk about the comparative strains of marijuana available and how it’s now available at dramatically higher potencies.

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  A Conversation with the Chancellor
Convention Center, Grand Lilac Ballroom
Hear from Dr. Betty Rosa, Chancellor of the Board of Regents on pressing education issues in an engaging format.  Joining Dr. Rosa will be Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown. 

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Are School Board Members in Touch with What’s Happening in Schools Today?
Convention Center, Grand Lilac Ballroom

NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer will moderate a panel of education experts responding to questions on a wide variety of issues such as diversity, testing, technology, social media, safety, mental health and drug use.

Additional photo and video opportunities:

Interactive School Classrooms of the Past and Future created by Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors. Convention Center, 1st Floor Galleria

The Rochester City School District’s School of the Arts Concert Choir and the Freeport High School Select Chorale will perform Thursday evening. Penfield Central School District’s Monday/Wednesday Jazz Ensemble and the Broome-Tioga BOCES PALS/Oak Tree Choir and the Penfield Central School District Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Friday afternoon session.

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