SUNDAY MINI-LEARNING SESSIONS
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
2MSA: Let Students Tell Their Story: Student-Led Conferences and Digital Portfolios – John Walsh, PAMLE Webmaster and Technology Teacher and Meg basilio, Teacher, Charles F Patton MSStudent-Led Conferences are an alternative to the traditional parent-teacher conference, empowering students and giving them the responsibility to prepare, organize, and direct the conference experience. Come and find out how our middle school has implemented a successful SLC program for the past 17 years. And this year, to compliment our recent 1 to 1 Chromebook initiative, students created digital portfolios we call “My Story” using the new Google Sites.
Meg Basilio’s professional experience spans several levels over 30 years. Certified in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education and years as a Graduate Educator. For the past 22 years, Meg has been an educator at Patton Middle School in the Unionville-Chadds Ford SD. Meg’s background includes extended study, research and training in Learning as well as Instructional Practices. Meg has presented at various conferences throughout her career and currently serves as a team leader of an 8th grade team of teachers and students.
2MSB: My Mindset is Mathematical! – Rob Baier, Curriculum Specialist, IU#1
Math is much more than just computing! Math is a combination of reasoning, justifying your reasoning, critiquing your reasoning, modeling, making sense of a problem, preserving through a problem with a productive struggle, and so much more! This session will focus on switching from a fixed mathematical mindset to a growth mathematical mindset, and will provide ways to apply it in your classroom!
2MSC: Understanding and Challenging Your Gifted Students – Patty McGinnis, Gifted Specialist/Editor NSTA Science Scope Journal, Arcola Intermediate School
Are you puzzled by gifted students who misbehave or who don’t do their assignments? If so, you aren’t alone! Educators often receive little training regarding gifted students, which can result in misconceptions concerning the characteristics of the gifted, how gifted students learn, and how to best address their unique needs. In this interactive presentation you will confront your ideas regarding your gifted learners and will learn about differentiation strategies for these unique students.
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
2MSD: Understanding Schools to Watch and Using the Criteria to Identify and Plan Staff Development (DAP) – Bruce Vosburgh – Director PA Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch, PAMLE Executive Board, President of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform
A brief history of Schools to Watch in PA will be presented followed by the process a school follows to seek STW recognition. The 4 Domains and 37 criteria of the STW program will be presented and strategies will be shared on how to use the criteria as a basis for staff development.
2MSE: Middle School Advisory Program: Building Relationships & Creating Community – R.J. Long (Assistant Principal), Amy Kauffman, Ryan Quinn, Jessie Gobrecht, teachers, Emory H. Markle Intermediate School
An effective Advisory Program is a critical component of the middle school experience. The EHMIS Advisory Program is in its third year and provides opportunities for each student to have an adult advocate, build relationships with peers, promote personal & academic growth and engage with the school & community. We will share our philosophy of advisory, planning steps, implementation plan, evaluation of the program and a wealth of lesson topics, plans and resources.
Amy Kauffman has been a middle school educator for 22 years. Formerly a 7th grade social studies teacher, she currently is in her 9th year as the Student Achievement Specialist at Emory H Markle Intermediate School in Hanover PA. She has been a Student Council advisor and is a coordinator of the EHMIS 6th grade transition program. As a strong believer in the importance of fostering positive relationships, Amy has been an advocate and founding member of the Advisory Committee.
Ryan Quinn is a sixth grade learning support teacher at the intermediate school in South Western School District. He is entering his eighth year of teaching in South Western School District. Ryan has been an active member of the advisory committee at the intermediate school since its onset in 2015. He believes the purpose of an advisory program is to establish meaningful relationships with students that stretch past a single grade-level and encourage students to view staff as more than purveyors of academic information. Beyond working with the members of the advisory committee, Ryan is the committee chair of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program at the intermediate school.
Jessie Gobrecht has been an elementary school teacher for 16 years at South Western School District in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She currently is enjoying her second year as a middle school counselor at South Western. Serving as a counselor and on the Advisory Committee has helped Jessie to view Emory Markle Intermediate School more globally and to focus her students on how to solve problem not only for the individual but school and community wide.
2MSF: Indian Pride: A Classroom Reward Systems Guide – Megan Huchko, Assistant Principal, West Allegheny MS
With an emphasis on positive relationships and student engagement, the staff at West Allegheny Middle School successfully implemented school wide positive behavior supports in EVERY classroom. Discover the transformative impact this practice had at West A, and learn helpful implementation tips and creative systems that will take your classroom management to the next level! No PBIS in your school? No Problem! You will still learn valuable tools for transforming the culture of your classroom. Come and join us!
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2MSG: The Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your – Jim Coughenor, Steps to Achieve
There are tried and true principles that help a person grow? John C. Maxwell says in order to reach your potential, you must be intentional about personal growth. This training curriculum will help you understand how personal growth really works, and how you can develop yourself to become a more effective and fulfilled individual. You will learn how to build up your sense of purpose and become more successful in every area of your life.
2MSH: Building a LIT Community: Making Readers and Leaders through a Project LIT Book Club and Other Literary Endeavors – Molly Castner, ELA Teacher, Marshall MS
Are you looking for a way to engage even the most discerning of readers? Do you want to bring students, staff and community stakeholders together in an authentic way? The Project LIT Community envisions a future where all children become proficient, passionate readers who see the joy and value of reading. Every child deserves access to high-interest, culturally relevant books both inside and outside of school. If you are looking for literacy PLN who will reignite your passion for sharing a love reading and help you to empower your students to be reader-leaders in your community, stop searching and join us.
2MSI: Practical Strategies to Implement Brain Research in Your Classroom – Meg Basilio & Laboure Rafferty, Teachers, Charles F. Patton MS
Brain research has changed how educators view student intelligence and learning. This presentation focuses on translating brain research into practical applications in classrooms. Increasing student learning and engagement, developing the idea of growth mindset with students, and structuring instruction to improve student growth and learning. The objective will be to provide attendees with strategies that will help them develop an engaging classroom that promotes and encourages learning for all students.
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
2MSJ: Get Your Students Outside with Technology - Patty McGinnis, Gifted Specialist/Editor NSTA Science Scope Journal, Arcola Intermediate School
Attendees will learn how to create an informational Interpretive Trail on their school campus that integrates science standards. This project can be easily modified so that the trail’s focus can be history, English, physical education, or any content area subject, making it an ideal multi-disciplinary project for a middle school teaching team. Information will also be shared about how to use a free online Learning Center to locate additional STEM projects appropriate for middle school.
2MSK: How We Implemented the House System – Heidi Marshall (Principal), Julie Mehler, teacher, Sharpesville MS (STW)
The House System of Sharpsville Middle School creates a culture of unity and equity, as every student has a place where they “belong”, whether or not they play a sport or an instrument. Our House System is unique in that it incorporates local history, as each house is named after a historically significant family in the community. The House System also builds leadership skills, provides mentoring, fosters strong peer relationships, and allows for friendly competition.
2MSL: Supporting Mental Health at the Middle Level - David Schreiber (Principal), Robert Niziol, & Sherri Crockett, Teachers, Bentworth MS (STW)
How can a middle school meet the needs of students with severe mental health needs? A small, rural middle school in southwest Pennsylvania has implemented a successful partial hospitalization program within its walls to support students who would not typically be served in the regular education setting. Learn how they partner with a local outside agency to create a positive learning culture that supports students with mental illness.
David Schreiber is the principal of Bentworth MS.