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Tuesday Keynote Session Four - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker: Mark Brown

Topic: Excellence in Life - The Dash Between the Dates

Room: President's Hall 1-3

Keynote Description: .There is the dash to catch the plane, the dash to catch the train and the mad dash to get to the store before it closes. Join Mark as he takes a unique look at the most important dash of all… ‘The Dash Between the Dates!’ In this fun-filled, inspirational keynote, Mark compares the race of life to a sprinter’s dash: the single greatest ACTIVATOR to overcoming life’s obstacles;
4 keys to living a meaningful, purposeful life; The power of your influence…and of those around you
How to be ‘fit for the race of life.

Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Mark Brown migrated to the United States at 18 years old with only $40 in his pocket and a dream for a better life. Today, he has become one of the most popular inspirational speakers in the world.

In 1995, Mark defeated more than 20,000 contestants from 14 countries to win the illustrious Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Since then, he has delivered more than 3,500 presentations, to more than 1.7 million people on 5 continents. As an expert in helping people overcome their fears to reach their maximum potential, Mark has been featured on CNN Headline News and in The New York Times, and Men's Health. He even had his own PBS Special which was nominated for an Emmy Award.


Breakout Session Five - 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Session 5A (Session Cancelled)

Speaker: Amber Hilt

Topic: Supporting the Unique Needs of Immigrants and Refugees

Room: 104

Workshop Description: This session is designed to share innovative ideas in supporting our immigrant and refugee families. It will include strategies to engage parents in the school experience from the first encounters with school staff to understanding the intricacies of the US education system. Lastly, we will discuss supports put in place to meet the needs of students socially, emotionally and academically.

Amber Hilt is the Coordinator of K-12 ESL and World Language with the School District of Lancaster. She is committed to the district and community for over 10 years. She began by volunteering in after school programming in 2004. She moved on to teaching at Hand Middle School, eventually becoming part of the administrative team at the secondary level. With a district serving nearly 600 refugees, 200 migrants and over 2000 ELs, the School District of Lancaster as represented by Amber is a resource to schools and community partnerships.

Session 5B

Speaker: Alycia Lenart

Topic: Re-entry Meetings: Support for Students Returning to School

Room: 106

Workshop Description: This presentation will discuss ways to support students when they are returning from any out of school placement. We will look at students returning from alternative education placements, from partial and in-patient mental health placements and students returning from drug and alcohol in-patient facilities. Participants will learn how to set up policies and procedures so re-entry meetings happen as soon as the student is discharged from any type of placement. Participants will gain knowledge on how to set up and run a re-entry meeting and what to expect from the placement as far as discharge summaries and follow up. Participants will learn effective ways to follow up with the students at school to help ensure a successful rest of a school year.

Alycia Lenart is a Berks County Student Assistance Specialist for the Caron Treatment Centers Student Assistance Program. She currently serves as the SAP Coordinator for Exeter Township Senior High School. Through her work at Caron she has worked directly with elementary, middle and high school students to deliver a variety of treatment programming including prevention programs, psycho educational support groups, and parent programming. She has worked with Caron Treatment Centers for 20 years. Alycia is a Commonwealth Approved Lead Trainer by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Alycia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with dual majors in Social Work and Psychology from Radford University.

Session 5C

Speaker: Matthew Butensky

Topic: Ensuring the Educational Stability of Foster Care Youth

Room: 202

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.

Handouts and Resources

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.

Session 5D

Speaker: Dr. Michael DeAntonio & Samantha White

Topic: Making Student-Centered Learning A Reality

Room: 107

Workshop Description: CSF/Buxmont Academy recently began a curriculum overhaul by investing time, finances and energy into the transformation of their six private academic alternative schools into more student-directed learning centers. Through the use of Edgenuity as the curricular platform, Buxmont Academy schools hope to support a more restorative learning environment that aims to focus on individual student needs. Staff received initial training in content contained in each curricular area, but the journey has been as much about the process of blended learning and how restorative practices successfully support both academic and social-emotional learning. This session will contain information, including both successes and stumbling blocks, from the primary providers of this initiative. Attendees will join in our journey as we share what we have learned about blended learning and how restorative practices can fully support a more individualized way of teaching and learning.

Handouts and Resources

Dr. Michael DeAntonio currently serves as the Executive Director of Buxmont Academy and is a lecturer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School. He has over 3 decades of experience in the teaching and administrative fields of public education. Most recently, he served as an instructor in the Department of Secondary Education at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, and as an educational liaison for Buxmont Academy in the role of consultant. He currently serves on the PASAP Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.




Samantha H. White is Instructional Specialist at CSF Buxmont Academy. With over 25 years of experience as a teacher, Sam has been employing restorative practices in her work with at-risk youth for over 15 years. Currently she provides training and support in restorative practices both in schools and the community.


Session 5E

Speaker(s): Nathan Van Patter, Lindsey Curcio and Jaquala Lowery

Topic: Focus on Attendance/Preventing Truancy

Room: 208

Workshop Description: The Focus on Attendance Partnership is a county-wide program that works to address the underlying issues of students who are experiencing poor school attendance. Through an understanding of the link between poor school attendance and system involvement, Focus on Attendance has been pioneering integrated solutions to complex problems. This training will explain the history and the principles in the Focus on Attendance model.

Handouts and Resources

Nathan Van Patter is 2010 graduate from the Pennsylvania State University. I am currently an Integrated School Outreach Specialist for the Focus on Attendance Partnership from the Department of Human Services in Allegheny County. I have been employed in the social work field for six years.






Lindsay Curcio has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Robert Morris University and is currently an MSW Graduate Student at Edinboro University Lindsay has worked in early education settings for 7 years, 2.5 years for a foster care agency and 1.5 years at DHS.







Jaquala Lowery is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Child Welfare. Jaquala has 7 years of human service experience. She is currently an Integrated School Outreach Specialist from The Allegheny County Department of Human Services for the Focus on Attendance Partnership.

Session 5F

Speaker: Tina George and Amy Marenick

Topic: SAP On a Dime

Room: 207

Workshop Description: This workshop will provide participants with a review of the SAP process and discuss creative, effective, and affordable ways to meet the guidelines and increase support to students.

Handouts and Resources

Tina George, MSW is part of the Student Assistance Department at Caron Treatment Centers since 2006. She provides Student Assistance Program Training across the east coast and is an approved Lead Trainer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Tina is also responsible for providing Student Assistance Services in Berks and Lancaster County schools. Tina spent some time doing clinical work in Caron’s Adolescent Treatment Center. Prior to Caron, Tina worked in child welfare for thirteen years and spent some time doing school social work in Berks County, PA.





Amy Marenick is a Board member of PASAP, a Certified School Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor for over 25 years; she earned her Master's degree from Ohio University. Amy coordinates SAP and other programs at Lancaster City School District. She is President of SAP District Council and is on the county Mental Health Collaborative, Let's Talk Lancaster; she is co-coordinator for Ambassadors for Hope, assisting children with an incarcerated parent. Amy has held certification as an addictions counselor and is the treasurer of the Lancaster County Recovery Alliance also working with the county anti-heroin initiatives and Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Session 5G

Speaker(s): Jarrod Lewis, Principal, James Blake, Tammy Scott, Doug Ropp, Megan Hall, Brooke Wissinger, Teachers – Cambria Heights MS

Topic: Diversity in Olympics (SS, PBL, ASCA, TM, DI, GM, SoC, ELA, CCC, Rd/Wr, SLC, SED)

Room: 203

Workshop Description: Cambria Heights Middle School held its first annual Olympic Games in which the students were divided into teams that represented different countries throughout the world and competed in a myriad of events. Our presentation will consist of an overview of this event and the steps that were taken to bring this cross-curricular project to life. This project focused on diversity and giving our students the opportunity to experience various aspects from many different cultures.

Session 5H

Speaker(s): Meredith Hollis, School Psychologist and Beth Horrigan, Teacher – Hamburg Area MS

Topic: Student Assistance Team Best Practices at Hamburg Area MS  (YA)

Room: 105

Workshop Description: This presentation will focus on best practices and processes of the Hamburg Area Middle School’s Student Assistance Program. The topics will include an introduction to the Hamburg Area Middle School SAP Team Members, the HAMS SAP Mission, the student referral process to the SAP team from the beginning, and District resources available. In addition to the SAP Process, we will discuss selected topics on the law, including the reporting of child abuse, confidentiality, and special education.

Handouts and Resources

Session 5I

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

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

Room: 206

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 

Session 5J

Speaker: Monica Mancini, Teacher – ET Richardson MS

Topic: Killing the Stigma of Movies in the Classroom: Using Film & Music in Reading Instruction (ELA, RL)

Room: 205

Workshop Description: “I’ll just put on a movie today.”  This presentation aims to kill the stigma that movies are a chance for teachers to “take a break” from instruction. By using film and music in the classroom, not only can we create lessons that are more relatable and interesting to students, but we can also allow our students to closely read and see film and music as a form of literature.  

Session 5K

Speaker(s): Ronda Abbott, Director of Educational Partnerships and Chuck Paynter – Agile Mind Educational Holdings, Inc

Topic: Transforming Mindset, Persistence, and Math Achievement (CC, ST/ST, ID, YA, MA, GM, SoC, DDI, IT)

Room: 204

Workshop Description: Learn how leaders are reinventing the classroom learning culture and improving Algebra I results by introducing new tools that develop students’ mindsets, motivation, and engagement in mathematics. By taking explicit steps to prepare students for a successful transition to Algebra I and to high school, educators can help ensure academic success—not only in Algebra I but also along students’ academic trajectory to college and career readiness.  

Session 5L

Speaker: Dr. Dave F. Brown – Educational Researcher, Professor Emeritus – College Of Education & Social Work- West Chester University

Topic: Stress, Energy Drinks, Smoking, and Early Physical Maturity: What Educators Should Know About Young Adolescent Development to Encourage Overall Growth (AD, CM, ID, YA, GM, SED, DAP)

Room: 108

Workshop Description: Middle level teachers and administrators know their students pretty well; but neuroscientists’ findings over the past two years on adolescent development reveal many of the reasons that “tweens” and “teens” act differently than what adults may expect. Attend this session to take a quiz on adolescent development; then hear the findings on the effects of: stress, early physical maturity, smoking on IQ, caffeine overdoses, concussions, unique brain development, AND what you should do to help. 


Breakout Session Six - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 6A

Speaker: Michelle Nutter and Dana Klouser

Topic: The Importance of SAP and AEDY Programming

Room: 104

Workshop Description: Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) Programs provide schools in Pennsylvania with the option to remove disruptive youth (as defined by the Pennsylvania School Code) from the regular education setting and place them in approved AEDY programs designed to provide the students with behavioral supports and interventions needed to help them address their reason(s) for placement. The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a necessary step in the AEDY referral process. More importantly, SAP allows for before-, during- and after-placement interventions and supports that create a safety net for AEDY students. This enhanced support plan provides students with the assistance they need to be successful while in placement and upon return to the regular education setting.

Michelle Gwinn Nutter, a Pennsylvania-certified teacher and former Civil Rights Investigator for the PA Office of Attorney General, is the Safe and Supportive Schools Manager for the PA Center for Safe Schools and the Project Manager for Safe Kids PA. Ms. Nutter is responsible for the design and delivery of multiple statewide initiatives aimed at improving school safety and reducing youth violence. She provides training and technical assistance to schools and communities throughout the state on a wide array of issues that disrupt the educational process. Ms. Nutter is a nationally recognized speaker and frequently serves as a facilitator for the Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together (SPIRIT) Program coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, in collaboration with multiple federal, state and local agencies and community partners.

Ms. Nutter is the Pennsylvania Coordinator for the Center for Education Equity. She is a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer and a certified Partners Against Hate trainer. As such, she assists schools in the prevention of and effective response to bullying and bias-related tension incidents. Ms. Nutter is a certified Non-violent Crisis Intervention trainer, certified to train others in de-escalation techniques and the use of non-violent physical restraints. Ms. Nutter is a certified Lifelines Prevention, Intervention and Postvention trainer, providing training and technical assistance to help school develop effective suicide prevention policies. Ms. Nutter received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education from Messiah College and a Master of Science in Education Law. Ms. Nutter participated in the 2016 White House Bullying Prevention Summit and the 2016 Federal Bullying Prevention Summit.

Dana Klouser is an Administrative Officer and Program Manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction’s Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) Team. Dana is in her 34th year of serving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Her former roles include administration of the Department’s Distinguished Educator Program and the Division of Assessment & Accountability’s AYP Appeals Manager. In addition to her role on the AEDY Team, Dana currently serves as a member of the Data Forensics Team. Since joining the AEDY Team in November of 2015, Dana has earned state and national certification as a Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Specialist 1 and is currently working on level two certification. In addition, Dana is currently pursuing a certificate from New England College in Alternative Education.

Session 6B

Speaker(s): Erin Keating, Paul Dougherty and Kellen Kraky

Together in Health: Establishing School Based Health Centers

Room: 204

Workshop Description: The presentation will walk participants through the establishment of a School Based Health Center in the Scranton School District. Mavis, McNail & Lichty (2010) define SBHC as “multidisciplinary teams of providers,” comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician’s assistants, mental health professionals and social workers (p. 1604). It will show services offered, community partnerships, benefit to students, and impact on at-risk youth. School-Based Health Centers overcome many health care access barriers, including transportation, lack of providers, lack of insurance coverage, and inconvenient appointment times because of working parents by providing crucial primary care (e.g. mental health treatment, dental care, well-child checkups) and essential preventative care (e.g. immunizations, drug/alcohol education, tobacco secession, depression screenings) to ensure the overall health of the student (Guo, Keller, Pan & Wade, 2010). The presentation will link adolescent wellness and chronic medial management with truancy, academic achievement, and school climate.

Erin Keating is the Chief of Leadership Development and School Operations in the Scranton School District. Erin has a vast background working in public education on the K-12 spectrum for the past nineteen years as a teacher, principal and senior administrator. Erin is most pound of the work she has done with School-Based Health Centers, and the partnership with The Wright Center to ensure the medical needs of the school community are met, removing a major barrier to education. Erin is involved in many school-based and civic organizations within Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties, often being the voice of public education and the needs of students. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators and the Luzerne County Community College Board of Trustees. Erin served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals, and is proud to continue to support this outstanding organization.

Paul Dougherty is the principal at West Scranton Intermediate School, an urban school of approximately 800 students in the Scranton School District (PA). He has been at administrator at West Scranton Intermediate for 13 years. Prior, he was an elementary teacher in the Riverside School District (PA). Seeing a need within the community, Paul was instrumental in the planning and implementation of School Based Medical Services at his school. Starting this school year, West Scranton Intermediate School has partnered with The Wright Center to offer School Based Medical Services to students and the community at large. Paul was also part of the school district team that secured funding for the school based medical facility at West Intermediate and school wide positive behavior programs in the Scranton School District. He lives with his wife Patricia, a Kindergarten teacher, and his two children, Patrick and Molly.

Kellen Kraky is the Coordinator Student Health Services and Staff Development Specialist for The Wright Center, a non-profit, community-based graduate medical education consortium and safety net provider of primary care services.

Session 6C

Speaker: Anne Katona-Linn

Topic: PA Safe Schools & Healthy Students – Lessons Learned

Room: 202

Workshop Description: The Pennsylvania Safe Schools- Healthy Students Partnership, funded by a SAMSHA grant, was designed to develop exemplary safe and supportive schools and communities in three local education agencies. This session will address how the work of Pennsylvania created models of cross-systems collaboration through the merging of the System of Care Model and the PBIS framework, at the school, local and state levels creating a fluid Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) and how SAP plays a role in this work. This session will demonstrate how to comprehensively build and embed a continuum of programs and services while simultaneously integrating authentic youth and family voice into decision making. Examples of implementation and lessons learned around teaming between education and community partners, family, youth and natural supports will be shared to provide Student Assistance Program teams an understanding of the application of the comprehensive efforts in PA and potential resources available. Guidance for Selecting Evidence-based Programs within a Multi-tiered System of Support based on this work in Pennsylvania will be shared. This guidance will include tools to aide schools/communities in choosing, installing and sustaining evidence-based programs.

Handouts and Resources

Anne Katona-Linn, M.Ed, BCBA, is the State Project Co-Director for the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Partnership. The Pennsylvania Safe Schools/Healthy Students Partnership was developed through a SAMHSA Grant awarded to Pennsylvania for 2013-2017. The goal of the partnership is to create safe and supportive schools and communities in 3 Local Education Agencies and their partner Systems of Care counties (Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21/Lehigh County, Northeastern School District/York County, PENNCREST School District/Crawford County), and ultimately throughout Pennsylvania. Anne has also been an Instructor at Bloomsburg University of PA in the Dept. of Exceptionalities training future teachers in Special Education and was the Team Leader/Educational Consultant in the area of Behavior, and Educational Consultant in the area of Autism with PaTTAN in Harrisburg from 2003-2010. Anne was also a Coordinator of the PA Positive Behavior Support Network ( She worked with six other Coordinators to develop and implement a Statewide PBIS Technical Assistance framework to implement PBIS in schools across the Commonwealth of PA. Anne has received her M.Ed. in Special Education from Lehigh University, is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, and she will be defending her doctoral research in Educational Psychology at West Virginia University by December 2017. 

Session 6D

Speaker: Sara Cope, Anthony Popowitz, Katie Gies

Topic: One School. Two Systems: Marrying PBIS and SAP

Room: 106

Workshop Description: Elizabeth Forward High School has reached PBIS Tier 1 fidelity for 3 years. While continuing our work into Tier 2 and Tier 3 supports, we found the need to braid our PBIS and SAP systems. Integrating the two systems has changed the climate of our school and allowed for more support services to be offered to our students. Come hear our story of the groundbreaking work being done at Elizabeth Forward High School.

Handouts and Resources

Sara Cope is a 20-year veteran math teacher at Elizabeth Forward High School. In addition to her work inside the classroom, Mrs. Cope also serves as the school’s SAP coordinator and co-leader for the PBIS universal team. Before coming to Elizabeth Forward in 2007, Mrs. Cope was a consultant for Kaplan, Inc. and a teacher at Cicero-North Syracuse School District in Syracuse, NY. Mrs. Cope earned her Bachelor of Arts with a major in mathematics and her certification for secondary education from Thiel College. She then continued her education at the State University of New York: Oswego for her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction.



Anthony Popowitz is an Assistant Principal with the Elizabeth Forward School District. The school has been recognized for the implementation of PBIS with fidelity for the past three years. Previous experiences include administrative stints at McKeesport Area School District and Baltimore County School District. Prior to administration, Mr. Popowitz taught Social Studies in Washington County, Md. Schools. His undergraduate degree is from St. Vincent College for Philosophy and Education. He earned his M.Ed. from Frostburg State University. After returning to Pittsburgh he earned his Superintendent papers from California University of Pennsylvania and is currently a doctoral student at Point Park University. His research focuses on the efforts of schools that implement PBIS with fidelity. After years of experience in being a leader who specialized in discipline and student management, his interests have taken a turn toward the pro-active model of PBIS and student supports.

Katie Gies is a Special Education Teacher with the Elizabeth Forward School District. A large portion of her teaching career so far has been spent teaching the emotional support population. In her current position at Elizabeth Forward High School, Katie provides Academic Support for the English Department. Katie is very proud to be a part of the PBIS Core team and enjoys her role as the high school’s RENEW facilitator. Katie received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from La Roche College and her Master of Education in Special Education 7-12 from Slippery Rock University. Katie is certified in Elementary Education K-6, Special Education PK-12, and Mid-Level Mathematics 6-9. She also has the Autism Endorsement PK-12.

Session 6E

Speaker: Leah Galkowski

Topic: Enhancing School Climate

Room: 208

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 do not feel that their school is safe and welcoming, these important factors suffer. Students experiencing homelessness are among the students most at risk of falling through the cracks with regard to school connectedness and academic achievement. This workshop 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 in-school and community resources are made available to support all students.

Leah 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. 

She is certified in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) 100.SCa & 700.a, ICS 200 and Understanding & Planning for School Bomb Incidents. Ms. Galkowski is also certified in Critical Incident Stress Management and Psychological First Aid.

Ms. Galkowski is currently a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention trainer and has worked with this research-based program since 2001. She works directly with Pennsylvania Schools in planning and implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program as well as conducting presentations on incorporating bullying prevention across curriculum. Ms. Galkowski is also an Olweus Technical Assistance Consultant. In this capacity she assists new trainers in implementing the program in schools and completing their certification.

In her capacity at the Center for Safe Schools, Ms. Galkowski is also a certified trainer in the Safe Dates Curriculum, a Teen Dating Prevention, research-based curriculum.

She is also a trainer for the I Can Problem Solve, social-emotional learning curriculum developed by Myrna Shure.

Ms. Galkowski is a Regional Coordinator with the School Climate Leadership Initiative in Pennsylvania. This initiative supports schools through a comprehensive school climate improvement process.

Session 6F

Speaker: Tara Phillips

Topic: Generation Rx

Room: 207

Workshop Description: With the current issues of drug overdose in the nation as well as Pennsylvania it is important to understand the trends we are seeing with our youth when it comes drug use. This course will explore the reasons for decreasing age of first use, the increasing over dose death rate, and the onset of harder drugs at a younger age due to prescription drugs. Categories of drugs described in this session will include opiates, stimulants, and Depressants as well as some over the counter and herbal medications. Signs and symptoms of these categories, paraphernalia and the impact of social media will be discussed. Conversations and decision making skills both play a large impact on the onset of drug abuse with adolescents. After this session participants will be able to help students cultivate good decision making skills when it comes to life decisions which includes drug use and abuse. (PLEASE CHANGE VERBIAGE IF YOU FEEL NECESSARY!Session 6G

Speaker(s): Christina Feragotti, Assistant Principal and Brian Dolph, Principal – Central Valley MS

Topic: B.R.A.V.E. Warriors   (AD)

Room: 107

Workshop Description: How can you promote student leadership opportunities into your SWPBIS (School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program, Advisory program, and Student Orientations?  Mr. Dolph and Ms. Feragotti, from Central Valley Middle School, will share how the implementation of their B.R.A.V.E. Warrior program incorporates their 8th grade students to assist with these programs.  

Handouts and Resources

Session 6H

Speaker: Jillian Klock

Topic: Engaging Strategies to Keep in Your Teacher Toolbox (CC, SC, DI, IT, RL, Rd/Wr, CM)

Room: 203

Workshop Description: Presenters will offer a variety of quick strategies, activities and lesson plan boosts to engage all students in learning across content areas.   

Session 6I

Speaker(s): Cassandra Doggrell, Principal, Eric Fogle, Librarian & Ronelle Rowe, Technology Facilitator – Haine Middle School

Topic: Changing the Way We Educate: Building Self-A-STEAM! (ST/ST, TM, GW, CCC)

Room: 206

Workshop Description: There is a new standard of innovation at Haine Middle School. Seneca Valley recently collaborated with Inventionland to design an immersive space where creative processes and resources help students find inspiration in their learning. This session will explore how the Creativity, Innovation, and Research Center at Haine Middle provides students with a framework for self-discovery, problem solving, and collaboration. Attendees will learn how discovery can be the theme of the day everyday within their schools.

Handouts and Resources

Session 6J

Speaker(s): Marie Piccirilli & Brenna Sisinni, Teachers and Justina Perott, Counselor – South Fayette MS

Topic: Student-Led Conferences (SL)

Room: 108

Workshop Description: Are you tired of the traditional parent-teacher conference format?  Are you looking to better incorporate the most important person—the student? If so, then consider implementing student-led conferences to empower students, communicate through reflection, and provide students with an opportunity to practice real-life skills. In this session, learn about our school’s journey in implementing this student-centered model, and discover how Google sites is used as a tool to support students and showcase their work.  

Session 6K

Speaker: Leighanne Forbes, Associate Professor – Gannon University

Topic: Tools for your Teaching Toolbelt: Use Google Like a Boss (DDI, IT)

Room: 105

Workshop Description: This presentation will focus on the hidden potential of Google’s many tools to enhance student performance and teacher productivity.  Participants may bring a device and follow along as the Google App Launcher, Forms, and Keep are introduced.  The Partnership for 21st Century Learning Framework will frame the discussion of each tool and participants will leave with practical strategies for integrating technology.  If time permits, additional Google tools may be introduced.   

Session 6L

Speaker: Dr. Dave F. Brown – Educational Researcher, Professor Emeritus – College Of Education & Social Work- West Chester University

Topic: Stress, Energy Drinks, Smoking, and Early Physical Maturity: What Educators Should Know About Young Adolescent Development to Encourage Overall Growth (AD, CM, ID, YA, GM, SED, DAP)

Room: 205

Workshop Description: Middle level teachers and administrators know their students pretty well; but neuroscientists’ findings over the past two years on adolescent development reveal many of the reasons that “tweens” and “teens” act differently than what adults may expect. Attend this session to take a quiz on adolescent development; then hear the findings on the effects of: stress, early physical maturity, smoking on IQ, caffeine overdoses, concussions, unique brain development, AND what you should do to help.  

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