Luncheon Education Sessions – 11:45 am-12:15 pm

(Must have preregistered – location is on your name tag.)

Luncheon #1:  Using Data as a Tool for Equity

Sponsored by: Innovare

During this session, Innovare will support participants in learning how to leverage a human-centered approach when developing data visualizations that are developed with empathy and communicate an equitable lens of their stakeholders. Innovare strives to ensure that education leaders and organizations have the thought-partnership and capacity to visualize, analyze, and use equitable data to positively impact the communities they serve. Innovare’s data and strategy app, Inno,™ also provides a one-stop-shop for housing of data visualizations and the documentation and measurement fidelity strategy implementation. Join this session to learn more about how you can ensure your organization is using its data in the most effective, efficient, and equitable ways.

Learning Objectives and Key Takeaways
1. Understand the tactics organizations should adopt to become more equitable
2. Learn to embed equity throughout your data lifecycle
3. Ensure data visualizations are developed with empathy and equity.

Luncheon #2: Scale Your K-12 Virtual Learning to be Adaptive to Student and Teacher Needs

Sponsored by: edmentum

Edmentum can assist with engaging digital curriculum, research-based assessments for learning, and quality educational services. We have been assisting and customizing solutions throughout New York State to meet district and school needs. Our session will focus on the changing learning environment and share proven tools that are helping New York students and teachers.

Luncheon #3: SOLD OUT! It’s GOAL Time – a Reimagined, Reinvented, Redesigned Approach to Goal Setting

Sponsored by: LeaderInMe

Goals need more than just setting. Join former principal and author Lynn Kosinski dig into all things goal achievement and learn how to effectively set and monitor goals that will move the needle on your most challenging aspirations. Whether it’s reading scores, mental wellness, or behavior modification, this session will equip school leaders with a powerful, proven framework for goal achievement personally, professionally, and for use within your school community. In this session, we will dive into The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX). 4DX is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind. By following the 4 Disciplines — Focus on the Wildly Important, Act on Lead Measures, Keep a Compelling Scoreboard, and Create a Cadence of Accountability — leaders can produce breakthrough results, even when executing the strategy requires a significant change in behavior from their teams. This session is the access point for staff to re-engage in personal and professional growth, and it sets the foundation for closing student academic achievement and opportunity gaps.

Pick-a-Panel (four choices) – 1:15-2:15 pm

Panel #1:  Using Federal Stimulus Dollars

Dr. Cindy Gallagher, facilitator
Panelists: TBD

This session will consist of a panel of practitioners and state level policy makers who will discuss the parameters and challenges of the extensive federal relief allocations under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The discussion will provide information on the funding programs and examples of how districts have distributed their allocations.

Panel #2: Retiring TO, not FROM

Dr. Frederick P. Kirsch, facilitator
Panelists: Dr. Douglas J. Regan and Dr. W. Bruce Gorman

Begin to think about life after ‘retirement’ and join a panel discussion featuring SAANYS retirees who have figured out how to give back to their profession and their local communities by pursuing such things as interim assignments, labor relations help, PD, university teaching, travel, and second careers outside of education.

Panel #3: Leading NOW – What do Our School Communities Need Most?

Karen Bronson, facilitator
Panelists: Nikolas Scholz, Syracuse CSD, SAANYS Leader in Digital Education Award
LeAnna Watt, Fairport CSD, Outstanding Educator Award
Dr. Daniel Walh, Williamsville CSD, SAAMYS/NASSP Secondary School Principal Award
Kathryn Polumbo, Cornwall CSD, SAANYS/NAESP Middle School Principal Award
Eva Williams, Syracuse CSD, SAANYS NYS Principal Award

This conversation will feature some of the SAANYS award winners and will focus on where the priorities should lie this year and what skills we will need to succeed as we rebuild our school communities over the course of this school year. Information will be provided on the funding programs and examples of how districts have assigned their allocations.

Panel #4: The Essential Service Leader: Roles and Challenges in the Current Environment

Andy Scott, facilitator
Panelists: Joe Pustulka, Webster CSD
Ricky Frazier, Rochester City School District

The term “non-instructional” doesn’t cut it anymore – if you are a transportation, buildings and grounds, food services, nurse or IT leader, your role is even more essential than it has been in the past. Don’t miss this honest conversation with your colleagues who will come together to explore the unique demands, challenges, and opportunities of these vital roles.





Session 1 – 10:00-11:15 am

Addressing Mental Health Needs Through and Beyond Covid-19 

Bridget Murphy and Nicole Duffy, Plainedge Public School

Mental health concerns have been at the forefront of issues that escalated during the pandemic. This presentation will focus on how Plainedge developed SEL programs and mental health supports that continue to address the needs of our school community.  

Lessons on Empowerment and Resiliency from Small Schools 

Charles Martelle and Dr. Sheila Eigenbrod, Pavilion CSD

This session will address how we used our preexisting small school culture to give our teachers the authority to affect our management of the issues associated with the pandemic, AND how it has strengthened our organization as we move forward.   

Seven Rs for Rebuilding 

Donna McGuire, PS/IS 18-Park Terrace School CSD

This session will address how we used our preexisting small school culture to give our teachers the authority to affect our management of the issues associated with the pandemic, AND how it has strengthened our organization as we move forward.  

Leadership Actions to Promote Change and Help Teachers Adapt 

Kevin Calacone, Schoharie CSD and Cheryl Nuciforo, Capital Area School Development Association

We are at a critical juncture – schools can either move forward in creating the bes learning environments for students or slide back to old ways of thinking. We will focus on leadership strategies that helped teachers adapt during Covid-19 that can be used now and going forward to meet challenges like equity, achievement, and SEL.   

Building a Brighter Future: Finding a Way to YES 

David Ashdown and Laurie Guyon, WSWHE BOCES

Teachers’ ability to use technology has grown exponentially, yet there are certain aspects of our traditional classrooms that should remain, such as interactive activities and collaborative projects that inspire and motivate students. Learn how to empower your all-star educators and find a way to YES when ideas are proposed to build a culture of risk-taking and out of the box learning experiences.

Bringing Back Rural Schools 

Gretchen Rosales, Elba Junior/Senior High School

During the COVID pandemic, rural schools were especially hard-hit with financial and organizational limitations. Learn how one small farming community pulled together to support the school, which includes a large English language learner population. Learn practical strategies which have proven to be integral as we rebuild, such as model communication systems that continue to keep us connected, and ways to bridge the gap in instructional modalities in a small rural school.





Session 2 – 11:30-12:45 pm

Love in the Logistics 

Tara K. Grieb, Pine Plains CSD

Leading with transparency and vulnerability builds community, and the true test is adversity. Can you be flexible? Think on your feet? Drop back and punt? Are you ok with not having all the answers? We will explore how admitting our struggles can make some of our weakest moments our strongest successes.   

Bouncing Back by Using Creative Problem Solving 

Beth Slazak, Creative Education Foundation

Learn the core elements of Creative Problem Solving Process (CPS) — Clarify, Ideate, Develop, Implement and engage in divergent and convergent thinking tools and interactive techniques. CPS provides an easy apply process for grappling with complex challenges, while cultivating resilience, tolerance for ambiguity, and improving communication and collaboration.   

Reimagining RTI during COVID and Beyond 

Gina DiTullio, Rochester CSD

During the 2020-21 school year, we took the opportunity to reimagine our MTSS process for RTI, creating a more effective and supportive system. Learn about the process to become more consistent, comprehensive and supportive of teachers and take away a menu, framework, and revamped MTSS document.

Pathology to Potential: A Rural School’s Journey  

Sunshine Miller and Eric Hartz, Newfield CSD

We will share how our district transformed pathologies to potential with information about our ongoing work to provide learning focused on liberatory design and a commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.  

A First Year Principal and Her Mentor: Reflections on Crisis Leadership   

Michelle Mastrande and Beth Castiello, Oceanside CSD

Join us for ahonest dialogue around the challenges we have all faced as well as the structures and strategies that allowed our students to collaborate, learn, and thrive. We will share how together we fostered resilience, built a sense of community, and broke out of our comfort zones to leverage technology and to strengthen the home-school partnership.

Performance Based Strategies for Credit Recovery    

Anne Kelly and Lisa Pacht, Rondout Valley CSD

Participants will learn how the district belief system and data influenced the decision to offer performance-based assessments for credit recovery for students in grades 7-12. The process, project suggestions, student showcase opportunities with examples, and plans to sustain alternative assessment opportunities through teacher-training will be described with planning templates provided.






Session 3 – 1:00-2:15 pm

Choose one: More with Dominique Smith or Legal Update with Art Scheuermann