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

Keynote Speaker: Will Wise
Topic: "Conscious Connections: The Spark"
Room: President's Hall

Keynote Description: How might we create more conversations that matter? WiLL WiSE, co-founder of We!™ and author of Ask Powerful Questions, presents a compelling and thoughtful perspective on how to break down communication barriers, boost connection, and increase engagement. Will’s style is lively and highly interactive. To make the power of connection come alive, we will engage in a large scale exercise featuring We! Connect Cards™ - a tool being used in over 50 countries around the world to create conversations that matter.

WiLL WiSE, M.Ed., is passionate about bringing out the best in people. He is the co-founder of We!™ (www.weand.me) and has over two decades of experience custom building leadership programs. He was also the principle of a non-traditional school in New England. He is the author of Asking Powerful Questions: Create Conversations That Matter. Hundreds of facilitators have been trained by Will to walk into a room full of strangers to talk about things they would normally be afraid to confront such as race, gender, and long-term conflicts.

 

 

 

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

Session 3A

Speaker: Will Wise, M.Ed.
Topic:
 "Conscious Connections: Light the Fire"

Room: 204

Workshop Description: This session will be full of concrete tools based on the book, Ask Powerful Questions, that breaks through communication barriers and increases connections with those that with whom you work. We will build on the skills experienced during Conscious Connections keynote. We will explore what happens when you consciously create openness, listen fully, and empathize. Observers need not apply. This will be full immersion experience. Be prepared to engage as you walk through the door.

WiLL WiSE, M.Ed., is passionate about bringing out the best in people. He is the co-founder of We!™ (www.weand.me) and has over two decades of experience custom building leadership programs. He was also the principle of a non-traditional school in New England. He is the author of Asking Powerful Questions: Create Conversations That Matter. Hundreds of facilitators have been trained by Will to walk into a room full of strangers to talk about things they would normally be afraid to confront such as race, gender, and long-term conflicts.

Session 3B

Speaker: Stephen Paesani - Child and Adolescent Training Specialist, BHTEN
Topic: "Youth Mental Health First Aid Training"  (Part 3 of 4 - Must Attend All Four Sessions)
Room: 105

Workshop Description:  Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training is an 8-hour program (4 two-hour sessions) which helps participants to recognize risk factors and warning signs for mental health concern among adolescents ages 12 to 18.  While the program does not train individuals to diagnose or provide therapy, it does teach a method of helping a young person experiencing a mental health crisis and connecting them to the necessary help.  

Stephen Paesani serves as the Children and Adolescent Training Specialist for the Behavioral Health Training and Education Network. In this position, he works in close collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health/Intellectual disability Services, the Targeted Case Management Unit and service providers. 

Mr. Paesani collaborates with several initiatives, including, Multiplying Connections, the PA Network for Student Assistance Services, and the DDAP Training System.  Prior to coming to BHTEN, Stephen was the Director of Project CARE, Prevention Coordinator for the Delaware County Drug & Alcohol Commission, and a high school teacher.  Stephen has an AB degree in Philosophy for St. Joseph's University, a Master of Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia.  

Session 3C

Speaker: Maria Vicere, Jana Maria Foundation
Topic: "Building Resilience in our Youth"
Room: 104

Workshop Description: The adolescent years tend to be filled with constant change and uncertainty, however they also can be filled with exploration, inspiration and growth. Learning and practicing techniques to lower stress and anxiety and build resiliency are crucial to leading a healthy and happy life. This presentation will examine patterns of stress among today’s youth and provide hands on techniques to help young people build resilience.

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 on a state-wide sub-committee task force for Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative, is co-chair for the Centre County Suicide Prevention Task Force and volunteers at Tides. Marisa holds a B.S. in Global Management and Marketing from Susquehanna University and a MBA from the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

Session 3D

Speaker: Ryan Klingensmith - Shape the Sky
Topic: "Teen Technology Usage Trends and Mental Health Sharing Through Social Media"
Room: 207

Workshop Description:  Life for a teenager is vastly different than it was ten years ago. Teens and Tweens today have an unlimited access to information, apps and websites that can be wonderfully helpful, but also lead to concerning behaviors if parents, providers and educators don’t have the knowledge to teach young people how to behave responsible in this new cyber-playground.

Awareness is the key to learning and learning leads to knowledge. And knowledge is power, so they say. Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” There are many six year olds out there explaining cyber-devices and cyber-practices to adults. Let's help flip the equation for you.

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 a Prevention Specialist. 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 3E

Speaker: Susan Tarasevich
Topic: "Poverty and Trauma: Need to Know Strategies for Enhancing Trauma Sensitivity"
Room: 106

Workshop Description: According to the Brookings Institute, suburban schools across the nation are coping with a rise in students and families migrating from the inner city. The increasingly complex needs create significant challenges for schools and SAP teams. Trauma & poverty synergize in the brain of a child to present an array of difficulties with attention, emotional regulation, memory, etc. This interactive workshop will review some of the latest research & best practices for making your SAP team more trauma and poverty informed. Proactive strategies will be discussed.

Susan L. Tarasevich, Ed.D. is a frequently sought and engaging presenter on topics related to adolescent behavioral health, the changing adolescent brain, nicotine proactive school policies and building multi-tiered systems of support in schools. Among her many “hats” Susan is a certified Pennsylvania Positive Behavioral Intervention & Support facilitator, lead trainer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Approved K-12 SAP Training a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer and approved trainer for the More than Sad Suicide Prevention Program Susan holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Duquesne University. She has co-authored two books: Promoting Child and Adolescent Mental Health (Jones and Bartlett, 2013) and Caring in Times of Crisis (Youthlight, February, 2001).

Session 3F

Speaker: Jennifer Strasenburgh
Topic:
"Supporting Children of Incarcerated Parents"
Room: 107

Workshop Description: Children of the incarcerated often go undiscovered and are therefore one of the most under-served populations. This group of children has experienced a loss like no other, and has a very unique set of needs. It is only through understanding their trauma and the shame and stigma attached, that we can help them develope resilience. It is resilience that is the key to overcoming this adverse childhood experience and build futures of promise.

Jennifer Strasenburgh began the Family Services Advocate Program at Compass Mark two years ago after receiving a grant from the Lancaster County Commissioners.  This program offers case management to children that have a parent in prison.   Ms. Strasenburgh developed the program around a goal of meeting the needs of the child, thus keeping them out of the foster care system and allowing them the best chance of success.   Ms. Strasenburgh’s unique approach has received much praise in the community and more importantly from the families she has served.  The outcomes of the program have been highly successful, showing significant improvement in all of the need areas  assessed. 

Ms. Strasenburgh has a Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Her creative nature has allowed her to think outside the box and develop a program that is like no other.  Prior to beginning the Family Services Advocate Program, Ms. Strasenburgh spent eight years as a children’s mental health case manager.  This background in children’s mental health has allowed her to see the necessity for recognizing and addressing the high levels of trauma in this population.

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 3G1

Speaker(s): Jack Berckemeyer
Topic: "Taming of the Team" – (TM)
Room: 208

Workshop Description: Being on a middle school team can be filled with great joys, struggles, and frustrations. It can also be a trying time for those involved in the meeting. This practical session focuses on the real life issues surrounding teaming. We will provide informative examples to help with effective use of team time and how teams can work together to deal with kids, curriculum, and professional development. You might even laugh at Jack’s descriptions of the characteristics of a team member.

Session 3H1

Speaker(s): Dr. Jarrett Chapman – Grove City College
Topic: "Introduction to Pennsylvania Instructional I & II Certification, Act 48, and other State Certifications for Pre-service and New In-service Teachers"
Room: 203

Workshop Description: Pre-Service and newly hired teachers must navigate the certification and Act 48 process, which can be a difficult and daunting task with all the other challenge that they are facing. Pre-service and In-service teachers are encouraged to attend this session to learn about PA Instructional I and II Certification, Act 48 requirements, and Transferring certification to other states.

Dr. Jarrett Chapman is an Assistant Professor of Education at Grove City College where he teaches Foundations of Education, Science Methods, Middle Level Curriculum and Special Studies Topics.  In addition to teaching he is the advisor to all Middle Level Education majors and is the department Certification Officer.  Prior to teaching at Grove City College he taught middle school science at Shenango Jr-Sr High. 

Session 3I1

Speaker: Heidi AbiNader, Ira Pataki – Sharpsville Middle School
Topic: "Youth Court" – (SE, DAP)
Room: 205

Workshop Description: Youth Court, based on the concept of restorative justice, teaches kids typical courtroom roles such as judge, bailiff, jury foreman, and advocate. When students admit wrongdoing, they are brought before the court for questioning. They must reflect on their actions, and the consequence is restorative rather than punitive; the wrongdoer must repair the damage done to the school community. Our youth court is unique in that is also recognizes virtue and rewards good character.

Heidi AbiNader taught first grade and fourth grade language arts for 20 years before becoming Sharpsville Middle School principal.

Ira Pataki teaches seventh and eighth grade language arts at Sharpsville Middle School. 

Session 3J1

Speaker(s): Dan O’Rourke, Matt Henderson – Boyce Middle School
Topic: "
STEAM Design" – (ST/ST)
Room: 108

Workshop Description: This presentation will cover the STEAM Design class and the activities that are offered in a classroom/makerspace environment in a fifth and sixth grade middle school   Applications of problem solving and the design cycle will be discussed as well as infusing the 4 C’s (creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking) into the STEAM Design curriculum.

Matt Henderson has been teaching for 20 years.  He has taught fourth through sixth grades and has specialized in math and science for the last 15 years.  He has been infusing creativity and project based learning into his teaching for the last 7 years.  He is now teaching the STEAM Design class that is being offered for the first time at Boyce Middle School in the Upper St. Clair School District.

Dan O’Rourke is the principal of Boyce Middle School in the Upper St. Clair School District.  He taught 8th grade social studies for five years at Fort Couch Middle School in the Upper St. Clair School District prior to serving as assistant principal at Carson Middle School in the North Allegheny School District for two and a half years. 

Session 3K1

Speaker: Joan Bianco, Jeannine Anthony – DuBois Area Middle School
Topic: "Outside In" – (SS, AR, RL, EN, SoC, CCC, IT)
Room: 206

Workshop Description: Take one look outside your classroom window.  What do you see? Another stretch of never ending wintry days?  And inside your classroom?  Do your students seem disengaged and distant?  It must be time for a field trip! No money, you say, for buses or admission fees? No time for travel? Then why not virtual field trips? The Internet provides the resources; you provide the fun. Every day is a beautiful day for a virtual field trip! Every day is a beautiful day to bring the OUTSIDE IN!!!!

DuBois Area Middle School 7th Grade Team Y teachers Joan Bianco – Social Studies and Jeannine Anthony –English Language Arts

Session 3L1

Speaker: Lori Hahn, Wendy Gray, Lynn Shultz – Beaty Middle School
Topic: “Let’s Learn - A New Take on Enrichment" – (CC, TM, DI, EN, CCC)
Room: 109

Workshop Description: Through the use of 10-day mini-units, our program enriches students while at the same time providing remediation to struggling learners.  The “Let’s Learn” program enhances the four core subject areas with lessons such as “Let’s Rock,” “Let’s Vote” and “Let’s Build.”  With high interest subjects and differentiated instruction, find out how to meet the needs of all students in a fun and exciting way.

Lori Hahn has taught history for 18 years in all subjects from grades 6-12.  For the majority of those years, she has been at the middle school level. 

Wendy Gray has been a Science teacher with the Warren County School for the last 14 years.  She particularly enjoys teaching genetics to her students.  

Lynn Shultz has been a teacher for 22 years, primarily of which she has been in Middle Level Language Arts.

Session 3M1

Speaker(s): David Lieberman, Dr. Johannah Vanatta – North Hills Middle School
Topic: "Project Connect: Our One-to-One iPad Rollout" – (AD, FC, IT)
Room: 202

Workshop Description: As part of the North Hill’s School District’s wide-ranging and multi-year Innovations in Education Plan, Project Connect put iPads into the hands of all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students across our district in the 2016-17 school year.  In this session, together we will walk through our rollout process including overall planning, involvement of key stakeholders, iPad app selections, forms, parent presentations, device distribution, technology troubleshooting, and an updated status report.

Mr. David Lieberman is the North Hills Middle School principal.  Previously, David was a principal at Ross Elementary for seven years, an assistant principal at North Hills High School for two years, and a high school math teacher for a decade after joining the district in 1997. 

Dr. Johannah Vanatta serves the North Hills School District as the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education. Prior to arriving at North Hills in 2007, Dr. Vanatta began her teaching career as an English and history teacher in districts ranging from rural, urban, and suburban. Dr. Vanatta served North Hills School District as a senior high school assistant principal prior to being promoted as the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education in 2012.

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

Session 3G2:

Speaker: Dr. Jason T. Hilton – Slippery Rock University
Topic: "Embracing This We Believe as a Path to Student Teaching Success" – (GM, YA)
Room: 203

Workshop Description: Student teaching is a challenging experience, often made even more difficult as these new teachers try to determine how best to fit into an already established middle level culture. This session gives an overview of the characteristics of successful schools for young adolescents found within This We Believe, followed by suggestions for how to make use of these characteristics as a pathway to best integrate student teachers into established middle level classrooms and teams.

Dr. Jason T. Hilton is an Associate Professor of Education at Slippery Rock University. Prior to teaching in higher education, he was a Middle Level Social Studies teacher in Burrell School District.

Session 3H2:

Speaker(s): Michael Costill, – Garnet valley Middle School, Mattie Costill – LPCMH, NCC, CADC
Topic: "Mental Health in the Classroom: A Practical Application" – (YA, SE)
Room: 208

Workshop Description: In our fast paced and rapidly changing society it is becoming commonplace to see mental health issues in the classroom, affecting our student’s ability to learn.  This workshop was created by a mental health clinician and a middle school teacher, utilizing experience and evidenced based practices to bring you a practical approach to effectively address these issues in your classroom. You’re sure to walk away with strategies that will improve your classroom culture!

Mattie Costill, LPCMH, NCC, CADC – is a licensed mental health clinician in the state of Delaware, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and currently holds the position of Assistant Director of Emotional Support Classrooms for Pathways of Delaware as well as adjunct professor in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Wilmington University.  She has been practicing in the behavioral health field for 7 years in both the school environment as well as serving clients in the psychiatric hospital setting.  In addition to direct client care, Mattie provides training and coaching to school employees on how to work with students with special education needs and mental health issues.

Michael Costill is a certified K-6 elementary education teacher in the state of Pennsylvania.  After educating students for three years at the elementary level, he was moved to the middle school where he is currently teaching 6th grade.  Along with teaching, he has taught, facilitated and supervised the Creative Problem Solving Academy for Garnet Valley.  This is a summer inquiry based project to transition students into the middle school.  Michael also coaches football, wrestling and lacrosse. 

Session 3I2:

Speaker(s): Sarah Dunn – Derry Area Middle School 
Topic:  "
Literacy & Technology Integration: Practical Strategies for All Content Areas" – (RL, IT, Rd/Wr)
Room: 205

Workshop Description: Is it possible to teach literacy skills across all content areas? Is it possible to seamlessly integrate technology to enhance learning and literacy? The answer is a resounding “YES!” Learn instructional strategies and technology tools designed to infuse both lit & tech effectively. This interactive session is packed full of practical ideas that you can implement to make lit & tech integration a reality in your classroom.

Sarah Dunn serves as the Instructional Media Specialist for Derry Area Middle School and the Lead Mentor for the Derry Area School District (Derry, PA). Sarah earned an M.S. Ed in Curriculum & Instruction from Saint Vincent College and has a passion for helping teachers develop into educational innovators who lead change in the classroom. She has been honored as a Keystone Technology Integrator and Keystone Technology Mentor. 

Session 3J2:

Speaker(s): Betsy Ballard, Kimberly Hisler – Charles Patton Middle School
Topic: "School Gardens: From Humble Beginnings to Award Winning Success" – (ST/ST, SC, CM, DI, H/PE, CCC)

Room: 108

Workshop Description:  In 2010, the Patton Project Gardens began with an idea. Today, boasting 30 raised beds, two high tunnels (third in process for hydroponics), pergola/outdoor classroom, solar array and automation, the school gardens are an award-winning example of just how far a dream can go.  A Green Ribbon School, Eco-Schools first PA Green Flag winners, Longwood Gardens presenter and more, come learn from our successes and mistakes and let us help you grow your own garden!

Betsy Ballard and Kimberly Hisler, FCS teachers at the Charles F. Patton Middle School created the Patton Project gardens in 2010 and the success has been incredible. Both Betsy and Kim live in Southern Chester County and own dogs and enjoy kayaking on the Brandywine River. They are immensely proud of the garden project and the fresh produce it has enabled their students to provide to the local food cupboard, homeless shelters and domestic violence homes in the area. They have been lucky and are very grateful for the community support in helping to sustain the gardens year round and are both looking anxiously towards the building and opening of the newest phase of their garden project, a fully accessible, solar generated high tunnel for growing hydroponic lettuce!

Session 3K2:

Speaker: Patti Duncan – Discovery Education
Topic: "We’re All Reading Teachers" – (SC, SS, MA, RL, IT, Rd/Wr)

Room: 202

Workshop Description:  In the real world, we don’t “do reading” during a specific time of the day. Making meaningful connections to text, media, and content happens throughout our days in many different ways. Let’s explore easy to implement strategies, combined with digital resources for bringing skill-specific literacy connections to all content areas by focusing on how we teach students to read, comprehend, and connect to the world around them.

Patti Duncan is an educator, scientist, technology integration specialist, and professional development trainer.  After working 10 years as a food chemist, Patti made the switch to education.  She taught middle school and high school science for twelve years, most recently for the Wallenpaupack Area School District in Hawley, PA.  During that time, keeping her classroom innovative, engaging and student centered was her focus.  Patti has over 15 years experience presenting workshops and institutes on the local, state and national level at conferences such as New Jersey Science Teachers Association, New Jersey Teacher Association, National Science Teachers Association, Chem-Ed, BCCE, PETE & C, TCEA, ASCD and ISTE.  In her role at Discovery Education, Patti has spearheaded many STEM initiatives including STEM Institutes, STEM-tastic Saturday, Connect the Dots, STEM Summer Camp Curriculum and STEM Professional Development.  She also possesses a Master’s Degree in STEM Instruction and Curriculum Design.

Session 3L2:

Speaker: Joy Rosser – Kennett Middle School
Topic: "Igniting the Middle Level: The Power of Educators" – (AD, CM, G)

Room: 109

Workshop Description: Educators are catalysts for their classroom and school; who they are and what they say enhances middle level learning experiences. Attend this session to discover how you can acquire the motivational and optimistic wisdom to ignite who you are, and make a positive difference in students and your school community. Throughout the session, attendees engage in discussions prompted by conversation starters such as: juggling and balancing multiple roles, counseling parents, inspiring colleagues, and motivating students.

Joy Rosser teaches sixth grade at Kennett Middle School, serves as a member of the South East Regional Board for PAMLE and serves on the PAMLE State board. In addition, she is secretary of theDVR-PASCD Board, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools To Watch State Team. Most recently, Joy presented her session at the AMLE National Conference in Austin, Texas.

Session 3M2:

Speaker: Dr. Karen Walker – Lebanon Valley College, Mary Baldassarre – Dinwiddie Middle School, VA
Topic: "Keeping Students Actively Engaged in the Mathematics Classroom" – (ST/ST, MA, DI)
Room: 206

Workshop Description: This presentation will focus on strategies to keep students engaged both during and after math class. We will incorporate brain-based theory to analyze and develop strategies to increase student interest and involvement. Some points for discussion include technology such as Kahoot! and other student response systems, differentiation strategies such as tiering and use of manipulatives, as well as creating meaningful homework assignments.

Dr. Karen Walker is an associate professor at Lebanon Valley College and a PAMLE east region board member for 10 years. Special areas of interest include: the young adolescent; the brain and how it takes in information; and how people learn, especially through learning styles and multiple intelligences.

Miss Mary Baldassarre, a 7th grade math teacher at Dinwiddie Middle School in Dinwiddie, VA, studied under Dr. Walker during her time at Lebanon Valley College. Her publications include differentiating strategies in the math classroom and a middle school unit of study designed for a museum in Hershey. She has also presented at numerous conferences and symposiums.   Mary is the recipient of PAMLE’s Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn Award for her student teaching experience.

 

Monday Keynote Session Three - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Keynote Speaker:  Jordan Burnham

Topic: "My Story of Recovery"
Room: President's Hall

Keynote Description: Jordan is a public speaker who discusses the mental health issues and disorders that affect so many of us. He is a survivor of a suicide attempt during his senior year in high school and shares his powerful story of fighting depression and finding recovery.

Jordan is a nationally recognized mental health advocate. In 2008 he addressed a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. In 2010 he was chosen as one of the “Best of Philly” for his work in public speaking and advocacy. In 2012 he was honored with an Emerging Humanitarian Award from retired San Francisco 49ers player Nmadi (Nam-DEE) Asomugha (Awesome-Wah) and the Asomugha Foundation.

He has been featured in People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and USA Today. Jordan has appeared on ESPN’s E:60 and Outside the Lines, as well as Dr. Phil, The Ricki Lake Show, CNN, the Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been featured in three documentaries and his piece, “Unbreakable” with E:60 was nominated for an Emmy. Most recently, you might have seen Jordan at the White House for the National Conference on Mental Health, hosted by President Obama and Vice President Biden.

Jordan has been speaking on his story and mental health all over the country for the last 8 years. He’s spoken in 32 different states and 3 different countries. His presentation is meant to inspire, educate and allow others to know they’re not alone.

 

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

Session 4A

Speaker(s): Dr. Paula McCommons
Topic: "Suicide Prevention: What is Your Role?"
Room: 204

Workshop Description: This interactive workshop will identify the key components of a comprehensive school suicide prevention program and highlight updates on Pennsylvania's SMAHSA grant for suicide prevention in schools. Various scenarios and video links will illustrate youth suicide risk factors, warning signs and protective factors. National, state and local resources related to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention in schools will also be shared. Participants will also have an opportunity to practice self care strategies for youth and caregivers to strengthen resiliency.

Dr. Paula McCommons received her B.A. in psychology from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  She studied in London for six months and interned in a psychiatric day hospital there.  In 1992 she received her M.Ed. in Educational Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh where she later received her Ed.D. in Educational Administration.  Dr. McCommons is a nationally certified counselor with specialties in school and career counseling.  She is also a PA certified guidance counselor and post-secondary student personnel specialist.  Dr. McCommons interned at a middle school for international studies and a college counseling center.  In 2000 she completed a Gestalt Training Program for Professionals.  Her previous experience includes teaching, research, and presenting.

Dr. McCommons is currently a behavioral health liaison for the Allegheny County Student Assistance Program provided by Allegheny County and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.  She also serves as the program manager for the Student Assistance Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.

In the fall of 2010, Dr. McCommons took on the role of Director for STAR-Center Outreach activities.  Dr. McCommons also provides crisis intervention, postvention assistance and consultation to school districts and communities across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Training and special topic presentations related to school safety, crisis prevention/intervention/management, and postvention are provided upon request.  In addition to the variety of duties she has at STAR-Center, Dr. McCommons works as an independent contractor creating and facilitating workshops on conflict mediation training, student leadership development, staff development, stress management, and career life planning.  Dr. McCommons has also co-taught graduate level courses in Group Dynamics and Conflict Management at the University of Pittsburgh. For the past four years she has served on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (PAYSPI) and has assisted with the development of state-wide symposiums, conferences and legislative initiatives.  Dr. McCommons has also co-chaired the task force subcommittee for PAYSPI and has facilitated regional workshops related to suicide prevention, schools and communities.  Along with her STAR-Center colleagues, Dr. McCommons has provided technical support for the SAMHSA sponsored Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant for Pennsylvania focusing on screening in primary care.    

Session 4B

Speaker: Stephen Paesani - Child and Adolescent Training Specialist, BHTEN
Topic: "Youth Mental Health First Aid Training"  (Part 4 of 4 - Must Attend All Four Sessions)
Room: 105

Workshop Description:  Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training is an 8-hour program (4 two-hour sessions) which helps participants to recognize risk factors and warning signs for mental health concern among adolescents ages 12 to 18.  While the program does not train individuals to diagnose or provide therapy, it does teach a method of helping a young person experiencing a mental health crisis and connecting them to the necessary help.  

Stephen Paesani serves as the Children and Adolescent Training Specialist for the Behavioral Health Training and Education Network. In this position, he works in close collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health/Intellectual disability Services, the Targeted Case Management Unit and service providers. 

Mr. Paesani collaborates with several initiatives, including, Multiplying Connections, the PA Network for Student Assistance Services, and the DDAP Training System.  Prior to coming to BHTEN, Stephen was the Director of Project CARE, Prevention Coordinator for the Delaware County Drug & Alcohol Commission, and a high school teacher.  Stephen has an AB degree in Philosophy for St. Joseph's University, a Master of Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia.  

Session 4C

Speaker(s): Heather Shnyder, Shea Rhodes and Susan Mathias
Topic: "Human Trafficking Identification and Prevention"
Room: 104

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.

 

Session 4D

Speaker: Jessica Kase, Caron Treatment Centers
Topic:
"What children and siblings need when a family member is in Drug and Alcohol Treatment"
Room: 207

Workshop Description: A Multi Media presentation including Power Point, and activities to express the needs of Children when a family member is in active addiction, in Treatment, and returning home from treatment. Provide practical resources that can be used in the Family Education Program to meet the needs of the children in the family. Provide practical resources that can be shared with the care takers in the family to support the child during the recovery after treatment.

Jessica Kase is a Student Assistants Program Coordinator at Caron Treatment Centers. She has worked in the Berks County Humans Services field for over 20 years. She has been with Caron Treatment Centers for over 8 years. During that time, she has worked at many Berks County Schools as their Student Assistant Specialist Liaison. She currently supervises other Student Assistant Liaisons in Berks, Lehigh and North Hampton Counties . Jessica also works with Student assistance teams in their yearly maintenance trainings. She is certified by Pennsylvania Department of Education as a Lead Trainer. She provides training to elementary and secondary professionals regarding Student Assistance Programs. Jessica also over sees the Prevention Programming for the Caron Student Assistance Program Department. Jessica has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Bloomsburg University.

Session 4E

Speaker: Stephanie Colvin-Roy
Topic:
"Mindset, Grit and Optimism: Promoting Skills that Lead to Academic Tenacity"
Room: 106

Workshop Description: This training is intended to bring about awareness of non-cognitive factors that affect success and to provide very practical techniques that can easily be incorporated into any educational setting in order to help bolster academic tenacity and perseverance for long term goals.

Stephanie Colvin-Roy provides technical assistance and professional development to schools and youth serving agencies with a focus on bullying prevention and social emotional learning. Stephanie has developed a social emotional learning curriculum, 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. Colvin-Roy served as a Commonwealth 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 4F

Speaker(s):  Michelle Nutter & Dana Klouser
Topic: "AEDY 101, Interventions and Transitions"
Room: 107

Workshop Description:  This presentation will provide participants with an overview of AEDY procedures and guidelines. It will review the steps districts must take prior to placing a student into an AEDY program. Due process, transition services, counseling, required and best-practice interventions and other requirements. The PDE AEDY Team will provide guidance on the mandatory and best practice interventions. The team will also discuss transitioning students back to the regular education setting.

Michelle Gwinn Nutter, a Pennsylvania-certified teacher, is the Safe and Supportive Schools Manager for the Center for Safe Schools. Prior to joining the Safe Schools Team in 2005, she was a Civil Rights Investigator with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. During her 10 years with that office, she worked extensively with schools, communities and law enforcement departments to raise awareness and provide effective interventions related to organized hate groups and hate crimes, school-based harassment, bullying prevention, racial tension, prejudice reduction, diversity, gangs, terrorism awareness, and First Amendment issues. As the Center’s Safe and Supportive Schools Manager, Ms. Nutter is responsible for the design and delivery of multiple statewide initiatives aimed at improving school safety and reducing youth violence. She continues to provide training and technical assistance to rural, suburban and urban 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 which is coordinated by the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, in collaboration with multiple federal, state and local agencies and community partners.  

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 4G

Speaker: Stacey Spangenburg
Topic:
"Chocolate and Poverty"
Room: Senate

Workshop Description: Utilizing poverty statistics and the research of people like Eric Jensen, PhD, Dr. Ruby Payne, Dr. Donna Beagle, and Jonathan Kozol, this workshop addresses the characteristics and traits of students/families in poverty. Topics include: the behavior patterns of many in poverty, assessing resources available to families (such as health and education), and how economic realities affect daily living. The workshop will include video clips from the PBS documentary "People Like Us", group discussion and exercises, and lecture. Participants will receive handouts including the training outline and a listing of recommended resources.

Stacey Spangenburg has a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Services from University of Delaware and a her Master's in Leadership & Business Ethics from Duquesne University. She has been employed by Milton Hershey School since 1999 and is currently serving as an admissions counselor. Past experience includes work at COBYS Family Services supervising their foster care and adoption programs, as well as casework experience at York County Children & Youth Services. She has served on the board for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Lancaster County.

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 4G1

Speaker: Jack Berckemeyer
Topic: "Student Engagement and Motivation" – (CM, CCC, TI)
Room: 208

Workshop Description:  Looking for great ways to motivate students? These hands-on ideas are perfect for all subjects. Easy to use and implement in any classroom or school.

Session 4H1

Speaker: Karen Walker – Lebanon Valley College
Topic: "What controls whom? Making time your friend, OR how balancing my life saved my marriage" – (GM)
Room: 203

Workshop Description: Having personal and professional balance in an educator’s life is often hard to come by. This workshop will deal realistically with and provide insights into different working styles that include how we spend our time, how we work and how to use these to one’s personal and professional benefit. Come to this session prepared to rethink how you work and some things you would like to commit to change.

Dr. Karen Walker is an associate professor at Lebanon Valley College and a PAMLE east region board member for 10 years. Special areas of interest include: the young adolescent; the brain and how it takes in information; and how people learn, especially through learning styles and multiple intelligences. 

Session 4I1

Speaker(s): Kelly Morales, Lanny Blair, Mike Cappella, Sam Wren, Colleen Miller, Kevin Fowler – Northley Middle School
Topic: "Student Led Conference: Stepping Away from the Firing Squad" – (SLC)
Room: 205

Workshop Description: One middle schools path from the “Firing Squad” parent conference for only a select few, to full adoption of Student Led Conferences. The presentation will cover the challenges and successes of implementation, the different iterations of the SLC process, and strategies for implementation.

1.    Kelly Morales – 6th grade teacher
2.    Lanny Blair- Principal
3.   
Mike Cappella- 7th grade teacher
4.    Sam Wren- 8th grade teacher
5.   
Colleen Miller- 6th grade teacher
6.    Kevin Fowler (alt.)- 6th grade teacher

Session 4J1

Speaker(s): Nicole Bridge, Jessica Griffiths, Ashley Jones – Derry Area Middle School
Topic: "Using Data to Inform Tiered Instruction in Math Workshop" – (RTI, MA, TI, DDI)
Room: 202

Workshop Description:  Providing Tiered Instruction for students can be a struggle: we aim to meet PA Core expectations while also addressing students’ learning gaps in mathematics. Educators must find time, resources, and data to reach students in Tiers 2 and 3 ensuring an achievement gap that is shrinking not expanding. We introduce Math Workshop as a solution to meet the needs all our learners. Scheduling and the use of the Classroom Diagnostic Tools assessment will be discussed.

Nicole Bridge, Jessica Griffiths and Ashley Jones are part of the team of Math Teachers at Derry Area Middle School in Derry, Pennsylvania. Collectively their experience is teaching mid-level math from 6th grade to 8th grade, Algebra I with the Keystone Exam, and Math Interventions. The team participated in the MTSS Middle School Math Cohort Series through PDE/PaTTAN and is currently enrolled in a Math Literacy course through the Penn Literacy Network.

Session 4K1

Speaker: Katelyn Bright – Drexel University
Topic: "Infusing STEM into the Middle Level Language Arts Classroom" – (ST/ST, PBL, ASCA, ELA, CCC, IT)
Room: 108

Workshop Description: As a former ELA teacher I know how hard it can be to juggle curriculum and state standards all while trying to bring innovative ideas into my classroom. This presentation shows novices in the areas of STEM how to bring some creative STEM projects into the urban ELA classroom through classroom based maker spaces.

Katelyn Bright is a Ph.D. student studying Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies at Drexel University. Prior to studying at Drexel University, Katelyn was an English

Language Arts and Mathematics teacher at a charter school in North Philadelphia where she served as the head of their Seminar program. Katelyn has also had prior experience in curriculum design. Her research interests include urban studies and parental involvement as well as teacher leadership.

Session 4L1

Speaker: Dr. Stephen V. Burnham – Southern Middle School
Topic: "The Multiple Usage of Google Form" (observe, student surveys, test/quiz, etc.). – (FC, ASCA, YA, DDI, G)
Room: 206

Workshop Description: Google Form is an awesome tool to use for a variety of applications.  You can use them for teacher observations, to survey the teachers and students, assess (through tests and quizzes) students’ knowledge of the curriculum, etc.  During this session, you will be exposed to a variety of ways to use and how to create these forms.  This session is for anyone who has a Google Account.

Dr. Stephen Burnham is the principal of Southern Middle School, Wilson School District and an adjunct professor for Californian University of Pennsylvania.    

Session 4M1

Speaker(s): John Morey, Kristen Mauclair – Ingomar Middle School
Topic: "Cultivating Student Leadership that Impacts School Climate" – (ID, YA, DAP)
Room: 109

Workshop Description: Having a positive school climate is critical to ensuring student success both in and out of the classroom.  Through our P.R.I.D.E. (Protect, Respect, Include, Defend, Encourage) program, we are working together to create a school climate that celebrates the abilities of all students, diversity, teamwork, and respect for others and ourselves.  We will share the successes and challenges of implementation with a focus on building student leaders, creating engaging and relevant lessons, and ensuring students have a voice. 

John Morey

I have worked in education for 16 years and I love middle school students!  I was a 7th grade teacher, middle level Dean and Athletic Director, K-8 Principal, high school Assistant Principal and am currently the proud Assistant Principal at Ingomar Middle School in the North Allegheny School District.  I strive to connect with others to deepen our sense of belonging thus increasing the chances for success in school, work, and in life.  The most important jobs I have ever had are being a husband and a father to my two girls who are in 2nd grade and kindergarten.  We have recently relocated from Colorado and are settling into life back in PA!     

Kristen Mauclair

My passion for education was born early in life, growing up with my little sister playing school in our bedroom.  Years later, I'm blessed to teach 6th grade at Ingomar Middle School in the North Allegheny School District.  With 14 years of middle school teaching experience; 10 years with the Penn Hills School District and 4 years currently with North Allegheny, I have been fortunate to spend time with amazing students.  Not only do I enjoy teaching the core subjects of English and social studies, but I also love teaching life lessons - and learning from my students’ lives, as well.  These experiences help me continue to follow my core belief… ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.’  When my school day ends, I enjoy the evening with my husband of 9 years and our little miniature schnauzer puppy, Olive. 

 

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

Session 4G2:

Speaker: Dr. Andrea Peck – La Roche College
Topic: "Constructing an Electronic Portfolio using Google Sites"
Room: 208

Workshop Description: Electronic portfolios are a simple way to showcase our professional growth and accomplishments and store our many documents in an organized fashion. Using Google Sites, electronic portfolios are easy to structure, personalize and to share and update. Several examples of portfolios will be shared as well as step-by-step guidance on how-to set-up your own Google Sites portfolio. Come prepared with a Gmail e-mail address and BYOT to begin your electronic portfolio construction!

Dr. Andrea Peck is an Assistant Professor of Education at La Roche College where she currently teaches Advanced Teaching Methods for Middle Level Education, Integrating Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation and supervises middle level student teachers. In addition to teaching, she is an advisor to Middle Level Education majors. Prior to teaching at La Roche College, she was the principal and assistant principal at Seneca Valley Middle School and a middle school science teacher at Pine-Richland Middle School. 

Session 4H2:

Speaker(s): Dr. Robert Salladino, Jr, Donald DiPaulo, Michelle Britton – Springton Lake Middle School
Topic: "Core Extension: Enrichment, Remediation, & Interdisciplinary Connections" – (AD, DI, EN, CCC, Rd/Wr)
Room: 205

Workshop Description: Learn how Springton Lake Middle School implemented a multi-purpose block within their daily schedule to provide enrichment, remediation, and related services for students. The period, known as Core Extension, also serves as a mechanism to extend the science and social studies curriculum with an additional focus on reading and writing. Classroom meetings and team-building activities are also incorporated within Core Extension. This “all-hands on deck” period is designed to meet every student’s individual academic needs.

Dr. Robert Salladino, Jr. is the proud principal of Springton Lake Middle School. He is currently in his fourth year in the position, and eighteenth year as a school administrator. He previously served as an administrator in the Owen J. Roberts School District and the Abington School District. Dr. Salladino began his career as a middle level mathematics teacher in the Lower Merion School District. Dr. Salladino currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Cabrini University, Rosemont College, and Neumann University. In his work at Cabrini University, Dr. Salladino has the privilege to work with aspiring middle level educators.

Mr. Donald DiPaulo is currently in his third year as an assistant principal. Previously, Mr. DiPaulo taught language arts and social studies at Radnor Middle School. Mr. DiPaulo is a strong advocate for a middle level curriculum that is driven by the questions and concerns of young adolescents. Mr. DiPaulo is currently pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership through Cabrini University.

Mrs. Michelle Britton is currently in her second year as an assistant principal. Previously, Mrs. Britton served as a guidance counselor and special education teacher at Strath Haven Middle School in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. Mrs. Britton believes deeply in the importance of community service and school pride.

Session 4I2:

Speaker: Laura Cuorato – Garnet Valley Middle School
Topic: "Content Area Literacy 2.0:  Why Bother?" – (CC, TM, RL, CCC, Rd/Wr)
Room: 203

Workshop Description: Rediscover the importance of content area literacy!  How can we make literacy instruction in the content areas meaningful and imbedded into the existing curriculum?  How does literacy instruction in the content areas help our students become more critical readers and analytical thinkers?  How can infusing literacy strategies make your classroom more engaging and student-centered? We will revisit some of the strategies we presented at last year’s conference and also introduce new literacy strategies. Take away some tried and true strategies to incorporate into your classroom!

This trio works closely together to infuse literacy across the curriculum at Garnet Valley Middle School.  They bring insight from the areas of social studies, language arts, and reading. 

Session 4J2:

Speaker(s): Alicia Hornberger, Lauren Smith – seniors at Kutztown University
Topic: "Collaboration and Common Core: Bringing Braille Readers into the Math Classroom" – (CC, MA, SE)
Room: 202

Workshop Description: This presentation will display the culmination of a three-year process to create a math activity book based on Common Core standards for both print and braille learners. An additional focus of this presentation will discuss the benefits of collaboration between general and special educators. All material within and supplementing the concepts in the book will be displayed in print and tactile formats.

Alicia Hornberger is a senior at Kutztown University, working towards the completion of a dual major in Special Education (Visual Impairment) and Elementary Education (4-8), with concentrations in Math and English/Lang. Arts. Inspired by the work of her mother, a special educator who has been in the field for the past 30 years, Alicia has always felt drawn to the education world. She loves to help others, whether it’s lending a helping hand or imparting new knowledge. Through the course of her studies at Kutztown, Alicia has come to find an appreciation for the uniqueness in working with young adolescents in the middle grades. She has also continued to build upon her love and fascination with the work involved in teaching students with visual difficulties. Her ultimate goal is to teach as an itinerant teacher for the visually impaired following her graduation in May of 2017, but as long as she has the opportunity to work with children, helping them find out what their passions are in learning and in life, then she will be happy. She is also a member of Kutztown University’s Honors Program.

Lauren Smith is a senior at Kutztown University studying Elementary Education (4-8), with concentrations in Math and Social Studies. Also member of the Kutztown University Honors Program, Lauren sought to do something unique for her Capstone Project, a requirement in graduating from the Honors Program. Being interested in the field of education, Lauren wanted to do something that was not only unique, but could be useful in her future classroom. Teaming up with Alicia Hornberger, her friend and fellow Honors Program participant, they decided to use their common concentration of Math to create a book of math activities that could be used in the classroom by all kinds of learners. Lauren is also a member of the Honors Program Task Force, a group of students whose main goal is coming up with new ways to better the program; she is also chair of the Programming Committee of the Honors Club, planning numerous outings throughout the course of the year. To top off her credentials, she is also member and Treasurer of Kutztown’s chapters of NCTM and AMLE. 

Session 4K2:

Speaker: Brian Kelley – Charles Patton Middle School
Topic: "Getting Students Excited About Writing" – (ELA, Rd/Wr, DAP)
Room: 108

Workshop Description: Writing often carries memories of red marks in the margins or large stacks of ungraded papers. As students, many current teachers grew up with writing instruction tethered to the correction of errors. In this session, learn how and why we might shift our attitude from teacher as judge, to teacher as mentor.  Valuable for all content areas, when students write with encouragement, collaboration, and choice, they grow as writers and thinkers.

Brian Kelley, co-director of the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project, teaches 8th-grade creative writing at Charles F. Patton Middle School in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Teachers are welcome to email him at bjk925@gmail.com, connect with him on Twitter @_briank_ , or follow his podcast The Classroom (on iTunes) or his blog: http://www.brianjkelley.net/ 

Session 4L2:

Speaker: Renee Owens – Hershey Middle School
Topic: "Formally Introducing the Fab 5+ of Formative Assessment" – (CM, ASCA, DI, DDI, IT)
Room: 206

Workshop Description: Assessments... data . . . instruction - Oh, my! Managing assessment and student needs can be overwhelming. This workshop is for teachers of a variety of content areas to learn about tools that can be used to easily collect formative assessment data and inform instruction while engaging our digital natives. These technology tools can be integrated into a BYOD, 1-1, or a 1- device classroom. Models of the tools will be shared with participants through an interactive component.

Renee Owens has been a teacher in a technology-infused environment for ten years, presenter at ISTE, PETE & C, NCTE, PMSA (now AMLE), and district-based workshops.  Nominated and selected to attend ECET2 conference.  Instructor and Assistant Instructor for Eduspire’s iPad class. Digital Learning Environment Blogger and published in ISTE’s Web 2.0 How-To For Educators. Selected to work on English Language Arts content for an iTunes U course through Pennsylvania Learns. Pennsylvania Keystone STAR in 2009 and Mentor in 2010.  Pennsylvania Middle School Association’s Ann Moniot recipient (Middle School Teacher of the Year) spring of 2007. BA in Communications Journalism (Shippensburg University), Communications Teacher Certificate (Shippensburg University), and MA in Elementary Education (Kutztown University). 

Session 4M2

Speaker: Stacey Sola – Cocalico Middle School
Topic: "
How to Launch an Effective Advisory Program" – (AD)
Room:
109

Workshop Description: Advisory programs provide teachers and students an opportunity to meet to provide guidance, encouragement, and support in a small group setting. Until a student’s affective needs are met, he/she cannot achieve at his/her fullest potential. Research shows that effective advisory programs improve teacher-student relationships, reduce incidents of students engaging in at-risk behaviors, and promote a positive school climate. This presentation will provide you with details about how to implement an effective advisory program in your school.

Stacey Sola - Bachelor’s degree – Elementary Education, Master’s degree – Secondary School Counseling, Taught 6th grade (Science, Math, Computer) from 2000-2010, Served as a School Counselor for grades 6-8 from 2010-present, lead advisory program at Cocalico Middle School for the past 5 years

Monday Evening Social - 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

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Participant Raffle
Ice Cream Social
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