Pennsylvania Association 
of Student Assistance 






South Central Regional Workshop

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA
  • 49


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Board of Directors only
  • Active PASAP Member Rate
  • Non-Member Rate
  • College Students Only

Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP)
South Central Regional Workshop

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Center for Schools and Communities
275 Grandview Avenue, Commonwealth Room
Camp Hill, PA  17011


8:30 am - 9:00 am: Registration

9:00 am - 10:00 am: "Ensuring the Educational Stability of Foster Care Youth" presented by Matthew Butensky

Workshop Description: Foster care youth are much more likely than their peers to struggle academically and fall behind in school. This workshop will provide an overview of legislation which provides protections for foster care youth enrolled in schools and the required role of school districts to ensure school stability. Attendees will also be made aware of challenges children in foster care face and how cross system collaboration between education and child welfare partners can cultivate positive school outcomes for youth in foster care.

10:00 am - Noon: "Supporting Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness" presented by Sonia Pitzi

Workshop Description: In this session participants will receive information about how their school/district/organization can support students experiencing homelessness through implementation of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Best practices will be shared around topics such as identification/eligibility, transportation and appropriate services and resources to promote students’ academic success.

Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: "Enhancing School Climate and Connectedness for All Students" by Leah Galkowski

Workshop Description: Research indicates that a positive school climate is linked to school connectedness, academic achievement, student engagement, healthy development and teacher retention. When students feel their school is not safe and welcoming, these important factors suffer. Students experiencing homelessness are among those most at risk of falling through the cracks with regard to school connectedness and academic achievement. This session will explore what school climate/student connectedness is, what it looks like and why it matters. Attendees will also explore ways to increase school connectedness for at-risk students, by attending to all students; creating a welcoming, accepting, non-judgmental, non-intrusive environment where bullying is prevented/addressed; and where in-school and community resources are made available to support students who may be experiencing homelessness.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Evaluations, Act 48, and closing remarks

PASAP Member Rate: $25.00
Non-Member Rate: $75.00  

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Continuing Education Credits

PASAP is an Act 48 Approved Provider. Participants can earn up to 5 hours of Act 48 credit (full workshop attendance). (Morning Session Only: 3 hours, Afternoon Session Only: 2 hours)  Participants must provide their Professional Personnel ID (PPID) number when registering and must be present at each session in its entirety to receive credit. Additionally, 5 hours of social work credits will be offered through the University of Pittsburgh. A $10 fee for the social work credits will be added at the time of pre-registration.

Speaker Bios

Matthew Butensky joined the Center for Schools and Communities in 2016 as a Youth Development Coordinator and is assigned as the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Statewide Foster Care Point of Contact. Matt’s role is to collaborate with school districts to ensure implementation of foster care provisions found under the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. Prior to joining the Center, Matt worked for the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 in grant development and out-of-school time programs. Matt also participated in the Teaching Assistant Program in France where he worked in a “Priority Education Zone”, providing English language learning opportunities to elementary age students. Matt is a graduate of Susquehanna University and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University.

Sonia Pitzi has worked with students experiencing homelessness for more than 20 years, eliminating educational barriers through partnerships and coordination with school districts, shelters and other community agencies. She is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to all educational entities in ECYEH Region 3, which spans eight counties in southcentral Pennsylvania (Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, and York). In her role as regional coordinator, she supports inter-district and intra-district cooperation and communication to identify, support, ensure appropriate transportation services to, and assess and address barriers for students experiencing homelessness. In order to reach the non-sheltered homeless population, and the population of unaccompanied homeless youth, she coordinates a summer outreach and camp program that provides much needed services for this population. Sonia obtained her bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education (Special Populations) from Northland College in WI and is also certified as an Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer.

Leah Harry Galkowski is currently employed by the Center for Schools and Communities as a Safe School Coordinator and has worked with the Center since 1999.  Ms. Galkowski is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice and minor in Spanish.  Ms. Galkowski was previously employed by the Department of Public Welfare in the Office of Children Youth and Families as a program specialist.  Prior to that, Ms. Galkowski held several positions within the York County Children & Youth Agency.  She was an intake investigator, Emergency Services Supervisor and supervisor of a satellite office.  With this experience, Ms. Galkowski has become an organizational trainer of Mandated Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse, utilizing the DHS approved curriculum from the PA Family Support Alliance.

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