Upstate Institute

The Upstate Institute aka (Genesee Valley School Boards Institute for Staff Development) was established in 1954 to provide support and training to boards of education in a 9 county region of upstate New York. In 1990, the Upstate Institute partnered with the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES.

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

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



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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.

Contact Executive Director, Lorry Whipple,