Upstate Institute for School Boards and Staff Development (P.K.A. GVSBI/Genesee Valley School Boards Institute) was established in 1954 and partnered with Wayne-Finger Lakes Board Of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in 1990 to serve a 9 county region of upstate New York. 


We have multiple annual conferences (usually held in the Greater Rochester, NY area) to help support staff to achieve their professional goals, enhance skills, obtain certifications, teach required training, and invoke awareness discussions. 

We provide training and resources to educational support personnel and school boards in upstate New York.

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Members get perks! When your district becomes a UI member, it gets PER PERSON discounted conference pricing. Your Board of Education also gets a select number of FREE training workshops designed just for them!

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Upcoming Virtual Conferences and Workshops Offered Through the Upstate Institute

Virtual Conferences


School Safety and Security Virtual Conference

November 4, 2020

Para-Educator Virtual Conference 

November 18, 2020


The following workshops are for Supervisors and aspiring leaders in Operations and Maintenance, Food Service, transportation, other civil service titles:

To register for these workshops, please click on the title of the workshop.

Progressive Discipline

October 20, 2020

Best Practices in Employee Supervision

October 27, 2020

Pool Operator Training

January 21 and 22, 2021

Click on the group below to see upcoming events.

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Upstate Institute

131 Drumlin Court

Newark, NY 14513

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