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The 40th Annual RISE Conference 
November 12 & 13, 2024

Albany Marriott Hotel, 189 Wolf Rd. Albany, NY

Why should I attend the RISE Conference?

For 40 years the NYS Education Department and the NYS Coalition for Independent and Religious Schools have provided a premier professional development opportunity for leaders of New York's religious and independent schools.  By carefully and thoughtfully cultivating sessions and topics the conference has provided timely and meaningful PD that can be easily implemented into your school.  

In recent years, with the use of the Title IIA and IV funds conference attendees have had their hotel rooms paid for, and registration costs have remained low, thus making the event the very affordable.

Sample Agenda

Tuesday, November 12, 2024

7:30 am Conference opens - badge pickup & continental breakfast

8:00 am - Time to Consult with NYSED

9:00 am Mini Session I

10: am Keynote Presentation - Dr. Marc Brackett

11:15 am Mini Session II

12:15 Lunch

1:15 PD Session Block I

3:00 PD Session Block II

4:30 Organizational Meetings

Wednesday, November 13, 2024

7:30 am Breakfast Buffet

9:00 am PD Session Block III

10:10 am PD Session Block IV

11:30 Closing Keynote Presentation and Door Prizes

12:00 pm Conference Concludes

What is Time to Consult?

Our colleagues from the NYS Education Department have long joined us at the RISE Conference to meet with conference attendees. Time to Consult is designed for you to meet directly one-on-one with the specialist in the area you have questions or concerns. The purpose of this time is to address short, quick questions.  Come prepared with your questions and take advantage of this time. 

The offices that will be present include assessment, curriculum and instruction, transportation, TEACH/CLTE, health, special ed, early childhood  and many others. Time to consult will be held from 8 am to 12:00 pm on Tuesday, November 12th. 

Mini Sessions

Building on the success of last year's Conference we will again be offering short (35 minute) sessions with offices from NYSED. These sessions are aimed at bringing your attention to  program areas that often field numerous questions from our schools. In addition these sessions will offer the opportunity for you to hear from your colleagues and have your questions answered.  Offices such as ESSA (Title Funding programs), Assessment, Early Childhood. Special Ed., ORISS, etc. will be sharing during this time.

Presentation Titles

Office of Religious and Independent School Support (ORISS) office hours

Have a question about MST paperwork?  AIS?  NPSE? or any of the other state funding programs?  Your colleagues from ORISS will be available Tuesday, November 12th from 8 am - 12 pm in the Albany/Colonie room to give you support. These experts can assist you in filling out the paperwork, answering your questions, or just giving some helpful advice on all the things ORISS supports our school with at NYSED.

Leadership Sharing

New to RISE for 2024 are 3 opportunities for you to share, get ideas, and advice from your colleagues.  These "open mic" sessions are designed for you to share your best practices and learn from others in a casual unscripted environment.  Come ready with websites, links and your contact information.  We will use an online white board to capture the great ideas and information shared.

Keynote Presentation

Join Dr. Brackett at 10 am on Tuesday to learn ...

Professional Presentation

PD Session Highlights

Engage with presenters on the following topics...


Organizational Meetings

This time is for you to meet with your colleagues from similar educational organizations.  Learn, share and engage on topics specific to your school's needs.

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