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
Go to  to get more information on conferences for the 2023-2024 School year.

Upstate Institute Membership

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Reasons to join Upstate Institute:

  • Valuable Professional Development and Certification
  • Eligible for BOCES Aid
  • High quality and affordable
  • Hands on Training for School Support Staff
  • Discounted Registration Fees

Membership Form

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 Cassie Gratton, Upstate Institute Conference Coordinator, by submitting the Contact Upstate Institute Team form
or by Phone: 315-332-7725

Contact Upstate Institute Team


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