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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 - 3/24/2015
Presented by AXA with the NYSTRS
Location: Vestal, Clifton Park, Rochester, Buffalo

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 Advisors 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 10 - Albany (Clifton Park) 

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

Date TBD - Rochester

AXA Office, 175 Corporate Woods, Suite 250, Rochester

March 24 - Buffalo

Giancarlo’s Steakhouse, 5110 Main Street, Buffalo

Sponsored by: AXA

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 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.

Region 6 Excelsior Award
File: Region 6 Excelsior Award.pdf
The Excelsior Award is given to individuals whose dedication and exceptional contributions throughout their career have made a difference for children and their school community. Recipients could be a parent, a teacher, a community member, and administrator (active or retired) who dedicated their life’s work in the service of education that supports students' learning. 

Application Deadline: February 1, 2015

Please contact Region 6 Chairperson Jennifer Drautz at (518) 587-4551 Ext. 2022 or for more information.


Region 6 Event - Learn from the Experts: Negotiating During Difficult Times
Free for SAANYS members, registration required
Location: SAANYS Headquarters, 8 Airport Park Blvd., Latham

Explore the art of negotiations during increasingly difficult and demanding times. All aspects of negotiations will be covered including: salary/monetary compensation, changing terms and conditions of employment, merit pay, non-monetary compensations, benefits, PIP and appeals, and more. The panel of experts includes SAANYS legal counsel, lead negotiators, and building administrators.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm – Pizza and light refreshments. 

Sponsored by: AXA

Google Docs to Simplify and Enhance Your Day-To-Day Work
2/10/2015 - 2/24/2015
Location: SAANYS Headquarters, 8 Airport Park Blvd., Latham
Link: Register online
Two session workshop offered by Carol LaRow, authorized Google Education Trainer/Google Certified Teacher. 
4:00pm - 6:30pm
Cost: $60 SAANYS Members / $75 Non-members
Session 1: Simplify Your Day-To-Day Work by Writing and Editing Online
Learn the “basics” of Google DRIVE, Docs, and Folders. Write and edit online. Go paperless as you design word processing documents. Import images, create hyperlinks, use revision history, chat with collaborators, translate entire documents, use folders, use comment streams, and more. See how to upload and use Microsoft Word documents you already have on your computer. You can also save Google Docs you’ve created as Word documents. Or, move away from Microsoft Office entirely. Use Folders to distribute resources efficiently for other administrators, teachers, and staff.
Session 2: Learn Additional Features of Docs that Will Enhance the Documents You Create
  • Features most users have not discovered such as visibility options, Research Tool, Contact Lists, converting PDF files to editable text, batch formatting features, and more.
  • Ways to use Docs, Drive, and Folders to establish a more efficient workflow for your day-to-day work. 
  • Clever ways real administrators are using Docs to simplify tasks they deal with every day and save time such as daily announcements, creating templates for staff to use, getting information out to parents, school-wide issues, etc.
  • Docs “add-ons” – companion features that work with Docs
  • Time to practice what you’ve learned or start a project of your choice with help from the instructors

Region 6 - $500 Scholarship Application
File: Region 6 Scholarship Apllication.pdf

Applications due by February 13, 2015 to:

Robin Blowers
Scholarship Coordinator SAANYS Region 6
ATTN: Nora Horton
Broadalbin-Perth High School
100 Bridge Street
Broadalbin, NY 12025
Scholarship recipient will be recognized at the Region 6 Awards Banquet held in May 2015. 

Idea Swap
Location: SAANYS Headquarters, 8 Airport Park Blvd., Latham
Link: Register online

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Cost: Free for SAANYS Members / $10 Non-Members
light refreshments 

Join your colleagues for this relaxed “un workshop”. Just like cookies, come with an idea to share and leave with a dozen! What’s working? Is there an idea that has come to life in your school that has caught on, that works, that people relate to, that makes a difference for students? From the most nitty gritty ways to get kids to be on time and bring materials to class, to bigger steps around school climate,  culture, academics, data exploration, communication to families, observation practice, teacher collaboration, you name it! Share your story of what’s working and what you’ve learned along the way – this informal get together is a way to listen, learn, and share with your colleagues around the region! Feel free to bring any materials, photo, or video you want to share with the group!  

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


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, 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 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.

Region 11 Events

Region 11 Awards
File: Download the nomination forms

Deadline: February 6

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

Last year we recognized colleagues in the following categories:

  • Elementary Level Administrator 
  • Middle Level Administrator 
  • High School Level Administrator 
  • Director 
  • Friends of Education (not necessarily a professional educator)
  • All Region 11 Retirees

Don't hesitate - make a difference for a respected colleague by making a nomination today! New This Year:  Do you know a retiree who makes a significant contribution to our students or community?  If so, nominate him or her for the Region 11 Retiree Award.

The Region 11 Awards Ceremony will be held on April 21 at the Midvale Country Club, 2387 Baird Road in Penfield.  

  • 5:00pm: Cash bar reception and appetizers 
  • 5:45pm: Awards Program

Sponsored by: eDoctrina

Region 12 Events

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