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Monday Keynote Session Two - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker: Timothy Shoemaker

Topic: Unforgotten

Room: President's Hall 1-3

Keynote Description: "Unforgotten" is the first person account of a child whose early home life was burdened by poverty, substance abuse, mental illness, social-stratification and a learning disability. Isolation, crime and self-destructive decisions positioned him for jail or death at an early age, until an unlikely town official intervened. His rags-to-redemption story is the vivid personification of the daily impact that school counselors have, not just on individuals, but upon the future. (No I don't always right in the 3rd person. Not sure why I did here...)

 

Drug abuse and addiction forced their way into Tim Shoemaker's young life before he could even read. By the time he was a young adult, he had watched the people he loved most, be destroyed by their struggles with alcoholism, prescription drug abuse, marijuana and cocaine addictions. From the shadows of such bleak beginnings, Tim became one of our most passionate and inspiring drug-free advocates. 

After more than 20 years in the field, Tim's work has been recognized by multiple state and national organizations, agencies and politicians. Winner of both the NJ State, and the prestigious U.S. National Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer of the Year award, Tim has been profiled by NJ 12 News, WGHT Radio, the Mensa Bulletin, NJ Cops Magazine, the Record, the Star Ledger and several other printed news outlets. Founder of EmpoweredParent.org, TimothyShoemaker.com and C.E.O. of MpoweredParent L.L.C., Tim has presented at corporate events such as MetLife, college campuses such as FDU, at state and national professional conferences and at more than 50 local school districts across the U.S.

Author of the viral "I Believe - Backwards" video and publisher of several prevention-based ebooks, Tim has consulted for several national and international prevention organizations.

 

 

Monday Breakout Session Three - 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 3A

Speaker(s): Georgette Ayres, Mitchell Hortert, Bridget Clement and Ann Aya

Topic: Gender Minority Youth: Beyond the Bathroom Issue

Room: 204

Workshop Description: Students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) face many challenges that often result in poorer academic, social, and emotional outcomes. GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, develops the National School Climate Survey which reports on the experiences of LGBTQ youth in U.S. schools. Findings from their most recent survey indicate Pennsylvania schools are not safe for most students who are LGBTQ. Communities In Schools Pittsburgh and PFLAG Pittsburgh have partnered to provide education about the needs of LGBTQ students. This workshop will provide education on LGBTQ related terminology and issues that impact LGBTQ students particularly transgender students. Information and resources will be provided on steps to make classrooms and schools more affirming as well as resources to support families whose children come out to them. Participants will also hear from parents of transgender children and young transgender individuals themselves who will share their experiences and answer your questions.

Handouts and Resources

Georgette Ayres has over 25 years' experience providing community, school, and home based services. She worked as a domestic violence shelter volunteer and paraprofessional counselor in college while working toward her undergraduate degree. Following graduation she served as a child welfare case worker before moving on to supervise teen independent living and foster care programs. Wanting to do more to address the needs of youth and families, she returned to school and completed her graduate degree in counseling services. Since that time she has worked closely with programs and initiatives that support individuals and families with diverse backgrounds and needs. This includes serving as a community based therapist, mental health consultant, and a Behavioral Specialist Consultant. Georgette currently works for Communities In Schools (CIS), serves as a SAP coordinator, and is a speaker for the PFLAG Speakers Bureau. Seeing the need for increased training for schools on LGBTQ issues she initiated a partnership between CIS Pittsburgh and PFLAG Pittsburgh. CIS of Pittsburgh is an affiliate of the nation's largest and most effective Integrated Student Supports (ISS) organization. ISS is a school-based approach that connects students and families with services that target academic and non-academic barriers to achievement. PFLAG Pittsburgh is a local chapter of PFLAG, the nation's leading family-based organization committed to supporting LGBTQ people and their families.

Mitchell Hortert is a community leader that has been advocating for vulnerable populations in a variety of capacities for over ten years. Currently, he serves as the President of PFLAG Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy to families of LGBTQIA+ persons. He has held speaking engagements across Western Pennsylvania at various institutions including Butler County Community College, the University of Pittsburgh, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Carlow University, Family Resources of Western Pennsylvania, and La Roche College on topics that range from LGBT issues to child welfare. He is also an instructor for the City of Pittsburgh’s Bureau of Police’s Crisis Intervention Team Program where he teaches on working with the LGBTQIA+ community. In 2010, he helped to co-found Butler County Community College’s Campus Safe Zone program and also co-founded the Butler LGBTQ Interfaith Network in the same year. Mitchell attended University of Pittsburgh where he obtained his master’s degree in Social Work.

Bridget Clement is insightful, engaging and funny. She has spent the last 20 years working in nonprofit management and is dedicated to children, education and the eradication of poverty. Bridget speaks nationally on nonprofit management, marketing, fundraising, building high-performing teams and social service trends. Bridget is currently the Executive Director of Communities in Schools’ Pittsburgh affiliate. She has a degree in communications from Ohio University, is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh class XXXI, and a 2012 graduate of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Executive Leadership Institute (ELI). She is also the recipient of the Pittsburgh Social Venture Partners’ “Fast Pitch Coaches Prize,” an award presented for her development and presentation of a three-minute "elevator pitch." Before coming to CIS, Bridget was the Director of Development at Auberle where she organized a team that successfully closed the agency’s Delivering Excellence Campaign, raising more than $5.5 million and 2,000 new friends. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Bridget and her husband, Michael, are raising three children, a 14-year-old transgendered son, a 12-year old daughter and an 8-year-old daughter, all attending Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Ann Aya, B.A, M.B.A, a retired human resources manager, is the mother of a 25-year-old transgender son who came out to his family at the age of 13. She is a speaker for the PFLAG Speakers Bureau, organizer of a monthly potluck dinner for families with transgender children, coordinator of the PFLAG Pittsburgh WarmLine, facilitator for parent support groups, and PFLAG Pittsburgh Board Member.

Session 3B

Speaker(s): Heather Shnyder and Shea Rhoades

Topic: Open Your Eyes: A Brief Look at Human Trafficking of Minors

Room: 205

Workshop Description:  ACT 71 recommends that schools adopt a curriculum for staff, educators and students on the subject of child exploitation. The recent ACT 105 Legislation in PA clearly defines Human Trafficking and spells out serious penalties for trafficking and procuring the services of trafficked individuals. Because the average age of entry into Human Trafficking is 13 for boys and girls, our school systems are in the position of identifying students at risk of being trafficked and providing referrals for appropriate services. This workshop will provide an overview of PA's new Comprehensive Law, how to identify students at risk of being trafficked and resources available to help students.

Handouts and Resources

Heather Shnyder has been with Transitions since October 2001. She has provided and assisted with trainings to colleges, universities, public and private school faculty and administration, and community organizations and businesses.

Heather authored the children’s book, “The Story of Corey and Emily,” that reflects the prevention education program called “Acquaintance Awareness.” This program helps elementary school age children recognize and differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate behavior of grownups they may be familiar with, but who may pose a potential threat.

Overall Heather has created four prevention education school curricula complete with videos. “All the Rave” is a high school level program on drug-facilitated sexual assault that is accompanied by an informative parent’s guide. She received national recognition when she was presented with the 14th Annual Communicator’s Award for Excellence in the Social Issues category in 2008 for the work she did in helping to create Transitions’ “Internet Safety Program” video and curriculum. In 2012 that internet safety program was adapted for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Staying Safe on the Internet” was created to assist individuals with specific learning disabilities about the hazards of the internet. In 2016 Heather set out to create H.A.D. Enough, a teen dating violence awareness and prevention program for middle and high school-age students. 

  In 2009, Heather was awarded the “Governor’s Victim Services Pathfinder Award” in the category of Prevention Education and Outreach. This award, presented by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, recognized Heather’s outstanding and visible contribution to the victim services movement in Pennsylvania through her work on behalf of crime victims.

Heather is a approved QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper instructor, a certified facilitator for Care for Kids and Parents in the Know, a Pennsylvania Mandated Reporter for Suspected Child Abuse trainer, and an Expert Witness in sexual assault cases to describe common victim behaviors and sexual assault dynamics as well as their impact on fact-finders’ assessments of victim credibility. Heather is also certified to facilitate Penn State Extension’s Strengthening Families program and is the lead presenter on Human Trafficking for Transitions Heather attends Pennsylvania College of Technology where she is working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.

Shea Rhodes, Esq, is the Director of the Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation at Villanova University’s School of Law. She served as an Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia for almost ten years where she helped found Project Dawn Court, a diversion program for women who have been repeatedly charged and convicted of prostitution. She is a member of PA’s Anti-Human Trafficking Work Group and a member of Philadelphia’s Anti-Trafficking Coalition.

Session 3C

Speaker: Ryan Klingensmith - Shape the Sky


Topic: 
Teen Technology Usage Trends and Mental Health Sharing Through Social Media


Room: 207

Workshop Description:  This training defines categories of social networking that educators, providers and parents should be aware of and listening for with their student’s, client’s or children. The presentation will review social media behaviors related to: image boards, untraceable texting/sexting, internet predators, gossip/rumor spreading sites, video chatting, drug and alcohol, eating disorders, self-harm and suicide. The most current social media sites such as Instagram, Tumblr, Kik, Snapchat, Sarahah and After School will be defined and youth culture and mental health practices on these sites/apps will be discussed. This presentation will raise the awareness of youth culture on the internet and how adults can communicate and educate with youth to be responsible digital citizens



Ryan Klingensmith has been working with children and teenagers with mental health concerns since 1994. He has held roles such as therapist, supervisor and clinical director in several residential and outpatient settings. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and is a nationally certified counselor (NCC). He currently works as an outpatient therapist and an Educational Support Staff. He is the co-founder of Shape the Sky, a training agency dedicated to helping parents, educators and counseling professionals learn to effectively communicate and educate youth to be digitally responsible citizens.

Session 3D

Speaker: Lee Rush, M.Ed.

Topic: Change the Conservation - Change the Culture

Room: 208

Workshop Description: Based on the work of Peter Block (Community: The Structure of Belonging), this workshop introduces six essential conversations that create possibilities for personal transformation and organizational change. Each of these conversations grows out of thought-provoking questions. Key points will address: the power of invitation and why choice always trumps mandates, the power of possibility and why we need to stop worshiping at the altar of problems and start imagining new possibilities, the power of refusal and to grasp the fact that if we cannot say no to something our yes means nothing and finally the power of gifts and why when we start to focus on gifts rather than deficiencies everything changes. Come and enjoy less Power Point and more Powerful Conversations. Participants will learn a process they can use immediately in their efforts for true social change.

Lee Rush is the Executive Director of justCommunity, Inc. a non-profit organization based in Quakertown, PA. justCommunity provides training and consultation services to communities, schools and organizations in the area of youth development, community mobilization strategies, student assistance programs and restorative practices. Lee is also a licensee and a certified trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), the world’s first graduate school dedicated solely to Restorative Practices. Through his work with IIRP and justCommunity, Lee has trained over 30,000 people throughout the United States and abroad. 

In 2004, Lee was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA), to serve as a member of the statewide Advisory Commission on Children and Families, an inter-disciplinary group to provide guidance to the Governor’s senior cabinet members on public policy issues involving families and child and youth issues. In 2013, Lee was also honored as the 2013 National Prevention Advocate by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). CADCA is the country’s largest advocacy group working on behalf of over 5,000 members to prevent substance abuse.

Lee served as the Executive Director of the National Student Assistance Association (NSAA), (a membership driven organization devoted solely to enhancing the development of SAP's across the country), from 1995 to 2008. NSAA presently has 17 state chapters and represents the interests of thousands of professionals in the student assistance field. He was a co-founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP), and served as a charter board member, treasurer and membership chair from 1989-1993.

From 1995 to 1998, Lee served as the Director of Human Resources for LifeQuest, a 600-person company specializing in senior healthcare services. During this same period he also served as Executive Director of LifeQuest Foundation, which sponsored Project CARE, (now sponsored by justCommunity), a state approved student assistance program (SAP) training provider. From 1986 to 1995 he was the Director of Project CARE, a training program for educators and counselors in prevention and intervention skills. His direct experience with adolescents was in various positions as an administrator, counselor and teacher in a private school and day-treatment setting from 1976 to 1985.

Lee is a former Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC), and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned an undergraduate degree (BA) in Criminology. He completed his graduate work (M.Ed.) in education at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, specializing in organizational dynamics, group processes and adult learning. In addition to his work in education and youth development, Lee is also is a seasoned leader in personal transformation and leadership development having been trained through the International Mankind Project’s New Warrior Training program. 

Also, in 1981 Lee was certified as a national field representative for the New Games Foundation, a non-profit educational organization that provided trainings and seminars throughout the country on cooperative play and community building. Lee and his wife Kathy live in Perkasie, PA with their daughter Sage.

Session 3E

Speaker: Timothy Shoemaker

Topic: High-Ding in Plain Sight

Room: 107

Workshop Description: High-Ding in Plain Sight is one of the most visually stunning and practically informative courses in the country. Combining over 100 hands-on displays of concealment clothing, diversion devices, drug placebos and present-day paraphernalia with a stunningly vivid digital presentation, students are treated to an unrivaled learning experience. Timothy Shoemaker is a nationally recognized expert in his field, having served as keynote for several state and national conferences. A veteran active-duty Police Sergeant, Tim brings the latest drug trends straight from the schools, streets, smoke shops and internet blogs into the classroom; frequently beating intel bulletins by weeks or months. Find out how kids are getting high right in front of you, publicly bragging about it through subtle messaging and then easily defeating formal drug screens. Learn easy real-world methods for detecting impairment on-the-spot. Even seasoned professionals are amazed by what's been High-Ding in Plain Sight. Don't miss this empowering opportunity to dramatically increase your effectiveness.

Drug abuse and addiction forced their way into Tim Shoemaker's young life before he could even read. By the time he was a young adult, he had watched the people he loved most, be destroyed by their struggles with alcoholism, prescription drug abuse, marijuana and cocaine addictions. From the shadows of such bleak beginnings, Tim became one of our most passionate and inspiring drug-free advocates.

After more than 20 years in the field, Tim's work has been recognized by multiple state and national organizations, agencies and politicians. Winner of both the NJ State, and the prestigious U.S. National Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer of the Year award, Tim has been profiled by NJ 12 News, WGHT Radio, the Mensa Bulletin, NJ Cops Magazine, the Record, the Star Ledger and several other printed news outlets. Founder of EmpoweredParent.org, TimothyShoemaker.com and C.E.O. of MpoweredParent L.L.C., Tim has presented at corporate events such as MetLife, college campuses such as FDU, at state and national professional conferences and at more than 50 local school districts across the U.S.

Author of the viral "I Believe - Backwards" video and publisher of several prevention-based ebooks, Tim has consulted for several national and international prevention organizations.

Session 3F

Speaker: Susan Tarasevich

Topic: Empowering Students to Ace the “ACES” –  (PART 1 of 2)

Room: 106

Workshop Description: This engaging, results-oriented workshop will give you the opportunity to add strategies to your toolkit so that you will effectively reach and teach students exposed to adverse childhood experiences such as living in poverty.  The effects of socioeconomic deprivation on youth behavioral health issues, suicidality and school exclusion rates are well documented.  You’ll leave with an understanding of the current research revealing the changes in brains of those experiencing adverse childhood experiences. Come and learn what forces strengthen the brain and how you can tap into them each and every day.  You will leave with at least three brain-based strategies that not only change their brains, but just may change yours!

Susan Tarasevich, Ed.D. is passionate about providing educators with deep knowledge and easy to implement strategies so they can empower their students to be the best that they can be. A former teacher, school counselor and administrator, Susan brings these skills to her work as a Preventionist for Addiction Medicine Services of WPIC, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Susan supports educators as they build sustainable frameworks for addressing student learning barriers through Student Assistance Programs, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and other initiatives.

 

 

Session 3G

Speaker(s): Geneen Burris, Jordan Joyce and Lee Ann Cook

Topic: Prevention Should Begin Now: An Overview of the Programs Supporting the Future of Youth and Families in Your Schools and Communities

Room: 211

Workshop Description: Schools and community agencies around Pennsylvania want to provide the best possible environments and services to help support the children, youth, and families in their communities. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) wants to ensure everyone across the state is aware of their initiatives in supporting prevention programming to target issues such as violence, delinquency, substance use, and school truancy/failure. Representatives from the EPISCenter will take this opportunity to educate Student Assistance Program Team members on the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) and its importance to both schools and communities in terms of relevancy and community level risk and protective factors. Discussion around evidence-based vs. ineffective programming will be tied to the overarching theme of prevention. We will explore in depth information on the child-centered, prevention programs supported by PCCD. Finally, in order to bring these child-centered prevention programs to schools and communities, funding streams and availability via PCCD grants will be presented, along with the role the EPISCenter has in providing technical assistance and community engagement.

Geneen Burris is a Prevention Coordinator for the EPISCenter. Her main role includes providing technical assistance to providers implementing evidence-based programming via PCCD funding, including Strengthening Families Program: For Parents & Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14), Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Strong African American Families (SAAF), and Familias Fuertes (FF). Geneen graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Rehabilitation Services Education. She also earned her M.S. in Law and Public Policy from California University of Pennsylvania. She was employed for 18 years as a Juvenile Probation Officer with Centre County. Geneen is a certified facilitator for SFP 10-14 and SAAF, and was a Master Trainer in the Youth Level of Service Inventory (YLS). She was a member/provider for the local CASSP team and CASSP Advisory Board. Geneen was also a member/participant with the Centre County Safe Schools Committee.

Jordan Joyce is a Prevention Coordinator for the EPISCenter. Her main role includes providing technical assistance to providers implementing evidence-based programming; including The Incredible Years (IYS), Multisystemic Therapy (MST), Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), and Functional Family Therapy (FFT).

Jordan graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Education. She spent seven years recruiting and supporting foster families in Centre County. She also spent time as a Project Manager for a nutrition-based research project at Penn State; primarily monitoring the fidelity of the project. In the last ten years, she has worked in schools and local agencies, striving to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and families throughout Pennsylvania and will continue to do so at EPISCenter!

Lee Ann Cook is an Assistant Director for the EPISCenter. Her roles include providing technical assistance to providers who are implementing evidence based programming, supporting outcomes data collection and reporting efforts across programs, and assisting in aggregating outcomes data for the state of Pennsylvania.

Lee Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State, and a masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research. She has training and practice experience in several evidence based models including Project Towards No Drug Abuse, Multi-Systemic Therapy, Families and Schools Together, Creating Lasting Family Connections, and Motivational Interviewing.

She has worked throughout the North-East United States, and across the UK and Central Asia to provide training and technical support to providers of the Families and Schools Together Program. She has served as the Project Coordinator for both SAMHSA and Drug Free Communities prevention grants. In her current role Lee Ann has enjoyed broadening her focus to include all of the Evidence Based Programs supported by theEPISCenter. She looks forward to helping communities and providers successfully implement and track the outcomes for these programs. 

 

PAMLE Mini Session 3-1
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

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

AD - Advisory ELA – English language Arts  PBL – Project Based Learning  SoC – Social Equity     
AR - The Arts En – Enrichment Rd/Wr – Read, Write Across Curriculum  SS – Social Studies
ASCA – Alternative/Student Centered Assessment FC – Flipped Classroom  RL – Reading/Literacy ST/ST – STEAM/STEM
CC – Common Core  GW – Growth Mindset  RTI - Response to Intervention TI - Tiered Instruction
CCC -  Cross Curricular Connections G – Guidance SC – Science TM – Teaming
CM – Classroom management H/PE – Health/PE SE – Students with Exceptionalities  YA – Young Adolescent Development
DAP – Developmental Appropriate Practice ID – Identity Development SED – Student Ethnic Diversity  
DI – Differentiated Instruction IT – Integrating Technology   SLC – Student Led Conferences  
DDI – Data Driven Instruction  MA – Math  SLO - Student Learning Objectives  

 

Session 3H1

Speaker: Alyssa Mahramus, School Implementation Manager – EVERFI

Topic: Beyond Pencil & Paper: Putting Skills to Work (ST/ST, SC, FC, PBL, MA, DDI, IT, SLO, DAP)

Room: 104

Workshop Description: We’ve all heard it at least once in the classroom, ‘When are we actually going to use this?’  Through EVERFI’s place based and PA Core Standards aligned digital resources, students will have the opportunity to not only put in their math & science knowledge into practice with real-life narratives and situations, they will acquire new vocabulary and problem solving skills that can be applied to every student's’ life.  In this session, teachers will receive their own account with access to several math & STEM online resources, lesson plans, and learn how to track student progress. All programs are available free of cost thanks to the NHL, NHLPA, and community sponsors.  Who said math couldn’t be fun!

Session 3I1

Speaker: Frank Hernandez, Principal, Megan Huchko, Assistant Principal – West Allegheny MS

Topic: Accentuate the Positive: Building a Culture of Pride and Self-Improvement, One Student at a Time  (AD, YA, GM, SoC)

Room: 105

Workshop Description: In just one year, the students and staff at West Allegheny Middle School dramatically decreased behavior referrals and chronic absenteeism, and increased student achievement, student and staff morale, and standardized test scores. Find out how this School-Wide Behavior and Intervention Supports Program transformed the academic expectations and school climate into a culture where the students and staff have ‘Pride in Themselves’ and ‘Pride in their School’. Participants will leave with 2-3 actionable strategies to implement in their school.  

Session 3J1

Speaker: Karen Walker, Associate Professor Lebanon Valley College

Topic: Talkin' Bout "Z" Generation (DAP)

Room: 202

Workshop Description: Have you noticed that your students process information and respond differently from those in the past? Do you find yourself often shaking your head and wondering how to best meet their needs? Meet Generation “Z.” They are in your classrooms and they are the new breed. In this workshop, you will explore the characteristics of this generation and gain new strategies to successfully implement with them.

Session 3K1

Speaker: Leighanne Forbes, Associate Professor – Gannon University

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

Room: 109

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 3L1

Speaker(s): Ronda Abbott, Director of Educational Partnerships, Abby Neumeyer – Regional Director of Professional Services

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

Room: 108

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 3M1

Speaker: Anneliese Ledebur, Social Studies Teacher – Titusville MS

Topic: Making Advisory a Priority  (AD)

Room: 206

Workshop Description: Daily at TMS, time set aside for one of our most important initiatives, Advisory.  All students participate in a thirty-minute, non-graded class, where the focus isn’t mathematics, science, or even English.  This time is focused on teaching students how to work together and succeed as a team.

Session 3N1

Speaker: Carol Watson – Associate Professor – Kutztown University

Topic: Supporting ML Education through CMLA on Campus

Room: 203

Workshop Description: Many universities have started AMLE chapters on their campuses. Future middle level teachers are able to participate in learning about and advancing ML education in many ways including tutoring, fundraising, hosting speakers, conference attendance, and hosting middle level students visiting campus. This session will describe some of the ways the Kutztown University organization supports the future of middle level education, and will offer suggestions to middle schools who may want to collaborate with universities. 

PAMLE Mini Session 3-2
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
 

Session 3H2:

Speaker(s): Amy Clark, 7th Grade ELA Teacher, Halee Sikorski, 7th Grade ELA Teacher – Neshannock Jr/Sr HS

Topic: PA Common Core Shifts: Higher Level Thinking Across the Curriculum “Now watch me shift…now watch me PSS-AA..” (CC, TI, DI, RL, ELA, Rd/Wr, DAP)

Room: 104

Workshop Description: Do you struggle with blending ELA Common Core standards in your content area? In this session, attendees will review and analyze one of the major shifts in Common Core questioning on standardized testing and the demands placed on students to achieve a higher-level responses. You will leave with strategies for identifying text complexity, creating layered questioning, and instruction on pairing various types of texts into your current curriculum.  

Session 3I2:

Speaker(s): Kathleen Madigan, Kathryn Hahn, Karen MacNamara, Karen DiMascola, ELA Teachers – Kennett MS

Topic: Using Notice & Note in a Station System at the 8th Grade Level (CM, DI, RL, DAP)

Room: 105

Workshop Description: Looking to increase facetime with your students?  Searching for a research-based method to improve student comprehension? If so, this workshop is for you.  We will be exploring how to use a station model to meet the diverse learning needs of your middle grades language arts class.  Within those stations we will focus on the comprehension strategies put forth by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst in Reading Nonfiction and Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading. 

Session 3J2:

Speaker: Patty McGinnis, 7/8 Science Teacher – Arcola Intermediate School

Topic: Creating an Interpretive Trail on Your Campus ST/ST, SC, PBL)

Room: 202

Workshop Description: 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 NSTA’s Learning Center to locate additional STEM projects appropriate for middle school. 

Session 3K2:

Speaker(s): Richard Texter, 8th Social Studies, Rick Roth, 8th Math, Alex Martinez, 8th Social Studies Teachers – North Hills MS

Topic: Using Digital Tools for Assessment (ASCA, IT)

Room: 109

Workshop Description: We live in a time of instant information and data. Using digital tools is a great way to get instant feedback on our students. Are they learning what we are hoping they are learning? Do they have questions about the lesson? Using digital tools such as Google forms, Socrative, Goformative, Nearpod, Plickers, Quizlet, Padlet, and many others are a great way to conduct formative assessment.

Session 3L2:

Speaker(s): Dr. Robert Salladino, Principal, Michelle Britton, Assistant Principal – Springton Lake MS

Topic: In Pursuit of a Better Grade – Our Journey to Reform Grading & Assessment  (GM, SoC, ASCA, YA)

Room: 108

Workshop Description: Explore current best practice in classroom assessment and grading, while learning about one school’s journey to reform efforts to make grades better support student learning. Participants will learn more about the resources that we used and how we engaged teachers, students, and parents in the process. There will be an opportunity to discuss some of the challenges that we encountered and how to shift thinking around the deeply rooted concept of grades.  

Session 3M2:

Speaker(s): Kristin Byers, Program manager – PA Alliance for Geographic Education

Topic: Using the Giant Map of Pennsylvania in the Middle School Classroom (MA, CCC, SS, DI, SE, EN)

Room: 206

Workshop Description: Understanding geographic concepts has never been more important in our increasingly global society. Come explore the Giant Map of Pennsylvania and learn how to present geographic and spatial thinking skills to your middle school students while having fun learning about our state. The Giant Map of Pennsylvania is a free to borrow resource for all PA teachers provided by the PA Alliance for Geographic Education.

Session 3N2:

Speaker: Carol Watson, Associate Professor – Kutztown University

Topic: Transitioning from Campus Coursework to Field Experience

Room: 203

Workshop Description: No matter how carefully planned and grounded university coursework is, it is always a challenge to make the jump from on campus classes to middle school classrooms. Many factors are outside the control of both university supervisors and cooperating teachers, and levels of willingness and ability to collaborate effectively can be challenging. With a goal of creating a smoother transition in ML teacher education programs, this session will report the findings of an investigation into this transition from the perspective of the teacher candidates.

 

Monday Keynote Session Three - 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Keynote Speaker:  Gary Cuccia

Topic: Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention

Room: President's Hall 1 & 2

Keynote Description: In August of 2007, Demi Brae Cuccia was brutally stabbed to death by her former boyfriend just one day after celebrating her 16th birthday. Demi was an exceptionally beautiful young lady with a contagious smile, charming personality and a compassionate, spiritual soul. In response to her death, Demi’s father, Dr. Gary Cuccia, established the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization (DBCAO) in 2009. The Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide education and awareness to youth, parents, and communities on the real dangers associated with teen dating violence and abuse. By sharing Demi’s story, the DBCAO is committed to inspiring teens, parents, educators, and communities to build healthier relationships in the hopes that many young people and their families will not experience such tragedy. The flagship effort of the DBCAO is the organization’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention (TDVAP) Program. The TDVAP program is an educational outreach effort to present teen dating violence awareness and prevention to middle and high school students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The purpose of the TDVAP program is to heighten awareness of and reduce teen dating violence in order to cultivate safe dating practices and a healthier and safer community. During the one-hour assemblies, students learn the warning signs of dating violence/abuse, what can happen when dating behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy, strategies to keep safe, and informational resources to access immediate help and support.

Dr. Gary Cuccia – Founder & Executive Director, Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization Dr. Cuccia serves as the founder and Executive Director of the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization. Following the tragic murder of his 16 year old daughter, Demi Brae Cuccia, who was killed in August 2007 as a result of Teen Dating Violence/Abuse, Dr. Cuccia founded the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization (www.demibrae.com). 

Dr. Cuccia’s passion and activism surrounding TDV has gained national recognition. In recognition of his efforts to advocate for teen dating violence prevention programs, through the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization, Dr. Cuccia received a Community Impact Award from the Ladies Hospital Aid Society on September 22, 2012, a Special Award of Distinction from the Women And Girls Foundation on December 1, 2012, and a Small Business Community Hero Honorable Mention from Direct Energy on June 28, 2013.

Dr. Cuccia believes that had he and Demi been educated about how to recognize the signs of Teen Dating Violence/Abuse then she would be alive today, and if her story and his advocacy saves one life, it is well worth the effort. That one life saved could have been Demi’s. 

Demi’s death and the mission of the Demi Brae Cuccia Awareness Organization have gained national recognition. Dr. Cuccia has had the opportunity to share Demi’s story with Matt Lauer of the Today Show, Mike Huckabee of the Mike Huckabee show, Talk Radio with Laura Ingraham, and WQED who produced the documentary entitled Teen Dating Violence: The Murder of Demi Cuccia which won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy on September 24, 2011 along with a Golden Quill Award on May 14, 2012. In addition, Investigation Discovery- Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris aired an episode May 2017 Deadly Breakup which was dedicated to telling Demi’s story. Dr. Cuccia also received two personal invitations to Washington, D.C. – first on September 13, 2011 to Vice President Joe Biden’s residence to honor the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, and again on February 28, 2013 for a program to mark Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month at the White House. During Dr. Cuccia’s visit to Washington. D.C. in February 2013, the Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized and signed into law.

Dr. Cuccia is a 1993 graduate of Life Chiropractic College and has been practicing as an independent chiropractor in New Alexandria, PA for the past 25 years.

 

Monday Breakout Session Four - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session 4A

Speaker(s): Alexa Livelsberger and Jackie Strohm

Topic: Supporting Students, Strengthening Schools: Responding to Sexual Violence

Room: 204

Workshop Description:  Sexual violence impacts students in every school district across Pennsylvania. Caring adults don't always have the information and tools they need to support these students and create a safe learning environment. This workshop will provide an overview of sexual violence, the impact of trauma on students and their learning, and resources for prevention and intervention. 

Alexa Livelsberger is the Children’s Advocacy Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR). In this role she is responsible for training and technical assistance specific to child sexual abuse. Prior to work at PCAR, she worked with children and families in a variety of settings, including community-based, mental health and victim service programs. Most recently she provided individual and group therapy to children who were survivors of sexual assault and their families. Lexi holds a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in children from Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA. She holds a Master's of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. She has been involved in the movement to end sexual violence for more than 10 years.

Jackie Strohm is the Prevention and Resource Coordinator at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. She oversees training and technical assistance efforts related to designing, implementing, and evaluating sexual violence prevention. She previously served at PCAR as the Special Projects Coordinator. She is a graduate of Temple University where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work.

Session 4B

Speaker(s): Christina Getz, Wanda J. Suarez and Jennifer Dugan

Topic: Starting an Elementary Student Assistance Program: Not as Elementary as You May Think

Room: 205

Workshop Description: This presentation will discuss the common struggles elementary schools face when trying to begin an ESAP Program in their building. Participants will be able to identify common barriers to starting a program and gain strategies to implement an effective ESAP program. The presentation will highlight how to get your ESAP program up and running; educating your faculty about ESAP and referring students to the program; and how to incorporate ESAP into the other student programs currently offered in your school.

Christina Getz is a Lead Student Assistance Specialist for Caron Treatment Centers. She currently oversees Prevention Programing for Caron, and serves as a SAP liaison for Hamburg Area School District. She also supervises other Caron Student Assistance Specialists in their role as SAP liaisons to Berks County area school districts. Through her work at Caron, Christina has worked directly with elementary, middle, and high school students, providing psycho educational support groups, prevention services, assessments, and large group presentations. Christina received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Millersville University and has been working in social services since 2004.

 

Wanda J. Suarez has worked in the field of education for 21 years. During her career she has worked in the Chicago Public Schools and in the School District of Lancaster. She has worked at both the Elementary and Middle School Level. She has served in the following capacities: Teacher, Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal and Principal. In addition, she has also worked as an Adjunct Instructor at Eastern Mennonite University for over 10 years. She has received several awards recognizing her commitment and service to students and teachers.

 

Jennifer Dugan is employed at the School District of Lancaster as the School Counselor of Lafayette Elementary School. Prior to her employment at SDOL, she spent 16 years at Lincoln Charter School in York, Pennsylvania and served as the Program Coordinator at True North Wellness Amazing Kids Club. As one of the ESAP team’s newest members, she now leads the program at her school. Lafayette’s ESAP team was recognized and earned the 2017 Distinguished ESAP team of the Year Award for their ongoing commitment to the children served at the elementary school.

Session 4C

Speaker: Stephanie Colvin-Roy

Topic:
Mindset, Grit and Optimism: Promoting Skills that Lead to Academic Tenacity

Room: 207

Workshop Description: Why is it that the smartest people are not necessarily the most successful? Research shows us time and time again that there are non-cognitive factors that can have a far greater impact than IQ on both academic and long-term success. These factors include mindset, students’ beliefs about their intelligence and abilities, their habits of self-control and their reactions to everyday setbacks. Participants will learn relatively simple educational and psychological interventions that target these factors and can transform students’ experiences and achievements in school and in life.

Handouts and Resources

Stephanie Colvin-Roy, Training and Organizational Development Associate Center for the Promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (CPSEL), Center for Schools and Communities Stephanie provides technical assistance and professional development to schools and youth serving agencies with a focus on social emotional learning and bullying prevention. Stephanie is a National Trainer for ICPS and Raising a Thinking Child and oversees the ICPS program with support and guidance from the program developer, Dr. Myrna Shure. She has developed curriculum which incorporates social emotional learning elements, a teambuilding curriculum for out of school time, prevention lessons on alcohol and other drug abuse, addiction, bullying, cyberbullying, diversity, resiliency, and co-written lessons on gambling prevention. Stephanie has training in cyber bullying, relational aggression, resiliency, cyber addiction, media literacy, diversity awareness, and addiction. Ms. Roy served as a Common Wealth Approved Lead Student Assistance Program Trainer and an adjunct college professor on Personal Resiliency and Diversity. She is a Certified OLWEUS trainer, a trainer for adults and educators, and a presenter to youth and adults.

Session 4D

Speaker(s): Marisa Vicere and Perri Rosen

Topic:
Preventing Youth Suicide by Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Resilience

Room: 208

Workshop Description: The transition years are filled with constant change and uncertainty; however, they are also filled with exploration, inspiration and growth. Learning techniques to lower stress and build resiliency are crucial to leading a healthy lifestyle. We'll examine patterns of stress and provide hands-on techniques to help young people build resilience.

Handouts and Resources

As a strong believer in the empowerment of young people, Marisa Vicere founded and became president of Jana Marie Foundation in 2012. The experience of losing her sister Jana Vicere to suicide in 2011 cemented her commitment to helping young people navigate through the tough transitional teen years and educating parents and community members about mental and emotional health. Marisa's background in marketing, promotions and program implementation has helped her lead the Jana Marie Foundation team in designing and implementing numerous programs including the Straight Talk for People Who Care About Kids seminar series, Candid Conversations video series, Wellness Forums For Young Women, and the Stompers Project--a major community project that is using art to bring people together and open up discussions around mental and emotional health. In addition to her work with Jana Marie Foundation, Marisa serves as a board member for Prevent Suicide PA, a co-chairman for the Centre County Suicide Prevention Taskforce and as a volunteer for Tides Program. Marisa holds a B.S. in Global Management and Marketing from Susquehanna University and a MBA from the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

Perri Rosen, PhD, is Project Director of the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention grant, a SAMHSA-funded grant awarded to the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) at the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This grant is focused on suicide prevention awareness, training, screening, and intervention for youth ages 10-24 throughout the Commonwealth. She is also Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and a Pennsylvania certified Special Education teacher. Additionally, she sits on the Executive Board of the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP), and she is a trainer-of-trainers in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), as well as a certified trainer of Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA).

 

Session 4E

Speaker(s): Andrea Sheesley and Sonia Pitzi

Topic:
Supporting Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Room: 107

Workshop Description: In this session presenter/s will provide information about how your school/district 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.

Ms. Andrea Sheesley has more than twenty years of experience working with children and families, including positions in preschool, Even Start, and Parent and Early Childhood Education. She has been employed with the ARIN Intermediate unit since 1995 when she worked with children and family home visiting; since 2005 she has served as the Region 6 Coordinator for the Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Program. She serves on numerous community collaborative agencies such as Head Start, housing coalitions and parenting programs.

Sonia Pitzi has worked with students experiencing homelessness for 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.

Session 4F

Speaker: Susan Tarasevich

Topic: Empowering Students to Ace the “ACES” – (PART 2 of 2)

Room: 106

Workshop Description: This engaging, results-oriented workshop will give you the opportunity to add strategies to your toolkit so that you will effectively reach and teach students exposed to adverse childhood experiences such as living in poverty.  The effects of socioeconomic deprivation on youth behavioral health issues, suicidality and school exclusion rates are well documented.  You’ll leave with an understanding of the current research revealing the changes in brains of those experiencing adverse childhood experiences. Come and learn what forces strengthen the brain and how you can tap into them each and every day.  You will leave with at least three brain-based strategies that not only change their brains, but just may change yours!

Susan Tarasevich, Ed.D. is passionate about providing educators with deep knowledge and easy to implement strategies so they can empower their students to be the best that they can be. A former teacher, school counselor and administrator, Susan brings these skills to her work as a Preventionist for Addiction Medicine Services of WPIC, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Susan supports educators as they build sustainable frameworks for addressing student learning barriers through Student Assistance Programs, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and other initiatives.

 

Session 4G

Speaker: Michelle Nutter

Topic:
How to "SPEAK UP" at School

Room: 211

Workshop Description: Have you ever found yourself in the uncomfortable circumstance where someone, a student, parent or colleague, uses biased language or stereotypes in school? This workshop, based on Teaching Tolerance’s publication, How to Speak Up at School, is designed for educators who want to develop the skills to speak up themselves and who want to help their students find the courage to speak up, too. When someone makes a biased statement, we must act quickly! Using video scenarios, participants will learn to use four techniques (interrupt, question, educate and echo) to respond to biased language in the moment, from any source, in any situation.

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.

PAMLE Mini Session 4-1
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

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

AD - Advisory ELA – English language Arts  PBL – Project Based Learning  SoC – Social Equity     
AR - The Arts En – Enrichment Rd/Wr – Read, Write Across Curriculum  SS – Social Studies
ASCA – Alternative/Student Centered Assessment FC – Flipped Classroom  RL – Reading/Literacy ST/ST – STEAM/STEM
CC – Common Core  GW – Growth Mindset  RTI - Response to Intervention TI - Tiered Instruction
CCC -  Cross Curricular Connections G – Guidance SC – Science TM – Teaming
CM – Classroom management H/PE – Health/PE SE – Students with Exceptionalities  YA – Young Adolescent Development
DAP – Developmental Appropriate Practice ID – Identity Development SED – Student Ethnic Diversity  
DI – Differentiated Instruction IT – Integrating Technology   SLC – Student Led Conferences  
DDI – Data Driven Instruction  MA – Math  SLO - Student Learning Objectives  


Session 4H1

Speaker(s): Dr. Gerald Catagnus, Brenda Boyer, Principals, Rachel Kutney, Andy Stine, Jennifer Williams, Jennifer Moyer, Richard Morse, Amy Kochel and ShawnMarie Gardner, Teachers – Twin Valley MS

Topic: Raider Pride: Student Advocacy for Building a Strong School Community (AD, YA, SoC, G, DAP)

Room: 104

Workshop Description:  The Twin Valley Middle School (TVMS) Raider Pride Program is a school-wide advocacy program that strives to build community among all students and staff.  Raider Pride creates a climate where students are heard and have a sense of belonging.  Student leaders for community building sessions, peer mentors, a Restorative Practices model, and school-wide behavioral expectations are only a few of the components that make this program a success at TVMS. 

Handouts and Resources

Session 4I1

Speaker(s): Christine Kline, Counselor and Julie Baun, Librarian – DuBois Area MS

Topic: Teaching Today’s Learners to be Tomorrow’s Leaders ST/ST, TI, CCCG, EN, SoC, YA, DAP)

Room: 105

Workshop Description:  Through the DuBois Area School District’s new READY initiative (Regional Economic Acceleration through the Development of our Youth), Career and Education Work Standards as well as real life experiences are being embedded into the existing curriculum. Our comprehensive Career and Life Program focuses on 21st Century careers and occupations, but aims to develop the local, regional, and state economies. Career Cluster Collaboration Stations, monthly career cluster panelists, hands on discovery, digital learning, and personal interactions with their peers and community are driving this program. Through a partnership with the North Central Workforce Development Board a career counselor will be holding lunch and learns, helping students with career plans, and supporting our initiative. Come get ideas on how to help your students get READY! 

Handouts and Resources

Session 4J1

Speaker(s): Lauren Baxter and Danielle Corrao, Teachers – Cocalico MS

Topic: Flexible Seating: Creating a Personalized Learning Space for Middle Level Students (CM, DI, ASCA)

Room: 202

Workshop Description: Teachers should not only personalize learning but also personalize spaces to increase student achievement. Classrooms today look similar to classrooms years ago: desks in rows. However, our world has evolved and our classrooms should, too. Flexible seating at the middle level gives students varied seating options, allowing them to choose the seat that best fits their learning needs. By eliminating desks and creating spaces that encourage comfort and productivity, teachers create conducive and communicative atmospheres. 

Handouts and Resources

Session 4K1

Speaker(s): Joe Welch and Larry Dorenkamp, Teachers – North Hills MS

Topic: 
Clips for Community & Classroom Engagement (FC, PBL, IT)

Room: 203

Workshop Description:  Apple's Clips for iOS application allows for easy video production for middle school students. Explore practical, creative, and engaging methods on how to get started in utilizing Clips. No matter your role, leverage Clips to engage students, parents, teachers, and the public. Explore ways North Hills Middle School teachers and administration use Clips to engage in conversations with parents and the community.  

Session 4L1

Speaker: Beth Zigmont, Instructional STEM Coach – Radnor SD

Topic: Full STEAM Ahead (ST/ST)

Room: 109

Workshop Description:  This session will focus on the benefits of STEM integration for the development of 21st century learners. Strategies for enhancing existing STEM opportunities and incorporating additional opportunities including, but not limited to, the development of interdisciplinary projects, the formation of partnerships with local community members and organizations, and opportunities for peer coaching practices will be shared. Participants will walk away with a variety of suggestions and tools to further develop STEM programming at the middle level. 

Session 4M1

Speaker(s): Deborah Hamiliton, Amanda Pomeroy and Christina Labarron, Teachers – Northern Potter MS

Topic: 
Teaching Growth Mindset in Middle School (GM)

Room: 206

Workshop Description:  Middle school is a time of growth and learning for students. Most importantly it is a time where students learn about who they are as a person. It is important to shape perception and mindset in a positive light. Teaching students' growth mindset at an early age gives them the tools they need to move on and be successful both in middle school and in the future.

Session 4N1

Speaker: Dr. Jason Hilton – Associate Professor – Slippery Rock University

Topic: Preparing to Teach Middle Level Students in the Post-Truth Era (CCC, ID, DAP)

Room: 108

Workshop Description:  Facts no longer speak for themselves, but great teaching still does! Whether you are a new teacher or a seasoned veteran, the classroom has changed. Evolution, climate change, the Earth is flat, what news is real – all are open to debate. The young adolescent mind is forming a worldview that will impact them for the rest of their life. Are you prepared to help middle level learners become knowledgeable, effective citizens in the post-truth era? 

 

PAMLE Mini Session 4-2
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session 4H2:

Speaker(s): Janelle Johnson and Kelly Johnson, Teachers – Kane Area MS

Topic: Close Reading with Related Writing (RL, ELA, CCC, Rd/Wr) 

Room: 104

Workshop Description:  This presentation will help you teach your students to look at text differently and more closely.  The focus is on reading multiple times with different purposes in mind.  Independent, cooperative, and whole class reading are combined and the lesson will end with an independent writing assignment.  This method is especially useful in science and social studies classrooms as well as the ELA classroom. 

Handouts and Resources

Session 4I2:

Speaker: Jared Shade, Principal – Upper Dauphin MS

Topic: Character Education in Secondary Schools (AD, CM)

Room: 105

Workshop Description:  Upper Dauphin Area School district defines Character as “who you are when nobody's watching”. Character education provides students a foundation to learn with less distraction.  Discovery groups are broken into intimate groups of mixed grade level students. Weekly activities include seminar, team building, performing arts, academics, and school jobs. These activities provide connections among peers, teachers, and community.  Data shows a significant reduction in discipline, violence, and truancy; displaying our program’s effectiveness.  

Session 4J2:

Speaker(s): Julie Cook, Jeannine Dunn, Teachers and Jennifer Arevcalo, Director of Education – Souderton Charter School Collaborative

Topic: Collaborative Leadership (TM)

Room: 109

Workshop Description: Learn how to build the capacity of faculty members in a distributed leadership model school.

Session 4K2:

Speaker(s): Becky Sensor and Joe Sensor, Music Teachers – DuBois Area MS

Topic: Using Google Classroom, YouTube and Nearpod to Flip Your Classroom (CCC, IT, FC, AR, SLO)

Room: 108

Workshop Description:  Looking for a way to extend your daily lesson? Would you like to give students knowledge and insight on a topic before it is first introduced in class? Using Google Classroom, YouTube and Nearpod to bring new material and supplemental instruction to your students, can be wonderful ways to engage students and encourage them to dig deeper into a topic in and out of the classroom. 

Session 4L2:

Speaker: Leighann Forbes, Associate Professor – Gannon University

Topic: Seeking a Future: Adolescent Refugees (SED, DAP)

Room: 202

Workshop Description: This presentation will focus on strategies for responding to the needs of adolescent refugees in the middle level classroom.  Challenges, opportunities, and recommendations based on current research will first be shared with participants.  Participants will then examine each of the Essential Attributes of This We Believe with the presenters and leave with practical strategies to help adolescent refugees adjust to life in the United States and classroom culture. 

Session 4M2:

Speaker: Jim Burgess, Mental Health First Aide Instructor – Mental Wellness Awareness Association

Topic: PA School's Mental Wellness Initiative; a Comprehensive Approach to mental Wellness (ID, YA, SoC, G, SED) 

Room: 206

Workshop Description: The PA School’s Mental Wellness Initiative is collaboration between Please Live, Inc. and the Mental Wellness Awareness Association, Inc. to educate middle and high schools about mental health and suicide prevention. The Initiative focuses efforts toward mental health awareness and suicide prevention using a four-stage approach tailored to individual school districts-Youth Mental Health First Aid, student assembly, mental wellness health fair, and a brain wellness app called MyBrain365.

Handouts and Resources

Session 4N2

Speaker(s): Mike Hall, Principal, Julie Tullar and Ross Adler, Teachers – Avonworth MS

Topic: From Chaos to Culture: How to Tame the PBL Beast (PBL, TM)

Room: 203

Workshop Description:  A team can only be effective if the adults are learning along with the students.  In order to create a team with equal voice from ALL members, team norms and protocols must be utilized.  This session will provide you with some specific strategies to use that will help you develop true team norms and protocols.  The power of team norms and protocols can change your school’s culture and be infused into everyday teaching practices.

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