7th Annual LI SELF Conference "Finding Authenticity in the Age of Madness – Oops… I Mean Mandates" February 10, 2012

Western Suffolk BOCES 

in cooperation with 

The Long Island Social Emotional Literacy Forum


7th Annual LI SELF Conference

"Finding Authenticity in the Age of Madness – 

Oops… I Mean Mandates"

February 10, 2012    *    8:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Location: Western Suffolk BOCES Wheatley Heights Conference Center

Keynote Speaker: Michael Keany

This is a trying time for public educators.  How is it possible to meet the State mandates, and deal with test-driven evaluation systems while coping with declining fiscal resources?  Must we settle for a dreary data-driven accountability system that could easily drain the joy of real learning from our schools? 

Perhaps the answer lies in what we've always known and believed:  Creative teachers, led by empowering school leaders, using proven research on learning and positive school climate can meet the mandates AND provide the real education our students and our nation deserves.  Through a series of interactive presentations and collaborative seminars, participants will come away with both a theoretical framework and practical suggestions to not only meet accountability measures, but to develop a positive, purposeful school climate that will enable all to succeed in the truest sense of the word.

Conference Schedule:

8:00 – 8:45 Registration and Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 Greetings and Schedule for the Day

9:00 – 9:15 Introduction – Jerry Dempsey, Supt. Plainview-Old Bethpage School District 

9:15 – 10:30 Keynote Address:  Michael Keany

10:30 – 10:45  Break

10:45 – 12 noon Group Discussions 

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch – provided

12:45 – 2:00 Break Out Sessions:  Participants may choose one session 

2:15 – 3:00 Closing Session – “Next Steps”

Afternoon Break Out Sessions:

Session A: “College and Career Readiness: The Common Core Learning Standards 

and SEL Connection,”  

Alice Kane, presenter

Session B: "Staying Cool, Calm, and Collected in a Culture of Perceived Chaos:

Keeping Committed to a Culture of Caring"

Dottie Ahl, Adrienne Salamone, Ron Smith, presenters

Session C:  “Shaping Intentional Practice Through the Danielson Framework:

How Highly Effective Teachers Promote Intrinsic Motivation,”  

Joan  Fretz, presenter

About Mike Keany:

Selected by Nassau BOCES as one of the 14 Most Influential People in Education on Long Island, Michael Keany’s most recent position was the Director of the Long Island School Leadership Center, a part of the network of regional centers developed throughout New York State. One of Mr. Keany’s responsibilities for the Center was the operation and maintenance of 38 different LISTSERV groups devoted to educational leadership.  The total membership is now over 8900.  He also served as the Director of the newly formed NASSP Selecting and Developing the 21st Century Principal Assessment Center.  He recently launched a new full-service web site 

“School Leadership 2.0” ( www.schoolleadership20.com ) which already has developed a membership of more than 4100 school leaders across the globe in its first year.

Mr. Keany retired in February 2001 after 34 years in public education.  During that period he served as a science teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal and high school principal in Manhasset.  He has been a principal for a total of 21 years. Mr. Keany has also served for 12 years on the South Huntington Board of Education, 11 of those as Vice President.  He has taught at three metropolitan area colleges.  He served as President of the Nassau County North Shore High School Principals’ Association and is an elected member of the National Headmasters Association.  Mr. Keany was chosen as the Nassau County Administrator of the Year in 1992-93.

Most recently, Mr. Keany has been appointed to the School Building Leader Advisory Assessment Committee that had responsibility for the creation of the new assessment tools for certifying school administrators in New York.  He also served on the Staff Committee for the Blue Ribbon Commission on Youth Leadership chaired by former NY Chancellor Carl Hayden.  

Mr. Keany is the LI NASSP certified Breaking Ranks II and Breaking Ranks in the Middle trainer.  


2 ways to register

1. online at:  www.wsboces.org/webreg  or

2. Mail or Fax Registration to: Joann Zerbo

Student Support Services Center

31 Lee Avenue

Wheatley Heights, NY  11798


FAX 631/623-4914 


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Directions to Western Suffolk BOCES Conference Center

From the Long Island Expressway: Get off the LIE at exit 50, Bagatelle Road. Head South on Bagatelle Road for approximately 2 miles. Make a left onto Lee Avenue (Blinking Red Light). School is on the corner of Lee Avenue and Bagatelle Road 

From Southern State Parkway: Get off the Southern State Parkway at exit 36 North (Straight Path). Travel approximately 3 miles. Follow sign which reads, “To Long Island Avenue – South 18th Street” (where 2 lanes become one) Make a left at the light. Follow over the tracks until it turns into North 18th Street. Continue until the end, which is Lee Avenue. Make a left onto Lee Avenue. Go approximately 1/8 mile. School is on the right-hand side. 

Enter the driveway on the far right of the school. Park in the first parking lot. Enter the first door on the side of the school for the Conference Room. Enter the second door on the side of the school for the Computer Lab, Learning Lab, Suffolk’s Edge Teacher Center and the offices of the Division of Instructional Support Services. 

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