Pennsylvania Association 
of Student Assistance 
Professionals

 

 


 

 

 

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

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

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

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Session 2MSA:

Speaker(s): Molly Castner – Marshall Middle School & Stephanie Feniello - North Allegheny School District
Topic: "The Interactive Notebook in the Language Arts Classroom" – (ELA)
Room: 207

Workshop Description: The purpose of the interactive notebook is to organize and synthesize information in a way that takes into account students’ multiple intelligences.  Using this research-based strategy supports instructional outcomes such as note taking, concept mapping and organizing information.  In addition to understanding research, teachers will create multiple examples for the use of interactive notebooks in their own classroom.

Molly Castner has 18 years in the secondary language arts classroom.  She currently teaches 8th grade language Arts at Marshall Middle School in the North Allegheny School District. 

Stephanie Feniello has 19 years experience and currently teaches both 8th and 12th grade in the North Allegheny School District. 

Session 2MSB:

Speaker: Laurie Smith – Upper Perkiomen Middle School
Topic:
"Teaming? A Reality or in Name Only?" – RTI, TM, CCC)
Room: 208

Workshop Description: Teaming is paramount, but is true teaming happening in your school?  This session will focus on the creation of teams and how to effectively provide time for staff to collaborate.  A model will be shared to incorporate PLCs, grade level meetings, content area planning, and the MTSS model into the teaming structure.  All of this while also supporting a positive school culture.  Teaming will keep the focus on kids, curriculum, and professional development!

Laurie Smith is currently the Principal at Upper Perkiomen Middle School where she has served for the past 3 years.  She was previously the Principal at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School and brings a total of 14 years of administrative experience at the middle level.  Her passion is being an instructional leader and creating a positive environment for staff and students to thrive.  She can be seen taped to a wall, or sumo wrestling staff it is going to benefit the students in her building!  Laurie is also currently pursuing her Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Lehigh University.

Session 2MSC 

Speaker: Beth Zigmont – Radnor Middle School
Topic: "Building a Framework for 21st Century STEM Education" – (ST/ST, SC, PBL, MA, CCC, IT)
Room: 109

Workshop Description: This session will focus on identifying the necessity of evaluating STEM education programming at the middle level and developing a framework to enhance STEM educational practices through the development of interdisciplinary projects and curriculum, the formation of partnerships with local community members and organizations, and opportunities for peer coaching practices. Participants will walk away with a variety of short term and long-term options for building the capacity of 21st century STEM education.

Beth Zigmont is currently serving as the K-8 STEM coach for the Radnor Township School District. Over the course of her tenure with Radnor, she has developed and taught the integrated STEM-based program, Gateways, for eighth graders at Radnor Middle School, headed the science vertical team, and served as science department chair.

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Session 2MSD:

Speaker: Leighann S. Forbes, Ed.D. – Gannon University
Topic: "Apps for Ten-Minute Technology Makeovers" – (CC, ASCA, RL, DDI, ELA, IT)
Room: 207

Workshop Description: Dreaming of spa treatment for your tired lesson plans and hit-or-miss assessments?  Dream no more!   Quickly learn how to adopt CCSS and PA Core Standards-aligned technology solutions to reinvigorate your lesson and assessment planning.  Apps for formative assessment, performance assessment, data mining from your classroom library, and for integrating high quality media will be explored. Presented as three “10 minute makeovers,” this session will allow time for exploration and discussion.  BYOD.

Leighann Forbes, Ed. D. is currently an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Middle Level and Secondary Education, Gannon University, Erie, PA.  She brings a wide range of experiences and expertise and is equal parts learner and teacher.

Session 2MSE:

Speaker: Rob Furman – South Park Elementary Center
Topic: "Motivating the Reluctant Reader Through Technology" – (RL)
Room: 208

Workshop Description: In this exciting presentation, Dr. Rob delivers a fresh approach to integrating modern technology and reading, making them completely complementary. Dr. Rob presents many technological resources that can easily be introduced into the 21st classroom; from websites, to video conferencing, to ‘apps’, in order to bring a new, refreshing approach to reading. Further, Dr. Rob discusses practical applications for each of these resources, bringing to light ways educators and schools can use these resources in an appropriate, budget-friendly, effective manner to see a shift in active reading among their students.

Dr. L. Robert Furman is an educator, leader, principal, student, speaker, and published author; but most notably, Dr. Rob is a true champion for education in the 21st century. As a former teacher and now administrator, Dr. Rob serves in the foreground of everyday education. From daily interactions with students and teachers, to working within his community to identify and build programs to further the reach of his school; Dr. Rob believes education is the true key to personal growth and community vibrancy.

After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Virginia University, Dr. Rob found his true passion in school administration, which led to attending Duquesne University to gain his Master’s in Educational Administration. Since then, Dr. Rob has also gained his Doctorate in Instructional Leadership and has become an innovator in creating and encouraging progressive thought and movement within the field of education.

Currently, Dr. Rob serves as Principal at South Park Elementary outside of Pittsburgh, PA, and has truly become a sought after leader in topics surrounding the field of education today. While he travels the country speaking on a range of topics, Dr. Rob’s true passions revolve around leadership development, parent efficacy and involvement, and creating future-ready students by accepting and encouraging the use of technology inside of the classroom.

Beyond speaking at venues across the country, Dr. Rob is also a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post as well as the Ed Tech Review. Further, he has received several prestigious awards, such as being named in the National School Board Association’s “20 To Watch” in technology education.

For more information, or to book Dr. Rob for your event check out: www.robfurman.com

Session 2MSF:

Speaker(s):  Daniel Tracy – ET Richardson Middle School
Topic: "S
tudent Led Advisory Programs "– (AD, YA)
Room: 109

Workshop Description: Students and administrators from E.T. Richardson Middle School will share how their teacher led advisory program made the transition to a student led advisory program for the incoming 6th grade students.  Activities focus on the PA Social Emotional Learning Standards.  Student leaders will share some of the activities and discussions that take place during advisory. 

Daniel Tracy is principal at E.T. Richardson Middle School for the past 8 years. 

Thom Stecher is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and educational consultant.  He specializes in self-esteem, wellness, and student assistance programs.  Raised in a family of educators, Thom believes that education is a life-long process and that we all teach best what we most need to learn.  It is therefore imperative that we teach each other.

S. Alex Fizz is an educator immersed in social emotional and service learning. Alex leads adventure-based and experiential learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. His work with students addresses issues such as racism, sexism, bullying, harassment, violence and hazing while creating a safe space for solution-based problem solving. Additionally, Alex provides professional development to administrators, faculty and staff centered around wellness, resilience, diversity, classroom community, school-wide behavioral models, and district-wide social, emotional and academic change initiatives.

3:00 PM - 4:00PM

Session 2MSG:

Speaker: Kristin Byers – PA Alliance for Geographic Education
Topic: "Using the Giant Map of Pennsylvania to Teach Spatial Thinking Skills in the Middle Level Classroom" – (SC, SS, SE, CCC)
Room: 207

Workshop Description: The Giant Map of Pennsylvania, a large floor map produced by National Geographic, is used to teach a variety of geographic and spatial thinking skills to students of all ages. Topics explored while using the map include population density, natural resources, landform regions, PA history, map scale, etc.  Come play on our map and learn how fun geography can be!  Presented by the PA Alliance for Geographic Education, a National Geographic-sponsored organization that assists teachers across PA in the instruction of geography.

Kristin Byers is the program manager for the PA Alliance for Geographic Education.  She is a graduate of Shippensburg University and worked for a number of years in middle school special education before joining the PA Alliance (a branch of National Geographic) in 2014.  Currently, Kristin works with teachers throughout Pennsylvania to assist them in effectively incorporating geography education into their classrooms.  She also serves as the PA state coordinator for the National Geographic Bee. 

Session 2MSH:

Speaker: Rob Furman – South Park Elementary Center
Topic: "Are You Future Ready?" – (IT)
Room: 208

Workshop Description:  Education is the wild west of the 21st century and I could not choose a more exciting time to be in education.  This presentation will discuss various ways to look at change and the necessary skills needed in the 21st century. Might it be time for an Education revolution?

What does it mean to you to be future ready? 20 years ago occupations were very different and I’m not sure anyone would have hired you to be a professional video game player. What does a future ready student think about the future of being a doctor, teacher, scientist or video game player? How have the definitions of those occupations changed or could change over the next 50 years? Over the next 50 years it has been said that our information and data will increase tenfold? How much new knowledge will we have? What new technology will you see and use? How do you get prepared for a future that is more unknown than in any time in history?

Dr. L. Robert Furman is an educator, leader, principal, student, speaker, and published author; but most notably, Dr. Rob is a true champion for education in the 21st century. As a former teacher and now administrator, Dr. Rob serves in the foreground of everyday education. From daily interactions with students and teachers, to working within his community to identify and build programs to further the reach of his school; Dr. Rob believes education is the true key to personal growth and community vibrancy.

After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Virginia University, Dr. Rob found his true passion in school administration, which led to attending Duquesne University to gain his Master’s in Educational Administration. Since then, Dr. Rob has also gained his Doctorate in Instructional Leadership and has become an innovator in creating and encouraging progressive thought and movement within the field of education.

Currently, Dr. Rob serves as Principal at South Park Elementary outside of Pittsburgh, PA, and has truly become a sought after leader in topics surrounding the field of education today. While he travels the country speaking on a range of topics, Dr. Rob’s true passions revolve around leadership development, parent efficacy and involvement, and creating future-ready students by accepting and encouraging the use of technology inside of the classroom.

Beyond speaking at venues across the country, Dr. Rob is also a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post as well as the Ed Tech Review. Further, he has received several prestigious awards, such as being named in the National School Board Association’s “20 To Watch” in technology education.

For more information, or to book Dr. Rob for your event check out: www.robfurman.com

Session 2MSI:

Speaker: Jesse Minor – Central Cambria Middle School
Topic: "Connecting Math with Our Global Society"– (MA, CCC)
Room: 109

Workshop Description:  As global citizens, students need to be mathematically literate. Understanding budget deficits, environmental challenges, changing demographics and more requires command of basic middle school math skills. Engage in hands-on activities that integrate math with social studies and science to grasp issues shaping our future. Receive a CD-ROM of activities!

Jessie Minor teaches a 6th and 8th grade math at Central Cambria Middle School. She is also the Middle Level Representative of the Laurel Highlands Mathematics Association Board. Previously, as an AmeriCorps member, Jessie served as a tutor for the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps and Central Cambria Middle School. She has experience in outdoor and informal teaching as well. Jessie holds a B.S. in Mathematics with a Secondary Education Concentration from St. Francis University.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Session 2MSJ:

Speaker: Kimberly Heilshorn – Millersville University
Topic: "Academic Language for School Success" – (MA, Rd/Wr)
Room: 207

Workshop Description: Adolescent learners may struggle to develop the academic language necessary for school success.   Academic language is best presented in a way that is context-embedded and understandable.  Participants will 1) engage in before-during-and after strategies to develop academic language and comprehension using a variety of print materials, 2) complete various types of text guides with an eye toward their design, and 3) learn to develop vocabulary, including mathematical vocabulary.  Grouping strategies to increase comprehensibility will be modeled.

Dr. Kimberly Heilshorn is an Associate Professor at Millersville University in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Currently she teaches graduate and undergraduate mathematics methods courses. She received her degrees from Boston College (B.A.), Millersville University (M.Ed.), and Widener University (Ed.D.). Her educational experiences include: middle school mathematics teacher; researcher for a National Science Foundation middle grades math curriculum; middle school assistant principal, and a K-12 mathematics curriculum coordinator.

Judith Wenrich is a professor at Millersville University where she teaches classes in literacy pedagogy and content area reading for students pursuing their certification in grades 4 through 8.  Interests include adolescent learners, English learners, and striving readers. 

Session 2MSK:

Speaker:– John Walsh – Charles Patton Middle School
Topic: "
Technology"
Room: 208

Workshop Description: 

John Walsh is a technology education teacher at the Charles Patton MS in the Unionville-Chadds Ford SD.  He has taught numerous technology classes for the Chester County IU as well as the Chester County Adult Night School.  In addition, John is the Webmaster for PAMLE.

Session 2MSL:

Speaker: Bob Ceh – Seneca Valley Middle School
Topic: "Team Learning Plans – A Collective Capacity" – (TM, Rd/Wr, DAP)
Room: 109

Workshop Description:  A team of six teachers that teach five 42 minute classes a day has a collective capacity of 900 opportunities to impact students and embed learning.   No single team member can impact students the way that the entire team can.  With a goal and a common plan time, we can embed skills across curriculum throughout the year that they will carry on.  Each team has chosen a theme or skill to research, deliver, review and embed within their students.  Topic for presentation has not been selected as of this date. 

Team to present has yet to be determined. 

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