CNY Education Conference 2019

Summer Conference Focuses on Relationship-Building
Posted on 07/18/2019
charlie applestein

More than 150 educators and administrators from the MOBOCES region and beyond participated in this year’s CNY Education Conference, an annual two-day summer professional development opportunity.

Workshops and speakers this year focused on developing positive relationships with students to improve achievement and success. The Day 1 keynote speaker, Charlie Applestein, is the author of “No Such Thing As A Bad Kid” and spoke about theories and techniques to reach at-risk youth. The Day 2 speaker was Tom Varano, who intersperses personal stories about human connections with speedpainting demonstrations.

Over the two days, conference participants rotate through five workshops on different behavior management and relationship-building topics. Sessions included: Applestein discussing at-risk youth; MOBOCES Alternative Education Principals Tonia Davis and Owen Maranville discussing Restorative Justice practices; Colleen Zawadzki, of DIscisipline with Dignity, discussing motivating and managing disruptive students; author and speaker Stanley Leone discussing relationship building and the effects of stress on the brain; and Central Regional Partnership Center experts Darcy Burns and LaDonna Richardson, along with school social worker Tracy Largett, discussing creating a classroom community to address challenging behaviors.
conference zawadzki