Conference Highlights: 
Pre Conference Summit:
Featuring Dr. Keisha Taylor, National Education Administrator, T Mobile and Dale Breault, District Superintendent/CEO,  Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES
Educational Breakout sessions featuring NY rural schools presenting:
  • Collaboration in rural schools

  • Out of the box - Turning crises into opportunities

  • STARRS: An innovative BOCES SEL program for students with disabilities

  • Pathology to potential: A rural schoool's journey through and response to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Student Growth Through Ownership- How two Rural Schools combined to provide Professional Development on a “proven approach to student assessment” and what resulted.

  • Trauma Informed Coaching: Supporting a Culture of Care for Students & Adults

  • Leading and Living Forward- BOCES and Rural School Districts Prove their Resilience

  • Career Destinations - Connecting Students to Local Jobs and Careers

  • From Recovery to Reinvention: Promising Practices for the Future

  • Engage Canastota Badging and Credentialing Program

  • Transforming Educational Opportunities During a Pandemic


We also will be giving out our awards, featuring a variety of keynote speakers, including: 

Andrew McCrea 

Nationally Syndicated Broadcaster and host of American Countryside radio broadcasts, popular author and school board member


Robert Schneider

Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association

Ray McNulty

President National Dropout Prevention Center

Dr. John Sipple

Professor, Department of Global Development, Cornell University

Dr. Gretchen Rymarchyk

Deputy Director, and Director of Research and Evaluation, Rural Schools Association of New York State

Extension Associate, Department of Global Development, Cornell University