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Statewide Events

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.

SAANYS Webinars
7/2/2014 - 7/2/2015
Ipad Tips and Tricks / Understanding SLOs / Difficult Employee Situations & more
Location: Watch ONLINE at your convenience
Link: Visit Webinar page


NYS Certified 6-Hour DASA Training
Workshop Facilitator: Dr. Michael Johnson (NYSED approved DASA trainer)
Location: SAANYS Headquarters, 8 Airport Park Boulevard, Latham
Link: Register online

Cost: $100

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).

Part 1: Three hours online in cooperation with Legal One NY. This is a prerequisite for Part 2.
Part 2: Three hours face-to-face, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

As a result of taking this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the broad scope of educator responsibilities present in the Dignity Act.
  • Develop an enhanced awareness and sensitivity to the range of experiences of the specific student populations as named in the Dignity Act.
  • Understand how school climate and culture have an impact on student achievement and behavior.
  • Understand bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention, and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors.
  • Enhance the understanding of diversity and multi-cultural environments and examine personal bias.
  • Articulate the reporting requirements for educators as specified in the Dignity Act.
  • Receive a certificate of completion of the required six hour DASA course.

    Sponsored by Educational Vistas, Inc.

SAANYS September SLO Series
9/15/2014 - 9/30/2014
Location: SAANYS Headquarters, Latham & Newburgh, NY

Week One: Evolution of SLOs
Three years at a glance; where have we come, where are we going, and what have we learned? How SLOs are evolving beyond compliance/teacher evaluation measures to have meaning and impact on learning outcomes.
Albany: September 15 | Newburgh: September 16
REGISTER ONLINE - Week 1 - Albany Location
REGISTER ONLINE - Week 1 - Newburgh Location

Week Two: Creating the Baseline: High quality pre-assessments or historical data
Creating the Baseline: High quality pre-assessments or historical data? Characteristics of high quality assessments; examples of pre-assessments; examples of what historical data can be useful and how to use it; the SLO approval process in your district.
Albany: September 22 | Newburgh: September 23
REGISTER ONLINE - Week 2 - Albany Location
REGISTER ONLINE - Week 2 - Newburgh Location

Week Three: Target Setting, Progress Monitoring and Post Assessment
Target Setting, Progress Monitoring and Post-Assessment: Bringing the SLO process to completion over a school year and using the data in meaningful ways.
Albany: September 29 | Newburgh: September 30
REGISTER ONLINE - Week 3 - Albany Location
REGISTER ONLINE - Week 3 - Newburgh

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost: $75 for Members | $100 for Non-Members

Digital Leadership 101 and Beyond
A One Day Learning Summit
Location: Century House, Albany
File: Download a flier
Link: Register online

 With Keynote Speaker Eric Sheninger:


Learn how to harness the power of digital tools and social media accessible today to improve communications, enhance public relations, establish a brand presence, increase student engagement, transform learning spaces, discover opportunity, and grow professionally like never before.


Topics covered include:

  • The Innovation Equation for Schools: One District’s Journey
  • The Death of the Technology Committee … the Birth of Something Better
  • All Things Google
  • Tinkering Toward Utopia: Cultivating Innovation Through Emerging Leaders
  • Ditching Textbooks for Digital Curriculum: Capitalizing on OERs and Web-based Media
  • E-learning Models
  • Blended Learning
  • Getting Ready for Online Assessments

& more!

Webinar Wednesdays: Nuts and Bolts for School Leaders
9/24/2014 - 12/17/2014
Location: Online Series
Link: Register online

WEBINAR WEDNESDAYS:  An six-part series of interactive webinars for school administrators on timely and practical topics. All are one hour in length, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm on the following dates:
September 24FREE: Running effective meetings (email for login information)

October 1 – Everything you need to know about the cloud
October 15 – Working effectively with administrative office personnel
October 29
 – Honing your presentation skills
November 12 – Strategies for handling difficult conversations
December 3 – Understanding and implementing flipped and blended models
December 17 – Save time and Increase productivity with online meetings

Great Books Google Hangout
9/25/2014 - 10/9/2014
Location: Online Book Study
Link: Register online

Three Thursdays from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Facilitators:  Lisa Meade, Shawn Hunziker, Bonnie Tryon
Cost:  $75

Group limited to ten participants, sign up now!

Busy administrators may not have time to read all the books they would like to read, yet really want to know about the ‘big ideas’ in books like these that are having such an impact on learning. Register to join this Google Hangout group to learn about these books and share ideas with colleagues about these timely ideas. Great Books Google Hangout does not come with any understanding that the participants have read the books or ever will – although you will certainly be more motivated to do so after the appealing overview that this brief but powerful series will provide. The focus is on the predominant themes in the books and, even better, where the connections might be.

September 25: Mindset by Carol Dweck
October 2: Explicit Instruction by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes
October 9: Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson

School Achievement Institute w/ Bill Daggett
10/22/2014 - 12/8/2014
Strategies for Building and District Leaders
Location: Long Island / Westchester / Rochester / Albany / Lake Placid

Today’s challenges can be so overwhelming that they consume the agenda of our schools and school leaders. However, many schools showing the most rapid improvements are led by administrators who have taken control of improvement initiatives rather than simply responding to the demands being placed upon them by the latest requirements from the state or national level.

In this session, Dr. Bill Daggett will explain how the leaders of these rapidly improving schools created an understanding of and support for needed school improvement initiatives with their staff, board, and community. He will provide guidance on how to create an action plan that focuses on both today’s challenges and, equally as important, a series of emerging trends that will have major impacts on our schools.

Western Suffolk BOCES - October 22 - register here
Southern Westchester BOCES - November 6 - register here
Rush Henrietta Transportation Center - November 12 - register here
SAANYS, Albany- November 19 - register here
Lake Placid - December 8 - register here

2014 Annual Conference
10/26/2014 - 10/27/2014
Location: The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, Lake George
File: Download Annual Conference Registration Form
Link: Visit the official SAANYS14 website to learn more!

The theme of this year’s conference, Leading with Heart and Mind seeks to focus us on what matters most: supporting students, our school communities, and one another. Watch the video!

Keynote Speakers: Deborah Delisle and Todd Whitaker
Featured Speaker: Bruce Taylor

Region 4 Events

Assistant Principal Academy
10/7/2014 - 5/19/2015
October 7; November 5; December 2, 2014; January 13; February 10; March 10; April 21; and May 19, 2015
Location: P/NW BOCES - School Services Building, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
File: Download the flyer
Link: Register here, select "Center for Educational Leadership"

This academy is designed to meet the professional development needs of assistant principals, and provides a unique opportunity to learn about and share best practices and sharpen the tools in your leadership tool box. The academy will consist of monthly, highly interactive and practical sessions on current leadership topics. Members of the cohort will work collaboratively with colleagues from other districts on a project related to a problem of practice. Participants will be required to currently serve as, and have at least one year of experience as, an assistant principal.  Principal and superintendent recommendations are required. The cohort is limited to twenty participants.

This Academy is jointly sponsored by SAANYS, Putnam/Northern Westchester (P/NW) BOCES, and the Assistant Principals Association of Westchester and Putnam Counties.

  1. Introductions, Review of Project Requirements What is Leadership
  2. The Evolving Role of the AP
  3. What Every Administrator Should know about Curriculum, Instruction and Technology: Using Data to Inform Instruction (featuring a panel of regional educational leaders)
  4. Effective Feedback Around Instruction: Vision
  5. Presentation Skills
  6. Implementation Considerations for the Dignity Act and Difficult Conversations
  7. Presentation of Projects, Self-Reflection and Celebration Dinner

    School Districts will be Billed Through Co-Ser 512.

Region 6 Events

Summer Instructional Leadership Series
Location: East Greenbush School District, Columbia High School, 962 Luther Road, East Greenbush
Details: Presenter: Karen Bronson, SAANYS director of professional development

8:30 am - 11:30 am
We Can’t Do This Alone: Building a Common Core Culture

It’s time to deconstruct the silos that have defined schools for decades and build a strong new foundation to support Common Core. This workshop identifies concrete collaborative actions teachers and administrators can take together. By adopting practices that are truly collaborative in nature and rethinking how we use existing time opportunities, silos are dismantled and the foundation for true change is built. Participants will take away practical tools and how-to’s for six specific collaborative practice, including looking at student work as a primary data source, revamping meeting formats, and engaging in peer visitation to provide focus for the school year ahead.

12:30pm - 3:30pm
It’s All About the Conversation: Effective Feedback Around Instruction

The ability to provide effective feedback in the post-observation process and engage in challenging conversations is essential to supporting the APPR process and Common Core implementation. Discerning effective feedback from traditional advice, and understanding the characteristics of feedback that produce results in the classroom is key to the conversations we have with teachers in pre and post conferences. By drawing upon the work of Danielson, Wiggins, Bambrick-Santoyo and Patterson, we will identify effective feedback, practice it, and critique a video of supervisory feedback in action. 

Region 7 Events

North Country PD
Location: North Country Teachers Resource Ctr., SUNY Plattsburgh Campus, Sibley Hall, 101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh
Link: Register online

Cost: $10 Space is limited! Registration closes September 16.

Full day workshop consisting of two half day sessions.

9:00 am - 11:30 am
Building Common Core Culture and Instructional Strategies:
Key Steps for the Year Ahead
Presenter: Karen Bronson, SAANYS

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Dealing With Difficult Constituents
(note that instructions on writing letters of counsel will be part of this)
Presenter: Dr. Michael Johnson