Winter Institute

The Council through our foundation LEAF, Inc. supports members by providing exceptional opportunities to expand and enrich their expertise and knowledge in the area of educational administration through statewide annual events. The Winter Institute offers keynote addresses by national experts in the fields of leadership, education, advocacy and related areas; opportunities for members to share best practices with colleagues through smaller sessions; an interactive discussion with the Commissioner of Education about New York State issues and initiatives; and networking for support and collegiality among members through social interaction, group discussions, meetings and workshops. The event also hosts an exhibit hall where companies, associations, organizations and foundations can connect with school leaders from across New York State.

2022 Winter Institute
Creating a Culture of Innovation and Imagination 
March 6 - 8 , 2022
Albany Capital Center
Albany, NY

As we move past the challenges of the last two years, we recognize that there is power in being together in schools. At the Winter Institute, we are inviting Keynote Speaker Dan Cockerell, a former Vice-President of Magic Kingdom, to share his insights on exceptional leadership and how to transform students’ and educators’ experience by creating a culture of innovation and imagination!

We also wanted to share our commitment to a safe and inclusive experience for all participants. We are continuing to plan for a live event experience so that all individuals onsite remain comfortable and safe throughout the event. We are facilitating measures that ensure optimal health and sanitary conditions where in-person interaction will take place. We are also following CDC guidance for unvaccinated individuals and state protocols. We will share future communications on any mitigation measures that will be taken, if any. 

Key Details

Our 2022 Winter Institute Call for Proposal is now closed. We will open the 2022 Fall Leadership Summit portal in the spring so you can provide a proposal. Watch for notifications in future listservs and our Councilgram newsletter.

Education Sessions at the 2022 Winter Institute will be based on these content strands:

  • Strand 1:  The Joy and Celebration of the Superintendency
  • Strand 2:  Leveraging the Lessons Learned:  Looking Back on This Past Year
  • Strand 3:  Social and Emotional Wellness:  Students, Staff and Self
  • Strand 4:  Student Empowerment Through Engagement and Connection
  • Strand 5:  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity
  • Strand 6:  Effective Advocacy

Registration and housing websites are now open! The Connections Housing link, our official housing coordinator, is in your registration confirmation.

Save the Date for Future Events 

  • 2023 Winter Institute
    March 5 - 7, 2023
    Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 7, 2023
    Albany Capital Center
    Albany, NY 
  • 2024 Winter Institute  
    March 3 - 5, 2024 / Contracts Pending
    Albany Capital Center
    Albany, NY
  • 2025 Winter Institute
    March 2 - 4, 2025 / Contracts Pending
    Albany Capital Center
    Albany, NY 
The Council is committed to providing experiences and environments that are welcoming, inviting and user-friendly for all attendees. We recognize that some individuals may required specific accommodations to ensure their full and equal participation in our Winter Institute. Please contact us at 518.449.1063 should you need assistance. 


2022 Winter Institute:
  Creating A Culture of Innovation and Imagination

Albany Capital Center
Albany, NY 

March 6-8, 2022

Keynote Speaker Dan Cockerell, a 26-Year Disney Veteran, who was Vice President of Magic Kingdom,
will share his insights on exceptional leadership and how to build a strong culture for your school teams. 

Our Call for Education Proposals is now closed. Access our Registration and housing websites to register today!

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