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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.

Google Camp Cornell
Location: Cornell University, Statler Hotel, 130 Statler Dr., Ithaca
File: Download a flier
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.

Registration cost is $125 per person, includes full program, Google Chromecast, lunch, and breaks. All attendees eligible for door prize drawings, to be held during the closing remarks. Register early to reserve your spot!

Region 1 Events

Long Island School Safety Conference
Location: Huntington Hilton, 598 Route 110, Melville
File: Download the flier

 9:00am - 3:00pm

"Safe Secure Schools"
RSVP by December 15th to (631) 434-2500.

Financial Planning for Life
Location: AXA Long Island Office, 1000 Woodbury Road, Suite 300, Woodbury

 Open to all members, member spouses, and colleagues.

 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Developing Bullet Proof IEPs
Location: Plainview Holiday Inn, Plainview
Link: Register online

8:00am - 1:00pm 
Cost: $125 SAANYS Member / $150 Non-member

Keynote Speaker: Jacob S. Feldman, Esq.

Participants will hear from one of the leading special education attorneys in the nation and receive information on key legal requirements related to the development and implementation of IEPs based on federal and state statutes, regulations and case law.  This will include a review of the most common legal mistakes made by districts and proactive steps to minimize potential liability. The program will include a panel discussion with knowledgeable practitioners who will outline best practices in all aspects of the IEP process. 


8:00 - 8:30     Coffee/Registration
8:30 - 8:45    Welcome/Overview -  David Nash, Karen Siris
8:45 - 10:00   Keynote: Developing a Bullet Proof IEP - Jacob Feldman, Esq. 
10:00 - 10:30 Breakfast/Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30 Panel Discussion: Best Practices in IEPs - Debra Kienke, Anne M. McGinnis, Cara Riebe, Ellen Levine
11:30 - 12:00 Case Study and/or Video Scenario with Small Group Discussions
12:00 - 12:45 Next Steps/Bringing It All Together 
12:45 - 1:00   Q & A 

Region 2 Events

Financial Planning for Life Workshop
Location: AXA Long Island office, 1000 Woodbury Road, Suite 300, Woodbury

 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Cost: Free for SAANYS members

Join your colleagues for this comprehensive retirement planning workshop presented by AXA for members on Long Island to be hosted at the AXA Long Island office in Woodbury. A representative from the NYS Teachers Retirement System will attend and review all options as outlined in the member booklet.  

Region 5 Events

Region 5 - Learn from the Experts: Negotiating During Difficult Times
Location: Ramada Inn, 1289 Route 300, Newburgh

5:00pm - 7:00pm
Cost: Free for SAANYS members
light refreshments

4:45-5:00 Registration
5:00-5:45 Presentation by Panelists
5:45-6:00 Message from our Sponsor
6:00-6:45 Q&A
6:45-7:00 Dessert & Coffee

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, Merit Pay, Non-monetary compensations, Benefits, PIP & Appeals, Q&A. Our panel of experts includes a SAANYS a legal counsel, lead negotiators, and a building administrator.

Contact the Executive Board Members for more info :

  • Board of Directors: Harry Leonardatos, Christine Arlt (Clarkstown- Rockland)
  • Regional Reps: Tom Sands, Mike Dawkins (SAANYS regional reps)
  • GRC Members: Robert Thomann, MaryStephanie Corsones
  • Retire Board Rep: Harry LeFevre
  • Chair: Mi Jung An (Clarkstown- Rockland)
  • Vice-Chair: Marie Toombs (Marlboro- Ulster)
  • Treasurer: Terry Lucas (New Windsor- Orange)
  • Secretary: Hank Priestner-Werte (Orange-Ulster BOCES)
  • Committee Members: Bill Rolon (Goshen- Orange), Tom Averill (Saugerties- Ulster)

Sponsored by: AXA

Region 6 Events

HFM Leadership Academy
1/22/2015 - 6/15/2015
Location: HFM BOCES
File: Download promotional flyer
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 and $200 SAANYS event voucher provided to all participants.

• Open to all administrators in HFM BOCES schools.

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!  

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
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.

Sponsored by: AXA

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. 

Region 10 Events

Region 10 Negotiation Workshop
Location: Sharkey's Restaurant, Liverpool

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

light refreshments will be served
SAANYS General Counsel, Arthur Scheuerman, will present on "The Art of Negotiations in an Ever Demanding Work Place."
RSVP: Tony Cardamone,
Sponsored by: eDoctrina

Region 11 Events

Region 11 - 2015 Awards Ceremony
Location: Midvale Country Club, 2387 Baird Road, Penfield

5:00pm: Cash bar reception and appetizers

5:45pm: Awards Program