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The Essentials of Special Education Law
6/16/2014 - 6/30/2015
Webinars by LegalOneNY
Location: ONLINE
Link: Visit LegalOneNY

Special education law is extremely complex and disputes in this area often give rise to litigation. This training will help you understand how to provide all students with a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and properly address complex issues related to student placement, program, discipline and due process.

Financial Planning for Life Workshop
3/2/2015 - 3/25/2015
Presented by AXA with the NYSTRS
Location: Vestal, Clifton Park, Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester

4:30pm – 6:30pm

Light refreshments will be served

Cost: FREE for SAANYS members, spouses welcome

Join your colleagues for this comprehensive retirement planning workshop presented by AXA and a representative from NYSTRS. Below is an overview from AXA and NYSTRS on each of their presentations.

AXA Presentation:

AXA specializes in working with New York State employees, helping them to get the most out of their NYS Pension Plan. AXA will provide specific information on understanding the true value of your NYS Pension, how to protect your pension during your working years, what to consider in choosing a payout option, as well as examples on how to maximize your pension payments in retirement. The presentation will also discuss the importance of appropriate asset allocation within 403(b) and other retirement savings plans.

NYSTRS Presentation:

Even in turbulent economic times like these, you can achieve future financial strength and security by building a strong pension at NYSTRS. This presentation will provide an overview of the important benefits NYSTRS provides, with an emphasis on issues pertaining to members approaching retirement. Highlights include a review of the fundamental pension components such as service credit and final average salary, key retirement thresholds to reach for, the tools needed to maximize these benefits, retirement benefit options and much more. 

March 2 - Vestal 

AXA Office, 4100 Old Vestal Road, Suite 105, Vestal

March 3 - Syracuse 

AXA Office, 120 Madison Street, Suite 1900, Syracuse

March 10 - Capital District 

AXA Office, 5 Maxwell Drive, Suite 100, Clifton Park

March 24 - Buffalo

Giancarlo’s Steakhouse, 5110 Main Street, Buffalo

March 25 - Rochester

AXA Office, 175 Corporate Woods, Suite 250, Rochester

Sponsored by: AXA

NYSTRS does not promote or support any products

Google Camp Hamilton
Location: Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton
File: Dowload flyer, registration form
Link: Register online

An "unconference" without keynoters; everything to be discussed that day is determined by the attendees themselves on the morning of the event. Four exciting, interactive, practical sessions willl result.

NYACCE 2015 - Together Towards Tomorrow
4/27/2015 - 4/29/2015
Location: Albany Marriott, Wolf Road, Albany

New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE)
64th Annual Conference

Click links to register:
Full Conference Registration
One Day Registration - Tuesday, April 28
One Day Registration - Wednesday, April 29
Lead Presenter Registration

Annual SAANYS Awards Ceremony
Honoring the 2015 NYS Principals and Administrators of the Year


Region 4 Events

Region 4 Student Scholarships

Student Scholarship Application

Application Deadline: March 10, 2015
Region 4 is pleased to announce that two scholarships in the amount of $500 each will be awarded to graduating high school seniors continuing their education at accredited post-secondary institutions.  These seniors must be children of active or retired-active SAANYS members.  Letter of acceptance is required before scholarship will be delivered.

Region 6 Events

HFM Leadership Academy
1/22/2015 - 6/15/2015
Location: 2755 New York 67, Johnstown, NY; rm: C112A and B
File: Download flyer for further details, dates
Link: Register online

 FREE PROGRAM for all administrators in HFM BOCES schools.

Join a cohort of your colleagues from neighboring districts for a comprehensive professional development experience.

• Six collegial days at HFM BOCES, January through June, followed by optional online meetings and individual follow up to provide ongoing help with implementation.

• Professional development provided by SAANYS.

• Michael Fullan’s new book: The Principal, Carol Dweck’s Mindset, and $200 SAANYS event voucher provided to all participants.

NYS Certified DASA Training
3/12/2015 - 7/17/2015
Workshop Facilitator: Dr. Michael Johnson
Location: Saratoga, Stillwater
File: Download the flier


SAANYS' Magellan Foundation is an approved NYSED provider for this 6-hour workshop to fulfill harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention training required for certification/licensure under the Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act). This course is a hybrid of online and face-to-face instruction. Part 1 consists of three hours online with the course instructor (flexible schedule). This is a prerequisite for Part 2. Part 2 consists of a three hour face-to-face seminar at the following locations.

Saratoga City School District, District Office, 3 Blue Streak Blvd., Room C221-223, Saratoga
Register Online - March 12 * 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
Register Online - July 17 * 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Stillwater CSD Middle School Conference Room, 1068 North Hudson Ave., Stillwater
Register Online - May 12 * 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Register Online - June 18 * 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Region 7 Events

Region 7 AXA Retirement Planning for Life
Location: Pete's Trattoria Restaurant, 111 Breen Avenue, Watertown

4:00pm - 6:00pm
pizza, salad, dessert, soda, and coffee
FREE for SAANYS members

Come join your colleagues and friends to find out how AXA can meet your personal needs in your 30"s, 40"s, 50"s and 60"s, as well as assist you through changing life situations. Greg Ronneburger, AXA representative, will lead the discussion.

RSVP as soon as possible: Sue Hirst,, (315) 720-5725
space is limited

Region 9 Events

Region 9 Awards Program
File: Download the nomination forms.

Now is the time to nominate a colleague for recognition for these local awards.

  • Administrator of the Year Award Elementary Level
  • Administrator of the Year Award Secondary Level
  • Friend of Education Award
  • Administrator of the Year Award District Level

Contact Michelle Feyerabend at for more information.

Dates of Note:

  • Nominations due by March 6th.
  • Decisions made by April 10th.
  • Ceremony to be held in May.

Learn from the Experts: Negotiating During Difficult Times
Location: Union Endicott Administrative Offices, Board of Education Room, 1200 East Main Street, Endicott

4:30 - 6:30 pm
Cost: FREE for SAANYS members, but you must register
pizza and light refreshments

4:30-5:00  Registration and refreshments 
5:00-5:45  Panelist presentation
5:45-6:00  Message from AXA
6:00-6:30  Discussion and questions
Come join our annual professional learning event! We will be exploring the art of negotiations during increasingly difficult and demanding times. Our panel of experts have the expertise and experience of preparing for negotiations and sitting at the table. They will present and answer your questions on all things related to negotiations including: salary/monetary compensation, changing terms and conditions of employment, merit pay, non-monetary compensations, benefits, PIP & appeals, and Q&A.
Sponsored by: AXA

Region 11 Events

Region 11 College Scholarship Award
File: Download the flier

SAANYS Region 11 is proud to announce its annual College Scholarship Award Program. Graduating seniors are urged to write a 500 hundred-word essay on the following topic: “A School Administrator Who Has Made a Difference in My Life” Entrants may win a $1,000 college scholarship. Entries must provide an additional cover letter that includes the entrant’s name, address, telephone number, high school, and the name of the administrator written about. To be eligible all entries must be typed, double-spaced, using a 12 font with 1 inch margins, and received no later than Monday, March 9.

The award presentation will take place at the Region 11 Annual Awards Ceremony to be held on Tuesday, April 21 at Midvale Country Club in Penfield, starting at 5:00 pm. 
Please send entries to:
Susan Clark
Webster Thomas High School
800 Five Mile Line Road
Webster, NY 14580
E-mail to:, Subject Line: “Made a Difference”

Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools for LGBTQ People with a Focus on Preparing our Schools for Transgender Students
Location: Greece Athena High School, 800 Long Pond Road, Rochester
File: Download the flier

5:00pm - 7:00pm
food and drink provided

In this 2 hour interactive presentation, Jeanne Gainsburg, Gay Alliance Education Director and trained members of the Gay Alliance Speakers Bureau will join forces to provide information on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) identities. Topics will include: basic terms and respectful language, issues of coming out for youths, the distinction between sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and creating safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ students, teachers and staff. Discussion points will also include: understanding transgender identities, respectfully communicating with transgender individuals, age appropriate conversations, dealing with gender specific facilities and more.  This format encourages dialogue and provides ample time for participants to ask questions and get honest answers.  

Registration Deadline: March 17
**This workshop is open to all, but all must be sponsored by a SAANYS member.

Registration is required by contacting:
David Richardson, Principal - Greece Athena High School, 800 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14612, (585) 966-4043,

Sponsored by: Educational Vistas, Inc.

Region 12 Events

Region 12 Awards and Scholarship Nominations
File: Download the nomination forms

Nominate an administrator for a Region 12 award, or a high school senior for a principal's scholarship award. Award winners will be recognized at the Region 12 awards dinner on May 14. All nominations due March 20. 

The Bill Grobe Administrator of the Year Award recognizes any administrator in Region 12 who has rendered exceptional service on behalf of education. Nominees may be any individual in an administrative position within Region 12 affiliated with a district or BOCES.
The Don Munson Friend of Education Award recognizes any adult in Region 12, not holding a position requiring SED teacher/administrator certification, who has rendered exceptional service on behalf of education. Nominees may represent business, politics, community groups, agencies, Board of Education members, or parents from a school district of BOCES.
The Region 12 Principal's Scholarship Award is open to two graduating seniors from area high schools in Region 12. Award winners will receive a certificate from SAANYS and a $500 cash award.

Region 12 Awards Dinner
Location: Creekside Banquet and Picnic Grove, 2669 Union Road, Cheektowaga

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cost: $35 (cash bar)
5:00 pm Registration, Networking and Cash Bar
5:45 pm Buffet Dinner
6:30 pm Program
RSVP to: Kathleen E. Ballard, by May 8, 2015