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Winter Institute and Lobby Day

The Council and LEAF, Inc. support its 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 and Lobby Day offer keynote addresses by national experts in the fields of leadership, education and related areas; opportunities for members to share best practices with colleagues; 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. It closes with Lobby Day in downtown Albany.  

Join us in March to continue the conversations around 'connections' and hear from:

  • George Couros, a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching and learning at our opening session. His belief is that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts!

  • Your colleages at our new Ignite Sessions --- multiple, fast-paced presentations on important topics happening in school districts.

  • The Winter Institute closes with Tuesday’s Lobby Day where you can influence policymakers to achieve your vision of success with your schools and students.

  • Education sessions organized by content strands:

    • Strand 1:  Student Social and Emotional Wellness

    • Strand 2:  Diversity and Equity

    • Strand 3:  Safety and Security

    • Strand 4:  Student Engagement

    • Strand 5:  Leadership Matters:  Making Connections on Behalf of Students

    • Strand 6:  Effective Advocacy

Learn more what the Winter Institute offers and enjoy early bird registration!  Go to our event website to save and for details. Early bird registration ends January 3, 2020. 

  • Housing link provided in registration confirmation for educational leaders only.

  • All cancellations will be subject to a cancellation fee.

The Council is committed to providing conference 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 2020 Winter Institute. Please call us at (518) 449-1063 should you need assistance. 

Share Your Knowledge and Your Experience - Call for Proposals!

Deliver a one-hour education session that will enhance the skills of educational leaders. These sessions require learning objectives for attendees. There are a limited number of sessions available.

If you are interested in presenting a session at either the Fall Leadership Summit or the Winter Institute, contact Heather Rapp, Adminstrative Assistant, at or (518) 694-4872 with questions.

  • Our Call for Proposal portal for the 2020 Winter Institute is now closed. Proposals were due by November 8, 2019. Presentations should be based on theme and content strands that are provided on the portal. All submitted proposals will be vetted by members of our conference committee. 

  • Our Call for Proposal portal for the 2020 Fall Leadership Summit will open Spring 2020. Theme and content strands are currently under development. 

Strategic Partners (companies) may also participate but must select this option as part of contracted benefits.There are a limited number of presentation opportunities available to Strategic Partners. Strategic Partners interested in the opportunity, please contact Deidre Hungerford, Associate Director for Business Development, at

Future Winter Institute & Lobby Day Dates 

If you are planning your calendars, make sure to add these important dates:

2021 Winter Institute & Lobby Day / Fostering Connections:  The Time is Now

March 7 - 9, 2021
Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Albany Capital Center
Albany, NY 

2022 Winter Institute & Lobby Day 

March 6 - 8 , 2022
Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Albany Capital Center
Albany, NY 

2023 Winter Institute & Lobby Day 

March 5 - 7, 2023
Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Albany Capital Center
Albany, NY