Professional Learning

SAANYS Connect

SAANYS CONNECT is a new way to learn and share on the topics most vital to school leaders in NYS right now:

  • 30-40 minute panel conversations on current and rapidly evolving topics.
  • Each panel conversation consists of guest experts and SAANYS members.
  • The focus is on sharing experiences and providing you with expertise, resources and tools you can use now and as our current environment evolves.

#18 – 8 Weeks In: An Update from the Field

October 28, 2021


#17 – Funding Forum: How School Districts are Planning on Using Federal Stimulus Funding Allocations

June 3, 2021


Resources from Finger Lakes and Wayne County Community Schools:

ARP-ESSR – Funding Plan Outline

State Foundation Aid – Funding Plan Outline

Summary Sheet – Federal Stimulus Funds and Foundation Aid Reporting Requirements

Briefing From SAANYS’ Government Relations Office
Stimulus Funding Timeline for District Spending








#16 – Student Voices & Coalitions: Bridging the Racial Divide in Our Schools and Communities

March 25, 2021


Student Coalition on Race and Equity (SCORE) video:



#15 – Reducing Stress and Anxiety Part 2

November 12, 2020


Mentor Coaching Services

Choose from 1:1 Mentor Coaching or Group Mentor Coaching. Districts can choose to use this service to satisfy first year mentoring requirements for administrators holding an initial SBL certificate. All participants receive a certificate of mentorship completion. CTLE credit is also available upon request. Learn more here.

From Peaceful Schools

Peaceful Schools PowerPoint Resources


New York State Community Schools Technical Assistance Center

Corona Virus Toolkit:

ELT Education & Learning Trust

Teaching in Blended and Hybrid Models Two Part Seminar, Nov. 19 and Dec. 1

From Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes
Restorative Practices Toolkit

FLRN Executive Summary





#14 – Reducing Stress and Anxiety Part 1

October 29, 2020


Weekly Planning Grid – Larry Dake

30 Thank You Notes in 30 Days – Larry Dake

Shenendehowa slides

Principals Are Stressed and Anxious, Especially Now. Here’s 10 Things They Can Do


#13 – Improving Remote Learning – Part 2

October 15, 2020



From Putnam|Northern Westchester BOCES

A Simple Model for Designing Online Lessons

PNWBOCES Learning Technology Grant Resources

Nancy Sulla’s White Paper (IDE Corp)



Current professional learning for teachers and school-related professionals


Educator Encouragement: Emily’s Video

Effective Instructional Models for a Hybrid Schedule

Field Guide for Remote or Hybrid Launch, 2020 – Kathryn Procope,NASSP National Digital Principal of the Year


#12 – Improving Remote Learning – Part 1

October 1, 2020




From Eric Sheninger

Remote and Hybrid Learning Resources

Additional information at


WSWHE BOCES Resources:

Parent Newsletters

Smore Newsletters

Parent Virtual Meeting Expectations

Digital Learning Website

YouTube Videos

Model Schools Choice Board

Fall Choose Your Own Adventure PD


Baldwinsville Resources

Richard Delisle – Baldwinsville


The Hybrid Teacher: Survival Guide


Many practical webinars from NYSCATE

International Resources on Remote Learning


#11 – Employment Issues and Job Elimination – With SAANYS attorneys and Equitable Advisors

September 17, 2020


Employment Termination and Position Abolishment in Uncertain Times – Updated April 2020

Instructions for taking Disability and/or Paid Family Leave for yourself due to COVID-19 Quarantine/Isolation

Families First: Coronavirus Response Act Q&A – US Dept. of Labor

Leaves of Absence Information – as of August 7, 2020

EEOC Q & A, re: ADA accommodations

Financial Planning Expense Sheet – Equitable Advisors

Asset Map – Equitable Advisors


#10 – Lessons Learned: Connecting with International School Leaders

August 27, 2020

A special conversation with school leaders from around the world who have opened their schools and learned valuable lessons in the process. We have recorded interviews with colleagues from Australia, The Netherlands, and Ireland, and asked them relevant questions as we draw closer to opening our own schools.


Ireland – School COVID-19 policy: COVID-19 response plan for safe reopening of post primary schools


#9 – Opening the Conversation: Acknowledging the Impact of Racial Inequity in Our School Communities

August 5, 2020



Nice White Parents – This American Life  – Apple Podcasts

How to Start Meaningful Conversations About Race in the Classroom –

Creating the space to talk about race in your school – NEA – GCN Training

Podcast & Resources by

My Brother’s Keeper – NYSED

#8 – Reopening Series: First Things First Update: Where Are We NOW With Health and Safety Protocols?

July 23, 2020



Plainedge Public School Reentry Planning – Parent Survey

Maximizing Opportunities for In-Person Learning Reopening Framework – Shenendehowa CSD

Reopening Framework Presentation – Schenendehowa CSD

What Next? September and Beyond – New Rochelle CSD

COVID-19 Reopening Planning with School Health in Mind – New Rochelle CSD

Parent Re-Entry Plan 2020_2021 – New Rochelle CSD


#7 – Reopening Series: Supporting Student Mental Health and Well-Being

July 9, 2020

Resources  Scroll to the bottom of the homepage to register for MHANYS listserv

NYSED Mental Health Education Literacy in Schools

‘Anxiety and depression among students have become central issues, and not all young people are affected equally’The Hechinger Report

Granville Mental Health Resources Page

Granville Counselor Referral Form

Playbook for School Reopening – Kaiser Permanente

Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education


Realistic Thinking Detective Evidence Sheet

Positive Thinking Worksheet

Baldwinsville Plan


From John Kelly, Ph.D., School Psychologist:

School Reentry Considerations: Supporting Student Social and Emotional Learning and Mental and Behavioral Health Amidst COVID-19National Association of School Psychologists 

Panorama Well-being Survey

Community Needs Survey


#6 – Assessing Learning and Instructional Strategies

June 25, 2020



June Reading Research Conference – Stratford Road Elementary School Memorandum

5 Tips for Measuring and Responding to COVID-19 Learning Loss

6 Classroom Changes Teachers Will Make When Schools Reopen

A National Survey to Explore How Students Will “Catch Up”


From the New Rochelle CSD: 

Distance Learning Plan – Elementary Feedback

Elementary(FINAL) and Middle School (DRAFT) Scenario 2

High School DLP_SecondaryFeedback


#5 –Implementing Health and Safety Protocols

June 11, 2020



As shared by Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES:

Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza – CDC


From the New Rochelle CSD: 

Coronavirus PREP Plan

Distance Learning Plan 2.0

Distance Learning Plan 2.0 Guide

New Roc & Rolling Plan – Comunication


Shenendehowa Central School District

Community letter on reopening


As shared by Emily O’Brien, Eastplain Elementary School

In response to the rapid shift to remote learning, ClassLink created several tools and resources. Among the tools are two rubrics to help organizations (districts and state) self-assess their readiness for remote learning and returning back to school for the 2020-21 school year.

·  Back to School Plan Rubric

·  Education Continuity Plan Rubric for remote learning

What’s the vision for it?

We want these rubrics to exist in the public domain as living documents. We encourage you to adapt these resources to serve your district/state’s needs. We welcome feedback to continuously improve the rubrics and we encourage professional leadership associations (e.g. COSN, SETDA, AESA, and AASA) to adopt and contribute to the improvement of these resources.”



6 Ways to Bring Students and Staff Back to Schools

Keeping Students and Staff Healthy and Safe When Schools Reopen


#4 – Provision of Special Education Services

May 28, 2020



Elmira City School District Special Education Services Plan

Slides from the Council of Administrators of Special Education – Phyllis Wolfram

NYSED State Guidance:


#3 – Grading and Graduation Requirements

May 14, 2020


Quarter 4 Grading Video for Parents – Shenendehowa Central School District

Schools are using different criteria to assign fourth quarter grades – NYSSBA OnBoard


Below are resources for reflecting on a grading policy.

#2 – Supporting and Working with Our School Communities

April 30, 2020


#1 – The Missing Children in Our School Communities

April 16, 2020



High School Reaching Disengaged Students – Shenendehowa Central Schools
Maintaining Privacy If Making Calls From Home
Home Visit Letter to Parents – Ron Agostinoni, Shenendehowa High School Principal
Help Desk Ticket Submission Guidelines – Shenendehowa Central Schools


MHANYS and the School Mental Health Resource and Training Center

is committed to supporting students, families and schools.  As always, our goal is to reduce stigma, support mental health in communities across NYS, and empower people to develop their own strategies for coping with stress.

Supporting the Mental Health and Wellness of Students and webinar recordings – Online training
(1-hour CTLE credit)

Coping Tools to Support Mental Health and Wellness
Resources for families and caregivers, including family education webinar series
Panel Discussions: Maintaining Mental Health in Schools During Social Distancing