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Sunrise Cafe Round Table Discussion Groups

Monday, March 6, 2017 / 8 – 8:45 a.m./ Marketplace of Ideas Exhibit Hall 

Update on Important Legal Developments Involving Employment and Personnel Matters

Presented by Signature Partner Ferrara Fiorenza PC
Moderator:   Henry F. Sobota, Esq., Partner, Ferrara Fiorenza PC

Join Hank Sobota, Esq. and learn about recent developments involving employment and personnel related issues.

Energy Efficiency with New Lighting Technology

Presented by Signature Partner C&S Companies
Moderator: To Be Announced 

Attend this discussion and learn:

  • How the increased efficiency has significantly decreased utility consumption in school districts across the state (30%).

  • How new control technology can be integrated into lighting systems in classrooms allowing teachers to create an adaptive learning environment based on curriculum and class activities.

  • Why teachers are reporting positive results with new lighting technology, especially in special needs, science and technology classrooms.

  • Why maintenance departments are reporting a decrease in maintenance spend relating to lighting systems and an increase in available man hours to complete other important work across the district through the implementation in new lighting technology.

EPC’s “301” – How to Use Energy Performance Contracting as a Funding Source to Renovate Your District

Presented by Premier Diamond Partner ECG Engineering, PC
Moderators:  Kendra McQuilton, Director of Business Development
Aldo Mazzaferro, III, Director of Project Development
William Bassett, Business Development Consultant

Has your district taken advantage of the many financial benefits of an Energy Performance Contract (EPC)?

If so, there are numerous new technologies that you could be taking advantage of in a Phase 2 or Phase 3 project. If not, you could be saving approximately 30% off your current energy bills, and using those savings to upgrade your facilities with no out-of-pocket costs.

The EPC field has never been more exciting or financially advantageous. Attend this discussion to receive the most up-to-date information available on LED lighting, solar, and how your district can enjoy millions in energy efficient upgrades through a Phase 1, 2 or 3 EPC project. 

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Are Your Teachers Planning for Success?

Presented by Premier Silver Partner Right Reason Technologies
Moderator:  Doc Watson, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Right Reason Technologies

The Premise:  If you have no plan, then you plan to fail. Are your teachers planning for success?

A well-structured lesson is one of “the most effective known instructional practices,” writes Mike Schmoker. Numerous studies indicate that just three years of planned highly effective instruction will allow students to make average gains between 35 and 50 percentile points—effectively altering their academic trajectory.

A guided discussion based on thoughtful and provoking questions centered on best practice planning for success.

Accessibility in Education

Presented by New York State Education Department

Moderator:  Gabe Cazares, Government Affairs Specialist

Creating a school that is physically and technologically accessible to students with disabilities takes leadership, planning, and commitment. Understanding internationally accepted accessibility guidelines and federal requirements and knowing who has pioneered true accessibility are key in this endeavor. The National Federation of the Blind’s Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access to Education, Public Information, and Commerce (CENA) has created resources to help schools be accessible, so that your student body can be the diverse gathering of students you seek, and so that blind students can achieve their true potential and not be limited by accessibility barriers.