The State School Boards Association holds its annual convention in Syracuse

Mon October 24, 2022 11:40 AM

Some 1,500 school board members and other school district leaders from across New York State are expected to gather in Syracuse this week for the 2022 Annual Convention and Education Expo. the New York State School Boards Association to explore topical issues such as student mental well-being, school safety, school climate, student success, and school improvement.

NYSSBA’s three-day conference will take place October 27-29 at Oncenter. The event will include more than 50 educational sessions and workshops led by expert presenters and exhibitors, including one featuring State Education Commissioner Betty Rosa on Saturday from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. in the Hall Oncenter ballroom. Rosa and Deputy Commissioner Jim Baldwin will discuss topics such as school safety, school and district accountability, and high school graduation requirements related to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Safety Measures. Graduation.

“We are extremely excited to bring our annual convention and education fair back to Syracuse,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider. “We’ve put together what I consider to be an impressive array of high-quality sessions and workshops, which participants can in turn put into practice in their home school district.”

The convention kicks off Thursday morning with the 26th Annual Pre-Convention School Law Seminar, also in the Oncenter Ballroom. The session, which runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will address pressing legal issues, including the legal rights and responsibilities of schools, parents and the public in deciding which textbooks and other educational materials are appropriate for classrooms. Other key topics include free speech rights for employees, the legal responsibilities of public schools in determining what private schools must teach, and an update on major educational issues currently before the Board of Regents. and the Education Commissioner.

Mental health is a big topic of discussion at this year’s conference given the social isolation associated with remote learning. On Friday, October 28, Kathleen DeCataldo, Assistant Commissioner of the State Department of Education for the Office of Student Support Services, will host a panel discussion on the current state of student mental health from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oncenter Ballroom. Participants will learn about five successful models that have been used to care for the social and emotional health of students.

Friday contains a host of other sessions dealing with students’ mental health and social-emotional needs, including how communities can meet mental health needs after COVID-19, how to talk to teens about depression, deal with stress and how to assess social and emotional issues. emotional health and safety programs.

Also Friday is a discussion on how school districts can revitalize their image and reconnect parents, students, staff and community after the pandemic.

And, in a city where Syracuse University’s basketball coach has been in charge since 1976, it might seem odd that schools are struggling to find coaches. But that’s the reality that many public school districts face. For more, check out “Where Have All the Coaches Gone?” from 1.45 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

The New York State School Boards Association represents more than 670 school boards and more than 5,200 school board members in New York. NYSSBA provides advocacy, training, and information services to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state’s public schools.