Upstate Institute

For School Boards & Staff Development

About Us


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.

Become a Member!

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

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!


Download the Membership form below to become a member.

Upstate Institute Workshops and Conferences Are Online This Year!


Given the current situation we all find ourselves in during this pandemic, the Upstate Institute is offering professional development opportunities online via webinar trainings. In the circumstances that it is necessary to provide hands-on trainings, accommodations will be made to provide safe distancing to ensure the safety of all our participants.

Upstate Institute will now be using My Learning Plan to register all participants for Training Workshops and Events.


Need directions to register in My Learning Plan for the first time? Click here to get started!

Workshop and Conference Registration Information

Upstate Institute will now be using My Learning Plan to register all participants for Training Workshops and Events.


Your registration will NOT be complete until you gain your district level approval using the official enrollment form. Please print out the enrollment form and obtain your administrator's signature and FAX the form to 1-315-332-2117 or e-mail to johora@wflboces.org. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify Jacqui O'Hora at 1-315-332-7329 or cancel within My Learning Plan.

November Professional Development Opportunities

Safety and Security Virtual Conference - Nov. 4, 2020

This conference is intended for Safety Coordinators, Safety Team Members, Directors of Facilities/Building Head Custodians, Sentry/ Hall monitor/Security Guard/Greeter, Building Administrators, Board of Education members

Future Professional Development Opportunities

Pool Operator Certification Training

This two day certification training will be offered on January 21 and 22, 2021

Educational Office Professionals Virtual Conference

March 12, 2021 - More information will be coming!

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