Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

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Keynote Speakers

  Allison Zmuda

  Pre-Conference A: Sunday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm:  "What’s your curriculum story? Developing a learning journey that    is clear and compelling to students and their families"
   
  General Session: Monday:  "Reclaiming Energy and Engagement: Using the Four Attributes to Build
 Classroom and School Culture"

   
Bio:

Allison Zmuda is a longstanding education consultant focused on curriculum development with an emphasis on personalized learning.

Just as she advocates for personalized learning to be used by her clients, she practices it when engaging with her clients. It is important to Allison that she develop a relationship with those she pours into, preferring long standing relationships over quick, one-off sessions.

Allison appreciates creative expression, especially within education, which led her to create Learning Personalized, a treasure trove of personalized learning efforts by those she has encountered throughout her career. Upon discovery of a student, teacher, administrator, or leader engaging in innovative learning or teaching, she features them on the site as a Q&A, video interview, or written article.

Allison began as a public high school teacher in Newtown, Connecticut, where her passion for her students and innovative spirit inspired the writing of her first book: The Competent Classroom (2001). She made the transition from classroom to consultant in 2002 with a handful of long-term clients (PK-12) on multi-year projects to support learning as defined by school and community goals.

She continues to create and has gone on to write and publish many more books, including How to Leverage Personalized Learning in the Classroom (2019), coauthored with Jill Thompson, The Quest for Learning (2017), coauthored with Marie Alcock and Michael Fisher, Students at the Center: Personalizing Learning with Habits of Mind (2017) coauthored with Bena Kallick.

Pre-conference Title and Description:

"What’s your curriculum story? Developing a learning journey that is clear and compelling to students and their families."

  • Learn how to revitalize any course by drafting a curriculum course narrative with meaningful opportunities for student voice, co-creation, social construction and self discovery. Participants should come with an existing curriculum or professional learning experience. We will be using a narrative template designed by Allison Zmuda and Heidi Hayes Jacobs to craft the storyline.

 



General Session Title and Description:

"Reclaiming Energy and Engagement: Using the Four Attributes to Build Classroom and School Culture"

  • Learn how to revitalize any learning plan for students and staff by increasing opportunities for voice, co-creation, social construction and self discovery.
 
 

Todd Nesloney 

Pre-Conference B: Sunday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm  "Student Leadership and Campus Literacy!"
 
General Session:
Tuesday, 8:30am to 9:30am  "Be Brave" 

Bio: 

Todd Nesloney is the Director of Culture and Strategic Leadership for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). He was previously a Principal/Lead Learner at a PreK-5 school in Texas. He is an award winning author for his books Kids Deserve It!, Stories From Webb, Sparks in the Dark, and his newest book When Kids Lead. He has also published a children’s book, Spruce & Lucy. Todd has been recognized by John C. Maxwell as a Top 10 Finalist for the 2018 Transformational Leadership Award, by the White House as a Connected Educator “Champion of Change”, the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in Education, the Center for Digital Education as one of their “Top 40 Innovators in Education”, the BAMMYs as the “National Elementary Principal of the Year” and the “National Elementary Teacher of the Year”, and the Texas Computer Education Association as their “Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year”.

 


 
   

Pre-conference Title and Description:

"Student Leadership and Campus Literacy!"

  • Todd will spend 3 intensive hours with you at this pre-conference helping you understand how to utilize EVERY student on your campus to lead and how to build a love of literacy campus wide. Whether it's social media interns, school ambassadors, working with introverts, book prom, the secret society or readers, or more! You won't want to miss this treasure trove of ideas!

General Session Title and Description:
"Be Brave"

  • The past few years have been unlike anything we've ever faced before. In this keynote, Todd will help inspire and reignite your flame all while giving you exciting culture building ideas and help you eliminate excuses along the way. You won't want to miss this high energy keynote that is sure to make you laugh, cry, and leave with a notebook full of ideas!

 
Sheila Kennedy

General Session:  Monday and Tuesday - Be Positively Connected"                                     

Bio:

Sheila Kennedy is passionate about connecting others to the practical applications of the science of well-being so they can live their best lives. She is a keynote speaker from Philadelphia, PA, a mother of three, and an educator with over twenty-five years of experience in roles such as a first-grade teacher, instructional coach, and educational consultant. Sheila holds a Master's Degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, serves as an adjunct professor teaching SEL-based graduate-level courses to the teaching community, and delivers both professional and personal development training. As a featured presenter, Sheila’s focus has been on cultivating joy, radiating resiliency, building a positive mindset in new teachers, empowering young girls, and creating a positive culture in both schools and organizations. Connect with Sheila: @positively.sheila on IG or email Sheila@bepositivelyconnected.com


General Session Description:
"Be Positively Connected"

  • Reconnect to yourself, to others, and key topics within the field of positive psychology attributed to leading and living well.
 
   


Craig Martin


General Session: 
Monday, Fireside Chat


Bio: 

Craig Martin proudly serves as the Executive Director of Bridge Boston Charter School, which is located in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Bridge Boston Charter School is an inclusive and joyful community that combines a dynamic academic and social-emotional learning program with an innovative full-service model in order to meet the needs of the whole child and ensure our Scholars can achieve their greatest potential in high school and beyond. During his three-year tenure at Bridge Boston Charter School, Craig launched Student Success Division which fosters restorative and culturally responsive approaches to support and re-engage K-8 scholars. His efforts led to a 60% decrease in suspensions and a 40% increase in in-class time. Additionally, he helped to develop and launched teacher and administrative compensation models that position Bridge in the top tier of Boston charter schools. Moreover, Craig has led diversity, equity, and inclusion work in his K-8 school community through twin pandemics launching Race Equity & LGBTQ+ commissions to foster a safe, welcoming, and inclusive school environment for students and staff. Craig also serves as a proud co-host of SELinEDU, the podcast with Krista Leh.

 


 
   
General Session Title and Description:
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