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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
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.

21st Century Leadership Through PBL
Joel DiBartolomeo, School District of Haverford Township
Participants will begin by working collaboratively to develop solutions before sharing the process and thinking with special emphasis on the school systems involved. We will then examine the research on the fourth industrial revolution, OECD results from Wagner, Kotter, Fullan, and Heifitz in addition to PBL and leadership models. The session will conclude with group presentations and discussion of 21st Century Schools: Vision, strengths-based leadership, systems connectivity, learning environments, promoting learning culture, and the whole child.

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. Despite this, many districts/schools have been slow to offer these opportunities to teachers because the systems for accountability, implementations, and subsequent growth have not kept pace with the tools themselves. 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 is 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
All 8th grade students create and manage a business. Student divisions within the business include CEO/CF), Sustainability Analysts, Production, Marketing, Lawyers, and Media. This yearlong project includes a Basil Lemonade business and Food Truck Challenge. Students learn Science standards through Aquaponics; write resumes and conduct interviews in English Language Arts; use linear equations to determine profits 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
The Two-by-Ten Strategy is based on one adult and one student making connects, by taking 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
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 High School graduation. Our presentation will detail these and other initiatives.

Adopting the NGSS: Challenging a 120-Year-Old Secondary Science Framework, Shifting Culture and Mindsets
Laura Whitman, East Penn School District
Global Science Inquiry (GSI) is our initiative to expose High School freshman 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. It targets conceptual understanding, crosscutting concepts, and skills with an emphasis on the interaction between humans and the
earth through problem/project based learning.
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 and share ideas and strategies for tackling the NGSS.

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 post-secondary, 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.

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
Participants will engage in an interactive PD sessions 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 in 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, Capital Area 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
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.

From the 'Civil War' to Effective Student Learning
Dr. Kathleen E. Ott, Northampton Area School District
Join Dr. Ott in a powerful presentation that examines over 30 years of educational programs and defines three principles to effective student learning, while proposing a fourth principle. These principles are the ones to guide the administrators and building educators as they strive to help students reach academic success and post-graduation readiness in our 21st Century. When used as framework, the importance of relationships, building bridges with students, and engaging them in learning provides a solid foundation for ALL students to flourish.

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 interest and strengths, choose appropriate school courses, explore related careers, and prepare for post-secondary education plans.

The Power of Fun: Outrageously Fun and Inspiring Tips that 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 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, and (3) enjoy the ride to the amazing educator you will become.

Leading the Design of Assessments FOR Learning
Shaun Tomaszewski, Northgate School District
During the 2017-2018 academic year, 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 infastructure. This session will engage school-level administrators and faculty in the creation of assessments FOR learning. The session will also explore Ron Ritchhart's Cultures of Thinking constuct 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.
Further, this session's objectives seek to provide concrete ways for principals to integrate student voice into existing structures or into innovative programs. Hands-on features of the session will offer leaders a research base upon which they might consider how their systems will empower learners and shift culture. 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 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.


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