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PASCD 68th Annual Conference

Small Group Presentations



PASCD 68th Annual Conference: Advocate. Connect. Transform. It's Time to Act!
Are your students "Future Ready?"


THE CLIMB: Engaging Parents and the Community in a Meaningful Way

Dennis M. Williams, Jr.,  Hatboro-Horsham School District

Engaging parents and our community in a meaningful way is exactly what we have done in Hatboro-Horsham. This interactive session is designed to provide participants with insight on engagement and the impact it can have when implemented correctly. Often, school districts and buildings are unaware of how to best take advantage of resources that are directly under their noses – come hear our story and walk away with ideas and resources to bring back to your district.


#21st Century Leadership Through PBL

Joel DiBartolomeo, School District of Haverford Township

In this interactive session participants will begin by working collaboratively to develop solutions, share their process and creative thinking with an emphasis on school systems, before examining the research on the fourth industrial revolution, OECD results, from Wagner, Kotter, Fullan, and Heifitz, in addition to PBL and leadership models. Group presentations and a lively discussion of 21st Century Schools: Vision, strengths-based leadership, systems connectivity, learning environments, promoting learning culture, and the whole child will conclude this session.


Pardon the Innovation: Adult Learning in a Digital Age

Allison Rodman, The Learning Loop

The learning landscape continues to shift for both students and adults. Learning management systems, digital badging, and micro-credentials have opened the door for an entirely new world of professional learning. Come explore ways to offer personalized professional learning to your staff through podcasts, Twitter and Voxer chats, digital book clubs, blogs, and more. Collaborate on strategies to meet teacher needs and provide them with voice and choice in their professional learning while still making progress towards district/school goals. Be ready to stretch your thinking about adult learning - what it is and what it has the potential to become!


Authentic Purpose and Authentic Audience: Using Aquaponics to Create a Dynamic 8th Grade Student Experience

Sean Gardiner, Upper Merion Area School District

This session will leave you inspired by the authentic learning experiences all 8th grade students as they create and manage a business. Student divisions within the business include: CEO/CFO, Sustainability Analysts, Production, Marketing, Lawyers, and Media. This yearlong project includes a Basil Lemonade business and Food Truck Challenge. Purposeful integration of standards include: Science standards through Aquaponics; write resumes and conduct interviews in English Language Arts; use linear equations to determine profit statements in Math; learn patent law and try cases in Social Studies; and create marketing materials in Art.


Support One Student: Building Connections and Improving Behavior in Two Minutes A Day

Nicole Zuerblis, Quakertown Community School District

Connections are powerful! The Two-by-Ten Strategy is based on one adult and one student making connections, by talking two minutes each day for ten consecutive days. These conversations are not instructional and not disciplinary. The student drives the conversation. What results? Even in students with consistent behavior issues, behavior improves. Learn how we followed this model and matched specific students in need to adult staff members and created the Support One Student program school-wide.


Time to Act: Building Trauma Sensitive Schools and Classrooms

Dr. Colleen Lelli, Cabrini University

It is time to act! Students exposed to trauma often demonstrate emotional and behavioral difficulties that can dramatically interfere with their abilities to engage with others and can severely impact learning. Professionals working with children are in a unique position to create encouraging school environments for these students. This presentation will offer strategies for using children’s literature and other best practices to support child victims of trauma to engage, learn, and thrive in their classes.


College Success and The Upper Moreland 2+1+2 Program

Dr. Robert J. Milrod, Upper Moreland Township School District

Over the past decade, we have worked to increase the number of students who enter college and to improve the success that they will have there. Our 1-to-1 environment, LMS and scheduling have focused on mirroring the college environment. We also have developed the 2+1+2 program, a structured program through which 10-15% of our students earn more than one year of college credit prior to HS graduation. Our presentation will detail these and other initiatives to help our students succeed and thrive in our community and beyond.


Adopting the NGSS, challenging a 120-year-old secondary science framework, shifting culture and mindsets

Laura Witman, East Penn School District

Come learn about Global Science Inquiry (GSI), our initiative to expose HS freshmen to some of the major problems we are facing on Earth and the science related to these issues. It integrates formerly discrete learning targets from biology, chemistry, geology, ecology, botany, zoology, physics, and meteorology. GSI is an NGSS-aligned inquiry-based course we created two years ago that takes a closer look at the scientific interaction of people, places, and things in our world. We will share the challenges and the wins in developing this course with OER, the struggle of moving away from a 120-year-old secondary science framework, and considerations for the future. We also want to hear from you during this collaborative session!


Career Pathways: A Community Collaborating to Serve All Students

Dan Richards, Berks County Intermediate Unit

Facilitated under the Berks County Intermediate Unit, stakeholders from business, industry, postsecondary, CTCs, and K-12 have designed a framework to support nearly 70,000 students gain awareness of opportunities, explore options, and implement a plan for future career success. Supports include a comprehensive K-12 career pathways framework, educator professional development, and a web-based platform connecting students to real world career experiences. Participants will learn how the initiative was developed and has been maintained for success with takeaways for any leader to bring back to their district.


It's All About Relationships! Transforming Your School's Climate, Culture, and Relationships for the Long Haul!

Samuel G. Hafner, Southern Lehigh School District

Does your school need a booster shot? Climate and culture become stagnant? This is your opportunity to transform your building! Student achievement cannot be maximized if the climate and culture of your building is not positive, warm, and welcoming. This session will focus on specific practices and tools we utilized and continue to use at Liberty Bell to make it a positive partnership with our students, the faculty, our parents, and the community. RELATIONSHIPS MATTER!


Breaking Out In Your Instruction and PD With the 6 C’s

Dr. Stephanie Ferree, Dallastown Area School District

Join us and engage in an interactive PD session presented in a hybrid learning rotation format to Break Out of traditional classroom and professional development protocols. This session will include a blend of physical and digital breakout opportunities to build relationships while integrating the 6 C’s.


Finally Defined: Career Pathways for Education and the Workforce

Yvonne Teed, Northwestern School District

Experience a first-hand account of the accomplishments of Northwestern School District and the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit (IU5). Hear from a student who has utilized the district's Pathway Guide to shape their education preparing them for post-secondary success. The partnership between IU5’s Career Readiness Facilitator and Northwestern has solidified a definition of what “Career Pathways” means to educators and business/industry leaders.


Ramping up Complexity to Promote Growth for All Learners

Tanya Morret, Lincoln Intermediate Unit

Promoting growth for all learners requires educators to reflect on learning targets and analyze whether or not students are applying the depth of thinking needed to secure the highest levels of achievement. This multi-step process finds educators somewhere on a continuum with different entry points. This session defines the entry points and how supervisors can promote differentiation for staff to support planning for instruction that will promote the growth of ANY learner: struggling, proficient, or advanced.


Home Learning: It Is In Their Hands

Sarah Stanitis, School District of Lancaster

Join us as we rethink the role of traditional homework for students and teachers. Transform your thinking from "homework" to "home learning". Lighten your teacher workload and learn how to empower students with choice, increase family involvement and develop 21st century skills. Hear how one building's chance to "ditch" traditional homework has lead to positive academic and social/emotional outcomes for students. Participants will be exposed to a variety of homework menus and be given the chance to collaborate and develop their own "home learning" boards for their current content. Leave with ideas, examples and a new outlook on how “home learning” can transform your classroom/district.


PAIU OER Hub: Discover, Share, Create

Lynn Ann Wiscount, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12

Did you know PA's Intermediate Units have joined together to create a repository for educational resources created in Pennsylvania? Come learn about the Open Educational Resource Hub, how resources are located in one place, freely accessible, editable and can be evaluated using the seven Achieve Rubrics. You will learn how to access the Hub and review resources already curated and authored in the HUB. A must see for districts looking to learn more and utilize OER!


Forging the Future: Creating a Meaningful Career Pathways Program for All Students

Erin Wilson, Fort Cherry School District

Schools must now document career education activities in all grade levels as part of the new PA ESSA Plan. It is imperative that school districts create a program that both meets state requirements and provides students a meaningful school experience. Join us as we share our Fort Cherry SD Career Pathways Program that supports students as they identify their interests and strengths, choose appropriate school courses, explore related careers, and prepare post-secondary education plans.


The Power of Fun: Outrageously Fun and Inspiring Tips that will give you 'the power' in your schools and classrooms

Dr. Kathy Harrington, Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh, Chatham University

"The Power of Fun" is a presentation adapted from my book. This presentation will provide leaders and all educators with the tools they need in their toolbox that will create an atmosphere for learning that is engaging, effective, and fun. of course, for all students. We will discuss how making connections and building relationships, knowing your culture, and having fun will take your schools to another level which will result in successful learning communities. Participants....1. will be inspired to inspire 2. will have the ability to reverse negative energy 3. enjoy the ride to the amazing educator you will become!


Leading the Design of Assessments FOR Learning

Shaun Tomaszewski, Northgate School District

Come learn how the K-12 faculty of Northgate School District have been engaged in the design of authentic assessments FOR learning that engage students as agents within their classrooms and communities. Using Jay McTighe's Cornerstone Task construct, these project-based learning opportunities have evolved into what will become the core of the District's curriculum infrastructure. This session will engage participants in how leadership practices can be deployed to engage school-level administrators and faculty in the creation of assessments FOR learning. The session will also explore Ron Ritchhart's Cultures of Thinking construct and human-centered design principles developed by LUMA Institute.


Hearing and Listening: The Role of Student Voice Initiatives in Secondary Schools

Dr. Tim Wagner, Upper St. Clair School District

Upper St. Clair High School offers unique and award-winning programs that are linked to authentic student empowerment and student voice. Such programs and courses are a key way to meet the needs of the whole child. This session will highlight specific examples of student-led programs and courses, introduce a framework for launching such experiences, and describe how secondary leaders might mobilize a system for this type of cultural shift. Following this session, principals will be able to (1) speak about the value of student-led programs and courses, (2) articulate to stakeholders how such a model for educational programming is designed, and (3) consider how a specific program or course at their home site might shift to a student-led focus.


Educating the Whole Child: Fostering Social Emotional Learning, Mindfulness and Resiliency Skills at the Secondary Level

Tina Raspanti, Mt. Lebanon School District

In today’s educational landscape, it is more important than ever to focus our attention on educating the whole child. In this session participants will receive an overview of social emotional learning, mindfulness and resilience. We will examine the research and impact of these competencies on learning, consider the neuroscience, and engage in activities that build all of these skills. The powerful combination of fostering social emotional learning, mindfulness and resiliency skills at the secondary level will offer a rich discussion for conference attendees.

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