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Mini-Sessions - 12:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Strands for the PAMLE sponsored presentations - each presentation lists a number of abbreviations representing the stands addressed in the presentation.

AD - AdvisoryELA – English language Arts PBL – Project Based Learning SoC – Social Equity     
AR - The ArtsEn – EnrichmentRd/Wr – Read, Write Across Curriculum SS – Social Studies
ASCA – Alternative/Student Centered AssessmentFC – Flipped Classroom RL – Reading/LiteracyST/ST – STEAM/STEM
CC – Common Core GW – Growth Mindset RTI - Response to InterventionTI - Tiered Instruction
CCC -  Cross Curricular ConnectionsG – GuidanceSC – ScienceTM – Teaming
CM – Classroom managementH/PE – Health/PESE – Students with Exceptionalities YA – Young Adolescent Development
DAP – Developmental Appropriate PracticeID – Identity DevelopmentSED – Student Ethnic Diversity 
DI – Differentiated InstructionIT – Integrating Technology  SLC – Student Led Conferences 
DDI – Data Driven Instruction MA – Math SLO - Student Learning Objectives 

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Session 2MSA:

Speaker: Bruce Vosburgh – Director PA Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch, PAMLE Executive Board, President of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform

Understanding Schools to Watch and Using the Criteria to Identify and Plan Staff Development (DAP)

Room: 107

Workshop Description: 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.

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Session 2MSB:

Speaker(s): Meg Rieley, Counselor- Mechanicsburg MS, Jeannette Fodness M.Ed., Teacher – New Cumberland MS, Ellen Smith M.D. FAAFP – coordinator for Family Medicine Education Consortium

ACES: A Paradigm Shift in How Middle Schools Can Address the Whole Child (YA, GM, SoC, G, DAP)

Room: 108

Workshop Description: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma-Informed Approaches are critical in how we interact with children and the foundation of how we build children’s resilience. ACEs have an impact on children’s coping skills, brain development and school performance. 
Come learn about factors affecting children and families; how ACE scores put students at risk for educational, emotional, physical and mental health challenges. Walk away with strategies and resources to foster resilience and become a trauma-informed middle school educator.

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Session 2MSC 

Speaker(s): Adam Zunic, Assistant Principal, Dan Como, Principal, Debbie Zanetti, Monica Ziemski, Linda Prah, Tomi Lynn Porter, Dan Hrvatin, Jen Kassimer & Melissa Mccauley, Teachers – Pleasant Hills MS

Google Suite and Google Classroom: Making Connections with Your Students (IT)

Room: 109

Workshop Description: Google Classroom streamlines announcements and assignments in one place for our students. Easily managed and files placed directly into Google Drive, Google Classroom allows teachers to effectively and efficiently communicate with students in one place. If it is so easy to streamline information and share with students, why not use this with staff?  This session will explain and show you how to create a PLC for your building using Google Classroom.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Session 2MSD:

Speaker: Bruce Vosburgh – Director PA Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch, PAMLE Executive Board, President of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform

Middle Level Best Practice’s Using This We Believe  (DAP)

Room: 107

Workshop Description: In this session, participants will learn about the 16 characteristics of successful middle schools as identified in the AMLE publication, This We Believe.  We will discuss the implications to our existing schools and how you can use this resource to provide a book study in your own school with your staff.

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Session 2MSE:

Speaker(s): Megan Huchko, Assistant Principal, Valerie Meehan, Teacher – West Allegheny MS

Topic: The Growth Mindset – Practical Strategies to Implement Brain Research in Your Classroom (GM, DAP)

Room: 108

Workshop Description: Fostering a growth mindset in your students can lead to increased motivation, perseverance, and achievement. Based on brain research and the work of Carol Dweck, participants will explore the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset and how they affect student engagement and achievement in the classroom. You will leave with strategies that can be implemented immediately to encourage learning and risk taking within your classroom.

Session 2MSF:

Speaker:  Alyssa Mahramus – School Implementation Manager – EVERFI

Topic: Be a Catalyst: Using SEL to Encourage Deeper Learning (AD, FC, CM, ID, YA, SLO, DAP)

Room: 109

Workshop Description: Technology can bind us and technology can separate us.  In a world where middle school students can access technology in classroom and in the palm of their hands, we as educators have a unique platform to use technology to development character and social awareness.  In partnership with the NFL and United Way, EVERFI has designed social-emotional digital and health & wellness resources for students to take a proactive approach to conflict resolution, experience situations from all points of view, and deepen their understanding of how to manage emotions. Through Character Playbook, Healthier Me, and Prescription Drug Abuse Preventions teacher facilitate lessons, receive discussion questions to continue the digital learning, and students have the opportunity to reflect on personal decisions.

3:00 PM - 4:00PM

Session 2MSG:

Speaker: Stephanie Dorman, Program Manager – National Energy Foundation

Topic: Think Energy Take Action (SC, RL, CCC, IT)

Room: 107

Workshop Description: Think! Energy Take Action! Is a hands-on presentation with a take home energy efficiency kit for participating students and teachers. It teaches the importance of energy and natural resources. The program is easy to implement. Teachers receive supplemental materials and lessons correlated to state standards. The Energy Sidekick App within the program allows families to use augmented reality to learn how to install the energy efficient technologies provided in their kits.

Session 2MSH:

Speaker: John Walsh, Teacher/Technology Specialist – CF Patton MS

Topic: The Ups and Downs (But Mostly Up!) of Our Chromebook 1:1 Initiative  (IT)

Room: 108

Workshop Description: This presentation will take a look at Patton’s 1 to 1 Chromebook initiative, now in its third year.  Topics will include why we choose Chromebooks, timeline and professional development, the lessons learned each year and how we should view using technology integration (hint: it’s just a tool like everything else!) We will also look at how we utilized G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps) and implemented a Learning Management System (Canvas) as part of the initiative.

Session 2MSI:

Speaker: Monica Frank, MS Principal – 21st Century Cyber Charter School, Downingtown

Topic: Parent/Family Engagement and Partnerships for Student Success (YA)

Room: 109

Workshop Description: The presenter is involved with an online school and has held roles as teacher, principal, and parent. During this session, presenter will share experiences and tips on creating and maintaining a partnership with parents to maximize student achievement. Participants will be given tangible tips to encourage engagement between home and school.

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4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Session 2MSJ:

Speaker(s): Heidi AbiNader, Principal, Jayne Kornbau, Health & PE teacher – Sharpsville MS

Topic: Using a Team-Building Game Rotation to Enhance Social Equity (SE, DAP)

Room: 107

Workshop Description: Working within the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains, students will participate in activities that teach them how to collaborate, build trust, problem solve, and communicate effectively. The skills developed will help prepare students to face the challenges of adolescence. Additionally, a stronger sense of school community will strengthen our school discipline model, Restorative Justice/Youth Court.

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Students will complete self-assessments regularly to demonstrate growth in self-esteem and empathy.Session 2MSK:

Speaker: Gary Hite, Teacher – Sandy Rum MS

March Madness Bracket as an Engaging Tool for Gifted Learners (SC, CCC, SS, EN)

Room: 108

Workshop Description: The Elimination Bracket is most associated with the March Madness Basketball Tournament. The bracket is a powerful tool that you can use to engage students. It can be used to introduce unlimited ideas for students and a way to determine, “The Most Influential”, “The Best” “The Worst,” “The Most Overrated” for topics in the curriculum

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Session 2MSL:

Speaker: Keith Rickabaugh, Certified Industrial Hygienist – RJ Lee Group Laboratories

Topic: RJ Lee Group Laboratories Lead in Water Testing for Schools (AD, SC, EN, G)

Room: 109

Workshop Description: This presentation will inform participants about the overall concerns of lead in drinking water, potential sources of lead in schools, and where to look and what to look for…how to interpret laboratory results on drinking water analysis.  It will also provide detailed information on regulations, e.g. concerning levels of lead in drinking water for schools in PA and a brief overview of those regulations, developing a sampling plan and how to test.  We will share how lead impacts learning in children and the health impacts lead can have on people.  Finally we will discuss guidance for teachers and school staff to use as a learning Guide, e.g. Environmental Protection Agencies 3-T’s (Training, Testing, Telling)

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