NYSED has approved GST BOCES to offer the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop. This six-hour workshop is mandated by NYSED for all certification applicants as of 1/1/14. This workshop fulfills the harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention training required for certification/licensure under the Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act).

This workshop is six hours: the first three hours are in-person & then the other three hours are completed online.
Both the in-person and online training must be completed to gain the certificate of completion.

Registration fee: $70 payable by credit or debit card via PayPal. Minimum of 20 trainees required for trainings. Registered participants will be notified of cancellations via email. Registration is limited to 40 people per session.
Pre-registration & pre-payment is required. Click the button below to register.


As a result of taking this training,
participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the Reporting Requirements for Educators as specified in the Dignity Act.
  • Understand the intent components and operational definitions present in the Dignity Act.
  • Understand how school climate and culture have an impact on student achievement and behavior.
  • Understand bullying, harassment, and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors.
  • Enhance the understanding of diversity and multi-cultural environments and examine personal biases.
  • Develop and enhance awareness and sensitivity to the range of experiences of the specific student populations as named in the Dignity Act.

Here's what some recent DASA workshop attendees have had to say:

"The instructors were very knowledgeable about the information & were very welcoming. Wonderful to work with!"
"Thank you. These trainings are refreshing in many ways."
"A nice reminder of why I went into teaching. Very inspiring."
"The presenters worked well together & did a great job."
"You made it interesting & engaging. I really liked the format-it was great!"
Frequently Asked Questions about this workshop

Q. Do I have to bring anything?
A. No, no need to bring anything but a pen & arrive 5-10 minutes early to sign in.

Q. Do I have to complete an online portion before the workshop?
A. No, our 6-hour session format is (1) 3 hours in person, then (2) 3 hours of online assignments.

Q. When do I get the actual workshop certificate?
A. Upon completing the course your certificate will be emailed to you. GST BOCES electronically submits this information to NYSED the first workday of the month after workshop completion*. Watch your TEACH account, under WORKSHOPS for this information. Always retain a copy of the certificate for your records.
* You complete 5/5 -- it is uploaded to NYSED on/about 6/1. You complete 5/29 -- it is uploaded to NYSED on/about 6/1.

Q. What do I do with my workshop certificate?
A. Keep it for your records

Q. What if I need another copy?
A. Please save a copy of the signed/completed workshop certificate for your records.

Q. What about directions to the actual workshop?
A. The link to directions is above (under dates and locations of workshops). Tab to the correct campus: Bush, Coopers, or Wildwood.

Dates and Locations:

(Reminder: you must be pre-registered & pre-paid to attend)

In-person Sessions (choose one)

Register Now. Classes are filling up rapidly! Be ready to pay with PayPal!
Due to COVID, The GST BOCES DASA class will remain 100% on-line.
Please DO NOT show up for In Person portion of class.
To Register click the blue button below.

The Registration Process

The online registration process is very simple. You begin by clicking the blue button.

Step One: First, you are asked to verify your email address. An email is sent to the address that you provide. You click on a link in that email that lets our server know that your address is legitimate.

Step Two: You fill in your contact information and select the training session that you will attend. This creates an account with us.

Step Three: You pay the registration fee at PayPal and click a link to return to our site when you are done.

1 - 2 - 3 - It's just that easy!!

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Erin Schiavone Assistant Principal, Career & Technical Education, GST BOCES, Bush Campus
  • Certified as professional School District Leader, School Building Leader
  • Earned Bachelor's at SUNY Oswego, Master's at SUNY Cortland & completed educational administration coursework at SUNY Brockport
  • Former Secondary Social Studies teacher, Instructional Technology Specialist, and Virtual Learning & Virtual Worlds Coordinator with GST BOCES
Colleen Hurd Principal of Career & Technical Education and Freedom Academy, GST BOCES, Bush Campus
  • Certified as permanent School District Administrator
  • Permanent Health & Physical Education
  • Earned her Bachelor's at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Master's at Slippery Rock University & completed an educational administration certification at SUNY Cortland
  • Former Assistant Principal and Principal, Coopers Campus
  • Taught at Savona Central School District
Olivia Cavaluzzi Licensed Master Social Worker, GST BOCES, Bush Campus
  • Certified as Permanent School Social Worker
  • Earned her Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University & Master's of Social Work at Salisbury University
Susan Dorrance Retired Special Education teacher, GST BOCES, Bush Campus
  • Certified as permanent Special Education teacher
  • Earned her Bachelor's at University of Pittsburgh and Master's at Mansfield University
  • Classroom Behavior Management Consultant and Trainer, GST BOCES
  • Former teacher mentor, SETRC trainer, Social Work Assistant, and Residential counselor
George Bacalles Individuals and Societies Teacher, Corning Painted Post Schools
  • 13 years teaching experience,
  • Certified IB History of the Americas Teacher
  • Earned his Bachelor's degree at SUNY Oswego, & Master's degree at Elmira College.
  • Varsity Football Coach and
  • Vice President of Camping, Five Rivers Council, BSA
Kelley Bacalles Supervisor of School Improvement, Elmira City School District
  • Certified as professional School District Leader & School Building Leader
  • Worked with Elmira College to develop & present DASA training
  • Earned her Bachelor's at SUC Geneseo, Master's at Middlebury College & completed educational administration coursework at SUNY Brockport
  • Former CTE Assistant Principal, Math & Spanish teacher, Curriculum Mentor, Instructional Technology Specialist, Instructional Technology Administrator
Matt Talada Director of Career & Technical Education, GST BOCES, Bush Campus
  • Certified as professional School District Leader and School Building Leader
  • Earned his Bachelor's and Master's at SUNY Oneonta and completed educational administration coursework at SUNY Brockport
  • Former CTE Assistant Principal, Social Studies Teacher, MS and HS School Counselor, Varsity Coach and Extra-Curricular Advisor.
For questions regarding this training, please phone or email Kelly Benjamin, Teacher Certification Coordinator, 607/739-3581 x1486 or kbenjamin@gstboces.org
Note: In registering for and completing this workshop, you attest that you are the workshop completer.
Technical support/assistance via email at ideas@gstboces.org, or via phone at (607) 795-5324 8 AM - 4 PM EST Monday-Friday.
Ask for the help desk and let them know you are completing the DASA workshop.
Online Class Login >      (Note: you must have attended the in-person 3-hr training session to receive a password for the online 3-hr training.)