Upstate Institute

The Upstate Institute for School Boards & Staff Development (formerly known as Genesee Valley School Boards Institute for Staff Development-GVSBI) was established in 1954 to provide support and training to boards of education in a nine-county region of upstate New York.  In 1990, the Upstate Institute partnered with the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES and continued to expand its professional development offerings.

Our current focus is to provide professional development opportunities for support staff within school districts. Each year, we hold a variety of conferences and workshops for individuals to enhance skills, obtain certifications, receive required training, invoke awareness discussions, and to help them achieve their professional goals.

We currently hold annual training conferences and workshops for:
  • Educational Office Professionals
  • Para-Educators / Paraprofessionals
  • Food Service Personnel
  • Transportation Personnel
  • Facilities Personnel
  • School Safety & Security

Visit our newsletter to see all of the training opportunities offered through the Upstate Institute.

upstate institute Newsletter


November 4, 2020 - Safety and Security Virtual Conference

November 18, 2020 - Para-Educator Virtual Conference 

October 20, 2020 - Progressive Discipline 

October 27, 2020 - Best Practices in Employee Supervision

February 18 and 19, 2021 - Pool Operator Training

March 31, 2021 -  Educational Office Professionals Virtual Conference 


Upstate Institute website

For more information on our events and services, Visit the Upstate Institute website

The Upstate Institute works with school districts to provide specialized training as requested, as well as training for middle-level managers and board of education members.  If we can assist your district (BOCES aid may be available), please ..

Contact:  Mary Harvey, Coordinator of the Upstate Institute
phone:  315-332-7265