Welcome to Opening Days

2022-23 Keynote Speakers

  • Sue RothwellKEYNOTE: Sue Rothwell, Mindset Coach & Math Consultant

    Sue Rothwell is a Professor at SUNY Erie College, located in Western New York, where she continues to teach mathematics, while also teaching courses in growth mindset to college faculty and serving as a SUNY lead integrator. Through this role, Susan was selected to study under Professor Dweck’s team at Stanford University, where her research in various areas of neuroscience, specifically to educational practices began. Prior to teaching at SUNY Erie, Susan spent eight years on the Instructional Resource Team at Erie 1 BOCES, working within over 60 school districts in Western New York. Over the past fifteen years, she has conducted collaborative action research in instructional best practices in education, reaching schools across the state. This has led Susan to become an integral part of collegial level task force groups, with a focus on NYS teacher preparation program requirements and integration of the Common Core Learning Standards within the SUNY and CUNY systems. In addition, Susan has provided support as an advisor to the NYSED in mathematics, where she served with the development and integration of the Common Core Learning Standards at all instructional levels. Most recently, Susan developed the curriculum for the New York State Transition Course in Mathematics, bridging high school and college mathematics content, while integrating growth mindset practices. Susan also serves as an active member of the state and national college associations, NYSMATYC and AMATYC, where she has presented her field research at state level college conferences and collaborates with universities across the country.


    KEYNOTE: Jeannie Gainsburg, Author of Savvy Ally & Educational Trainer and Consultant

    Jeannie Gainsburg is an award-winning educational trainer and consultant in the field of LGBTQ+ inclusion and effective allyship. Formerly the Education Director at the Out Alliance of Rochester, N.Y., she is the founder of Savvy Ally Action and author of the book, The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate. Jeannie has a BA in psychology from Brown University and an MA in social work and social research from Bryn Mawr College. She was under the impression that a citation was the result of driving too fast until January of 2019, when she received one from the New York State Assembly for Distinguished Educational & Human Rights Services for her work in promoting LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion. Her encouraging, passionate, and warm-hearted approach will jumpstart even the most tentative ally. Visit her website and download free ally goodies at: www.savvyallyaction.com.

  • Opening Days CHECKLIST:

    • Policies & Procedures
    • 2022-23 Code of Conduct
    • Acceptable Use Policy
    • DASA Training (day 2)
    • Title IX Training (day 2)
    • Mental Health Training (day 2)
    • BOCES online training
      • Right To Know
      • Blood Borne Pathogens
    • Open House [8/31]

Resources & Materials

  • Student Interest Surveys & Inventories

    Student Interest Surveys & Inventories

    What’s the easiest way to know what students are interested in? What are the issues most on their minds? Ask them. Ask them often, and in multiple ways.

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  • LGBTQ+ Etiquette and Common Bloopers

    LGBTQ+ Etiquette and Common Bloopers

    This workshop helps relieve this anxiety by offering easy respectful language tips and suggestions for how to mess up properly. Participants will leave with a list of the most common LGBTQ+ etiquette bloopers, better language suggestions, best-practice communication tips, and an increased confidence in their ability to have respectful interactions with and about LGBTQ+ students, parents, and coworkers. Allies can create safer spaces with their language choices and this workshop shows them how.

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  • Policies & Procedures

    Policies & Procedures

    CLV Policies and Agreements - 2022-23 school year.

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